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

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