Middle Baptist Church Middle Baptist Church, where the Rev. Elartrice Only If You’re 60+ Banquet Ingram Jr. was called to succeed Rev. Lester Baskin who retired in 2016, after serving as Senior Pastor for 44 years, held its 60+ Banquet for seasoned church members on Saturday, December 7, 2019, in the church’s Family Life Center located at 801 Whitehaven Lane in Memphis, TN. Catered by Charlotte Bond, Joel White, and members of Bear’s Catering, 3155 Radford Road, the event featured a full course meal, dessert, and a beverage. The program began with a few award presentations and volunteer members of the Middle Baptist Youth Usher Program including Briana Webber, 13, an 8th grader at Freedom Prep; Amelia Wright, 12, a 6th grader at Freedom Prep; Torian Redden, 8, from Whitehaven Elementary School; and Daelon Harrison, 12, a 7th grader at John P. Freeman Optional School were among the youth who carried prepared plates, desserts, and beverages to members by table. After all the dinners had been served, the youth retreated to a nearby room where they dined too. The program included a presentation by the Drama and Puppet Ministry performers Ryan Thompson, Elatris Estell, and Karen Green and concluded with $150.00 gift checks being presented to several members in attendance, including Katherine Cole who was the first person to arrive wearing royalty purple and who has been a member at Middle Baptist Church in Whitehaven all 48 years of her life. Also on hand for security was Theo Garner, President of the #1 Usher Ministry and Safety and Security Director at Middle Baptist Church in Whitehaven; Social Action Ministry member Leon Sullivan; and Middle Baptist Church members, friends, relatives, and guests which included mothers’ Rosetta Jordan and Elnora Harris; James and Shirley Holliday; Charles Wade; N L and Sarah Joseph; Willie and Sandra Brooks; Phyllis Roy; Renee Washington; Nedra Baskin and mom, Barbara Nunn; Alice Buford; Essie Robinson, and John W. James. The event ended with the providing of lovely purple tote bags with handles engraved with an angle blowing stars from a trumpet-like horn with the number 60+, the year 2019, and the words MIDDLE BAPTIST CHURCH WHITEHAVEN in all capital letters to every member, friend, guest, and relative in attendance. Everyone wished each other a blessed afternoon knowing many would be headed back the next day for Sunday School at 9:30 and/or Worship at 11 AM. 18 D.

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