The Zion New Jerusalem Church, 2223 Morena Street, featured a family celebration honoring the Insignares family at the Sunday service. The service began with the Processional of the Pastor and youth carrying the traditional flowers to place on the altar. At the Zion New Jerusalem Church, communion is always a part of the service. After communion everyone is given the chance to express thankfulness for the good things that have happened in their lives during the previous week. It is a blessing to hear what God has done in the lives of his people.
Sister Mia Moorefield gave the traditional welcome. Sister Moorefield’s smile and pleasant voice generated many smiles from the congregation. Sister Lady Corder Chapman furnished the musical renditions. If you have ever heard her play and sing, you know how much the congregation enjoyed hearing her and singing along with her beautiful voice.
The Congregation Scripture Study: ‘Preparation for Deliverance,’ Exodus 3:7-17, was read by the congregation. Each person read a verse aloud and the two children read two, according to the pastor, Rev. Inman Otey. Then the family of Dr. Harriett Bias Insignares was introduced by her loving son, Eric. Eric is an MTSU graduate and worked for Sun Trust Bank for 10 years. He is currently working on his Masters Degree in Professional Counseling at Tennessee State University. Eric is married to Danielle Nellis, a practicing attorney in Nashville. She is a graduate of Hume-Fogg High School from which she was awarded a Presidential Scholarship to Spellman University, where she graduated magna cum laude. Danielle is also a graduate of the Boston University Law School.
Eric Insignares first familiarized the congregation with his deceased father, Jorge Insignares, who passed away this year. Jorge was from Caracas, Venezuela, but was born in Columbia. He played soccer as a profession, but was also an artist. His artwork is displayed in the engineering building at Tennessee State University.
Eric’s mother, Dr. Harriette Insignares is from Savannah, Georgia. She came to Nashville to attend Fisk University at the age of 16. She received her master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin and her doctorate degree from Peabody Teachers College. Dr. Insignares taught at Tennessee State University for 38 years. She also has a number of accolades to her credit, such as: Poet Laureate of Nashville; Miss UNCF while a student at Fisk; State Poet Laureate; Ms. Midtown Chamber of Commerce; and was an advertiser for the Hostess Twinkie Company. Dr. Insignares recently auditioned for the television program, The Voice. She is asking everyone to go to WSMV.com/contest and vote for her. The Insignares family also includes two daughters.
Heather is teaching in Korea, while Tracey lives and works in Nashville. The Insignares family is to be congratulated for their contributions to the community.
Dr. Insignares honored the congregation with the song, ‘Only What you Do For Christ Will Last.’ After scripture and prayer, Rev. Otey delivered the scripture lesson based on Exodus3:8, and then introduced his sermon for the day, ‘I Am Delivered to Delivered Them.” The sermon was certainly appropriate for the day, because many in the congregation had gone through many trials and tribulations during the last few weeks. They had experienced deaths of close friends and loved ones. Some were recuperating from serious accidents. Others were thankful that illnesses had not overcome them. After the sermon, Sister Chapman led the congregation in an appropriate song, ‘I Am On the Battlefield For My Lord.’
After the service, the congregation fellowshipped while leaving the sanctuary. It had been a remarkably good day.