St. Paul’s Annual Women’s Day
Celebration By Tricia Hall
Sojourner’s Truth Reporter
“We are Women of Faith, Value and Vision” was
the theme for this year’s St. Paul Missionary Baptist
Church’s Women’s Day, which, as usual, was commemorated over
an entire weekend – starting with the Women’s Day Luncheon
on Saturday, September 14. The theme was inspired from
Biblical scripture I Corinthians 15:10.
This year’s luncheon speaker was Sister
El’Freda Agboka, who came down from the Detroit area to
deliver her message of faith, value and vision.
Saturday’s program opened with Opal Allen’s
worship leader and a scripture reading by Dorothy McDougal.
Soloist Dorothy Gray of Search-Lite Community Church offered
The Lord’s Prayer and Dawn Scotland offered words of
welcome, followed by soloist Deborah Gardner’s song of
Agboka, a native of Starkville, Mississippi
and graduate of Louisiana State University, is a
motivational speaker who was a longtime employee of General
Motors specializing in communications. She currently works
with several nonprofit organizations one of which focuses on
touching, encouraging and assisting women in all phases of
their lives and another that reaches out to assist victims
of human trafficking.
Agboka, in delivering the message of faith,
value and vision, spoke of the need to put God’s will into
action. “It’s one thing to be ‘hearers’ of God’s will,” she
said. “We have to be ‘doers’ of God’s will. Once you believe
that then you understand your value.”
Agboka encouraged the congregation to “have
vision from what God says – not just anyone’s vision but
God’s vision – then the impossible can take place.” The
following day, Sunday, the St. Paul MBC sanctuary was filled
in celebration of the annual Women’s Day service.
“I want to thank my pastor and of course the
women of St. Paul. We are who we are by the grace of God.
Our luncheon yesterday was fabulous, and we have so many
talented women at this church. To God be the glory,”
explained Daisy Fisher, Women’s Day chairperson.
Sunday’s celebration began with a joint
Sunday school led by Rev. Marcia Dinkins, and then morning
service led by Minister Barbie Harrison of Third Baptist
Church. “I know we’ll have a good time today. The theme
today is truly a message,” shared Minister Harrison.
The women’s day Sunday service opened with a
devotional service, then Deborah Gardner led the Lord’s
Prayer, and Pamela Clark led the Women’s Day litany. Elaine
Vonner officially welcomed the service guests before the
Women’s Day Choir provided selections. “We all have gifts.
God said to let your light shine. Today is Women’s Day, so
women of St. Paul let your light shine. We are blessed to
have our guests here with us today. We welcome you in the
name of Jesus Christ,” said Vonner.
Minister Barbie Harrison,
Yvonne Gayle, Daisy Fisher, Elder Teresa McBee, First Lady
Linnie Willis, Pastor James Willis, Sr.
The service continued with a scripture
reading by Barbara Ifeduba, altar call conducted by Rev.
Marcia Dinkins, praise dance by Total Praise of St. Paul,
memorial service led by Mary Liggins, solo by Erika Warner
Ragland of Perfecting Church Toledo, official introduction
of the speaker by First Lady Linnie Willis and featured
speaker Elder Teresa McBee of Family Baptist Church.
McBee is the co-pastor and associate minister
of Family Baptist Church in Toledo. She was baptized at
Calvary Baptist Church, earned a Bachelor of Science degree
in Paralegal Studies from University of Toledo and master’s
degree in organizational leadership from Lourdes University.
She married her husband, Charles, in 1980 and is the mother
of two children.
“A woman of faith must have faith to deal
with situations today. A woman of faith must see what is
beyond this moment in time and what is occurring in the
present moment. Faith allows me to see that God loves me and
that I must hold on,” explained Elder McBee.
Pastor James Willis closed out the service by
delivering words of gratitude. “I am happy. If you are a
pastor and have people who are capable of leading, trust
them. Elder McBee touched my soul, we appreciated the word
that was delivered this morning. There is so much that
happens in this World, so we appreciate the word that was
delivered this morning.”
The Women’s Day booklet patrons include: Jan
Scotland of State Farm, The C. Brown Funeral Home, Inc. &
Preneed Center, City of Toledo Councilman Gary Johnson,
State Representative Paula Hicks-Hudson, A Rainbow’s
Treasurer Children & Preschool, Hairstylist Misha Swilling,
Moore’s Trucking, Lincoln Cleaners, ABC Health Care Inc.,
St. Paul Senior Citizens Project, John McKissick Housing
Complex, Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church, Mount Ararat
Baptist Church, Mt. Nebo Baptist Church, Cass Road Baptist
Church, Christian Board of Education, American Baptist
Women, American Baptist Men, Toledo chapter of Top Ladies of
Distinction, Inc, C. Winfield Accounting & Tax Services; St.
Paul MBC ministries: Deacons, Choir, Deaconess, and
Trustees; and over a dozen individual patrons.
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