San Francisco’s Bethel AME Church Holds Sistahs Conference

On August 16-17, 2019, Bethel AME Church in San Francisco, where the Rev. Robert Shaw, II is the senior pastor held its Signs and Wonders Sistahs Conference at the Embassy Suites by Hilton San Francisco Airport Waterfront. Our theme was “Signs and Wonders” and was derived from our Episcopal leadership, Bishop Clement W. Fugh and Supervisor Alexia B. Fugh, who cast their vision upon the 5thEpiscopal District, encouraging us to walk in the Season of Pentecost.

Women filled the hotel ballroom and were tremendously blessed as various speakers and presenters from the Bay Area and across the country ministered powerfully. They included Dr. Lynette Sparkman-Barnes, Psy.D, the associate pastor of Grant Chapel AME Church in Kansas City, Kansas, and the Rev. Dorisalene Hughes, the associate minister of St. Paul AME Church in Berkeley, California.

The Preach-HER-thon Service took place on Friday evening and proved to be one of our divine highlights. The four preach-HERS included Minister Tammi Love, the associate minister of Greater Cooper AMEZ Church in Oakland; the Rev. Loretta Dickerson-Smith, the senior pastor of Bethel AME Church in Chico, California; the Rev. Yolanda Norton, the assistant professor of Old Testament and Farlough Chair of Black Studies at San Francisco Theological Seminary; and Dr. Rosalynn Brookins, the senior pastor of Parks Chapel AME Church in Oakland, California. Each preach-HER gave a spirit-filled sermon that was based on a woman in the bible.

God showed up mightily as we were blessed by two unexpected guests. Between the music of our anointed psalmist, the Rev. June Macon of New Life Fellowship in St. Louis, Missouri, and the preached words, the sacred sound resonated outside of the ballroom as it penetrated the hearts of two female security guards who were outside listening while working that night as hotel employees. They walked in the ballroom and sat unassumingly in the rear. At the end of the service, they came to the front and expressed their desire to give their lives to Christ and join the church. We excitedly spoke and prayed with them. Later that evening, conference participants refreshed with “Water Worship” in the hotel pool.

On Saturday, we opened with prayer; participated in yoga, Walk-in-Worship; and then took in an inspirational session entitled “God’s Trying to Tell You Something”: A Deeper Look at the Book of Jonah. Bishop Anne Henning Byfield, the presiding prelate of the 16th Episcopal District closed us out on a powerful message entitled “Leave Mrs. Job Alone.” We were on a spiritual high and it would overflow into our Sistahs Sunday Morning Worship Service at Bethel, San Francisco.

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Source: The Christian Recorder