4th Anniversary of J. Holley (Banquet)
Subjects: Reverend James Holley
Description: The Banquet Program for Reverend James Holley's fourth anniversary at Little Rock Baptist Church.
Date: August 1976
Original Format: Special Event Program
Transcript: Fourth Anniversary Banquet Honoring Dr. & Mrs. James C. Holley & Tiffani
Saturday, August 14, 1976, 8:00 PM
The Detroit Cadillac Hotel; Washington Blvd and Michigan Avenue
Sponsored by the Little Rock Baptist Church Family
Little Rock Baptist Church presents
Family Affair Banquet
Saturday, August 14, 1976, 8:00 PM
Honoring Rev. Jim Holley, Pastor
Detroit Cadillac Hotel: 1114 Washington Blvd.; Detroit, Michigan 48226
Guest Speaker: Dr. Frederick G. Sampson, Pastor, Tabernacle Baptist Church, Detroit, Michigan
Chairperson: Mary Thrasher
Co-Chairpersons: Mae Lowery, Ossie Oliver
Fresh Fruit Cup; Chef Salad House Dressing; Roast Half Chicken w/ Saucee; Baked Potato w/ Sour Cream & Chives; French String Beans; Rolls & Butter; Coffee, Tea, Milk; Detroit Cadillac Ice Cream Cake
Procession of Dais Guests
Greetings: Ms. Barbara Edwards
Invocation: Rev. J. D. Grimes
Musical Selection: Rev. Welvin Porties
Introduction of Toastmaster: Ms. Lynda Jefferison
Toastmaster: Mr. Joseph E. Madison, Executive Secretary, Detroit N.A.A.C.P.
Reflections: Mr. Vanderbilt Nelson, Chairman, Trustee Board; Mr. Willie Matthews, Ass’t Chairman, Deacon Board
Musical Selection: Ms. Connie Crumpeton
Introduction of Speaker: Dr. Donald Scavella
Speaker: Dr. Frederick G. Sampson, Pastor, Tabernacle Baptist Church
Felecitations [sic] Presentations: Mrs. Maggie Stallworth
Introduction of Special Guests: Ms. Helen Springer
Remarks: Mrs. Mary Thrasher, Chairperson; Rev. Jim Holley, Pastor
To Our Pastor….
We pause today to let you know that we, the members of the Little Rock Baptist Church are profoundly grateful for the wonderful leadership that you have given this church in the four years you have been with us.
Certainly we could not have succeeded as we have had it not been for your determination “To do God’s will and To Serve This Present Age.”
Your faith in God, your care for humanity, and your daily precepts and prayers have endeared you to our hearts. Your constant teaching on the relevance of Christian Education and making God’s Word practical in our everyday life is not going unheeded. We would like to think of you as Solomon…he, too, asked for wisdom and Knowledge as well as Understanding before he started building and he, too, led his people in love and peace for he kept faith in God and God in front.
We will never forget the many sacrifices you have made and are continuing to make. Although we can never repay you in monetary value for them, we want you to know that we are firmly behind you in your constant struggle for higher goals.
Often times, you may be faced with opposition, you will be misunderstood, and you may be the object of ridicule but through it all, we want you to know that there are many of us who are praying constantly for you and have faith in your leadership and are grateful to the Lord for sending us such a leader as you.
We join in a unified prayer that God will give you strength, perseverance, and courage to continue the work that the Lord has sent you to do.
May God ever bless and keep you!
--Your Church Family--
To Our Pastor’s Wife……
“Behind every great man there is a great woman”. We certainly must agree for we feel that as our Pastor’s wife, you epitomise [sic] this adage. Yours is not an easy role but your kindness and gentle spirit is reflected in a quiet and unassuming manner.
We, the members, appreciate you in different ways. We feel that God place you along side your husband to further inspire him and to give him encouragement to be a greater leader and to do the work of the Lord.
You have set an example as a model for the youth and young adults….for this we thank you. Your pleasant manner and your warm smile depicts the simplicity of your attitude and devotion to all who know and come in contact with you.
We pause today to salute you also. We ask God’s blessing upon you and pray that he will continue to bestow on you the wisdom and knowledge that will enable you to stand at Pastor Holley’s side as a pillar of strength.
under the direction of Rev. Alvin Porties, Sr.
Soloists, Ms. Connie Crumpeton; Rev. Melvin Porties
We take this opportunity to express our sincere appreciate to our friends, guests, and to all who have in any way contributed to the success of this affair.
Our special thanks to your hosts and hostesses: Members of Usher Board No. II, Golden Voice Choir, Male Chorus
Anniversary Banquet Committee…Mary Thrasher, General Chairperson; Mae Lowery, Co-Chairperson; Ossie Oliver, Co-Chairperson; Helen Springer, Odessa Pitts, Maggie Stallworth, Daisy Walker, Vera Cunningham, Harry Lee