In a spirit-filled gathering of one accord ACLC pastors, ministers and friends joined with the congregation and staff of Imani Temple African-American Catholic congregation in Suitland, Maryland, on May 14, 2016, to celebrate Pentecost weekend and the conclusion of 40-Days of prayer and fasting.
Reading from The Acts of the Apostles, the day’s message was brought to us by our host the patriarch and founder of Imani Temple, His Holiness George Augustus Stallings, Jr. He stated, “They being gathered in one Accord witnessed the resurrected Jesus living and walking with them continually for 40 days, while He encouraged them to speak out. It is the same for us he exclaimed! If you see something, say something! We must go From the Pew to Power, This is our Hour! If we see something not of God, Say Something! We, being of one accord, cannot and must not wait and hope it will change for the better. IF YOU SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING!”
We began in the beautifully decorated Fellowship Hall we sang and heard Scripture reading from Pastor Ernest Patton, the local Family Federation Pastor. After prayer, greetings were then given by Rev. Wanda Outlaw who is Associate Pastor at Imani Temple.
Minister Reiko Jenkins introduced Bishop Patra Kidwell, both of whom are on the Women in Ministry (WIM) executive committee. Bishop Kidwell stressed that the ACLC Women in Ministry is one of the strongest women’s groups in the country. Their deeply moving weekly prayer conference call has been going steadily for the last eight years. They announced the upcoming Women in Ministry retreat to be held at Imani Temple from June 10th through the 12th, encouraging all to register at: http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=xbkvg7sab&oeidk=a07eclgg2it35f24cfa
Bishop Vandy Kennedy, ACLC District One Co-Chair and pastor of Walker Mill Baptist Church, presented slideshow of some of his work at Franklin Square Park in Washington, DC, during the 40 days of prayer and fasting. He explained that “God taught him so much about love. All people need God’s love,” he said, “all people are suffering in one way or another. By being out in the park daily he got to know intimately, people’s basic needs of food, shelter and clothing. These things, which we often take for granted, are so badly needed by the least of God’s children.” He said, “Being out there on Mother’s Day was especially heart-wrenching. Seeing the innocent children in such dire situations made me cry. Some of it was surely due to laziness and I told them that, but much of it is due to misfortune. I pray every day that God will help find a way to solve this problem of homelessness and suffering!”
Everyone was moved by his words and actions and as a tribute of recognition for Bishop Kennedy’s work he was presented with a certificate from the ACLC National Co-Chairmen Dr. Ki Hoon Kim and Archbishop Stallings, along with Dr. Michael Jenkins, Chairman Emeritus and Rev. Randall Francis, ACLC D-1 Co-Chair. WIM also offered him a beautiful bouquet of yellow roses of remembrance.
Guided by our Master of Ceremonies, Fr. Bayo Adrien, we then proceeded to the sanctuary level where the service was being webcast to all the Imani Temple locations around the nation. Reverend Levy Daugherty graced us with a powerful rendition of the song “It’s your season to be blessed,” and we heard the powerful message from Archbishop Stallings.
Submitted by Rev. Randall Francis, ACLC-Co-Chair, Washington, D.C. Metro area