MCBC Celebrates 122 Years of Growth and Blessings
On Sunday, November 20, 2022, Mount Calvary Family and Friends came together to celebrate its 122nd Church Anniversary. Mount Calvary Baptist Church was founded in 1900 when seven ladies, Eliza Lindsey, Hattie Holley, Jane Hardeman, Mary Clark, Mintoria Walker, Eliza Hardeman, and Minnie Davidson felt the need for a church in the Rockdale Park Community. Urban renewal forced the congregation to relocate to the Adamsville community in 1963. With only eight pastors in the church’s 122-year history, Pastor Douglas E. Stowers was called to serve in 1994 and has served for 28 years thus far.
The history committee, led by Gwendolyn Mayfield—Chair and members Geraldine Collins, Crystal Mayfield Jones, Gayle McDaniel, Ossie Mitchell, Leander Parker, Patti Poole, Nichelle Stephens, and James Washburn, created a memorable program and booklet entitled “A Litany of History and Thanksgiving.” The program included a focus on Our Church History, History of Pastors, Deacons, Mothers, Ushers, Church Trustees, A Teaching Church, Music History, Family and Fellowship, Outreach and A Promise for the Present and Future. Rev. Curtis Richardson read the scripture, Minister Mary Greene prayed a prayer of thanksgiving and Pastor Stowers delivered a memorable sermon, “Got A Story to Tell”, based on Psalm 66:16 and Luke 17:19. The souvenir program booklet ended with the following regarding ‘A Promise for the Present and Future. “So, it was then, So it is now, “The Future is as bright as the Promises of God.” For it is God who declares, “For I know the plans I have for you.” (Jeremiah 29:11) Let us hold fast to our history and may it propel us forward in Hope and Faith to be the Light in darkness and the Refuge for those who seek the Lord. And the Church’s response: “We thank you, oh God for Pastor Stowers who shepherds us and shows us the promise of God as he leads us forward in faith and hope.”
MCBC at Black Nativity
Briana Elise Bunkley, M.A., M.F.A., daughter of Brother Renard and Sister Regina Bunkley and granddaughter of Brother James and Sister Jean Floyd, appeared as ‘Mary’ mother of the baby ‘Jesus’ in the gospel holiday Christmas musical “Black Nativity” held at the Georgia Tech Ferst Center for Performing Arts. The Social Action Ministry, Barbara Chapman, Zakiya Seymour and Shirley Seymour, sponsored an initiative that encouraged MCBC members to attend as a group to support our native dance daughter. Briana started taking dance classes at the age of 3. She began her dance training at Price Performing Arts Center in College Park before continuing her studies at Tri-Cities High School Visual and Performing Arts (Dance Magnet, Class of 2014). After graduating, she enrolled and graduated from the Boston Conservatory Dance with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Contemporary Dance. Her passion and dedication for dance has allowed her to travel nationally and internationally. She has also studied, performed and choreographed in Kampala, Uganda and Manchester, United Kingdom. Briana is now the Director of Dance at Tri-Cities High School VPA Magnet where she has since directed and produced several dance concerts as well as won two Shuler Hensley Awards for Best Choreography in her work for Tri-Cities production of FELA. Her sister Leslie Bunkley is a paid Professional Dancer with Pliladanco in Philadelphia. Leslie will be performing next month on the Tom Joiner Cruise for one week. Congratulations Briana! We wish you God’s continued blessings and success!
Mission Ministry "Read to Succeed Program"
In the “Read to Succeed Program” We volunteered with L.P. Miles intermediate School. This year we tried a different format than we did in the past. We worked with 4 children in kindergarten for an 8-week period twice a week. We focused on developing reading comprehension. We used the “Dolch Sight Words List, which provided a list of words Pre-K and K students should be familiar with prior to entering the next grade. The volunteers (Sisters Ilene Simmons, Janie Lowe, Barbara Chapman, Shirley Seymour and Bettye Reid) gave the class 6 to 8 words. They had to spell the words, pronounce, and use them in a sentence. The following week they reviewed the works from the previous week and were given new words. The volunteers were given books to read using the same words. The students had to let the volunteer know when they heard the word. This was great because they had to listen and pay attention to the reading. The principal told me they could see the difference in word recognition with the children. There was also an improvement in test scores. Our 8 weeks ended November 18, 2022. We plan to extend the program with more volunteers and return in January or February 2023.
As always, we ended our session with gifts of school supplies for the students.
Sister Ilene Simmons