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October 27th, 2016 by

886081_558722544151443_1240091418_oGreetings: To the members of the Second Episcopal District Lay Organization.

“The person who trusts (believes in) me will not only do what I am doing, but even greater things, because I, on my way to the Father, am giving you the same work to do that I’ve been doing” John 14:12 MSG Greetings to the Second Episcopal District Lay Organization, Well, a whirlwind summer traveling throughout the District, and then on to the Bicentennial Celebration of African Methodism at the General Conference, we returned home full of anticipation and excitement. We welcomed our new Episcopal team Bishop James L. Davis and Supervisor Arelis B. Davis. They have hit the ground running, and “it doth not yet appear, what we shall be”. They are equipped with vision, wisdom, energy and vigor. It is our sincere desire to collaborate and cooperate in every way to make this vision a reality.I thank the Presidents and members of the Annual Conference Lay Organizations for the hard work and dedication they have shown. The Lay Witness Night presentations demonstrated the diverse and rich talent from young adults and seasoned Laity. Our 2016 General Conference experience culminated in the elevation of two Sons of the Second District to the Episcopacy, Bishop Harry L. Seawright, now serving as the Presiding Prelate of the Ninth Episcopal District and Bishop Frank Madison Reid III, Ecumenical Officer, and Chaplain Endorsing Agent. We thank God for the victory. As we returned home to the warmth and familiarity of our local churches, we eagerly await the privilege of serving together, to further the Cause of Christ and Kingdom Building. I thank God for the love and support of the Second Episcopal District Lay Organization Executive Board. May God continue to keep you. The 2016 Lay Convention Theme “Prepare to Elevate”, states with reassurance that we are confident that we are moving upward to new levels of service, commitment and dedication. While we continue our focus on Evangelism and Discipleship, as set by the Connectional Lay Organization Biennial theme: “Laity Fulfilling the Great Commission”. We prepare to embrace the lineage of our Social Justice DNA, following the 2016-2020 Quadrennial Theme: “ The African Methodist Episcopal Church: A Social Justice and Liberating Faith”.

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October 27th, 2016 by