Bishop Ernestine C. Reems celebrates her 81st Birthday
By Dion Evans, Religion Editor
The place was packed! A Bay Area legend, Bishop Ernestine C. Reems – founder of the Center of Hope Community Church (8411 MacArthur Blvd, Oakland) was being celebrated for her 81st birthday. Rather than being celebrated Bishop Reems used the occasion to celebrate Jesus Christ and set the atmosphere for attendees to be saved by the Blood.
From the start of the celebration, Wednesday Night – featuring Vickie Winans, to the close of the celebration, Sunday – featuring the preaching of Pastor Donnie McClurkin, Bay Area residents were treated to some of gospels music’s most notable personalities.
During Wednesday’s service, Pastor Brondon (son of Bishop Ernestine Reems) and Maria Reems (Wife of Pastor Brondon) served as hosts. The service was a fusion of musical, media shorts, preaching, dancing and giving. Pastor Brondon shared a video from a sermon preached by Bishop Darrell Hines entitled WILL THE REAL CHURCH IDENTIFY ITSELF. During his provocative, yet hilarious, sermon he expounded on holiness not being a denomination, religion or church. Bishop Hines stated, “Holiness is an identity.” Although he was viewed via video, projected on TV screens, the congregation worshipped as if he were preaching live.
During portions of the service Pastor Brondon Reems tried to keep on schedule, but the saints of God pushed forward with a period of praise. Dancing, flag waving, shouting, jumping, etc. filled the room. All of this occurred before Bishop Ernestine Reems had even entered the threshold of the sanctuary.
As Bishop Ernestine Reems entrance into the sanctuary was being announced, jubilance filled the air and cameras started flashing. Accompanying Bishop Reems was Vickie Winans – who looked stellar in her black dress suit with a diamond studded cross around her neck. Although others shined in their own right, Bishop Ernestine Reems outshined them all wearing a stunning aqua-brown dress with flawless makeup and accessories.