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Annual Holy Convocation

 

68th Annual Holy Convocation
July 2 - 8, 2012
Double Tree Hotel and Conference Center
Columbia, South Carolina


Convocation Theme:
 

“Celebrating Our Victory In Jesus”
 

Monday, July 2nd

 

6:00 PM      Consecration for all clergy, national officers, and national choir members

                    Brothers’ attire:  Black suit, white shirt, solid white tie

                   Sisters’ attire:  All white    

 

7:00 PM      Opening Consecration Service                                                         

 

 

Tuesday, July 3rd

 

9:00 AM      National Music Department Meeting (For all choir directors and musicians)

 

12:00 PM    Praise and Worship Service

 

7:00 PM     Senior Saints Worship Service

 

 

Wednesday, July 4th

 

9:00 AM      National Ministerial Meeting (For all pastors, elders, and ministers)

   

12:00 PM    National Brotherhood Department Worship Service

                    Brotherhood attire:  Black suit, white shirt, solid black tie

 

7:00 PM      National Brotherhood Department Worship Service

                    Brotherhood attire:  Black suit, white shirt, solid black tie

 

 

Thursday, July 5th

 

9:00 AM      National Brotherhood Department “Men of Impact” Seminar (For all brothers)

 

                   National Women’s Officers Meeting (For all local officers and teachers)

 

10:45 AM    National Women’s “Hour of Power” (For all women)

 

12:00 PM    National Women’s Department Worship Service

                    Women’s attire:  White top and black skirt

 

7:00 PM      National Women’s Department Worship Service

                    Women’s attire:  All white

 

 

Friday, July 6th

 

9:00 AM      National Brotherhood Officers Meeting (For all local officers)

 

10:00 AM    National Youth Officers Meeting (For all local officers)

 

12:00 PM    National Youth Department Worship Service

 

7:00 PM      National Youth Department Worship Service

 

 

Saturday, July 7th

 

7:00 PM      Praise and Worship Service

 

 

Sunday, July 8th

 

11:00 AM   Closing Service

 


 

Scenes from the 64th Annual Holy Convocation
Monday, June 30th - Sunday, July 6th - Columbia, SC
Theme: "Save Yourselves from This Untoward Generation"

Clergy, National Officers, and Choir members prepare for the opening processional

Congregation stands for the opening processional

Deacons enter in the opening processional
Members of the Board of Presbytery enter in the opening processional
Members of the Board of Bishops enter in the opening processional
Pastor William Smith from Denmark, SC opens the 64th Annual Holy Convocation
Pastor William Smith leads congregation in the opening song
Congregation reads the responsive Scripture Reading
Presiding Bishop Edward Smith offers the Prayer of Consecration
Presiding Bishop Edward Smith leads the Consecration Ceremony for Bishop-Elect J. D. Williams
Bishop Smith anoints Bishop-Elect Williams
Bishop-Elect Williams bows in prayer along with the Board of Bishops and family members
Bishop Smith presents new ministerial credentials to newly consecrated Bishop J. D. Williams, Jr.
Sister Ella R. Williams embraces her husband after the Consecration Ceremony
Bishop Williams' family embraces him after the Consecration Ceremony
Bishop Smith serves Holy Communion to the Clergy
Bishop Smith serves Holy Communion to the Clergy
Congregation partakes of Holy Communion
Congregation partakes of Holy Communion
Congregation partakes of Holy Communion
Congregation partakes of Holy Communion
District Elder Woodrow Willingham, Chairman of the Board of Presbytery, offers the Welcome Address
Elder William E. Smith prepares to introduces the speaker for the evening, Bishop David S. Johnson
National Choir leads the congregation in a song of worship
Keynote Speaker: Bishop David S. Johnson,
Pastor of the Progressive Church in Hopkins, SC and District Bishop of District II
Bishop Johnson preaches on the topic, "Save Yourselves from this Untoward Generation"
Bishop Johnson preaches on the topic, "Save Yourselves from this Untoward Generation"
Congregation listens as Bishop Johnson preaches

Presiding Bishop Edward Smith makes the altar call and gives closing remarks

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Scenes from the 63rd Annual Holy Convocation

Opening Consecration Service
Monday, July 2nd

Pastors participate in the opening processional for the Holy Convocation

Elders participate in the opening processional for the Holy Convocation

Ministers participate in the opening processional for the Holy Convocation

Officers of the National Women's Board participate
in the opening processional for the Holy Convocation

Deacons and Officers of the National Brotherhood Board
and the National Youth Board participate
in the opening processional for the Holy Convocation

Elder William E. Smith, worship leader, officially calls the service to order

Saints come to the front of the sanctuary to be anointed by the pastors

Saints come to the front of the sanctuary to be anointed by the pastors

Presiding Bishop Edward Smith offers the Prayer of Consecration

Congregation stands as Presiding Bishop Edward Smith
offers the Prayer of Consecration

Elder William E. Smith leads the congregation in the responsive scripture reading

Saints read along during the responsive scripture reading

Presiding Bishop Edward Smith the candidates
to be consecrated to the office of Bishop

Presiding Bishop Edward Smith officiates
 during the Consecration Ceremony for the new Bishops

Candidates for consecration to the office of Bishop
stand before the altar along with their wives

Presiding Bishop Edward Smith gives the spiritual charge to the candidates

Presiding Bishop Edward Smith anoints candidates and their wives

Presiding Bishop Edward Smith anoints candidates and their wives

Presiding Bishop Edward Smith presents the newly consecrated Bishops
their ministerial credentials from the National Church

Bishop Theodore Jenkins of Lugoff, SC gives the welcome and purpose

Bishop-Elect J.D. Williams of Killian, SC preaches the message for the evening:
"The Importance of Demonstrating Priorities"

Bishop-Elect J.D. Williams of Killian, SC preaches the message for the evening.

National Youth Day
Tuesday, July 3rd
Presiding Bishop Edward Smith preaches during the Mid-day Worship Service
The Children's Choir sings during the Evening Worship Service

The National Youth Choir sings during the Evening Worship Service

Congregation worships with the National Youth Choir
Congregation worships with the National Youth Choir

Pastor Tearl Stocker of Williamston, SC rejoices during the service

Presiding Bishop Edward Smith presents a plaque to outgoing National Youth President, Minister John Hawthorne (middle) and National Youth Vice-President, Brother Craig Fulton (left)
Presiding Bishop Edward Smith introduces the new National Youth President, Brother Julius Scott (middle) and National Youth Vice-President,
Brother Ferdinand Hamilton (left)

District Elder Wender Gavin of Tallahassee, FL
preaches the message for the evening:
"The Importance of Committing Our Children to God"

National Brotherhood Day
Wednesday, July 4th
Members of the brotherhood stand for the opening call to worship
National Brotherhood Chairman, Minister Robbie Jenkins, gives remarks
National Brotherhood Choirs leads the congregation in worship
Congregation worships with the National Brotherhood Choir
Minister Robbie Jenkins leads a song of praise
A brother from Denmark, SC gives a testimony
Bishop Theodore Jenkins honors Deacon Marvin Shepard (3rd from left) a member of the Progressive Church in Lugoff, SC  and a widower who has raised his children in the church and who is active in his community. His four children stand with him.
Minister Robbie Jenkins presents a plaque to Deacon Shepard
Presiding Bishop Edward Smith presents plaques to outgoing
National Brotherhood Chairman, Minister Robbie Jenkins, and outgoing
National Brotherhood Vice-Chairman, Deacon Leroy Epps
Bishop Smith introduces the new National Brotherhood Chairman, Deacon Julius Williamson, the new National Brotherhood Vice-Chairman, Deacon Solomon Amusan, and a new national board member, Minister James Young
Minister Robbie Jenkins congratulates the new
National Brotherhood Chairman, Deacon Julius Williamson

District Elder Woodrow Willingham of Winnsboro, SC
 preaches the message for the evening:
"The Importance of Cultivating Respect"

National Women's Day
Thursday, July 5th
Brother Robert Harrison of St. Petersburg, FL teaches a seminar on health awareness
Elder Earnest Deas of Atlanta, GA teaches a seminar on "Nurturing Giftedness"
Seminar participants dialogue with Elder Deas
Bishop Lang Priester talks with participants in the seminar "Fostering Faithfulness"
Congregation stands to sing the opening song during the evening worship service

Sister Laura Ashe leads the congregation in the prayer song, "I Must Tell Jesus"

National Women's Choir sings during the evening worship service
Sister Callie Gavin, National Women's President, gives remarks
National Women's Choir leads the congregation in worship
Congregation worships with the National Women's Choir
Sister Geraldine L. Scott of Sumter, SC gives a testimony of deliverance
National Women's Board listens to Sister Scott's testimony
Sister Angela Black of Killian, SC leads the National Women's Choir in worship
Sister Rose Stevens of Columbia, SC leads the National Women's Choir in worship
Congregation worships with the National Women's Choir

Some of the pastors and elders worship with the National Women's Choir

Congregation worships with the National Women's Choir
Sister Cynthia Shuler of Columbia, SC gives a testimony of healing
Congregation praises God for Sister Shuler's testimony

Congregation praises God for Sister Shuler's testimony

Presiding Bishop Edward Smith and Sister Callie Gavin presents a plaque
honoring Sister Veronica Anderson for her service to the National Women's Board. Accepting the plaque on Sister Anderson's behalf is Sister Connie Johnson (left).
Sister Anderson passed away on July 12, 2007.
Bishop Smith and Sister Gavin introduce the new appointees to the
National Women's Board (L-R): Sister Rosa Willingham,
Sister Gail Jenkins, and Sister Wendy Beard
The National Women's Choir leads the congregation in a special tribute
in song - "Hallelujah" - to the late Sister Martha Johnson (1925-1996),
who served as National Women's President from 1964 until her death in 1996
Congregation joins in the musical tribute in memory of Sister Johnson
Congregation joins in the musical tribute in memory of Sister Johnson
Congregation joins in the musical tribute in memory of Sister Johnson
Congregation worships with the National Women's Choir

Bishop Paul C. Johnson of Hinesville, GA
 preaches the message for the evening:
"The Importance of Encouraging Evangelism"

National Church Day
Friday, July 6th
Elder William E. Smith, National Minister of Music, conducts a
music seminar on Friday morning for clergy, choir directors and musicians
Participants listen during the music seminar
Participants listen during the music seminar

Minister Robbie Jenkins of Columbia, SC
teaches a seminar on "Building A Friendship"

Elder Charles Williams of Fairfield, CA teaches
a seminar on "Instilling Distinctiveness"

Elder Williams interacts with seminar participants
Deacon Robert Dwight, National Treasurer, teaches a finance management seminar
National Adult Choir leads the congregation in worship
during the Friday evening worship service
Congregation during the Friday evening service
Several of the pastors worship with the choir
Brother Alfred Platt of Charlotte, NC sings "I Won't Complain"

Brother Alfred Platt of Charlotte, NC sings "I Won't Complain"

Some of the elders and ministers rejoice as Brother Platt sings "I Won't Complain"

Bishop David S. Johnson of Hopkins, SC
 preaches the message for the evening:
"The Importance of Saturating With Scripture"

Many come to the altar for prayer
Bishop Edward Smith gives closing remarks and introduces
Bishop William L. Bonner of the Church of Our Lord Jesus
Christ of the Apostolic Faith
Bishop William L. Bonner, Chief Apostle of the
Church of Our Lord Jesus of the Apostolic Faith, gives remarks
Bishop Bonner embraces Bishop Smith after giving remarks
Bishop Smith and Bishop Bonner pose for a photo after the service
National Church Day
Saturday, July 7th
Pastor Robert Mingo of Jacksonville, FL leads the evening worship service
National Choir leads the congregation in worship
National Choir leads the congregation in worship
Congregation worships with the choir
Congregation worships with the choir
Congregation worships with the choir
Congregation worships with the choir
Sister Laura Ashe of Columbia, SC gives a testimony
Sister Deborah Carmichael of Hopkins, SC leads a solo, "Pure Love"
Candidates to be licensed as ministers stand before the altar with their pastors
Elder Jimmie C. Deas of Florence, SC shares a light moment with his son,
Terrence, before he is licensed as a minister
Bishop Smith presents ministerial credential to Minister Steve Sweet of Atlanta, GA
Bishop Smith embraces Minister Sweet
Bishop Smith presents ministerial credential to
Minister Matthew Pinkney of Atlanta, GA
Bishop Smith presents ministerial credential to
Minister Terrence C. Deas of Florence, SC
Candidates to be ordained as elders stand before the altar along with their wives
Bishop Smith gives the ordination charge to the candidates
Members of the Board of Bishops lay hands on the candidates to be ordained
Bishop Smith presents ministerial credentials
to Elder Sweetie Tagata of Fairfield, CA
Bishop Smith presents ministerial credentials
to Elder Pierre Ahoussi of Tucker, GA
Bishop Smith presents ministerial credentials
to Elder Eddie Black of Charlotte, NC
Bishop Smith embraces Elder Black
Praise Ensemble sings "Encourage Yourself"
Congregation worships with the Praise Ensemble

Elder Ron Donaldson of St. Petersburg, FL
 preaches the message for the evening:
"The Importance of Developing Courage"

Elder Ron Donaldon of St. Petersburg, FL
 preaches the message for the evening:
"The Importance of Developing Courage"

Bishop Edward Smith makes the altar call and closes the service
Closing Service
Sunday, July 8th

Elder William E. Smith opens the morning worship service
Congregation stands for the opening song
Congregation stands for the opening song
Members of the Board of Bishop listen as the choir sings a hymn
Congregation stands for prayer
District Elder Gerry Bailey of Chesterfield, SC leads the congregation in prayer
Sister Shirley Bell of Denmark, SC leads a solo
Choir sings the sermonic selection
Presiding Bishop Edward Smith announces the appointment of
Elder Ahoussi Pierre (left) as pastor of the Progressive Church in Tucker, GA
 and the appointment of Elder Sweetie Tagata as pastor
 of the Progressive Church in Fairfield, CA
Bishop Smith preaches the closing message for the 63rd Convocation
Bishop Smith gives the altar call
Altar call prayer
Congregation stands for the closing
Several of the pastors greet each other at the end of the service
 and extend their prayers and well wishes for a prosperous church year
Bishop Smith gives the closing prayer
Bishop Smith gives the benediction and closes the 63rd Convocation







 

 


 

Scenes from the
 62nd Annual Holy Convocation
July 3  - 9, 2006
Monday Evening Consecration Service

Click here for an electronic copy of the
62nd Holy Convocation Program Outline

 

Presiding Bishop Edward Smith anoints members of the National Mass Choir
during a time of special consecration for clergy and choir members

Choir members prepare to be anointed
National officers and clergy prepare to be anointed
Presiding Bishop Edward Smith officially opens the 62nd Annual Holy Convocation
Advisory Council members lead the processional of clergy and national officers
Pastors enter the sanctuary in the opening processional
Elders and ministers enter the sanctuary in the opening processional
National Women's Officers enter the sanctuary in the opening processional
National Brotherhood and National Youth Officers enter
the sanctuary in the opening processional
National Mass Choir leads the congregation in an opening song of praise
Congregation worships with the National Mass Choir
Presiding Bishop Edward Smith anoints the congregation
Elder William E. Smith leads the worship service
Presiding Bishop Edward Smith offers the Prayer of Consecration
Pastor Ron Donaldson of St. Petersburg, Fl gives
 the welcome address and statement of purpose
Congregation during the Consecration Service
National Mass Choir sings a song of praise
Keynote Speaker - Brother John Hawthorne, National Youth President
Speaker - Pastor Gerry Bailey of Chesterfield, SC
Topic: "The Importance of Preaching the Gospel"
Afternoon Worship Service
Tuesday, July 4th
Congregation worships
Congregation worships
Presiding Bishop Edward Smith preaces the daily message
Bishop Smith closes the day session
Pastor Jimmie C. Deas of Florence, SC teaches a workshop on,
"Parents Bridging the Gap for their Children"
Elder Thomas J. Smith of Columbia, SC teaches a workshop on,
"God's Word on Today's Issues: The Bible: Truth or Fiction?"
Elder Timothy Beard of Mobile, AL teaches a workshop on,
"Successful and Saved"
National Youth Dept. Worship Service
Tuesday, July 4th
Brother John Hawthorne, National Youth President, gives  remarks
Children's Choir sings a song of praise
National Youth Choir sings a song of praise
Keynote Speaker - Brother Craig Fulton, National Youth Vice-President
Speaker - Pastor David S. Johnson of Hopkins, SC
Topic: "The Importance of Repentance"
Afternoon Worship Service
Wednesday, July 5th
Congregation sings a song of praise
Presiding Bishop Edward Smith preaches the daily message
Pastor Lang Priester of Charlotte, NC teaches a seminar on,
"God's Word on Today's Issues: Marriage, Divorce and Remarriage"
National Brotherhood Worship Service
Wednesday, July 5th
Congregation sings the opening song
National Brotherhood Choir sings a song of praise
Deacon Robbie Jenkins, National Brotherhood Chairman, gives remarks
Keynote Speaker - Brother Ferdinand Hamilton, National Youth Officer
Congregation
Speaker - Pastor Theodore Jenkins of Lugoff, SC
Topic: "The Importance of Water Baptism"
Afternoon Worship Service
Thursday, July 6th
Elder William Smith prays for saints who have come to the altar
Congregation prays together
Congregation sings a song of praise
Bishop Smith preaches the daily message
National Women's Dept. Worship Service
Thursday, July 6th
Officers of the National Women's Dept.
Former National Women's Presiding, Sister Laura Ashe, leads the
congregation in "I Must Tell Jesus"
National Women's President, Sister Katie McMillian, gives remarks
National Women's Choir sings a song of praise
National Women's Choir sings a song of praise
Representatives of the Richardson Family give a joint testimony
about passing their faith to the next generation
Representatives of the Muldrow Family give a joint testimony
about passing their faith to the next generation
Congregation worships with the National Women's Choir
Keynote Speaker - Brother Julius Scott, National Youth Officer
Bishop Smith presents a plauqe to outgoing National Women's President,
Sister Katie McMillian
Worship Leader - Pastor Sherman Dykes of Gainesville, FL
Singing group from the 1950's - the Harmonizing Five: Sisters Laura Ashe,
Katherine Thomas, Christine Ables, Delores Carter, and Patricia Scott
Speaker - Pastor Robert Mingo of Jacksonville, FL
Topic: "The Importance of the Holy Ghost"
Bishop Smith closes the worship service
Local and National Officers'
Appreciation Breakfast
Friday, July 7th
Officers prepare to eat breakfast
Sisters prepare breakfast for the officers
Sisters prepare breakfast for the officers
Brother Charles Johnson gives the introduction for the first session
of the National Leadership Training Program
Elder Thomas J. Smith teaches the first class of the National Leadership Training Program:
"What is Leadership in the Church?"
Bishop Smith addresses participants in the National Leadership Training Program
Pastor Earnest Deas of Atlanta, GA teaches a seminar on:
"God's Word on Today's Issues: Homosexuality and Same-Sex Marriage"
Evening Worship Service
Friday, July 7th
Sister Callie Gavin of Tallahassee, FL leads the
congregation in an opening song of praise
Sister Deborah Carmichael of Hopkins, SC leads the
National Mass Choir in a song of praise
Congregation worships with the National Mass Choir
Elder William E. Smith leads the congregation in songs of praise
Pastor Robert Mingo sings a song of praise
Brother Sam Berry of Killian, SC gives a testimony on how he was delivered
 from being a part of a violent gant
Worship Leader - Brother Sean Johnson of Tallahassee, FL
Brother Alfred Platt of Charlotte, NC sings of solo
Keynote Speaker - Brother Ronald T. Scott
Speaker - Pastor Lang Priester of Charlotte, NC
Topic: "The Importance of Continuing Steadfastly in the Apostles' Doctrine"
A young woman is baptized in the name of Jesus Christ
A young man is baptized in the name of Jesus Christ
Congregation stands for the benediction
Ministers' Wives Guild Meeting
Saturday, July 8th
Several of the pastors' wives pose for a picture
Several of pastors' wives join in group prayer
Evening Worship Service
Saturday, July 8th
Voices of Praise of Charlotte, NC lead the congregation in worship
The Ensemble of Denmark, SC leads the congregation in worship
Congregation worships in songs of praise
Columbia Senior Choir prepares to sing a song of praise
Keynote Speaker - Brother Chaddrick Middleton
The Singers of Killian, SC lead the congregation in worshop
Speaker - Pastor Roy Brockington of Mullins, SC
Topic: "The Importance of Unity In the Church"
Closing Worship Service
Sunday, July 9th
National Mass Choir leads the congregation in the
opening hymn, "All Hail the Power"
Congregation stands for prayer
Congregation worships with the National Mass Choir
Presiding Bishop Edward Smith preaches the closing message
Presiding Bishop Edward Smith preaches the closing message
Altar Call
Congregation stands for the altar call
Congregation stands for the closing prayer
National Mass Choir sings a final selection
Pastors greet each other at the closing of the Convocation
Bishop Smith closes the 62nd Annual Holy Convocation

 

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