The Deputy Central Bank Governor, Ms. Andrina Coker last Sunday launched the 50th anniversary celebration of the Portuguese Town Methodist Church Stewards Union (SU) urging Christians to fully support them in their stride.
Launching the anniversary during the 49th thanksgiving service of the Union, she said, “I am sure that when the Portuguese Town Methodist Church opened its doors some 150 years ago it must have had Stewards- at least to collect the offertory.”
However, she went on, “it was not till 49 years ago-in the year of Sierra Leone’s Independence- that they decided to come together to form a union,” indicating further that it was in April 1961 that the Stewards Union had their first thanksgiving service.
She further acknowledged that over the years the Stewards Union have contributed in no small way to the transformation of the church, and therefore called on the congregation to join her in congratulating the Stewards Union for their achievements.
The Deputy Bank Governor also lauded the strides of the Union’s Senior Society Steward- Archie Ayo-Davies, while she categorized events that have been planned leading to the 50th anniversary come April 2011.
Among events lined up includes reaching out to others, making themselves better Stewards, fund raising, giving thanks to God coupled with outreach to Port Loko, grand soiree, and buffet lunch.
Other events lined-up include, a seminar and workshop on the theme, “the role of the Steward”, the award of grants and scholarship to all students and children in the church among others and the great thanksgiving service will round the anniversary jamboree.
She implored them saying “over the next 12 months, we pray that you will continue to serve the Lord with gladness, as you give God thanks and bless his name.”
In his sermon, at the 49th service, Rev. Henry Samuels cautioned the Stewards to work diligently in serving God, while the presentation of a Le4m cheque to the Church building project was made by the Youth Fellowship.