“Today, we celebrate the
women of St. Paul and all women across the world who have
chosen to ‘walk’ in a manner worthy of their calling,” wrote
First Lady Linnie Willis in this year’s program. “Every
woman who is a follower of Christ must possess certain
attributes if she strives to walk worthy.”
This year’s service opened
with the devotion/praise & worship led by Sisters Debra
Gardner and Lynnell Jones and Deaconesses Marelen Cook and
Marvine Brown. Then followed the Call to Worship, the Lord’s
Prayer, the Women’s Day Litany, Poem and Song. First Lady
Willis introduced the speaker.
Dixon, a Toledo native, is
an ordained minister and published author who spent a number
of years working at the University of Toledo and then with
Lucas Metropolitan Housing Authority. She is currently a
resident of Avon, OH, a suburb of Cleveland, and is a member
of The Word Church of Warrensville Heights, OH. She works
with businesses, organizations, ministries and individuals
with strategies to become more authentic and effective for
good in the world.
This year’s Women’s Day
chairperson was Sharon Hubbard who offered remarks at the
close of service. Co-chairpersons were Tiffany Dent-McDole
and J’Vann Winfield.
St’ Paul’s pastor, James
H. Willis, Sr, has been the congregation’s shepherd for 13
years. “Women of St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church, it is a
blessing as well as an honor to be part of another great
Celebration,” wrote the pastor in this year’s program.