An important aspect of this blog, beside featuring the ever-popular Friday Red Mr. Peanut and Gallito Mescalito Blogging, and talking about ministry here in Panamá, is to post photos of the many activities which take place at Parroquia San Cristóbal for all the folks from Panamá who live outside the country at the moment. I apologize for not posting these last night, but I was tired when we got back home.
Yesterday Afternoon the Episcopal Church Women of St. Christopher's Parish held their Father's Day program. The theme for the afternoon was "Enter to Worship, Leave to Serve." It was held at the Bishop Clarence W. Hayes Auditorium at Instituto Episcopal San Cristóbal, across the street from the church. The ECW honored two members of our parish: Mr. Cecil Gill and Mr. Roberto Murdock. Cecil and his wife Cora are very active in the parish and diocese, and Roberto has served as Treasurer of the parish for the past eighteen years. He has also served as Treasurer of the Diocese of Panama.
We had a great turn out for the program, and every thing went very well, except for the terrible heat, but no one has control over that! We had six musical presentations and a talk from the pastor of the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Juan Diaz. My friend Elder Marcelino Marshall sang, as did Miss Sadie Taylor (you would not believe the range that girl has!). The Jeriel Group from the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Juan Diaz performed several numbers. Ms. Osiris Robinson was incredible, as always. Alfonso Lewis (the man who has never met a musical instrument he couldn't play and play well) backed up Macelino and Osiris. Then he performed two numbers from his latest CD. The final musical act was El Gran Combo de San Cristóbal. After the prayer and benediction, we were served a lovely dinner of Chicken-kabobs, with potato salad and gelatína for dessert. As always, a beautiful evening!
Photos 1-8, 10,11, 13 and 14 by the Lovely Mona. Photos 9 and 12 by the Rev. Nelson Edwards.
1. Banner in front of the church Sunday morning.
2. The Head Table
3. Elder Marcelino Marshall
4. Jeriel Group
5. Sadie Taylor
6. Mr. Percival Thomas, Director of Music and Liturgy at St. Christopher's
7. Cecil and Cora Gill
8. Roberto and Carmen Murdock
9. The Honorees
10. Ms. Osiris Robinson with Alfonso Lewis
11. Alfonso Lewis and his saxophone
12. El Gran Combo de San Cristóbal
13. The audience
14. Another shot of the audience
Of course, all the REAL action is backstage. The Lovely Mona and Padre Nelson got some great shots backstage, too!
Photos 1, 2, and 6: The Lovely Mona; Photos 3-5. the Rev. Nelson Edwards
1. Elfrida Beckford and Clara Edwards
2. Sadie Taylor
3. Percy Thomas and Osiris Robinson
4. Clara Edwards, Elfrida Beckford, and Barbara Smith
5. Elder Marcelino and Padre are up to something, and Ricky is listening in
6. It's crowded back there!