Submitted by Sheila C Bennett
On Sunday October 15, 2017, Epworth United Methodist Chapel witnessed its 30th Annual Women’s Day, described as the most impactful and successful Women’s Day in its recent history. The theme was “Powerful Women in Christ.”
Inspired by the movie, “Hidden Figures,” the 30th Annual Women’s Day committee decided to recognize women of the church and the community who had worked in many areas of service, but had never been recognized for their altruism. After reviewing 26 nominations, they chose six women for officially recognition for their work. The six awardees were Sandra Bristow, Doris Freeman, Gwendolyn Jackson, Jean Lewis, Catherine Stansbury, and Darlene Stewart.
A second group of honorees included women who had become locally and nationally known for their achievements, and who had a Baltimore connection. The women chosen were:
- Chanda Brigance, Co-Founder of the Brigance Brigade Foundation. The foundation supports medical advances for people suffering from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s Disease, which afflicts her husband, former Raven BJ Brigance); and
- Annette March-Grier, President and Co-Founder of Roberta’s House, a globally recognized grief support center.
The worship service was capped by a spirit-filled message from Bishop LaTrelle Easterling, the first woman bishop to lead the 233-year-old Baltimore/Washington Conference of the United Methodist Church.
Epworth United Methodist Chapel, led by senior pastor Rev. Dr. C. Anthony Hunt, is an active worship center in the Woodlawn community and surrounding areas, providing outreach ministries in food distribution and free community meals. It also offers Spanish classes, Bible study, and youth programs throughout the year.
You can reach them on their Prayer Line on Thursdays at 8PM by calling toll free 1-319-527-9020, access code 943-387#.