She opens her mouth in wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue. She looks well to the ways of her household, and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children rise up and bless her; her husband also and he praises her, saying: “many daughters have done nobly, but you excel them all.” Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the LORD, she shall be praised. Give her the product of her hands, and let her works praise her in the gates. Psalm 31:25-31

I was glad when they said unto me let’s us go into the house of the Lord Psalm 122:1 When I entered the big church on Belvedere Ave between Park Heights and Reisterstown for the funeral of my niece Machaella Fraling Freeland, I felt a sense of joy and jubilation. It was 10:30 in the morning, the Baltimore Police Choir and the Pauline Wells Lewis Legacy choir were singing and lifting the rafters off the church.

The service was a musical tribute to Machaella an accomplished singer and a member of both choirs. Machaella worshipped throughout the city of Baltimore sharing her musical gift from God wherever she could. When the pastor of the church invited the family to have the funeral at his church the family accepted the invitation.

Machaella was employed for 28 years with the Baltimore Police Department, the top brass on down were there, at least sixty strong inside the church, outside they were on their motorcycles and cars paying tribute to their coworker.

And then it happened, the wake started at 10 a.m. the funeral at 10:30 at 11:50 the devil entered the pulpit and said the service was over. We had to be out of the church by 12, because he had a Wednesday prayer service and it wouldn’t be fair to keep the people waiting. How can you invite someone into your church and then put them out?

“Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean.” Ryunosuke Satoro

He opened the doors of the church and now they were being shut in the faces of the mourners. Everyone dumbfoundedly looked around not believing what had happened. Machaella’s longtime friend Rev. Harrison Johnson officiated the funeral and was as astounded as we were that the pastor of the church had stopped the funeral.

In 15 minutes we would have been finished with just the eulogy and a song to go. My sister-in-law and Machaella’s children wailed as the choir sang, trying to make an unjust act smooth. He then told the funeral directors to “get the coffin out of here,” as the family scurried around in total disbelief unable to walk behind their loved one.

“For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them. Matthew 18:20

Once outside Rev. Harrison Johnson calmed the more than 200 mourners who milled in front of the church and assured them that the service would continue at the gravesite. When we arrived at Arbutus, the staff greeted us warmly and apologetically. Machaella went to her heavenly home with her brother doing a guitar tribute, another brother sounding the trumpet and the family singing at the gravesite.

The spirit of the Lord cannot be broken when his saints are believers.

“What was silent in the father speaks in the son, and often I found in the son the unveiled secret of the father.” Friedrich Nietzsche

When you provide the music for the hottest events on the East Coast you know when it’s your birthday it has to be hot. “It’s getting hot in here” DJ Tanz had us dancing on both levels at Club Olidex celebrating his birthday. The two levels barely contained the partygoers’ dancing and mingling. We were in the VIP section on the second level watching the dancers below. “I like the way you move” on the dance floor was Tanz’s father, St. Louis celebrating his 70th birthday, dancing like a “dance machine”.

The Kappa Silhouettes’ hosted a Hattitude Tea at the Forum. The beautiful tables reflected the style of the Silhouette members. Our host, Freddi Vaughn’s table was resplendent in crystal colors of red, gold and green. Ladies were elegantly dressed in hats, gloves, and beautiful smiles. Kendall Lawrence provided the music for the afternoon. Guests enjoying the tea were Lexie Boone, Lyberian Massey, Jackie Brock, Judy Rainey, Garland Perkins, Darlene Williams, Dr. Lois DeLaine, Monica Watkins, Jackie Massey and Carolyn Tutman.

“I’m every woman” The perfect venue for lunch with our mom Rev. Pauline Wilkins on her birthday was the Woman’s Industrial Kitchen on Charles Street. My sister Clarissa Pritchett flew in from Chicago that morning so Mommy was able to spend her birthday with her four girls, Cheryl Johnson, Karen Chase, Clarissa and me. The all female-staffed restaurant’s food is prepared fresh daily. Marguerite’s chicken salad, aspic and deviled eggs and the bridge club sampler are highly recommended. The dessert menu is excellent with yellow layer cake with chocolate icing, my favorite. The tables are embossed with pictures of prominent women giving the restaurant the feel of a women’s club.

Prayers and condolences to Jake Oliver on the death of his sister Marilyn O. Pickett.

The Women’s Guild of Heritage UCC is presenting Merle Stanley in, “A Stroll Down Memory Lane”, Saturday May 19, call Willa Bouldin 410-466-4397 for tickets.
Tickets are still available for the Mother’s Day Dinner Extravaganza at the Best Western, call Donald 443-572-9985 or Cisco 443-618-7101.
Happy Mother’s Day! Valerie & the Friday Night Bunch