Historian … Fall 2017 … 1995 Jamaica Memories

For our Historical moment what do you remember our 47th Annual Meeting held April 28-30, 1995? It was held at the Calvary Baptist Church, Jamaica, NY. (Many memories were shared by those who attended the Convention).

The two-year program theme from National ABW Ministries was “We’re On the Way…” and the Convention Committee choose a theme for the convention of “Press On and Up”!

The description of the theme: “As we look at our convention logo, think about each of us carrying the “Light of God” (the torch) into our communities. Think about being a part of the American Baptist Women’s Ministries Team. As we carry our torch we are challenged to keep our thoughts and deeds focused on the Cross before us. The Cross and the Crown remind us of God’s promise given to us through his Son, Jesus”. The banner was made by Sadie Hill.

Banner from Jamaica Convention 1995 ... picture of a torch held in a hand, cross and it says Up and Press On

The Theme Hymn was “Higher Ground”.

The Scripture was Philippians 3: 12-14 …

Not that I have already reached the goal; but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. Beloved, I do not consider that I have made it my own; but this one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to do what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus.

Some of the notable leaders were Rev. Carol Franklin Sutton who led the Installation of Officers and provided special music as a soloist. Carol’s husband Rev. D. Richard Sutton was listed in the program as a Leader, but no information of his specialty. Jan DeWitt was the Bible Study Leader.

Cherie Baker was the Convention Chairperson. Our President was Janet Barnes who was completing her term of office at that time and Anabel Mosley was being installed as our next President.

The details of Workshops were not listed in the Program Book.

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