NATIONAL SINGING BAND MEETING HELD ON 01/12/13 AT THE EBENEZER METHODIST CHURCH MD.
“Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for Brethren to dwell together in unity” Psalm 133:1
During the 2012 AGM meeting at the MD 4H Center, there were groups of Singing Band from our local churches, but because they were not organized, they were unable to come out to sing and at that point members present realized that it was about time to organize ourselves.
At the Choir conference in MD, in the same year, the very Rev. Degraft S. Obiri, during his speech gave a brief history of the Singing Band and the first organization formed in the Methodist Church, Ghana in 1861, and encouraged the formation of the Union here in North America.
A few interested and dedicated women started it all from the Washington metropolitan area by doing numerous phone contacts to reach as many local Bands as possible. The first meeting was held on 9th June 2012 at Ebenezer Methodist Church (EMC) with 10 members present. Two of the members present were asked to Chair the meeting to see to the smooth running of events.
During the meeting, it was suggested that a delegation should be chosen to meet with the Supervising Missions Coordinator (SMC), Bishop Benjamin K. Asare, and discuss the Singing Band meeting and the intentions of forming the National Union of Methodist Singing Bands (North American Mission). The SMC was very pleased about the good work started and promised to help the Band when ever necessary, and also said it was his duty to have started the organization. So he praised the delegation for a job well done.
SUGGESTIONS AT THE MEETING WITH THE SMC; 1. He suggested to the delegates that a retreat should be organized so that members from all North America and Canada can meet and know themselves. 2. Introduction of the Singing Band would be done officially at the 2013 AGM. 3. Suggestion of a conference in 2014 for an Inauguration of the Union of Singing Bands. 4. To open a Bank Account under the name of the Mission. 5. Buying of uniforms for the organization should be channeled through one source 6. By-Laws should be ordered from Ghana and made available to all to guide the Band during meetings and deliberations.
Interim Officers were selected to over-see the activities of the Band. They are; ~ Sister Bessie Attah - President ~ Sister Agnes Duker - Vice-President ~ Sister Beatrice Oduro - Secretary ~ Sister Margaret Darko - Assistant Secretary ~ Sister Tabitha Orleans-Lindsay - Treasurer ~ Sister Sophia Ewuah - Organizer ~ Sister Theresa Agyemang - Assistant Organizer ~ Sister Paulina Barfi-Danso - Chaplain
We meet on the 3rd Saturday of every month, rotating from Church to Church to think about how we would unite and organize ourselves. Our meeting here today will give us the opportunity to ask for representatives from all societies to join the interim officers, so that you can be contacted.
CONCLUSION; We will take this opportunity to thank God that we are all here today and I believe no one will sit back. We should all put our strength in all that we love to do and when you return to your various societies, make Singing Band your first priority so that we achieve our ultimate goal.
Our sincere thanks go to the following ministers; Bishop Benjamin K. Asare, Rev. Samuel E. Inketsia, Very Rev. Kofi Bart Martin, Rev. Dr. Casely Essamuah, Rev. Dr. Kwakye Nuako.
THANK YOU !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Bishop Benjamin Asare
NATIONAL UNION OF METHODIST SINGING BANDS (NORTH AMERICAN MISSION) 1ST Retreat held at Ebenezer Methodist Church, Hyattsville MD
Address by Bishop Benjamin K. Asare (Supervising Missions Coordinator)
Romans 12;1 “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship” When we join a group, we sometimes look out for our own interests first, before the interests of the Lord. However, once you have committed yourself to Sing and to Worship, then personal wishes and desires become secondary.
In ancient times, a slave for example, had no rights. When the slave is bought, he is owned by the master. Christians have been bought by the blood of Jesus Christ, and we have no rights. We are “slaves” or servants of the Lord. Whatever Christ tells us to do in His word, that is what we must do, all the days of our lives.
The good Lord gives us the strength to wake up daily. Nurses and people in the medical fields, especially, see the frailty of human life. We must live a life of sacrifice also. When we talk about sacrifice, it does not only mean sacrificing money, or livestock or goods, but it is about sacrificing ourselves to the work of the Lord.
Once you sacrifice yourself to the work of the Lord, your voice, your energy, money, goods, etc, are all part of this sacrifice. We must note that we make this sacrifice, because the good Lord has already made the ultimate sacrifice, of sacrificing himself for us.
A lot of times, with Church organizations, people bring in their personal preferences to the running of the organization. This is not a good practice, and there are multiples examples of such personal preferences negatively impacting the organizations. We must also avoid forming cliques, as such cliques in the organizations act to the detriment of the organizations. As we start the National Union of Methodist Singing Bands (North America), we must look forward to sacrificing ourselves for the work of the Lord.
It is also essential that we run the organization with Love. Love brings with it, togetherness and unity. The love that is displayed by our Lord and savior should be what we all aspire to also share with our fellows.
The interim officers also have to be congratulated for taking this bold step and the added responsibilities.
Finally, even if you spend a lot of time doing the work of the Lord, please do not worry. The Lord knows his children and their needs, let us just continue to sacrifice ourselves. AMEN
Summarized by Brother Emmanuel Dadson for publication in the North American Mission Methodist Herald.