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Watch Where You Sit!

An eagle was sitting on a tree resting, doing nothing. A small rabbit saw the eagle and asked him, 'Can I also sit like you and do nothing?' The eagle answered: 'Sure, why not.' So, the rabbit sat on the ground below the eagle and rested. All of a sudden, a fox appeared, jumped on the rabbit and ate it. Moral of the story: To be sitting and doing nothing, you must be sitting very, very high!


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Midwest Conference Board Of Examiners

Due to approaching inclement weather on Saturday, February 28, 2015 the Midwest Conference Board of Examiners in Wichita, Kansas and Omaha, Nebraska are asked to meet locally. We don't want to take the risk of having instructors and students travel back home from Kansas City in the snow!

Rev. Robert R. Shaw

Midwest Conference Dean

Fifth District 2015 Midyear Convocation Room Block

The room block has officially closed and the conference rate is no longer available through the Hilton's reservation system. However, last minute reservations for the conference rate can be made through me until this Friday, February 27th.

Please have anyone who may still need a reservation to e-mail me their name, dates and credit card information (to ONLY be used to hold their room.  All information will be deleted from my files once the reservation is made.)and I will get their reservation made as soon as possible.  I also may be reached via phone at 323-712-8930.

If you have any questions, please contact me. Thank you all and have a great day!

Rev. Jameka Redmon Mid Year Convocation Hosting Church Administrator

Alpha Nu Omega, Inc. www.alphanuomega.org

Fifth District 2015 Midyear Convocation

Dear Fifth Episcopal District Leadership:

Once again God blessed us with six wonderful Annual Conferences and one of the largest attended Planning Meetings in years, and now we are celebrating a new year.  Traditionally, March has served the Fifth District well as a time for our gathering to study God’s Word, dialogue with our peers, strategize between the clergy and laity, revive ourselves spiritually; then report and share our collective plans for the future.  This March will continue in that rich tradition as all roads are leading to our Midyear Convocation in Los Angeles, California.

This Midyear Convocation will be hosted by Bethel AME Church, where the Rev. Dr. Kelvin T. Calloway, Sr. serves as Pastor.  The site of the Midyear Convocation will be the Airport Hilton Hotel, located at 5711 West Century Boulevard, Los Angeles.  Our group name and code are: AME MIDYEAR CONFERENCE (AMC).

As usual, the Presiding Elders will report on Tuesday, March 10th at 4:00 pm.  However, starting early Wednesday, March 11th through the close on Friday, March 13th, 2015, I am expecting the entire Fifth District leadership and membership to be present. 

Our agenda includes a clergy/laity forum lead by Judge Patricia Mayberry, an Episcopal candidate forum, an informal dialogue with Bishop Henning and myself, along with interactive breakout sessions, and spirit-filled noon day and evening worship services. 

The anointed preachers for our noon day services will be Rev. J. Edgar Boyd (First, Los Angeles), Rev. Jarvis Collier (Pleasant Green Baptist Church), and Presiding Elder Donna Roberson (Midwest North District).  Reverend Johnny Barbour (AMEC Sunday School Union) will preach our Opening Worship service Wednesday night and Rev. Dr. Melvin Wade (Mount Moriah Baptist Church, Los Angeles) will preach Thursday evening.  

I am looking forward to greeting you all at Midyear.  Until then, continue to pray fervently that God will grace us with His presence, His Word will go forth with power, and that His Kingdom will be advanced, all to His Glory.

Yours in Christ,  

Bishop T. Larry Kirkland, Sr. Presiding Prelate

Greater Kansas City Area Ministerial Alliance Meeting

The Ministerial Alliance meeting will be held at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 26, 2015 at Power of Faith A.M.E. Church, 4242 Cleveland, Kansas City, Missouri  64130.  Church Phone: (816) 923-8488.

Rev. Gary Charles, President

Official Midwest Conference Lay Organization Webiste

I am pleased to announce that the new website for Team Midwest Conference Lay Organization is: www.Teammidwestlay.org

Check it out!

Melvin L. Jenkins, President

Midwest Conference Lay Organization Black History Month Celebration

Richard Allen Cultural Center & Museum, Inc., 412 Kiowa Street, Leavenworth, Kansas 66048


Bishop Richard AllenCome and join us as we tour the Richard Allen Cultural Center and Museum Inc., and the Buffalo Soldier display on the grounds of the Fort Leavenworth Base, both located in

Leavenworth, Kansas, on Saturday, February 28, 2015. The price for the complete tour is $8.  Please pay on-site.


The Richard Allen Cultural Center is a non-profit corporation, established in 1992.  The center offers unique artifacts, research, and documents of those African Americans who contributed to Leavenworth’s history.  There are two parts to the tour; Part One has artifacts from General Colin Powell and the Buffalo Soldiers.  Part Two shows the bronze statue and monuments of soldiers from the 9th and 10th Cavalry. 


Then join us for lunch at Bethel AME Church.  Donation $10

To RSVP, contact Jo Lee Brooks jbr6343181@aol.com or (816) (816) 536-3802

Please wear your new lay tee shirt!


Tour Date, Saturday, February 28, 2015. Please plan to pay your $8 admission fee at the door


Parking, Please park at Bethel AME Church, Located at 412 Kiowa Street, Leavenworth, Kansas


Attire,  Your New Lay Tee Shirt! Shirts will be sold at this event!


Tour Start Time 9:30 AM. Please plan to arrive at the church at 9:15 AM


Lunch for Everyone – Donation $10

Checks may be written to Bethel AME Church

12:00 Noon



Fried Catfish, BBQ Pork Ribs, Collard Greens, Macaroni and Cheese, Potato Salad, Corn,

Spaghetti, Cornbread, Pound Cake, Sweet Tea, Bottled Water


To RSVP, please contact Jo Lee Brooks jbr6343181@aol.com or (816) (816) 536-3802, February 22, 2015.   We are working out the security details of getting on and off base.  Please note that for security purposes your identification will be inspected at the gate.

Fifth Episcopal District Midyear Convocation

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We are counting down the days until the 2015 Fifth Episcopal District Midyear Convocation!

It will convene at the Hilton Los Angeles Airport Hotel, 5711 W. Century Boulevard, Los Angeles, California on March 10 - 13, 2015.

Additional information will be posted on this Website as we receive it!

Please save the date!

5th District Midyear

Saint Paul A.M.E. Church, Olathe, Kansas Is For Sale

If you are interested in this property, please call Paul Sims @ 816.803.7542.

St. Paul, Olathe, Kansas for sale.On October 6, 2014 St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church, 400 W. Spruce Street, Olathe, Kansas held a Church Conference to discuss and make a decision about the future of the church. By a unanimous vote of the membership, St. Paul decided to close its doors.

Some of the reasons include, but are not limited to, a dwindling membership and the inability to pay current financial obligations. St. Paul stood as the only A.M.E. Church in Johnson County, the State of Kansas.

Please keep the former members of St. Paul in your prayers as they seek another place to worship.


From One Of Our Readers In Cyberspace!

Thank you for being so diligent in keeping the Fifth Episcopal District so informed.  It means so much to be able to obtain inspiring, informational and accurate data about our Zion at just the click of the mouse. May God continue bless you and your entire staff for your efforts.

Celia Square

Thank you Celia for your words of encouragement! When I started building Websites over twelve years ago, there were many people who could not see the importance of having an Online presence. I learned how to build and maintain Websites in order to reach beyone the walls of the local church into the global community. It hasn't been easy and many times I have considered giving up. I want you to know that people like you give me a reason to continue. Once again, thank you Celia!


Presiding Elder Donna Roberson's Appreciation

"Come and help us celebrate over 35 years of ministry with this Woman of God who has given tirelessly of herself!"

Location: Hilton Garden Inn, 19677 E. Jackson Dr., Independence, MO 64057

Ms. Stacie Dowtown Co-Chairperson & Rev. Dr. Eraina Aseme Co-Chairperson

St. JohnSt. John

FREE Youth Program - Summer Transportation Institute

It is our pleasure to announce the availability of an exciting opportunity for high school students in the Greater Kansas City area. This summer the University of Missouri Kansas City Institute for Human Development will host their 12th Annual Kansas City Summer Transportation Institute (KCSTI) that will be held on the campus of UMKC June 15 - July 10, 2015 (9:00am – 4:00pm; Monday–Friday). The KCSTI is a fun, interactive, engaging, and hands on learning opportunity designed to create awareness and stimulate interest in the wealth of career opportunities that exist in the transportation industry. With one in seven careers being transportation related, this Institute offers a tremendous opportunity for students to explore future transportation related career opportunities.

 The KCSTI is sponsored by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and is open to students attending public and private high schools in the greater Kansas City area (both Missouri & Kansas schools). There is no cost to attend.  Visit www.kcsti.com for detailed information about this year’s Institute, the promotional flyer, and the application!

St. Luke A.M.E. Church, Liberty, Missouri To Offer Screening Center

In partnership with the "Black Health Care Coalition"  Julie Leibold RN/FCN is facilitating a new "Screening Center "in Liberty at the St. Luke A.M.E. Church.  Annual Cholesterol screening and monthly glucose and blood pressure.  There are also plans for a  "Walking Club".  The Black Health Care Coalition offers several programs for the Community using their Healthy Generations.

Saint Luke, Liberty is located at 433 North Main Street  Liberty,  Missouri  64068.

Rev. Helen Benton-Harris, Pastor

Cub Scout Pack At Christ Our Redeemer A.M.E. Church

Under the leadership of Pastor Keith J. Cordier, Sr. (an Eagle Scout), Christ Our Redeemer A.M.E. Church, located at 8607 Longview Road  Kansas City, Missouri, invites boys from ages 7 to 10 to join Christ Our Redeemer's Cub Scout Pack 531!  If you live in the South Kansas City, Missouri area, this is an excellent opportunity for your son to learn valuable skills that will help him through life's challenges. Meetings are every Thursday night at 7:00 p.m.  Interested? Call the church at (816) 761-4989,  or send an Email to coram@sbcglobal.net 

Rev. Keith J. Cordier, Sr., Pastor

It's Prayer Time!

Just wanted to remind everyone to please join us every Monday at 8a.m. as we pray for each other! The number is 712.775.7300; access code #296834. Each week, one of us will lead the prayer call. If you're interested in leading, please contact me and I will put you in the rotation. You may e-mail your prayer requests directly to: mwcpray4pastors@gmail.com.

Have a great day!

Bethel Community Computer Center

Bethel A.M.E. Church is located at 2329 Flora Avenue, Kanas City, Missouri.


Website: http://www.bccckc.org/  Mark Broome, Coordinator - Email: mark.broome@bccckc.org


Rev. Robert R. Shaw, Pastor


Click here for brochure!


Programs available:

5 week General Office Basic Skills Class, which is a comprehensive, 75 hour, certificate based course designed to bring up to speed GED graduates with at least a 2 year work history, to be able to secure employment as secretaries, receptionist, or general office workers. Our 1st class commenced on June 4th and graduated August 2012. Below are links to the Sunday service that honored the graduates:


https://vimeo.com/45413357, https://vimeo.com/45414233, http://vimeo.com/45415096


The Enhanced Job Search Skills Class, This class was created based on requests from the Kansas City Metropolitan Crime Commission, Second Chance Resource Specialist, who manage parolee populations. This class offers an intensive 25 hour program of job search techniques, interviewing skills building, workplace basics & behaviors, resume/cover letter writing, and self-esteem classes. This class is specifically crafted to allow youthful offenders find employment quickly, and maintain that employment! In time, this course will be extended to 40 hours, and offered to anyone in the community seeking employment. (more)

Rebuilding The Wall Brick By Brick

To Our Christian Friends:

East Wall of Mariah WalkerWe, the members of Mariah Walker AME Church are pleading for your prayers and support as we are preparing to rebuild the wall of our church. As you may know, we have not been able to worship at Mariah Walker due to this damage. Mariah Walker has been our home for over 50 years and we want it to be open another 50 years. Our goal is to raise $10,000.00 by the end of June 2014 with God’s help. We are workers together with him.

We would be grateful for any donations as we prepare to return home with your help. Our situation should not change our praise and our praise can certainly change our situation.

“Go up to the mountain, and bring wood, and build the house; and I will take pleasure in it, and I will be glorified, saith the Lord.” Haggai 1:8

$100.00     SPONSOR

$ 75.00      GOLD

$ 50.00      SILVER


Please send donations made payable to Mariah Walker A.M.E. Church, 2704 Linwood  Kansas City,  Missouri  64127. 

The Mariah Church Family

Rev. Valencia Jackson


The Midwest Conference Blog Is Back!

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Don't Die for Love: Escape the Cycle of Violence!

At the Sixth Annual WMS Convention of the Midwest Annual Conference, Darlene Dunn recounted a chilling story of her escape from domestic abuse. Her heart wrenching story has been captured in her book entitled, "Don't Die for Love: Escape the Cycle of Violence." Order a copy today!

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