OBJECTIVES OF THE CHURCH
The Historical Preamble The African Methodist Episcopal Church, whose founders affirmed their humanity in the face of slavery and racism, stands in defense of disadvantaged and oppressed people in the 21st century. From the origins in the Free African Society through the involvement of the AME clergy and lay in the Civil War of the 1860's and the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960's, the AMEC has preached salvation from sin and deliverance from bondage. The mission expanded to others within the African Diasporas in the Americas, Africa, Caribbean, and Europe. Whether in schools, seminaries, hospitals or social service centers, the AME Church has lived the gospel outside its sanctuaries. This mandate sill informs its ministry, vision and mission in the Church's third century of existence.
1. The Mission The Mission of the AME Church is to minister to the social, spiritual, and physical development of all people.
2. The Vision At every level of the Connection and in every local church, the AME Church shall engage in carrying out the spirit of the original Free African Society, out of which the AME Church evolved: that is, to seek out and save the lost, and to serve the needy. It is also the duty of the Church to continue to encourage all members to become involved in all aspects of church training.
3. The Purposes The ultimate purposes are: (1) make available God's biblical principles, (2) spread Christ's liberating gospel, and (3) provide continuing programs which will enhance the entire social development of all people.
4. The Objectives In order to meet the needs at every level of the Connection and in every local church, the AME Church shall implement strategies to train all members in: (1) Christian discipleship, (2) Christian leadership, (3) current teaching methods and materials, (4) the history and significance of the AME Church, (5) God's biblical principles, and (6) social development to which all should be applied to daily living.
PASTOR/ PRESIDING ELDER'S WORD
“For Your righteousness, O God, reaches to the heavens, You who have done great things; O God, who is like You? You who have shown me many troubles and distresses Will revive me again, And will bring me up again from the depths of the earth. May You increase my greatness And turn to comfort me. “ Psalm 71: 19-21NASB
We live in a culture of rampant unrighteousness and in a society where justice stumbles in the streets. It’s nothing new, therefore, it is essential that we know and trust God no matter how uncertain times are. God is our Rock of Refuge. Let’s reflect on the words of a good-ole gospel song that our ancestors sang...I am going to hide behind the mountain where the chilly winds don’t blow; I know that Jesus is the mountain where the chilly winds don’t blow. There are some wearisome days ahead, but God has in place a “Divine Plan of Deliverance” just for you. So, when the present appears to be miserable, wretched, difficult, and confusing, look back over your life, remember all the times God was there for you, the many times God brought you through, review the compassion of God, reclaim your confidence in God, and rejoice in the goodness of God.
Some 600 years plus ago, the gospel of Jesus Christ moved through the voices of White preachers and the “good news” got to the ears of Legislators. God used “White Christians,” abolitionists, and politicians from northern states and delivered four million (4,000,000) slaves from bondage in America. African Americans were brought to the American continent as property not people. Historically, God moved within the lives of people and shaped events that delivered African-Americans from the “property- owned form of slavery”…God moved within President Abraham Lincoln to write and sign The Emancipation Proclamation. The Mighty Hand of God gave Union troops the victory during the Civil War.
Our mothers and fathers prayers, persistence, and participation in church, community, and statesmanship freed us from many injustices permitted by (what was called but far from authentication) “ the justice system.” There was evidence of God’s power in their lives; they were active inside and outside the church. For them, Christianity went beyond the walls. Today, we are walking in the footprints of our ancestors who prayed and involved themselves in campaigning, getting out voting, seeking nomination, being up for election, and running for office. Let’s “go back to that old land mark,” of being active, supportive, and productive in our homes, God’s church, on our jobs, and in the community. Christianity is great…worship, praise, and glorify God, but also “move beyond the walls of the church.” 2016 is an important year for, this great Zion, The African Methodist Episcopal Church as well as the United States of America…teach, train, encourage, and drive persons to precincts vote, vote, vote…The 50th Quadrennial Session of The General Conference will be held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania— The AMEC grew out of the Free African Society (FAS) which Richard Allen, Absalom Jones, and others established in Philadelphia in 1787. We praise God for a rich- prolific- profound African Americans history of past and present persons! We celebrate the life and legacy of Richard Allen and other great African American Achievers. Richard Allen, the founder of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, was a man of sublime courage and indestructible faith. The A.M.E. Church has a unique and notable history. Also, we acknowledge February as being American Heart Month. Focus on having a healthy heart! Eat plenty fruits and vegetables and exercise. Our ancestors have passed down a great spiritual legacy! Let’s be determined to live so God can use us anywhere anytime. As we continue to prepare for this 120th Session of the Southwest Georgia, trust, lean, and depend” on God! It is amazing how God has a way of working everything out in our favor. God was there when our tiny hearts and minds were still unformed, and now God waits patiently for us to come around and realize it. Some of us get the message early in life—seeing our parents praising God and reading Scripture, and we follow their examples. Others of us arrive at the party a lot later after decades of spiritual sleepwalking or confusion or anger or abuse and neglect. God’s love for us doesn’t falter…no matter how many bad turns we have made in life or how tough life gets—God’s love is unconditional. Rely completely on God. Remain faithful! God rewards faithfulness.
Compassionately Pursuing God’s Work,
Millie S. Rambeau
SERMONS: FEBRUARY 2016
8:00 a.m. Reverend Emily Buggs
9:45: Nursing Home Ministry
8:00 a.m. Celebrating Founder's Day and Black History Month
Guest Minister: Reverend Jordan Arline
9:30 Sunday School
8:00 Service: Bishop Jerry Moore
9:30 Sunday School
8:00 a.m. Reverend Hewlett Powell, Pastor of Shiloh MB Church, Colquitt, GA
9:30 a.m. Sunday School
Seminole Manor Nursing Home Morning Worship and Communion, Sunday, February 7, 2016 at 9:45 a.m., Sister Geraldine Cochran, Worship Leader, Sister Delores Reynolds, Inspirational Words
Prayer Meeting is Wednesday at 6:00 p.m.
Bible Study is Wednesday at 7:00 p.m., February 3rd, 10th, and 17th
Southwest GA Annual Conference Planning Meeting, Monday, February 8, 2016, 6:30 p.m., Wesley AMEC-Iron City, Reverend Calvin W. Reynolds, Pastor
Southern District Fellowship-Stewardship Service, Thursday, February 11, 2016, 7:00 p.m., Brown Chapel A.M.E. Church, 175 Church Street, Fort Gaines, GA, Reverend Carlos Reid, Pastor
SED Founder's Day, February 12 - 13, 2016 Augusta, GA
Southern District AME Adult Choir Rehearsal, Live Oak AMEC, Thursday, February 18th, 6:30 p.m.
Seminole County Jail Ministry, February 15- for Ladies and February 18- for Men
Joint Bible Study, Wednesday, February 24, 2016, Macedonia MB Church, 7:00 p.m.
Southern District AME Adult Choir Rehearsal, Live Oak AMEC, Thursday, February 25th, 6:30 p.m.
Southwest GA Conference DMC Rehearsal and Southwest GA BOE Meeting, Saturday, February 27, 2016, Live Oak AME Church
Home Communion, Sunday, February 28, 2016, 1:00 p.m.
Meetings, Monday, February 29, 2016, Trustees—6:00 p.m., Stewards—7:00 p.m.
Rossie “Bobbie” Scott, Willie Hopkins, Mary Hill, Mattie Moore, Betty Joe Smith Jones, Mary Alice Elijah, Arverna Porter, Arletha Gonzalez, Doris Barber, Shelia Smith, Mary Brannon, Winfred Lobe, James McGriff, Robert Leonard, Sr., Johnny Bowers, and Ronald Moore
Pastors and Ministers
Pastor Alvin Leonard
Rev. Mary I. Groomes
Rev. Calvin Wesley Reynolds
Rev. Rheunnette Haire
Rev. Joan C. Lee, Valdosta, GA
Rev. Emily Buggs, Brother Keith Smith
Ms. Maryln Taylor, Recording Secretary
Mrs. Lillie Copeland, Financial Secretary
Ms. Delores Reynolds, Superintendent of Church School
Mrs. Goldie Virgin, Emeritus
Miss Anna Wynn, Lay President
Ms. Marian D. Walker, Pro Tem Trustee Board & Asst. Superintendent
Ms. Jacquelyn Chrispen, President of Stewardess Board
Ms. Delores Harvey, Missionary President
Mrs. Patrina Smith Clark, Y.P.D. Director
Young People Advisors: Mrs. Tameka Geter, Reverend Emily Buggs, Ms. Elaine Hall, Ms. LaVonjia Peavy, Brother Carlos Ford, and Mrs. Marian D.Walker
Mrs. Angelia S. Reynolds, Christian Education Director
Bobby Brannon, Son of Allen Chairperson
Miss Maureen Smith, Senior Usher Board President
Mrs. Lillie Copeland, Usher Board No. Three President
Miss Debra Brannon, Sunday School Secretary, Titus Barber Asst. Sunday School Secretary
Brother Keith Smith, Adult Sunday School Teacher
Reverend Calvin W. Reynolds, Assistant Adult Teacher
Mrs. Angelia Reynolds, Intermediate Teacher
Reverend Emily Buggs, Primary Teacher
Ms. Geraldine Cochran, Custodial Care
Mrs. Marian D. Walker, Senior Choir President
Ministers of Music
Brother Winfred Lobe
Brother Anthony Pearman
Miss Jacquelyn Henderson
Daniel Womack, Guitarist
1-Regina Chrispen, 2-Bobby Brannon, 3-Eddie Bennett, 4-Mary Hill, 5-Delores Reynolds, 6-Maureen Smith, 7-Fredena Wooten, 8-Evelyn Smith, 9-Patrina Smith Clark, 10-Doris Barber, 11-Marian D. Walker
Let's work together as one, and ask Our Heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ Our Lord, to bring comfort, hope, and peace to our homes, churches, communities, schools, nation, and world -wide.
Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it. Malachi 3:10
Live Oak A.M.E. is the place to BE!!!
Worship where God’s people are lively, laborious, and liberated!
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