Church Women United (CWU) recently held its 70th year anniversary celebration at Cherry Street AME Zion Church.

Church Women United (CWU) recently held its 70th year anniversary celebration at Cherry Street AME Zion Church.

The theme for the event was “A Legacy and a Light — Celebrating 70 years of Church Women United.”

Mandy Alford, CWU local president, presented the call to celebration.

Remarks were made by the Rev. Pam Estes, senior pastor of Lakeside United Methodist Church; Rev. Alicia Frye, assistant pastor of Lakeside; Rev. Carla Perry Johnson, pastor of Oak Grove AME Zion Church; and Rev. Edna Morgan, associate pastor of First United Methodist Church.

Estes said her mother was an active member of CWU. Rev. Cheryl Clark, pastor of Grace Episcopal Church, and Rev. Hazel Linton, are actively involved in the CWU movement.

Each minister was presented a Bible while the audience sang “Stand up for Jesus,” to encourage their calling and work for God. Johnson read Reflections of Young CWU. The history of CWU was read by Classie Green. Three former presidents of CWU Pine Bluff were present. A candle was lit in memory of a deceased CWU sister.

CWU Pine Bluff was organized in 1945. The group meets four times a year at various churches.

For more information contact Mandy Alford at 870-534-7708 or Classie Green at 870-536-9159.