Ministers' wives, widows host breakfast

Mary Mosley, left, and Jerelene Gainey, members of the Alachua County Ministers' Wives and Ministers' Widows organization, lead a memorial candlelighting ceremony. In the background is Mae Griner, vice president of the group.

CLEVELAND TINKER/Special to the Guardian
Published: Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at 2:02 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at 2:02 p.m.

The Rev. Mary Mitchell, pastor of Bartley Temple United Methodist Church, took the first ever Alachua County Ministers' Wives and Ministers' Widows Prayer Breakfast to another level when she delivered a presentation about the power of prayer.

Mitchell made her presentation to the nearly 50 in attendance last Saturday at Bartley Temple during the breakfast hosted by the group, a sisterhood of ministers' wives and widows who gather to support and fellowship with one another. They meet the second Saturday of each month.

The service featured a praise dance by the Pleasant Plain Angels, a group of young girls from Pleasant Plain United Methodist Church in Jonesville, who also offered a prayer for children all over the world.

There also was a prayer for healing by the Rev. Mary Jackson, pastor of Greater Bell United Methodist Church in Brooker and Freedom United Methodist Church in the Louise community; a prayer for thanksgiving by Lillian Rodriguez of Hall Chapel United Methodist Church in Rochelle; a prayer for unity and peace by Gary Mitchell, husband of Rev. Mitchell, and a closing prayer by Mae Griner, vice president of the Ministers' Wives and Ministers' Widows and wife of the Rev. Milford L. Griner.

During the breakfast, a memorial candlelight ceremony was conducted by Jerelene Gainey, wife of the Rev. Eugene Gainey, pastor emeritus of First Missionary Baptist Church in Gainesville, and Mary Mosley of Johnson Chapel Baptist Church in Gainesville, wife of the Rev. Jonathan Mosley, retired pastor of Mount Ellah Baptist Church in Evinston.

Gainey and Mosley also paid tribute to the founders of the national organization and to the late Affie Wright, founder of the Alachua County organization and wife of the Rev. T.A. Wright, pastor emeritus of Mount Carmel Baptist Church.

The atmosphere was set by Griner, who also presided over the program, as she continuously thanked Jesus for being present.

"We thank you, Lord, for being our special guest of honor," she said. "Jesus is here. Jesus is amongst us. Even though there is some rain outside, it is a glorious day."

The highlight of the program was a PowerPoint presentation about prayer by Rev. Mitchell. During her 45-minute presentation, Mitchell talked about the importance of teaching children how to pray, the purpose of prayer and why it is important to pray persistently.

She said it is also important to understand how God deals with prayer. She said sometimes God will answer a prayer immediately, not quite immediately, not as expected or not at all.

However, she said the important thing people should always keep in mind is that prayer is powerful.

"Always pray, and pray without ceasing," she said. "And when you pray, you must pray in the name of Jesus."

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