Wednesday, December 25, 2013

To our spirit-filled Second Episcopal District Family:
We are wishing you LOVE, PEACE and HAPPINESS on this most blessed Christmas day. We pray that you all enjoyed a day of family and fun as you reflected on the birth of our beloved  Savior, Jesus the Christ!! We are so honored to serve as your Episcopal team. We appreciate your generous gifts this season and the support you offer all year round.
May the JOY of Jesus fill your hearts and home this blessed Christmas season!!

Love, Bishop DeVeaux & Dr. Pam

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Christmas with the Bishop

Bishop DeVeaux and Episcopal Supervisor Dr. Pam had a WONDERFUL time celebrating Christmas with all Second District conferences. Thank God for safe travels to St. Luke, Fayetteville, NC, St. Paul, Raleigh, NC, Baltimore and Washington DC. The parties were filled with laughter and love and the JOY of JESUS!!! Thanks to all who came to bless our Episcopal team during this special time of the year. Be Blessed!! Merry Christmas!!!
VA Conference party

Baltimore Conference Christmas Celebration

St. Paul AME, Raleigh, NC

St. Luke AME, Fayetteville, NC

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Christmas Noonday Service

The  Second Episcopal District  celebrated at the Joseph C. McKinney Chapel at AME headquarters. Our treasurer Mr. Richard Lewis rendered a beautiful solo, "O Holy Night". A beautiful Christmas spirit filled the room!

Hark the herald angels sing, Glory to the newborn king. Peace on earth and mercy mild,
God and sinners reconciled! Merry Christmas!!

Thursday, December 12, 2013

YWI Conference

The first weekend in November, the 1st,-3rd, the Young Women's Initiative (YWI) of the Women's Missionary Society held its fist EVER, premiere Empowerment Conference. Our International President, Dr. Shirley Cason Reed, declared that YWI is no longer an initiative but a reality. This conference was an awesome event in which 269 YWIs from across this great connection came together to worship, fellowship, be uplifted and empowered under the theme, "Refined Women of God: Empowered by the Fire," scripture reference Isaiah 48:10. The Second Episcopal District Delegation consisted of 15 persons from our district.  We praise God for those ladies who journeyed with us to Charleston, SC for this epic, mountain-top experience.

We opened with a powerful worship service in which Pastor Krystal Bryan of St Paul AME Church (Cokesbury) in Hodges, SC, brought forth a word that set the tone for the conference. "Thank God for the Fire." It is through the fire that God is able to rid of us of all the stuff that isn't of him, and set us apart so that we may be used for His works and His glory.

Our conference also included real and relevant workshops:
  • The Truth About Being Single, Saved, and Satisfied: The Real Single in the City- Presented by Donald and Adrienne Bell
  • WMS Leadeship....Are You Prepared? What You Forgot to Tell Me? Presented by Paulette Cryer and Jamestta Lovett
  • Being a Light in a Dark World- Presented by Rev. Chante' McClure
  • How to Break the Chains- Presented by Rev. Donna Jackson
Furthermore, we had a Rip the Runway luncheon with keynote speaker, Tammy McCottry-Brown, a television personality in the Charleston area. She challenged us to be Bold and Beautiful (Bodacious, Obedient, Loyal and Determined). The luncheon conclude with a Fresh Fire, Red Heel Fashion Show with our distinguished models, Supervisors Mother Norris of the 7th Episcopal District and Phyllis Green of the 12th Episcopal District, and President Reed.

The YWIs were blessed with an opportunity to have an open dialogue with the Connectional WMS President Reed. She challenged senior members of the WMS to be receptive to an YWI mentee and after prayer YWIs were asked to follow God's direction to seek a mentor. We were asked to develop a solid relationship/friendship with these sisters. I know I can't speak for all of the YWIs connection-wide, but from the feedback I have seen and what I now of myself I am so excited about this opportunity and am looking forward to the God-ordained, awesome, supernatural things that will be birthed through this partnership.

In addition, we were afforded the opportunity to fellowship as a delegation with our Episcopal  President. We thank and praise God for her leadership and vision and the bonds that were formed, information that was shared during this time. We are ready and committed to taking our YWIs to the next level. It is time for this Fresh Fire to catch on fire through our District.

The 7th District YWI showcased their talents for our Saturday Night entertainment through a series of skits traveling though the Motown Revue.  We were also blessed to see Supervisor Norris serenade Bishop Norris with her rendition of  "Your Precious Love." Finally, we were visited by Sister Lottie, an 88-year old tell-it-like-it-is, praise dancing church mother, in the form of Lynn, a Christian comedian.

Our conference concluded with a closing worship service an another dynamic, spirit-filled, YWI tailor-made word delivered by Rev. Annabelle Robinson of New Jerusalem AME Church in Wadmalaw, SC. The YWIs shared in the holy communion service with the leadership of the 7th Episcopal District. Finally, we participated in the sending-off ceremony in which the YWIs were pinned by the senior members of the WMS and commissioned to do the work of missions, being creative, using their gifts to the betterment of not only the organization. but Kingdom building.

This was an AWESOME time. I am still on a spiritual high from this conference. I praise God for the opportunity, not only to represent my district at and planning this event, but to be a part of this monumental event.

In His Service,
Chandelle R. Ivy
SED WMS Member-at-Large (YWI)

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Seaton Memorial AME

Bishop DeVeaux recently preached the 102nd Anniversary Service at Seaton Memorial AME Church in Lanham, MD where Rev. Charles D. Smith is the senior pastor. Bishop preached from the text, Joshua 1:1, "Looking Back but Moving Forward". The word encouraged Seaton Memorial to not forget about the past but continue to move forward. Also encouraged were the new generation, as God was with the ancestors, God will be will with you also because the work must go on.

Preach Bishop DeVeaux!


The Second Episcopal District hosted the Connectional Ministers Spouses, Widows, Widowers plus PK's organization in Wilmington, NC. Bishop DeVeaux and Supervisor Dr. Pam were pleased with the meeting's sucess and enjoyed the fellowship!

Sisters Williams, DeVeaux, Montague and Watson

Mrs. Suzette Williams CON-M-SWAWO District President

Second District CONN-M-SWAWO members with Bishop and Dr. Pam

Monday, December 2, 2013

Bethel AME-Chesapeake City, MD

On Sunday December 1, 2013 Bishop DeVeaux and Supervisor Dr. Pam had a holy ghost good time in worship at Bethel AME Church in Chesapeake City, MD. What a special day it was as Rev. Dana Ashton and First Gentlemen Maurice Ashton and congregation welcomed our Episcopal team! Rev. Dana Ashton is the youngest of four daughters of the late Dr. William R. Porter--who was one of Bishop DeVeaux's nearest and dearest friends. Thank God for friends and family!
Bishop DeVeaux & Supervisor DeVeaux are greeted by Rev. Dana Ashton & Maurice Ashton
Dr. Pam and Rev. Ashton share a moment of fellowship

Sunday, December 1, 2013

25th Annual World AIDS Day

Famous landmarks around the world turning red to commemorate World AIDS Day.  Let's all continue to pray for all those affected by HIV/AIDS and for research efforts.

Be Blessed!

Monday, November 25, 2013

Memorial Service-Helen B. Weaver

The Memorial Service celebrating the life of Helen B. Weaver, beloved mother of Pastor Jonathan L. Weaver, will take place:
Saturday November 30, 2013
10:00 AM
Clinton AME Zion Church
814 Westmore Avenue
Rockville, MD
Please keep Pastor Weaver and his family in your prayers. 

Mt. Calvary AME

Bishop DeVeaux was the guest preacher for Men's Day at Mount Calvary AME Church in Towson, MD. Bishop DeVeaux and Dr. Pam enjoyed a day of worship and fellowship hosted by Rev. Dr. Ann Lightner-Fuller, Senior Pastor and Rev. Dr. Stanley Fuller, Executive Minister. What a marvelous time we had as we worshipped the Lord and celebrated with the mighty men of  Mt. Calvary!

The Lord's name be PRAISED!!!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Congratulations Ms. Dorcas Hart

Bishop DeVeaux and Dr. Pam congratulate Ms. Dorcas Hart
We are so proud of Ms. Dorcas Hart who is our 2013 Dorcas Extravaganza winner!! Ms. Hart attends Reid Temple AME Church, where Dr. Lee P. Washington is her pastor. She represents the Washington Conference, where Reverend Goodwin Douglas serves as presiding elder.

Dorcas, also called Tabitha, is a New Testament woman of the Bible. You will find her story in the book of Acts, chapter 9 verses 36 to 42. She was a godly woman who was loved and well respected in the Christian community of Joppa.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Mid-Year 2013

Second Episcopal  District and visiting AME clergy, lay and guests gathered at the BWI Hilton Hotel as Bishop William Phillips DeVeaux, Sr. convened the Mid-Year Convocation November 7-9, 2013. The Conference theme was "Effective Christian Leadership, Empowered by Prayer, Praise and Proclamation. " Bishop Greg Ingram preached the opening service with power!  Rev. Joan Wharton proclaimed the closing word in a mighty way.  Host Presiding Elders Ernest Montague and Cordell Hunter provided excellent leadership and effective management. The Lord's name be praised!
Sounds and Sights of Midyear Convocation

What a Mighty God we Serve!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Bishop Sarah Davis Funeral Info

Please pray for Brother Claytie Davis and the Davis family during this season of bereavement.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

A Message from The Council of Bishops

Bishop Sarah Frances Taylor Davis
Bishop Sarah Frances Taylor Davis, 126th Elected and Consecrated Bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, President of the Council of Bishops and Presiding Prelate of the Sixteenth Episcopal District transitioned from time to eternity on 9 November 2013.

The Council of Bishops mourns the loss of  our leader, colleague, friend and inspiration.

Bishop Sarah Davis brought unique gifts to the Council. Her dedication to prayer and commitment to the progress of our Zion will ever resonate in the heart of the Council of Bishops.

Elected from the Tenth Episcopal District (Texas) in 2004, Bishop Davis was the third woman elevated to episcopal service in our Zion. Before her assignment to the Sixteenth Episcopal District (The Caribbean, South America and Europe) she provided exemplary leadership in the Eighteenth District (Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique and Swaziland).

Bishop Davis was invested as the President of the Council of Bishops in June 2013.

The Bishops of the Church extend condolences to her husband/Episcopal Supervisor Claytie Davis and the Davis Family. We solicit prayer for Supervisor Claytie Davis Jr., and Family.

We also lift in prayer The Sixteenth Episcopal District, The African Methodist Episcopal Church, and the larger ecumenical community.

Preparations are being made for a Service of Celebration of the life of Bishop Sarah Frances Taylor Davis. The details are forthcoming; however the observance will be in Houston, Texas on Saturday, 16 November 2013.

We ask the membership of the African Methodist Episcopal Church to duty observe the death of this leader with respect and prayer. Join with us with faithful resolve exemplify the hope and love of those who walk in light of Christ.

"Gracious God, we give you thanks for the life and labors of our sister, Sarah Frances Taylor Davis. We have been encouraged by her holy service and her life devoted through prayer. We stand firmly upon our faith as we seek comfort and strength for Brother Claytie and the bereaved family and friends during this time of pain and stress. Amen"

From the Desk of Bishop Jeffrey N. Leath, Secretary Council of Bishops AME Church

Friday, November 8, 2013

Flashback Friday

As we look towards Monday November 11, 2013's national holiday to honor all who have served in the United States military we want to send a special Veteran's Day THANK YOU to our own Bishop William Phillips DeVeaux who served as chaplain in the United States Army.

Bishop DeVeaux, an Army paratrooper
Bishop DeVeaux serving as an Army Chaplain

Meet Your WMS Officers Series

Barbara R. Smith
Corresponding Secretary
Church: St. Paul AME Church, Lenoir, NC

Missionary Society: Scott-Patterson/Shade-Dixon

Years-Missionary: 36 Years

Other Offices:
  • Local President
  • Corresponding Secretary
  • Conference Corresponding Secretary
Major Project: Organizing registration for WNCC WMS Annual Conventions

Favorite Scripture: "Oh give thanks unto the Lord, for He is good; His mercy endureth forever" ~Psalms 136:1

Favorite Hymn: Blessed Assurance

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Bishop DeVeaux traveled to Atlanta last week to attend the Lay Officers Retreat. While there he got to spend time with  6 of his very favorite people. Alexis, Clayton, Jalen, Cammie, Connor and Joshua were thrilled to see POP POP!!!!

Bishop DeVeaux  with 6 of his 15 grandkids! BLESSED!!!


Meet Your WMS Officers Series

Lisa Maiden McDonald
Church: Bethel AME Church, Baltimore, MD

Missionary Society: The Edith Holland Bryant Missionary Society

Other Offices Held:
  • YPD Director
  • Local Level-President
  • Conference Level- 3rd Vice President
  • Area Level- 1st Vice-President
Major Project: To encourage and motivate others to support efforts made for the United Nations. To lend a helping hand to the CONGO Mission- Mercy Ships. The ongoing goal is to obtain 100 missionaries for evangelism and world service here and abroad.

Favorite Scripture:  I can do all things through Christ that strengthens me. ~Phil.4:13

Favorite Hymn: "His Eye is on the Sparrow"

Monday, November 4, 2013

Anniversary Celebration

Bishop DeVeaux and Dr. Pam had a marvelous visit to St. Joseph AME Church in Durham, NC on Sunday November 3, 2013. Bishop DeVeaux brought forth soul stirring messages at the 8 and 11 am services as the congregation celebrated the 144th Church Anniversary. Senior Pastor Rev. Ronald Owens and his congregation are doing wonderful works in the church and community. Be Blessed!

The WMS of St. Joseph AME welcome Supervisor Dr. Pam DeVeaux

Beautiful ladies! Blessed ladies!

Monday, October 28, 2013

Deliverance Conference 2013

WOW! We are still hearing from so many presenters and conference attendees how blessed they felt after attending Deliverance Conference 2013. Here are some more beautiful pictures that capture the awesome spirit of the event.
Sister Fran Reid & Dr. Pam, Dr. Courtney Lamar, Rev. M, Rev. Mouzon

Revs. Goggins & Wharton, Revs. Jo Ann & Grainger Browning

Beautiful & Friendly Registration Team, Dr. Pam THANKS Dr. Joan Wharton

Deliverance Conference 2013

WOW! We are still hearing from so many presenters and conference attendees how blessed they felt after attending Deliverance Conference 2013. Here are some more beautiful pictures that capture the awesome spirit of the event.
Rev. Marbury & Rev. Wharton, Dr. D.Thomas, JOY in Deliverance!

Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Rev. Matthew Watley, Rev. Lee P. Washington, Rev. Frank M. Reid III & Rev. Grainger Browning

Rev. Joan Wharton with her Sister and Mother, Awesome Praise, Evangelist Susie Owens,  Rev. Charlotte Clemmons

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Tasty Tuesday

At Brown AME Church this potato salad made by First Lady Rev. Rowena White received accolades from Bishop DeVeaux and he asked for seconds. Umm Umm GOOD!

Oh TASTE and SEE that the Lord is good!!!

Monday, October 21, 2013

Deliverance Conference 2013

One word for Deliverance 2013 held October 10-12, 2013-AWESOME!!!! The 2nd Episcopal District was the direct beneficiary of our blessed visionary--Dr. Pam DeVeaux and her capable team, led by Dr. Joan L. Wharton.  Attendees, both adults and youth, were delivered from physical, spiritual and emotional barriers on powerful presentations and dynamic worship services. We had delicious cuisine, tag team preaching, and soul stir music during the 3 day event. Reid Temple AME Church under the leadership of Senior Pastor Rev. Dr. Lee P. Washington did a marvelous job hosting the conference! We are already looking forward to Deliverance Conference 2015! 
Bishop DeVeaux introduces the preacher-Dr. A. Jeremiah Wright. Jr.--Awesome Worship Experience!

Dynamic Workshops- Informative & Inspiring!
Saturday Morning Prayer Breakfast. Rev. Rodger Hall Reed & Dr. Shirley Cason Reed, Rev. Dr. Frank Madison Reid III & Lady Marlaa, Dr. Pam DeVeaux, and Presiding Elders Hunter & Montague

Please feel free to share pictures and your experiences from Deliverance 2013 with us at: THANKS!!!

25th Annual NGO Conference

Dr. Pam DeVeaux traveled to New York to attend the 25th Annual NGO Conference Oct.16-18, 2013. The theme of conference was "The NGO Conference 2013:Celebrating A Twenty-Five Year Journey of Advocacy and Action". The meeting events took place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, New York. In addition to attending the conference sessions Dr. Pam enjoyed a Broadway show, fellowship with friends and fine dining! The Lord's name be Praised!

Episcopal Supervisors Norris, Ingram, DeVeaux and Green
New York, New York

Minister Michael Pugh of Allen Cathedral AME Church & 3rd place finalist-BET's Sunday Best greets Supervisors DeVeaux & Green (12th District)