News from the Henderson Community of Chester County

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with Gloria Holiday

Greeting from the City! “This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it!” No matter what life brings us, we always have something to be glad about. Do not worry about what we do not have, but be happy for what we do have. While you are reading this article, stop and take a moment to pray for the families that are homeless, have no food or are sleeping under bridges or on sidewalks, for the thousands of U.S. Troops that are away from their families and for the mom and dad that do not know where their child/children are. I often think about the mom/dad who may have lost their child/children or loved one in some type of shooting and all of the thousands of families that have lost a loved one because of COVID-19. So many of us have not had to go through that type of pain, but there are so many that have gone through some type of pain, and you may be one of them. So, what can we do? Keep praying and trusting in the Lord! He will never leave us or forget about us! 
I hope the fathers had a wonderful Father’s Day! Oh, how I miss my dad, Mr. Parnell Brown. He was a man who loved his wife. Sis is what daddy called her, but most of you knew her as Annie Clay; daddy loved all of his children. He was a hard worker, tough but gentle at the same time. As a carpenter some of us are living in the house he helped build. I missed the long conversations we always had. One statement that daddy would always end his conversation with me was, “Don’t take any wooden nickel from no one.” Those words got me through 21 years of the USMC, 25 years on my second career and 47 years of marriage with the Lord help. This Father’s Day, I also missed talking to my friend Mr. Jimmy Ruth. I would call and wish him a happy Father’s Day as well; we would talk about when he drove the Freedom Bus and how much he loved the people in Henderson. I just love talking to elderly people, but like my daddy, the Father called Jimmy home, and both of them are in a better place; however, I still miss them so much, and I have so many great memories of them! 
The third Juneteenth celebration hosted by Oasis Community Development Corporation was held June 18 at the Chester County soccer field, historically known as Vincent High School.
The event was held June 18. It started with a big kick off giveaway for children of all ages up to 17 years old. The festivities began at noon. There was music for all ages that attended, from country to gospel. It was an honor to have Mayor Barry Hutcherson, and other candidates running for office attend. The African attire fashion show was phenomenal! It was a wonderful event held in the community with great food (especial the fish) and great entertainment. The community came out; over 125 people attended, not as many as last year, but it was a successful event. I had the pleasure of meeting new friends and family from out of state. One family was the Corbin family. The city of Henderson welcomes you here to our hometown. We pray it will be a blessing for the family. There were so many other families from the community, but I can not list by name because I am afraid I will miss someone. Thank you for coming out. If you did not make it this year, it will be back next year. Hope to see you there. Thanks to President Biden for making Juneteenth a Federal Holiday. 
Our condolences go out to the Rhodes family. Our dear loved one and friend Angie Rhodes was laid to rest on June 20; she will be missed but never forgotten. Our prayers are with the family. 
The city would like to wish the following a Happy Birthday: Keisha Griggs and Patricia Jones, 6/27, and Mary Armstrong and John Barham, 6/28. We pray that you will have many more. 
On the prayer list this week: the Rhodes family, the Croom family and others that are in the hospitals, sick in their homes. Pray for our children, teachers and families and for the men and women serving our country. Remember to pray for our United States of America. 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, I need to hear from you. Call me at 608-6132 and leave your message, or you may email me at

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