WCBWMS Alternate Delegates - Carla Cash, Joan Oxendine,
Saundra Sidbury, and Essie Thompson
First, we praise God for the blessed opportunity to be elected to serve as Alternate Delegates for the 19th Quadrennial Convention of the Women’s Missionary Society of the African Methodist Episcopal Church.
We also extend special thanks to our Servant Leaders, Bishop James. L. Davis and Mother Arelis B. Davis for their loving-kindness and support, and to Sis. D. Faye Conley, our WMS Episcopal President, we say thank you for all that you do to bless us! We thank our Conference President, Sis. Jeanette S. Hite, for her leadership and service to us and to the WMS.
Last, but certainly not least we thank and salute our own, Dr. Shirley Cason Reed, the 9th Elected International/Connectional President of the Women’s Missionary Society of the African Methodist Episcopal Church for her godly exemplary “Legacy of Service, Strength, and Sacrifice” for the past eight years. We love you Dr. Reed!
Our Quadrennial highlights: Arrival date was Saturday, July 27th in Columbus, Ohio, and Bishop Frank Madison Reid and Supervisor Marlaa M. Hall-Reid were at the airport to greet and welcome us to the “3rd Episcopal District” as we exited our terminal (what a special joy and blessing). Well, the Second Episcopal District (SED) was in the house – “Standing Tall” in our Carolina Blue t’shirt with our heels high for the Lord.
Our initial day was hotel check-in and registration. At 8:30 p.m., the SED Delegation met in the Emerson Burkhart Room where we were greeted by our WMS Episcopal Leaders, and following prayer and thanks to God we reviewed Quadrennial business, and received instructions from our SED Leadership.
On Sunday, July 28th at 8:30 a.m., we gathered for the opening Worship Service, and Bishop E. Anne Henning-Byfield of the 16th Episcopal District blessed us mightily as she spoke from the topic: “A Seat at the Table.” God used her to remind us about family values, and the importance of communicating and sharing; a custom that many families do not share in today’s society – we were blessed by the Messenger and the Word; and the WMS 3rd Episcopal Choir, which included our Conference President, Sis. Hite and WMS members from the Second Episcopal District.
At 3:30 p.m., on Sunday, July 28th we convened for the Opening Plenary Business Session of the 19th Quadrennial Convention at 3:30 p.m., with Dr. Shirley Cason Reed presiding. Greetings were extended from the Connectional Leadership and WMS General Officer. We then paused for the “Tanner-Turner Memorial Service” in remembrance of those who have transitioned from earth to heaven, and are now resting with Jesus! Immediately following the Memorial Service, Episcopal Supervisor, Dr. Stan McKenzie of the 10th Episcopal District proceeded with the Seating of the Quadrennial Voting Delegation.
The Opening Business Session consisted of the Quadrennial Committee Reports, and the Connectional Officers’ Reports. The meeting was adjourned around 5:30 p.m., and some went to dinner, and others went to dress in their gala attire for the 3rd Episcopal District Banquet.
Monday, July 29th at 7:30 a.m., we along with the other Episcopal Districts gathered with our delegation for breakfast. Following breakfast we proceeded to Plenary Session II. Following the devotional service, the meeting was called to order and District reports were presented. From 12:00 noon to 2:30 p.m., we attended the “Legacy Luncheon” in honor of our International/Connectional President, Dr. Shirley Cason Reed – it was a joyous time, and also emotional. But we praise you Father God in the Name of Jesus for the opportunity to celebrate Dr. Reed for her eight years of “Legacy, Service, Strength, and Sacrifice.” We love you Dr. Reed!
We reconvened at 3:30 p.m., for Plenary Session III and the 2nd Episcopal District lead the session with an outstanding report, and we were looking great in our royal blue and black tunic with black pants/skirt. The Plenary Session adjourned around 6:30 p.m., and at 8:00 p.m., the Documentary: Emanuel was shown: Sharing the untold story of the nine victims and the survivors of the Emanuel Church Shooting in Charleston, SC, on June 17, 2015. We will always remember!
Tuesday, July 30th at 6:30 a.m., we gathered for the Sunrise Worship Service and Holy Communion. The sermon message was preached by the Host, Bishop Frank Madison Reid entitled: “Fulfilling God’s Purpose with Excellence.” Bishop Reid’s questions challenged all that were present, and especially the missionaries: (1) “Is Your Missionary Service Molded or is it Mobile?” (2) “Are you stagnant and stuck in a rut or are you going where the need is identified?” (3) “Have the missionary societies become museums or mausoleums or are we about to become a 21st century movement?” The Scripture references were from the book of Matthew in the passages where Jesus sent forth disciples to the lost sheep and the least of these. Bishop Reid added with power and conviction, “the harvest is plenteous, but the laborers are few.” “Pray missionaries and all – pray that the Lord of the harvest will send workers.” The presence and power of the Lord was in the Worship and we were truly blessed!
Plenary Session IV convened at 10:00 a.m., and the highlight of the session was the International/Connectional President’s report. We had a lunch break, and reconvened at 2:30 p.m., for Plenary Session V, and the final Episcopal District reports were presented, along with other business. Following a short break, we reconvened and the voting delegation voted on the Adoption of Proposed Constitution and Bylaws Amendments. Session adjourned around 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, July 31st at 9:00 a.m., we convened for Plenary Session VI: Recognitions and Awards were presented, and other special presentations: EcoAmerica (Blessed Tomorrow); AME SADA and Other Initiatives, and the Missionaries on the Move presentations. We adjourned for lunch, and reconvened at 2:15 p.m., for Plenary Session VII. Final reports from the following committees were presented: Credentials Committee and Election Committee, and presentation of the WMS Candidates for Service, and the Election of WMS Officers for the 2019-2023 term. The session was adjourned.
At 8:00 p.m., members gathered to pay special recognition and tribute to the outgoing Episcopal Supervisors for their legacy of services to the Women’s Missionary Society!
Friday, August 1st at 8:45 a.m., Plenary Session VIII convened for the Pinning Ceremony and Recognition of Mighty Men of Missions (New members 2015-2019); and the installation of the following 2019-2023 New Officers:
President - Deborah Taylor King
First Vice President - Charlett Biggs Martin
Second Vice President - Ka'Dijah Brown
Third Vice President - Sanjena Clay
Corresponding Secretary - Sherry Peyton
Recording Secretary - Tanya Harper
Assistant Recording Secretary - Therese' Ann Baker
PME Director - Margaret Maske
Treasurer - Chandelle Ivy
YPD Director - Wanda Ringgold
Editor - Jacqueline Mitchell Robinson
Assistant Editor - Linda Mtshwelo
Parliamentarian - Wanda Simms
Historian/Statistician - Monica Dillihunt
Worship Leader - Florine Herron