By Bishop Ken Carroll
On Friday, October 23, the Friendship Tabernacle Church hosted local senior citizens for lunch and a movie to celebrate Senior Citizen Month. The Department of Social Services in coalition with The Rotary Club of Abaco, the Ministry of Works and Urban Development and others organized the event, while the staff of the Urban Renewal 2.0 Crown Haven Community center assisted with transportation for seniors.
Charlamae Fernander, Director of Social Services for Abaco, was happy to welcome those in attendance. Pastor James Williams opened in prayer.
This year’s celebration marked a mile stone as many from Crown Haven to Sandy Point showed their appreciation. Sister Viola Johnson, from Dundas Town, thanked God for bringing her this far by faith. She recognized Leviticus 19:32 – Stand up in the presence of the aged, show respect for the elderly and fear your God.
The event was a success thanks to Rosalee Jones, Senior Welfare Officer for Marsh Harbour, K&S Auto, Local Government (Central District), Abaco Hardware, The Chemist Shop, Abaco Shoe Galley, Party Time, Friendship Tabernacle, and The Rotary Club of Abaco. A special thanks was extended to bus drivers, Pastor Rex Carey, from Revival Time Pentecostal Church, and Reverand Emmitt Bootle, from Seven Day Adventist Church.
John Russell, from Crown Haven, said he enjoyed himself at the event, and Ena Swain, from Murphy Town, said she was glad to see some of her old friends that she had not seen in such a long time.
As food was being served, gifts were given to the elderly by many charitable organizations. The elderly in attendance continued eating while watching a movie about the life of US Politician Ben Carson.