From the Desk of the Connectional Lay Council’s General President Yvonne A. Tracey
Connectional Lay Council :: Yvonne TraceyWhy should I feel discouraged……His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me; Laity, we should count this time as our finest hour in and for Zion! The true sign of a committed and faithful laity is evidenced in our rising to higher heights when it appears that our backs are against the walls of the many individual and collective challenges at all levels in Zion. First, let me congratulate all who have helped to push the mission and objectives of the CLC higher heights. For the past three years we have increased memberships; changed from “workshops” to implementing the Lay Academy; elected, as opposed to appointing our local, district and conference officers; showed up in increased numbers to connectional meeting and participated in the drafting of several resolutions for the General Conference. The voices of Zion’s Laity are reverberating as they have not done in recent times. More importantly, I sense that we are more conscience of our role as strategic partners with the ordained clergy in fulfilling the mandate to make disciples for Jesus Christ through our ministries. Although, these changes are evident in many areas of Zion, in too many areas we still have a long ways to go.

Pressing on us now is the opportunity to close out this quadrennial in grand style. Starting with this very moment we must consider ourselves to be in the Pre-Lay Quadrennial Convention wind-down mode. To this end, we need to focus strategically on the following action items:

  1. Planning a noteworthy celebration of Connectional Lay Day as we make it a goal to win over somebody to “Come with Us to Christ”.

  2. Collect and send the Lay Sunday offering to the CLC Central Office post haste.

  3. Ensure every viable church in Zion have at least three names on the CLC Membership roll. (Pastor, Trustee and Steward Board Chairs.) It only counts if you send in the portions allocated to the district, conference and connectional levels.

  4. Plan to register and attend the 10th Quadrennial Lay Convention in Montgomery, AL. July 27 – August 1, 2013.

  5. Mentor our youth, young adults; evangelize, encourage and edify our local church families.

  6. Develop an informed and loyal body of laity in the local church, district and conference through the dissemination of good information.

  7. Extend your hands of support and prayers to all departments in Zion and especially to the Board of Bishops.

Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.  - Proverbs 3: 5-6
 

  • September 28, 2014
    Overseas Mission Sunday
    As a symbol of unity, all women of the A.M.E. Zion Church are requested to wear white.
    Visit www.whoms.org for information concerning this observance.

  • October 5, 2014
    World Communion Sunday
    World Communion Sunday is a celebration observed by several Christian denominations, that promotes Christian unity and ecumenical cooperation.
  • October 8-12, 2014
    South Alabama Annual Conference
    Mt. Zion AME Zion Church, Host Church
    Convening: Lomax-Hannon Jr. College
    725 Conecuh Street
    Greenville, AL 36037
    334-382-2115
    Rev. Robert Shuford, Host Pastor
    334-567-4733

  • October 15-19, 2014
    Central Alabama Annual Conference
    Shiloh AME Zion Church
    54 Church Street
    Hope Hull, AL 36044
    334-281-4500
    Rev. Ron Burroughs, Host Pastor
    334-284-9888
  • October 16, 2014
    Boss's Day
    Boss's Day also known as National Boss Day or Bosses Day, is a time for many workers to appreciate their employers.
  • October 21-26, 2014
    103rd Cape Fear Annual Conference
    Chrysolite AME Zion Church, Host Church
    1307 Meadow Road, Lumberton NC 910 671 8874
    Bishop Louis Hunter, Sr. Presiding Prelate
    Rev. Florence S. Brown, Host Pastor
  • October 22-26, 2014
    Alabama Annual Conference
    Auburn AME Zion Church
    576 Martin Luther King Drive
    Auburn, AL 36831
    Rev. Dr. Stephen Faulk, Host Pastor
    706-596-6797
  • October 22-26, 2014
    South Mississippi Annual Conference
    Host Church: Zion Chapel AME Zion
    361 Robinson Road
    Canton, MS 39046
    Host Pastor: Rev. G. D. Adams
  • October 2014
    Life Members Month
    On this occasion, programs shall be observed in memory of Anna L. Anderson and each member of the Society is asked to contribute five dollars ($5.00) to the Council.

  • November 2, 2014
    Daylight Saving Time Ends
    Move the clock time back one hour beginning at 2am
  • November 5-9, 2014
    135th Central North Carolina Annual Conference
    Simon Temple AME Zion Church, Host Church
    5760 Yadkin Road, Fayetteville NC
    Bishop Kenneth Monroe, Presiding Prelate
    Rev. Brian R. Thompson, Host Pastor
  • November 5-9, 2014
    Cahaba Annual Conference
    Walls Chapel AME Zion Church, Host Church
    (Greensboro-Demoplolis District)
    Convening: Clinton Chapel AME Zion Church
    615 Green Street
    Selma, AL 36705
    Rev. Dr. Alfonso AA Smith, Host Pastor
    205-322-6862
  • November 5-9, 2014
    West Tennessee/Mississippi Annual Conference
    Host Church: Pope Chapel AME Zion Church
    850 Gleaton Road
    Pope, MS 38658
    662 934 3514
    Host Pastor: Rev. Nehemiah Martin
  • November 11, 2014
    Veteran's Day -
    is intended to honor and thank all who served in the United States Armed Forces. The Veterans Day National Ceremony is held each year on November 11th at Arlington National Cemetery . The ceremony commences precisely at 11:00 a.m. with a wreath laying at the Tomb of the Unknowns and continues inside the Memorial Amphitheater with a parade of colors by veterans' organizations and remarks from dignitaries.
  • November 16-22, 2014
    National Bible Week
    National Bible Week in the United States is annually observed from Sunday to Sunday of Thanksgiving week. It has been so observed since 1941 when President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued the first national proclamation.
  • November 18-23, 2014
    151st North Carolina Annual Conference
    York Memorial AME Zion, Host Church
    201 Tyson Street, Greenville, NC
    Bishop W. Darin Moore, Presiding Prelate
    Rev. D'Andre W. J. Daniels, Host Pastor
  • November 19-23, 2014
    West Alabama Annual Conference
    Small Memorial AME Zion Church
    19 County Road 21
    Demopolis, AL 36732
    Rev.Linda Hollinger, Host Pastor
    251-282-0039
  • November 27, 2014
    Happy Thanksgiving
    Psalms 100:4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.
  • November 2014
    Founder's Day
    The Young Adult Missionary Society Annual Observance, shall be celebrated to recognize Dr. Willa Mae Rice as the Founder and Dr. Adlise Ivey Porter as the Organizing Coordinator.
  • December 7, 2014
    World Hunger Sunday
    Women's Home & Overseas Missionary Society
    Three decades ago, the Women’s Home and Overseas Missionary Society accepted World Hunger as an annual mission challenge under the presidency of Mrs. Alcestis M. Coleman.  December 6, 1982 was designated as the first World Hunger Sunday and, thereafter, missionaries throughout our denomination observe World Hunger Day.

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