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LAY NOTEBOOK Volume 18, Issue 1

Winter/ Spring Edition

MARCH, 2012

Ministry and Service - A Living Legacy



LAY NOTEBOOK MARCH, 2012 SIXTH EPISCOPAL DISTRICT LAY ORGANIZATION OFFICERS President Gloria T. Byrd First Vice President Michael Brown Second Vice President Henry Chavers Third Vice President Dr. Verma Curtis Recording Secretary Melanie Lucear Assistant Recording Secretary Robbiestein Stone Corresponding Secretary Sondra Barnes Treasurer Maudie Anderson Financial Secretary Waynefield Leonard Chaplain Ola Irvin Historiographer Bettye Draper Parliamentarian Geraldine Monroe Director of Lay Activities Cheryl Robinson Transportation Chairperson L. Jean Swafford Director of Public Relations Robert T. Matthews, III PRESIDENTS EMERITUS Dr. Robert Williams Morris Hannah


Inside This Issue President’s Message

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Meeting Agenda

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Conferences and Events

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Conference Lay News

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District Lay News

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African Summit News

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Local Church Lay News Pages 7, 9, 12, 13 & 15 33rd Biennial Committees Pages 10, 11 & 12 Living Legacy

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CONTACT US Mail: Robert T. Matthews, III 811 Sandy Creek Drive, NW

Photos: We wish to thank all persons Atlanta, GA 30331 who sent us photos, especially Sister E mail: Phyllis Gwenette Boyd and Brother Alphonso B. Varner for the photo display in this issue of LAYNOTEBOOK. LAYNOTEBOOK We also thank Sister Phyllis Gwenette Boyd for correspondence and editing. LAY NOTEBOOK is the Official publication of the Sixth District Lay Organization of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. Articles of interest to the Laity are welcome and should be submitted to the above e mail or mailing address one month prior to our scheduled meeting dates. LAY NOTEBOOK ONLINE: ONLINE CONFERENCE PRESIDENTS South - Joann Wilson Southwest - Anna Wynn Georgia - Joan Brown Augusta - Eunice Seigle Macon - Latrellis Dent Atlanta-North Georgia Annette Curry Bishop William P. DeVeaux



Dr. Pam DeVeaux





President’s Message Are We There Yet? I hope the New Year has found all of you preparing for the on slot of church meetings ahead of us starting with Annual Conferences followed by General Conference. Most importantly, are you preparing for the 2013 Biennial to be held in Atlanta? Have you signed up to work on a committee or sing in the Episcopal District Choir? The Episcopal District Lay will be meeting in Macon March 17, President 2012 at Duresville AME Church Gloria T. Byrd at 10:30 AM. If you can sing and would like to volunteer for the choir, please show up for rehearsal from 09:00 AM to 10:30 AM on Saturday March 17th at Saint Paul, Rev. McClain, Pastor. If you are interested in working on any committee, please see the list of committees in this publication and call the Chair with your name and other pertinent information. I look forward to seeing you on March 17th.

Quarterly Gathering Saturday, March 17, 2012 Duresville AME Church 2730 Millerfield Road, Macon, GA 31217 (behind St. Paul) (478) 745-9972

Gloria T. Byrd, Episcopal District Lay President

AGENDA Episcopal District Choir Rehearsal 9:00 to 10:30 AM St. Paul AME Church, Macon Rev. McClain, Pastor All those who are willing to participate please give your name to Sharon Russell at 770-744-4298 or Daisy Belt at 706-315-6125. Transportation will be provided.

Episcopal District Lay Meeting Duresville AME Church 2730 Millerfield Road (behind St. Paul)

Devotion Roll Call Review of Minutes Treasurer's report & Presentation of new Budget Report from Executive Board Meeting Committee Reports: * YAR * CLEDC *Legislation * Public Relations * 2013 Biennial Report Director of Activity Lay Benediction Lunch




Please Mark Your Calendars for the Following Conferences and Events. CONFERENCE/EVENT/ DATE


SOUTH GEORGIA CONFERENCE February 28 - March 1, 2012

Nelson Chapel, Bainbridge 640 Hall Street, Bainbridge, GA 39819 TEL 229-246-0493 The Reverend James Platt, Host Pastor The Reverend Harvey Williamson, Host Presiding Elder


Saint John, Columbus 3980 Steam Mill Road, Columbus, GA 31907 TEL 706-682-6944 The Reverend Debora Grant, Host Pastor The Reverend M. Sven “Karl” Colquitt, Host Presiding Elder

GEORGIA CONFERENCE March 27-29, 2012

Saint Paul, Brunswick 1520 Wolfe Street, Brunswick, GA The Reverend Catherine Mathis, Host Pastor The Reverend Dan Stevenson, Host Presiding Elder


First AME, Athens 521 North Hull Street, Athens, GA 30603 TEL 706-548-1454 The Reverend Claude R. James, Host Pastor The Reverend Ella M. Samuels, Host Presiding Elder


Turner Tabernacle, Macon 1104 Third Street, Macon, GA 31201 TEL 478-743-4932 The Reverend Ernest Gordon, Host Pastor The Reverend Alan H. Wicker, Host Presiding Elder


The Cathedral of Turner Chapel 492 N. Marietta Parkway, Marietta, GA 30060 TEL 770-422-6791, FAX 678-285-1630 The Reverend Dr. Kenneth E. Marcus, Host Pastor The Reverend Cassandra Y. Marcus, Host Co-Pastor The Reverend David Rhone, Host Presiding Elder


Saint Philip, Atlanta 240 Candler Road SE, Atlanta, GA 30317 TEL 404-371-0749 The Reverend Dr. William Watley, Host Pastor The Reverend Earle Ifill, Host Presiding Elder


Saint Philip, Atlanta


Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center Nashville, TN





Brother Carl Mason is on West District of the Sixth Episcopal District's Atlanta-North Georgia Conference. He is a member of Newberry Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church and his pastor is the Reverend Henry Barbour. Brother Mason is the eighteenth layperson chosen as Layperson of the Year of the Atlanta-North Georgia Conference. He was honored with this award on January 21, 2012 at the Crowne Plaza Ravina Hotel. Big "C" as he is known by AME Bishops, Clergy and Laypersons, as well as several politicians and Governors, has a long history of community service which includes sponsoring community breakfasts and taking elderly Laypersons to Annual Conference, stretching back to his early adult years. For many years he served and driver for Bishop Harold Irving Bearden where we are sure he gained a great deal of knowledge and skills. Joining three different churches and organizing the laity in all the locaEAST MACON-MILLEDGEVILLE DISTICT NEWS

East Macon-Milledgeville District hosted it’s Annual Unity Ball. The proceeds from the Unity Ball will be used to provide scholarship for high school students who will attend college in the Fall. Every one who attended enjoyed this gala affair with the Elder Benjamin Ridley being his usual people’s friendly self. Members are active at the St. James AME (Chapman Rd.) where the Rev. John Norfleet serves as pastor. Recently, the Macon Conference Lay Organization Meeting was welcomed by Rev. Norfleet and Lay hostess, Sister Vivian Hall, First Lady, Sister Marilyn Norfleet and laity. Church members prepared a delicious home cooked meal that included homemade desserts for those in attendance. St. James laity also enjoy providing story telling to young children on Saturdays, tutorial assistance, food and clothing banks, providing health fairs, visiting nursing homes, teach Spanish and computer classes. St. James recently added Zumba classes to their growing out-reach agenda !!. St. Paul AME (Clinton) held its first Loyalty Day Program. The members were entertained with one of St. Paul’s well kept secrets, chosen speaker for the hour, Sister Brenda Phillips. Sister Phillips was introduced by her grand-daughter Kynnedy. Sister Phillips provided some food for serious thought. She left her listeners with a challenge to improve their church loyalty which in turn improves the direction of the church. The program was a success.

tions, Brother Mason is a truly deserving Layperson of the Year. We are proud to give him his flowers while he can smell them and to bestow on him the honor of Layperson of the Year.

THE WEST AGAIN!! For the fifth time in eighteen years a member of the West Atlanta District of the Atlanta–North Georgia Conference has been awarded the honor of being the conference Lay Person of the Year. This year is also the second time that a member of the West District has been awarded this prestigious honor for two consecutive years in a row. The five West District member who received this award were: Brother Robert T. Matthews, III, Cobb Bethel AME Church, Atlanta in 2004; Brother Oliver Greene, McGhee Chapel AME Church, LaGrange, in 2005; Sister Gloria Simmons (deceased), Saint Mark AME Church, Atlanta in in 2008; Sister Effie Jean Johnson, Allen Temple AME Church, Atlanta 2011 and Brother Carl Mason, Newberry Chapel AME Church, Atlanta in 2012. The Reverend Charles W. Bennett is the Presiding Elder of the West Atlanta District and Sister Esteller Phillips is its Lay President.

From Left: Bro. Oliver Greene, Bro. Robert T. Matthews, III, Sis Gloria Simmons, Sis. Effie Jean Johnson and Bro, Carl Mason





Connectional Lay Organization African Summit By Bro. Marvin S. Brown The Sixth Episcopal District was, “in the House” at the Connectional Lay Organization’s African Summit held December 6-14, in Zambia. Brothers Ira Brown from Allen Temple AMEC-Atlanta and Marvin Brown from St. Phillip AMEC-Griffin were part of the 25 member delegation that traveled to Lusaka and Livingstone, Zambia for the inspirational gathering, headed by the illustrious President of the Connectional Lay Organization, Dr. Willie Glover. Although the trip was delayed one day due to an engine malfunction on the airplane out of Dulles International Airport, God saw to it that the group arrived safely to the motherland. The Summit was highly anticipated by our lay brothers and sisters on the continent and they showed their spiritual enthusiasm by the royal reception we received. The devotions prior to the daily business sessions coupled with the fervent participation by all the Summit attendees was exceptional and demonstrated

that the Lay is alive and well in Africa. After the official business of the Summit, the delegation walked along the cataracts of Victoria Falls, visited the Mukuni Village and toured historical locations where the renowned Victorian missionary and explorer David Livingstone ministered and visited Bethel AME School in Lusaka, In addition, the delegation enjoyed a spirited, colorful and immensely enjoyable extravaganza of dance, song and culinary delicacies at a local Zambian venue. A boat ride down the Zambezi River and a safari at the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park game reserve highlighted our visit where members of the delegation were able to be up close and personal with hippopotami, zebras, giraffes, elephants, crocodiles, monkeys and baboons in their natural habitat. Some brave souls in the delegation, (i.e. the author) enjoyed the local delicacies of antelope stew and savory slices of grilled crocodile. The photos taken, the friendships rekindled, the souvenirs purchased and the sites visited will be memories that will stay with each and every member of the delegation who participated in this historic gathering in Zambia.




CENTENARIAN by Robert T. Matthews, III

On Sunday, January 22, 2012 at Four O'clock in the afternoon, more than 100 friends, church members and family members of Sister Virginia English gathered at Welcome All Park Multipurpose Center in South Fulton County (Atlanta, GA) to celebrate her 100 years of life. This celebration included music, dance, poetry, tributes and dinner to the delight of all participants. The decor, programs and memorabilia were beautifully done in purple, black and silver. The family members also wore purple, black and silver, which added an extra touch to this event. Also in attendance was Sister Hazel English, her sister-in law. Sister Virginia English was born in East Point, Georgia to the late Mr. John and Lelia English on January 17, 1912. Her siblings included the late Misters Johnny and Jimmy Lee English, the late Mrs. Helen Wilson and Mrs. Bessie Ware. She is the proud mother of four children. These are Fairy Ann Stinson, Clifford English, Pearl Hodo and Lewis Stinson (deceased). She is a proud grandmother and great-grandmother also. Sister English is a life long and still very much active member of Cobb Bethel A.M.E. Church On the West District of the Atlanta-North Georgia Conference, Sixth Episcopal District of the AME Church. She is also one of the few know living Centenarians in the entire Connectional AME Church. We are proud and overjoyed to honor her during the One Hundred Forty-Ninth Year following the founding of Cobb Bethel AME Church Anniversary. We Salute and Honor Sister Virginia English, The Oldest Living Member of Cobb Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church. The only other member of Cobb Bethel who lived to be 100 was Sister Easter Morgan, the maternal great-grand mother of Robert T. Matthews, III. Sister Morgan was born a slave and was one of the original members of Cobb Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church. She died in September of 1939 and is buried in the family plot of the cemetery directly behind Cobb Bethel AME Church. Sister Easter Morgan is shown here holding her infant granddaughter, Mrs. Marie Matthews-Willis, the sister of Robert T. Matthews III, about a year prior to her death in 1939. Her exact age at the time is not know but we do know that she lived more than 70 years after being freed as a slave and that she lived to see her three children grown and married; and that she lived to see several of her great-grand children born or grow up during their youth. Sister Virginia English

Centenarian Sister Easter Morgan Holding her great-granddaughter Marie Matthews




President Chinta Richardson for her dedicated service to the Central District. Sister Anna Wynn, President of Southwest Georgia Conference Lay offered remarks, along with Rev. Richard Washington, who represented our Presiding Elder Colquitt, who is recovering at home. With over 120 persons in attendance, a great time was

Central District Lay Organization Celebrates Centennial Living Legends Breakfast The Central District Lay Organization held its Centennial Celebration Breakfast at St. James AMEC on January 28, 2012. Rev. Richard A. Washington is the Pastor. The breakfast honored lay members who have contributed to the success of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, the Lay Organization, and to their communities. Our honorees have served as lay witnesses, been involved in leadership training and they have been advocates in their churches and communities. Our Living Legends have a combined total of over 500 years of active membership, working in the Lord’s vineyard. We salute them today as “Living Legends” of the Central District Lay Organization.

had by all present. Our honorees: Left to right; Bro. Henry Chavers; Sis. Susie Ware; Sis Georgia Stampley; Sis. Jacqueline Jennings. (Sitted): Sis. Sammie Latimer; Sister Jacqueline Allen; Sis. Rosie Jerry; Sister Betty Robinson and Bro. Phillip Crayton.

Each honoree was given a gift basket that included a beautiful handmade figure head with their names and accessories hand painted by Sister Bertha Olgetree Respectfully submitted; Jacqueline M. Jennings, Director of Public Relations

Decorations for the breakfast were done by: Sister Maranda Meadows, Sister Annie Huff along with Sister Hazel Wilson. Sister Chinta Richardson served as Worship leader for the program. Sister Maranda Meadows and Sister Jacqueline Goodwin did an excellent job introducing the honorees. Rev. Willie Barber and Sister Earnestine Perry offered spirit-filled selections. Sister Jacqueline Jennings made a special presentation to Central District Lay



SAINT PETER A.M.E. CHURCH OBSERVED LAY WEEKEND 2012 By Brother Alphonso B. Varner and Mrs. Desiree V. O'Bryant What a time! What a time the Laity experienced in a Leadership and Training Workshop and listening to a powerful Word of God at Saint Peter African Methodist Episcopal Church in Fort Valley, Georgia. The occasion, Lay Weekend 2012. This exciting weekend was held in the facilities of Saint Peter A.M.E. Church, Saturday and Sunday, January 2122, 2012. Brother Ashley T. Ballard, President of Saint Peter's Lay Organization and Dr. Odessa H. McNair, Lay Activity Director planned and coordinated a Super Weekend for the laity. The central core for the occasion was incorporating the Connectional Church Lay theme, "Building on Our Legacy of Christ Centered Leadership and Training' and Rethinking and Reframing Church Leadership in the 21st Century." Nutritious meals were served to the laypersons of Saint Peter and other laity from the Macon District on Saturday. The Reverend Bertram C. Smith, Pastor of Saint Peter introduced the Presenter for the Lay Retreat, Dr. Teresa Fry Brown, an Itinerant Elder of the A.M.E. Church, Professor of Homiletics & Director of Black Church Studies at The Candler School of Theology, Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Teresa Fry Brown is a native of Independence, Missouri and is a Candidate for the General Officer of Historiographer in the Connectional A.M.E. Church. The election will be held this year, June 27 - July 4th during the 49th Session of the General Conference in Nashville, Tennessee. Dr. Brown's presentations were centered on Church/ Ministry Self- Evaluation. She involved the attendees in interaction sessions and using a slide video technique to facilitate the learning experience. The Laity continued its weekend of experiences Sunday with the Annual Lay Day Worship Service. Evangelist Juanita Culler of Greater Allen Chapel A.M.E. Church in Macon, Georgia served as Worship Leader. The leaders of Saint Peter's Boards and Auxiliaries were Celebrants in carrying out the Worship Experience. Macon District Presiding Elder, The Reverend Alan H. Wicker gave an arousing introduction of the Speaker of the Hour, The Reverend Dr. Teresa Fry Brown. Dr. Brown preached a powerful sermon entitled, "Hold onto your Hope." Her sermon text was Ezekiel 37:9-14. She emphasized how we, as Christians, should follow God as Ezekiel did when God instructed him to "Talk to the bones." We must always remember that hope is alive


and embrace it and know that God is the one that is in charge of our lives. She ended her delivering of the Word by singing an old familiar Hymn, "Through It All." The Laity climax the weekend with its annual presentation of the "Layperson of the Year Award." Sister Carolyn W. Sampson proudly presented this honor award to an energetic leader of the church, Brother Elliott S. Mizell. Brother Mizell is a very faithful and loyal active member in several organizations of the church. He holds an office with his beloved Gamma Sigma Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alphi Fraternity, Inc. This Lay Weekend dedication and service to God and humankind will be long remembered in our annals of history.

Picture from left Elliott Mizell, Carolyn W. Sampson and Rev. Bertram C. Smith

Picture from left Rev. Bertram C. Smith, Dr. Teresa Fry Brown and Presiding Elder, Rev. Alan H. Wicker




2013 BIENNIAL COMMITTEE CHAIRS Overall Chairs Gregory McMichael c# 404.626.1348 h# 770.879.1602 Latrellis Dent c#478.390.2673 h#478.757.4438 or

ADVISOR Cheryl Robinson c# 912.980.2834 h#912.369.7360 or Logistics Chair: Ashley Ballard c#478.334.1629 Co-Chair: Castell Jackson c# 404.308.0805 1. Winsome Bond 678.823.5818 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Welcome /Hospitality Committee Chair: Janice Stewart c#229.225.6859 Co- Chair: Janice Emerson c#770.262.9070 Janie Grayer h#478.742.6125 w#478.744.2271 Shelby Hall c# 404.634.3361 Frieda Minga c# 404.314.1298 Narvis McPherson c#3 678.710.3522 Sundra Burdette c#404.449.1131 Judy Fultz 478.737.8292 LeGloria Starks 770.808.4462 Eunice Seigle 706.993.0421 Judy Fultz 478.737.8292 LaGloria Starks 770.808.4462 Connectional Liaison Chair: Virginia Harris h#770.774.0300 Sons of Allen Chair: Bobby Jackson c#229.938.2816 Co- Chair: Wilson Johnson Robert Rhoney 706.962.0183 Alexis Carr 706.793.7977 Hosting CLO Board Meeting Chair: Annette Curry c#404.281.6954 h#404.241.9667 Anna Wynn Edna Martin Emanuel Larkin Joan Brown Joanne Wilson Verma Curtis h#706.733.2732 Waynefield Leonard h#770.942.7187 w#404.802.5835 Willie Hunter Paris Brown Lolau Collins Monique Green 706.877.3112 Tour Committee Chair: Sam Humphrey c#404.210.5310 w#404.279.5083 Co-Chair: Nita Lee c# 404.661.4595 h# 770.929.0041 Mildred Reed c# 678 361-0632 E. Monique Johnson c# 404 216-3435 or shall20@student.gsu.rdu (Continued on page 11)




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Sponsorship Committee Chair: Gloria Byrd c#678.640.6390 h#404.288.8745 Co-Chair: Sondra Barnes h#912.233.6131 c#912.604.6709 Josephine Brown h#770.787.5669 Fred Mason 770.899.6377 Kassandra Andrews 404.276.9383 Lizzie Wright 404.537.6349 Edgar Wright 404.537.6349 Joan Perkins 770.929.8179 Public Relations Co-Chairs: P. Gwenette Boyd c#404.313.1750 Robert Matthews 678.644.5475(text only) Martinique Mix c#404.502.1037 Alvatine Smith 678.625.0534 Nancy Smith 706.736.0849 707.691.2524 Carlo Ford 229.309.05881 Souvenir Journal Chairs: Co- Chair: Michael Brown c#706-825-8204 Margaret Wright c#404-232-9669 h#404-292Emanuel Larkin 706-554-5487 Dale Powell c# 404.509.9338 Shirley Washington c# 478-731-1315 h#478-781-5247

Transportation Chair: Jean Swafford c#404.281.9879 Co- Chair: Richard Watson c#404.293.1696 h#404.349.1730 Worship Service Chair: Waynefield Leonard h#770.942.7187 w#404.802.5835 Co- Chair: Ola Irvin h#912.285.1310 Elizabeth Ladan EstellerPhillips Communion Chair: Alice Watson h#404.349.1730 Co- Chair: Robbiesteal Stone 803.278.1833 Annette Simmons 706.504.1936 Arthur Stone 803.278.1833 Biennial Apparel Chair: Betty Draper c#404.290.4546 h#678.610.5527 Co- Chair: Henry Chavers c#706.604.9279 706.682.2181 Geraldine Monroe c#229.296.9110 h#229.420.4774 Tearner Corbett c# 404.317.3815 Raymond Turner 912.537.2934 Louise Wellmaker 770.228.0879 Music Chair: Anthony Stinson Co- Chair: Joan G. Brown c#912.266.4404 h#912.832.5904 Daisy Belt c#706-315-6125 Daniel Hudson c# 404.219.6117 Sharon Russell 770.744.4298 olairvin@bellsouth.netElizabeth

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Budget Committee Chair: Maudie Anderson h#912.876.9785 Co- Chair: Odessa McNair Virginia Harris h#770.774.0300 Jasper Thompson 404.688.0239 Morris Hannah Waynefield Leonard h#770.942.7187 w#404.802.5835 Frank Albright h#912.354.5008


Health Committee Chair: Vickie Carr c#706.254.0563 h#706.793.7977 Co-Chair: Harvey A. Martin c#770.878.3639 Betty Draper c#404.290.4546 h#678.610.5527 Joan Perkins 770.929.8179 P. Gwenette Boyd c#404.313.1750

Communications Committee: Chair: Jason Ferguson c#404550.1960 Co-Chair: Anthony Crawford c# 404.931.8052

Evaluation & Kits Committee Chair: Verma Curtis h#706.733.2732 Co-Chair: Yglesias Hollins h# 770.413.7898 Goldine Shaw 404.622.5074 Tarsellia Oliver 770.483.1646 Joanne Wilson 229.432.5857

Exhibits / Vendors Chair: Inez Owens c# 678.232.2815 h# 478.472.4777 Co- Chair: Arthur Dozier c#770.855.9152

Closed Registration Committee Chair: Annabella Wright c#404.889.0886 Co-Chair: Rosemary Street c#912.381.4485 Anita Hunnicutt h#404.794.0974 Beatrice Williams c# 404.386.7461

Closed Mathalama AME Church 49th Annual Lay Day Celebration What a celebration, indeed, Sunday October 30, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. the congregation was attired royal blue and white. As a little child shall lead them as the Holy Spirit dwelled: Brother Garrison Beedles served as the Worship Leader. We embarked on our Connectional theme “Building On Our Global Legacy of Christ-Centered Leadership and Training.� Proverbs 18:15-16, Mark 16:15, Ephesians 4:11-13. The G.A.N.G also known as God A New Generation an awesome choir. The CoPastor Rev. Esther K. Powers the Queen of this church delivered the sermon. We are very proud to have Pas-

tor Ezekiel Powers as the Shepherd of this house in Morrow, Georgia, Rev. Andre Hance Associate Minister, Youth Pastor Rev. Neisha Michelle Moore, Licentiates Sister Theresa Latimore & Brother Sidney Clark. The program participates were: Mathalama Little Angels, Sisters Tonisha Bulter, Mrtyle Ford, Gaynell Allen, Theresa Latimore, Denise Bostick, Carloton Dixon, Jr. and the Robinson Twins. Each officer received a gold medallion.




The Lay Organization of Greater Allen Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church located in the "Cherry Blossom" City of Macon, Georgia conducted its Annual Candlelight Communion Service Sunday, December 11, 2011 at 5:00 P.M. The Reverend Teddy Madison, Pastor of Adam-Smith Tabernacle A.M.E. Church in Warner Robins, Georgia was the guest preacher. The congregation experienced an exciting and Spiritual Celebration in glorifying God. Sister Maggie L. Walker-Varner, Local Lay President Reverend Billy Graham McFadden, Pastor MRS. SHIRLEY T. WASHINGTON, A LIVING LEGACY By Brother Alphonso B. Varner Mrs. Shirley T. Washington was honored as a Living Lay Legacy during the Sixth Episcopal District Founders' Day Observance held Friday, February 17, 2012 in historic Savannah, Georgia. Other Clergy and Laity receiving honors as Living Legacies from the Macon Conference are as follows: East Macon/Milledgeville District - The Reverend Benjamin Ridley, Presiding Elder. Clergy - The Reverend John Samuel Norfleet, III Lay - Sister Dorothy Black Griffin District - The Reverend David Moore, Presiding Elder. Clergy - The Reverend Doreen Small Lay - Brother Marvin Brown Macon District - The Reverend Alan H. Wicker, Presiding Elder. Clergy - The Reverend Marlette F. Gilbert Mrs. Washington is a faithful and dedicated member of historic Steward Chapel A.M.E. Church located in Downtown Macon, Georgia where the Reverend Charles Lewis is Pastor. Shirley is the Past President of the Sixth Episcopal District Women's Missionary Society. She is the Assistant Secretary of the Macon District Lay Organization as well as active in many other boards and auxiliaries of her beloved Steward Chapel A.M.E. Church, Episcopal District, Macon District and Conference.. Shirley was elected as an Electoral College Delegate of the Macon Conference to attend the 49th Quadrennial Session of the General Conference, African Methodist Episcopal Church to be held June 27 - July 4, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee. Shirley is happily married to Dr. Carl Washington. They are residents of Bibb County.


FOUNTAIN TEMPLE FAMILY & FRIENDS DAY On Sunday Feburary 12, 2012 at 3:00 p.m. Fountain Temple AME Church celebrated a wonderfully Family & Friends Day under the interim Pastor Rev. Tammie McFadden and the host Pastor Rev. Mildred Denson. The special guest and speaker was the new Preacher Rev. Reginald Wade and the entire church family of Love Fellowship AME Church of the Griffin District. He preached from Philipians 3-7, "Pressing your possibilities." We had spiritual and joyful time in the LORD. A delectable dinner served in fellowship hall. To God be the glory! The Clergy and laity of the Macon District Lay Organization proudly salutes Mrs. Shirley T. Washington on her recent distinguished honor as a "Living Legacy." Saint Peter A.M.E. Church Celebrates 128th Anniversary by Desiree V. O'Bryant

"Standing the Test of Time" was the unique theme for the celebration of St. Peter A.M.E. 128th Church Anniversary. Highlighting the anniversary observance were the presentation of the M.E. Singleton Service Award and the Community Award given annually in memory of him. Brother Singleton was the epitome of an unassuming, yet loyal servant to Saint Peter and the Peach County Community. The recipient of this prestigious award was Laurone Pete. Sister Odessa McNair stated in her presentation how Brother Pete is always dedicated and willing to volunteer for whatever tasks are needed in the church. Brother Ashley Ballard and Sister Willie M. Johnson pre-

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PAGE 14 ANNUAL DISTRICT LAY WORSHIP The Griffin District Lay Organization’s Eleventh Annual Worship Service was held at Fountain Temple African Methodist Episcopal Church 211 Madison Street Macon, Georgia 31201 on Sunday January 23, 2011 at 4:00 p.m. The theme was “Building On Our Global Legacy of ChristCentered Leadership and Training” The Worship Leader was Sister Cora Giddens--Fountain Temple AME Church Local President. Other participate: Sister Mary Banks (Sugar Hill AME Church Barnesville, GA), Brother Herbert Gantt (St. Luke AME Church Forsyth, GA), Brother Edward Howard (New Lincoln Park AME Church Thomaston, GA). Rev. Billy Grahman McFadden (Allen Chapel AME Church Macon, GA) Sister Mildred Robinson (Ridge Grove AME Church Lovejoy, GA), Sister Betty Orr (Bush Chapel AME Church Concord, GA) Sister Peggy Israel (Greater Allen Chapel AME Church Macon, GA), Fountain Temple AME Choir, Sister Barbara Jolley (Greater Allen Chapel AME Church, Macon, GA), Sister Linda Rhodes (Fountain Temple AME Church Macon, GA), Presiding Elder David L. Moore, Sister Jacquelyn Moore, Sisters Gwenette Boyd, (Mathalama AME Church Morrow, GA) Kathy Ponder (Ridge Grove AME Church (Lovejoy, GA) , Louise Wellmaker (Bush Chapel AME Church Concord, GA), Andrew McDaniel (Cleveland Chapel AME Church, McDonough, GA) Sister Kathy Ponder (Ridge Grove AME Church Lovejoy, GA ). The message was brought by the Reverend Tammie Latice McFadden. Reverend McFadden was born in Macon, Georgia, the second of three daughters born to the late Willie “Chico” Spivey and Patsy Bivins. She Graduated from Central High School in 1985, and has worked for the Medical Center of Central Georgia

LAY NOTEBOOK for the last 21plus years. The Reverend Tammie Latice McFadden accepted her call to preach the word of God in the fall of 2006, and preached her initial sermon on January 7, 2007. Since that time, she has endured the academic classroom rigors of the Macon Conference Board of Examiners, and also served as the Youth Pastor of Duresville AME Church under the leadership of the Reverend G. Dianne Lewis. She is an Ordained Local Elder and a member of The Greater Allen Chapel AME Church where her husband serves as Pastor. She’s currently serving in a supplying capacity at the Fountain Temple AME Church where the Rev Mildred Denson graciously invited her to serve in her absence. She is married to The Reverend Billy Graham McFadden, and between the two of them they share five daughters and two sons. She embraces the words of an anonymous author who says…”Never underestimate the power of your actions. With one small gesture you can change a person's life. For better or for worse. God puts us all in each other's lives to impact one another in some way. Look for God in others”. She says that she is not one for long introductions, and in her own words... “I am who I am, and I am somebody, because I am in Christ Jesus”. The good news was “The boss is in the house”. This energetic woman of God preached with much power, and proudly carried us to higher heights. The Griffin District Lay Organization Officers received an award.

VOLUME 18, ISSUE 1 The Lay Organization invites you to attend our monthly meetings and bring two members. The third Saturday during the months January, April, May, July, August, November, December , the fourth Saturday during the months February, March, June, September, and October. We thank you for your loyalty and our support for assisting us to make the Greater Griffin District Lay Organization a success! Colossians 3:23 -24 NIV Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. President ~ Sister Bettye Draper 1st Vice President ~ Brother “Alex”ander Tukes 2nd Vice President ~ Sister Louise Wellmaker Recording Secretary ~ Sister Kathy Ponder Treasurer ~ Sister Phyllis “Gwenette” Boyd Parliamentarian ~ Brother Andrew McDaniel Historiographer ~ Sister Lucille C. By Sister P. Gwenette Boyd FUN & SMILE HEALTH WELLNESS & WHOLENESS MINISTRY Free Exercise & Fitness Boot camp every Wednesday Aerobics all levels @ 6:00p.m. ~ 6:45p.m, Zumba 7:30p.m. ~ 8:00p.m. Mathalama AME Church 5570 Handley Boulevard Morrow, Georgia 30260 (404) 366-7302, Rev. Ezekiel Powers, Pastor, Rev. Esther K. Powers, Co~Pastor. Instructor: P. Gwenette Boyd & Larry Dopson,

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sented the "Community Award" to Sister Annie Marshall. Brother Ballard stated in his presentation that Sister Marshall was deserving of this award because of her outstanding service to the community. Each recipient was presented with a lovely plaque which echoed their Christian endeavors. The speaker for the occasion was the Rev R. Nathaniel Neal. Reverend Bertram Smith had the pleasure of introducing Reverend Neal, Presiding Elder of the Savannah District of the Georgia Annual Conference of the Sixth Episcopal District. His subject theme was centered on the theme for the occasion. He elaborated on key points that will enable a Christian to stand the test of time; 1) Let God in, (2) Prepare yourself for more than a regular fight; properly dress in the physical as well as the spiritual, and (3) when you dress make sure you follow Ephesians 6:13 and put on the whole armor of God. This historic observance ended with a scrumptious dinner served to the worshippers. NECROLOGY

Bishop Richard Allen Hildebrand(88th Bishop, age 95) was one of ten children born to the late B. F. and Agnes Hildebrand. He was born in Winnsboro, SC who he grew up and attended public schools. He later attended Allen University, Payne Theological Seminary, Boston University, Wilberforce University and Morris Brown College, earning multiple degrees. After being ordained as Itinerant Elder in the AME Church, He served as pastor in Ohio, Rhode Island, Delaware and New York. He was President of the NAACP of New York City and served as President of the Protestant Council of Churches in Manhattan. Bishop Hildebrand was elected and consecrated to the bishopric in 1972 where he was he was assigned to the Sixth Episcopal District instead of one if the districts abroad. As a result he hosted the General Conference in Atlanta, GA in 1976. Bishop Hildebrand served the church as an active bishop until his retirement in 1972. He then went on to pastor Macedonia AME Church in Ferdinand Beach, FL for the next four years. He remained as active member of this church until the time of his death on December 12, 2011. His funeral was held at Saint Paul AME Church in Jacksonville, FL on December 18, 2011. Sister Nancy Upshaw Kelley was born on April 18, 1912 to the late Mr. and Mrs. John Wesley Mahome. She departed on January 9, 2012 at the age of 99 years old. At a very young age she joined St. Paul AME Church in Atlanta, GA and later joined Mathalama AME Church Morrow, GA, where she continued worshipping and praising the Lord throughout her life. She served: The Lay Organization, Women’s Missionary Society, Stewardess Board, Choir #1 and Usher Board #1. She became the first Licensed Missionary and an Evangelist at Mathalama AME Church. Sister Upshaw worked with several denominations. She taught home bible study, evening home church service, home prayer meetings, prayer bands, counseled men, women, boys, and girls. In Addition, she was a member of the Eastern Star Lodge Local 122, and a pillow of Mathalama AME Church. Sister Nancy was married to the late Mr. Henry Kelly. She was blessed with one daughter the Late Mrs. Bessie Mae Matthews. She is survived by a number of close friends and relatives which include her brother, Mr. Otha Mahome age 93, and two sisters in law Mrs. Mary Mahome and Mrs. Retha Mae Mahome.

The Celebration of Life for the Reverend Leroy Banks, September 10, 1955 - February 10, 2012 was held on February 18 at St. Paul A.M.E Worship Center Lithonia, Georgia 30058 with the Reverend Thomas R. Stegall, Officiating and the Reverend Dr. Nathaniel Hercules, Eulogist. The service was well attend by clergy and layperson from several churches which included Bethel AME Church Rome, GA, Fairfield AME Church in Douglasville. The coworkers from DeKalb County Public Works Department were in full numbers. The Good News was shared “Being a Season Saint” Matthew 5:13 as the favor of Jesus is given and received. Reverend Banks often drove laypersons to lay meeting across the state, He was also a cousin of Phyllis Gwennete Boyd. Servant of God, well done! Rest from thy loved employ; The battle fought, the victory won, Enter thy master’s joy.



Sixth Episcopal District Lay Organization AMEC Public Relations/News c/o Robert T. Matthews III 811 Sandy Creek Drive, NW Atlanta, Georgia 30331

SAVANNAH, GEORGIA February 18, 2012


March 2012 Lay Notebook  

A publication of the Sixth Episcopal District Lay Organization of the African Methodist Episcopal Church