LaMott AME Church‘s legacy of service stretches back 130 years in the area once known as “Camptown,” where the 3rd Regiment U.S. Colored Troops were encamped during the Civil War.
With more than a century at its current location in Elkins Park, residents and attendees are familiar with the church’s continued ministry in serving the spiritual and other needs of its largely African-American congregation.
For them, LaMott isn’t just a church that feeds religious souls but also provides the warm embrace of healthy meals, clothing giveaways as well as other resources and support for its members and surrounding community in Cheltenham Township, Montgomery County.
“LaMott is one of the most loving congregations,” said its pastor, the Rev. Louis P. Attles. “It is a place of healing, it is a place of hope, it is a reminder that God is still working even in times like these.”
With many people struggling despite the nation’s economic growth and positive job numbers, LaMott AME works to help those not benefiting from the improved outlook.
“We recognize people have so many different issues that we need to help them with so we’re not just teaching you about giving but we’re teaching you about financial management as well,” Attles said.
“We’re not helping you to be a good husband but we’re supporting you to be a good husband,” he added.
LaMott AME takes that obligation to heart by being active in social endeavors — something that dates to its establishment in 1888. It is a part of the interfaith group POWER, whose voter registration efforts found accommodations at the church for former President Barack Obama’s local campaign committee.
“We are involved, and we care about our community being what God would have it to be,” said Attles.
In reaching in-house, LaMott provides its congregants with several programs that tackle a range of personal and relevant issues from Medicare eligibility to financial planning to retirement planning.
“Two weeks ago, we were dealing with breast cancer and breast cancer awareness, and a gentleman testified that he was reminded and told that he needed to get tested, Attles said.
“He went out and got tested and discovered that he had cancer,” the pastor recalled. “It was because the church was so diligent in pushing health that he able to (get) diagnose early and really beat those things.”
“It’s those kinds of events that make us socially conscious, that we encourage people to vote, that we speak to our folk about their healthcare and help them to work on those kinds of issues,” Attles added.
Asked about the congregation, he described LaMott AME as “a family church but we’re not related.”
“We’re a family because we’re joined by the Blood of Jesus and we’re connected but also we have class leaders that actually meet and share with their group. We’re really close knit. I mean, we look out for our family,” Attles explained.
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Source: Philadelphia Tribune