RIVERSIDE / SAN BERNARDINO
By Cheryl Brown
Music filled the sanctuary and choir members from the Riverside and San Bernardino areas were on target, singing as the Holy Spirit fell on the audience. Carrie Hamilton, Lorraine Taylor, Bobbie Littlejohn, Faye Harmon, Apache Boulder, and Sabrina Love.
"They got to a point where they could not go on," said one person in amazement as the Holy Spirit took over.
"Now the Holy Spirit showed up, He's in the house," shouted Bishop John Bryant, as he got up to bring the message taken from Judges 6:12, the Israelites were surrounded by brokenness, they were a minority surrounded by a majority. When they became so desperate the hollered one thing HELP, he hollered deep down as a trouble man. Then he relayed the scripture to the situation facing our people today, senseless violence, unprotected sex with multiple partners, pornography on television, and people with the "Fat Girl" mentality. He said the movie Fat Girl, outlines just where so many of our society are today. The girls hadn't been on a date for a long time until a fine brother came along and asked her out, her friends gave her every reason not to go out with the fine brother, telling her how he wouldn't treat her right because of her size. "We have to STOP thinking like that! He said that we fail when we don't have a better self esteem no one can help us and we can't help ourselves. Again he hollered to the top of his lungs, HELP! "God has our backs. You define yourself by your weakest moment. God defines you by the self you have not yet become. He sees way down the road," said Bishop Bryant.
During the Commissioning some were happy, some were sad, but all were placed even if temporary. Locally, Rev. Norman Copeland, Rev. LaGrant Moore, Sr. returned as Presiding Elders. Rev. Jonathan Rhone was returned to Allen Chapel Riverside, There was some sadness from members of Allen Chapel AME, San Bernardino Rev. Richard Rose requested to be released from active pastoring because of his seminary teaching duties and so Rev. Jeffery Clark has been sent to Allen Chapel San Bernardino to replace Dr. Rose. St. Paul AME, San Bernardino will receive their new pastor back, Rev. Larry Campbell, his wife Melinda have been named the Vice President of the Clergy Family Organization. Rev. John Cager was returned to Fontana Bethel, the Bishop says to finish the building of a new edifice. His wife, Kinette was named President of the Clergy Family Organization. Primm Pomona will receive Rev. Delman Howard back. Quinn Chapel, Moreno Valley will see the return of Rev. Ronald Woods. First AME in Indio will welcome back Rev. Timothy Coston, Jr. Bethel AME in Perris will welcome Rev. Charles Langston, who is returning to the area after pastoring in Denver, and in Valinda, CA for a long time. Pastor Tracy Johnson will return to Corona Community AME founded by Rev. Noella Buchanan. Pastor Jonathan Maxie will return to Grace Chapel, Temecula. Pastor Mary Jamerson Polk has been returned to Holy Trinity AME in Littlerock, and her husband, James was named the Recording Secretary to the clergy organization. At Bethel AME, Barstow, a church pastured some 35 years by Rev. B.W. Inghram now retired, Rev. Carrie Humphrey was returned to Shepard the flock. In Blythe, California at Bethel AME, Rev. Darius R. Riggans will continue to pastor.
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