John E. Brown, Ward AME Lay President (Courtesy photo)

On Saturday, May 20 and Sunday, May 21, the Lay Organization of Ward AME Church will host the 2023 Lay Weekend with the theme,” Faith = God Said It.  Let’s do It!.”  On Saturday, May 20, a teach-in will convened from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the sanctuary located at 1177 West 25th Street in Los Angeles, said Pastor Barry Settle.

“Join in this opportunity to learn how the liberation movement in the USA began, to be refreshed in the knowledge that those called to a faith group that is ready to let God lead them can make a difference, and leave committed to the journey of victory over issues and seemingly insurmountable challenges.  It will be joyful learning with revelations of a better community,” he said.

On Sunday, May 21, at 10 a.m., the worship service will feature a spiritually grounded message by Brian Williams, Esq., the deputy mayor of Public Safety for the city of Los Angeles, who was appointed by Mayor Karen Bass.

Also, Ward’s lay leaders will be recognized for their commitment and continuous ministry spanning over 121 years or service in advocacy, and effecting good public policy.

Linda Smith, SCCLO President (File photo)

Invited guests include AME Lay Organizations international president – Bro. Matiakne Matiki from South Africa, 5th Episcopal District Lay President, Bro. Lamar Rose from St. Louis and Southern California Lay Conference President, Sis Linda Smith. Visitors are welcome.

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Attorney Williams is a Los Angeles native whose record of public service gives evidence of the commitment that has helped to make Los Angeles’ diverse and ml-cultural city an attraction to people from around the globe.  Williams has tackled the public safety conundrum in an effort to ensure that public safety and policing serve the needs of the community.  He also served at SCAG and Junior Achievement of Southern California.

He is the proud father of two adult sons and husband to Brenda Harvey Williams, Assistant City Manager in Pasadena.  He has been a consistent volunteer with the Thanksgiving Day Meal program for Elders in the greater Los Angeles area for over 20 years, an avid climber and a nationally sought after lecturer on cutting edge topics.  He is a member of First AME Church in Pasadena.

Pastor Barry Settle urges the people of Los Angeles to seize the opportunity to join a movement to be the change we would all like to see.  Local Lay President John Brown supports and urges every Angeleno to participate both Saturday and Sunday.

For more information and/or to RSVP, call the church office at 213-747-1367.  To streamline go to Ward AME Church’s website, facebook page or YouTube.