“Women Stay United in Heart” and Spirit of God Uplifting Marriage and Family” was an appropriate theme for the Los Angeles ACLC Women In Ministry conference, in that the heart and spirit of God permeated the atmosphere throughout the day as participants convened on Saturday, August 12th at the Los Angeles Family Church in Monterey Park, California.
Evang. Carrie Sanders started us off with uplifting praise songs led by Sister Millsap.
Dr. Eva Benson, from the First Summit Evangelical Church, delivered a comprehensive and moving presentation on the “The Family is School of Love”. She emphasized that brokenness in the family puts one in a unique position to understand God’s heart and quoted Genesis 6:6 that states: “And the Lord was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and it grieved Him to His heart.” She pointed out that God had an original purpose for the family. He created the family for each of us to develop our sensitivity to love and to grow our capacity to love, as our Lord declared in Ezekiel 36:26-28: “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them. Then you shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; you shall be My people, and I will be your God.”
Following the presentation, we made 5 discussion groups to consider the question assigned to each group. The discussion was only 10 min, but it was so lively, and a representative of each group gave a report afterwards. We learned much from those reports, hearing different aspects of understanding and expression.
Rev. Courtina Reid from Christ Community Truth Church, along with First Lady Peggy Briggs from Christian Light MBC, delivered a clear and informative presentation on the “Restoration of Marriage and Family” of ACLC True Family Values and the significance of the Holy Marriage Blessing.
Again we had a powerful discussion and report session after the presentation.
Following this, Rev. Dr. Tanya Edwards, Senior Pastor of the New York City Family Church, conveyed a rousing, spirit-filled keynote address on the importance of parents passing on God’s heart and lineage through the family. Then Bishop Jesse Edwards joined with Dr. Tanya and served as a moderator to conduct the Holy Wine Ceremony and the Blessing of Marriage which can enable us to carry on God’s lineage to future generations.
The program concluded with a delicious lunch served by volunteers from the Los Angeles Family Church. Dr. Michael Jenkins, a new ACLC Co- Chair along with Archbishop Stallings, gave a special report on the July 15th Madison Square Garden event and explained the significance of the upcoming clergy trip to Korea. ACLC Women In Ministry Co- Chairs Rev. Marilyn Kotulek and Min. Reiko Jenkins congratulated the wonderful work of the seminar and recognized the work of Min. Susan Munsell and ACLC Women In Ministry’s work in Los Angeles and cut the celebration cake with all the Presenters. During lunch, four young people representing CARP and the Greater Los Angeles Family Church community were given Ambassador for Peace appointments.
Upon reflection, Jennifer Pierce, who serves in a leadership capacity in CARP, said: “I really appreciated this event! It was so good to hear and discuss about the significance of family and how women need to protect the family. I was grateful to receive so much loving guidance from clergy who wanted to give so much love and guidance so that, as young people, we might inherit their foundation. I was moved and happy to be in their presence. Rev. Tanya Edwards gave a moving talk about the role of church in the family. Sometimes I think we forget how much the family needs church.”
Evangelist Yvonne Mullings from Plain Truth Ministries received the Blessing with her husband and said: “How wonderful it is to see men and women coming together in unity for the family! We have had such a heartfelt and rewarding experience.”
The overall event was a very positive and illuminating experience which drew us together as family.
Submitted by Min. Susan Munsell, ACLC-Los Angeles