All the great works of art, the cathedrals – the Gothic cathedrals and the splendid Baroque churches are a luminous sign of God, and thus are truly a manifestation, an epiphany of God. Pope Benedict XVI

Perched at the window of our 7th floor office my coworkers and me for years looked out the window to an empty parcel of land wondering would it ever be developed until one day we noticed a sign that read future home of Morning Star Baptist Church. Being somewhat familiar with Morning Star, I informed my co-workers the history of this historic church in Catonsville. Like children on Christmas Eve, we anxiously watched the development of the parcel of land transforming from a neglected and forgotten space to watching trucks arriving daily loading piles of bricks and mortar on the lot, until one day we saw the bulldozers and the cranes arrive.

Finally, one day we looked out the window and there was a frame. We are witnessing the birth of Morning Star Baptist Church’s new home. We witnessed a dream being born from the ground up. We knew everything that was going on as they built this church from the framing of the windows to the laying of the bricks. The days that it rained, we would look out in disappointment knowing there would be no progress that day. When I told my friend Marty Glaze vice president of Commercial Interiors the developers and builders of the church that we had adopted  the church as our project he laughed and said oh no! Now we’re calling Marty weekly about the progress or lack thereof. Marty sent us a picture of what the church would look like when finished. Big mistake, now we could see the progress and call him if it wasn’t happening. Marty shared our activities in the building of “OUR” church that we had claimed to Bishop Dwayne Debnam who invited us to visit the church once the walls were up.

“I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the Lord. Our feet shall stand within thy gates, O Jerusalem. Jerusalem is builded as a city that is compact together:” Psalm 122

On a brisk sunny afternoon, we joined Marty and the Bishop to tour the church still under construction. What a warm welcome the staff of Commercial Interiors and the workers and members of the church staff provided when we arrived. Nestled under the portico they greeted us and escorted us inside to the uncompleted vast sanctuary. Once inside they served lunch and provided hard hats, safety vests and glasses to wear during our tour. The sounds of delights as we toured the building we had watched from its infancy was priceless.

People aren’t as stupid as the politicians think. More and more of us are laughing off our ‘civic duty’ to vote, rejecting the role of compulsory constituent.” Bob Black

Black Girls Vote Inc. (BGV), is a non-profit organization committed to getting women of color involved in the political process, particularly young women between 18 and 25 years of age. Black Girls Vote founded by my niece Nykidra Robinson, has soared since the launch of BGV in 2015. BGV has registered thousands of voters, and have participated in, and hosted over 100 events, including the Democratic National Convention and the Republican National Convention.

“We must not, in trying to think about how we can make a big difference, ignore the small daily differences we can make which, over time, add up to big differences that we often cannot foresee.” Marian Wright Edelman

BGV has been interviewed on national news networks including MSNBC. Due to their unprecedented involvement in local, state and national elections, the group will host their first annual, Black Girls Vote Ball. BGV will host their inaugural Black Girls Vote Ball on November 10, at Forum Caterers. This marquee fundraising event will feature keynote speaker Joy-Ann Reid, MSNBC political analyst and host of “AM Joy” and CNN Symone Sanders as the mistress of ceremonies. For tickets or sponsorship for this worthwhile initiative, contact Karen Darkes at [email protected].

Happy birthday Senator Nathaniel Oaks, Beryl Johnson, Leah Goldsborough Hasty, Dea Thomas, Chandra Jackson, Eric Connors, Myra Queen, Albert Queen and to twins Janice Nance-Richardson and Joyce Nance-Richardson.

“If I could I’d give you the world I’d wrap it up around you. Won’t be satisfied with just a piece of this heart. My angel, oh angel you’re my angel… Dreams are dreams, some dreams come true; I found a real dream baby when I found you….You’re my angel…” Anita Baker

Wishing a happy anniversary to Andre and Tesa Sheffield and Karen and Gary Brooks; may you always dance the anniversary waltz.

Wishing a speedy recovery to Gloria “Tuttie” Bogans and Phil Strambler.

Sending prayers to Doris Pollard on the death of her sister Phyllis Hall. Also, to Marguerite Hollingsworth and Tia Hollingsworth on the death of your husband and father Det. (ret.) David Hollingsworth and to Alvin and Larry Winkler and family, on the death of their mother Eva Dell Winkler.

What’s happening!

Word for Life Ministry under the leadership of Pastor Harrison Johnson, is hosting a pre anniversary musical Nov. 3 at 7pm featuring The Baltimore Celebration Choir  and Pastor David Boyd, of New Elizabeth Baptist Church at March Life Tribute center, 5616 Old Court Road, Randallstown, Maryland.

The Nutcracker at the Baltimore School for the Arts, 712 Cathedral Street Baltimore, MD on Dec. 1st, 2nd, 8th and 9th.

Holiday toy drive at Vulcan Blazers, featuring Slagz, hosted by Carlos Hutchins, Charles and Chef Fingers on Dec. 10.

100 Black Men of Maryland Inc., is hosting their 25th annual Holiday Brunch, Dec. 10 from 11:00am to 3:00 pm at Horseshoe Casino, 1525 Russell Street. Contact Almie McIntyre for tickets at 410-340-4720.

The Fantastic 4 annual Christmas Party, Dec.15 at the Bleu Room.

“I’ll be seeing you” Valerie and the Friday Night Bunch