By Rev. Vera Hall and Rev. Maxine Bolden
Photo right: Pictured from left to right: Lemuel Barney IV, Senator Hillman Frazier, Senator John Horhn; and Elder Vera Hall.
Photo below right: Members of the JSU Wesley Foundation
The Jackson State University Wesley Foundation under the leadership of Rev. Vera Hall, campus minister/director and board president Rev. Stephen Cook, held its first awards banquet on Friday, April 17, 2015 at The Foundery at Galloway United Methodist Church in Jackson, Mississippi.
The theme, Our Students Matter, guided the banquet with the purpose of recognizing the students and board of directors' members who have participated in the work and campus ministry of Jackson State University Wesley. The Rev. Eddie Spencer, pastor, chef and author, prepared cranberry glazed chicken breast; bacon wrapped green beans, potato cup casserole, sweet glazed carrots and homemade white chocolate bread pudding. The Rev. Emily Sanford, associate pastor at Galloway and member of the JSU Wesley Board, served as chairperson for the event. Funds raised will support JSU Wesley Foundation events and activities.
Senator Hillman Frazier of the Mississippi Legislature and an alumnus of Jackson State University was the speaker for the banquet. Most importantly to Jackson State Wesley Foundation, Frazier serves on the Universities and Colleges committee as well as other committees. He shared words of appreciation in honor of his parents and others who have made an impact on his life then encouraged students to live a life of service as they go forward. Senator John Horhn of the Mississippi Legislature served as host/master of ceremony for the banquet.
Not only were attendees motivated with an encouraging speech by Senator Frazier and humored by Senator Horhn, the Wesley Foundation banquet guests took part in an auction of a custom-made JSU blue and white quilt named "Intersections." The quilt was made by Beverly Flowers and quilted by Teresa Baker in Houston, Missouri.
A stirring musical performance from Herman Johnson and Singers who are friends of Jackson State Wesley Foundation performed several inspirational selections.
The Rev. DeMario Benson, first vice-president, presented special gifts to Hall and to board president, Cook, for their service and leadership. DiJhonne Singleton, senior elementary education major and Wesley Foundation president, along with the Wesley students in attendance honored Hall with a dozen pink roses and a special appreciation gift.
At the close of the banquet, Hall introduced incoming interim director, Rev. Maxine Bolden. Cook and Benson invited board members, students and guests to join in offering prayers of support for the new director. Bolden began serving as campus minister/director on Friday, May 1, 2015.
The church sponsors of the banquet were Central UMC, Galloway UMC, Pratt UMC, Bethlehem Center and Seven Springs UMC.
For more information, or to learn about the Jackson State Wesley Foundation, contact Rev. Maxine Bolden, at JSU in the J.L. Reddix Hall Community Service, suite #126, or call 601-979-1318 or email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.