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Friday, July 16, 2021

The Board of Bishops announces that the 51st Quadrennial Session of the General Conference of The African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church will be held July 28th through August 1st, 2021.

As you will note, there will be a SAED CHOIR composed of all those who would like to sing in the Mass choir at the General Conference. Persons who are interested will not have to attend the General Conference, choir music will be pre recorded at the KMTC on the dates indicated on the flier. It is my hope that the Lancaster District will be well represented. Thanks, Presiding Elder REC.

Lancaster District CED

Scholarships and Thanks

Thanks to all the churches and participants in the Annual Men of Distinction Celebration and Men of Zion Prayer Call! Because of your stewardship we are able to provide 10 scholarships this year. Thank you again. PIctures and presentations are on the way!

Next Lunch and Learn

The Varick's Children Department presents - "It's all about the B's". Children from across the District will present their thoughts about being on mission and sold out for Christ. Please see the attached flyer and invite others to attend. All Local Christian Educators from all departments are requested to attend. We have some exciting news to share following the presentations.

Lunch and Learn

What: "It's all about the B's"

When: Saturday, July 17th

Time: 11:00 am - 1 pm

Where: Zoom

Click below to join Zoom meeting

Meeting ID: 383 566 7271

Passcode: ldced ( The first letter is a lower case L in the passcode)

Thanks, Tina Johnson

Lancaster District Choir

Please support our Lancaster District Choir and our own, Miss Asia McIlwain

Happy BIRTHDAY!

Today: Sheila Perry

Today: Lewis Johnson, Jr.

July 17: Mother Johnnie Lewis

July 18: Noelle Davis

July 19: Trafonda Patton

July 24: Steven Strong

Happy Anniversary: Keithan & Cherise McIlwain

The Community

Another Reason to Smile

Hundreds offer to donate cars to South Carolina mechanic who fixes them for those in need

A few weeks ago, CBS News profiled a South Carolina mechanic who fixes old cars and donates them to rural families without a ride. The response to the story was astounding: People have offered to donate nearly 800 cars to the cause.

"My phone started exploding from all over the place," mechanic Eliot Middleton told CBS News.
"Whatever glowing feeling is inside me, it just transferred from that TV screen and went inside them," he said, describing the response as "soul-soothing."

As CBS News previously reported, Middleton's yard is a cemetery of used cars. He gives the clunkers new life, to help those in South Carolina's low country.

"There's no public transportation," Middleton told CBS News in June. "There's no Ubers, there's no taxis or nothing like that."

Some of the recipients of the fixed cars are single moms, jobs seekers and older folks with doctor's appointments. Last Christmas, he gave a 2004 Suzuki to single mom Jessica Litchfield — who described his work as "a lifesaver."

Black History Moment

This all-Black Women's Army Corps unit from WWII may finally receive a Congressional Gold Medal

By Neelam Bohra and Radhika Marya, CNN

The Women's Army Corps' all-Black 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion was stationed overseas and helped sort a backlog of mail within three months' time. After they came home to little fanfare after the war, members of the unit are being increasingly recognized and efforts are now being made to award the battalion with a Congressional Gold Medal.

(CNN) Members of the Women's Army Corps' all-Black 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion had to fight racial discrimination, gender discrimination and the war itself during World War II.

After traveling overseas in 1945, the unit, nicknamed "Six Triple Eight," survived encounters with Nazi U-boats and a German rocket explosion before spending months sorting through unheated warehouses stacked to the ceiling with mail and packages, according to the US Army Center of Military history. The battalion cleared a six-month backlog of mail in just three months.

Quarters were segregated by race and gender, leaving the group to run its own facilities. There were no commemorative ceremonies for members when they came home at the end of the war.

But this year, the US Senate passed legislation to grant a Congressional Gold Medal to the battalion.

Maj. Fannie Griffin McClendon, who is among the surviving members of the battalion, talked about her WWII experience in a 2019 meeting with her local congressman, who interviewed her for the Library of Congress's Veterans History Project.

"It was to me history-making in that I learned geography and loved history in school -- and to go to places I had read about or heard about, to me it just brought back things I had learned in school," McClendon told Arizona Democratic Rep. Greg Stanton. "I still think about it even today."
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Song of The Week

"Not Lucky, I'm Loved by Jonathan McReynolds"

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