On November 18, 1982, five sisters from two congregations in Montgomery, Alabama met to organize a city-wide sisters’ group from various Church of Christ congregations. The initial meeting was held at the home of the late Sister Frances Robinson. During that meeting, a pledge was made to put forth efforts to gain membership and support throughout the sisterhood and brotherhood. They made a vow for the group to continue in existence while simultaneously creating a bond of love and unity among members.
Other sisters present at the initial meeting were Sister Lynda Chapman, Sister Sadie Chapman, Sister Betty Felder, and Sister Pauline Hill. The group was organized for the purpose of combining sisters’ efforts in providing serviceable deeds to church members and to communities. These beautiful ladies have kept this group alive and functional despite fluctuating numbers in membership.
Current membership consists of ladies from the following congregations: Coosada Road, Holt Street, Inner City, King Hill, Madison Park, Mount Meigs, Narrow Lane Road, New Town, New Harvest, Northpointe, South Perry Street, Southside, and Troy. In the past, congregations included Center Point, College Street, Cottage Grove, Montgomery, and Western Boulevard.
The group has been instrumental in assisting various programs and activities such as the annual Youth Rally held in Troy, AL, Benevolent Sisters’ Annual Holiday Banquet, Crowne Nursing Home monthly visitation, purchasing back-to-school supplies for students, purchasing baskets for senior citizens special occasions, providing financial contributions to Southwestern Christian College, servicing Brentwood Children’s Home and individuals in need. Additionally, they mail cards to individuals offering words of encouragement, get-well, graduation, birth and marriage acknowledgements, and sympathy.
God has truly blessed these sisters and the great work they have done and continue to do for His glory. Hence, their service organization continues to thrive. It is their prayer that they continue to persevere in unwavering commitment to serve, and their bond continue to be strengthened for many years to come.
In closing, I was blessed to have been part of this wonderful group prior to relocating to Florida. When my siblings and I had no choice but to put our mother in Crowne Nursing Home when her condition of Dementia worsened, it was some of these ladies and others from Holt Street Church of Christ who served as my proxy and visited her. They fed her meals, read to her, took her to activities and ensured our mother was properly cared for. Their love for me, and mother, gave me a sense of peace living in a different state.
Sisters, I give you honor for your diligence in shining for the Lord in everything you do.