Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Pilgrim AME YPD

On Sunday January 27, 2013 the YPD at Pilgrim AME Church in Washington, DC celebrated their Annual Day. Rev. Wendall Christopher and first lady Mrs. Karen Christoper are the dynamic leaders of this congregation that is growing and glowing for Christ! Visiting YPDers from Brown AME in Washington, DC attended in large number. The morning sermon was delivered with power by Minister Darius Butler. He preached from the subject: "You have been Chosen but the Choice is up to You." What an awesome worship experience!

Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. ~Proverbs 22:6

Photos by: Daniel L. Henry

Monday, January 28, 2013

Obama visits Metropolitan AME

On Sunday January 20, 2013 just hours before being sworn in for his second term President Barack Obama and his family worshiped at Metropolitan AME Church. Obama listened from a second-row pew of the 175 year old "National Cathedral of African Methodism" as Senior Pastor Ronald E. Braxton preached a mighty word, encouraging all to "trust God" and "never take God out of the equation."

First Family in Worship
Rev. Ronald E. Braxton, Sr. Pastor

The congregation "covering" our First Family with prayer
President Obama greeting Dr. Pam and others
President Obama views picture of Mrs. Obama that hangs
 in fellowship hall

To God, be the Glory!

Winter Institute

President Frances Hope often quotes Psalm 118:24. "This is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it" and that was January 19, 2013, a joyous day! On that day the Western North Carolina Conference Branch held its Winter Institute.
St. Matthews AME Church in Burlington was host to more than three hundred eighty-five registered missionaries on January 19, 2013. Missionaries gathered from four areas; Ethyel Anderson, Minnie Pearson, Martha McCauley, and Vera L. Holt, to fill the church to an overflowing capacity of four hundred fifty attendees. WOW! 

The joy and expectation of the day was unity and teamwork. Missionaries dressed in a touch of purple attire to symbolize Alzheimer's and Domestic Violence Awareness, which were the topics of discussion for the two workshops scheduled for the institute. The praise team stimulated the assembly with songs of thanksgiving, "I Thank You Lord, You let me see Another Year." Then Host Pastor, Vernell Mcdoo greeted the gathering with words of inspiration through a brief sermon, which started the day on a high note. Ms. Louise Butler, Ethyel Anderson Area Chairperson, and Mrs. Marilyn Williams, Host President of the Alston-Lee Women's Missionary Society completed the welcoming salutation which made the attendees feel at home. There was recognition of WNCC 2012 Dorcas Queens by President Frances Hope with a small gift and many thanks for a job well done. Sister Shirley Sheares encouraged the group to get geared up for 2013, and they to increase the amount raised. The group sang a verse of "What a Mighty God We Serve."

The vision of the workshops was to share personal experiences then have experts to explain and inform attendees about the topics. This structure kept the audience mesmerized and empathetic with the topics  of Alzheimer's and Domestic Violence. The first workshop, "Face(s) of Alzheimer's" presented a human portrait of three missionaries experiencing the effects of the disease. Sister Doris Bridges told of the surprise of the diagnosis of Alzheimer's afflicting her husband when she thought he was having symptoms of normal expected aging. Doris talked about the surprise that her very active accomplished husband who although retired and maintaining a lawn care business could not answer a simple task of naming as many animals as one could in one minute asked by the doctor without much hesitation. Sister Alice Hillman told about the challenges and restrictions in care giving of mother suffering with Alzheimer's. Reverend Debra Brown told of the joy and funny times in caring for her mother, however, she has renewed diligence in checking herself with memory exercises knowing that Alzheimer's is hereditary.
After the testimonies of these missionaries, the expert Ms. Heather McKay, Dementia Care Specialist verified the testimonies of all three. Heather is the Dementia Care Specialist, OT & Dementia Care Program Manager, Hospice Palliative Center of Alzheimer's and Life Path Home Health. Heather gave an energetic and informative presentation complete with slides of a healthy brain and a brain affected by dementia. She explained and pointed out places in the brain that supported the stories told by the three missionaries who shared their stories. Heather also identified by definition and example the three most common types of dementia: Alzheimer's, Dementia and Lewy Body Dementia.

The performance of two brief skits grabbed the attention of the audience after a brief bread and the workshop on Domestic Violence began "When Love Hurts-Domestic Violence"-was an eye opening, tear jerking, emotional experience for many as Sister Carol Taylor gave her testimonial of domestic violence. She spoke about threats, intimidation, physical and emotional abuse at the hand of an older husband in front of her children, which kept her in the relationship for years. The love, care and concern for her family along with not knowing what to do stopped her from making a move. However, by the grace of God she was able to leave the relationship with enough stamina to attend Alamance Tech and is looking forward to obtaining a degree. This testimony was followed by a general discussion of the expert, Ms. Susan C. Taylor, Systems Advocacy Coordinator, North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Ms. Taylor gave information on where to find help and who to contact if faced with domestic violence.

A question and answer session was offered after each workshop. After a light lunch everyone left informed on two subjects and most commented that the Winter Institute was the best one ever presented. President Hope is right in reminding us of Psalm 118:24. "This is the day...let us be glad."

Report by:
Ms. Faye B. Bynum
Western North Carolina Conference

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Noon Day Service

Reverend Dr. Vanetta Brice brought a powerful word for our 2nd District monthly Wednesday Prayer Service. She preached from the subject "The Making of Greatness."What a WORD!!!

Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant...
Mark 10:43

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Take Care Tuesday

The United States Congress designated January as Cervical Cancer Awareness Month. Cervical cancer, one of the most common causes of cancer deaths in American women, occurs when cells in the cervix, the lower part of the uterus, slowly become abnormal.

African American women develop cervical cancer more often than white women and are twice as likely to die from it.    

The good news is that cervical cancer is the easiest female cancer to prevent!!

By getting regular Pap tests, your doctor can find and treat abnormal cells before they turn to cancer.

Women should have their first Pap test at age 21. After your first Pap test, you should have a Pap test every two to three years depending on your age and other factors. Ask your doctor about how often you need a Pap test. 

There are vaccines available that are designed to prevent certain infections that can lead to cervical cancer. Staying informed with the latest news on prevention and screening is an important step in reducing your risk of developing cervical cancer.

Source: The National Cervical Cancer Coalition

Monday, January 21, 2013

Monday Morning Prayer

Almighty God, creator of the universe, and our heavenly Father and Mother, the One who sustains all that is and promises a future and a hope, hear our prayer for Barack Obama, the president of the United States of America, as he begins a new term of office.

Guide and protect our president and his family as he leads us through challenging days. Give him wisdom and insight to guide our diverse nation. Give him an inclusive vision as he applies the principles upon which our constitution and Bill of Rights rest. Give him a heart for the disheartened and a voice for the powerless.

May you have mercy upon our nation, Congressional leaders, President Obama, Vice-President Biden, our Supreme Court Justices, our State Governors and Legislators, and our many local officials-bless them with a love for what is right, a hatred for what is evil, and the wisdom to know the difference. AMEN.

Inauguration Day 2013

President Barack Hussein Obama was sworn into office on the same day that commemorates civil rights leader Martin Luther King, jr. President Obama honored Dr. King by taking the oath of office for his second term with his hand placed on two bibles-one owned by King and one owned by Abraham Lincoln. Truly an awesome sight to behold!! To God be the GLORY!

My fellow Americans, we are made for this moment, and we will seize it-so long as we seize it together.
~President Barack Obama
Inaugural Address 2013

Friday, January 18, 2013

Meet Your WMS Officers Series

Mrs.Melvine Norman
Recording  Secretary

Church: St. John's AME Church, Norfolk, VA

Missionary Society:  Nannie C. Phelps WMS

Years- Missionary-50 plus years

Other WMS Offices:
  •  Local- 2nd Vice President, Unit Leader, Secretary, YPD Director
  •  Area- YPD Director
  •  Conference- Recording Secretary, Advisor to Conference YPD
Major Project: Helped organize YPD mission trip and travel to Santa Domingo, Dominican Republic

Favorite Scripture: I will bless the Lord at all times; His praises shall continually be in my mouth.                              Psalm 34:1

Favorite Song: How Can I Say Thanks...To God, Be the Glory

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Happy Birthday First Lady Michelle Obama!!

There's Something About a Black Woman

From the beginning of time, throughout the centuries, until this present age, black women have been something else. Our beauty lies in our diversity. We have been called Cleopatra, Nefertiti, Mary, Ruth, Sapphire and La Sheneeka. Our skin may be the color of French vanilla ice cream or it could be the tones of deepest ebony. We may have flowing silk-like hair or a curly fro.
There is something about a Black Woman!

We have rocked cradles, cooked collard greens, sewed, washed clothes, cleaned other people's houses and still helped build a nation.
There is something about a Black Woman!

We have been depressed, repressed, distressed and oppressed, yet not only have we survived, we have thrived.
There is something about a Black Woman!

With full lips and swaying hips, we have left the cotton fields and moved into
 the white house.
There is something about a Black Woman!

Dorothy Height, Mahalia Jackson and Coretta Scott King have gone to glory
But Maya, Oprah and Michelle continue to live our story
The poets have declared it, Luther has sung it, the writers have documented it and the angels proclaim it-
There is something about a Black Woman!

Aunties, mothers, sisters, sistah-girls, godmothers, nieces and daughters we make this world a brighter place. We put the w in wonderful and the m in magnificent.
There is something about a Black Woman!

My brothers don't try to understand it, it's too deep. Just love us, celebrate us and thank God every day for the black women in your lives.
Hallelujah, there is something about a Black Woman!

~Dr. Pam DeVeaux

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

St. Paul AME

On Sunday January 13, 2013 Dr. Pam was the guest speaker for the Duhart-Clark Missionary Day at St. Paul AME Church in Chapel Hill, NC. Dr. Pam preached from the subject "It's Time for a Miracle." Bishop DeVeaux and Dr. Pam joined Pastor Thomas Nixon and his congregation for exciting day of warm worship and powerful praise!

The beautiful ladies of  Duhart-Clark Missionary Society

Passion Praise Dance Ministry & Dr. Pam preaching

Bishop DeVeaux, Elder Larnie Norton & Rev. Nixon

Bereavement Notice

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Happy Birthday Dr. King

January 15, 1929-April 4, 1968
Martin Luther King, Jr. was born at noon Tuesday, January 15, 1929, at the family home, 501 Auburn Avenue, NE, Atlanta, GA. Dr. Charles Johnson was the attending physician. Martin Luther King, Jr. was the first son and second child born to the Reverend Martin Luther King, Sr. and Alberta Williams King.  Although he only lived 39 years, he made a lasting impact on America through his unending dedication to the struggle for civil rights and equality for all mankind!
We THANK GOD for the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Monday, January 14, 2013

NC Lay Convention

 The North Carolina Conference Lay Organization held  their annual convention January 10-12, 2013. Bishop DeVeaux bringing forth the word and the talented dance ministry from St. Mark's AME Church in Smithfield, NC praising God through dance were highlights from this awesome meeting!

 A word from the Lord!!

To God be the Glory!!

MLK, Jr. Prayer Breakfast

On Saturday January 12, 2013 members and friends of Union Bethel AME Church in Brandywine, MD celebrated the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Senior Pastor Rev. Dr. Harry Seawright and Assistant Pastor Rev. Serita Seawright hosted this powerful praise service. Dr. Pam DeVeaux brought the keynote address, Ms. Darlene Walls offered songs, gospel rap was performed and the  Aleipho Dance Ministry praised God through dynamic dance.

Life's most persistent and urgent question is.....
"What are you doing for others?"
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Friday, January 11, 2013

First Sunday 2013

Bishop William P. DeVeaux, newly appointed presiding prelate of the Second Episcopal District, made his first annual visit to Metropolitan AME Church in Washington, DC on Sunday, January 6, 2013 as preacher and chief celebrant of the Holy Communion.

It is well with my SOUL!!

Pictures by: Isiah Dupree Photography

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Meet your WMS Officers Series

Church:  Campbell AME Church
                Washington, DC

Missionary Society:  Lucille E. Dale Women's Missionary Society

Years- Missionary:  35

Current SED Office: Director of YPD & Children's Division

Other Offices:  Conference YPD Director, Area YPD Director, Local YPD Director, Conference Chair of WMS Committee on Research and State of Black Women, Trustee of Connectional WMS Foundation

Major Project(s): Chaired 1st Washington Conference WMS Komen Race for the Cure and Annual Recognition Luncheon; initiated the SED YPD newsletter, The Connection; funded a completely furnished apartment for a homeless individual in the Virginia Supportive Housing project, a program that permanently moves medically vulnerable individuals into permanent apartment homes.

Favorite Scripture: I love the Word (no single favorite)

Favorite Hymn: Many hymns satisfy the thirst of my soul

Monday, January 7, 2013

Monday Morning Prayer

A Prayer for the New Year

What shall I ask for the upcoming year
What shall my watchword be
What shall thou do for me, dear Lord
What can I do for thee?

Lord, I would ask for a holy year
Spent in thy perfect will
Help me to walk in thy very steps
Help me to please thee still.

Lord, I would ask for a trustful year
Give me thy faith divine
Taking my full inheritance
Making thy fullness mine!

Lord, I would ask for a year of love
O let me love thee best
Give me the love that faileth not
Beneath the hardest test.

Lord, I would ask for a year of prayer
Teach me to walk with thee
Breathe in my heart the Spirit's prayer
Pray thou thy prayer in me!

Lord, I would ask for the dying world
Stretch forth thy mighty hand
Thy truth proclaim, thy power display
This year in every land.

Lord, I would ask for year of joy
Thy peace, thy joy divine
Springing undimmed through all the days
Be thy days of shade or shine.

Lord, I ask for a year of hope
Looking for thee to come
And hastening on that year of years
That brings us home to you.

~Author unknown

2013 Executive Board Meeting Flyer

Please click the link below for important information about the upcoming WMS Executive Board Meeting in Dallas, TX:


Friday, January 4, 2013

William Phillips DeVeaux, Presiding Bishop
Second Episcopal District
African Methodist Episcopal Church
1134 11th Street, NW, Suite 300
Washington, DC 20001
P:202.842.3788 |F:202.289.1942 |Email:bishopdev@2ndamec.or

Bereavement Announcement

On behalf of the Second Episcopal District Family, I regrettably announce the passing of the Reverend David J. Sparrow who served numerous congregations during his fifty years of ministry.

Celebration of Life and Homegoing Services for Rev. Sparrow will be held on Wednesday, January 9, 2012 at 11:00 AM preceded by Family Visitation at 10:00 AM at the Reid Temple AME Church, 11400 Glenn Dale Boulevard, Glenn Dale, Maryland 20769.

Please lift up his wife, Mrs. Gladys Sparrow and daughter, the Reverend Dr. Cassandra Sparrow in prayer during this time of bereavement.

William P. DeVeaux
Presiding Bishop

Flashback Friday

Dr. Pam with granddaughters: Jordan, Cameron, Ryanne, Maya, Alexis & Daleah
Christmas 2002

"A garden of LOVE grows in a grandmother's heart"

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Leadership Training Institute

The November 30-December 1, 2012  SED YPD LTI was awesome! The conference featured excellent workshops, exciting leadership training sessions and exercises, movies, liturgical dance, and music ministry. The youth and adults experienced two days of powerful spiritual and intellectual teaching, as well as physical and mental stimulation.

 Among the highlights of the LTI was the workshop choir led by Reverend Anthony Radcliff, Pastor of St. John AME Church in Selma, NC. A gifted preacher and music director, Rev. Radcliff gave a powerful presentation on effective spirit-filled music for worship, and then taught participants several diversified songs which were performed in the closing worship service. The workshop choir set the congregation on fire as did the closing sermon by SED YPD President Eddie Scott. 

Here's a link to hear a sample of the choir:

God truly inhabited the praises of His people!!

~Juanita Wills, SED YPD Director

Exciting NEWS!!!

Second Episcopal District Leadership Training Institute Workshop choir inspired Supervisor Dr. Pam to give them the name, GLORY. Dr. Pam has selected GLORY to sing at the Second District Founder's Day Friday evening worship service on February 15, 2013 at 7:00 p.m at the North Raleigh Hilton.

In preparation for the February 15th worship service Reverend Anthony Radcliff has scheduled the following rehearsals to accommodate all the conferences. Please invite young people throughout the District to come out and participate in this dynamic choir!

Rehearsal Schedule:

Washington and Baltimore Conferences:
Thursday, January 24, 2013 7:00 PM
Mt. Pisgah AME Church
5901 Cedar Farm Court
Columbia, MD 21044
Rev. Donald Smedley, Pastor

Virginia Conference:
Tuesday, January 29, 2013 7:00 PM
Bethel AME Church
94 Lincoln Street
Hampton, VA 23669
Rev. Andre Jefferson, Pastor

North Carolina & Western North Carolina Conferences:
Saturday, February 2, 2013 11:00 AM
St. John AME Church
400 W. Watson Street
Selma, NC 27576
Rev. Anthony Radcliff, Pastor

Please contact your local and area YPD Directors, Christian Education Director, Church School Superintendent, and heads of all local church Youth Ministries. You will be blessed! 
They will be blessed!

~Juanita Wills, SED YPD Director