Baltimore Conference Show Love to Bishop Vinton R. Andersongreenspun.com : LUSENET : A.M.E. Today Discussion : One Thread
On Monday evening December 8, 2003 the Baltimore Conference gave high praise to God for the anointed gift given to us in the form of Bishop Vinton Randolph Anderson and his Episcopal team. We have a standing tradition in the Baltimore Conference of showing love for our Bishop, especially during the Advent Season. This is a a special season of giving and showing appreciation for the gifts we have received. We celebrate the gift of Jesus Christ by giving to others. This year is the last year our beloved Bishop Vinton R. Anderson will be with us. He will end his tenure of Episcopal service in the 2nd District with the opening of the 2004 General Conference. Our Bishop is known as the "Chief Pastor" and has truly been pastoral in his service to us over the last eight years. No ministry has been to large or to small for his service and presence. The Baltimore Annual Conference Ministerial Alliance under the current leadership of Rev. Dr. Michael O. Thomas of Payne Memorial AMEC, provides a forum each year for the clergy and laity to show their appreciation to the Bishop. Rev. Dr. Peggy Wall, Pastor and Founder of Immanuel AMEC hosted the grand finale this year with elegance and grace. The queenly pastor and members of Immanuel opened their sanctuary and hearts without reservation. They worked tirelessly to host a banquet fit for royalty. This event was complete with tuxedoed attired band, red jacketed host and hostesses and professional chefs. The decorations included red and green Christmas wreaths and garland with white lights. Each table was lavishly adorned with lovely gold centerpieces and candles that expressed various scenes of the season. The table coverings were gold with white lace and burgundy napkins. The place settings were eloquent and included crystal and gold drinking goblets, white and gold trimmed plates, and gold plated eating utensils. The food was absolutely delicious, and served with a joy. The spirit of worship and celebration which included Advent songs and liturgical dance, was powerful and the fellowship was warm and loving. The Episcopal Supervisor Vivienne Anderson , in her remarks, gave high praise for the love that was expressed to the Episcopal team which includes Executive Aide, Jackie Dupont Walker. Bishop Anderson was overcome by the acts of kindness and was brought to tears in his expression of appreciation for the Baltimore Conference. I believe he said through his tears on Monday night "My Soul Shouts." To God Be the Glory!
-- Anonymous, December 10, 2003
yes, Bishop and Mrs. Anderson are very special people. I was trully blessed and encouraged during their tenure in the 5th District. Thier true love gor God and His Church (people) was evident in everything that they did for the Church. In that I want to also say that Jackie Dupont Walker is a gem. Her committment to God and her stewardship over the gift that God has entrusted her will forever stay with me. When one was in the presence of Jackie, one left knowing that they were not only a member of the AME church, but more importantly, they were a member of God's Church and Jackie is truly a Sister in Christ.
To the leadership team of Bishop and Mrs. Anderson and Jackie, I send my love, prayers and thanks to all of you. God bless you.
-- Anonymous, December 11, 2003