First AME Church Hosts 155th Church Anniversary in November

Rev. Dr. Harold R. Mayberry and Lady Mary Mayo-Mayberry. Photo taken by Spencer Whitney.

Rev. Dr. Harold R. Mayberry and Lady Mary Mayo-Mayberry. Photo taken by Spencer Whitney.

Rev. Dr. Harold R. Mayberry and the congregation of First African Methodist Episcopal Church, 3701 Telegraph, invite the community to celebrate 155 years that the church has served the Bay Area community.

The oldest church in the Bay Area, FAME will host special services and community events throughout the month of November to celebrate.

“This distinction carries tremendous responsibility and we appreciate the fact that we’re called to be new level change-agents in this era,” said Mayberry.

On Saturday, November 2nd, FAME will host its Community Day, which will include neighborhood cleanup, food, music, games, and free health resources such as Flu Shots and blood pressure screenings.

A free Gospel Jazz Concert featuring saxophonists Stabe Wilson on November 8th at Ed Roberts Campus, 3100 Adeline Street, Berkeley. Youth Day is scheduled for November 9th and includes a trip to San Francisco Museum of the African Diaspora followed by an ice skating trip.

FAME will also feature a variety of renowned speakers. Bishop T. Larry Kirkland, presiding elder of the 5th Episcopal District of the AME church will speak on Sunday, November 3rd; on November 14th, Stellar Award Winning Gospel Artist and acclaimed preacher Bishop Paul Morton will visit for a one-night revival.

San Francisco Supervisor London Breed will be a guest speaker on November 17th and acclaimed preacher, Dr. Jeremiah Wright, former pastor to President Barack Obama, will visit the church on Sunday, November 24th.

“It is our continued desire to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, speak truth to power, and enable and encourage the people of God to challenge and change those things,” said Mayberry.

For more information, call the church office at 510.655.1527 or visit

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  1. rev Thabo Senatle

    It is always a blessing to be inspired by people like you Dr mayberry. May you continue to receive God’s blessings.

  2. Emmitt Wilson

    Mrs.Mayberry this is the nephew of Mrs.Emma Ballum from Milwaukee.
    She texted you photos of my images on acrylic that light up some months ago and I was hopeful that we’d talk in hopes to meet with you and Dr.Rev.Mayberry about making some of my Spiritual & Inspiration Images for the AME Churches.
    If you recall seeing those photos I would still like to talk with both of you if and when you have time.
    I’m leaving my personal number if you should want to contact me direct about this.
    Name:Emmitt Wilson
    Phone#(901) 598-7425
    Inspirations On Acrylic
    Look forward to hearing from you.

    Thank You

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