Guiding strong women at Victory Temple

The Rev. Pearlie Shelton. center, senior co-pastor of Upper Room Church of God in Christ, was the speaker during the Women’s Day program.

LEE FERINDEN/Special to the Guardian
Published: Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 2:10 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 2:10 p.m.

Women may be considered the gentler sex, but they are stronger than you can ever imagine because of their faith in God.



Pastor: The Rev. Dr. LaShon Young.
Location: 908 SE Williston Road.
Services: Sunday School is 9:30 a.m. Morning worship is 11 a.m., with evening worship at 6 p.m. Bible Study is 7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday Night Manna is 7 p.m.
Phone: 352-377-4944.

That was the message delivered through praise, songs and words of wisdom at the "Don't Let This Pink Fool You" Women's Day program Sunday afternoon at Victory Temple Ministries. The theme was "I'm Stronger Than I've Ever Been."

The Rev. Pearlie Shelton, co-pastor of Upper Room Church of God in Christ, delivered the sermon, which consisted of words of encouragement, hope, and the power of prayer. She preached from 1 Samuel 1.

"Testimony exists because of the challenges we have faced," said Shelton. "Nothing is instant. Continue to pray and God will shine his light on you."

The Rev. Dr. LaShon Young, pastor of Victory Temple, was pleased with the turnout and the entire celebration. "We look forward to ministering to the women to let the enemy know, ‘Don't let this pink fool you, not because of me, but because of the God in me,'" Young said.

Minister Jane Barclay of Dayspring Baptist Church presided over the program. The Rev. Marvenelle Garvin, co-pastor of Agape Faith Center in Gainesville, offered the prayer, and Gail Shepherd of Cathedral of Faith Church of God in Christ in Jacksonville, read the scripture, which was taken from Psalm 19. Barbara Austin of Victory Temple delivered the welcome. Marsha Brewton of Upper Room introduced Shelton.

Gospel selections were provided by the Upper Room choir and the Victory Temple Praise Team. Janice Morrison of West Jacksonville Church of God in Christ performed a praise dance to "I'll Rise" and Melinda Grimmage of Victory Temple recited an original poem titled, "Stronger."

During her sermon, Shelton shared stories of her life. She said her family was poor and she was one of eight siblings living with their parents in a two-bedroom house, but they were happy. "We were just as happy as we could be and looking forward to church," she said.

Shelton said people called her the black sheep of the family. "But here I am," said Shelton, adding that there is a process to finding glory that highlights God's great work.

"There is a story behind my glory," Shelton said. "I haven't always looked like this."

She said there may be people in your life who provoke you, people who know how to get you where it hurts, like Peninnah did to Hannah, who she taunted because Hannah couldn't give Elkanah children. Shelton said Hannah kept her emotions, kept her integrity and didn't stop praying.

"There is a process to move beyond," said Shelton, adding that sometimes the memory of the process is too painful. "Sometimes you forget to praise and pray," Shelton said. "Pray like Hannah. God will hear. God will be on time."

During her closing remarks, Young said, "Don't be ashamed of your life, because it's the reason for your glory. No matter what happens in your life, you can come back stronger."

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