The Second Union Missionary Baptist Association’s First Community Health Fair


In an effort in reaching out to the communities of Emanuel County, on December 17, 2022, the Second Union Missionary Baptist Association hosted its first Community Health Fair which also included free school supplies, new clothing and toy give aways. Registration for this special event began at 9 a.m. with everyone attending receiving a registration packet. Rashida Gilmore was in charged with the registration process.

Deacon John E. Parker, presider, began the event by leading everyone in singing a hymn entitled, “Low Down Chariot and Let Me Ride” and calling on the various persons on program to carry out their given task. Deacon Louis Washington led the devotion in singing, “Jesus Keep Me Near the Cross” and praying a prayer. Cendy Lee graced everyone with a heartfelt welcome. Several presenters from the medical field rendered much valuable and helpful information on various health topics. The presenters and topics were as follows: Sheila Givens, LPN, Diabetes Mellitus; Dr. Gladys Gibbons, NPC, Depression; Dr. Suffearria Daniels-Ellison, NPC, Women Screening; Zenobia Andrews, RN, Mental Health, and Dr. Anthony Howard, Chronic Kidney Disease. The Refuge, Emanuel Outreach Office, provided written information on domestic violence and their comprehensive services along with pens, back scratchers, and pizza cutters. The Community Health Fair closed with a question-and-answer period, as well as, closing remarks from Enobia Andrew, president of the Healthcare Committee, Dr. Anthony Howard, MD, Vice-President of the Healthcare Committee, Deacon Anthony Lloyd, President of the Deacon’s and Laymen’s Ministry, Reverend Melvin Adams, Vice-Moderator, and Reverend Dr. E. Muriel Bell, Moderator of the Second Union Missionary Baptist Association. Benediction and grace were given. Everyone enjoyed a light and delicious lunch prepared by the culinary team: Nancy Way, Barbara Washington, and Deacon Anthony Lloyd. Gertrude Ricks, Resource Coordinator, Deacon Leon Ricks and Fred Mozee were in charge of the free school supplies, clothing and toy give away.

The Second Union Missionary Baptist Association would like to recognize and give a special thanks to the following contributors of this event, Swainsboro Internal Medicine, Wal-Mart, The Refuge, the Masonic St. Phillip Lodge #96, and all volunteers, for donating their time, their valuable information, school supplies, new clothing and toys which made this effort a total success.

The Second Union Missionary Baptist Association is made of seven local churches and their Pastors. The following churches and ministers are members of this Association: First Baptist of Stillmore, Reverend Dr. E. Muriel Bell, Moderator; St. Galilee Baptist, Reverend Michael Thomas; The Greater St. James Baptist, Reverend Melvin Adams, Vice-Moderator; Oak Grove Baptist Church, Reverend Alfred Cason; Lester Grove Baptist, Reverend Charles Holloway, and Outlaw Grove Baptist, Reverend Delman Reed.