Sunday, June 14, 2015

I Thought I Was Going To a Senior Citizens' Banquet

From the Basileus Bro. Brian K. Long
This afternoon I set foot inside the Fellowship Hall at Gethsemane United Methodist Church in Capital Heights, MD thinking I was attending Gamma Pi's Annual Senior Citizens Banquet. But by the time it ended, I had gone to "church!" The spirit was surely all throughout the place as the brothers of The Super Chapter set it out for our senior citizens in the community with delicious home-cooked food, friendly fellowship and a sermon brought by our chaplain that probably covered us all for two weeks.  I was glad to be in the place to witness one of the best Senior Citizens Banquets that Gamma Pi has hosted. The Super Chapter made me PROUD and I know that Bro. Phil Ferguson was looking down from Omega Chapter pointing his finger saying "those are my brothers"!!!!!  Thanks to Bro. Don Norwood and his committee for putting on an outstanding event that shows why we are the Chapter of the Year and runner-up for the Social Action Chapter of the Year.  Thanks to Bro. Joe and Mrs. Carolyn Williams for obtaining the facility for this event on the chapter's behalf. 
Apparently, I wasn't the only one feeling the spirit. One of our guests let her joy be known by breaking into a Holy dance filled with the spirit that caught the attention of the entire room. This is what happen, our newly reformed Gamma Pi Chorale ushered in the Holy Spirit with several selections but when they broke out with "Down at the Cross where my Saviour Died "Glory to His Name"", the Holy Spirit took over. Bro. King allowed the spirit to have its way before he could give the WORD.  It was just a joy to see the Seniors having a wonderful and enjoyable time.  I was glad to have our Grand Keeper of Records and Seal, Bro. Kenneth Rodgers, to join us with having such a busy and traveling schedule.

I also want to thank  the brothers who participated in the formal program: Bill Reese, our fabulous emcee; Bros. Tony Lee, Tommie Boone, and our chaplain Brian King, who brought a very spiritual message about how our elders have paved the way for our success today.  Not only did the sermon take us to church, but so did the music provided by our Gamma Pi Chorale led by Bro. Marcus Davis, and the instrumental ensemble comprised of brothers George Edwards, Marcus Davis and Don Myles. And we absolutely have to give a shout out to the hardworking crew of Gamma Pi brothers who got up early this morning to prepare the food and then stayed around to serve it to the seniors at their tables. Approximately 30 brothers had a role in this event and it was great to see the room packed around the perimeter with Gamma Pi Chapter brothers adorned in purple. The door prizes were also fantastic and the seniors could not contain themselves.  By the way, I have to give accolades to the Friendship Charities Foundation, led by Bro. William Smith, and it's board members for sponsoring/ funding this event.
Brothers you make me PROUD!!!!!!!!!  Keep serving the community. Thank you again Social Action Committee, led by Bro. Tommie Boone for a great event!!! Well planned and well executed!!!!
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