It was an occasion of great celebration with decor characteristic of the man of the hour. Faith honored its patriarch, Dr. Ndugu G.B. T’Ofori-Atta, with an appreciation banquet on Saturday, June 4, 2011. His family and friends from across the country came to Atlanta to give words of thanks and to uplift and honor the mighty work of Dr. ‘T’, as he is affectionately called. Doris Jones served as mistress of ceremonies for the evening and led the audience in the carefully organized program, which included reflections from persons from the AME Zion denomination and the village. Due to a recent illness, Dr. T was unable to attend the banquet. However, the program was videotaped for his viewing afterwards. The attendees even sang a short hearty song to Dr. T, – “Dr. T We Love You” – led by Doris Jones. It was a beautiful evening of fellowship. Dr. T is currently recovering well. Please continue to keep him in your prayers.
To see pictorial highlights from the program, click here to be forwarded to the album on our Facebook page.
Rev. Dr. Ndugu T’Ofori Atta is professor emeritus of Church and Society at the Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC) in Atlanta, GA. Dr. T’Ofori Atta is founder and director of the Religious Heritage of the African World project. An ordained minister of the AME Zion church, T’Ofori Atta worked as a missionary in the former Belgian Congo in the 1950s and 60s where he made important links to the Kimbanguist independent African church movement. He is a founding organizer of the Pan African Christian Conference.
Dr. T’s contributions to Zion include pastorates at Mt. Washington in Pittsburgh, Pa,; Charleston in West Virginia; Rush Church in Cambridge, Mass; and in North Carolina – East Spencer in Salisbury and St. Paul in Hickory. In Atlanta, Georgia twice at Shaw Temple in ‘70s and 80’s; and three times at Bush Chapel, Winder, GA. He also served as Presiding Elder of the North Georgia Conference in ‘80’s under Bishops Arthur Marshall and Cecil Bishop. Other bishops he served under include: Bishop W.J. Walls, Bishop C. Coleman, Bishop C. Foggie, Bishop H. Anderson and Bishop G. Battle. Dr. T retired in 1999, but was called out after one day, to pastor the new society Faith, as Faith’s first pastor in Atlanta. Faith’s journey was in 4 locations in 5 years before repurchasing the old Shaw Temple building. During the travel in the wilderness after 4 years, 11+acres of land was purchased in Atlanta, making this the 3rd property secured for Zion (in Atlanta alone) during his pastoral experiences. While serving as pastor of Faith under Bishop Joseph Johnson and then Bishop Clarence Carr, he was appointed by Bishop Carr as Director of Strategic Planning for the State of Georgia. At the 2006 Annual Conference, Dr. T was officially retired from active ministry.
The Sistah Friend Circle is a group of women, divinely led, striving to be better individuals and striving to be better “sistahs” to each other. An invitation was put forth by Sistah Tammi Love, wife of Pastor Jawwad Love (Faith AME Zion Church), during the worship service at Faith on Resurrection Sunday 2011, for women to come together to discuss and review the book, Power Thoughts by Joyce Meyer. It was at that gathering that the Sistah Friend Circle was birthed and a resurgence of empowerment was stirred up!
The Sistah Friend Circle is an effort to walk out the mission of Faith AME Zion Church, which is, “Building Kingdom People for Kingdom Living by Empowering, Equipping, Encouraging, & Expressing the love of Jesus Christ”. Many seeds of prayer and resources have been sown into the Circle and its endeavors. We are intentional about changing lives. You are welcome to join us in our journey to make a sincere difference in a “sistah’s” life, beginning with yourself.
Faith will embark on its Lenten Season Preaching Series entitled, “The Whole Armour of God” (Ephesians 6:13-20), beginning with an Ash Wednesday service on March 9. Services will take place on Wednesdays at 7 pm leading up to Maundy Thursday (April 21), Good Friday (April 22) and Resurrection Day (April 24). The Preaching Series Schedule is the following:
MARCH 9 (Ash Wednesday), 7 pm
Preacher: Rev. Jawwad J. Love
Wednesday, MARCH 16, 7 pm
Topic: Gird Your Waist with Truth
Preacher: Rev. Roseanna Brannon
Wednesday, March 23, 7 pm
Topic: Breastplate of Righteousness
Preacher: Bro. Solomon Missouri
Wednesday, March 30, 7 pm
Topic: Feet with the Preparation of the Gospel of Peace
Preacher: Bro. Anthony Brown
Wednesday, APRIL 6, 7 pm
Topic: Shield of Faith
Preacher: Bro. John Richardson
Wednesday, APRIL 13, 7 pm
Topic: Helmet of Salvation
Preacher: Sis. Laquinnya Missouri
Wednesday, APRIL 20, 7 pm
Topic: Sword of the Spirit
Preacher: Rev. Michelle Madison
Thursday, April 21, 7 pm
Preacher: Rev. Jawwad J. Love
Friday, April 22, Noon
Special Good Friday Service
Sunday, April 24, 10 am
Resurrection Sunday Service
Faith has a traditional joint Watch Night/New Year’s Eve service with the United Ghana Christian Church. It is always full of dancing!
Pastor Love gives words of blessings to two congregations gathered for a joint Watch Night Service, held December 31, 2010 @ 10 pm – Faith AME Zion Church and the United Ghana Christian Church. It is the third year the two congregations have joined together.
Members of Faith and members of United Ghana Christian Church fellowship and wish each other Happy New Year at a joint Watch Night Service held 12/31/10 @ 10 p.m.
The Christmas season was full of giving, fellowship, and praise at Faith AME Zion Church. The season included: Advent season-assigned families lit the appropriate candles during morning worship services, guest preaching, singing, collecting food from members to bless needy families, continuing our Bread Ministry efforts, tree decorating, and a Christmas Social. Below is a pictorial highlight.
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Faith hosted the 143rd session of the Georgia Annual Conference, held October 6-10. The yearly meeting brings AME Zion congregations together from across the state for worship, planning sessions and discussions of issues facing the church.
The conference theme was “Maximizing our Mission by Managing our Ministry”. The conference schedule included a Communion Service, business sessions, Christian education, and worship services. God was surely present!
The Right Reverend Kenneth Monroe, the 95th Bishop in succession of the AMEZ Church, is the presiding prelate of the South Atlantic Episcopal District. Sheila Monroe is the Missionary Supervisor, Rev. Dr. John Paul Ruth is the Host Presiding Elder of the Atlanta District and Rev. Jawwad J. Love is the Host pastor. The Right Reverend Dr. Louis Hunter, Sr. and Mrs. Ingrid Hunter served as Associate Bishop and Associate Missionary Supervisor during the conference.
Pictorial Highlights include:
Communion Service (Click thumbnail image below to view highlights)
Sunday Service (Click thumbnail image below to view highlights)
Hospitality (Click thumbnail image below to view highlights)
Originally affiliated with the Methodist Episcopal Church, AME Zion was organized in 1796 in New York City and separated from the Methodist Episcopal Church two years later. In 1864 AME Zion arrived in the South, establishing itself in North Carolina under the leadership of James Walker Hood, who was elected bishop in 1872. The following year the AME Zion General Conference established the Louisiana Conference, which included Georgia and all other states south of North Carolina.
After the war the denomination continued to recruit new members from the African American communities in the southern states. In 1867 Georgia was designated as a separate conference, and in 1885 the North Georgia Conference was organized by Bishop Thomas Henry Lomax, who had earlier served with Hood in North Carolina and was elected bishop in 1876.
Along with the AME and CME churches, AME Zion congregations were active in the civil rights movement of the mid-twentieth century. The three denominations continue to maintain strong ties with one another in the twenty-first century.
The Shaw Temple Choir praised God in song and worship during the last day of the Georgia Conference.
Members of Faith showed their appreciation for the work of their pastor over the past year with a special service and program. The Appreciation service was held Sunday, October 3 2010. The morning worship service preacher, Rev. Dr. Freddie A. Banks, Jr, pastor of Samuel Brown Temple AME Zion Church (St. Louis, MO), shared a promising word with Pastor Love and the Faith family, entitled, “I Will Look To the Hills-My Help Comes From The Lord”. A program followed the service with a delicious meal. What a blessed occasion!A bulletin board honors the work of Pastor Love’s ministry at Faith over the past year. Rev. Dr. Freddie A. Banks, Jr. delivers sermon. Persons come forward to join Faith after the morning message. The head table at the Appreciation Program following morning worship service. Dinner is served. The cake. Preacher’s Steward, Phyllis Fletcher, gives remarks. Rev. Roseanna Brannon (left) sings “My Help” during the program. Pastor Love (right) makes remarks. The Love Family watch a video recap of the ministry work pursued at Faith over the past year. (From left to right): Rev. Dr. Freddie A. Banks, Jr., Rosalena Banks, Tammi Love, and Pastor Love. The Love Family.
Members of Faith appreciate their pastor, Rev. Jawwad Love, with a special service, October 3, 2010.
Guest preacher, Rev. Dr. Freddie A. Banks, Jr., pastor of Samuel Brown Temple AME Zion Church (St. Louis, Missouri), shared a promising word during the Pastor’s Appreciation Service, held October 3, 2010.
7 Days of Outreach
God blessed Faith to reach over 500 lives during its 7 Days of Outreach, held August 8-14, 2010! The following is a slideshow of photos taken at each Outreach effort. Those efforts included: A Hometown Heroes Celebration, Clothing Give-A-Way, free USDA Food Distribution, Community Fellowship Meal, Sundown Cinema: Madagascar II, Block Party, and H.Y.P.E. Fest – sponsored by District Ten Ministerial Alliance. To God be the glory for the things He has done!
Faith’s Hometown Heroes Celebration served as the kickoff to its 7 Days of Outreach. The Celebration was held during worship service on Sunday, August 8. Faith honored 9 persons in the community as heroes. Among the honored guests was U.S. Congressman John Lewis.
Faith gives clothes away to the community as part of their 7 Days of Outreach. Faith set up its basement as a boutique and the community was able to come and select from clothes, shoes, hats, coats, jewelry, and household items for FREE!
Members of faith prepare boxes of free food from the USDA to distribute to the community during its 7 Days of Outreach.
Faith prepared a meal for the community on Thursday, August 12, as part of its 7 Days of Outreach.
Sundown Cinema was held Friday, August 13, as a part of Faith’s 7 Days of Outreach. The movie on screen for the evening was Madagascar II.
Members of Faith enjoyed members of the community at a Block Party on Saturday, August 14, as a part of Faith’s 7 Days of Outreach. There was free food distributed, free haircuts, games for the children, barbecue, cotton candy, and health information for all ages.
Youth singing, dancing, and rap groups came together for a H.Y.P.E. Fest (Helping Youth Prepare for Eternity) on Saturday, August 14. The Fest was the culminating event of Faith’s 7 Days of Outreach. The Fest was sponsored by the District Ten Ministerial Alliance. The church walls were rocking with sounds of praises to God!