Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Allen Chapel A.M.E.

Bishop DeVeaux was the invited Men's Day speaker for the 11:00 am service as the men of Allen A.M.E. church in Baltimore, MD celebrated their annual day. The theme for the marvelous occasion was "Men of Allen: Fully Armored"- based on Ephesians 6:10-20. Bishop preached from the topic- "I'm Still Able" with a scriptural reference of Joshua 14:9.  Bishop reminded the congregation that we all still have God given ability, don't let anyone tell you what you can or cannot do--you are still able!

The congregation was serenaded by the Men's Day choir. Master Edward Jones gave a wonderful introduction of Bishop DeVeaux. We were also blessed to be joined by the Allen Chapel Missionary President and their WMS chapter.  May God continue to bless Rev. Robert Hodges and the entire Allen A.M.E. family as they move forward in kingdom building. To God be the Glory!!

Monday, March 24, 2014

Health Insurance Deadline

This is the LAST WEEK to sign up and pick your healthcare plan.
If you or loved ones are not currently covered PLEASE visit: www.healthcare.gov

Friday, March 21, 2014

Women's History Month

March is Women' s History Month; a thirty-one day celebration of the historical contributions of women.  Recognizing women's place in history began with President Jimmy Carter and his 1980 proclamation of establishing Women's History Week. It took seven more years before the celebration was extended to a month.
The theme for Women's History Month 2014 is:
 "Celebrating Women of Character, Courage, and Commitment"
Women's History- Did You Know.....
  • that windshield wipers were invented by Mary Anderson 1903?
  • that Susan B. Anthony was the first real woman to be featured on United States coinage?
  • that the medical syringe was invented by Letitia Geer in 1899?
  • that Marie Curie was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize? She won for Physics in 1903.
  • that Antoinette Blackwell was the first American woman to be ordained as a minister in a recognized denomination in 1853?
  • that Barbara Jordan was the first woman to be elected to the Texas senate?
  • that Vashti Mckenzie was the first female elected bishop in the A.M.E. church?
  • that Madame C.J. Walker was the first self-made female American millionaire?
 Thank you Lord for all the cherished women in our lives and in our histories: mothers, sisters, friends and neighbors. God, may women across the globe continue to be empowered, knowing the love you offer. AMEN.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Rev. Fordham Retirement

Attendees were blessed to share in the retirement service of Reverend Dr. R. Aquilla Fordham who served admirably as the Senior Pastor of Ebenezer A.M.E.-Galesvile, MD. He was also founder of Faith Temple A.M.E which later became Brookins-Faith Temple A.M.E .

We came in the words of Dr. Fordham to say "Thank Ya" for his service by offering tributes. Rev. Abraham Smith (A.M.E. Ministerial Alliance) encapsulated Dr. Fordham in one word-serve. Rev. Johnathan  Weaver offered tribute from the Collective Empowerment Group. Rev. Dr. Isaiah S. Harvin (current pastor of Brookins Faith Temple) offered tribute in Whitney Houston's song lyrics saying, "we wish you joy and happiness, but above all, we wish you love--we will always love you".

A tearful but loving tribute was given by Dr. Fordham's daughter, Ms. Sheika Mancle, who admired her father as loving, humorous, and competitive when it came to family board games. Other tributes were given by Ebenezer-Galesville, Revs Dr. Grainger and JoAnn Browning and Potomac Presiding Elder Louis-Charles Harvey.

The service closed with a riveting sermon by our own Bishop William P. DeVeaux, Sr. entitled "The Mighty Men of God"-taken from 2 Samuel 23:20, praising Dr. Fordham as being honored, valiant, simply did his work and did what God asked him to do.

We ended with a invitation to Discipleship by Reverend Harold B. Hayes (Hunter Memorial AME) calling on the ministers of the Washington Conference to join Dr. and Mrs. Fordham at the alter not for "retirement" but for "refirement". To God be the Glory!!!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Stand Your Ground Rally

More than a thousand people gathered in Tallahassee, FL on Monday March 9, 2014 to march against a controversial statewide self-defense law. Rev. Dr. Jamal Bryant, Pastor of Empowerment Temple AME Church in Baltimore, MD was one of the march organizers and keynote speakers. Minister Stephen Green, one of the featured "young prophets" during our Second Episcopal District Founder's Day 2013 was also a speaker at this very important rally.

Stephen Green speaks to rally participants as Rev. Jamal Bryant stands in unity

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

New Hope A.M.E. Church

On March 9, 2014 Dr. Pam was the guest speaker for Women's Day at New Hope A.M.E. church in Waldorf, MD. The congregation was favored by a solo given by Pastor Derek Brown's daughter. Then a powerful message by Dr. Pam-- "Turn a Mess into a Miracle" taken from Mark 10:46-52. Dr. Pam shared how we are to acknowledge, respect and obey God, more importantly, free yourself of all "mess" and put it all in God's hands who will turn it into a "miracle." Following the dynamic worship experience a scrumptious vegan lunch  was serve on magnificent chinaware.

Although Pastor Brown was initially under the weather, First Lady Brown, the ministerial staff and the Women's Day committee carried on the service. Realizing the importance of Bishop DeVeaux and Dr. Pam's visit, Pastor Brown was able to fight through his infirmity and arrived to catch the end of the service--turning his "mess into a miracle!"

A wonderful day of peaching, praise and fellowship!!

Monday, March 10, 2014

Mission Trip

This trip is a Connectional event--open to all AME District participants!!

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Ash Wednesday

Ash  Wednesday is the first day of Lent. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of a 40 day liturgical period of prayer, fasting and almsgiving. Of the 46 days until Easter, six are Sundays. As the Christian designation of Sabbath, Sundays are not included in the fasting period and are called "feast" days during Lent. Are you making a sacrifice this Lenten season? May God bless you during this very special time of prayer and reflection.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Founder's Day 2014

What a marvelous Founder's Day Celebration we had in the 2nd Episcopal District. The tremendous event started off with a powerful sermon by A.M.E. Historiographer,  Rev. Dr. Theresa Frye Brown. There was an invitation only fundraiser for the Episcopal candidacy for Rev. Dr. Harry L. Seawright.

Friday night featured "The Young Prophets", the brainchild of Episcopal Supervisor, Dr. Pam DeVeaux in an effort to spotlight up and coming young ministers. We were favored by riveting sermons fro Brother Mychal Brickhouse (North Carolina Conference); Sister Topaz Bryant (Baltimore Conference); Rev. Paul Evans (Washington Conference) and Sister Franshon Reid (Baltimore Conference). Oh those young preachers PREACHED!!!

Saturday concluded with a spirited sermon from Rev. David Morrison, Senior Pastor St. James A.M.E.- Fayetteville, NC. The sermon was preceded b a rousing violin rendition of "When Peace Like a River" by Rev. Morrison's talented grandson.
Glorious Dance! Talented Young Prophets!

Awesome Worship!!!
Praise Be to GOD!!
I've a message from the Lord--Hallelujah!!

We are richly BLESSED!! Proud to be A.M.E!! 

Monday, March 3, 2014

Bereavement Notice

"Earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot heal"

Birthday Blessings!!

The 2nd Episcopal District office staff celebrated Dr. Pam's and Geoff's birthdays on Wednesday February 26, 2014. Dr. Pam's was actually born on February 24th, however she was not in the office on that day--the staff waited until Wednesday to include everyone. Both Dr. Pam and Geoff were pleasantly surprised!

May God continue to BLESS our beloved Episcopal Supervisor Dr. Pam DeVeaux