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
 

  • February 2016
    Black History Month
    Black History Month is a month set aside to learn honor and celebrate the achievements of African Americans through history.
    2016 Theme: Hallowed Grounds: Sites of African American Memory

  • February 10, 2016
    Endowment Convocation for Hood Theological Seminary
    1810 Lutheran Synod Drive
    Salisbury, NC 28144
  • February 10, 2016
    Ash Wednesday
    Ash Wednesday marks the first day of Lenten discipline.
  • February 11, 2016
    Livingstone College Founder's Day Convocation
    10:00am
    701 West Monroe Street
    Salisbury, NC 28144
  • February 12-13, 2016
    Heritage Lectures
    Reflections on Practicing Public Theology
    Rev. Dr. Emilie Townes,
    Dean of Divinity School at Vanderbilt University
    Lecture I - Friday, February 12, 7pm
    "Colored Orneriness: A Concerto in Four Parts"
    Lecture II - Saturday, February 13, 10:10am
    "The Dancing Mind"
    Room 315 on the seminary campus at
    1810 Lutheran Synod Drive, Salisbury NC
    Free and open to the public
  • February 14, 2016
    Happy Valentine's Day

    Mark 12:31
    The second is this: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no commandment greater than these."
  • February 16-19, 2016
    Board of Bishops Winter Meeting

    Host: South Atlantic Episcopal District
    The Kenneth Monroe Transformation Center
    745 Saluda Street
    Rock Hill, SC 29730
  • March 5, 2016
    Blue Ridge Conference
    3rd Check-Up Meeting
    Dorothy Walls Conference and Retreat Center
    495 Cragmont Rd
    Black Mountain, NC 28711
  • March 11, 2016
    West Central North Carolina Conference
    Ordination Service
    Marvin AME Zion Church
  • March 12, 2016
    West Central North Carolina Conference
    3rd Check-up Meeting
    Dorothy Walls Conference and Retreat Center
    Marvin AME Zion Church
    Rev. Dr. Haven O. Anderson, Pastor
  • March 17 - 19, 2016
    Connectional Lay Council Convocation
    Bishop Kenneth Monroe Transformation Center
    Rock Hill, SC
    Mrs. Mary Matthews, President
  • March 25, 2016
    Good Friday
    Good Friday is the day when we commemorate Jesus Christ's crucifixion, which plays an important part in the Christian faith.
  • March 27, 2016
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    The celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.
    He Lives!
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    Happy Birthday
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    Piedmont Episcopal District

  • April 9, 2016
    Western North Carolina Conference
    Ordination Service
    Goler Metropolitan A. M. E. Zion Church
    Rev. Johnny Ruff, Pastor
  • April 10, 2016
    Western North Carolina Conference
    3rd Check Up Meeting
    Goler Metropolitan A. M.  E. Zion Church
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    Tax Day
    Many United States residents mark Tax Day as the deadline to file their income tax details to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The date is usually on or around April 15.
  • April 16, 2016
    Western North Carolina Conference
    Christian Education Annual Cotillion
    North Rowan High School
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    Rev. David Williams, Conference Director
  • April 15 - 16, 2016
    Men’s Boosters Conference
    Place to be announced
    Mr. Sylvester Culbertson, President
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    7th Annual Pink Sunday
    Susan G Komen
    Participation in Pink Sunday provides churches and faith based organizations with free breast cancer awareness information to include warning signs of breast cancer, importance of early detection and availability of free mammograms for those without health insurance. The 7th Annual Pink Sunday will be on April 17, 2016. Many churches ask their congregations to wear pink on this day. VISIT www.komencharlotte.org to register your church for this event or for additional information.

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