Morning Star Community Christian Center, a multicultural, interdenominational, Christian based church located in Linden, NJ is a congregation of over 1000 believers who have the faith necessary to change lives through knowledge and consistent practice of biblical principles.
Meet Sonia Wilson. Born in 1937, Sis. Sonia Wilson was raised and educated through 8th grade in Roselle, NJ. She continued her education and graduated from Rahway High School. While there she became the first African American twirler/majorette in the marching band.
After graduation Sonia began her working career by becoming the first African American to work at the retailer Woolworth’s in Elizabeth, NJ. Although the path was arduous, for the next 60 years she worked at different jobs including being trained as a senior nurse aide, working for 17 years at all Elizabeth area hospitals and Muhlenberg Hospital, working as a part-time legal secretary for 10 years, and for 5 years she worked as a part-time tax preparer. As time passed, she met and married James Wilson in 1956. They had five children, Bradley, Rwanda (deceased), Tarik, James, and Joule (recently deceased).
During her early years, Sonia attended Guiding Star Church in Roselle, First Baptist Church in Linden, and Shiloh Baptist Church in Elizabeth. She has travelled extensively around the country and has visited Alaska three times, Panama, Aruba, and Antigua. She would travel solo or with a group, visiting museums and seeing plays at theaters, and has been to several NY Giants games.
While working as a Senior Counselor at Stephen Sampson Center in Elizabeth, it was God’s plan that a speaker would be needed for an event. After searching, she called Lady Bernetta and requested Pastor Evans to be the guest speaker. She was so moved by Pastor Evans’ speech that on the following Sunday she visited Morning Star. Sonia joined the church the following Sunday and received the Right Hand of Fellowship on February 5, 2005. Sonia says she enjoys worshipping and serving the Lord. She said worship at Morning Star is vibrant, inspiring, motivating, and uplifting.
Asked to share what is it she likes about Morning Star, in less than an instant she said, “the openness and love of the people. Morning Star shows that the power of prayer is a great privilege. God showed me the way to Morning Star in an everyday work experience as we live by the call to salvation; the call to sanctification; the call to service; and the call to accountability…this is Morning Star’s life.”
Sonia was chairperson of the Seasoned Saints Ministry (now Seasoned Adult Life Ministry) for five years and served with the Public Relations Ministry for three years. She currently serves as a public relations liaison with the local AARP chapter since 2011. She tours various cities with the local AARP chapter and makes sure her neighbors are fully informed about the various social services available to them.
Sonia prides herself in being a Scrabble fanatic. She says she enjoys playing the game as she understands the mental benefits of pushing herself to master the game and words, in general. She enjoys Jazz music; Miles Davis and Ella Fitzgerald.
Sonia has recently overcome a stroke that had her incapacitated for several months. Today she still enjoys independent living and quiet time at home, watching the television gameshows Family Feud and Jeopardy.
Sonia Wilson – mother, grandmother of 10 and great-grandmother of 5, continues to savor life. Her favorite scripture is Jeremiah 29:11-13.
To serve and service the homeless through kindness, hospitality and compassion.
A fellowship of Christian love that displays God’s mercy and gratitude for our fellow man.
To tend to the basic and immediate needs; food, clothing, and shelter, along with Godly fellowship with the homeless.
A temporary, overnight, emergency shelter for the homeless that provides a warm bed, a hot meal, Christian fellowship and social services to our most vulnerable population. This program is housed in our church on the first and third Sunday evenings during the winter season. The program runs on the kindness of volunteers and donations from the members of Morning Star Community Christian Center.
· to provide a hearty meal cooked by MSCCC members;
· to provide hygienic facilities;
· to provide sleeping arrangements and toiletries;
· to make available movies and snacks for their entertainment;
· to offer spiritual counseling and prayer services;
· to supply service, history and ministry information about MS.
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