UPDATED POSTING OF THE CHRISTIAN RECORDER ONLINE ENGLISH EDITION (02/05/16)
The Right Reverend T. Larry Kirkland -
Chair, Commission on Publications
The Reverend Dr. Johnny Barbour, Jr.,
The Reverend Dr. Calvin H. Sydnor III,
the 20th Editor, The Christian
-- National Black HIV AIDS Day –
February 7, 2016
-- Ash Wednesday - February 10, 2016
-- Palm Sunday, March 20, 2016
-- Good Friday – March 25, 2016
-- Easter - Sunday, March 27, 2016
-- Pentecost - Sunday, May 15, 2016
-- Richard Allen Birthday – February
-- Jarena Lee Birthday - February 11,
-- Morris Brown - February 13,
-- Daniel Payne - February 24, 1811
-- Massacre of Emanuel 9, June 17
-- Daylight Saving Time (United States) 2016 begins
at 2:00 a.m. on Sunday, March 13, 2016
Thought for the Week: Seven last words in a church: "We never did it that way before."
1. TCR EDITORIAL
[UPDATED] – I AM
A HAPPY AME AND I HOPE YOU ARE A HAPPY AME:
20th Editor of The Christian Recorder
was never so happy to be an AME as I was on Tuesday, February 2, 2016 when I
arrived at Mother Bethel AME Church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to attend the
Dedication Service of the Forever Stamp honoring Richard Allen. I have to admit that I was one
of the persons, more than once or twice, to ask Ms. Jacqueline Dupont Walker
about where we were concerning the postage stamp honoring Richard Allen.
I was excited as I turned on 6th Street
in Philadelphia and saw all of the activities of the traffic backup, which
indicated something was going on “down the street,” the flashing blue lights of
the police vehicles, the presence of media personnel, the sanctuary completely
filled, the overflow congregation in the basement, the presence of bishops,
general officers, AME Judicial Council members, connectional officers, presiding
elders, clergy, laity and visitors. “Anybody who was anybody in the AME Church”
was present at the Dedication
Service of the Forever Stamp honoring Richard Allen.
an event that will be talked about for years to come. Anyone who was not there
missed an important event of history and a historical moment of that magnitude
won’t be repeated anytime soon. The event at Mother Bethel was a “once in a
lifetime” historical moment.
Mother Bethel exuded the presence of a historical
event and the spirit of Richard Allen could be felt by everyone in attendance.
The energy of the service was electrifying.
The oral presentations were dynamic. The musical tributes were stirring and the
Mother Bethel Mass Choir led by Jonas Crenshaw, the Director of Worship and
Arts at Mother Bethel set the tone and enhanced the atmosphere by its
magnificent musical selections. The music of Ms. J’nai Bridges, Ms. Regina
Jackson, Dr. Joshua Colin and young Bobby Hill who sang during the visit of
Pope Francis contributed to the “first-class” order of events of the Dedication
The Dedication Service of the Forever Stamp
honoring Richard Allen lasted one hour and fifteen minutes and it was an hour
and fifteen minutes of excellence, because every speaker was on-target! Every participant was “on top” of his or her
Jordan, the Master of Ceremonies, comments by the Rev. Dr. Mark Tyler, pastor
of Mother Bethel; Senior Bishop John Bryant, Host Bishop Gregory G.M. Ingram,
Bishop Reginald T. Jackson, AMEC Social Action Commission chair; retired Bishop
Carolyn Tyler Guidry, Bishop Jeffrey N. Leath former pastor of Mother Bethel,
the Rev. Dr. Teresa Fry Brown, AMEC Historian and Mrs. Jacqueline Dupont
Walker, Director of the AMEC Social Action Commission were excellent in their
presentations. Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney gave superb remarks and brought
greetings on behalf of the City of Philadelphia and said Philadelphia is
looking forward to the arrival of the General Conference. Mr. Richard Lawrence
an 8th generation direct descendant of Richard Allen gave electrifying
and relevant comments on behalf of the descendants of Richard Allen whose
presence enhanced the event.
Bishop McKinley Young, Bishop William P. DeVeaux,
Bishop Adam J. Richardson, Bishop Preston N. Williams II, Bishop Wilfred J.
Messiah, Bishop James L. Davis, Bishop Julius H. McAllister, Bishop John F.
White, Bishop Clement W. Fugh, and Bishop Robert V. Webster were also in
The following General Officers were present: Dr. Richard
A. Lewis, the Rev. Dr. Daryl Ingram, the Rev. Dr. Calvin H. Sydnor III, the
Rev. Dr. Jeffery Cooper and the Rev. Dr. Teresa Fry Brown.
Judge Glenda F. Hodges and Judge Tania E. Wright,
Members of the Judicial Council of the AME Church were also in attendance as
were AMEC Connectional Officers.
Clergy and laity from across the United States and
from several overseas districts were in attendance of momentous event.
What does all of this mean?
The African Methodist Episcopal Church in 2016,
not only celebrates the issue of the U.S. postal stamp in honor of Richard
Allen, but also commemorates its bicentennial celebration. What a confluence of events!
We should all be proud! Ebonically speaking, “This
ain’t no regular year because 2016 is not only the celebration of the bicentennial of
the African Methodist Episcopal Church, but also the bicentennial of the AME
Church episcopacy because Richard Allen was elected and consecrated in 1816.
Just think about
Bishop Richard Allen was born 256 years ago, came
into this world as a slave, he and his family were sold by one slave master to
another, he did not have the opportunity to attend public or private school,
was not a high school graduate, purchased his freedom by the time he was 20
years old, never attended college, did not have an opportunity to attend
seminary, had no Wall Street investments, was considered a second-class citizen
because of his race, was rejected by his fellow church members at St. George’s
Methodist Episcopal Church, pulled off of his knees while in prayer, and
criticized, even when he attempted to do the right thing.
Each of us can learn something
Richard Allen’s life had the formula for failure
and mediocrity, but he did not let the circumstances of his birth, his station
in life or what other persons' thoughts about him, define his reality. In spite of all of the negativity in his
life, the economic constraints, and the racial and religious prejudice he
experienced; Richard Allen excelled and proved himself to be a leader.
His legacy and leadership lessons are worthy to be
emulated by clergy and laity, not only clergy and laity of the African
Methodist Episcopal Church, but by people of all denominations and faith
groups. His life and leadership lessons
are universal and timeless.
Richard Allen’s model of leadership is relevant
and effective today. Organizations will be more efficient if persons in
leadership positions, clergy and laity, would follow the leadership lessons of
the Right Rev. Richard Allen.
In Standard English: “This is not a regular year
and 2016 is a year to be celebrated and the 2016 Founder’s Day in every church
and in all of our academic institutions should be memorable and exemplary.
We have so much for which to be thankful! Mother
Emanuel AME Church nominated to receive the Nobel Peace Prize, Wilberforce
University is accredited are among the good AME things that make us proud.
Happy Founder’s Day! Today is a great day to be an
AME! 2016 is a great year to be an AME!
2. READER RESPONSE TO EDITORIAL AND OTHER ISSUES:
TCR Newsbreak - USPS Media Center video highlights of the video coverage of the
Dedication Service of the Forever Stamp honoring Richard Allen
to our sister church, the AME Church. This is a great honor which is long
overdue. Thank you for sharing the video of this momentous occasion at Mother
Bethel AME Church.
Rev. Dollie Howell Pankey
St. James CME Church, Cordova, Alabama
Region--CME Church, Director of Social Concerns
Episcopal District Representative--CME Church Commission on Ritual &
Worship and Connectional Music & Arts Ministry
Co-chair, Faith in Community Workgroup, Greater Birmingham Ministries,
3. NEWS AROUND THE
-- AME Church
founder honored with postage stamp. The stamp art is a portrait of Allen, a
detail from an 1876 print titled “Bishops of the A.M.E. Church” from the
collection of the Library Company of...
-- Philadelphia AME
Church Founder Honored With Postage Stamp...
-- New stamp
honoring AME Church founder celebrated in Tacoma
-- Emanuel AME
Church has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize
Robin Kelly Joins Fellow Members in Nominating Emanuel African Methodist
Episcopal Church for Nobel Peace Prize
-- For Emanuel AME
Church, Nobel Peace Prize nomination a "phenomenal" honor
-- Richard Allen
descendants expected to attend postage-stamp ceremony.
4. LINK FOR VIDEO OF THE RICHARD ALLEN STAMP UNVEILING CEREMONY
from the Rev. Dr. Mark Tyler
Here is the link to our Ustream page which has part 1 and part 2 of the
unveiling. Unfortunately, it cut off most of the remarks by the descendant of
Bishop Allen. Maybe we can get that from portion from Rev. Roderick Belin. I
understand he was streaming it live from his phone. In any event, most of it is
available at this page. Please feel free to share:
*Mark Kelly Tyler,
Ph.D, Senior Pastor, Mother Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, 419
South 6th Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19147
5. THE REV. JOSEPH
DARBY TO KEYNOTE ORANGEBURG MASSACRE COMMEMORATION CEREMONY:
ORANGEBURG, S.C. – One of the nation’s first and most horrific tragedies of
the Civil Rights Movement occurred nearly 50 years ago at then-South Carolina
State College. The senseless tragedy known as the Orangeburg Massacre took
place Feb. 8, 1968 on the campus.
On that fateful evening, three young men, Samuel Hammond Jr., Delano
Middleton and Henry Smith, were fatally wounded and 28 students were wounded
after S.C. Highway Patrolmen fired into a crowd of students and others on the
SC State campus. The student activists gathered that evening in protest after
three nights of escalating racial tension over efforts to desegregate All Star
Bowling Lanes, which was located in downtown Orangeburg.
To honor the legacy of the Orangeburg Massacre, SC State University will
hold the 48th Orangeburg Massacre Commemoration Ceremony at 3 p.m. on Monday,
Feb. 8, 2016 in Martin Luther King Jr. Auditorium. The Reverend Joseph Darby,
presiding elder of the Beaufort District of the African Methodist Episcopal
Church (AME), will serve as keynote speaker.
As a minister and civil rights activist, Darby is committed to a life of
service. A fourth generation minister in the African Methodist Episcopal
Church, Darby served four congregations in the midlands of South Carolina,
including the historic Morris Brown AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina.
A life member of the NAACP, Darby has held statewide leadership roles in
the association and currently serves as first vice president of the Charleston
Branch NAACP. Darby co-authored the 1999 national NAACP resolution for economic
sanctions that led to the removal of the Confederate Battle Flag from the dome
and legislative chambers of the South Carolina State House. Darby is a sought
after political commentator who has appeared on local, national and international
media outlets, including CNN and the BBC.
The program’s theme, “Social Change Inspires Freedoms,” seeks to empower
attendees to courageously stand up against some of the world’s greatest
injustices to help make positive changes for others, whether locally or
Dr. Cleveland L.
In keeping with the event’s theme, the university will recognize Dr.
Cleveland L. Sellers Jr. and the Orangeburg Chapter of the NAACP as recipients
of the 2016 Smith-Hammond-Middleton Social Justice award. This year marks the
second that the university will present the award to an individual or
organization that has demonstrated a commitment to using their influence to
Sellers, president of Voorhees College in Denmark, South Carolina, will be
acknowledged for his long standing commitment to social justice. The Orangeburg
branch of the NAACP will be honored for its ongoing work to eradicate racial
discrimination more than a century after the organization’s founding in New
The program will also feature community leaders including Orangeburg Mayor
Michael Butler and Orangeburg County Development Commission Chairman Kenneth E.
Middleton. University Interim President Dr. W. Franklin Evans and Claflin
University President Dr. Henry Tisdale will both deliver a response following
Darby’s keynote. The SC State University Brass Ensemble and Claflin
University’s Concert Choir will perform at the program. The program will
conclude at the Orangeburg Massacre Legacy Plaza with the lighting of the
memorial flame, which will be lit by family members of the deceased victims.
The annual ceremony is free and open
to the public.
6. UNIQUE CELEBRATION:
“SUPER BOWL KICKOFF” AT BETHEL, HUNTINGTON, NEW YORK:
A visitor entering the sanctuary of Bethel A.M.E. Church, 291 Park Avenue,
Huntington would have been startled at first glance. Many of the members were
attired in jerseys representing their favorite football players as they
participated in the Sunday Worship Service of the morning. The visitor would
have soon learned that Bethel was celebrating “Super Bowl Kickoff”, sponsored
by the Jessie Lee Johnson Memorial Scholarship Committee. However, the visitor
would not have felt out of place for long because there were jerseys available
to wear that day selected from the enormous collection of Sister Jeannie Marve
and her brother, Joseph, both avid sports fans.
The pastor had first mentioned this kind of event to Sis. Jeannie Marve as
a “fun-fundraising” possibility and she developed the first Football Jersey Day
with the Sunday School as financial recipients of the proceeds. As a member of
the Scholarship Committee she, along with Committee President, Sister Elizabeth
Etheredge, and other Committee members, developed this one along different
lines, celebrating one of the most popular sports events of the year. It was held the Sunday before the actual
event. The pastor started the service wearing his clerical attire, but after
the opening portion of the service he shed his robe and appeared before the
congregation in a striped shirt and suspenders, plus a whistle, announcing that
for this "game of Worship and Praise”, he would be serving as our
“Referee”. With that he sounded the official whistle and the service continued.
This was a big, joyful surprise to everyone and the unexpected gesture of
pastoral support was much appreciated as it set the tone for the day.
At the conclusion of the service, everyone was invited for the “Super Bowl
Pizza Party” held downstairs where the appropriate, exciting decorations
brought the whole party to life as they carried out the entire theme of what
the Super Bowl is all about, noting that this year’s Super Bowl is the 50th.
Children received free pizza. There were also football-decorated cupcakes,
chips, and other popular Super Bowl “eats” available. The fun concluded with
door prizes among which there were several footballs signed by Emerson Boozer,
well known in the Huntington Station community where he lives. He is a former star player with the New York
Jets and in addition to having been voted into the College Football Hall of
Fame and the Jets’ Ring of Honor, he is also the owner of a Super Bowl ring.
One of the signed footballs was won by Sister Yolanda Turner and another winner
of a Boozer-signed football was Sean White, a Kindergartner who is 5 years of
age who, coincidentally, was wearing a Jets T-shirt.
Bethel’s Scholarship Fund was started by the late Rev. Clarence B. Johns,
Jr. soon after he became pastor of Bethel in 1991, with Bro. Rodney G. Marve as
its first President. The goal, at that time was to be able to provide each
college-bound high school graduate of the church with a $1,000 scholarship. The
Committee has been able to provide scholarships for every one of our graduates
since that time, approximately 30 of them, receiving a total of approximately
During those years we sometimes had 3-4 graduates and each one was taken
care of. One of the most ardent supporters was Sis. Jessie Lee Johnson, an
original member of the Committee, who stated upon its inception, “I’ve been
waiting for something like this!” She monitored closely the Committee’s
progress and offered encouragement in a number of ways. After her death, as a
tribute to her and in appreciation of her constant interest in its success, it
was decided that the Committee would be named in her honor.
After many years, Bro. Marve resigned as President and Sister Carolyn
Bentley became the leader of our Committee, continuing to guide it in a
positive direction. We are very happy now to have as our President, Sister
Elizabeth Etheredge, who is the granddaughter of the late Sister Jessie Lee
Johnson, for whom the Committee is named. She has many goals to fulfill and has
made an excellent start in that direction. Since the cost of higher education
has skyrocketed in recent years, we would like to be able to increase the
amount of our scholarship at some point.
7. AME BISHOP PREACHED
FOR THE ANNUAL PAN-METHODIST CONNECTION CHAPEL SERVICE:
On January 26th, Emory University’s Candler School of Theology
was honored to host Bishop Clement Fugh as the Preacher for the Annual
Pan-Methodist Connection Chapel Service. Bishop Fugh masterfully weaved his
focus text, 1 Corinthians 2:1-5 into his sermon, “Witness Only to What You Know
for Sure!” Candler Dean Jan Love called
his sermon, “deeply meaningful and inspiring.” Assoc. Dean of Worship and
Music, Barbara Day Miller said, “[His] wisdom and voice of experience was a
focused and settling word of affirmation and a call to authentic ministry.”
Bishop Fugh moved everyone to critically examine both why and how we approach
our call to ministry and sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Bishop Fugh was introduced to the congregation by AME General Officer Dr.
Teresa Fry Brown (Candler Bandy Professor of Preaching; Faculty Advisor to the
Pan-Methodist Connection). Since it was a Service of Word and Table, Bishop
Fugh graciously shared Celebrant responsibilities with Candler
Bishop-in-Residence Woodie White (UMC).
Also serving during communion were Candler faculty and AME Elders: the Rev.
Toni Belin Ingram (Assistant Professor in the Practice of Practical Theology;
Director of Black Church Studies) and Dr. Nichole Philips (Assistant Professor
of Sociology, Religion, and Culture). Assisting during the service were current
Candler students the Rev. Elliott Robinson, JD (President, Pan-Methodist
Connection) and the Rev. Marguerite Doctor, MD.
In attendance at the service were retired General Officer Dr. Jayme Coleman
Williams, Dr. McDonald Williams and Donna Williams. We also had the pleasure of
having the President of the Connectional Presiding Elders Council and current
Presiding Elder of the East District of the Atlanta-North Georgia Annual
Conference, Earl Ifill. The Rev. Thelma Minor was also in attendance along with
Candler AME students the Rev. Priscilla Adams (Th.M), the Rev. Robin Henry
(MDiv), the Rev. Cheryl Swanier (MDiv) and Licentiate Constance Daise (MDiv).
Prior to the Chapel service, Bishop Fugh gracious shared his time with the
Candler AME students during a breakfast at the popular Atlanta eatery, The
General Muir. There Bishop Fugh shared wisdom and insight that is sure to
enhance both the lives and ministries of everyone who was in attendance. The
entire Emory community is grateful for his presence, his life and his ministry.
We are all changed for the better thanks to Bishop Clement Fugh.
The Rev. Elliott Robinson, JD
Candler School of Theology, Class of 2016
Saint Philip AME Church (Atlanta)
8. EMPOWERING A NEW
VISION FOR 2016:
*Sister Delanda S. Johnson
As the North Texas Conference Tyler District starts a New Year, it brings
about changes. The Tyler District has a new Presiding Elder, the Rev. Mittie C.
Muse, Sr. who was appointed to this position at the 10th Episcopal Planning
Meeting that was held on November of 2015.
The Rt. Rev. Vashti Murphy McKenzie is the Presiding Prelate of the 10th
Presiding Elder Rev. Mittie C. Muse, Sr. held his first Tyler District
Worship Service on Saturday, January 30, 2016 at Grant Chapel AME Church in
Palestine, Texas. The Rev. Harrison Wilson is the pastor of Grant Chapel.
The Worship Service was called to order by newly appointed worship leader,
the Rev. Kennen Jackson.
The Contemporary Voices led the congregation into praise and worship, which
was followed by a powerful prayer given by the Rev. T. J. Miles.
Brother Keith Andrews, Minister of Music for the Tyler District kept the
flow going with a moving selection, “Yes God Is Real” that stirred the people
off of their feet.
The Rev. Joan Nickerson introduced P. E. Rev. Mittie Muse, Sr. to the
waiting congregation with the spirit still on a high note. The Rev. Muse stated, “For the Tyler District
this is going to be a great and Blessed year.
I’m looking forward to doing wonderful things on the Tyler District and
I know that with your help and by the GRACE of GOD, we will succeed.”
The guest speaker for the worship service was the Rev. Michael Thompson,
pastor of St. James Missionary Baptist Church in Elkhart, Texas.
The Rev. Thompson is married with three children and states, “I have a
passion to share the word of God with the people of God. God has equipped me
with a special anointing to Minister to the needs of people. Although there have been many challenges in
life, yet I know God to be an awesome God.”
The Rev. Thompson's theme for the occasion was “Blessings We Can Learn from
Some Leopards,” which was taken from Luke 17:11-19.
The Rev. Thompson shared with the congregation that there are things that
we can learn from people who are in bad conditions; people who don't even know
that they are in a crisis. “Today, we
have people with conditions that we say we don't want to be around, however, we
can learn from lepers, who were considered to be unclean." He went on to say, "God will look past
your conditions, this will give people the power to go when they don't want to
go. God looks beyond all our faults and
tends to our needs,” said the Rev. Thompson.
“We let our conditions bind us. Churches are empty because people don't
want to flock together. When we are in this situation, we should have sense
enough to say. “Lord have mercy,” no matter the circumstance.
"Sometimes we have to “Yell” and learn to make sense of difficult
situations and to ask for help; meaning to obey the command when God has given
it to you. If you're in a bad condition
and God has brought your out; you must give God Praise. You got to get ugly, clap your hands, stomp
your feet, throw-up your hands, shout, etc., give Him your thanks,” said the
The Rev. Thompson’s final statement was to let the congregation know that
we can't do anything without thinking about the goodness of God. He’s Alright!
*Sister Delanda S. Johnson is the Tyler District Reporter
9. IDENTITY THEFT IS AN ONGOING CONCERN AND ON THE IRS
ANNUAL “DIRTY DOZEN” LIST OF TAX SCAMS TO AVOID:
-- IRS YouTube Security Summit Video Series:
#1: Security Summit Identity Theft Tips Overview – English
#2: What Changes Can Taxpayers Expect this Year? – English
#3: Check your Credit Report Annually is available – English
#4: Secure Your Tax Return is available – English
#5: Be Careful When Using Wi-Fi – English
#6: Update Your Password Regularly – English
-Taxes.Security.Together. – English
— The Internal Revenue Service today issued a filing season alert warning
taxpayers to watch out for identity theft at tax time and highlighted the crime
as the first scam in the agency’s “Dirty Dozen” series.
the course of the past year, as part of the Security
Summit initiative, the IRS partnered with states and the tax industry to
enhance coordination and create a more secure system for taxpayers.
Summit participants, including the IRS, will regularly share details of
fraudulent schemes detected this season so industry and government have the
same information and can adjust accordingly to provide increased protection.
Many changes will be invisible to the taxpayer, but the more than 20 shared data
elements are critical to making sure the IRS, states and industry can better
verify the taxpayer and the legitimacy of the tax return.
collaborative efforts with the Security Summit have given the IRS additional
tools to stop fraudulent returns at the door," said IRS Commissioner John
Koskinen. "The criminals continue to look for increasingly sophisticated
ways to breach the tax system. While the IRS has improved prevention and
detection efforts, we’re calling on taxpayers to protect their private information
so thieves can’t steal personal data to file fraudulent returns."
IRS also joined with industry and states on a public awareness campaign to
provide taxpayers with easy tips to better protect themselves. The “Taxes.
Security. Together.” campaign includes YouTube videos, Tax Tips and fact
sheets to help taxpayers stay safe online.
Dirty Dozen is compiled annually by the IRS and lists a variety of common scams
taxpayers may encounter any time during the year. Many of these con games peak
during filing season as people prepare their tax returns or hire someone to do
urge people to use caution when viewing e-mails, receiving telephone calls or
getting advice on tax issues because scams can take on many sophisticated
forms," Koskinen said. "Keep your personal information secure by
protecting your computers and only giving out your Social Security numbers when
identity theft occurs when someone uses your stolen Social Security number to
file a tax return claiming a fraudulent refund. While the IRS has made
significant strides over the past several years to address this issue, it
remains a top concern for the IRS, which is why identity theft remains on the
Dirty Dozen list again this year as the IRS works to protect taxpayers and
the most recent three fiscal years, Criminal
Investigation (CI) helped convict approximately 2,000 identity thieves. In
fiscal year 2015, the IRS initiated 776 identity theft related investigations,
which resulted in 774 sentencings through CI enforcement efforts. The courts
continue to impose significant jail time with the average months to serve in
fiscal year 2015 at 38 months— the longest sentencing being over 27 years.
IRS understands that identity theft is a frustrating, complex process for
victims. While identity thieves steal information from sources outside the tax
system, the IRS is often the first to inform a victim that identity theft
occurred. The IRS is working hard to resolve identity theft cases as quickly as
Fact Sheet 2016-1: IRS, States and Tax Industry Combat Identity Theft and
Refund Fraud on Many Fronts,
Fact Sheet 2016-2: IRS, States and Tax Industry Urge Taxpayers to Join the
Effort to Combat Identity Theft,
10. IT IS AMAZING
NATIONAL U.S. GOOD NEWS CREDIT IS NOT GIVEN:
National Public Radio (NPR) reports, "U.S. Added 151,000 Jobs in January,
Unemployment Dropped To 4.9 Percent."
My comment is not directed to NPR, but to politicians, especially
Republicans. In the past, when positive economic news was released by the
media, the serving president was given credit for the improvement of the
economy. It doesn't happen under
President Barack Obama and I wonder why?
Just a rhetorical question, because I know why!
"CALVINISM VS. ARMINIANISM - WHICH VIEW IS CORRECT:
TCR Editor’s Comment: Thought this article would be a
quick refresher for preachers and laity who are interested in predestination
and Arminianism are two systems of theology that attempt to explain the
relationship between God's sovereignty and man's responsibility in the matter
of salvation. Calvinism is named for John Calvin, a French theologian who lived
from 1509-1564. Arminianism is named for Jacobus Arminius, a Dutch theologian
who lived from 1560-1609.
systems can be summarized with five points. Calvinism holds to the total
depravity of man while Arminianism holds to partial depravity. Calvinism’s
doctrine of total depravity states that every aspect of humanity is corrupted
by sin; therefore, human beings are unable to come to God on their own accord.
Partial depravity states that every aspect of humanity is tainted by sin, but
not to the extent that human beings are unable to place faith in God of their
own accord. Note: classical Arminianism rejects “partial depravity” and holds a
view very close to Calvinistic “total depravity” (although the extent and
meaning of that depravity are debated in Arminian circles). In general,
Arminians believe there is an “intermediate” state between total depravity and
salvation. In this state, made possible by prevenient grace, the sinner is
being drawn to Christ and has the God-given ability to choose salvation.
includes the belief that election is unconditional, while Arminianism believes
in conditional election. Unconditional election is the view that God elects
individuals to salvation based entirely on His will, not on anything inherently
worthy in the individual. Conditional election states that God elects
individuals to salvation based on His foreknowledge of who will believe in
Christ unto salvation, thereby on the condition that the individual chooses
sees the atonement as limited, while Arminianism sees it as unlimited. This is
the most controversial of the five points. Limited atonement is the belief that
Jesus only died for the elect. Unlimited atonement is the belief that Jesus
died for all, but that His death is not effectual until a person receives Him
includes the belief that God’s grace is irresistible, while Arminianism says
that an individual can resist the grace of God. Irresistible grace argues that
when God calls a person to salvation, that person will inevitably come to
salvation. Resistible grace states that God calls all to salvation, but that
many people resist and reject this call.
holds to perseverance of the saints while Arminianism holds to conditional
salvation. Perseverance of the saints refers to the concept that a person who
is elected by God will persevere in faith and will not permanently deny Christ
or turn away from Him. Conditional salvation is the view that a believer in
Christ can, of his/her own free will, turn away from Christ and thereby lose
salvation. Note - many Arminians deny "conditional salvation" and
instead hold to "eternal security."
in the Calvinism vs. Arminianism debate, who is correct? It is interesting to
note that in the diversity of the body of Christ, there are all sorts of
mixtures of Calvinism and Arminianism. There are five-point Calvinists and
five-point Arminians, and at the same time three-point Calvinists and two-point
Arminians. Many believers arrive at some sort of mixture of the two views.
Ultimately, it is our view that both systems fail in that they attempt to
explain the unexplainable. Human beings are incapable of fully grasping a
concept such as this. Yes, God is absolutely sovereign and knows all. Yes,
human beings are called to make a genuine decision to place faith in Christ
unto salvation. These two facts seem contradictory to us, but in the mind of
God they make perfect sense.
12. THE TRUTH IS THE
*The Reverend Dr. Charles R. Watkins, Jr.
Based on Biblical Text: Isaiah 35:5-6 KJV: Then the eyes of the blind shall
be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped. Then shall the lame man
leap as a hart, and the tongue of the dumb sing: for in the wilderness shall
waters break out, and streams in the desert.
Our text, very obviously, begins with the word “then”. “Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened,
and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped. Then shall the lame man leap as a
hart and the tongue of the dumb sing”.
To many it may be even more obvious that the immediate question we raise
is “when”? When will all these miracles take place? Verse 4, just prior to our
text, says, “Behold, your God will come. He will come and save you.” I contend
that again we immediately want to ask, “When”?
“When”’ is the pressing question for all of us. It is the pressing question
for all those who need help, whether it be ill health or marital woes. “When”
is the pressing question for those who find themselves spinning out of control
from addiction. It is the pressing question for the folk who are wringing their
hands over wayward children, or those weighed down with the responsibility of
caring for ailing parents. The preacher in me is compelled to ask, “Am I on
your row yet?”
The prophet Isaiah helps us find the answer to our question. The text is
historically centered on the time Isaiah has been setting forth the Lord’s
judgments and the impending deliverance of Israel from its oppressors. Isaiah’s
whole focus is their return from exile. In fact, the entire chapter paints a
rather poetic picture of the vividness of their return juxtaposed against the
bleakness of the pervasive question, “when”.
When we read Isaiah’s prophecy, we notice lame men leaping under a power -
not of their own. We find that blind men suddenly see, and the dumb are no
longer speechless. As we read on we find that dry and thirsty lands burst forth
with sudden streams of refreshment. In our mind’s eye we can see the vast
wilderness stretching across the desert. It is a place too plain to be missed,
but yet too high to be occupied by our adversaries. We can envision Isaiah’s
troops cheerily leaping along singing as they make their way home from exile.
There is an unexplainable hope in their hearts as they journey to Zion to claim
their miracle. They all hope for the same thing! They all long for a joyful
home no longer marred by sadness. A home where they will never again hear
sighing and never again feel sorrow. Still the question is, “when”.
Isaiah was a poet however; there is a fuller meaning to his prophetic song.
This poetic piece is not just a creative way of exalting the ‘coming of the
Lord’, by stringing together images of vanishing evil and subsequent good.
Isaiah is actually painting a picture of seasons of miracles. The first season
is the song of celebration for the Jews returning from exile. Another season
that shines through Isaiah’s poetic prophecy is the promise of undying
possession of the Promised Land. That does not however exhaust the seasons of
this text. Isaiah points us to the fact that God is revealing the great gift of
His Son, Jesus Christ. And yet, there is still more. The final season the
second coming of Christ! In Isaiah’s song we see the shadow of all of these
seasons of miracles in which God comes to deliver us. The same principles are
at work in each event, and each ends in the similitude of joy.
All of the miracles of Isaiah’s song are symbolic, just as Jesus’ miracles
were symbolic. The outward and visible always harmonizes with the inward and
the spiritual. These miracles of Isaiah’s song demonstrate the power of Jesus
Christ to restore us to our spiritual capacities, which are all but destroyed.
When we read this chapter of Isaiah, we discover, we may be a mess now, but
Jesus Christ has a miracle for our mess. We may be sorrowing now, but Jesus
Christ has a solution for our sorrow.
To the utmost, Jesus saves! He is able to restore our understanding, our
actions, and our speech. To all of us seeking higher knowledge, Jesus offers a
higher gift. He offers the gift of healing. He can bring healing to the
nations, but by the Grace of God, He can also bring healing to our situation.
*The Reverend Dr. Charles R. Watkins, Jr., is the pastor of Morris Brown
AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina
13. NATIONAL BLACK HIV/AIDS AWARENESS DAY (NBHAAD) ON FEBRUARY 7, 2016:
In this Black History Month, the set aside day to
focus specifically in African American communities on getting to an AIDS-Free
Generation is February 7. In 2016, this
15th annual commemoration of NBHAAD falls on a Sunday – the Lord’s Day. What an
opportunity for highlighting what is occurring and needs to continue even more
fervently with our people to halt HIV infection and AIDS as a fatal disease.
As a TCR reader, by now you know that we have the
medical tools to conquer HIV/AIDS. What is needed; is the will, understanding
and resolve to act and sustain action on what is known until HIV/AIDS is no
longer. We have what it will take to get to an AIDS-free status!
I have said it before, and say it now once again.
With the history, the assess to communities, the
influence and connection to both the ”common man” and “people in high places”,
with the talented people of the African Methodist Episcopal Church (AMEC), we
should be leaders and an exemplary community engagement model in making sure
that HIV drops to zero—especially in African American communities.
We should document these actions and results in
HIV testing and linkage to care as required to prevent progress to AIDS. We can
work in partnership with others—Christians, other faiths, non-believers, local,
state and national governments, school systems, universities, civic and social
organizations to reduce and measure the reduction in HIV infections and AIDS
disease until new infections are measuring zero.
No child, woman or man in neighborhoods served by
the AMEC or its sister church denominations should become infected with HIV or
deal with the disarray, illnesses and death that AIDS can bring about.
When the AMEC as a collective decides to
seriously declare and implement an organization-wide war on HIV, not only in
consistent pockets of effort such as the New Jersey Human Development
Corporation (NJHDC) (www.njhdctrenton.org)
(1), but globally across this vast Zion, we will move in a major way towards an
AIDS-free generation. We have access, effective models, programs,
organizational methods and protocols, contacts, experts, commissions,
preachers, teachers, legislative process, buildings and opportunities abound in
meetings and conferences.
Here is one vivid reminder of why the AMEC is
called to be systematic in a war to reduce impacts of, even eliminate,
The office of the New Jersey Health Commissioner
O’Dowd will join on February 7 at 9:30 a.m. with the NJHDC in Trenton to
commemorate NBHAAD at the Greater Mt. Zion Church. He states, “Although we have
made great progress in reducing transmissions of HIV/AIDS, disparities
remain." "African Americans make up 14 percent of New Jersey's total
population but account for 52 percent of the more than 37,900 people currently
living with HIV/AIDS in New Jersey." (2)
The need is real. Some proven ways to address the
need are known.
So what is the problem? What is the hold-up? Why
is this not happening? Or where happening, why is it occurring in such a
scattered here and there approach, effective in areas, but not with the power
that could get HIV/AIDS to zero?
We are people of faith. Where is the power, will
and resolve to get this done?
Please Lord, have mercy on us! Jesus will you
please have mercy on us? Father, have mercy on us!
Holy Spirit convict us, prepare us and guide us
to answer well this one call for which the AMEC was brought into existence some
200 years ago. Help us to live up to the great legacy of our founding for
effective impact and outcomes in such a time as this. We ask, believe and
receive, in the strong name of Jesus. Amen.
(1) Contact the NJHDC as a longstanding HIV/AIDS
awareness model or get info on their NBHAAD 2016 events at (609) 396-7474 or
from its CEO, The Rev. J. Stanley Justice at email@example.com.
Conversation of D.M. Brooks excerpted from a post
of AIDS Blog.gov
14. WHAT DRIVES ME? GETTING TO AN AIDS-FREE GENERATION:
January 29, 2016 • By Douglas M.
Brooks, MSW, Director of the Office of National AIDS Policy
Recently, I had the chance to sit down with my
good friend and colleague, Jamal Brown, Press Secretary for the White House
Office of Management and Budget, to talk about priorities for achieving the
goals of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy through 2016 and my personal connection
to HIV/AIDS work.
The bottom line is that we, all of us—the Federal
government, state and local governments, people living with HIV, advocates,
service providers and other stakeholders across the nation—need to have a laser
focus on these four areas:
Widespread HIV testing and linkage to care; Broad
support for people living with HIV to remain engaged in comprehensive care;
Universal viral suppression among people living with HIV; and Full access to
PrEP services for those whom it is appropriate and desired.
If you haven’t read the (USA HIV/AIDS)
Strategy, I strongly urge you to do so! It’s our nation’s roadmap for
responding to HIV through 2020. You can use it along with
our Community Action Plan Framework to create a tailored strategy for
your organization or community.
To hear more of our conversation and watch
additional footage, including a discussion of PrEP, stigma,
and our goals for the next 12 months; visit the AIDS.gov YouTube page.
The (Obama) Administration has less than a year
left in office, but our collective work must continue beyond that. If we stay
focused and do the work, we, as a nation, can actually end HIV as a public
health threat in our lifetime, which was unfathomable just 20 or even 10 years
ago—so let’s get it done, together.
15. GETTING TO ZERO:
ZIKA VIRUS - A NEW EMERGING EPIDEMIC:
On February 1, 2016 the International Health Regulations Emergency
Committee of the World Health Organization (WHO) met to assess the threat from
Zika virus. The WHO has declared “a public health emergency of international
concern” and states that “Zika virus is spreading explosively” in the Central
and South Americas. This is the same status used with Ebola virus. Such conveys
that focused attention, surveillance and use of resources should be a high
priority for control of the emerging epidemic.
What is Zika virus?
How is it transmitted and to whom?
This virus is closely related to insect born viruses (arboviruses) that
cause yellow fever, dengue fever, West Nile and some other encephalitic
infections e.g. Western Equine encephalitis (WEE). These zoonotic viruses (from
insects or animals) replicate in the tissues of mosquitoes as their natural
host, but can infect humans. The virus reproduces to high numbers in the insect
gut. When an infected female mosquito feeds on a person, the new virus progeny
are deposited into the blood. This virus can be taken up by another mosquito
that bites the infected human carrier. Virus is further amplified to high
numbers in that mosquito.
What are symptoms of
Zika virus infection?
For 4 of every 5 people infected, there are no symptoms. For others,
symptoms that appear from 2-7 days after exposure can include fever, rash,
joint pain and red or runny eyes. There are more severe symptoms in a few
The major concern with infection with Zika virus is for the developing
fetus of a woman who is pregnant. Though
not yet proven as causal, there is a strong association of infection with Zika
virus during pregnancy with micro-encephalitis and some neurological disorders
including stunted brain development and smaller heads (microcephaly) in
Zika virus is not known to be transmitted from person to person except from
an infected mother to her child in utero.
Where is this virus
Zika virus was discovered in Uganda in 1947. An outbreak of Zika virus
fever occurred in French Polynesia in 2014. It was first noted South America in
May 2015 in Brazil. By February 1, 2016 it has spread to regions of a growing
list of countries-- Brazil, Columbia, Ecuador, Paraguay, French Guinea,
Suriname, Venezuela, Bolivia, Panama, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico,
Haiti, Puerto Rico, St. Martin, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Barbados, Cape Verde,
Guyana, the Dominica Republic, Jamaica and Costa Rico. All are areas where
Aedes aegypti mosquitoes or closely related species are present.
The confirmed 31 cases of Zita virus infection in the USA are for travelers
to regions where virus-carrying mosquitoes have been detected. Thus these
infections are from mosquitoes at the travel destination.
The Aedes mosquito species is widely distributed. As with most seasonal
insects, it is more prevalent in a warm, rainy climate where mosquitoes flourish.
Aedes mosquitoes are especially adaptable to thrive in urban areas in any form
of standing water-- in gutters, flowerpots, puddles, sewage drains, etc.
How to prevent Zika
virus infection and Zika fever
There is no vaccine or specific treatment. Minimizing mosquito populations
and preventing mosquito bites are major controls. The Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests that travelers to regions affected by
Zika virus should wear light colored long sleeved clothes and long pants, use
mosquito repellent containing DEET, stay indoors and use air conditioners and
screen covered windows and doors, sleep under mosquito nets.
The Aedes aegypti mosquito feeds mostly in the daytime. To protect against
Zika virus, bed nets are needed more for people who sleep during the day such
as night laborers. However, since mosquitoes can carry other infectious
microbes, when traveling to affected locations, to reduce exposure to malaria
and other vector-born microbes it is wise to sleep under mosquito nets whether
in the day or at night.
Zika virus controls include reducing standing water and use of safe levels
of insecticides to destroy mosquitoes and their breeding sites. In a few
locations, genetically modified mosquitoes that are sterile or resistant to
virus infection are released to breed with or over-populate virus-carrying
Although precautions have been issued, currently there are no travel
restrictions for Zika virus. Women who are pregnant are advised not to travel
to countries of known or potential Zika virus presence.
Residents of the US Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, the Pacific or Caribbean
Islands and countries of Central and South America can expect to see an
increase in subclinical and clinical infections and in microcephaly among
newborns. Women (and their children) who live in affected areas are of major
concern. This is especially true for those who live in highly populated urban
areas where infection surveillance, regular pre-natal care and controls to
reduce vector breeding sites are more difficult.
The WHO predicts that potentially three to four million people could be
affected in this epidemic and thus issued the international emergency status.
Fortunately, the CDC has developed diagnostic tests that use serum from
patients to detect evidence of new Zika virus infection within the first week
after exposure. Research is needed to understand this virus, its pathogenesis
and effective ways to stop infection. Meanwhile, for those in or traveling to
affected locations, precautions and suggestions on how to avoid mosquito bites
should be heeded.
is available at these websites:
The Rev. Dr. Fuller is
currently on Sabbatical leave from the University of Michigan and will submit
her column as her schedule permits.
16. iCHURCH SCHOOL LESSON BRIEF FOR SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2016
- PASSOVER - EXODUS 12: 1
Verse: This day shall be unto you for a memorial; and ye shall keep it a
feast to the Lord throughout your generations; ye shall keep it a feast by an
ordinance forever. — Exodus 12:14
- Why we should remember
Sunday, February 7, 2016 is the last Sunday of Epiphany.
Contemporary society recognizes the important custom of remembering key
events. Collectively and individually we
are admonished to remember a myriad of anniversaries, birthdays, sporting
events (Super Bowl 50), wars between nations and scientific accomplishments,
e.g., first moon landing in 1969. These
milestone events are significant because they have profoundly impacted our
quality of life. They should not be
forgotten or be the victim of social amnesia.
When Diaspora Jews proclaim – “Never Again” this is a direct reference
to their historical experience with the Holocaust.
The Adult AME Church School Lesson for February 7, 2014 examines
the reasons why early Jews should remember the Passover. The Passover was a life defining and life
changing moment. While the actual event
is gone it is never forgotten! Let’s see
why we should remain vigilant against spiritual amnesia.
Lesson - Planning for Passover (Exodus 12: 1 – 7)
The name “Passover” symbolizes Yahweh’s direct historical and
theological intervention in the lives of Jews in the Book of Exodus. The name becomes synonymous with liberation
for the Jews under Egyptian captivity and slavery. The tenth and most devastating plague against
Egyptian authority was the death of the first born male (human or animal). The death angel granted protection and asylum
to only those homes that displayed the necessary sign of the blood of the lamb
on the outer door post needed for the death angel to “Passover” the home. The
doorpost credentials made the angel an angel of mercy in the process. The author of Exodus outlines specific
instructions to plan for this event.
Adhering to the custom meant celebrating the custom in a particular
month and consuming a particular meal.
The name of the month in question is given as “Abib” in Exodus 13:4.
This month corresponds with late March and early April. The meal was to consist of a lamb roasted
over fire served with unleavened bread and bitter herbs. The lamb must be without defect or
deformity. The unleavened bread
symbolizes the haste of consumption to exit Egypt. Time was of the essence so waiting for bread
to bake fully was not an option. With
the planning complete it is now time for the participants to partake in the custom
of the Passover Meal.
in Passover (Exodus 12: 8 – 11)
The author of Exodus provides a specific protocol for consuming
the meal. Passover custom required the
meal to be consumed the night of preparation. The lamb should not be eaten raw
or with boiled water. The entire lamb is
roasted over fire. If there are any
“leftover portions” in the morning those items should be completely burned. A dress/clothing requirement was also part of
the Passover protocol. The meal is to
be consumed with a belt around your waist, shoes on your feet and a staff in
your hand. The Passover attire
complemented the objective of having a meal and leaving Egypt with a sense of
of the Passover (Exodus 12: 12-14)
The Passover is a symbol of liberation and freedom for early
Jews. The tenth plague effectively
caused Pharaoh to recognize that his power was no match for the power of
Yahweh. With Egyptian deaths rising Pharaoh had no choice but to “Let my people
go!” Passover is a memorial in the lives
of Jews. It is to be observed not only
today but for posterity as well. Because
freedom is not free the Jews saw this memorial as an important event they
Application - Arlington National Cemetery
On February 1, 2016, I visited Arlington National Cemetery in
Washington, DC. I stopped by to pay my
respects to a late friend who was recently buried in this historic site. We were members of Bethel AME Church in
Tallahassee, Florida. Arlington
National Cemetery is the resting place for men and women who have died for the
uplift and advancement of our country.
We remember their dedication to God, country and neighbor. Viewing the many graves and Arlington House
(where President Kennedy and his family members are buried) allowed me to
reflect on the true meaning of sacrifice and service. Never again will I take for granted the
liberties I enjoy. Never again will I
overlook the important sacrifices made by these quintessential heroes. Founder’s Day in the AME Church provides a
collective opportunity for parishioners to reflect, remember and reengage our
commitment to God and our Zion. Like the
fallen soldiers, Marines, airmen and seamen at Arlington Cemetery, we should
never forget the power of God in our lives.
*Brother Bill Dickens is currently the Church School Teacher at
Allen AME Church in Tacoma, Washington. He is currently a member of
the Fellowship of Church Educators for the African Methodist Episcopal Church
BASED ON PSALM 139:1-14:
Rev. Dr. Joseph A. Darby
writing this Meditation at the beginning of Black History Month 2016, when I’ll
also be among those celebrating the Centennial year of my Alma Mater - Booker
T. Washington High School in Columbia, South Carolina. “Booker T.,” as the school was fondly known,
was founded in 1916 and was actually the first Columbia public school to be
accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
T. flourished during the years when public schools were separate and unequal in
South Carolina. Those of us who attended the school often had to deal with
out-of-date textbooks, limited facilities and inadequate funding until the
school finally fell victim to “urban renewal” and was closed in 1974 - not long
after public schools in Columbia were officially desegregated.
T.’s alums, however, include a Federal Judge, lawyers, doctors, educators,
business people, trade persons, military officers, professional athletes,
artisans, engineers, clergy and countless other individuals who rose to the
heights of their chosen professions.
That happened because the dedicated administrators and faculty refused
to accept the assertion that their students couldn’t learn because of their
race. They taught us to ignore the
“nay-sayers,” strive to achieve and to be better than others thought that we
the example of Booker T. Washington High School as you face life’s
challenges. Too many good people never
reach their potential because they let the doubts, fears and criticism of this
world’s “nay-sayers” restrict their growth and limit their well-being.
we take the time, however, to trust in and follow the God who created us and
knows us best to lead and guide us, we can forget what the world says that we
must be and let the God who - as the old saying goes, “makes no junk” - lead us
to new success, give us new confidence and bring us new victories that confound
to the Lord, even in a world where others may seek to define and limit
you. When you do, you’ll reach your
potential, you’ll be an achiever and your life will be a reminder and a blessed
affirmation of why an old hymn of the church says, “It is no secret what God
can do, what He’s done for others, He’ll do for you.”
Ready for Sunday, and have a great day in your house of worship!
Rev. Dr. Joseph A. Darby is the Presiding Elder of the Beaufort District of the
South Carolina Annual Conference of the Seventh Episcopal District of the
African Methodist Episcopal Church
18. CLERGY FAMILY
regret to share news of the transition of Mamma Mosidi Aletta Lebotse, born 09
December 1928 and gone on to receive her rewards in glory 01 February
Mosidi Aletta Lebotse is the mother of Mrs. Mmamogotsi Lebotse-Messiah, spouse
of the Reverend Paul Messiah, pastor of Gow Chapel AME Church in
kraaifontein-Cape Town, South Africa.
now but in the coming years, we'll understand."
tributes may be sent to:
19. CLERGY FAMILY
is with heartfelt sympathy that we announce the passing of the Reverend Dr.
Joseph H. Cyprian, Sr., a retired presiding elder of the Louisiana Annual
Conference of the Eighth Episcopal District. The Reverend Dr. Cyprian served
faithfully as a pastor and then later as a presiding elder. At several of the AME General Conferences, he
served as a member of the Episcopal Committee.
He was married to Mrs. Lois Cyprian.
Mrs. Cyprian served for eight years as the Episcopal President of the
Women's Missionary Society.
Cyprian is in the hospital recovering from the tragic automobile accident. We ask that you lift her in prayer as well as
the entire Cyprian family.
Cyprians have two sons: Douglas (Pamela) Cyprian of Folsom, Louisiana and the
Reverend Derrick (Chalita) Cyprian, the pastor of Clear Lake AME Church,
following information has been provided regarding funeral arrangements.
February 4, 2016
Payne Chapel AME Church
Celebration Service for the Reverend Dr. Joseph Cyprian, retired Presiding
Elder of the Eighth Episcopal District, will be streaming live 11:00 a.m.
Friday, February 5, 2016, from First Baptist Church, Covington, Louisiana.
Greater Payne Chapel AME Church
Reverend Jacob W. Hilton, Jr.
Elder, Central New Orleans-Bogalusa District
The Right Reverend Julius H. McAllister, Sr., Presiding Prelate, Eighth
have been entrusted to:
and Sons Funeral Home
and Expressions of Sympathy may be sent to:
Mr. Douglas and Mrs. Pamela Cyprian
The Rev. Derrick Cyprian and Mrs. Chalita Cyprian
City, Texas 77459
20. CLERGY FAMILY
comes to share the Celebration of Life Worship Services for Mr. Ricky Martin,
the brother of Presiding Elder Randolph W. (Charolett) Martin of the Hot
Springs District, West Arkansas Annual Conference.
will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, February 5, 2016 at Bethel AME Church, 3085
K Street, San Diego CA 92102. Presiding Elder Martin will be the Eulogist. Mr.
Martin was a member of Chollas United Methodist Church in San Diego,
have been entrusted to:
Cremation & Burial Chapel
Elder and Mrs. Martin
Springs National Park, AR 71913
immediate family will receive cards and condolences at:
21. CLERGY FAMILY
is with heartfelt sympathy that we announce the passing of the Reverend William
Phillips, pastor of Mt. Herman AME Church in Grenada, Mississippi. He was a member of the North Mississippi
Annual Conference of the Eighth Episcopal District. For many years, he served
faithfully as a pastor in that conference.
Reverend Phillips was married to Mrs Stephanie Phillips who was a wonderful
partner in his ministry.
following information has been provided regarding funeral arrangements.
of Life Service:
February 6, 2016
Reverend Roy E. Johnson, Pastor
The Right Reverend Julius H. McAllister, Sr., Presiding Prelate, Eighth
have been entrusted to:
(662) 622- 5608
and Expressions may be sent to:
Rev. William Hardiman, Jr.
Elder, Grenada District
22. BEREAVEMENT NOTICES AND CONGRATULATORY ANNOUNCEMENTS PROVIDED
Ora L. Easley,
AMEC Clergy Family
CONDOLENCES TO THE BEREAVED FROM THE
The Chair of the
Commission on Publications, the Right Reverend T. Larry Kirkland; the
Publisher, the Reverend Dr. Johnny Barbour and the Editor of The
Christian Recorder, the Reverend Dr. Calvin H. Sydnor III offer our
condolences and prayers to those who have lost loved ones. We pray that the
peace of Christ will be with you during this time of your bereavement.
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