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A Night of Colors

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POSTED: May 18, 2009 9:48 a.m.
Arrayed in their outfits, especially their beautiful hats, the ladies of the Tattnall Missionary Baptist Association gathered for their Annual Night of Colors.
This was the second anniversary of the services.
“For the past two years, we have presented a Night of Colors in order to fellowship and to empower women to have a better understanding of the department in which they work.  This night of fellowship is a spin-off from the General Missionary Baptist Convention Women’s Auxiliary Gala,” said Christine Mallard Bailey, who serves as women’s auxiliary president of the association.
“This auxiliary is made up of several departments whose mission is to be involved in ministering to the mind, body and spirit as a united organization. At the Night of Colors, members from each department give a brief talk on what their department is about and how they are making a difference, as well as to demonstrate their talents.”
Sarah Hunt of Macon, who serves as the president of the Women of Excellence of the GMBC of Georgia, also attended. She encouraged the ladies.
The various departments are assigned colors and the women were resplendent in their designated colors and hats. Some hats were large, some were medium, while others were small. Some ladies were adorned in simple hats, while others were more extravagant. Yet, each hat was representative of the person wearing it and made their own individual statement.
“The ministers’ wives and widows wore black and gold. The evangelists, ministers and missionaries wore green and white. The mission department wore purple and silver. The singles ministry wore white and pink. The deaconesses wore pink and white. The Women of Excellence wore teal and gray. The nurses’ guild wore white. And the ushers wore black and white. Not to be left out, the youth department wore fuchsia and navy.
“We are very blessed to have ladies who have a desire to serve and to exemplify the traits for these departments. They work diligently with the women’s auxiliary in all of its endeavors. The Night of Colors has been a blessing to the women’s auxiliary as we share and glean useful information from each other,” Bailey said.
Minister Nora Carter of First Calvary Missionary Baptist Church in Hinesville spoke on behalf of the ministers, evangelists and missionaries. For the second year, Sharee Clark, daughter of a past president of the auxiliary (the late Janie Clark) was the main speaker. Speaking from a subject of “He is Able,” Clark  brought the attendees to their feet with her captivating and powerful message.
“The Night of Colors has been an avenue to motivate and encourage those in attendance to become more involved in their church as well as the association. We strive to work in unity, which is our overall theme for this auxiliary and we continuously lift and support each other in Christian love,” Bailey said.  
The Tattnall Missionary Baptist Association consists of approximately 20 churches. Four of them are local; two in Liberty County (Good Shepherd Missionary Baptist and First Calvary Missionary Baptist) and two in Long County (St. James Missionary Baptist and Macedonia Missionary Baptist).  
Dr. L. Perry McNeal, association moderator, thanked everyone for their support and encouraged the auxiliary to continue their work with the association.
 

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