O Give Thanks Women's Concert kicks off Pastor Larry W. Howard's Anniversary
By JAMES W. WADE III
The Pastor’s Anniversary Committee of the Historic Greater Friendship Baptist Church held its 8th annual “O Give Thanks” Women’s Concert on Sunday, Feb. 24, at the church located at12305 Arlington Avenue.
The Women’s choir is under the direction of Minister Earl McElrath and is comprised of women from all overCleveland, who participate to make the concert uplifting. This year’s concert featured Carolyn Kirkwood, Phyllis Oliver, Roshalle Woods, and Teresa Sutton as the special soloists.
The service was great. They praised their pastor, Rev. Dr. Larry W. Howard, who has been there forty years. Chair person Valerie Benson encouraged her pastor with a poem she wrote.
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Even with God being at the helm of his life, Rev. Howard has always acknowledged the love of his life, the first Lady Gwendolyn Howard.
“She is truly a blessing in my life each and every day. I thank God for her,” said Rev. Howard.
The committee consisted of Valerie Benson, Serita Williams, Cynthia Agnew, Louise Burress, Ted Gin Sr., Joanne Landers, Martha Mason, Gwendolyn McCloud, Juanita Owens, Betty Seals, Phyllis Underwood, and Lantanya Williams.
Helping Minister McElrath with the music was Timothy Halton on the organ.