Friday Greetings - September 16
From Pastor Spivey
Pastor Spivey will be preaching at 830 and 900 this coming Sunday on Luke 16:1-13, the puzzling Parable of the Dishonest Manager. Should Christians make use of worldly wisdom? What does it mean to "think outside the box" as faithful disciples? The sermon title is "Savvy Gospel." Come find out what it means, then stay at 11:00 to hear the Reverend Garry Slade …
Rev. Garry M. Slade born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. In 1974 he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps, serving honorably for 27 years. Rev. Slade began a second career 2001 with Lion Vallen Industries, Dayton Ohio. There he has been steadily promoted retiring as the Vice President for Marine Corps and Navy Programs, overseeing worldwide operations consisting of 330 employees. He was finically liable for over $2.0 Billion in assets with an annual budget of over 30 million dollars. After serving over 15 years in various leadership roles in the local church, Rev. Slade accepted his call to preach in 2011. In 2015 he was appointed to Pastor Jericho, AME Zion church in Kinston, NC. Rev. Slade was ordained a Deacon in 2017 and Elder in 2018. That same year he was appointed to Pastor St. Peter’s AME Zion Church, AME Zion’s Mother Church of the South. The church has adopted the mantra, “Come Here Her Speak.” He helps to spread her voice currently serving on the Ecumenical Faith Connection Board, the African American Historical Cultural Center board, and the UNC Preservation and Resiliency Advisory Group. On September 8, 2022, Rev. Slade was appointed by the Governor of NC to serve as a member-at-large on the Tyron Palace Commission.
Rev. Slade holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree, with Honors from Campbell University, a Master of Arts, in Management and Leadership from Webster University and a Master of Theological Studies with a concentration on Biblical Studies from Hood Theological Seminary with honors. He also holds several professional certifications, and is a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc. He has been married to former Gwendolyn Raynor of Jacksonville, NC for over 43 years. Together they have three children Reginald (Sheeree) and Regina Burgess (Al), Shamsideen (Darice), and are also blessed with 9 grandchildren.
The next New Member Sunday will be at all three services October 16th. If you want to speak about membership to one of our pastors before then, call the church at 252-637-4181. Pastor Spivey will try to hold a general information session before 10/16; stay tuned for details!
The latest disaffiliation update is a wonderful document on the North Carolina Conference website which addresses all the misconceptions, misinformation, and willful disinformation about the disaffiliation process. BE INFORMED! It's called "You May Have Heard."
The link is: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Uvq9GCchmp9faivowBhxqgFv3Zb9Y0RctM5yO9lwQnk/edit