The Chair Speaks
BISHOP CAROLYN TYLER-GUIDRY
In the Connectional Ministers Spouses and Widows and Widowers Organization Plus P.K’s we have a new beginning! We congratulate and welcome our new president, Sister Fredia Hanley-Johnson. We congratulate the new and returning officers! We have a new beginning!
New beginnings are opportunities to reflect on the path that has led us to this point in time. We can evaluate our work and make determinations concerning our progress to this point. We can ask ourselves, have we come close to achieving the goals for which we were organized? Have we remained true to our purpose? Whatever the answers may be, we have an opportunity to “begin again.” We can now set new goals. The officers, when installed, promised to do their best for CONN-M-SWAWO + P. K’s. So this new beginning will be an opportunity to do better in the future than we did in the past.
Make no mistake, the founders, Dr. Dorothy and Rev. John Q. Owens, laid a solid foundation, and the administration of the last eight years, led by Sister Ora Easley, have left us with “high marks” to reach. P.K’s have received scholarships to aid them with their education; clergy families now are able to immediately know if there are concerns for which we need to pray, and send messages of comfort; twice each year officers and members come together to worship and share in forums that speak to the unique issues of clergy families. Yes, CONN-M-SWAWO + P.K’S have come a long way! It is a “new beginning.” Therefore, the new leadership will take stock of where we are, and will chart the course for where we go from here. New beginnings mean new ideas; new ways to accomplish goals; new people sharing gifts and talents; new prayers being lifted, and the God who never changes being honored in all that we do!
Supervisor and I are proud to be a part of this wonderful organization:
CONN-M-SWAWO+PK’S - a network/support system for those families who serve the church in the preaching / pastoral ministry.
Bishop Carolyn Tyler Guidry, Chair
Greetings From Mrs. Jacquelyn Dupont-Walker, Director of Social Action . . .
The Presidents Speaks . . .
“The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and many parts are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it. Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.”
1stCorinthians 12: 12, 26-27 (NIV)
These words clearly speak to us regarding the bonds of unity and we welcome you to our web site for the Connectional Ministers’ Spouses, Widows and Widowers Organization Plus PK’s of the African Methodist Episcopal Church.
It is an honor and a privilege to serve as the 3rd Elected President of this wonderful Organization. I remain prayerful about the responsibility that is placed before me and am thankful to God for the opportunity to be of service to the Clergy Families within our Zion.
As we begin our journey together, let us thank Him for the vision of this ministry and initial planting by our founder, Dr. Dorothy Owens and for the abundant blessings given to us through the leadership of our Immediate Past President, Mrs. Ora L. Easley.
All of us as Clergy Spouses, (whether classified as active, retired, widowed, male or female), have at some point struggled between being personally fulfilled and being of service to others - all while continuing to plant and cultivate seeds into our families and our congregations. As a result, we sometimes do not “Live Well, Everyday”, often neglect ourselves physically and/or emotionally or fail to see the need for seeds to be planted and cultivated into our lives. This is when Conn-M-SWAWO Plus PK’s can be of service to you.
It is our goal that Conn-M-SWAWO Plus Pk’s will continue to be that vehicle which addresses the issues and needs of our membership through the planting and cultivation of NEW SEEDS which will concentrate on Support, Education, Empowerment, Definition of Roles, and Service to others and with God’s help we will continue with our original mission of strengthening the Minister’s Spouse, nurturing the PK’s, caring for our retired Spouses, Widows and Widowers and being of service to others.
On behalf of the Officers and Members of Conn-M-SWAWO Plus PK’s, we thank you for visiting us. We hope that your visit to our web site has been meaningful and encourage you to become a member of the Connectional Ministers’ Spouses, Widows and Widowers Organization Plus PK’s - a support Ministry for Clergy Families in the African Methodist Episcopal Church.
In Service for Him,
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