Ward Ame Holds Spirit-Filled 107th Anniversary
By Cora Jackson-FossettÂ Contributing Writer
A spirit of worship and rejoicing enveloped the sanctuary at Ward A.M.E. Church during their 107th Church Anniversary Service on August 9.
The lively congregation, led by Pastor C. Dennis Williams, D. Min., filled the pews and balcony as they praised God for their long and fruitful existence in Los Angeles.Â The Mass Choir, under the direction of Professor Ronald Lowe, brought the crowd to its feet with spirit-filled anthems, gospel, and contemporary selections.
Among the special guests were Bishop McKinley Young and Mrs. Dorothy Jackson-Young, presiding prelate and Episcopal Supervisor of the 11th Episcopal District of the A.M.E. Church.Â Los Angeles Councilman Bernard Parks and his wife, Commissioner Bobbye Parks, also attended.
Bishop Young said, "Ward A.M.E. has been bequeathed a godly heritage and you must pass it on to the younger generation.Â Nothing should keep us from identifying with the struggles of others.Â Keep on demonstrating courageous commitment to the church and community."
"We are so thankful to celebrate 107 years and we want to salute some of the people who have made great contributions to this church," said Rev. Dr. Williams.Â "Also, we thank Chairperson Freddie Underwood and the Anniversary Committee for organizing this outstanding celebration."
Five members received Longevity Awards recognizing their years of service at Ward.Â They were David Bowman, 67-year member; Billie J. O'Neal, 67-year member; Edward C. Shaw, 64-year member; Rev. Marian Wright-Young, 32-year member; Alyce Crump, longest-serving Steward; and Norma Cook, longest-serving Trustee.Â In addition, Mrs. Underwood presented a special gift to Rev. Dr. Williams and Marlin Hines gave rose bouquets to Supv. Young, First Lady Yvette Williams, Mrs. Bobbye Parks, and Mrs. Underwood.
The Anniversary Committee members were Dorsie Weston, Michael Hale, Joyce Fitzpatrick, Karen Peterkin, Frank Smith, and Alex Greene.