By Lee Hubbard
The women of Bethel AME Church will honor first lady, Florence Boyd the wife of Pastor J Edgar Boyd, with a luncheon Saturday July 16. The luncheon will take place at Bethel at 916 Laguna Street at Browning Fellowship Hall, with the theme being “Women Honoring Women.”
“We thought this was a good idea that is long overdue,” said Tamara Sisk, a member of the Women Honoring Women Committee at Bethel AME church. “Our pastor has been honored and he has had many appreciations, so why not appreciate his wife who is his second half and sacrifices a lot for the church.”
Born and raised in Oakland, Florence Boyd grew up attending Brookins AME Church. She was part of its Sunday school and Christian Education Ministries. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Christian Counseling from Sacramento Theological Seminary. She has been the First Lady of Bethel since 1992, when the Reverend Boyd first took over the helm of Bethel AME’s church leadership. Together they are parents of four adult children.
At the church, Florence Boyd has provided leadership to the Sarah Tanner Missionary Unit. She has been involved in the Youth Peoples department and she serves as the Parliamentarian for the California Annual Conference Women’s Missionary Society.
She is the immediate past First Vice President of the 5th District Clergy Family Organization and currently serves as Treasurer for the California Annual Conference Clergy Family Organization. “She does a lot of work for the church, but yet is not recognized,” said Nikki Steady with the “Women Honoring Women” committee. Read more
Thousands of family members, church members, civic and political leaders paid their last respects to Evangelist Charlene Jackson, First Lady of Acts Full Gospel Church of God In Christ, during her homegoing celebration February 5, 2011 Photos by Gene Hazzard and collage by Adam L. Turner.
By Carla Thomas
Evangelist Charlene Jackson, a shining star in Oakland, has moved on to re-position herself in the heavens. As the First Lady of Acts Full Gospel Church of God in Christ, she was a woman on fire for Christ, who illuminated the Bay Area and beyond, beside her husband of 28 years, Bishop Bob Jackson.
A musical celebration of her life featured the church’s choirs, praise dancers and gospel artist Laurence Mathews. “People like Evangelist Jackson never die, they leave a legacy,” said Oakland Mayor Jean Quan. “We will miss her but we know she’s with the Lord,” said sister-in-law Senior Associate Pastor, Dr. Doris Limbrick.
During the funeral services thousands packed the church to honor her life of 64 years. She was adorned in a royal purple suit and hat in a black glazed casket as the audience was granted a parting view.
Congresswoman Barbara Lee spoke of Acts Full Gospel Church’s contributions to the community and honored Evangelist Jackson with a congressional resolution.
“In the midst of the darkness look at a great woman shining,” said Bishop J.W. Macklin of Glad Tidings COGIC, as he compared the brilliance of her life to the luster of a fine diamond.
Bishop Ernestine Reems of Center of Hope Community Church, said, “She leaves a wonderful legacy for all women in every walk of life.”
“I wore this white because she’s in heaven in white,” said Jackson’s sister Alicia Jackson of Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. Evangelist Jackson’s sister-in-law Frances Jackson sang “Precious Lord.”
One of the most special moments in Jackson’s life was recorded at a Sunday service last December. On this day, Jackson not only sang “Jesus Is the Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me,” but demonstrated it. She shared how the power of prayer gave her the ability to walk again after being in and out of a wheelchair at times, throughout her private battle with cancer. In the video, she radiated strength as she joined her husband in the pulpit, energetically professed her faith in Christ and urged others to believe and trust God.
A perfect powdery blue sky on an unusually warm February day framed the final ceremonies and resting place of a great woman placed back into the earth amongst the “Peace” section atop a grassy green knoll at Rolling Hills Cemetery in Richmond.
Carla Thomas, Post contributing features writer, is also a member of Acts Full Gospel.
True Vine Ministries, under the leadership of Zachary E. Carey, has been worshipping at the Grand Lake Theater for the past six years, but, do to their growth, they will move to the auditorium of Oakland Technical High School, 9 a.m. and 11 a.m., Sunday, March 6, as it prepares to build The Jewel Center, its permanent facility at 896 Isabella Street (near West Grand and Market Streets) the current location of True Vine’s Bible Institute and administrative offices.
Pastor Carey envisions a multipurpose facility for worship, recreation and family services. He plans to build a restaurant, a gymnasium space that will also double as a dining hall. He said individual members of his church will also establish small businesses at the location.
By Antoinette Porter
From left to right: First Lady Dr. Rosa James, First Lady Diane Redic and First Lady Gloria Ashley. Photos by Joe L. Fisher and Adam L. Turner.
Last Week the Post began a series honoring the First ladies of more than 1,000 African American houses of worship around the Bay Area.
Meeting with First Lady Gloria Ashley and Pastor Larry Ashley was a rewarding experience. I found First Lady Ashley was recovering from foot surgery and stated “this too shall pass. I am looking forward to getting busy again and if you Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” She also stated “it’s an honor to be recognized by the Post Newspaper, God does all things well”. March 25th Pastor Larry Ashley will celebrate 21 years of service to the Cosmopolitan Baptist Church family. Pastor Ashley just returned from a 12 days trip in Israel with 17 other pastors from the western part of the United States. He stated “it was quite rewarding and best time he had”
First Lady Dr. Rosa James of Beth Eden Baptist Church said she thinks the series on First Ladies will be helpful. “I think the paper’s focus on First Ladies is very creative, it shows respect and regard for the church and community. Read more