News from the Henderson Community of Chester County

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with Gloria Holiday

Greetings to the people of Chester County everywhere! For this is a new week, and we only have one more week left in January. So let us give thanks to the Lord for all He has done for us in this week because this is the day the Lord has made! So let us be glad in it!
On Monday, Jan. 16, most of us enjoyed the day off from work and school because of Dr. King’s birthday, and so many of our students do not know who Dr. King was! Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was an influential American civil rights leader. He is most well-known for his campaigns to end racial segregation on public transport and for racial equality in the United States. Martin Luther King was an important civil rights activist. His most famous address was the “I Have a Dream” speech during the march in Washington, D.C. for jobs and freedom on Aug. 28, 1963 in which he called for an end to racism in the United States and for civil and economic rights. He was an advocate of non-violent protest and became the youngest man to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. We must keep the dream alive, and with how the U.S.A. is today, we can not allow the “DREAM” to die.
On Sunday, Jan. 16, at 7 p.m., there was a great celebration going on in the Chester County City Hall. The City Mayor, County Mayor, other elected officials and the people of the community were there to help keep the Dream that Dr. King had alive.
 Zakkus Bonds did an outstanding job singing the National Anthem; prayer was given by Minister Kim Coffee from J.P. Baptist Church, and scripture was given Pastor Dennis McBride. He is the Pastor of Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church. The M. L. King Mass Choir directed by Mr. Lewis Thompson, Mr. Leroy Woods and Mrs. Cynthia Woods did an outstanding job with the songs. Pastor Gene Bowden brought forth a wonderful message that was very powerful and to the point. He let us know the purpose of Dr. King’s mission here on earth and why the “DREAM” he had for the people is so important.
Mayor Bobby King and Major Barry Hutcherson presented the Proclamations to Mr. Johan Welch and Dr. Jerry Woods. Thank you to the Committee – Retired Commissioner John L. Welch, Dr. Jerry Woods, Mrs. Amanda Johnson and Mr. Milton Trice – for all of the hard work you did to make sure the program was an outstanding event! Pastor Kelvin Cummings of J. P. Baptist Church was phenomenal as the Master of Ceremony. It was an honor and pleasure meeting your family. We pray the Lord will continue blessing you as the new Pastor at J.P. Baptist Church. The City of Henderson welcomes you!
I am asking for your prayers. This week, we will lay to rest my only Auntie Mrs. Betty Bass Williams.
Happy Birthday to Pastor Marles Flowers on Jan. 24. May the Lord bless you with many more.
Chester County Head Start is accepting applications for three- and four-year-olds for the 2023-24 school year. For more information, call 989-2561 or 989-5111.
To the people of Henderson, remember to patronize with our local businesses here in town; let us try to support our own as much as we can.
 If you live in the City of Henderson and have news about your family, birthday, anniversary, announcements, and things happening in the City, please email me at with the subject “NEWS FOR THE CITY.” You can also text or call me at 608-6132.

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