On this Thankful Thursday, I am grateful for the members of the Hamrick Lecture Committee. We have just held our 19th annual lecture series. These volunteers work together in an effort to insure the success of the series. The lectureship is supported financially by contributions. Dr. Hamrick influenced the lives of so many people in his 29 years at First Baptist Church and then serving as founding president of what is now Charleston Southern University.

The lectureship started with just an idea. This committee made it a reality. Through all these years the congregation of First Baptist Church has provided space, administrative assistance and encouragement. The lectureship is a gift to the community and reaches an ecumenical audience. After the Monday program, the Joy Club of the church provides a wonderful Soup and Cornbread lunch for all who attend. The roster of speakers for the 19 years is truly amazing. I am grateful for every one of these gracious leaders.

On this Thankful Thursday, I am very grateful for the members of the committee: Mrs. Joyce Bagwell, Rev. R. Marshall Blalock, Rev. Phil Bryant, Dr. Malcolm Clark, Mervyn Gibson, Mrs. Carol Ezell-Gibson, Mrs. John A. (Jane) Hamrick, Mrs. Nancy Hamrick, and Rev. Bernett Waitt. I am privileged to serve as chair.

Thankful Thursday is a day set aside to recognize the importance of someone to our lives and to let her or him know of our gratitude. Develop and attitude of gratitude; say something nice. You will be glad that you did.