3rd CANDLE – (pink) THE SHEPHERD CANDLE or THE CANDLE OF JOY – The angels sang a message of JOY! “…and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.’ Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.’ When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, ‘Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.” (Luke 2:7-15)
At The Closing Service of the 139th Session of The East Annual Conference. The Reverend Sha'Reff Rashad was Reappointed to lead this band of believers. We are truly Blessed to Follow him as he follow Christ.
We are blessed beyond measure to have this dynamic, loving and beautiful couple returned to us. Welcome Home.....
Our Beloved Centenarians
Sunday, December 21, 2014
The E. L. Taylor Gospel Choir and the Board #3 are serving at the 10:45 AM Worship Services.
Happy Birthday To All of Our Beloved Members Born in The Month of December and Happy Anniversary To All of Our Beloved Members Married in The Month of December...
Exercise Daily!! Walk With The Lord!!!
Noah; A Lesson In Faith.....
Rev. Sha'Reff Rashad, Pastor
Rev. Martha Williams
Rev. Carlton Brown
Rev. Elizabeth E. Yates, M. Div., Presiding Elder
Dr. Connie Speights Richardson, Episcopal Supervisor
Rt. Rev. Adam Jefferson Richardson Jr., Presiding Bishop
Motto . . .
God our Father, Christ our Redeemer, the Holy Spirit our Comforter, Humankind our Family
Our Name . . .
AFRICAN - means that people of African descent and heritage organized the church. It does not mean that the church was founded in Africa or that it is for people of African descent only. It does mean that those Americans who founded it were of African descent and we proudly recognize this fact. We welcome all who worship Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.
METHODIST - refers to the church's membership in the family of Methodist churches. Richard Allen, the founder and first bishop, felt that the form and format of Methodism would best suit the needs of the African community at that time.
EPISCOPAL - refers to the form of government under which the church operates. The Episcopal form of government means that the chief executive and administrative officers of our denomination
are our bishops. The General Conference, elected representatives of the entire denomination, gives them their authority. Their responsibilities are to oversee the spiritual and temporal affairs of the church.
Our Beginning . . .
In 1787, Reverend Richard Allen, Absalom Jones and a band of followers withdrew from the St. George's Methodist Church in Philadelphia because of the "unkind treatment" and discrimination with which these worshippers of African descent faced. They felt they no longer could worship in a congregation that
would not affirm them fully as children of God with equal potential and worth. Allen and the others began worshipping in a blacksmith shop. They founded the Free African Society, which was the beginning of the African Methodist Episcopal