Greetings My Beloved Clergy Sisters,
I trust that each of you are well and rested as we bid adieu to the Summer months while preparing to usher in the Fall season of renewal and reflection. It has been a beautiful Summer and it was a tremendous blessing to see so many of you at our Annual AMEWIM Luncheon in July in Dover, Delaware!
Annual WIM Luncheon
Kudos are extended to Rev. Iona Smith Nze and the women of the Delaware Conference who once again so graciously hosted us for this event. They introduced many of us to The Harvest House of Whatcoat United Methodist Church which is an innovative hospitality ministry of that communion. The venue was beautiful and immaculately kept and the service and food was outstanding. It was a blessing to support and sow into a church-run establishment.
It was also heartwarming to see the genuine support of our sisters at the Luncheon as we celebrated the significant ministry milestones that had been reached by women in the First Episcopal District this past year. God has indeed been good, and this was evident as we stood and clapped and celebrated God at work in the lives of so many of our Sisters. Special thanks to Rev. Kim Anderson of the New York Conference who presented a moving dramatic monologue and Licentiate Dionne Greene of Bermuda, who ministered in Dance. It was a wonderful time of fellowship! To God be the Glory!!
Women in Ministry Summit
We are now preparing for our Women in Ministry Summit which will take place on Saturday, October 3rd at Mount Zion AME Church in Harlem, New York where Rev. Jo-An Owings is pastor. Our First Vice-President and Program Chair, the Rev. Dr. Natalie Alford and her Summit Committee are assiduously preparing for this encounter and we are once again anticipating a mighty move of God as we come together and focus on the theme " Remind Me, We Are Better Together!".
Our Guest Facilitator for the Summit will be the Rev. Dr. Toni Belin-Ingram, who is the pastor of the Greater Turner Chapel AME Church in Atlanta, Georgia and the newly appointed Chair of Black Church Studies and Assistant Professor at Candler School of Theology, Emory University. Dr. Belin-Ingram is also the sister of our dedicated and very supportive associate member of AMEWIM, Rev. Henry Belin. Our Summit Preacher will be our very own, Rev. Dr. Henrietta Scott-Fullard, Presiding Elder of the Jamaica-Long Island District. Details are as follows:
Date of Summit: Saturday, October 3rd, 2015
Time: 9:00am to 4:00pm
Host Pastor: Rev. JoAnn Owings
Host Church: Mount Zion AME Church, 1765 Madison Ave, New York, NY, 10029
Registration Cost: $60 AMEWIM Members/$70 General (Includes Continental Breakfast, Lunch, Workshops and Kit)
Registration Deadline: Payment to be received by September 25th, 2015. Please send your check or money order made payable to First Episcopal District WIM to our WIM Financial Secretary, Rev. Deborah Finley-Jackson at 458 Macon Street. Brooklyn, NY 11233 or you may register through your WIM Conference Coordinator.
For Additional Information: Email Rev. Alicia Bailey- RAB93Mustg@aol.com
We are trusting that as many of you as possible will join us in this time of spiritual refreshing. If you are experiencing financial difficulty and would like to attend, please let your Conference Coordinator know as soon as possible as there are a few complimentary registrations available through the generosity of some of our sisters.
As we move towards the Bicentennial Celebration of African Methodism and our hosting of the 50th Quadrennial Session of the General Conference, it is our sincere desire for all women in ministry to be full participants in this historic moment in our great Zion. Please visit www.2016generalconference.org for information on the many ways that you can be a part and don't forget that October 1st is the deadline for inclusion in the Richard Allen Memorial Courtyard Project which will be unveiled in July 2016. Be a part of history and have your name or that of your loved ones engraved on a wall brick or paving stone!
WMS Learning Experience
Registration for the WMS Learning Experience in January 2016 has begun! There will be a special workshop for Women in Ministry led by Rev. Dr. Joanne Browning, Co-Pastor of Ebenezer AME Church in Maryland and we are encouraging all clergy women to attend. You may register at http://www.1stdistrictwms.com/Learning-Experience.html.
There is so much more that I could share with you at this time, but time and space will not permit. We look forward to the launch of our website in the near future where we will be able to share all important information. Until then, we are dependent on these missives and our faithful Conference Coordinators to share information. Thanks for your patience!!
We are grateful for your support of WIM and your commitment to Ministry.
Look forward to seeing you in the next few weeks at the Minister's Retreat and Summit!!
Blessings and Peace
Rev. Dr. Emilygail A. Dill
1st District AMEWIM
-Rev. Jacqueline Lynch
Coordinator of The NY Annual Conference
Women In Ministry