By Portia Williams
Allen Chapel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church in Portsmouth, celebrated their 178th church anniversary on Sunday, Aug. 23. The featured guest speaker for the special occasion was Rev. Albert Tyson, III, Presiding Elder of the North District Chicago Annual Conference.
Albert Tyson, III, delivered a vibrant, inspirational message for the 178th Allen Chapel AME church anniversary which dealt with the importance of possessing, ‘Now’ Faith. He said the church should have received more support from the city and city officials, and that the work of Allen Chapel AME is far from finished.
“I think that the whole city of Portsmouth should have been here. So, I don’t know how this was publicized, but this congregation, this property is historic in this city. It is even listed on this city’s wall, there is a picture of it up there, which means that maybe some of the city representatives ought to have been aware of what was going on, and should have participated in helping the congregation to celebrate,” Albert Tyson, III, said. “One hundred and seventy- eight years is a long time, and that is a long time to do anything, and there are very few organizations that have been in existence for 178 years. So, it is monumental that this congregation has held itself together this long, which further means to me there is a whole lot of good stuff left for these people to do in this community.”
He said he believes in the leadership of his sister, Rev. Margaret Tyson, who is the current pastor of Allen Chapel.
“My sister is the one to get the job done,” Albert Tyson, III, said. “If folks will follow the leadership that God places within her, there is no telling what great heights this congregation will go to, but I think that she also has a lot to offer to the community.”
Rev. Margaret Tyson, said they are anticipating great things, and is glad for the work entrusted to her by God in the city of Portsmouth.
“We are just looking forward to the ministry that God has put into our hands. The message that we got today about ‘now’ faith takes us on into the future,” Margaret Tyson said. “There is a vision, there is a path, and the Lord has put me in this place at this time, for this community, and I praise the Lord for all of that.”
The 178th church anniversary celebration was continued after the service with a reception, which was held at Portsmouth Inner City Development Corporation.
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