Founders’ Day 2022


The Prelude – “Faith of Our Fathers”
– Ebenezer A. Allotey, Artistic Director,Tema Choir USA –

-Rev. Gayle Porias, Pastor, Cokesbury UMC

Solo – ‘It Is Well With My Soul’
– Rev. Dr. Kamah Thoronka –

Cokesbury Historical Jeopardy
-Leo Bonner, Jeopardy Host-

“Embrace It” – A Poetic and Artistic Rendition
– Sumayyah Abdullah, Poet –
– Shango Kwame, Drummer-

“Happy Birthday Cokesbury”
-Cokesbury Children and Youth, directed by Gloria Baltimore

Special Recognitions
– Pastor Gayle Porias and Eunice Bonner –

“In Living Water”
– Chancel Choir, directed by Melissa Clark –

Scripture – 1 Corinthians 12:12-13 & 27

“Moving Forward in Christ while Embracing Diversity”
– Rev. Dr. Sarah Calvert, District Superintendent at VA Conference of The UMC –

Hymn – UMH 548 “In Christ There Is No East or West”
-Ebenezer Allotey, Chancel Choir, and Congregation

Multicultural Expressions of “The Lord’s Prayer” – Spanish, English, & Twe
– Carlos Kuvaszko, Leo Bonner, and Michael Obeng –

Announcements And Invitation to Fellowship and Break Bread Together
-Eunice Bonner

Hymn – UMH 585“This Little Light of Mine”
– Chancel Choir, Ebenezer Allotey, and Congregation –




Luncheon Served in Cokesbury’s Fellowship Hall (Upstairs)

We Thank You For Celebrating With Us!

Special Thanks
Founders’ Day Committee: Mary Baker, Gloria Baltimore, Melanie Blair, Walter Blair, Leo Bonner,
Elaine Copeland, Vera Edmonds, Barbara Firth, Brandon Grabher-Meyer, Bellene Henshaw, Teresa
Herran, Theresa Hooper, and Marian Benson Ivy

Minister of Music: Ebenezer Allotey

Children and Youth: Allen, Blair, Lenu, Barinem, Monett, Joel, Randy, Liam, Chrissy, Terry, Charlotte and Judith

Acolyte: Liam Lamptey

Chancel Choir: Melissa Clark(Director), Rick Clark, Melanie Blair, Leo Bonner, Gloria Baltimore (Pianist),
Vera Edmonds, Ed Horn (guitarist)

Program Designer: Aisha Bonner Cozad, Ph. D

Caterer: Anthony Johnson

Usher Coordinator: Gordon Freeman
Special Founders’ Day Donation: UMM

Sermon: Rev. Dr. Sarah Calvert, DS Northern VA Conference