Alexander Delk offered the opening prayer and Bostic led the group in the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
She mentioned prayer requests, especially for the Rev. Beecher White, then gave the devotional on “Problems!, Problems!, Problems!” Bostic referred to the Scripture in 2 Chronicles 20:15, saying “Be not afraid or dismayed ...” She talked, also, about Matthew 6:8 and 1 Peter 5: 7-8 concerning the cares of life
“There’s always a problem,” she continued, “and the only one who can help you with that problem is the Lord.” Bostic thanked the group for prayers during her sickness and said, “I don’t believe I’d would of made it if I’d hadn’t been praying,” she said.
Bostic introduced the guest speaker, Donna Jean Barone, a descendant of the Shawnee Indian tribe, who goes by her Indian name of Fallingwater Queiros.
According to a phone interview with club recorder Shawn Markie, Barone first came to Cleveland in 1977 to attend New Life Bible School when it first started (with 12 students), then attended Faith Memorial Church. In 1979 she left Cleveland to go to Teen Challenge Ministries. She moved back to Cleveland in 1993 with her two children to attend Cleveland State Community College.
After doing some family background research, Barone discovered her great-grandmother was born in Altoona, Pa., and was a Shawnee Indian. Through her husband, she met a Cherokee dancer who lived in Etowah and learned about Red Clay State Park.
In August of 1998, she made her first visit to Red Clay for the “The Days of Recognition for the Cherokee,” event.
“Even though I’m Shawnee,” she said, “I was more interested in the Cherokee tribes, because I live in Cherokee country — why not adapt to the people that I’m around?”
She said the Shawnees lived in this area in the 1700s, but were chased off by the Choctaw and the Cherokee tribes pushing the Shawnee north into Kentucky, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Indianashe said.
At Red Clay, Barone asked an Indian storyteller about a naming ceremony for her.
“I really would love to have a Native American name,” she said. He asked her if she had an altar to pray at and told her to go home to her altar and ask God to give her a name.
“You don’t have to have somebody give you a name, ask the Creator,” the storyteller told her.
She went home and got before God, she said, and after around 20 minutes, the words, “Falling Waters,” came to her mind.
When she was 3, her parents took her to a waterfall and after sitting there she could hear what sounded like angels singing and that’s why she was attracted to waterfalls. So she adopted the name of “Fallingwaters.”
“I’m blessed in that and I thank God for that, because He touched my heart as a child,” Barone said. “I was raised in a dysfunctional, alcoholic family and I didn’t know God through my parents.” She said she got to know God was through her grandmother — the one who has the Shawnee. She said her grandmother taught her about Jesus and God, the Lord’s Prayer and Psalm 23.
“I thank God for my grandmother, because she was the most influence in my whole life — she was the one, who brought my heart to God,” Barone said.
“And I thank God for showing me my Native American heritage, I thank Him for my life — He’s given me joy, given me peace, given me strength like none can ever be. He is my all in all, He’s everything to me.”
She added, “He helps me through each and every day. I commit my children to Him everyday and I pray for those around me and I thank God ... He helps us to overcome, because we can do all things through Christ, which strengthens us. (It) doesn’t matter what we’re going through, He can bring us through it and I’m thankful for that,” she said.
Fallingwaters picked up a wooden carved flute, which was made in Canada, and played a Native American song. Then she sang a short version of “Amazing Grace” in the Cherokee language, then in English as she concluded her talk.
Kent Gunderson won the door prize, courtesy off Steve Robinson of Cleveland Plywood. A second door prize was won by Barbara Tucker.
It was noted one of the club members would be having a 94th birthday next month and mentioned that this person honored her parents, because the Bible talks about honoring our mother and father and we’ll live longer.
Others present were Ruby Ball, club recorder Shawn Markie, Calvin Davis, Evelyn Denton, Paul Denton, Martha Ledford, Juanita Poteet, Joe Ben Chase and Lily Cunningham.
October’s speaker will be Daniel R. Swafford, a General Sessions Court Judge. The next meeting will be held at Golden Corral Restaurant at 11:30 a.m. on Oct. 30.
For more information on the United Club meetings,contact Bostic at 479-9207, Charles Lupo at 478-5766 or Markie at 476-5426.