AMEC Lay President
Matikane Abednego Makiti
Greeting my beloved Brothers and Sisters! I greet you in the matchless name of our Saviour Jesus, the Christ.
The past 12 months were characterized by challenges that were brought about by the outbreak of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), however, the period also provided us with an opportunity to adjust and survive under what became known as the “new normal”. Despite the pain of losing many beloved brothers and sisters and all of the many setbacks, we were able to continue with God’s business, making in-roads in achieving some of the objectives that we have set for ourselves, which are as espoused in the Connectional Lay Organization Strategy. Our theme continues to be “Onward to Greater” for the remainder of this biennial year. This past year also provided us with an opportunity to reconnect with our Creator fervently seeking His intervention and healing from the pandemic.
The Connectional Lay Organization implemented many cost saving strategies during the past year to strengthen the financial foundation of the organization. We took advantage of COVID-19 restrictions and ceased all travel, closed our Washington, DC office, relocated our historical archives and expanded our ability to do lay ministry virtually. We provided support to our A.M.E. Church family by providing monetary support to our 10th Episcopal District Lay Organization after the Texas weather-related disaster. Due to our many efforts, the CLO is in a more secure financial position while still providing love and support to our own.
You are invited to attend the virtual Executive Board Meeting of the Connectional Lay Organization on April 23-24, 2021. Registration has already begun. You may register today here.
We will have our 37th Lay Organization Biennial Convention on July 11-12, 2021 in Orlando, Florida immediately following the General Conference of the A.M.E. Church. We hope each of you will attend.
We are excited to introduce to our A.M.E. Church family our new publication, The CLO Historical Journal, which you may purchase in our online store. We have a rich history throughout the 20 districts currently served by our great church and we celebrate the sacrifices and great accomplishments of our ancestors.
Our flagship publication, WeSpeak, is now available in a digital format so that we may serve all lay persons with timely information on the many lay ministries occurring throughout the Connection. Look for our upcoming issue very soon.
The best is yet to come!
Peace and Blessings,
Bro. Matikane Abednego Makiti
President, Connectional Lay Organization