Monthly Archives: January 2015

Sister Albertine Sanders

It is with great sadness that I inform you of the passing of Sister Albertine Sanders,  Aunt of Sister Betty Duell, Sister Janie Wilson and Brother Wilbert Hooker. Please keep the family in your prayers.

Ms. Albertine H. Sanders, age 90, formerly of 2712 Sadie Hopkins Drive, Raleigh, departed this life on Wednesday, January 28, 2015. Funeral, 11AM, Saturday, February 7, 2015, St. John AME Church, 3001 Tryon Road. The Rev. Allen Warren, Pastor/Officiating. Interment, Carolina Biblical Gardens.

Survivors; daughter, Costella S. Williams of Randolph, MA, 2 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren; sister, Mamie H. Miles of Raleigh; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Visitation, 10:30 AM to 11AM, Saturday, at the Church. All other times, the family will receive friends at 2904 Gladstone Drive.

Annual African American Cultural Festival

If you are planning to attend or bring your youth to the Annual African American Cultural Festival at the North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh this Saturday(1/31), please stop by the Dogwood Room in the SECU Education Center and support St. Paul Raleigh’s Youth Presentation “I Was First, Did You Know That”.  It is our Traveling Black History Wax Museum featuring portrayals of African American Inventors and arts presentations on piano, violin, dance and voice honoring some of the great musicians and entertainers in our culture.

The festival is free and runs from 10:30am to 4:30pm .  It includes presenters from across the state of NC.   With good weather they are anticipating between 8 and 10,000 in attendance.    We will have two presentations at1:30pm and 2:15 pm. In the Dogwood Room.

We would love to see you there.   Flo Avery, Director

Save the Date – Silver Stars

Save this Date: February 8, 2015!

Wayman Chapel AME Church invites you to attend the third annual concert of the nationally known: Silver Stars ! Please join us for an evening of music you will not forget.

Wayman Chapel AME Church @ 592 North Main Street Graham, NC 27253

Reverend A.O. Carmichael, Pastor

Welcome to the new WNC Lay Website


Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory.

Ephesians 3:20-21

Welcome to the Western North Carolina Lay Organization website.  The information posted is for our edification. Explore and utilize the website. It belongs to you.  This website is one of God-given gifts for us to work together to allow Him to be lifted up and glorified in the mission and purpose of our Lay Organization.

Please contact me with any updates. Thank you for your willingness to serve!

Black Lives Matter


The leadership in the Connectional AME Church designated Sunday, December 14, 2014 as “Black Life Matters Sunday”. All AME Church members were asked to wear black on December 14th to show solidarity for human kind. Emmanuel AME Church is always willing to support the cause of social justice.

Thank you in advance,

Reverend Anita M. Thompson, Pastor

Shirley L. Smith, Reporter

Wanda Alexander, Photographer

Funds Outside the Pews



Greetings brothers and sisters!

While you are doing your internet search and online shopping, please utilize Goodsearch & Goodshop and please select Western North Carolina Lay Organization as your cause.

The “goodshop” donates a percentage of each purchase to a cause (Western North Carolina Lay Organization) of your choice at no extra cost to you.  When we use “goodsearch” we receive a “penny” for every search.

This is a way everyone can support the Western North Carolina Lay Organization without taking funds from the pews!