Rochester, NY - On Sunday, March 12, 2017, Theta Omicron Chapter held its Annual Memorial Service. The ceremony was conducted as part of the morning service hosted by Christian Friendship Missionary Baptist Church in Henrietta, NY. Vice Basileus, Bro. Howard Griffin and KRS, Bro. Xavier Holiday led the brothers in the ceremony. The brothers of Theta Omicron chapter continued their tradition of honoring the wives of our deceased chapter brothers by inviting them to attend the Memorial Service, with the brothers.
Bro. Deacon Peter James of the host church related that the visit of the brothers had been highly anticipated by his fellow church members. They and the pastor especially looked forward to the participation of the Omega Select Chorus under the direction of Ms Gloria Brooks. This group of brothers in the chapter, renowned in the Rochester, NY area for their singing talent, had been asked to provide the music for the entire church service. Brothers Errol Hunt and James Norman led the chorus’ three choral selections and the chorus also led the offertory and invitational hymns during the service. The chapter expressed its appreciation to the host church and asked God’s blessings on them and on our beloved Fraternity. Bro. Luvert Walker presented the host church a collective contribution from the chapter. He also recognized the wives and widows during his presentation.
Following the Memorial Service members of the fraternity were joined by the widows and wives for a wonderful brunch at Trinity Emmanuel Presbyterian Church. During the brunch, the 39th Grand Basileus, Dr. Andrew Ray; International Talent Hunt Chairman, Bro. Larry Pough; Chaplain, Bro. Dr. Clinton Strickland and Bro. Luvert Walker, organizer of the Memorial Service events offered words of encouragements and uplift to the widows.
Grand Basileus Ray also made a presentation to Bro. Luvert Walker in recognition of his untiring efforts to ensure the widows are not forgotten.