2016 in Review
Uneventful is not a term one would use to describe the events of the African Methodist Episcopal Church in 2016, or the Second District specifically. Each conference in the Second District shared in the movement toward engaging the membership in keeping the tenets of Methodism, and working to uphold the Mission of the Lay Organization. The business and the busy-ness of the Church consumed most of the activities of the year as preparations for the 50th Quadrennial Session in the place of the church’s founding was planned and executed with pomp and circumstance. Some of the activities of the year are outlined below.
The Virginia State General Assembly honored the African Methodist Episcopal Church for 175 years of teaching the Gospel, feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, cheering the fallen and providing jobs for the jobless. Dr. Dennis Yerby submitted a report and pictures that chronicled the event for the Virginia Lay Organization.
Richard Allen Forever Stamp
On February 2, 2016, the United States Postal Service unveiled its 39th stamp in the Black Heritage series to kick off Black History month. The celebration was attended by Bishops, Elders Pastors, missionaries and lay persons from across the AME Connection. The Second Episcopal District Lay Organization was led by President Valerie Gary-Bell and others as they journeyed to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for the unveiling.
Founder’s Day Celebrations was held at Reid Temple A.M.E. Church, Glendale, Maryland. The Lay Luncheon speaker was Rev. Dr. Mark Tyler, Pastor of Mother Bethel AME Church, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
ANNUAL CONFERENCES April -May, 2016
WESTERN NORTH CAROLINAJuly, 2016 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
fiftieth Quadrennial Session of the African Methodist Episcopal Church
Congratulations to Sons of the Second District
Bishop Harry Lee Seawright and Bishop Frank Madison Reid III