Sharon Baptist Church joined more than 130 local churches, Feb. 9, in its first official Red Dress Sunday. Established by healthcare agencies to raise awareness of the impact of heart disease on women, this annual occasion is a reminder that heart disease is the number one killer of African-American women.

Personal testimonies were shared as were risk factors and symptoms of heart disease. The scripture selected for the day was: “Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life.” (Proverbs 24:3)

The Rev. Dr. A.C.D. Vaughn preached, “It’s a Matter of the Heart,” and the music ministry led worshippers in songs from and for the heart.

Members of all ages adorned themselves in red, representing heart health, and the blood of Jesus – particularly significant since it was Holy Communion Sunday.

After worship, family and friends gathered in the lower auditorium to browse materials and engage resource persons in helpful discussions.

Among the materials was a 27-page recipe book of tried and true healthy recipes compiled by Red Dress Sunday committee member Barbara Jefferson and her daughter, Brandi. Chef Phyllis Larimore and her staff treated everyone to heart healthy snacks and culinary delights.

The Red Dress Sunday committee worked in partnership with Sharon Baptist’s Women’s Ministry to bring it all together.