Fellowship hosts its annual banquet


Nearly 75 family and church members attended the banquet.

AIDA MALLARD/Special to the Guardian
Published: Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 4:02 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 4:02 p.m.

With God's strength and authority, we can achieve victory in all things.

This was the message delivered by Apostle R.J. Hines of Shekinah Fellowship International Church of Gainesville at the 34th annual Young Adult Fellowship Banquet.

Missionary Savanah Wims, founder and president of the Young Adult Fellowship, presided over the banquet, which was held last Saturday at the D.R. Williams Fellowship Hall. Music throughout the banquet was performed by Derrick Scott Jr. on keyboard, Alex Word on drums and Roderick Avery on the mixer. Performances were delivered by A Chosen Remnant, a gospel group from Daytona Beach.

"We may be small, but we are strong," said Janis Word, who delivered the welcome and occasion and gave a brief history of the Young Adult Fellowship. Word said it was her sister's vision 34 years ago to come together once a year to have a banquet to relax and fellowship. "Here we are still going strong," said Word, who also sang "Can't Nobody Do Me Like Jesus."

The theme of the banquet was "Moving by the Power of God."

Wims said the theme speaks to Philippians 4:13. "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me."

The prayer was delivered by Overseer Minister Emmelene Hines, pastor of the Community Holiness Church House of Refuge Inc. in east Gainesville.

Evangelist Augusta Hines, also of Shekinah Fellowship, introduced the keynote speaker, her son, and grandson of the late Richard Hines and Emmelene Hines. R.J. Hines spoke to the theme.

"Those things that hindered you in the past will no longer be obstacles because now you're moving in God's grace and everything is possible," said R.J. Hines, who read from Acts 17:28 and 1 Corinthians 2:1-5. He also quoted Luke 10:19 and Jeremiah 20:11.

"Adhering to Christ's teachings opens doors and limitless passages," R.J. Hines preached. "When you live for God, it takes the peer pressure off because you know you're doing the right thing."

In her closing remarks, Emmelene Hines expressed her gratitude to the nearly 75 family and church members who attended the event.

Wims was very pleased with the banquet.

"I want to continue this vision as long as God allows," Wims said. "It's a time for members to get together and fellowship."

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