Monday, October 27, 2014

Bishop DeVeaux and Supervisor Dr. Pam enjoyed worship at St. Phillip AME Church in Rose Hill, NC as Family and Friends Day was celebrated on October 26, 2014.
Presiding Elder Dunn and Brother Dunn greet Bishop and Dr. Pam

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Annual Recommitment Service

September 27, 2014
Washington Conference Women's Missionary Society Annual Recommitment Service
Missionaries Empowering and Equipping a New Generation for Service
Joel 2:28 & Matthew 19:20-21
Nearly 300 missionaries, associates, and pastors participated in the Washington Conference Branch Women's Missionary Society Annual Recommitment Service held at Reid Temple AMEC, Rev. Dr. Lee P. Washington, Pastor and Sister Renee Brooks, Host WMS President.  The service is held each year to usher in the spirit of mission service  and sacrifice in a new Conference Year.  Our focus this year is mentoring the young adult missionaries of the WMS organization.  We were blessed to have our own Supervisor Dr. PAM DeVeaux, many District and Conference Officers and Life Members in attendance.
 Rev. Dr. Debyii L. Sababu-Thomas, Preacher, Teacher, Pastor, Coach, Servant Leader, Sister Friend and a Mighty Woman of God, Ward AMEC, took the service to the highest level of praise and worship as she delivered a passionate message from the book of Genesis, "Blessed to be Blessed."  The Hazel A. Dyson Missionary Choir kept the spirit alive with well known hymns of praise.  Rev. Thomas ended the service with a prayer call for guidance and direction to those who were feeling burdened with different circumstances in their lives. A large group of women came forth and circled the front.  Following remarks by Conference President Oveta H. Watkins, senior and younger missionaries made recommitment pledges of love and partnership as God points the roads for them to follow on the missionary journey before them.  We thank God or his presence in the place.
"True praise challenges us to leave old paths of the human heart behind and reach for something beyond ourselves, giving ourselves up to God."

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Annual Day

WMS Annual Day celebration at Embry AME Church-College Park, MD

Monday, October 20, 2014

NGO Conference

2nd Episcopal District representatives at recent NGO Conference
Thanks to all who participated!!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Each year, approximately a million pregnancies in the U.S. end in miscarriage, stillbirth, or the death of the newborn child.  October 15th is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day. It is a day observed to give us opportunity to increase our understanding of the great tragedy involved in the deaths of unborn and newborn babies. It also enables us to consider how, as individuals and communities we can meet the needs of bereaved parents and family members on work to prevent causes of these problems.
My Shoes
I am wearing a pair of shoes,
They are ugly shoes. Uncomfortable shoes,
I hate my shoes.
Each day I wear them and
each day I wish I had a different pair...
Somedays my shoes hurt so bad
I don't think I can take another step.
Yet I continue to wear them.
I get funny looks wearing these shoes.
To learn how awful my shoes are
might make them uncomfortable.
To truly understand these shoes
you need to have walked
in them yourself.
But once you put them on,
you can never take them off.
Some women are like me and
ache daily as they
try and walk in them.
Some have learned to walk
in them so they don't hurt
quite as much.
Some have worn the shoes so long
that days will go by before they
think how much it hurts.
NO woman deserves to wear these shoes.
Yet, because of these shoes
I am a stronger woman.
These shoes have given me the
strength to face anything.
They have made me who I am today.
I will forever walk in the shoes
of a woman who has lost a child.
~Author unknown

Valiant Woman Award Nominations

Church Women United (CWU) is a national volunteer Christian ecumenical women's movement initiated and carried out by women in the United States and Puerto Rico.  The Valiant Woman Award honors Church Women United members who have given outstanding service to her unit, church and community. Please CLICK on pictures and PRINT out information/application to nominate. We look forward to telling our stories of our dedicate Valiant missionaries!


Deliverance 2015 Prayer for the Week

"God has delivered us from the power of darkness and brought us into the Kingdom of His dear son (Jesus), who forgives our sins and sets us free (Colossians 1:13-14)
Heavenly Triune Presence,
We are praying, contemplating, communicating, and waiting for your guidance as we move under the womb experience of taking your community to "Higher Heights and Deeper Depths."  We continually affirm, acknowledge, proclaim that the Triune Presence-God, Jesus, and Holy Spirit is in total control of the Deliverance 2015 Spiritual Awakening--"Azusa Awakening" that will spring forth in the midst of your people understanding each of us need Deliverance from something in our lives.
We, the Deliverance Warrior Soldiers, will continue as a united force affirming that we will only follow your Authentic Divine Guidance as we move each week towards you unveiling  the vision Supervisor Dr. Pam DeVeaux and Conference Convener Rev. Dr. Joan L. Wharton under the spiritual covering of Bishop William DeVeaux.  We acknowledge and proclaim Deliverance 2015 banners of Deliverance scriptures in our homes, in our cars, in our spirits, and in our communication with whom we encounter.
 We, your Deliverance Warrior Soldiers know this Holy Mandate has come from your Heavenly throne room--"Peace, Purpose, and Power for all humanity.  Let us release the old Deliverance to embrace the new transforming Deliverance unfolding each and every day until we come together in October 2015.
Amen, Amen, Amen, now let each of you breathe life from the nostrils of Jesus Christ Our Lord and Redeemer.
Rev. Jacqueline (Jaci) V. Norris
Reid Temple AME Church
Dr. Joan L. Wharton
Conference Convener, Deliverance 2015

St. James AME

The congregation of St. James AME Church-Winston-Salem held a dedication service for their newly renovated fellowship hall on Sunday October 12, 2014.  Their Board of Stewards and Trustees thought it not robbery to rename it The Reverend Steven L. Lyons Fellowship Hall after their beloved pastor.

Bishop DeVeaux was the featured preacher of the hour. He preached from the 2nd chapter of Haggai on the topic; "Rebuild and Restore."  We were also favored with greetings by Dr. Vivian H. Burke, Mayor Pro Temp ore City of Winston-Salem and Council Member, Northwest Ward. Thank God for his continued blessings and favor!!

The Lord's Name Be PRAISED!!!!

Monday, October 13, 2014

WNCC Living Legacy Banquet

 The Western North Carolina Conference honored Living Legacy recipients at a fabulous banquet last week. Dr. Pam DeVeaux was the featured speaker. Congratulations to the 42 well deserving recipients. We are so proud of you and thank you for your excellent service!!


Quadrennial Planning

 The WMS met at Persimmon Grove AME Church in Greensboro, NC under the leadership of President Nikki Lyons. The meeting was convened to discuss items pertaining to the 2015 Quadrennial with elected delegates, life members and interested parties.

Keep up the GREAT work WMS!!!!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Funny Friday

My Dad Makes Big Money
Three Boys are in the school yard bragging about their fathers. The first boy says, "My Dad scribbles a few words on a piece of paper, he calls it a poem, they give him $50."
The second boy says, "That's nothing. My Dad scribbles a few words on a piece of paper, he calls it a song, they give him $100."
The third boy says, "I got you both beat. My Dad scribbles a few words on a piece of paper, he calls it a sermon, and it takes eight people to collect all the money!"

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Ebola Crisis

The Council of Bishops
The African Methodist Episcopal Church
A Statement on the Ebola Crisis
7 October 2014
The Council of Bishops is intensely concerned about the current Ebola Virus Crisis that affects West Africa as well as other parts of the continent of Africa and the world.  This is a time for faith and faith based action.
This is a time for faith! We cannot allow this disease to drive us to the despair of doubt, fear and helplessness.  God is our refuge and strength and STILL our help. We must continue to believe God will provide for protection, healing and an attitude of confidence and love in this season of alarm.
This s a time for faith based action! Let us pray for those who are at high risk of contracting the disease.  Let us seek God's comfort for those who mourn the death of loved ones. Let us pray for the healing of the afflicted as we pray for the encouragement of those who attend to family and strangers in need of care.
This is a time for faith based action! We encourage everyone to become familiar with the disease and ways to prevent its spread.  We are grateful for The Christian Recorder, our AME Health Commission and those who assist with communication.  Each of us can learn a little as we practice and encourage health preserving habits.
This is a time for faith based action! The Methodist Churches serving in Western West Africa have joined together to support health and community ministries to address the  Ebola Virus crisis and its impact.  The Executive Board of the General Board approved a Connection wide appeal for the funding of this ecumenical ministry.  The Council of Bishops concurred, and we urge AME's to undergird the Western West African Methodist Collaborative.
We solicit our AME family to make monetary contributions as we continue in prayer. Whether through a special offering in your local church, or a direct contribution, this worthwhile effort will provide for AME and other Methodist ministries of relief in this crisis.  Please send donations to your bishop's office or to The AME Finance Department, 1134 11th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001.
Checks may be made to The AME Church. Add a note or indicate on the memo line: WWAMC or Western West African Methodist Collaborative.
Thank you for your faith and your faith based action. Believe, pray, and give with a loving heart. Let us continue to pray for Bishop Clement W. Fugh and our 14th Episcopal District AME family as they actively face this emergency with courage and compassion.
Jeffrey N. Leath
President, Council of Bishops


Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Congratulations Rev. Jamal Bryant!

Rev. Dr. Jamal Bryant, Senior Pastor of Empowerment Temple- Baltimore, MD and a Baltimore native was honored with the John H. Murphy Award given by the AFRO Newspaper at a breakfast held at The Reginald F. Lewis Museum.  The award named after AFRO's founder, John H. Murphy,  Sr. was presented by AFRO Newspaper CEO-Publisher, John "Jake" Oliver, Jr. along with other proclamations and citations.

Pastor Bryant was most honored by the presence of family members, most notably, his mother, Supervisor Cecelia Bryant- 4th Episcopal District, wife of Senior Bishop John R. Bryant. Supervisor Bryant referred to Pastor Bryant as her "only begotten son."

Funeral Services for Mrs. Neomia Stewart, the mother of Sister Jackie Stowe, will be held on Wednesday October 8,2014 at 12 noon at Greater Bethel, Charlotte.  The Family Visitation will be held from 11:30am to 12:00 pm. Alexander Funeral Home is serving the family.
Please keep Sister Jackie and her family in your prayers. Condolences may be sent to:
Sister Jackie Stowe
7341 Rena Mae Lane
Charlotte, NC 28277
God Bless,
Nicki Walker Lyons
Conference Branch President
WNCC Women's Missionary Society

Friday, October 3, 2014

Praise Report

Dear Supervisor Pam:
As requested at the WCBWMS recommitment service I am sending you my news to share. My name is Sandra Wright. I am a missionary  a Reid Temple Glen Dale, MD.  I have been admitted into the Harvard University Senior Executive Fellows Program.  I will spend 1 month in Boston at Harvard with leaders from across the globe. Upon completion I will be considered a Harvard alumnus with all the privileges that come with it. To God be the Glory!!
Godly Blessings,
Sandra Wright

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Breast Cancer Awareness

As a healthy, happy thirty-nine year mother with no family history of breast cancer, being diagnosed with the disease in 2010 rocked Hollye Jacobs' world. Having worked as nurse, social worker, and pediatric specialist for fifteen years, she suddenly found herself in the position of moving into the hospital bed. Jacobs' book, The Silver Lining: A Supportive and Insightful Guide to Breast Cancer is a wonderful resource. Readers will benefit from her insights, humor and informed perspective on the breast cancer cycle--from detection to treatment to recovery. Jacobs is the experienced girlfriend who tells you what to expect, holds your hand and helps you find the silver linings during the cancer experience.  In addition to her latest book Hollye Jacobs speaks publicly and writes about her experience on the award winning blog The Silver Pen.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

  •  1 in 8 U.S. women--a little more than 12%--will develop invasive breast cancer in her lifetime.
  • In 2014, an estimated 232,670 new cases of invasive breast cancer were expected to be diagnosed
  • About 40,000 women were expected to die in 2014 from breast cancer.
  • For women in the United States, breast cancer death rates are higher than any other type of cancer, besides lung cancer.
  • In women under 45, breast cancer is more common in African-American women than white women.  Overall, African-American women are more likely to die of breast cancer.
  • A woman's risk of developing breast cancer approximately doubles if she has a first degree relative (mother, sister, daughter) who has been diagnosed with breast cancer.
  • Less than 15% of women who get breast cancer have a family member who has been diagnosed with it.
There has been decrease in rates of deaths from breast cancer since 1989. These decreases are thought to be the result of treatment advancements, earlier detection through screening, and increased awareness.