Maumee borders the edge of Toledo with a significant hitch that borders the entrance into a venue where shoppers spend casual days looming in Levi’s Common. However, before they get there, the pass through in Maumee, has an offering of an annual service for the past five years that is held at the First Presbyterian Church, which brings out Toledo’s finest in PURPLE.
Searchlite Community Baptist Church and Pastor Lee Williams, has paid homage to women in the Toledo area who have committed their mission to serving in many vocations that enhances the quality of life for children, families, and the community. This service takes its origin from the passage of scripture found in Acts 16: 14-15, which reads: “ One of them was Lydia, a saleswoman from Thyatira, a merchant of purple cloth. She was already a worshipper of God, and as she listened to us, the Lord opened her heart and she accepted all that Paul was saying.
On Saturday, May 4th, many gathered to assist in honoring three such women who would be the 2019 recipients this year. While the service is specific to honoring those who have served, it is also a time at which others are given the opportunity to share blessings with the attendees. Three such women offered words of impact this year. They were Ms. Myra G. Love who spoke from the topic: Mentoring to Mentor. Rev. Dr. Amariah McIntosh, Sr. Pastor at Phillips Temple CME, spoke from the topic: The Challenges Faced by a ProfessionalWoman; and Elder LaShanna Alfred, Adjunct Professor at University of Toledo, spoke from the topic: Take your M. A. N. Back. Others who participated in the program were Missionary Lorine Bell, who was the Moderator, the Praise Team at Searchlite, Ms. Tavares Smith of Searchlite, The Women of Genesis music group of Third Baptist Church, Pastor Ruby Radford, Pastor Marquisa Horton, Min. Barbie Hairston, and Co-Pastor Celeste Mitchell.
The Guest Speaker for this year was Missionary Thelma Autman of the Shiloh Baptist Church. The honorees receiving the awards this year were: Bishop Marjorie Holt, Ph. D., Sis. Juanita Green, and Brenda Weatherspoon.
The awards were presented by Sis. Tavares Smith, Women’s Director at Searchlite. Pastor Lee Williams, Visionaire for “WOMEN IN PURPLE “, shared remarks and his gratitude for the 2019 recipients. God has blessed this service and we pray continued blessings upon Pastor Williams and the Searchlite Church Family.