Bishop to speak at Lower Church celebration Sunday
The congregation of Lower United Methodist Church will celebrate 150 years of continuous Methodist worship this Sunday, August 23, at 11 a.m.
Dr. Janine Howard, current minister, is pleased to announce that Bishop Charlene P. Kammerer will attend and bring the message at this service. There will only be one service. Sunday School will be at 9:30 a.m.
Bishop Kammerer was elected to the episcopacy at the Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference (SEJ) at Lake Junaluska, N.C., in July 1996. She was assigned to the Charlotte area where she served the conference for eight years. At the SEJ meeting in July 2004, Bishop Kammerer was assigned to serve the Virginia Conference.
In her third quadrennium on the Council of Bishops, Bishop Kammerer is assigned to the General Board of Discipleship and the Committee on Hispanic Ministries which she has chaired.
Bishop Kammerer’s service in the church has included equal years in parish ministries and connectional ministries, including service as a campus minister at Duke University and as a district superintendent of the Tallahassee District, Florida Conference.
Her longtime interests in ministry include higher education, mission involvement, and the spirituality of administration. She has served as a director of the General Commission on the Status and Role of Women and as a director of the General Board of Global Ministries, including chairperson of the United Methodist Committee on Relief from 1992-1996.
She has received the Outstanding Alumnae Award from both Wesleyan College and Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, and has been honored with Doctor of Divinity degrees from Bethune-Cookman College (Fla.), Pfeiffer University (N.C.) and Wesleyan College (Ga.).
After the service, there will be a covered dish lunch and other recognitions in the fellowship hall.
The present Lower Church building was completed in 1717 under the auspices of the Church of England to replace a previous wooden structure built in the early 17th century on the same site.
Lower Church invites the community, former members, former pastors, and anyone interested to attend this special service of celebration.