Purposeful Praise: Washington, DC Alumnae Hosts Gospel Brunch
Submitted by Tamera Wells-Lee
On a day that began with pouring rain, nearly 550 people gathered for an outpouring of praise and worship at the Washington DC Alumnae Chapter’s (WDCAC) second annual Sunday Gospel Brunch fundraiser. Hosted in collaboration with the Delta Research and Educational Foundation (DREF) on Oct. 27, 2019, at Martin’s Crosswinds in Greenbelt, Maryland, WDCAC welcomed its guests to an event filled with fervent faith and flavorful fare.
The morning rain that had soaked the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area did not dampen the spirits of the faithful who arrived to the Gospel Brunch just as God saw fit to transform the sky into a wondrous sunny tapestry showing His great majesty. With that transformation, it was fitting for WDCAC’s very own Praise Team to help set the tone of the program and transform the venue into a metaphorical sanctuary with a medley of songs underscoring the grace and goodness of the Lord. Praise Team members provided a backdrop to the Gospel Brunch with beautifully sung praiseworthy songs such as “Oh, Magnify the Lord,” “I Love You,” “How Great is Our God,” “This is the Day,” and “We Exalt Thee.”
After a welcome by the Gospel Brunch co-chair and greetings from the WDCAC President, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated’s 22nd National President Gwendolyn E. Boyd — a past WDCAC President and the Mistress of Ceremony — offered a prayerful petition of reverence and thanksgiving. In doing so, she called on the matchless name of Jesus to bless the event and the aim to raise money to bless others, bless those gathered, and bless the food and those who prepared it.
In addition to feeding the spirit, another key aspect of the Gospel Brunch was nourishment of the body. Thus, as the program continued, guests partook in a variety of satiable sustenance that was as pleasing to the palate as the spirit-filled music was to the soul. In bringing together a fellowship of food and faith, the dining experience was magnified by several musical performances as a follow-up to the Praise Team who performed earlier.
In a refreshing reminder of God’s love and the gift of his only son Jesus, middle-school student performer Meghan-Zoe Young sang a powerful rendition of “His Eye is on the Sparrow.” This was followed by Howard University freshman and saxophonist Langston Hughes II who further invoked the Holy Spirit with an inspiring performance of “The Center of My Joy.”
Featured saxophonist Todd Ledbetter also jazzed up the occasion with a rousing interlude and a medley of gospel and inspirational standards, including “Be Grateful.” Additionally, the Johnnie Steele Family, returning as a headliner from last year, brought the crowd to its feet on songs such as “Thank You Lord,” “We Worship You,” “Perfect Peace,” “The Lord is My Shepherd,” “King of Glory, and “It’s Working (For My Good).”
Other highlights of the event included a Silent Auction, as well as the blessing of special guest Eastern Regional Director Rosia Blackwell Lawrence, who thankfully had safe traveling mercies through the rain following the Eastern Region’s Fall Regional Meeting that had taken place the previous day.
” Clearly, God was at work in every aspect of the Gospel Brunch,” stated the planning committee chair. The initial rain at the start of the day provided for a fruitful harvest resulting from seeds of service planted nearly 100 years ago.
As expressed by the WDCAC President following the program, “We serve a faithful God who continues to bless us and keep us within His throne of grace. As WDCAC prepares to celebrate 100 years of service next sorority year, we are so grateful for all those who have supported the Gospel Brunch and our overall efforts to serve the Washington, DC community through scholarships and impactful programming.”
Submitted by Tamera Wells-Lee On a day that began with pouring rain, nearly 550 people gathered for an outpouring of praise and worship at the Washington DC Alumnae Chapter’s (WDCAC) second annual Sunday Gospel Brunch fundraiser. Hosted in collaboration with the Delta Research and Educational Foundation (DREF) on Oct. 27, 2019, at Martin’s Crosswinds in …