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B6 AUGUST 10-16, 2011 Gwendolyn Baines Gwendolyn


A church member stole my cookware!


(NNPA)—Dear Gwen-


dolyn: I am sure you do not re-


ceive many complaints as this:Twomonths agowe cel- ebrated our pastor’s an- niversary. I was in charge of the activities, which in- cluded the weekly services and the banquet on the final night. I felt we could save the expense of a caterer and renting of a conference or hotel facility. Therefore, I suggestedwe have the event at the church. I wanted all the money to go to our pas- tor. I lovemy pastor. Gwendolyn, I brought my


cookware to church and cooked most of the food there. The cookware was a value of over $2,000. I also brought my $3,000 china for the main table. It was my suggestion that we serve other members and guests from plastic plates and plastic cups. Somemembers did not ap-


preciate the difference and felt to not do the entire event in fine china was not good. To be devious some- one stole my cookware and stole the china. Now what do you think about that? You don’t expect a thief to be in church.—Margaret DearMargaret: Thieves are everywhere. I


hope you are able to recover your stolen items. Let me tell you this: It was silly in you to make such a differ- ence.You could have chosen beautiful china without risking the loss of fine china and expensive cookware. I do agree with you for not taking the event to a luxury hotel—but to give the money to the pastor. I do feel, however, that your love for your pastor could be a little on the romantic side of the word “love.” The mem- bers are correct in feeling belittled. Pastors appreci- ate all the gratitude shown to them. However, their main concern is the well- being of their members— giving them comfort at a time of need. You went too far in this endeavor and you were trying to do as my mother used to say, “Put the dogs on.” But in your case the dogs turned back into— little puppies. (Write to Gwendolyn Baines at:


P.O. Box 10066, Raleigh, N.C. 27605-0066 [to receive a reply send a self-addressed stamped envelope] or e-mail her at: gwen- baines@hotmail.com.)


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the Shadow Lounge in East Liberty where R&B singer Bilal belted out hit after hit for his fans, along with local artists from the Pittsburgh area. You know Brotha Ash has a REAL


CONNECTION to the community. Send all of your party and event information to info@BrothaAshProductions.com and I’ll see you next weekOUT AND ABOUT! 1.) The lovely Dana hangin’ out with R&B singer Chrisette Michelle at Soldiers and


SailorsMemorial Hall inOakland. 2.) R&B singer BrianMcKnight singing his hits at Soldiers and SailorsMemorial Hall


inOakland. 3.) The one and only Thomas Rose, of T. Rose Enterprises, chillin’ with R&B singer


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McKnight concert held at Soldiers and SailorsMemorial Hall inOakland. 9.)R&B singer Bilal having a great time with babyTaide Strong and Justin Strong of the


Shadow Lounge in East Liberty. 10.) Claude McKnight of the gospel group Take Six, sang on stage with his brother


BrianMcKnight at Soldiers and SailorsMemorial Hall inOakland. 11.) Cardell Collins of RAW Entertainment along with R&B singer Bilal and Justin


Nwokeji of Savvy Lifestyle at the Shadow Lounge in East Liberty. 12.) The ladies having a good time at Savoy Restaurant in the Strip District. 13.) Elisa and the crew at the BrianMcKnight concert at Soldiers and SailorsMemorial Hall inOakland.


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