African American Fellowship's annual meeting
Missionary Baptist Church, it its new building northeast
of downtown Indianapolis, will host the worship celebration
of the SBC's National African American Fellowship
on Sunday, June 13.
previous building was acquired by the city through the law
of eminent domain. With the money received for their old building,
church members were able to buy for $100,000 a property valued
at $500,000 "complete with pews, hymnals and all,"
said Doug Simpson, director of missions for Metropolitan Baptist
Association in Indianapolis.
building is bringing the excitement of newness and growth
to the congregation," said pastor Clifton Russell Sr.,
pastor of Gabriel Missionary Baptist Church, where about 170
people attend Sunday morning services.
excited to be hosting the African American Fellowship,"
Russell said. "It's an honor and a blessing to welcome
people from across the Southern Baptist Convention in to worship
worship service will begin at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, June
13, at the church at 5169 N. Norwaldo Ave.
Jerry Dailey, the guest speaker, is president of
the African American Fellowship of Texas and pastor of Macedonia
Missionary Baptist Church in San Antonio. He will be joined
by the Gabriel Choir, led by Denise Carpenter and Angela Rowe.
Monday, June 14, the National African American
Fellowship's annual meeting and banquet will begin
with a business session at 4 p.m. in the Sagamore
Ballroom 1 in the Indianapolis Convention Center,
site of the June 15-16 annual meeting of the Southern Baptist
Convention. The NAAF banquet is to start
at 6 p.m. in Sagamore Ballroom 2.
Jacqueline Anderson will minister in song at the Sunday evening
service and the Monday evening banquet. A trained classical
singer, Anderson has inspired diverse audiences throughout
the United States for many years. She recently released her
first CD, “Til the First Lady Sings,” a recorded
live concert of sacred music. She is the wife of the fellowship's
president, Robert Anderson, pastor of the Baltimore-area Colonial
Baptist Church in Randallstown.
Harvey, NAAF secretary, told Baptist Press, "We do have
larger African American churches, but, for the most part,
the fellowship is made up of smaller churches. We're making
a statement by meeting for worship with a small congregation.
We're saying that small churches are just as important to
God's Kingdom as are large churches."
300 people are expected to participate in National African
American Fellowship events.
the Sunday evening service, NAAF President Anderson said,
“expect a rich and delightful time of praise and worship,
enhanced by a great time of fellowship in the spirit of Christ,
and climaxed by the strong preaching of the inerrant Word
year's SBC annual meeting theme, "Kingdom Forever,"
also was adopted by the NAAF.
believe God is leading our convention," Anderson said.
"It is our desire to support increased church planting
and evangelistic efforts. Furthermore, it is our passion to
help people in need in every way possible from outreach to
the poor and homeless, structuring programs to build strong
families and healthy marriages, to helping churches in the
area of economic development. Bottom line, we want to continue
to foster good relationships with all in the SBC family.
think the Lord has done many fantastic things within the African
American church, and we have a lot to offer to the convention
as a whole," Anderson continued. "We want to position
ourselves to be able to share with, as well as learn from,
all others in the convention."
from the state and regional African American directors are
among the highlights of each NAAF annual meeting, Anderson
exciting to hear what God is doing among us," he said.
"It's exciting to rejoice with each other and, when appropriate,
to celebrate with each other in the Lord." The SBC's
43,000 congregations include about 3,000 that worship in an
African American context.
election of officers also will take place at the annual meeting.
Officers for 2003-04 include Anderson as president; vice president,
Mark Croston of East End Baptist Church, Suffolk, Va.; treasurer,
Leon Johnson, Bread of Life Baptist Church, Chicago; secretary,
Frankie Harvey, Nacogdoches (Texas) Baptist Fellowship; parliamentarian:
Michael Thompson, Bethlehem Baptist Church, Cleveland, Ohio;
and historian: Robert Franklin, Greater Missionary Baptist
Church, St. Louis.
you are looking for a wonderful time of fellowship, song and
preaching the Word of God, you don't want to miss this annual
meeting of the National African American Fellowship,"
Anderson said. "Second, if you are looking to hear what
God is doing among African American Churches in our convention,
this is a must-be-present event."
information about the NAAF's annual meeting or joining the
fellowship, call Anderson at (410) 655-1080.