Princesses of the king

Published: Thursday, January 26, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 25, 2012 at 3:03 p.m.

Nearly 175 mothers and daughters were fed physically and spiritually at the Princess Brunch sponsored by Compassionate Outreach Ministries.

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The young princesses prepare for their tiara ceremony by learning table manners.

STEVEN H. KEYS/Special to the Guardian



Pastor: Bishop Larry J. Dennison.

Location: 320 SE 43rd St.

Services: Sunday morning worship is 10 a.m. with Sunday evening worship at 6 p.m. Midweek fellowship is 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Phone: 352-373-1888.

The luncheon, which was held last Saturday at Best Western Gateway Grand, featured healthy food, music, lots of advice and a Tiara Adorning Ceremony. Elder Mabel Coon of Compassionate Outreach Ministries served as the mistress of ceremonies.

The keynote speaker was the Rev. Dr. Marie Herring, pastor of Dayspring Baptist Church, and music was provided by the Compassionate Praise Ensemble with solos by Teri Robinson and Jan Lawson.

Shawndria Dennison, daughter of the church's Bishop Larry and First Lady Margaret Dennison, began the tiara ceremony by defining the word "princess." She said "princess" can mean a highly regarded woman of outstanding quality, a royal woman born to a royal family, or a name for a girl.

"The last time I checked, we serve the king of kings," Shawndria Dennison said. "He is our daddy, so we're all princesses."

Shawndria Dennison told the participants to always be who they are and not try to be someone they're not.

"Know your calling," she said. "All that God gave you, don't let the devil take anything away from you — your joy or your peace. Stay firm in the way of the Lord."

First Lady Dennison said Bishop Dennison blessed every single tiara and prophesized that the tiaras would perform miracles for the wearers.

She said tumors will be dissolved and migraine headaches and other ailments will disappear.

Although the tiaras were made of plastic, Dennison said, what matters is that they were blessed by a man of God.

"These are miracle tiaras," she said.

Herring talked about beauty, which, she said, comes from within and through your personality. Her scripture came from Acts 9:36.

"What will people say about you when your time has come?" she asked.

Herring's advice to the participants was to be faithful, be honest, plant good seeds, give of yourself, and from the heart, and be a source of light.

"Don't always talk of doom," Herring said. "What you speak can make a difference."

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