Congratulations Gianna for receiving a special Award from the MLK Scholarship Luncheon!
Gianna will be a sophomore in the next school year. She sings in the Liberty Echoes choir at her highschool and won gold at the ISSMA competition. She is an outfielder on the girls softball team and plans to work during the summer to save for college.
Gianna sharing a prayer litany written by Rev. Marlene Sofferra during the Prayer Breakfast (2017 Women Changing the World Convention, Daytona Beach, FL)
Apply to be the next 2018-2019 Christian Women Connection Young Ambassador!
Congratulations McKenzie Meadows!
“My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to
"My plans now since I have graduated are to attend Tennessee Technological University in the fall and major in neonatal nursing"
McKenzie pictured with Jeanie Lee - Tennessee Christian Women Connection, State President
"After joining Christian Women Connection, I have
began to share experiences of church and ministries in the church where I attend, such as a local
sex trafficking event that a church member put together in order to spread awareness and love to
young boys and girls. This ministry really put into perspective the kind of love we should all
have for one another. I would also encourage teenage students to pick their priorities wisely
during their high school experience. Always putting God first and the plan that He has for you
will guarantee success."
The Memorial Award for 2018 was presented to the Elkhorn City First Church of God CWC in honor of Sherry Louise Good, their CWC President at the time of her death. Sherry was highly respected and loved by her peers and friends. She was a nurse at the Appalachian Regional Hospital in Williamson KY for 34 years in the intensive care unit. She loved being a nurse, a grandma and also to read and do crafts. She was a member of the Elkhorn City First Church of God.
Her friends say of her that she was a good worker, a good worker in the church, volunteered to do as much as possible, a good person, committed to church and the Lord, and always willing and eager to do more. She was always eager to try new mission projects with the CWC ladies; they collected pill bottles one year to send to veterans care. She sang in the choir, had just been elected as superintendent of Sunday School at her church, and was the President of the local Christian Women Connection at Elkhorn City First Church of God. She had two daughters and one granddaughter who was her delight.
Certificates for Memorial Mentions:
Sheri Good, Elkhorn City First Church of God
Mary Jo Manley, Lexington Eastland
Francis Morgan, Lexington Eastland
Barbara James Gross, Fountain Park Richmond
Nadine Milsap, Campbellsville FCOG
Elmeda Dunagin, Zoe FCOG
Memorial Gifts sent in honor of:
Francis Morgan and Mary Jo Manley sent by Lexington Eastland, Sherry Good sent by Elkhorn City First Church of God, Barbara James Gross sent by Richmond Fountain Park FCOG CWC.
Rev. Delores ‘Dee’ Padgett was honored with the Mabel Johnson Woman of the Year Award. Sis. Dee was unable to attend the convention so her pastor, Rev. Robert White, received the award for her. And when she was presented the award in her home church, Madisonville First Church of God, she was completely surprised! Oh what fun to surprise Dee.
MABEL JOHNSON WOMAN OF THE YEAR AWARD 2018
The person chosen for the Mabel Johnson Woman of the Year Award for 2018 has served the Lord in ministry at her local church, CWC locally, the Kentucky Christin Women Connection.
She had a wonderful Christian heritage having grown up in the Church of God. She was saved at the age of 6 after a revival service. She attended a one room school for her first 8 years of school. She attended college and was married while attending college. She took time away from college to raise her two daughters.
She has been very active in her local church where she has been a choir member, leading the singing; taught Sunday School; served as local WCG president. And, she is currently the Church treasurer.
She also serves the community volunteering in whatever way she can. She has served on the YMCA Board, Habitat for Humanity Board and the Habitat for Humanity local store. She has volunteered at the shelter for homeless women, homeless shelter program, and at a nursing home.
She has served as spiritual director on several 72-hour spiritual renewal experience over the past several years. She has served on two mission trips . . . . one to Guam and one to Ecuador. She makes little girl dresses to send to Uganda.
Presently, she is serving as the secretary on the Executive Council of Kentucky Church of God Ministries. All of us in the Christian Women Connection ministry love and respect her. And, tonight we honor Rev. Delores ‘Dee’ Padgett.
Congratulations, Sis. Dee, we love you and appreciate all of your work in the Christian Women Connection. I know it has been a labor of love and continues to be, but we appreciate it and appreciate you. - Patsy Daugherty & Kentucky Christian Women Connection
Kentucky Christian Women Connection
Where Every Woman has a Place, And Every Woman Takes Her Place
Patsy Daugherty, President
250 Clay Lane
Richmond, KY 40475
College Park Church of God
3140 SW 26th Street
Ocala, Florida 34474
The women's ministry of College Park Church of God wanted to share their March Meeting with everyone. They have their meeting once a month on a Saturday where the women not only come to fellowship with one another but they have learned to do many projects for missions locally and internationally.
6 Plastic Homeless Mats w/Carrying Cases and Straps for Homeless
Over 30 Pillow Case Dresses made for Guatemala Missions
Knitted Baby Hats made for local hospitals and Guatemala Missions
Sewed many cloths bags and supplies them with items for the homeless.
The women of College Park Church meet monthly and organize various service projects throughout the year. Some of their recent projects include:
Saturday, April 14, at 9:00 a.m.
Strawberry Festival Fundraiser – Saturday, April 28 – 4:00 to 7:30 p.m.
CWC FLORIDA STATE PRESIDENT- Antoinette Wilcox
"How exciting for each and every one of us and that includes all the fine folks such as yourself and Arnetta at Anderson. That was the best pair of compression stockings I ever bought! Bless you all." Alice Noblin
Members from local Virginia Christian Women Connection groups had the privilege of attending a Hope to Walk Benefit Banquet, which was held in Christiansburg, Virginia.
Alice Noblin shared her inspiring testimony in the spring of 2017 and continues to share testimony of how God is using their CWC group to help those in need of prosthetic legs. Alice says, "We really got in on the ground level of their development and implementation and I was told they have 30 countries as well as the US Ambassador to Vietnam interested in their work and products and sent an aide to Blacksburg to talk to Phil Johnston."
Have you ever experienced or learned of something and just knew from the very beginning it was laid in your lap by God? Three years ago, Alice Noblin, the Courtesy Chair for Virginia’s Christian Women Connection entered the doors of New River Valley Orthotics & Prosthetics in Blacksburg, VA. She had no idea what was about to occur. She had gone there with her husband, Charles to purchase a pair of compression stockings to help him recover from his broken leg. During the course of this visit she saw something that captured her interest and her heart, Hope to Walk. She asked Philip Johnson, the CPO about this program and discovered he was making artificial legs for $100.00 each and providing them at no cost to recipients in Honduras. He further explained that artificial legs made for us in the United States could cost over $5 to $6 thousand dollars, but if you had insurance, most of the cost would be covered.
In Honduras, the people are not so fortunate to have any type of insurance. The more they spoke, the more she was amazed with Phil’s story of how they flew to Honduras and fitted 5 to 6 persons a visit. He encouraged her to watch the Hope to Walk videos and see the work they were doing. Upon leaving, she asked for a business card and wrote their website on the back so she would remember the name. Not only was she amazed this charity was occurring not more than four miles from her home, but she had never heard of it. After talking with Phil, she watched the videos of recipients in Honduras receiving prosthetics from Hope to Walk. Alice could not get the image of grown men with tears streaming down their faces walking and running for the first time in years; a young teenage mother hobbling with a board covered in rags to protect under her arm and working for pennies a day to feed her young child; and also the images of a grandmother who cried, laughed and smiled at having her despair disappear in being able to take care of her family once again, and story after story.
Annual Spring Convention “Living Water”
April 20-21, 2018
Roanoke First Church of God, Roanoke, VA
Hope to Walk will share at this convention
Virginia CWC/WCG State President
Shirley B. Cathie was born to Govan and Matilda Thigpen-Seabrook in Baltimore, Maryland on August 5, 1926. Shirley was the fifth of twelve children born to the Govan Seabrook family. They moved to Atlantic City, New Jersey where Shirley attended “segregated, but excellent schools.” She married the late Reverend Burton Chadwick Cathie, to whom she was married for sixty-plus years when the love of her life, passed away. Burton affectionately referred to his beloved wife, both privately and publicly as his “Queen.” To this union, two daughters were born: Reverend Carolyn Patricia Cathie- Waddy-Reid and Chaplain Shirley Bernice Cathie-Garrett. Both daughters followed their father’s and mother’s examples and have been blessed to have established successful ministries of their own.
Dr. Cathie believed in educational excellence and lifelong learning. She earned her G.E.D.; a Bachelor of Science degree from New Jersey State’s Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey Campus; a Master of Arts in Education from Montclair State University and a Doctorate in Education from Rutgers University. Continuing her studies in May, 1993, Dr. Cathie received the Master of Theology degree from Drew University, Madison, New Jersey graduating Cum Laude from that institution. Upon graduation from Drew, Dr. Cathie enrolled in and completed the Graduate Study Program at Blanton Peal Institute for Religion and Health, New York City.
A woman of diverse and multiple talents, Dr. Cathie was a full time instructor for Rutgers, the State University, Douglass College and University College. She has served as both state and regional Education Consultant for the New Jersey State Department of Education and the New York City School District, and has won funding for numerous projects and programs for her proposal writing, while employed by the Regional Districts. Dr. Cathie was appointed by the then Plainfield Honorable Mayor Richard L. Taylor and the Union County College Board as the first Director of the (then new) Plainfield Branch of Union County College, which still exists today from her initial work as its foundation. She recruited the first student body and established original courses of study, innovative instruction and community activities for adult learners, high school students and Plainfield residents.
A deeply spiritual woman, Rev. Dr. Shirley Cathie served as Co-Pastor of the Plainfield New Jersey Community Church of God with her late husband, Pastor Burton Cathie, for more than fifty years. In the early days, she joyfully/faithfully served the church as Chief Custodian, Cook, Choir Director/Musician, Sunday School Teacher and First Lady. Needless to say, Pastors Burton and Shirley served the Lord and his people with loyal hearts and were an awesome twosome! In addition, Dr. Cathie recorded two long-playing albums with her daughters in the early 1970’s. They traveled and sang together as “The Cathie Trio.” Her father often accompanied — preaching the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and occasionally, proudly singing the solo part of one of his favorite songs: “Where Could I Go But To The Lord?” Their albums were entitled: (The First) “The Cathie Trio Sings Hymns of Faith and Trust” and (The Second) “Lord I Need You — Walk With Me.”
Ultimately upon Pastor Burton Cathie’s retirement, Dr. Shirley Cathie accepted the challenge to serve the church as Pastor. On January 2, 1994, Rev. Dr. Cathie was installed as Senior Pastor of the Plainfield (NJ) Community Church of God by the Church of God New Jersey State Ministerial Association. She served as Senior Pastor until her retirement. Dr. Cathie also served the New Jersey Ministers’ organization as its Vice President. Rev. Dr. Cathie is the first woman to be elected to this statewide ministerial position. She was also elected and served as National Spiritual Life Coordinator for Women of the National Churches of God, Anderson, Indiana. As Co-Convener with her daughter. Rev. Carolyn Cathie-Waddy-Reid, she summoned the Annual Ministers' Wives' and Widows' Conference at West Middlesex, Pennsylvania, under the National Association of the Church of God. Rev. Dr. Cathie served the National Churches of God as Lecturer, Author, and Workshop Leader (often with her daughter. Chaplain Shirley Cathie-Garrett), and as Preacher, Teacher and Consultant. She was National Board Member of the Leadership Training Department, and Instructor for the Annual In-Service Training Institute, and a Board member of Church Extensions of the National Churches of God, Anderson, Indiana. She served nationally as the North-East Regional Coordinator for Women of the Church of God, (Currently named Christian Women Connection), serving New York, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Maryland, Delaware, Washington, D.C. and West Virginia. She and her family also visited and served the Churches of God in Durban and Cape Town, South Africa; having been invited by the National Missionary Board of the Churches of God; Anderson, Indiana.
A world traveler and lifetime learner. Dr. Cathie toured and participated in a work-study project to El Salvador with a team of theologians and graduate students from Drew University's School of Theology where she interacted with members of the "Peoples Liberation Movement," with various other educators, ministers and indigenous families. As Educator and Spiritual Advisor, she travelled throughout the United States, Bermuda, Russia, South Africa, West Africa, Germany, Italy, Guyana, The Caribbean Islands, Spain, Mexico and The Holy Land, often accompanied by her beloved family and other colleagues.
As volunteer and community leader, Rev. Dr. Shirley Bernice Seabrook-Cathie served her home Community of Plainfield as an enthusiastic and dedicated member of the Board of Education. For five years. Dr. Cathie produced and hosted a weekly television show entitled "Your Community Network." She co-founded and annually convened along with her friend and colleague. Dr. Willa M. Cofield, "The Black Women’s History Conference" to support, educate, and provide a forum of expression for women to share issues effecting women, families and especially the African American Community. She also served as President of the Union County Commission on the Status of Women and founded the Burton C. and Shirley B. Cathie Family Life Development Center here in Plainfield.
As you can imagine, the Reverend Dr. Shirley Cathie's public recognition in citations and awards are far too numerous to mention. However, just to cite a few: Dr. Cathie is listed in several additions of "Who's Who", in world and career areas. She also received the "Distinguished Service" award in 2007 from Rutgers University’s Graduate School of Education Alumni Association. Most recently on June 3, 2017, The Honorable Mayor Adrian O. Mapp held an awe-inspiring Street Naming Ceremony, forever changing the former "Church Street" to its present name: "Dr. Shirley Bernice Seabrook-Cathie Drive." Likewise on that day. Mayor Mapp officially declared June 3"' to be celebrated as "Dr. Shirley Bernice Seabrook- Cathie Day!"
Dr. Cathie, will be sorely missed. She was a real woman of God; a trail blazer; an encourager; a motivator; a champion and advocate for women and their children; for the marginal; the disenfranchised, the displaced. She was indeed a Proverbs 31 woman. She was considered by all who really knew her to be kind-hearted, generous, loving and caring. She was indeed a living legend; a phenomenal person!!!
She was preceded in death by her parents, Govan and Matilda Thigpen-Seabrook; her husband. Rev. Burton C. Cathie; and her siblings - Paul Seabrook; Alfred Seabrook; Dorothy Seabrook-Lee; Mary Seabrook-Beverly; Gerrylyn Seabrook- Banfield; Delores Seabrook-Jenkins; Gloria Seabrook-Lomax; Ellen Seabrook; Evelyn Seabrook and Barbara Seabrook- Woodo.
The torch is now passed!!! Daughters: Carolyn and Shirley; Grandchildren: Calvin Jr., (Kimberly Jenkins-Waddy), Burton, and Kimberly Clark-Waddy; Great Grandchildren: Calvin Ill, Austin, Matthew, Shelby and Sydney; Sister: Estherlander; several nieces, nephews, and cousins; Goddaughter: Naomi Garrison-Bettis; a very special friend: Dr. Willa M. Cofield; and other friends and colleagues are now among those left to proudly and courageously receive and carry on the illustrious legacy of our beloved "Shero." The songwriter said it best: "In the sweet bye and bye, we shall meet on that beautiful shore!"
"Well done, thou good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a few things. I will make you ruler over many things. Enter thou into the joy of thy Lord!" (King James Version of the Holy Bible)
RUTGERS HONORS REV. DR. CATHIE
The Rutgers University Graduate School of Education took time out on Saturday, March 31 to honor Shirley B. Seabrook-Cathie, Pastor Emeritus of Plainfield’s Community Church of God.
Rutgers could not have picked a better subject for the Distinguished Service Award
(which is given to as many as four Rutgers Graduate School of Education alumni for outstanding service in education and community) than Pastor Cathie.
Over the years she has earned four degrees, including a masters and doctorate from Rutgers, and pastored Community Church of God. She is also the matriarch of the Cathie Family Life Development Center of Plainfield, whose mission is to help young people and families develop in order to realize their dreams and goals.
Dr. Cathie initiated work study projects in Russia, South Africa, Kenya, and El Salvador, modeling, mentoring, lecturing, and counseling multitudes of women here at home in the USA, and around the world.
Cheers to a great humanitarian and an even greater human being!
CHAPLAIN SHIRLEY BERNICE CATHIE-GARRETT
5526 PARKSHIRE DRIVE
COLUMBUS, OH 43229-9351
(614) 264-8526/MOBILE PHONE
Rev. Dr. Shirley Bernice Seabrook-Cathie
The educational process was one of Dr. Cathie's passions!!! With that thought in mind, she requested that her remains be offered for research so that others may benefit from the results of what Alzheimers' research could provide.
If you are unable to attend this special service, we humbly ask that you would hold us close in your thoughts and prayers on that day and in the days ahead.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be shared with “the black women's history conference“ co-founded by the late Dr. Cathie and
Dr. Willa Cofield. Be assured that your contributions will be greatly appreciated and used for college scholarships in Dr. Cathie’s honor and may be sent either to Chaplain Garrett (address above) or to
Dr. Willa Cofield 510 East Seventh Street
Plainfield, NJ 07060
Peace and all other rich blessings!!!
The Rev. Burton C. and the Rev. Dr. Shirley B. Seabrook Cathie family
Vision: A place for every woman where every woman takes her place.
Mission: Encourage women to form a relationship with God and each other; equipping through discipleship; empowering to serve and share the gospel.
Thank you, Jeanie Lee, for a life of service and strength that encourages us all to be equipped and empowered for Christ. You have not only taken your place in your local community but with Christian Women Connection!