Pastor Marilyn White, Rev. Jason Williams, Rev. Joseph Baker, Rev. Robert P. Brown, Rev. Ben Hall, Pastor F.N. Williams Sr., Rev. F.N. Williams, Jr., Rev. Charles Ingram and
Rev. Booker T. Stewart (kneeling)
By: Rebecca S. Jones
HOUSTON- Politicians, educators, leaders of the community, clergy, business owners and local residents all assembled together at the Acres Home Chamber for Business & Economic Development; on July 11, to attend the Monthly Networking Luncheon. The luncheon was held at the Beulah Ann Shepard Building, located at 6112 Wheatley Rd., 77091. Chairman Roy Douglas Malonson and Rev. Joseph Baker began the event with a raffle drawing. Following, Pastor Marilyn White of St. Andrews United Methodist Church offered a word of prayer and supplication.
After the attendees were seated from being served lunch, Chairman Roy Douglas Malonson called upon Rev. F.N. Williams, Jr., to introduce the speaker for the afternoon. Rev. F.N. Williams, Jr. proudly announced his father Pastor F.N. Williams, Sr. of Antioch Missionary Baptist Church who graced the podium acknowledging and thanking Mr. Malonson for being a valuable asset to the community. “Roy is a user and his organization functions because he is able to call us together to make this city a better city”, stated Williams.
As he continued he expressed that, “We ought to be upset about what’s happening in America.” Pastor Williams then introduced the theme for his message, at which point he encouraged attendees to be, “Valuable for Use”! He challenged the leaders, clergymen, politicians and educators at the luncheon to consider several questions including: “Are you really beneficial to your assignment or just concerned with selfish motives; are you committed to education or just working for a check; how many of you are self-sacrificing teachers; how many of you spend time with children after school within the community; what programs have you implemented and how many children have you helped?” He further explained that, “we have the power over our children”. Therefore, it is a combined task to prepare a better future and secure beneficial resources for the future of our community, which are the children.
Concluding the powerful rendition of Pastor Williams’ keynote address, he held true to the profession of which he was called. The gathering crowd could be heard from a far distance by a round of applause and hefty voices prompting him to speak on; as Rev. Williams introduced a man from the city of Nazareth. A man who Christians recognize as the second member of the God-head trinity and most ‘valuable’ gift ever bestowed to mankind; Jesus Christ, who bore the sins of the world and redeemed man by dying on Calvary’s cross. Pastor Williams encouraged every individual in attendance to live a life that would be valuable to mankind, long after our lives down here are over. Ultimately he challenged the crowd to subscribe to a motto that he lives by, “If I can help somebody, then my living won’t be in vain”.
The July Monthly Networking Luncheon was a tremendous success as expressed by many of those in attendance. For more information or details of how to become a member of the Acres Homes Chamber for Business & Economic Development contact, Anthony Stewart at (713) 692-7161.