KANSAS CITY, Kan. — From Sunday to Sunday, Sept. 7-14, clergy and laity from the northwest region of Missouri, the Omaha and Lincoln area of Nebraska, and from all parts of Kansas will converge on Kansas City for the Seventh Midwest Annual Conference of the African Methodist Episcopal Church being held at the Jack Reardon Center in downtown Kansas City, Kan.
Ebenezer A.M.E. Church in Kansas City, Mo., will serve as the host and the Rev. Dr. Betty Hanna-Witherspoon is the chairperson of the host committee.
Under the theme of “Continue to Rebuild the Walls: Hand Me Another Brick,” inspired by Nehemiah 2:17, Bishop T. Larry Kirkland, the presiding prelate of the Fifth Episcopal District, will officially open the main business session on Wednesday, Sept. 10.
Prior to the official opening of the business session, there will be a Pre-Conference musical on Sunday, Sept. 7 at Trinity A.M.E. Church, 2201 N. Fifth Street, Kansas City, Kan.
All other activities will be held at the Reardon Center. The tentative schedule is as follows: On Monday, Sept. 8, the Midwest Conference Women In Ministry have activities planned all day and Episcopal Supervisor Mary L. Kirkland will speak at the 7 p.m. evening worship service.
On Tuesday, Sept. 9, the Midwest Conference Women’s Missionary Society convenes. The annual “Night in White” witness worship service will commence at 7 p.m.
The opening worship service is Wednesday, Sept. 10, at 7 p.m. The Rev. Robert R. Shaw, pastor of Bethel A.M.E. Church in Kansas City, Mo., will preach. Thursday evening, Sept. 11 at 7 p.m. is Ecumenical Night. Pastor James A. Terrance, Jr., of Friendship Baptist Church, Kansas City, Mo., will preach.
On Thursday and Friday mornings, the Rev. Dr. Emanuel Cleaver III; author of “Pastor on Track” and pastor of St. James United Methodist Church of Kansas City, Mo., will lead a training institute.
The conference will conclude on Sunday, Sept. 14, where Bishop Kirkland will preach and distribute pastoral appointments for the coming Conference year.
In The A.M.E. Church the Annual Conference provides the opportunity for pastors and auxiliaries to report the works, activities and labors of the congregations over the conference year. For more information, see the FaceBook page, www.facebook.com/EbenezerAMEChurchKansasCityMO, or the web page, www.ebenezerchurch38.org.