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Proverbs 11:14 (NLT)- Without wise leadership, a nation (organization) falls; there is safety in having many (wise) advisers (executive board).

The Second Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church is happy to welcome Brother Dwight Patterson as its new president to complete the term of Sister Valerie Bell. The District congratulates Sister Bell on being elected President of the Global Connectional Lay Organization.

Brother Patterson pledges to bring continuity to the presidency as he seeks God’s Guidance and grace. He is humbled by the honor to serve the Second District as it moves through the many challenges that face congregations from Western North Carolina to Maryland. He is quite familiar with the expectations of the position having served as First Vice President for many years.

The African Methodist Episcopal Church faces many adversities of unprecedented scope, but we know that the Church of Allen will endure as long as its constituents remember the bridges over which God has successfully brought them. Brother Patterson possesses a caring and God- centered spirit, and he believes that the main objective of the Lay , that of teaching and training, but with an intergenerational approach will strengthen the church of the future. It is with this profound belief that Brother Patterson will lead the Lay Organization. Added to the executive board are:

First Vice President………………………Sister Adrienne Warren

Second Vice President…………………Brother Woodrow Winchester

Third Vice President……………………Sister Maria Warren

Young Adult Representative………..Brother Donte Foote

Brother Dwight Patterson with the executive board anticipate a successful year supporting the programs of Bishop James Levert Davis, as the organization works to make the Second Episcopal District First for Christ and Second to None.

Ephesians: 6:10-11 (KJ) – Finally my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the Devil.

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In Loving Memory of Walter C. Jeffers

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Brother Walter C. Jeffers,

Connectional Director of Public Relations

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“I DARE YOU”

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I DARE YOU
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Christ Has Come and Will Come Again

December 14th, 2017 by

Christ Has Come and Will Come Again!

 

 

The Season of Advent

Greetings Second Episcopal District Family!

We are jubilantly blessed beyond measure to greet you in the midst of all the festivities and holiday celebrations during this Advent Season – a season of celebration and anticipation. “OH Immanuel, God with us,” is in every aspect of our lives! He’s with us in the midst of our “to-do” lists and rush.  He is with us in songs of praise and worship that echo in our minds and come from our lips.  He’s with us as we engage in ritual and lighting of the Advent Candles.  He is with us in a card that we give or receive from a friend.  He’s with us in the midst of all the shopping, gift giving and receiving.  All that we do are signs of God’s presence with us.

Likewise we can feel the excitement in the air as individuals, families, and churches prepare to celebrate the Christmas season. A very important part if this celebration is Advent, which is the season of the year leading up to Christmas.  The word “Advent” is derived from the Latin word adventus meaning “coming,” “arrival,” “appearing,” or “presence.”  During Advent we not only celebrate Christ’s first coming, but we look forward to His second coming which New Testament Christians call the Parousia (Greek).  Parousia means that Christ will return for His people, establishing his eternal kingdom.

The Advent season lasts for four Sundays, beginning on the fourth Sunday before Christmas, or the nearest Sunday to November 30th.  Calendar dates for 2017 are as follows:

  • December 3rd is the first Sunday of Advent and marks the start of the Christian year:
  • December 10th is the second Sunday in Advent:
  • December 17th is the third Sunday in Advent: and
  • December 24th is the fourth Sunday in Advent and ends on Christmas Day. The Christmas holiday marks the beginning of the Christian church’s liturgical year.

The evergreen circle symbolizes the eternal life that Jesus brings. The four colored candles surrounding a white one in the middle are lighted on successive Sundays.  The first candle is the candle of hope or expectation.  The three remaining candles are given various meanings depending on the church’s ritual.  On Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, the center white candle is lighted; this is the “Christ Candle,” and a reminder that Jesus, the light of the world, has come.

Because God sent His Son, the greatest gift of all humankind, let’s remember the real reason we focus on Advent in the life of the Christian Church. The adage that is repeated by millions,  “Jesus is the reason for Season,” is not just rhetoric, but the wise saying is as true today as it as at Jesus’ Incarnation, and will continue as we wait for the return of Christ in glory to consummate his eternal kingdom.  As Christians, our daily lives should reflect that we live in celebration and eager anticipation.  As believers we must remember not only Christ’s first coming to earth as a human baby, but we must also celebrate his continued presence with us today through the Holy Spirit.

May we allow God’s Holy Spirit to fill us with the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23). May Immanuel’s hand be upon us and actualize faith and hope in our lives so that others can see Christ in us.  May we reach out to others and share the love He so willingly showed us.

Likewise, let us make prayer our vital lifeline during this Advent Seasons, and a daily menu in our lives. Prayer is an amazing way to help cut away from distractions of the season.  Prayer opens our hearts to prepare for celebrating the joy of Christ’s birth, and the expectant faith and hope that we have in the promise that Jesus Christ has come and will come again.  This is the essence of Advent!

In Commemoration and Expectation and in the Spirit to Empower the People

James and Arelis Davis

Servant Leaders

 

Brother Dwight Patterson to Lead Second District Lay

November 10th, 2017 by

                                        Congratulations   Brother Dwight Patterson

The Executive Board of the Second Episcopal District welcomed Brother Dwight Patterson as the Lay Leader of the Second District. He succeeds Sister Valerie Bell who was blessed to ascend to the office of Global President at the Thirty-Fifth Lay Biennial held last August in Columbus, Ohio.  Brother Patterson comes to the position with a wealth of experience having served the Lay Organization in many capacities.  The Executive Board pledged to cooperate with any and all programs that may be a part of his platform.   To God be the Glory for the great things that he has done.    The Second District Executive team looks forward to many successes under the leadership of President Dwight Patterson.

 

 

 

 President Dwight Patterson

A Tribute to Veterans

November 10th, 2017 by

Dear Second Episcopal District Family,

On the observance of Veterans Day, Saturday, November 11, 2017, we give a special African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church Salute to members of the Second Episcopal District who serve/served our country so admirably.

With the same spirit of pride,  we join with others throughout the United States in  saluting all the brave military men and women who serve/served and protect /protected the United States of America and countries abroad. These brave men and women come from all walks of life; they are parents, children, grandparents, friends, neighbors and coworkers, church members, and are an important part of our communities.

Veterans Day pays tribute to all American veterans—living or dead—but especially gives thanks to living veterans who served their country honorably during war or peacetime.

If your church has not planned a formal observance to recognize those persons, we ask our pastors to please take time on Sunday to acknowledge veterans in their congregations. 

Some of these brave men and women might have returned from their tour of duty with physical and emotional scars; but still proud to have served their country.

Whether the men and women we honor on November 11, 2017, are on active or have completed their tour of duty, we salute you on this Veterans Day for women and men who have made great sacrifices to keep the United States of America, free and you deserve our respect in whichever branch of the military you serve.

Additionally, there are other ways we can say thanks to the men and women by participating in activities that are being sponsored in various communities to honor them with monetary contributions through vetted agencies, visiting VA hospitals and other facilities and volunteering your services.

Surely, the unrest facing our world today calls for strength.  We pray God’s blessing upon the men and women who are serving in a military capacity and their families.

May we one day live in peace!

In the Spirit of Peace & Empowering the People,

James L. Davis, Servant Bishop