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By Mary McHale 301-735-3451
The women of Clinton United Methodist Church celebrated Women’s Day (“Women walking with God”) Sunday, November 17, 2019. Rev. Dorothea Belt Stroman, Pastor. Our speaker at the 8 a.m. service was Pam Stahl who is minister of Music at Clinton United Methodist Church.
Pam was born and raised in Missouri. She graduated from the University of Missouri with a BS in Music Education and received an MA in 2000 from Towson University. Pam and her husband, John, moved to the DMV area when he took a job with the Federal government.
Throughout her career, Pam has worked as a secretary, store clerk, bank teller, organist, elementary school music teacher, piano teacher, children’s choir director, substitute teacher, middle school keyboard teacher, youth choir director and adult choir director. She has also been a stay-at-home mom. Pam and John are the proud parents of two children and grandparents of three grandsons.
Pam and her husband joined Clinton United Methodist Church in 1974. In 2011, Pam became a lay servant and continues to strive to do God’s will every day.
Our speaker at the 10:30 a.m. service was Rev. Jamila Jaye Woods who is an anointed preacher and teacher of the Gospel and a Psalmist. She has traveled throughout the United States, South Africa, Haiti, the Caribbean, and Turkey, sharing her ministry, preaching and/or gifts. A native of Chesilhurst, New Jersey, she earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science and a Master of Divinity degree from Howard University. Rev. Jamila was ordained an Itinerant Elder in the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church and served as the Pastor of the Cornerstone AME Church of LaPlata (MD) for six years. She currently serves as the Pastor of the Jabez Christian Community Church, White Plains, Maryland.
LIFE GIVING SAGE ADVICE
“Life is a mixture of plans not met and other plans that delight. Hold onto the good times that will help you through the night. When you age your body will change but you are now bolder with words of sage wisdom. Sometimes you trade a young sexy body for a mature sexy body and brain. Go with change and if you are lucky, you will have more sexiness to bounce. Sexy is what you make of it, advertise your good points. Enter a place and light the room with your personality and picture yourself in a warm and vivacious joint, and at some point you accept the change for if you are wise you can never go back, and who would want to go through the problems of youth at this age. Not I, for I look forward to days of excitement and nights of passionate thoughts. Looking forward to a better new year.” This poem was written by Joan Evelyn Hayes, a poet who resides in Fort Washington, Maryland. I have known Joan for over forty years. She is a very close friend.
BOWIE STATE UNIVERSITY
More than 150 guests attended the 3rd Annual James E. Proctor Jr. Forum on Education, Leadership and Innovation, where the keynote address was delivered by Dr. Ivory Tolson, bestselling author of NO BS (Bad Stats), president and CEO of Quality Education for Minorities, and professor of counseling psychology at Howard University .
His book is a provocative challenge to the false narratives and negative stereotypes used to deny educational opportunities to African-American students.
The family of the late Honorable James E. Proctor Jr. (’69 & ’72), one of BSU’s most distinguished alumni, was in attendance to present the James E. Proctor, Jr. Endowed Scholarship to Leighton William, a junior elementary education major at Bowie State University.
BSU Alumna and CEO of Prince George’s County Schools, Dr. Monica Goldson (’00), presented the Inaugural Proctor Excellence in Education Award to Ms. Nicole Isley-McClure (’02), principal of High Point High School.
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