The spirit of Christian mission was alive in every heart during the 19th Quadrennial Session of the Women’s Missionary Society. The Quadrennial was held July 28-August 1, 2019, in Columbus, Ohio.
Before the Quadrennial officially began, President Shirley Cason Reed took time to gather all vendors for group prayer. She marked the official opening of the “marketplace” with a ribbon and included the presence of the new Episcopal team, Bishop Frank Madison Reid, III and Supervisor Marlaa Reid.
A week of elegance kicked off with a great spirit-filled service. The choir was filled with angelic-like voices. The opening worship culminated with a thought-provoking sermon preached by Bishop Anne Henning Byfield, challenging the church to stop limiting who can have a “Seat at the Table.” Bishop Henning Byfield expressed that women must support one another and become allies.
Following lunch, the business session officially opened with greetings. Delegations were seated and the first day concluded with reports from Connectional WMS officers.
Sunday evening was a night to remember as the Third Episcopal District took part in hosting a welcome gala entitled, “Celebrating the Arts.” Hosted by Ms. Valencia Wicker, the gala proved to be an awesome experience of God through song and dance, including gospel recording artist, Bishop Jason Nelson. Through a sponsored presentation by Givelify, attendees were able to donate to Wilberforce University during the Quadrennial.
The second day began with Zumba exercises led by the Rev. Christina Reed. Others attended district breakfasts. A highlight of the many events was the President’s Luncheon, in which all registered persons were allowed to fellowship and celebrate the work of President Reed. The evening included a special screening of the documentary Emanuel.
The third day began with a 6:30 am worship and communion service. A much-needed mid-meeting message was given by Bishop Reid.
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Source: The Christian Recorder