Thomasville Times Enterprise

December 30, 2013

Alliance to conduct service

Staff report
Associated Press

— The Thomas County Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance will conduct a church service Wednesday, New Year’s Day, to commemorate the 151th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation.

The service will take place at 11 a.m. at Good Shepherd Church, 709 N. Oak St.

Keynote speaker for the occasion will be the Rev. Arthur L. Jones III, Thomasville Times-Enterprise op-ed columnist and local minister, who will speak from the sermonic topic: “Fighting for Freedom.”

The Emancipation Proclamation is the executive order written and authorized by President Abraham Lincoln. The document legislatively freed more than 3 million slaves in the United States. Although Lincoln’s executive order became the law of the land on Jan. 1, 1863, it was not ratified by Congress. Lincoln used the constitutional authority granted to him as commander-in-chief to issue the Emancipation Proclamation.

Several members of the Thomas County Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance will attend the Wednesday service, including the Rev. Curnell Henry, the organization’s president; the Rev. Jeremy G. Rich, vice president; Bishop Joe Frank Burns, treasurer; and the Rev. Jimmy Mitchell, pastor of Good Shepherd Church.

The Thomas County Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance was founded in 1991. Its mission is to continually foster the godly attributes of love, joy, peace, unity and fellowship among all pastors in Thomasville and Thomas County. The Alliance promotes a diverse membership of undershepherds from various systems of faith, both genders and all ethnicities.

The Wednesday event is open to the public.