Annual African American Cultural Festival

January 29th, 2015 by

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

January 27th, 2015 by

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

January 2015 Newsletter

January 20th, 2015 by

To God Be the Glory!

This is the WNCCLO first newsletter. Our plan is to keep you abreast of activities and to highlight the history of our churches in the Western North Carolina Conference. Please send your church history and a picture of the church to our Historiographer, Sonia P. Barbre,

WNCC Lay 2015JAN Newsletter

Welcome to the new WNC Lay Website

January 15th, 2015 by


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

January 14th, 2015 by


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

January 14th, 2015 by



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!

Happy New Year 2015!

January 1st, 2015 by


15th 2nd Episcopal District Lay Convention Part 2

November 8th, 2014 by

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15th 2nd Episcopal District Lay Convention

November 8th, 2014 by

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My Final Thoughts

October 17th, 2014 by

To God be the glory for the things that he has done! I thank you from the bottom of my heart for all your support and prayers during my administration and pray your continued support for the work ahead for our new President, Sis. Penny Oliver. May God add His blessings to the WNCCLO!


Dwight Patterson

From the Desk of...

Penny Oliver, President

You may feel alone, abandoned, mistreated or as though life has not been fair, but God is still leading you. God can use that dark place to make you into the person you were created be.

Upcoming Events

Jan 10 ..... Lay Conference Meeting

Feb 19-21 ..... Founder's Day

Jun 3-5 ..... Western NC Conference

Jun 20 - Jul 2 ..... SED Leadership Congress

July 12-15 ..... YPD Quadrennial

July 17-21 ..... WMS Quadrennial


Jack & Jill
Please check out the scholarships page for information about Jack & Jill. Thanks

Lay Benediction

May God bless us with the true spirit of Christianity, that we may live together, not as man over man, but as lay persons working with God.