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EDITORIAL – STEWARDSHIP - RESPONSIBLE PLANNING, ARTICULATING AND MANAGING RESOURCES:
Editor of The Christian Recorder
This is probably an
editorial most people won’t want to read.
I have had several
instances in the last few weeks of lay members lamenting about the connectional
budget. Their inquiries tell me that important information is not getting to
them in ways to help them understand how the AME Church functions and of its
responsibilities. Bishops, presiding
elders and pastors are responsible for the dissemination of pertinent
denominational information and to insure parishioners understand the
intricacies of how the Church functions on the connectional and local level.
It is unfortunate
that pastors, in many instances have not been able to effectively articulate
how the local church functions, which results in parishioners not understanding
the financial obligations of the local church and not understanding the
responsibilities and obligations of the connectional church.
misunderstand or fail to comprehend an organization’s financial obligations,
conflict and distrust prevail, which results in mistrust and, in the case of
churches, a lack of cohesiveness and of lackluster support.
A lot of churches
in many denominations struggle because parishioners mistrust the financial
functioning of the church.
Ever wonder why a
church can celebrate in “high praise” on Sundays, yet struggle financially from
week to week, barely surviving? Ever
wonder why the tenor of worship changes when the offering is lifted? No matter
how many times a preacher encourages the spiritual tenor to remain high, there
is almost always a change of congregational demeanor when the offering is taken,
and a noticeable passive-aggressive push-back if the annual conference budget
is mentioned in an offering appeal. As a matter of fact, the push-back is so
noticeable that it might not be in the category of “passive-aggressive,” but
into” the praise aspect because most preachers clearly articulate the spiritual
dimension of the local church. Sermons, prayers, scripture lessons and choir
selections all point to the spiritual, emotional and sacred aspects of the
parishioners’ religious life.
The “coldest” parishioners
like to celebrate spirit-filled worship, but on the other hand, even the
“mothers” of the church and the most saintly members get turned-off when the
subject of the budget, whether local church or connectional budget, is
One of the reasons
folks get turned off is because of the absence of articulated teaching.
I wonder how many
pastors have met with the stewards and trustees and heads of organizations and
have taken The Doctrine and Discipline of
the African Methodist Episcopal Church- 2012 and turned to Page 691 and
explain to them item by item of the details of the Connectional Budget, i.e.,
the salaries, various departments of the church, to include evangelism, Global
Witness, overseas development, episcopal district projects, interdenominational
responsibilities, which are germane for any denomination, even “un-connected”
churches. Added to the budgeted items are unexpected financial encumbrances
that no one saw coming.
Who could predict
Hurricane Katrina, the earthquake in Haiti, the Ebola crisis, Morris Brown
College, Wilberforce University, various catastrophes on the continent of
Africa and in the Caribbean and other unexpected disasters?
Should we, as a
denomination or as local churches ignore the plight of our brothers and sisters
who are affected by disasters? Can we as
a denomination and as local churches throw up our hands and say, “We cannot
afford to help” or do we “dig deep,” trust Christ and lend our hands “to the
plough” and do what responsible Christians do – help the less fortunate?
Do we, as a
connectional church and as local congregations remain faithful to the
world-wide Mission of the African Methodist Episcopal Church or do we abdicate
our financial responsibilities or grudgingly support the mission of our Zion?
If we are
responsible Christians, even when it’s hard, we will do the right thing and
remain committed to our spiritual and financial responsibilities.
Leaders lead the
way and bishops, presiding elders and pastors have to articulate and
re-articulate both the spiritual and financial responsibilities of the church.
Pastors are on the front-lines
Sad to say, I have
witnessed pastors who half-heartedly responded to the connectional budget and
connectional appeals. If a pastor gives
a cavalier appeal for the connectional budget or a connectional appeal, the
parishioners will take a cavalier attitude also.
One of the
questions in an article in this issue of The
Christian Recorder (See # 9), entitled, “Seven Questions for the Church to Ask that Hold Pastors Accountable”
by Dr. Terry Jackson asks, “What Financial Management skills do you Possess and
Can You Read Financial Statements?”
items is not easy, but every pastor should be able to intelligently articulate,
to the leaders of the local church and to the parishioners in the local church,
the items in the Connectional Budget beginning on Page 691 in The Doctrine and Discipline of the African
Methodist Episcopal Church- 2012. Effective
pastors know the importance of “getting a handle” on the administrative principles
of management of the local church and how it fits into the annual conference,
episcopal district and connectional budgets.
connectional and non-connectional, across the board have awesome financial
responsibilities to fund denominational and local church programs. The African
Methodist Episcopal Church also has an awesome responsibility to fund its programs;
and, for the most part, compared to other connectional denominations, we are
“making bricks without straw.”
Just look at the
financial allocations the AME Church makes to our academic institutions (Page
697); a total of over $3 million a year – a lot of money when we think of a household
budget, but not nearly enough to meet the needs of our academic institutions;
just ask any of the college presidents.
We do not give any
of our academic institutions anything close to $1 million a year; not to one of
them! And we complain about the
conditions our schools.
I notice that we
give our flagship institution, Wilberforce University the same allocation we
give some of our smaller academic institutions.
with the pastors in the lead, must take a more positive approach by learning to
articulate the budget allocations of the African Methodist Episcopal
Pastors need to
spend more time functioning in the administrative realm of the ministry.
We are not
suggesting that pastors take time and emphasis away from the spiritual, but
they must be cognizant of the importance of the administrative side of the
ministry – often referred to as “stewardship,” defined as “an ethic that
embodies the responsible planning and management of resources.”
of stewardship embodies using our gifts serve one another.
So much depends
upon how the message is delivered. I remember a speech General H. Norman
Schwarzkopf, who was a colonel at the time, gave to the commanders and leaders
in the 172nd Infantry Brigade in Alaska. It was twenty degrees below zero at Fort
Richardson where we were and it was projected to be fifty below zero where we
were going, up towards the Arctic Circle. He said, “Leaders lead from up-front
and when you speak to your soldiers speak positively. Don’t bad mouth the
weather, speak with authority and encourage those under your command to stick
together as a unit. We are going up there and ‘take care of business’ (defeat
the war game enemy forces) and come back to Fort Richardson.”
He was encouraging
the leaders to give a positive word and not dwell on the negatives, of which
there were many – the Yukon stove had to be turned off at night, no hot showers, no stores, nothing but snow
and more snow, and we had to eat C-Rations – I am not sure which is worse,
C-Rations or MREs.
The soldiers left
the meeting ready to go to war and the fifty below zero was a “piece of cake.”
On another occasion,
I remember a camp commander in Desert Storm who, after the ground war was over,
said to the assembled soldiers, “We have to tear down this location and move
again. I don’t know why the head-shed has us moving so much. I wish we could
stay here.” Well, as you would imagine
the soldiers were disgruntled and complained during the whole move. And in
reality, the move was to a better, more secured location, but the camp
commander had “poisoned” the move by his negativity. He didn’t get promoted.
The moral of the
two events is meant to illustrate the importance for leaders to be positive.
Outstanding pastors understand the importance of positive reinforcement.
We need more
positivity when we articulate and discuss the local church budget and the
connectional budget. Pastors need to keep parishioners encouraged, not
2. READER RESPONSE TO EDITORIAL AND OTHER ISSUES:
Carolyn Tyler Guidry
email is two-fold: One, to request clarity on one issue and then secondly to
request a consideration.
am writing this article to seek clarity. The
Doctrine and Discipline of the African Methodist Episcopal Church- 2012
Reference, Page 205 ff, Section II, “The Annual Conference,” Clause A,
Paragraph 8: “No special mid-year or extra session of an annual conference shall
be called or held except for the purpose of ...”
Does this imply that the mid-year session/convocation is optional and can only
be called if there are major reasons or a need to discuss certain issues?
Response to Question 1:
- The Wording is, "… mid-year or extra session of an annual
reading is clear. If your question
concerns the mid-year as held in Episcopal Districts today: let me try to
clarify: As presented, the mid-year meetings are not annual conferences.
They do not include a roll call, no "lay delegates," no local church
They are for the most part the Episcopal District, not an “annual
conference"; coming together for Christian Education purposes, preaching,
and teaching to develop the growth of members of the District. Most mid-year
meetings are held during one of the quarterly General Budget reporting periods,
so that report is often made at that meeting.
Reference, Section II Annual Conference Clause B: “Annual Conference Session,”
Paragraph 2 – “…the time for holding the next conference shall be set by the
presiding bishop, which shall be done at each current conference.”
Would this imply the bishop can request that a particular church within the
conference host the next sitting of the conference? What happens if the local
church at its last official board meeting agreed to decline to host the annual
conference, which was the desire of their then serving pastor who had been
advised by the official board that they felt their church was unready to host
an annual conference? Can the annual conference override the decision of the
local church that feels that it is unable to host the annual conference? Can
the church through the lay delegates attending the annual conference refuse to
accept the conference?
Response to Question 2:
paragraph refers only to the “date” (time) of the next annual conference; the
bishop sets the calendar for the time of the conference. The “place” is
established by invitation from the congregation that wishes to host the
upcoming annual conference. The annual
conference then votes whether or not to accept the invitation. I have no knowledge of any congregation being
"forced to host" an Annual Conference.
Reference, Page 91, Section VI, Clause C, and Paragraph 2 of The Doctrine and Discipline of the African
Methodist Episcopal Church: The Itinerant Ministry: “The pastor shall be
serious. Avoid lightness, jesting and foolish talking. Converse sparingly and
conduct yourself prudently with women (I Timothy 5:2). Be ashamed of nothing
but sin. Let your motto be ‘Holiness unto the Lord,’”
this imply the scripture referred to is to be considered that of moral
correction to us and to all, not excluding our spiritual leaders? What happens
if a pastor is still married, but not living with the wife; decides to have an
affair with a member of the congregation he is serving without even hiding it?
The pastor acknowledges his relationship and says the congregation will have to
live with that fact? Does such actions not relate to the AMEC official Policy
Statement on Sexual Misconduct as defined in Section XIV on Page 269 ff?
address issues relating to annual conference lay delegates and their rights and
instances where blatant behaviour relating to the social and moral decay in our
society; and in particular, the church.
Response to Question 3:
I Timothy 5:2 relates to “All” Christians as relates to our behavior toward
to Part 2 of your "question," I suggest if, what you describe is a
"real" situation, you should seek advice from your presiding elder/or
bishop, who I'm sure will follow the directions of Section XIV, page 269 ff
me note that this column is intended to answer general inquiries for
clarification of points of The Doctrine
and Discipline of the African Methodist Episcopal Church.
complaints/charges should be directed to the judicial systems in our Church
which are set for that purpose.
PASTOR, DR. KATURAH YORK COOPER USES SOCIAL MEDIA TO LEAD THE FIGHT AGAINST
EBOLA STIGMATIZATION OF AFRICANS:
August 17, 2014 (MONROVIA,
an irony that a FaceBook campaign
with the hashtag, #iamaliberiannotavirus,
has now gone viral! Let me take you on my journey prior to all of the recent
Ebola epidemic crept upon my horizon early in March when an infected person
came across the border from Guinea and infected Liberians living in a border
town. This was downplayed by the
majority of Liberians; however, this incident did capture my attention because
of my background in Microbiology; having interned at the Biomedical Institute
of Liberia in the 1970s, I knew that Ebola was a dreaded disease. It had not
been seen in West Africa, but I had no doubt that Ebola would be easily
contained and eradicated.
months later, my husband and I traveled to Charleston, South Carolina, to
participate in the Quadrennial Conference of the Women in Ministry, leaving
behind my two teenage daughters and the stark reality that Ebola was gradually
gaining momentum in the city of Monrovia where we live.
August 16th, I caught my return flight to Monrovia amid the concerns
of many who questioned my wisdom to return to Liberia. By that time, the world
had begun to get a hint of the devastation that Ebola was wrecking in West
Africa. The appeals for international assistance fell on deaf ears and West
Africans began to ask themselves: “Are we going to be left to die while the
world simply turns its face?”
was a scarce commodity. Fear was in ample supply. Confusion could be found
families became infected, children became orphans, businesses began to lay off
workers, non-essential staff was furloughed, not a single child/adult was
sitting in a classroom and the country was under curfew and a State of
boarded a half-empty Delta Airlines airplane and flew back into that “storm.”
The spirit of the Lord began to speak to me Sunday after Sunday as I delivered
what I now call “Crisis Sermons.”
call myself an avid “Face-Booker!” Everyday I would sign in to FaceBook and I
become inundated with an avalanche of angry posts, pictures of the diseased and
dying, the horrors of Ebola and the spewing out of negative commentaries.
were sliding down the treacherous slope of defeat and hopelessness. I began
posting positive messages on Facebook. I searched for stories of Ebola
survivors and posted them. I looked for anything that would stimulate hope and
began an awareness intervention to over 300 families and I prayed that
something really big and positive would happen.
a Liberian man traveled to Texas carrying within the Ebola virus becoming the
first person to carry the virus into the United States.
this event shook the world out of her complacency and West Africa began to see
significant help coming her way.
then, West Africans living in and outside of Africa became afflicted with
another terrible condition: Stigmatization.
be a Liberian became synonymous to being an Ebola virus carrier. The media
became flooded with stories of Liberians in America shunned by longtime
friends, made to go on compulsory leave from their jobs and their children
mocked and isolated at school.
with this new turn of affairs, I coined the slogan: “I am a Liberian not a
other Liberian women supported this and we launched the social media campaign.
as they say, the rest is history!
to these links to view the full story behind this campaign.
Katurah York Cooper is the Pastor/Founder of The Empowerment Temple AME Church
in the Central Liberia Annual Conference of the 14th Episcopal
District. She is also the Executive Director of HOPE Inc. and a candidate
for Bishop in 2016. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
4. EBOLA GRIEF:
EVERY CHURCH SERVICE IS LIKE A FUNERAL:
Kathy L. Gilbert and Sam Hodges
21, 2014 | DALLAS (UMNS)
come in expecting a celebration, a day of worship, but it always turns into a
funeral,” said the Rev. Emmanuel Shanka Morris, pastor of Spencer Memorial
United Methodist Church, Charlotte, N.C.
is Liberian and so are nearly nine out of 10 members of his church; another 10
percent are from Sierra Leone. Since the Ebola outbreak began, every Sunday one
or more members of the congregation reports the death of another family member
in the two West African countries hit hardest by the deadly virus.
church is observing five days of praying and fasting in the month of October.
Using 2 Chronicles 7:11-22 and Ezra 8:23 as guiding scriptures, each Wednesday
from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. people of the congregation intercede for the people of
Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.
was born in Greenville, Sinoe County, Liberia. His associate pastor, the Rev.
Colston Wuor-Gabie Morris is also from Liberia.
the United States, United Methodist churches with native Liberians and Sierra
Leoneans are telling similar stories of grief and suffering, while trying to
rally support for medical relief.
B. Travell, a member of First United Methodist Church in Arlington, Texas, had
seven family members die from Ebola in July.
daughters of my brother were preparing a body (another sister) for a funeral
and became ill,” Travell said. The family thought she died from malaria.
have a tradition in Liberia when someone passes away, family members stick
around so many days before burial and after burial they cook and everyone eats
from the same bowl,” he said. His nieces started getting sick and dying one
the remaining family is having trouble getting food.
am trying to send them some money so they can buy food. I am praying by the
grace of God, everything will be all right soon,” Travell said.
Liberians living in the U.S. are stepping up contributions to family members
and friends because so many people are unable to work and are not getting paid,
said the Rev. Richard L. Stryker, executive director of ethnic ministries for
the North Alabama Conference. He is also a native of Liberia.
wife has lost an aunt, although not to Ebola, we wonder what role the strain on
the already degraded health system played in her death from sickness,” Stryker
said. His wife also lost a high school classmate to Ebola. Four out of eight
people in her classmate’s family also died after waiting days for an ambulance
to arrive to take them to the hospital.
communication, lack of facilities remain major problems for the prevention of
this disease,” he said. “I believe people from the West that are going to help
assume a certain level of basic care that is nonexistent.”
Lane United Methodist Church in Dallas has long supported a hospital in Liberia
founded by two of its members, Betty and Peter Weato. Now, because of Ebola,
the church is raising funds for medical supplies for Liberia and Sierra Leone.
church’s Heart of Africa Fellowship includes members from 10 African countries,
including Liberia and Sierra Leone. On Oct. 19, the Rev. Stan Copeland, Lovers
Lane’s senior pastor, led the group in prayer about Ebola and announced a
churchwide prayer service on Ebola for Sunday Oct. 26.
of our people have been infected, but they’ve been upended,” Copeland, who has
traveled twice to Liberia, said in an interview.
John K. Yambasu, episcopal leader of Sierra Leone, said he and Bishop John G.
Innis of Liberia co-signed a letter requesting that all medical and other
relief items go through UMCOR.
is still the case," Yambasu said. However, he noted that some partners in
the denomination had a schedule of shipments of non-medical supplies such as
school supplies and equipment even before Ebola.
are sent directly to us. For instance, one of our partner churches has shipped
an ambulance to Sierra Leone which cannot be channeled through UMCOR," he
said, adding that UMCOR staff is aware of that shipment.
the end of July, all non-Ebola related conference staff has been asked to stay
home in order to avoid the risk of contracting Ebola while using public
transportation. "Only the Ebola response team and the administrative staff
come to work every day," Yambasu added.
United Methodist Committee on Relief recommends that people who want to help
send money through the International Disaster Response Advance, said Emily
Miller, associate general secretary for the United Methodist Board of Global
goods presents several problems, Miller said. Ports are clogged, and even if
goods are unloaded, United Methodist conference staff must take time to pay customs
and get the goods delivered.
became a focus of news coverage when Thomas Eric Duncan of Liberia was admitted
to the city’s Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas and diagnosed with
Ebola — the first such diagnosis in the United States. His subsequent death,
the infection of two nurses who cared for him, and the quarantining of people
who had contact with him all raised anxiety in the city, Copeland said.
noted that African members of Lovers Lane United Methodist have faced extra
prejudice during the Ebola scare, an assertion confirmed by Eric Pratt, lay
leader of the Heart of Africa Fellowship and a native of Sierra Leone.
your neighbors that you used to play and laugh with, they start to shun you,”
said Pratt, who has lived in the Dallas area for 29 years and owns a limousine
said Copeland and Lovers Lane have shown strong support for Africans. That was
echoed by Melvin Morgan, a Heart of Africa Fellowship member who recently lost his
sister, Victoria Jackson, and two nieces to Ebola in the family’s native
is a blessing for me and my family to be part of this congregation,” he said.
“In times of needs and difficulties, they have been there.”
hopes the United States and other wealthy countries will pour resources into
West Africa, to help arrest Ebola. He acknowledged feeling a range of emotions
on learning loved ones in Liberia had died of the disease.
a human, I weep, because Jesus himself wept,” Morgan said. “But as a Christian,
I also put on my faith, because the Bible says with God all things are
is a multimedia news reporter for United Methodist News Service in Nashville,
Tennessee. Hodges, a United Methodist News Service writer, lives in Dallas.
Contact (615) 742-5470 or email@example.com.
with Permission of the United Methodist News Service
5. IN HISTORIC
POLICE BRUTALITY CASE, FAMILY OF HOMELESS DENVER PASTOR KILLED IN CUSTODY
media reports that Denver is facing a string of police brutality cases. A federal jury in Denver has awarded a
historic $4.6 million in damages to the family of a homeless preacher killed
while he was in the booking area of the Denver jail.
Booker died after he was grabbed and then piled on by a team of officers who
handcuffed him, put him in a chokehold and tasered him.
coroner ruled his death a homicide, but prosecutors declined to charge the
deputies involved, and Denver Sheriff Department officials never disciplined
them, saying Booker could have harmed someone and that force was needed to
restrain him. The case highlights a history of alleged misconduct by the police
department, and has added momentum to calls for reform both locally and
nationwide in the aftermath of calls for justice in the killing of unarmed
teenager Michael Brown by an officer in Ferguson.
news account taken from the Open Media Foundation/Denver Open Media:
GOODMAN: We’re on the road in Denver, Colorado, broadcasting from the studios
of Open Media Foundation/Denver Open Media. Denver has been plagued by a string
of police brutality cases, and this week a federal jury awarded an historic
$4.6 million to the family of a homeless preacher who died when sheriff’s
deputies used excessive force against him. Marvin Booker was a homeless street
preacher from a prominent family of Southern preachers. In 2010, he was killed
by deputies in the booking room of the Denver jail.
video of Booker’s death shows what happened. A warning to our TV viewers, as we
show the video now, it contains disturbing content. It shows Marvin Booker
being grabbed by an officer, and then piled on by a team of officers, who then
restrain him in handcuffs and put him in a chokehold. After he appears
motionless, he’s then tasered. Eventually, deputies carry him out of sight of
the camera. Booker was pronounced dead hours later in what the coroner ruled a
homicide. Prosecutors declined to charge the deputies involved, and Sheriff’s
Department officials never disciplined them, saying they believed Booker could
harm someone and that force was needed to restrain him.
Tuesday, Booker’s family and supporters gathered on the steps of Denver’s city
jail after a jury awarded the Booker family $4.65 million in compensation and
Reverend Timothy Tyler, pastor at Shorter Community AME Church in Denver.
Rev. Timothy Tyler: Today, in the court of law, a jury stood up. A body of
authority stood up for the first time in four years and declared that five
sheriff deputies were guilty of excessive force, leading to the death of Marvin
Lewis Booker. All Marvin wanted to do was get his shoes.
6. MIRACLE IN THE
AIR: AME CHAPLAIN’S EXPERIENCE IN HOSTILE COMBAT ZONE:
is Tuesday morning; I have completed a very challenging Battlefield Circulation
(BFC) in Southeastern Afghanistan. I am about to fly back to Forward Operating
Base Camp Marmal, Mazar-e-Sherif, Northern Afghanistan. I got ready along with
my Special Duty Soldier (I did not have a Chaplain Assistant); we arrived at
the PAX Terminal (Mini Air strip). Few minutes later, two helicopters arrived
(the helicopters often travel in pairs) to take us to Bagram Airfield (BAF),
where we will board a regular aircraft (fixed wings) to fly into Camp Marmal.
We boarded the chopper and took off. About two minutes into our flight, my
helicopter tilted very deep to the side, as though it was falling out of the
sky. My goodness!!! What is this? Everyone on board the chopper became very
concerned. The helicopter began to make 360 degree circles in the sky as fast
as it could! This is unbelievable! What is going on? It is like our helicopter
is about to fall out of the sky and crash. Oh my friend, we are too high up in
the sky; what is this………? What is this…..?
we read the Holy Scriptures, we are often reminded that the God we serve, the
God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob; Jehovah Nissi, the Lord our protection; the
Lord our Banner, is the Lord our God. Sometimes life takes us to some of the
most dangerous places in the world, but as Children of God, we remember psalm
23: 4, which says, yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadows of
death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they
comfort me. Psalm 91: 1 states, he that dwelleth in the secret place of the
Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
a Chaplain in the United States Army Chaplain Corps provides a rewarding and
unique experience but it can also put one in dangerous and challenging places.
Garrison ministry is great, it presents very little danger, if any at all, but
being deployed to a hostile fire and combat zone poses an enormous amount of
challenges and danger that the chaplain has to be prepared to overcome on a
was deployed to Afghanistan and stationed at Camp Marmal, Mazari-e-Sherif. I
had Soldiers spread out across Afghanistan; I had to travel a lot on
Battlefield Circulation (BFC), in the air and sometimes on road convoys through
some of the most dangerous places in the world, in order to perform and provide
ministry to my Soldiers, which includes pastoral care and counseling.
a Chaplain, I had to be where my Soldiers were and some of the areas were
highly contested by the insurgents (enemies).
one occasion, I made a trip to see my Soldiers in South Eastern Afghanistan,
one of the most contested areas in the country. The same morning I arrived on
the Forward Operating Base (FOB), after being stranded at the PAX Terminal
(Mini Airport) at another FOB for over 48 hours, I had to do scripture reading,
a mini spiritual fitness sermon and a prayer for God’s protection on our
convoy, as I traveled with some of my Soldiers on the road for an eleven hours
round trip, so as to spend time with Some of my Soldiers and increase their
faith and courage at two remote Company Operation Posts (COP).
convoy made it back safely late that night; this was a Friday night. I rested a
little bit on Saturday, as I prepared to lead and preach two worship services
the next day, Sunday.
first service was at 1030 Sunday morning; while preaching the word of God to my
Soldiers and the Department of Defense Civilians, the loud speaker came on and
announced that troops were in contact outside the wire (the insurgents had
attacked some of our troops who were on operations outside the FOB) and there
was a MEDIVAC (the wounded and or dead are being flown to the aid
station-inside the FOB-to the Forward Surgical Team; which is made of professional
Surgeons, Nurses and other trained medical personnel).
wire is the so called safe zone inside the FOB or COP. One of the surgeons was
in my service, following the overhead announcement; he immediately left the
service to prepare himself to perform Emergency surgery; I quickly concluded
the service. Just as we were leaving the chapel, the loud speaker came on
again, “all blood types, report to the aid station.”
quickly went to the aid station to donate emergency blood; the MEDIVAC helicopters
(mini hospital in the Air) landed, three WIAs (wounded in action) were rushed
in for surgery. About five minutes later, a KIA (Killed in Action), a fallen
hero was brought in.
was a large group of Soldiers standing in front of the aid station, waiting to
donate blood for the wounded. When they saw the fallen being brought in, the
atmosphere became very tense.
the chaplain, I made my way through the crowd, began to console and encourage
the Soldiers, as some of them wept on my shoulder. Few minutes later, I made my
way to the back room, where the fallen hero laid. I spent few minutes quietly
with him, as I honored him for making the ultimate sacrifice.
later made my way into the aid station’s recovery room. There I cared for the
wounded; I laid hands on the wounded and prayed for God’s healing power and
speedy recovery for them.
hours later, the loud speaker came on again, this time with a serine and the
phrase “Incoming! Incoming!”
meant the enemies were lunching rockets at us inside the FOB (this is very
dangerous because no one knows where the rockets were coming from or where they
would land). We positioned ourselves flat on the ground and than we heard the
explosion where the rocket landed.
quickly made our way into the bunkers (solid square concrete covets- very
impenetrable by bullets, shrapnel or rockets).
minute later, the siren sounded again, “incoming! Incoming!” Another incoming
rocket; thirty seconds again the siren went off again, “incoming! Incoming!”
This was the third incoming rocket. Three rockets were lunched at us that
afternoon, but no soldier got hit by any of the rockets.
that evening, at 1930 hours (7: 30 p.m.), I went back to the chapel for the
evening service. I fearlessly preached the word of God. I encouraged my
Soldiers to be strong in the Lord and be of good cheer. I told them to look to
God alone for protection because God promised never to leave us nor forsake us!
days later, on Tuesday morning, I got ready to fly from the South East back to
the North, where I am stationed. I went to the PAX Terminal and boarded the
helicopter, along with my special duty Soldier.
minutes after we took off, our helicopters came under heavy attack from the
insurgents; they tried to shoot our helicopters down. Our helicopters got hit
by bullets flying everywhere in the sky. The one I was flying in tilted to the
side very deep and began to make very fast 360 degree circles in the air.
could not believe we had been hit by the enemy; that was the most horrifying
moment in my entire nine months deployment.
helicopter was spinning very uncontrollably in the air; the pilots managed to
crash land the helicopters back to the PAX Terminal from where we took off.
was a miracle God performed in the air for me-Praise God, for he is still in
the protection business. We got down and saw the bullet holes on the
helicopters. The pilots informed us that we could not make the trip that day because
the area was "hot" (dangerous) and the insurgents were on the attack.
45 minutes later, the pilots told us we had to get on board the helicopters and
fly out of the area because that area was very dangerous; the helicopters could
be destroyed by rockets. We became very resilient; we got back on board the
helicopters and flew very high over the kill zone; the same place where we got
hit. We made it safely to our destination that afternoon; this was a brave act
three other occasions, at Joint Command Operation Post (JCOP) Khilaguy, the
insurgents threw several rockets at our position, but the Lord protected the
soldiers and me and we are alive today to tell the story and inform the world
of the greatness of the Lord our God; the Father of our Lord and Savior Jesus
Christ. For my acts of bravery, heroism and swift action in combat, the
Commanding General of the U.S. led International Security Assistance Force in
Afghanistan (ISAF); Lieutenant General Anderson flew down to JCOP Khilaguy and
awarded me the Combat Action Bash (CAB). The designation is only awarded to a
soldier whose life was in immediate danger during combat.
incidences remind me that God is still in the protection business. If you make
the Lord your refuge and your dwelling place, the bible says in Psalm 91:
10-12, "There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come
near thy dwelling; for he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee
in all thy ways. They shall hold you up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot
against a stone."
as Christians need to put our trust in the Lord, in everything we do. As we
minister to the people of God, we must be sure to continue in fasting and
praying without ceasing.
must also know our God and the power he has. The Bible says in Psalm 16: 8,
"I have set the Lord always before me: because he is at my right hand, I
shall not be moved."
my deployment, as I traveled around in Afghanistan, I leaned on God for
Guidance and protection for my troops and myself. Surely, the Lord came through
for my soldiers and me; when we were in danger in the air. God performed
another miracle; God showed up, took hold of our aircraft and landed us
safely-miracle in the air, God is still in the protection business.
7. PASTORAL APPOINTMENTS/TRANSFERS MADE AT THE
TENNESSEE ANNUAL CONFERENCE:
Elder, Nashville District, the Rev. Troy Merritt
Elder, North Nashville District, the Rev. Walter W. Reid, Jr.
Elder, South Nashville District, the Rev. Harold M. Love, Jr
Elder, Louisville-Paducah District, the Rev. William W. Easley, Jr.
Elder, Chattanooga District, the Rev. Terrence Mayes
Chapel AME Church, the Rev. Sidney Bryant
Bethel AME Church, the Rev. W. Antoni Sinkfield
Community AME Church, the Rev. Tyronda Burgess
Chapel AME Church - Murfreesboro, the Rev. Jimmie L. Plummer
Paul AME Church - Columbia, the Rev. Dennis Lawson
Matthew AME Church - Nashville, the Rev. Reginald Brock
Chapel AME Church - Columbia, the Rev. Victor Goodman
Grove AME Church - Murfreesboro, the Rev. Lavan Strickland
Chapel AME Church - Franklin, the Rev. Dr. Kenneth Hill
Chapel AME Church - Waverly, the Rev. Vivian Canty
Chapel AME Church - Columbia, the Rev. Trent Ogilvie
Chapel AME Church - Shelbyville, the Rev. Dr. Janie Dowdy-Dandridge
Paul AME Church - Nashville, the Rev. Garrett Copeland
Salem AME Church - Nashville, the Rev. Eddie Sneed
AME Church - Lewisburg, Brother James Scruggs
AME Church - Columbia, the Rev. Veronica Darlene Mathers-Jones
Phillip AME Church - Nashville, the Rev. Lee Russell Brown, Jr.
Chapel AME Church - Shelbyville, the Rev. Sonja Vanetta Brown Deloatch
AME Church - Columbia
Bethel AME Church - Murfreesboro, Lavan Strickland (Kenneth Odom)
Chapel AME Church - Mt. Pleasant, the Rev. Sharon Ogilvie
Chapel AME Church - Linden, the Rev. Andre L. Washington
Chapel AME Church - Williamsport
Matthew AME Church - Cornersville, the Rev. Ashley Cox
Zion AME Church - Centerville
Chapel AME Church - Nashville, the Rev. Roderick D. Belin
John AME Church - Nashville, the Rev. Ralph E. Johnson
Peter AME Church - Clarksville, the Rev. Walter W. Reid, Jr.
Chapel AME Church - Hermitage, the Rev. Frederick L. Jenkins Sr.
Ebenezer AME Church - Clarksville, the Rev. Alexander Gatson
Luke AME Church - Gallatin, the Rev. Anthony L. Thomas, Sr.
Chapel AME Church - Clarksville, the Rev. Lisa Hammonds
John AME Church - Springfield, the Rev. Donald Williams
Paul AME Church - Oakwood, the Rev. Jeffrey Norfleet Sr.
Luke AME Church - Nashville, the Rev. Willis L Orr Sr
Peter AME Church - Nashville, the Rev. Nathan Frey
AME Church - Nashville, the Rev. Wanda Payne
James AME Church - Dickson,
James AME Church - Nashville, the Rev. Randall L. Webster
Smith Chapel AME Church - Bethpage, the Rev.
AME Church – Pegram, the Rev. Linda Saffore
Spring AME Church, the Rev. Anthony J. Lyle, Sr.
Zion AME Church - Charlotte, the Rev. Frankie Witt Sr.
Chapel AME Church - Charlotte, the Rev. Benessa Sweat
Matthew AME Church - Clarksville, the Rev. Deshnell Cobbin
Chapel AME Church - Hartsville
Chapel AME Church - Lebanon, the Rev. Anica
Paul AME Church - Ashland City, the Rev. Joe T. Southall
Luke AME Church - Erin, the Rev. Gloria Hall
Chapel AME Church - Hartsville, Brother Albert Strawther Jr.
Chapel AME Church - Carthage, Brother Albert Strawther Jr.
Olive AME Church - Lebanon
Chapel, Louisville, KY, the Rev. Edward L. Thompson
8. VOTING ENSURES
COMMUNITIES ARE FED, SAFE, AND ECONOMICALLY STABLE:
many times have we heard about the tensions between local African-American
communities and the police in recent months? Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo.,
Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla., Ezell Ford in Los Angeles, Eric Garner of New York City, and John Crawford
III in Beavercreek, Ohio, are a few of the names in the headlines in recent
months. With the use of new technologies
that support grassroots photo and video journalism, there appears to be no end
in sight of making sure these kinds of stories are told. Such tensions are not
the only challenges in the African-American community.
and poverty in the African-American community have declined recently, but our
community still has one of the largest percentages of hungry people and persons
living in poverty. The U.S. Census Bureau’s annual report, Income and Poverty
in the United States: 2013, showed that, in the African-American community,
poverty declined slightly from 27.2 percent to 27.1 percent, compared to the
decrease of 25.6 percent to 23.5 percent in the Hispanic community. Nationally, poverty decreased slightly—by 0.5
percent—last year. It is the first time a decrease has been seen since 2006.
The bureau announced that 14.5 percent of Americans lived in poverty in
2013. Additionally, child poverty declined for the first time since 2000, from
21.8 percent to 19.9 percent.
of the most important ways we can change these unacceptable numbers of
African-Americans who are hungry and living in poverty and at the same time
address the incidents of violence between local authorities and the
African-American community is to get out and vote. Voting leads to structural
changes that can transform communities. Voting for candidates who clearly
represent the interests of our communities and not voting only for
personalities is important in achieving this goal. Voting is how we put public servants in
office to work to transform our communities so that there is, for example,
employment that affirms the dignity of God’s people, a supportive safety net to
feed hungry people, and clear strategies for healthy engagement between the
police and communities. Voting is how we advance strategies of positive change
that come out of mutual conversations, negotiations, and partnerships.
however, African-Americans do not vote in high numbers, especially in the
midterm elections. When we do not vote, we remain silent. Our silence prevents us from addressing the
issues that face our communities and from electing a leaders who are in tune
and consistent with the needs of our communities.
In Blacks and the 2010 Midterms: A Preliminary
Analysis, presented by the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, Dr.
David A. Bositis points out that national turnout in the 2010 midterm election
was up slightly from the 2006 midterm election, with African-Americans
contributing to 10 percent of the share of votes and 25.3 percent of
African-Americans participating. But this was still a drop from 30.1 percent of
African-Americans who voted in 2008 with Barack Obama on the ballot.
Additionally, a recent study by the Pew Research Forum's Religion & Public
Life Project found that almost three-quarters of the American public—72
percent—believes that religion’s influence is waning in public life, the
highest level in Pew Research polling over the past 10 years. This contrasts
with further findings from the study that “a growing share of the American
public wants religion to play a role in U.S. politics.”
of the largest African-American denominations that partner with Bread for the
World are responding to this challenge. Freedom Sunday 2014, held on Sept. 21,
is being followed by Turnout Sunday on Nov. 2, two days before the midterm
election. These faith initiatives seek to encourage the African-American community
to vote this year. You can make a difference by voting and encouraging your
family, friends, and fellow church members to vote as well. For more
information on how to make your vote count, visit www.bread.org/elections.
9. SEVEN QUESTIONS
FOR THE CHURCH TO ASK THAT HOLD PASTORS ACCOUNTABLE:
the question is asked “What is the church doing to improve the quality of life
for congregation and the community?” The church normally speaks to the
different ministries it has, but most churches do not measure the impact the
ministries have on the lives of their congregation or the community. This has
church is a business [M1]. Most churches are incorporated as non-profit organizations.
Every week millions of people attend church; they tithe, but do not ask for a
specific return on their money. The church is the only institution in which
people do not seek something for their money other than a “feel good”
experience. With all of the money the churches collect tangible results are
the African American community, the church is seen as a place of healing, a
house of refuge. It is also the one institution in the African American
community that receives millions of dollars per week yet the church creates no
businesses or jobs for the congregation of community. Most churches have poor
facilities to groom the youth and do not teach practical skills to its
congregation that can be used daily. One of the major weaknesses of most
Pastors is their lack of understanding of organizational development, more
specifically financial management. This too must change. Pastors must be held
is the operative word for the African American Church and the Pastors of the
church. Are they good stewards of their flock? Are they looking out for the
best interest of themselves or the best interest of the congregation? What is
the strategy to row the church and its flock? How can the business of the
church grow locally? Basically, the Pastor is the CEO of an organization and
must have a vision that enables the congregation and community to prosper. The
Pastor must ensure that the church bears fruit. Remember that Jesus washed
feet. How many Pastors today would do the same?
ensure that the church has the ability to hold the Pastor accountable these “7
Questions” have been created.
What organizational development skills do you possess and how do you plan to
grow this church and community?
What Financial Management skills do you possess and can you read financial
What does congregation and community well-being mean to you?
How will you use technology to educate and train the congregation and
What has your experience been with building businesses outside the church?
What is your experience in developing youth leaders?
What does being a servant mean to you?
African Americans are displaced from their jobs, yet they attend church
Sunday’s seeking solutions to remedy their situation. They hear great messages,
but most are not applicable. They tithe faithfully, but the church cannot offer
them any solution that provides them a job. This must change. Billions of
dollars are received by this institution, but it provides little, if any,
tangible results. It’s time for accountability and transparency. Pastor you
will be held accountable.
[M1]Elaborate on the church business
principal. What track record can any
church or pastor produce to showcase capital gains, both financially and
socially from the community it serves? What exactly is the church’s aim and
purpose in your neighborhood?
Terry Jackson is a highly accomplished, experienced and dynamic Certified
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and change their behaviors.
REASONS NOT TO GO INTO MINISTRY:
21, 2014 | CHARLOTTE, N.C. (UMNS)
I round the bend of life into my 50s, and as I see some of the highest of the
high profile preachers step away from active ministry, I’ve been thinking:
should an individual enter pastoral ministry in the first place?
processing that question, I've come up with several wrong answers and one I
believe to be most on the mark. First, the wrong answers:
For personal validation. If you, like
me, are on a relentless quest for the approval of parents, friends, colleagues
and most especially parishioners, then please don't go into ministry. Christ nailed your approval into the cross,
and if that's not enough, you're not ready for the parish.
For emotional healing. If you believe
that by surrounding yourself with church people and ministry activity, you will
heal wounds from your past, then please don't enter ministry. The parish is not
a laboratory that cooks up the perfect concoction for your healing; in fact,
many local churches do a pretty good job of tearing down whatever emotional
health you had built up.
To make a name for yourself. I can
honestly say that in 1986 when I most clearly "heard the call" the
thought of making a name in ministry never occurred to me. There was no
mega-church movement, no multi-site phenomenon, and relatively few celebrity
pastors. My, how that landscape has changed, and notoriety has supplanted
proclamation. If you want to “become
known,” please don't go into the ministry because you'll likely get known for
all the wrong reasons.
To build a platform. This is the first
cousin of No. 3, above. If you want to build a platform so that your parish
ministry can propel you into other, higher profile ministry — politics? Publishing? Speaker’s bureaus? — Then please
don't go into ministry. Local churches
are starving for people who are entering ministry to love and lead people in
for reasons to enter the ministry, I believe the healthiest one is to help
others have done to them what was done to you.
the Gospel was done to me. When I am
awake to the Holy Spirit, the Gospel continues to be done to me. It is the
daily awareness of and celebration of the fact that I am, at the same time such
a wreck that I can't save myself and such a treasure that God saved me.
needs to be the primal instinct of a pastor's soul. I do best in ministry and in life when those
are the first thoughts on my mind in the morning and the last at night. I am “being saved” as I Corinthians 1:18 says
and that joyful awareness is to be the foundation of a call to ministry.
wrecked treasure. Or a treasured wreck. Take your choice. But celebrate the
truth, and enter into ministry.
is pastor of Good Shepherd United Methodist Church in Charlotte, N.C. This
piece was published first on his blog.
11. THE SIXTEENTH
EPISCOPAL DISTRICT 2015 SCHEDULE OF ANNUAL CONFERENCES:
John White, Presiding Prelate
Penny White, Episcopal supervisor
Church: Saint-Paul AME, Port-Au-Prince Haiti
Pastor: The Rev. Francois Albert Murat
Presiding Elder: The Rev. Jean Joel Maurice
Church: Bethel AME Church, Samana, Dominican Republic
Pastor & Presiding Elder: The Rev. Leoncio King Fermin
Church: Shiloh AME Church, Nieuw Nickerie, Republic of Suriname
Pastor: The Rev. Sam A. Chetram
Presiding Elder: The Rev. Andrew C. Morris-Grant
Presiding Elder: The Rev. Anthony Parris
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Church: Sealy Memorial AME Church
The Rev. Carlene Sobers
Church: St. Luke AME Church, Frederiksted, St. Croix
Pastor: Rev. Phillip Walcott
Presiding Elder: The Rev. Uklyn Hendricks
Church: Chapel of Christ Our Redeemer AME Church, Kingston, Jamaica
Pastor: The Rev. Dr. Monica Spencer
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Presiding Elder: The Rev. L. A. Dawkins
Church: Nouvelle Alliance AME Church, Lyon, Francis
Pastor: The Rev Jean Paul Basunga
Presiding Elder: The Rev Rudolph Aaron
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Peter AME Church, Georgetown, Guyana
Pastor/Presiding Elder: The Rev. Andrew Carver Morris-Grant
12. BORDER PATROL
AGENT JOB OPPORTUNITY ANNOUNCEMENT:
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join one of the finest law enforcement organizations in the world as a Border
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Department of Homeland Security (DHS) components work collectively to prevent
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cyberspace and ensure resilience to disasters. The vitality and magnitude of
this mission is achieved by a diverse workforce spanning hundreds of
a challenging and rewarding career in the U.S. Customs and Border Protection
(CBP), the sole organization responsible for securing the nation's borders. CBP
employees protect our Nation's borders from terrorism, human and drug
smuggling, illegal migration, and agricultural pests while simultaneously
facilitating the flow of legitimate travel and trade.
the U.S. Border Patrol, we:
Patrol international land borders and coastal waters
Detect and prevent the illegal entry and smuggling of aliens into the United
Detect and prevent terrorists and terrorist weapons from entering into the
Prevent the illegal trafficking of people, narcotics and contraband into the
can visit our website for more information on BPA positions and how to apply
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Exam, Medical Exam, Physical Fitness Tests and Drug Test
Investigation and Polygraph Exam Required
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of Human Resources Management
POSITION OPENING - HEALTH DISPARITIES - ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF HEALTH POLICY
Disparities - Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Administration (HPA)
Policy and Administration (HPA)
Location: University Park
Start Date: October 17, 2014
End Date: Until Filled
Department of Health Policy and Administration (HPA) at The Pennsylvania State
University invites applicants for a tenure-track faculty position in Health
Disparities at the assistant professor level. The selected applicant will join
at least four additional tenure track faculty members as part of a Health
Disparities cluster hire (http://hhd.psu.edu/Health-Disparities-Cluster) within
the College of Health and Human Development.
seek a colleague who has completed or is close to completing doctoral training
in the multi-disciplinary field of health disparities, vulnerable populations,
or minority health. The successful candidate will join a vibrant academic
community of scholars dedicated to improving health care services and the
health of populations through research, teaching and service. Competitive
applicants will show evidence of a career path dedicated to health disparities
research, have the demonstrated ability to conduct research in a
multi-disciplinary setting, and show potential for securing external research
funding and establishing professional prominence in health disparities
scholarship. Successful applicants will join a multidisciplinary faculty and
will be expected to conduct research, teach, and advise students in doctoral,
master’s and/or bachelor’s degree programs. A candidate should have completed
all the requirements for the doctoral degree when employed.
with research programs in the following areas are especially encouraged to
apply: Effects of current policies, including the Affordable Care Act, on
vulnerable populations; racial, ethnic, nativity, geographic/global, or gender
disparities in the quality of health care, patient engagement in diverse
populations; health and health care outcomes among vulnerable families; application
of innovative methods to health disparities research; and intervention
approaches to reducing disparities in health and health care. Applications from
researchers interested in non-communicable diseases such as cancer,
cardiovascular disease, and diabetes, infectious diseases such as HIV/AIDS,
emerging infections or TB or multiple morbidities are also encouraged.
Department of Health Policy and Administration is an academic unit of the
College of Health and Human Development. It offers a Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
degree, resident and online Master of Health Administration (M.H.A.) degrees, a
Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Health Policy and Administration, and the
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree. The department currently has 19 faculty
members including 12 tenured or tenure track faculty, with authorization to
grow the number of tenured or tenure track faculty over the next few years. HPA
is making two additional tenure track hires during the 2014-15 academic year
(visit: https://app2.ohr.psu.edu/Jobs/External/EVMS2_External/currentap1.cfm#53611 & https://app2.ohr.psu.edu/Jobs/External/EVMS2_External/currentap1.cfm#53613).
HPA faculty members are actively engaged in important externally funded
research totaling more than $4 million annually. Opportunities to collaborate
with other Penn State faculty include work in the Center for Health Care Policy
and Research, College of Medicine, Clinical and Translational Sciences
Institute, Center for Integrated Healthcare Delivery Systems, Social Science
Research Institute, Population Research Institute, Children, Youth, and
Families Consortium, Center for Healthy Aging, Methodology Center, and
Prevention Research Center. These provide a vibrant environment for
collaborative approaches to research and teaching in population health, health
economics, health care management, and health policy.
land grant University founded in 1855, Penn State was recently ranked in the
top 50 of research universities in the world by Times Higher Education. The
surrounding community of State College is a quintessential university town well
known for its exceptional quality of life, including a low cost of living, a
growing economy, a diverse offering of cultural and recreational opportunities,
and excellent resources for families including well regarded local school
systems and on-campus child care.
will be commensurate with professional experience but as a major research
university Penn State has compensation and benefits packages that attract
faculty of the highest caliber. Importantly, this nine month tenure track
position is fully funded allowing the successful candidate the opportunity to
develop as a scholar and teacher, with the ability to focus on an important
line of research and to seek external funding appropriate to one’s relevant
research area. External funding secured by faculty members can be used for a
variety of purposes, including the ability to supplement the nine month salary
with summer salary and to reduce one’s base teaching load. The standard review
for tenure occurs in the sixth year after appointment as an Assistant
of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is
filled. Applicants are encouraged to submit their application materials as soon
as possible for full consideration. The expected beginning date is August
be considered, candidates must complete an on-line application at: http://psu.jobs/Search/Opportunities.html (see vacancy job # 54146) and upload (1) a
cover letter with a personal statement addressing interests and vision
regarding research and teaching; (2) curriculum vita, and (3) examples of
scholarly publications along with the names and contact information for three
professional references. Questions or informal inquiries about this position
can be directed to the search committee co-chairs, Dr. Rhonda BeLue at firstname.lastname@example.org or Dr. Patricia Miranda email@example.com or 814-863-2900. Please indicate
“Health Disparities search” in subject line of email correspondence.
will require successful completion of background check(s) in accordance with
For more about safety at Penn State, and to review the Annual Security Report
which contains information about crime statistics and other safety and security
matters, please go to http://www.police.psu.edu/clery/, which will also provide
you with details on how to request a hard copy of the Annual Security Report.
State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to
providing employment opportunities to minorities, women, veterans, disabled
individuals, and other protected groups.
14. THE U.S.
GOVERNMENT’S RESPONSE TO EBOLA AT HOME AND ABROAD:
the President’s direction, the U.S. Government is coordinating and
operationalizing a comprehensive strategy to respond to the threat of Ebola
here at home, enhance our broader domestic preparedness, and contain the
epidemic in West Africa.
President’s priority is the health and safety of Americans, and he has directed
his team to take all necessary steps to stop the chain of transmission and
address any shortcomings that come to light. Over the longer-term, we recognize
that the only way to prevent additional cases at home will be to contain and
end the epidemic at its source in West Africa.
Our Domestic Preparedness
President has remained focused on strengthening our coordination with and
support for state and local officials in Dallas, Texas, as we also enhance our
broader nationwide preparedness.
recent days, the administration has announced:
screening measures and travel restrictions: Earlier this month, the Department
of Homeland Security (DHS), with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
(CDC), implemented enhanced screening measures at five airports around the
country—New York’s JFK, Newark, Dulles, Atlanta, and Chicago. As of today, all
passengers arriving in the United States from or through one of the three
countries will be required to fly into one of these five airports that have the
enhanced screening and additional resources in place. Passengers flying into
one of these airports whose travel originated in Liberia, Sierra Leone, and
Guinea are subject to secondary screening and added protocols, including having
their temperature taken, before they can be admitted into the United States. At
present there are no direct, non-stop commercial flights from Liberia, Sierra
Leone or Guinea to any airport in the United States.
active post-arrival monitoring: CDC today announced that, in addition to exit
screening and enhanced entrance screening as an added safeguard, state and
local public health authorities will begin active post-arrival monitoring of
all passengers whose travel originates in Liberia, Sierra Leone, or Guinea and
who arrive in airports conducting enhanced screening. Under this protocol,
state and local health officials will maintain daily contact with all travelers
from the three affected countries for the entire 21 days following their last
possible date of exposure to Ebola virus. Active post-arrival monitoring will
begin next week in the six states where approximately 70 percent of incoming
travelers are located: New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, New Jersey,
and Georgia. State authorities have
agreed that active post-arrival monitoring will begin in the rest of the states
in the days following.
state and local authorities will require travelers to report:
Their temperature daily;
The presence or absence of other Ebola symptoms, such as headache, joint and
muscle aches, weakness, diarrhea, vomiting, stomach pain, lack of appetite, or
abnormal bleeding; and,
Their intent to travel in-state or out-of-state.
of protocols: The CDC team has made specific improvements in the areas of
personal protective equipment and infection control guidance, focusing on no
skin exposure, rigorous training, and a trained monitor who watches healthcare
workers take on and off personal protective equipment (PPE).
Response Team: CDC is creating dedicated CDC response teams – an Ebola “SWAT”
team – that could be on the ground within a few hours at any hospital that
receives a confirmed patient with Ebola to assist hospitals.
training and outreach: CDC is doing enhanced training designed to educate all
of the relevant stakeholders, from frontline healthcare workers to hospital
executives as well as local officials, on the lessons-learned from Dallas and
how to respond to a potential Ebola case. Thousands of officials have taken
part in these sessions, which will continue going forward.
of Defense (DoD) Medical Support Team: As an added prudential measure to ensure
our nation is ready to respond quickly, effectively, and safely in the event of
additional Ebola cases, Secretary Hagel has ordered his Northern Command
Commander to prepare and train a 30-person expeditionary medical support team
that could, if requested by the Department of Health and Human Services,
provide short-notice assistance to civilian medical professionals in the United
States. The team will consist of 20 critical care nurses, 5 doctors trained in
infectious disease, and 5 trainers in infectious disease protocols.
Federal, State, and Local Coordination: In order to ensure the Dallas response
is able to leverage effective coordination between the federal, state, and
local levels in Dallas—as well as with frontline healthcare workers—the
administration, working closely with state and local Texas officials, has
deployed a White House liaison to Dallas and appointed a FEMA coordinator to
ensure all federal assistance is meeting the needs on the ground.
also have facilitated the coordination and expertise of the Environmental
Protection Agency, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and the
Department of Transportation with state and local authorities to ensure the
Ebola-contaminated materials are treated, packaged, transported and destroyed
safely and efficiently.
U.S.-Led International Response to Stop Ebola in West Africa
as we fortify our domestic health infrastructure, the Administration has led an
international coalition to stamp the virus out at its source in West Africa.
The response leverages a civilian-led whole-of-government effort that calls
upon the unique capabilities of the U.S. military to help bring the epidemic
under control. We have been at this since March, when the first cases were
reported, and we have scaled up that effort since:
Deployment of key medical and expert personnel: The United States has deployed
to West Africa more than 170 civilian medical, healthcare, and disaster
response experts from multiple U.S. government departments and agencies, some
of whom are part of the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID)
Disaster Assistance Response Team.
Scaling-up the DOD presence: DOD
announced the planned deployment of 3,200 troops, including 1,100 in the next
two weeks. More than 600 U.S. military personnel are now in the region, and the
total troop commitment will depend on the requirements on the ground. Personnel
from the U.S. Naval Medical Research Center continue to operate three mobile
medical labs, which provide 24-hour turnaround results on samples.
U.S. financial support: The United States has obligated more than $300 million
toward fighting the outbreak in West Africa and announced its intentions to
devote more than $1 billion to the whole-of-government Ebola response effort,
by far the largest investment by any donor.
International financial support: This financial commitment had helped us
galvanize support from international partners. Since the President’s speech at
the CDC in mid-September, countries and international organizations have
pledged more than $800 million to the effort, while also committing significant
contributions of personnel, aircraft, and resources on the ground.
New hospital for infected workers: DOD is finishing construction of a hospital
for infected medical workers, which by the end of October will be operational
and staffed by U.S. Public Health Service officers.
Progress on Ebola Treatment Units: The U.S. military is overseeing the
construction of up to 17 100-bed Ebola Treatment Units (ETUs) in Liberia. The
construction of three ETUs is underway, and they will be completed in November.
The U.S. government also supports the construction of several ETUs by
international NGOs in Liberia.
Community Outreach and Safe Burials:
U.S. support helps to inform, educate and better equip communities to
protect themselves and their loved ones against Ebola. Additional U.S. support
has helped Liberia increase to 65 the number of safe burial teams working
across every county to safely and respectfully dispose of bodies, largely
reducing a primary vehicle of transmission of the disease.
15. THE TRUTH IS
Rev. Dr. Charles R. Watkins, Jr.
on Biblical Text: Mark 1:17: "And Jesus said unto them, Come ye after
me, and I will make you become fishers of men."
phrase “Fishers of men” was spoken by Jesus when He was calling to His two
disciples Simon Peter and Andrew to follow Him. The Bible says that as Jesus is
walking by the Sea of Galilee he spots these fishermen casting their nets.
Jesus called them to come with Him and He would show them how to cast a net
that would allow them to catch human beings.
wife and I spent a few days in Myrtle Beach recently. Our plan of course was to
lay aside the cares of the world and get some much needed rest and relaxation.
In retrospect it is obvious to me that God was at work again providing me a new
perspective on an oft taught subject. As we walked the beach we came across a
fisherman. I could not help but ask the usual questions, “What are you fishing
for?” and “What bait are you using?”
see, the idea behind fishing is to know enough about the fish you are
attempting to catch that you can decide on the bait and the equipment you need
to use. We should have an idea of the habitat and the depth of the water we are
fishing in. This of course applies to real fishing, but it can also relate to
becoming “fishers of men and women.”
has each of us on a mission to make disciples of all nations. Therefore, just
as we need equipment to be fishermen, we need equipment to be “fishers of men.”
One way for us to be ready at all times is by putting on the armor of God,
“that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day.” Especially important are
the shield of faith with which we ward off the opposition from demonic forces
who don’t want to see anyone saved by the Gospel of Christ and the sword of the
Spirit, which is the Word of God. Without these two pieces of spiritual
equipment, we will find fishing for men’s souls impossible.
is critical that we have the armor of God as our equipment, but we must also
know the "fish" we are trying to attract. Understanding the lost
condition of the people we are trying to catch for Jesus will help us to
realize that, no matter how good we are at fishing we will never “catch the
fish" on our own. We cannot rely on any reasoned argument that we might
offer to convert the soul of a darkened mind, because as the Bible cautions,
“the God of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot
see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of
God.” However, we know by faith that God
can and frequently does penetrate the darkness with the glorious gospel, and He
uses us to do it. God knows which “fish” are His therefore we are to seek God's
wisdom and God's guidance on all our fishing expeditions. We must understand to
do that prayer is essential.
only effective bait available for us is the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Lamentably,
it seems that to those who are perishing, the message of the cross is
foolishness. However to us it is the power of God. We understand by faith that
the gospel message has the power to change lives. The Gospel of Jesus Christ
has the power to shine light into darkness, and to change the course of evil
men headed to hell. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is effective because there is no
power in any other message or any other “bait” to catch the fish of God. We are challenged to stand like the Apostle
Paul and confess, “I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of
God for the salvation of everyone who believes.”
find later in the Gospel of John (21:1-14), Simon Peter says to his colleagues
“I’m going fishing.” The other disciples told Peter “We’ll go with you.” The
men went out, got into the boat and went fishing. The text says these men
fished all night, but nothing is caught in their nets. Beloved it is very
interesting to note that these disciples, who were professional fishermen,
didn't catch a single fish without Jesus.
text says there is a light over on the shore. The disciples see that somebody
on the beach has a fire going, but they didn’t have a clue who that person was.
In the morning the man from the beach called out to the disciples, “Hey did you
catch any fish?” They told him they had not. The man said “Throw your net on
the right side of the boat and you will find some.” The text says that when
they did what Jesus said do they catch so many fish they couldn’t even draw the
net in. When they caught this incredible amount of fish they knew that the Lord
was with them. They realized that it was Jesus who told them where to cast
their net. They couldn’t do a thing on their own but when they did what Jesus
said do they reap a great harvest.
disciples caught no fish on their own but when they learned to depend on Jesus
they had more fish than they needed. By themselves they couldn’t get anything
done but when they followed Jesus’ instructions they did more than they were
able to do before. We are challenged to recognize that the disciples have to
learn to depend on the Lord if they are going to fulfill their purpose.
the same goes for us. We have to learn to depend on Jesus if we are going to
fulfill our purpose in our community. On our own we can’t see or understand
how. However, when we learn to depend on Jesus we find there is nothing too big
or too hard. With Jesus nothing is impossible. We can do all things with Christ
who strengthens us.
Jesus said unto them, Come ye after me, and I will make you become fishers of
men. We can fish all night depending only on our own skills and human wisdom
but we will not catch a thing! We will not be successful until we do what the
Lord said do.
message to Peter and Andrew and to us is, "Follow Me, learn of Me, know
and understand My mission and My message." Only then will we be able to be
“fishers of men.”
Reverend Dr. Charles R. Watkins, Jr., is the pastor of Morris Brown A.M.E.
Church in Charleston, S.C.
16. A LITANY IN
RESPONSE TO UMCOR’S CALL TO PRAY FOR THOSE AFFECTED BY THE EBOLA EPIDEMIC:
17. GETTING TO
ZERO: FALL BACK AND INFLUENZA:
are fewer hours of sunlight in these late October days - Michigan mornings at 7
a.m. Eastern Daylight Time are still dark.
Leaves of red, brown, green and gold are dropping. The Fall
"Back" end of Daylight Saving time is near, one week away (November
Back is a reminder of the pending season for influenza, common cold and respiratory
infections in the northern hemisphere. It is time to get those “flu shots” and
to stock up on and take daily the Vitamin C and other supplements that are
thought to boost immune defenses.
is a respiratory tract illness that starts in the upper respiratory tract and
often progresses into the lower respiratory tract. It is caused by the host
immune response mainly to cell damage from invading influenza virus that
reproduces in the cells that line passages of the nose, throat and lungs. This
results in symptoms such as high fever, body aches and weakness (malaise), sore
throat, coughs, runny nose and chest congestion. These symptoms usually occur
for 5-7 days with partial recovery on average in about 10-14 days. It can take
up to 6-8 weeks for full repair of the respiratory tract.
virus infection can set up the respiratory tract for invasion by other
pathogens (bacteria and fungi) that lead to pneumonia or lung and heart
failure. That is why often there seems to be relapse just when one begins to
feel better from getting over the flu.
over the age of 65 and those with underlying chronic conditions such as asthma,
diabetes, COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) and heart or lung
disease are at highest risk of developing influenza related complications that
can be fatal. Your primary health provider should already have suggested or
arranged for you to get the flu vaccine.
and influenza related illnesses are estimated to contribute to as many as
50,000 deaths per year in the USA and over 250,000 - 500,000 deaths per year
globally. As important, each year influenza illness affects some 5-15% of the
population worldwide. This brings high costs in healthcare and loss of work time
is the influenza vaccine or “flu shot”?
flu vaccine reduces influenza virus successful invasion. If infection does
occur, the immune system already is primed so it can act faster to reduce the
length and severity of disease. The virus is inhaled in air droplets or gains
entry into the body from your own hand contact with fluids to move it into the
nose, mouth or throat tissues as parts of the upper respiratory tract.
flu vaccine can be given as an inactivated (dead) virus in an intramuscular
shot. Now it also can be given as Flu-mist, a weakened form of the virus that
is inhaled. The Flu mist may produce higher immunity in tissues most
susceptible to influenza. However, not everyone can get this vaccine form
(please see below).
you get the vaccine? "Yes!" Let me repeat that. "Yes!"
an influenza vaccine makes good sense. For most people it is foolish not to get
a vaccine for influenza.
Who should get the
seasonal influenza vaccine is highly recommended for all persons over 6 months
of age. While pregnant females, persons over age 50 or less than 2 years of age
should not get the inhaled Flu-mist, a vaccine against influenza virus is
recommended to reduce spread of virus and severity of influenza disease for
individuals and populations.
does this vaccine affect populations? Glad that you asked!
fewer people get infected to make virus, and people who are infected make less
virus for fewer days, there is less overall circulating virus in a
community. Some really good news- a
vaccinated person not only reduces their own susceptibility to prolonged or
more severe disease, but getting the flu vaccine can lower the exposure risks
for others. This is called “herd immunity.” Immunization of individuals to
increase herd immunity can enhance protection from a pathogen for the entire
October, besides enjoying the beauty of autumn and football homecomings, and
remembering breast cancer awareness, also think “Get flu vaccine.”
takes about two weeks after the vaccine to put in place the specific immunity
that will help to guard against the invading flu virus. Getting the vaccine
before the end of October allows time for the body’s immune system to develop
protection well before the increased travel and multiple closer contacts that
happen during the holiday season that begins with Thanksgiving.
the northern hemisphere, if you do not get to take the vaccine in October, it
still is better to get it later - November, December even January, than not to
get the flu vaccine at all. Flu season in the northern hemisphere typically is
in full swing and begins to escalate in November. It usually extends at least
through March or April.
those who can safely take pain or fever reducing medications (NSAIDs or
acetaminophen in brand names such as Aleve, Advil, Tylenol, Excedrin), I find
that taking these for a day or so beginning at the time of the vaccine reduces
some side effects such as mild headache or slightly achy muscles. As this is
only my experience, please note that you always should check out this option
with your care provider.
Where to get an
influenza vaccine is available from your primary care provider, at community
clinics and health centers, during health campaigns at many workplaces and for
purchase at most pharmacy chains. It is available in some locations through
special campaigns at community centers and forward-thinking places of worship.
Maybe your church can coordinate with the local health department or others to
set up a “flu shot day” at the church for the surrounding community.
ministries, clergypersons, officers and church leaders can encourage and inform
about this timely issue.
is important to realize that flu-like symptoms can be caused by many pathogens
– Echovirus, adenovirus, rhinovirus, respiratory syncytia virus, parainfluenza
virus and some bacteria strains. The flu
vaccine does not protect from or affect these- it is highly specific to
influenza virus. However for ~95% of
people, it will significantly reduce disease severity (symptoms and time to
recovery) or completely prevent infection that results from influenza virus
you hear in conversation or think you have experienced, the extensive
scientific and medical data collected over decades support effectiveness of
annual flu vaccines.
the Fall Back time bring to mind the seasonal question to you and those you
care about, “Have you gotten your annual flu vaccine?” Get it done! An ounce of prevention in this case is worth
more than a pound of cure.
Oveta Fuller is an Associate Professor of Microbiology and Immunology and
Faculty of the African Studies Center at the University of Michigan and Adjunct
Faculty at Payne Theological Seminary. An Itinerant Elder in the 4th
Episcopal District, she conducts HIV/AIDS prevention research in Zambia and the
USA. She lived in Zambia for most of 2013 as a J. William Fulbright
18. iCHURCH SCHOOL
LESSON BRIEF FOR SUNDAY, OCTOBER 26 2014 – WHO’S IN CONTROL? - JOB 42:1-10:
often wonder who or what control the final outcomes and many challenges in
life. Where can people find answers to life’s ultimate questions? Job declares
that God can do all things and will ultimately prevail over all obstacles,
restoring the fortunes of those who are faithful; and the psalmist illustrates
how God’s people can pray that God will be gracious to them and preserve their
42:1-6 - The End of Job’s Troubles
had heard God’s speech. So Job realised his error. He was not an evil man. But
he had spoken unwise words about God. Sometimes Job complained about God’s
behaviour. And sometimes Job accused God.
Job was humble. He asked God to forgive him.
was a servant of God, even before Job began to suffer. Then, Job trusted God
because other people had told him about God.
God spoke, Job had a new experience. Job learned many things from God’s speech.
And now Job trusted God even more. Job had become an even better servant of
know that God forgave Job because of verses 7-9 and in those verses, God
emphasised that Job was a servant of God. If we sincerely confess our errors to
God, then God will always forgive us. God is not cruel. He wants to forgive us
(1 John 1:9).
Restoration and Mercy
verses may seem strange to some people. Such people may not know why God was
angry with Eliphaz, Bildad and Zophar. Job’s friends were sometimes wrong, but
sometimes Job was wrong too. So, you might think that they all deserved the
explanation is that Job was a servant of God. In other words, Job had a special
task to do. A servant carries out his master’s work. And Job had decided to do
God’s work on earth (Job 29:14). So Job was acting on behalf of God.
was already God’s servant when his troubles began (Job 1:8). And Job was still
God’s servant during his troubles (Job 2:3). In verses 7-8, God emphasised four
times that Job was God’s servant.
could have punished Job’s friends, but instead, God wanted to forgive them. So
God told them to kill some animals and burn the animals as gift to God. In
other words, the animals would suffer the punishment that the friends deserved
and God would forgive the friends.
often wanted such gifts before Jesus came. When Jesus died, he suffered our
punishment. Jesus suffered instead of us and God forgives us because Jesus
sacrificed his life (Hebrews 10:1-10). We must confess our evil deeds to God
and we invite Jesus into our lives.
was the third studio album by American singer-songwriter artist Janet Jackson,
released on February 4, 1986 by A&M Records. Her collaborations with the
songwriters and record producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis resulted in an
unconventional sound: a fusion of rhythm and blues, rap vocals, funk, disco and
synthesized percussion that established Jackson, Jam and Lewis as the leading
innovators in contemporary R&B.
Jackson believed she was in complete control of her life. She needed no help or assistance from
anyone. As "captain and primary
driver," she calls all of the shots. This feeling of “control” however was
short-lived. When fame, fortune and
money disappear the concept of control takes a new dimension. Ms. Jackson found out that she was not in
control. An inconvenient truth is we are not in control of our lives. Real
control is found in the personality of God.
When we confess Jesus as our Lord we are essentially deferring all
matters of control to Him. God has been
in control before time and eternity.
That’s a pretty good track record.
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
MEDITATION BASED ON JOHN 14:1-6:
*The Rev. Dr. Joseph A. Darby
I’m writing this meditation after visiting the 91st Session
of the Central Annual Conference of the AME Church at Liberty Hill AME Church
in Summerton, South Carolina. I’ve been there on numerous occasions and
know the way there without using GPS - which actually led me to a cotton field
when I tried it to find the church on one earlier occasion! When I exited
Interstate 95, however, the road was closed to replace a bridge on my familiar
I got back on the Interstate, took the next Exit five miles down the
road, “back-tracked” and arrived later than planned. I found out when I
later spoke with those at the church that I’d gone far out of my way because
there was a designated detour that I found and followed when I went back to
Charleston. That detour was well-marked and very visible, but I was so
surprised by the blocked road and so intent on getting to the church on time
that I ignored the detour signs that would have shortened my trip.
My interesting “road trip” reminded me of what sometimes happens to all
of us as we travel life’s roads. We all seek happiness, success,
prosperity and peace of mind, and we carefully plan and follow pathways and
strategies to reach our goals. We all, however, eventually run into
roadblocks - unexpected and unwanted circumstances that hinder us, discourage
us and leave us wondering if we’ll ever find our way to where we want to be.
We’d do well to remember that the God we serve specializes in moving
roadblocks and leading us to detours and new routes, when we have the faith to
look beyond our plans and let God order our steps and direct our paths.
We’ll find detours and new routes that we’d otherwise miss when we focus on
what we want and go out of our way instead of remembering that our Savior said
that He is “the way, the truth and the life.”
Take the time, in spite of life’s unexpected roadblocks, to look to the
God who never fails to lead us to where we want to be. You’ll reach your
goals in God’s time, in unexpected ways and on roads you never thought were
there, and you’ll find new appreciation for the hymn that says, “Where He leads
me, I will follow; I’ll go with Him all the way.”
Get 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
FAMILY CONGRATULATORY ANNOUNCEMENT:
-- Bishop John R.
Bryant and the Reverend Dr. Cecelia Williams Bryant Announce their Daughter's
John R. Bryant, Senior Bishop and Presiding Prelate of the Fourth Episcopal
District and the Reverend Dr. Cecelia Williams Bryant, Senior Episcopal
Supervisor, proudly announce the newest publication of their daughter, Dr.
Thema Bryant-Davis - Religion and Spirituality for Diverse Women: Foundations
of Strength and Resilience
Thema Bryant-Davis is on Faculty at the Pepperdine University and is the
Administrative Assistant at the Walker Temple AME Church, Los Angeles, Rev.
Rosalyn Kyle Brookins, Pastor.
to the new book where Dr. Thema Bryant-Davis is co-editor:
and Spirituality for Diverse Women: Foundations of Strength and Resilience
Religion and spirituality are sources of strength and resilience for many
women, particularly ethnically diverse women, WWW.AMAZON.COM.
21. GENERAL OFFICER
FAMILY BEREAVEMENT NOTICE:
regret to announce the passing of Mother Annie (Ann) Collier Parker, both the
“Church Mother” and the “true church daughter” of Ebenezer African Methodist
Episcopal Church in Rahway, New Jersey.
Parker was the daughter of the late Rev. John W.P. Collier, Sr. former pastor
of Ebenezer-Rahway (1921-1947) and the sister of the late Rev. Dr. John W.P.
Collier, Jr., a General Officer in the AME Church.
Parker was born on the church property in the church parsonage and was an
active member of Ebenezer-Rahway her entire life of 93 years. She was not just a child of the parsonage;
she was the child of “our” parsonage.
leaves to celebrate her life, a daughter, Robin Parker of Michigan, a son,
Johnny Parker of Pennsylvania, four grandchildren, a brother, Andrew (101 years
of age); and a sister, Virginia (96 years of age) both of New Jersey; a Sister-in-law,
the Rev. Dr. Jacqueline Grant Collier of Atlanta, Georgia; a host of nieces and
nephews and her Ebenezer family.
following information has been provided regarding funeral arrangements.
October 24, 2014, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Hour, Community Reflections and Ivy
Beyond the Wall Ceremony
October 25, 2014
- 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
going Celebration - 10:00 a.m.
Rev. Dr. Erika D. Crawford, Pastor/Eulogist
family has asked that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the:
Ann Parker Memorial Fund
can be sent to:
22. CLERGY FAMILY
regret to announce the passing of the Rev. Florence L. Kelley, an itinerant
elder and associate minister at Metropolitan AME Church in Lansdowne,
Pennsylvania (Philadelphia Conference, South District). The following
information has been provided regarding funeral arrangements.
Temple AME Church
Rev. Ronald Green, pastor
of Sympathy can be sent to:
Bradley & Family
23. CLERGY FAMILY
regret to inform you of the passing of Mrs. Dorothy T. Alston, a member of
Mount Pisgah African Methodist Episcopal Church, died on Tuesday, October 21,
2014 at the age of 101 years. Mrs.
Alston is the mother of The Rev. Edward Alston, Pastor of Queen Chapel AME
Church in Hilton Head, South Carolina, Beaufort District, South Carolina Annual
Conference of the Seventh Episcopal District of the AME Church.
Celebration of Life for Mrs. Alston:
Carmel Baptist Church
Wright-Donaldson Home for Funerals
may be sent to:
Rev. and Mrs. Edward Alston
24. CLERGY FAMILY
regret to inform you of the untimely passing of Cortlandt Gerard Thompson, the
son of the Reverend Dr. Taylor T. Thompson, General Board Member and pastor in
the Third Episcopal District; and Dr. Barbara Hunter Thompson, former
connectional officer, CONN-M-SWAWO, Plus PK's.
Gerard Thompson was killed in an act of senseless violence. The family asks for
your prayers as God leads them through this time of bereavement.
official notice with service arrangements and contact information will be
shared from the Office of the Third Episcopal District AME Church, Bishop
McKinley Young, Presiding Prelate and Dr. Dorothy Jackson Young, Episcopal
25. BEREAVEMENT NOTICES
AND CONGRATULATORY ANNOUNCEMENTS PROVIDED BY:
Ora L. Easley, Administrator
AMEC Clergy Family Information Center
Web page: http://www.amecfic.org/
Telephone: (615) 837-9736 (H)
Telephone: (615) 833-6936 (O)
26. CONDOLENCES TO THE
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peace of Christ will be with you during this time of your bereavement.
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