Call To 10th Quadrennial Lay Convention
Yvonne Baskerville :: 1st Vice PresidentMy fellow laity it gives me immense pleasure to call upon each of you to gather for the 10th Quadrennial Lay Convention in Montgomery Alabama Saturday, July 27, - Thursday, August 1, 2013 in Montgomery Alabama, the “City of Dreams”. The theme for the Convention is: Fortifying Our Faith While Focusing on Our Future Through: Worship, Leadership, Discipleship and Stewardship. Our Convention hosts are the Right Rev. Bishop Dennis V. Proctor, Presiding Prelate and Missionary Supervisor, Mrs. D. Diane Proctor, Alabama Florida Episcopal District, Rev. Wallace L Noble, Presiding Elder West Montgomery District, Mt. Zion A. M. E. Zion Church, Rev. Dr. Claude A Shuford, Pastor, Mr. Isaiah Pinkney, Regional Director, Alabama-Florida Episcopal District, and Mr. Isaiah Flowers, Jr., Central Alabama Conference Lay Council President. The Steering Committee, Executive Board, Committee Chairpersons, Montgomery Convention and Visitors’ Bureau, and host hotels have been working tirelessly on the planning and execution for the convention to ensure that every detail is addressed to ensure this is one of the BEST conventions in the Connectional Lay Council history! Every one working on the preparations is enthusiastic, excited, and energized about the task at hand!

Montgomery Alabama is a historic city and it is fitting the laity of the FREEDOM church returns to the birth place of the civil rights movement 150 years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, 50 years after Dr King’s “I Have a Dream Speech” and six months after the second inauguration of President Barack H. Obama as president of the United States to culminate the quadrennium and to craft a new vision for the next four years.

The Connectional Lay Council Convention is the largest non-delegated gathering in the denomination. The purpose of the convention is to conduct the important business of the Connectional Lay Council-the election of officers, legislative matters, and training. It is critical that there be a significant presence by the laity in order to efficiently conduct the official business of the Council and set the tone for the operations for the new Quadrennium. I am appealing to the laity to make the commitment and sacrifice to journey to Montgomery for the Convention. It is imperative that all lay attendees ensure their membership dues are paid ninety days prior to convention so they will be able to vote in the business proceedings.

The convention is designed to be an all inclusive family friendly one and will provide benefit to all ages- children, youth, young adults, mature adults and young at heart! We will begin convention week with an “Evangelistic Block Party” on Friday, July 26 at the host church. A Freedom Church Parade will take place on Saturday morning. We are hoping that all laity will participate. On Saturday afternoon there will be an array of pre-convention activities. Lay Academy with various topics, AARP sponsored health fair screenings, workshops, civil rights forum, Young Adult and Youth Leadership Training, R.C. Rochon Church Music Academy, Praise and Prayer Assembly and Cultural and Gospel Extravaganza to conclude the evening! Plan to arrive early and take full advantage of the Saturday’s schedule!

Sunday morning will begin with Sunday School followed by Communion Service and the GRAND MARCH! The balance of the week will be mixture of business, training, workshops, fellowship, bible study, pray breakfast, challenge luncheon, elections, and awards banquet. There will even be a track for the clergy! Some of Zion’s most dynamic and talented-speakers, teachers, preachers, and musicians have been selected to lead the sessions and preach at the worship services. The Education Committee has done an extraordinary job of developing Lay Academy topics for equipping laity for an advanced level of leadership. I assure you your attendance at the 2013 convention will be worthwhile! Your mind, body and spirit will be nurtured, nourished, stimulated, and energized- with the dissemination of information, deepened sense spiritual commitment, and renewed sense of denominational loyalty. Laity of Zion, this is your convention and the convention provides an opportunity to become engaged in the business of the church and to hone your leadership skills to better equipped lay leaders. Let’s exercise the people power and be a part of the change we want to see in the denomination! I look forward to welcoming you at Convention in Montgomery!! To God Be The Glory!

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