Bethel AME Church

Words of the Week – Overcoming the Pain of Your Past                                

Scripture John 5:1-9 When Jackie and I went to Alabama for my brother’s memorial service in August she notice the furnishing; lounge and rocking chairs, and tables on some of the front porches in the neighborhoods. She asked did people still sit on their front porches and socialize with their neighbors? I said yes they still do. Interestingly enough for us because rarely in California do we even know our neighbors. A man went over to his neighbor’s house to visit with him. While he was there he noticed the man’s dog lying on a board with a nail in

Providence Mayor Forms Reparations Commission

Providence’s mayor announced a city commission on reparations Monday as he and community leaders laid out their plans for the next phase in the Rhode Island capital city’s efforts to atone for its role in Black slavery, systemic racism and the mistreatment of Native Americans.

Black Clergy Leader, Rev. Dr. Sylvester Beaman, Delivers Historic Inaugural Benediction

“We need a president who is after the heart of God,” Rev. Dr. Sylvester Beaman, of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Wilmington, Delaware, told NBC News. “In these terrible times, if anybody can bring healing and reconciliation to a divided country, if we give him room to work, Joe Biden can be that person,” Rev. Beaman continued.

Bethel AME Salutes Pastor and Wife’s Decade of Service

The members of Bethel AME Church will celebrate a decade of service by Pastor Kelvin and First Lady Jacquelyn Calloway with three events at their campus located at 7900 S. Western Ave., in Los Angeles. Activities kick-off with a worship service on Friday, Sept. 14, at 7 p.m. The special guests will be Pastor Larry E. Campbell of First AME Church-Pasadena and Pastor Carolyn Baskin Bell of Second AME Church. An “All-White Jazz Affair” takes place on Saturday, Sept. 15, at 4 p.m. On Sunday, Sept. 16, the Rev. Bill Hence, Bethel associate minister, will preach at 7:45 a.m. The

Velma L. Oden, First Lady of Bethel AME – Oxnard, Passes

Velma Lee Oden, first lady of Bethel AME Church in Oxnard, passed away December 11, following a long illness. She was 78 years old. A celebration of her life will be held on Wednesday, December 21, at 11 a.m. at Bethel AME Church, 855 S. F. Street in Oxnard. The final service takes place on Thursday, December 22, at 11 a.m. at Bryant Temple AME Church, 2525 W. Vernon Ave., in Los Angeles. Velma was born on October 25, 1938 in St. Louis, Missouri, to Henry and Leola Alexander. Raised in Oakland, California, she graduated from Castlemont High School and

The Orlando Tragedy – Don’t Hate Dem Haters

Scripture: Matthew 27:15-26 The June 17 anniversary of the massacre of the nine persons slain while attending Bible study at Mother Emmanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina and the recent Jihadist massacre of 49 sisters and brothers of the LGBTQ community early Sunday morning June 12th at the Pulse Night Club in Orlando, Florida brought back to memory a reflection on giving up hatred. Hatred has pervaded our public dialogue and presidential politics. Everybody has their share of haters. People will hate on you because of the clothes you wear, the color of your hair, the car you drive

An Easter Message – The Resurrection Hope

Scripture: 1 Cor. 15:12-22 While pastoring in Kansas City some years ago, I served as co-chair of what became a nationally acclaimed End of Life program entitled “Compassion Sabbath.” The program was sponsored by the Center for Practical Bioethics aimed at increasing the quality of spiritual care provided by faith leaders to their congregants at the end of their lives. We were successful in bringing together over 300 faith leaders to share ways that they could be more effective in their end of life ministry. One of the conversations surrounding our work was that of “realistic vs unrealistic hope.” When

Whole Lot of Shaking Going On

Scripture: Revelation 11:1-19 In chapter 11 of John’s revelation, he is given a ruler or a reed like a rod to measure the temple of God, the altar, and those that worship therein (v.1). His measuring of the temple, according to New Testament scholar Christopher Rowland, gives visionary imagination to a possible blueprint for a New Jerusalem and a New Temple of God. The Lord reveals to John that in the end times, He will send two witnesses clothed in sackcloth to prophesy for a specific time and He will give these two witnesses power (v. 3). These witnesses, according