A Night in White Extravaganza for the 95th Session of the Women’s Missionary Society (WMS) of the African Methodist Episcopal Church (AMEC) was held at the Oakland Airport Hilton, September 4th , and what an extravaganza it was.
Over 100 Missionary women, dressed in white, marched into the hotel auditorium singing “Anthem of Praise” by Richard Smallwood. They were welcomed by Mrs. Tamara Sisk, President of the Bethel AME Church Sarah Tanner Missionary Society and Mrs. Alice Johnson, Conference WMS President.
The musical selection by the Brookin’s AME Church choir set the stage for an evening of exuberance and worship. Tsenare Perryman performed a liturgical dance to I Know I’ve Been Changed, which had the audience standing. Additional music was provided by the Mass Choir of Bethel AME Church.
Reverend Ann Champion Shaw, Assistant Pastor of Bethel AME Church, the co-host of the convention preached from Acts 16:35-25 on “A Midnight Decision” to a rapt audience.
The evening’s highlight was the pinning ceremony where two young adults and 12 adults were pinned as official Missionaries. The pinning was conducted by Mrs. Alexander Butler Fugh, Episcopal Supervisor and Mrs. Mary May Mayberry, Episcopal President.
The Night in White was a prelude to the 95th Session of the California Conference of the 5th Episcopal District which covers Sacramento, the Bay Area and San Joaquin areas. Delegates from 25 churches are meeting starting Thursday, September 5 through Sunday, September 8 at the Oakland Airport Hilton. The closing session will be Sunday afternoon at Parks Chapel, Oakland. At which time, all pastors will be notified of their 2020 church assignments by Bishop Clement W. Fugh, Presiding Prelate of the California Conference. The public is welcome.