October 2018 


*Former Episcopal Supervisor Mildred Primm, widow of Bishop Howard Thomas Primm, celebrates 99th birthday on Sunday, October 21, 2018

Supervisor Mildred Primm will celebrate her 99th birthday on Sunday, October 21, 2018. Help wish her a happy birthday and pray God’s blessings as she begins a new year. 

Expressions may be sent to: Campbell Chapel AME Church
1500 E. 22nd Ave., Denver, CO 80205

Email: campbellchapelamechurch.denver@gmail.com

Rev. Jennifer S. Leath, Ph.D., Pastor


*Bishop Frederick Hilborn Talbot, the 90th Elected and Consecrated Bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church celebrates Ninety-First Birthday October 13th

Greetings in the precious name of Jesus Christ, our reconciled and redeeming Savior!  I pray that you will join me now in fervent prayers as I celebrate my ninety-first birthday on Saturday, October 13th.    In the words of Henry McNeil Turner, the twelfth bishop, liturgist and missionary pioneer, “I thank God for mercies seen and unseen.”  And for the innumerable surprises in my career, I exclaim with Bishop Daniel Alexander Payne, our 6th bishop, pioneer, historiographer and liturgist extraordinaire, “My, My, My!”  Thanks to God and to my church for the privilege and honor of electing and consecrating me the ninetieth bishop serving for thirty-two years and fulfilling the mission of our Bethel.  Thank God for Sylvia who has partnered and blessed my life for more than 60 years. Pray for our strength for the rest of our journey! Simply and briefly put, God has been “embarrassingly good.” 

Sincerely and humbly,

Frederick Hilborn Talbot, D.Min., C.C.H.


Birthday greetings can be emailed to: fhtalbotn@aol.com


**Husband and wife team, General Officer Dr. Richard Allen Lewis, Treasurer / CFO, Finance Department African Methodist Episcopal Church and Mrs. Delorse Askins Lewis served as Grand Marshals in the Tennessee State University Homecoming Parade

TSU Homecoming Parade Grand Marshals, Dr. Richard A. Lewis and Mrs. Delores A. Lewis smiles during the 2018 Homecoming Parade along John Merritt Blvd. Saturday, October 20, 2018, in Nashville, Tennessee during the Homecoming Parade. Dr. Lewis, owner of Lewis & Wright Funeral Directors, is an alumnus and Trustee of the institution. Mrs. Delores A. Lewis, an alumnus, is the Former Executive Director of TSU Development/Foundation Office.

Also pictured in the photo are honorees Mrs. Dorothy Lockridge and Mr. James Bass. 
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Congratulatory responses can be emailed to: cfo96amec@aol.com


*Dr. Hercules T. Miles General Officer Retired Celebrated 90th Birthday     

Congratulations to Dr. Hercules T. Miles, General Officer, Retired, Director of the former Church Extension of the African Methodist Episcopal Church.  Dr. Miles  celebrated his 90th Birthday on September 19th.


*Mrs.  Jacquelyn  Dupont-Walker, Consultant, Social Action Commission African Methodist Episcopal Church Awarded the J Irwin Miller Award from the National Council of Churches

National Council of Churches Culminates “Christian Unity Gathering” with Elections, Resolution, and Approved $2.4m Budget

The National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA, the nation’s oldest ecumenical body, concluded its annual “Christian Unity Gathering” last week in a spirit of celebration and hope. Leaders from across the Council’s 38-member communions came to College Park, Maryland, to join in conversation, worship, and decision-making. The Christian Unity Gathering (CUG) continued the Council’s “AC.T. Now to End Racism” campaign, begun with a mass rally on the National Mall last April.
The Gathering hosted Rev. Dr. David Anderson Hooker, Associate Professor of the Practice of Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding at Notre Dame University, as its keynote speaker. Dr. Hooker led the Gathering’s attendees, a mix of denominational officials, seminary students, faith-based activists, and others, in practical exercises that can be used in churches in the work to end racism. These powerful sessions set the groundwork for the Council’s next steps in its A.C.T Now program.
Worship was integrated into the Gathering in ways that enriched and challenged the participants. Rev. Traci Blackmon of the United Church of Christ preached on the “Jericho Road” in the opening service, calling the Church to go into the areas perceived as dangerous and off-limits. Bishop Teresa Jefferson-Snorton of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church reminded participants that we are not to be spectators, but rather liberators to all of God’s people. Litanies in which participants pledged to do the hard work of ending racism in themselves, their churches, and their institutions formed the responses to these powerful sermons.
In addition to the vital ecumenical work done through the NCC’s Convening Tables and the Intergenerational Think Tank, participants also attended “Deep Dives,” interactive workshop experiences, covered subjects that included the Supreme Court, Religious Freedom, “Sacred Conversations” on ending racism, and the role of memory and truth-telling in anti-racism work.
The Council held its second annual awards banquet, presenting Mrs. Jacquelyn Dupont-Walker with the J. Irwin Miller Award for Excellence in Ecumenical Leadership; Amb. David Saperstein with the Award for Excellence in Interreligious Leadership, and Rev. Dr. Leslie Copeland Tune with the President’s Award for Excellence in Faithful Leadership. Each awardee was recognized for outstanding, exemplary leadership in the faith community.
“The individuals we celebrate embody the work of NCC as we strive for justice and peace,” remarked the Chair of NCC Governing Board, Bishop W. Darin Moore of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church. “Our nation is facing enormous challenges and deep divisions. The Christian Unity Gathering is a powerful witness that Christians can speak hard truths and yet remain in beloved community. In fact, it is only when we can speak the truth in love will we experience true community.”
In the closing moments of the meeting, the Governing Board approved a statement, “The Urgent Need to Lift our Voice in Our Elections,” stating that, “We view exercising and defending every person's right and responsibility to vote as a way of lifting up the full image of God.“

The dates for the next Christian Unity Gathering is October 14-16, 2019. Information on this year’s CUG can be found at https://nationalcouncilofchurches.us/cug.

Photos from the event with credits and descriptions can be found here.

Congratulatory messages can be emailed to: jdupontw@aol.com

*Rev. Mark Washington is sworn in as first African-American City Manager in Grand Rapids, MI

Mark Washington began as City Manager on October 1, 2018. Mark has worked in local government for nearly 23 years, most recently as Assistant City Manager for the City of Austin, Texas. He most recently served as pastor of Vision of Hope African Methodist Episcopal Church in Austin.  He is a life member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. He has a bachelor of business administration in human resources management from Tarleton State University, a master of business administration from Amberton University and a master of arts and doctorate in education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Send congratulations to: manager@grcity.us

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*Behold, children are a gift of the Lord…” Psalm 127:3
The birth of the first grandchild  of Presiding Elder and Mrs. Alexander Gatson

Proud Parents Drs. Marlon and Alexis Heaston are happy to announce the birth of their daughter Alexandria Anne Heaston, born on September 27, 2018. Alexis is the Daughter of Presiding Elder, Alexander Gatson and Mrs. Annette Gatson of the North District, Tennessee Annual Conference of the 13th Episcopal District. Alexandria is Presiding Elder and Mrs. Gatson’s first grandchild.

Congratulatory messages can be emailed to: algatson57@gmail.com