Monday, November 24, 2008

Battle Creek Area Meeting Scheduled

Mark your calendar for Saturday, December 13, 2008 for the Battle Creek Area WMS Meeting. The meeting will be held at Trinty AME Church in Lansing, Michigan, 3500 W Holmes Rd Lansing, MI 48911 from 9:00am - Noon. Our newly appointed Area Chairperson, Ms. Rosa Moss-Hargrove will be overseeing our elections of area officers for the 2008-2009 conference year. Please come out and support our new leadership and also get valued information regarding upcoming conference and district initiatives.

4th District WMS Worship Director to Speak

Mrs Kathryn Blake, District Missionary President of the CME (Christian Methodist Episcopal)Church has extended an invitation to our very own 4th Episcopal District WMS Worship Director (Mrs. Mishca R. Smith) to be the keynote speaker at their 22nd Annual Christmas Celebration of the Mid Michigan District Women's Missionary Society.

The event will take place on Saturday,December 6, 2008 from 11:am - 2:00pm. The event will be held at the Burnham Brook Community Center (Main Dining Room) 200 West Michigan Ave. Battle Creek, Michigan 49015 (269)965-6000. Tickets are $25.00 per person (youth 10 and under $10.00). You can contact Mrs. Dara Evans (the local Missionary President of St. Mark CME Church in Battle Creek) at 269-965-1249 to purchase your ticket.

The theme for this year's celebration is "What Child is This", Luke 2:1-20. The CME District Missionary Society is asking all participants to bring personal items to the luncheon for their missionary outreach project.

Please come be a part of this event and support our District Worship Director as well as our fellow Sister Missionaries from the CME Church.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Battle Creek Area Chairperson Named

Please join me in welcoming Rosa Moss Hargrove as the new Battle Creek Area Chairperson.

The first Battle Creek Area Meeting will be held Dec. 13 from 9 AM to Noon at Trinity AME Church in Lansing, Mich.

Battle Creek Area members, please contact Sis. Rosa at 517.896.2867


Rosa Moss Hargrove, Battle Creek Area Chairperson

Jacqueline Mitchell Robinson, Michigan Conference WMS President

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Fall Executive Board Meeting Postponed

Dear Sisters and Brothers:

The Michigan Conference Executive Board WMS Meeting has been Postponed for November 22, 2008 in Benton Harbor and rescheduled for February - date TBD per the President.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

President Elect Barack Obama

November 4, 2008 @ 11:00pm est the United States of America elected the 44th president of our union. The peoples choice was former Illinois Senator Barack Obama.
This years election was of historic proportion because Senator Obama is the 1st Black President elected in the history of the United States. With the world watching, millions of people were hoping and praying that this great nation would get it right. When you look at the 200,000 + people assembled in Chicago's Grant Park and the thousands of people in the streets of Harlem, New York and on the campus of our Historic Black Colleges and Universities as well as the street of sunny California, one can say we got it right. The pictures of white, black and brown persons side by side with tears in their eyes hugging each other and celebrating was a sight to see. Looking at the crowds celebrating reminded me of how European countries celebrate their elections. The people are engaged, they understand the importance of getting the right political representation in office and they remain integrated in the process and the politics.
The United States, as a relatively young nation, is on the horizon of this paradigm change in how our citizens engage in the political process. No longer can we sit down and think that it is someone elses problem. We must get involved, stay involved, be engaged, mobilize, speak out, debate and hold accountable our elected officials for the direction of our country.
As an African American I am excited about what I witnessed on November the 4th beginning at 7:45am when I first arrived at my polling location. For the first time since I have been able to vote I had to wait in line. My wait was 1-1/2 hours but I did not mind. There was a sense of community and excitement that I had never experienced before. There was laughter and discussion from people from all walks of life. After the polls closed and the results began to come in the mustard seed of hope began to grow and at 11:00pm it blossomed into a wonderful beautiful mosaic.
So, Yes We Can and Yes We the true work begins.
In the days and months ahead, continue to keep President Elect Obama and his family in your prayers as well as our country. There is a lot of healing that needs to occur in our nation and there are many crisis's on the political front. We must remember that President Elect Obama is still just a man and there is only so much that he can do but with God all things are possible.
God Bless Everyone!!

Mishca R. Smith

Monday, November 3, 2008

Congratulations to Our New District Officers from The Michigan Conference

Greetings in the precious name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ:
We are rested from the planning meeting and excited about the work that God has put before us through our Holy Ghost anointed Rev. Dr. Cecelia Williams Bryant, our Episcopal Supervisor. We all returned exhausted from working so hard and needed last week to catch up.

At planning meeting, we were pleased to learn that Joyce Keys Garrison ( was elevated from 1st VP of the Michigan Conference to President of the 4th District WMS. Sis. Garrison is the first lady of Vernon Chapel AME in Flint. She is gifted, and will be a blessing to Rev. C and the 4th District. In addition, Mishca Smith ( , first lady of Mt. Zion AME Church in Battle Creek and Mich. Conf. Member-at-large was elevated to 4th District Worship Director. Sis. Smith blessed us with a powerful Bible Study lesson out of the book of John. Lastly Michael Cousin, Jr.(, formerly Mich. Conf. YPD President, was elevated to 4th District YPD President. Anyone who has ever met Michael know that he has a great calling on his life. He is a leader of people, a fine young man who is destined for great things. He is a member of St. Stephen AME Church in Detroit where his father is the Pastor.

Please join me congratulating all of or new District Officers. All I can say is "eyes have not seen nor ears heard that which the Lord will do." Let us keep them lifted in prayer and let us give them the full support of the Mighty Michigan Conference.

Please join me in welcoming Sis. Ruby Frazier (, who so graciously agreed to serve as the 1st Vice President of the Michigan Conference. Sis. Frazier is a hardworking missionary extraordinaire out of Trinity AME Church in Lansing. We thank God for Sis. Ruby willingness to accept this assignment in a season of transition and change.

The early bird registration deadline is approaching for the Connectional Executive Board Meeting January 28-31 in Louisville, KY. The cost is $220.00 (early bird registration) if you register by Nov. 7; it goes up to $270 if you register between Nov. 8 and Jan. 4. You can save $50 if you register now. The hotel is $99.00. Below are links to the registration form and the agenda. You can access from the www.ame-church .com web site under news and events. Area Chairpersons, please spread the word and call each of your presidents or churches to make sure they have the information. Fax it, mail it, e-mail it or blog it, but get the word out so we can get the count up. We want to support Dr. Bella Parker, 2nd VP of the Connectional WMS and Michigan Conference member, who presides over the workshops.

On Saturday, Nov. 1 the Ann Arbor Area was organized and seeds were planted to start a new WMS society at Campbell AME in Whittaker, as well as a YPD. We thank Area Chairperson Bonita Cowan Tucker for her enthusiasm and excitement for the work of Missions. Look for more news in the coming days.

Jacqueline Mitchell Robinson, President
Michigan Conference Branch
Women's Missionary Society