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Parks Chapel, Oakland, Turns 101 Years Old

In November 2019, the process of restoring the glory began as Bishop Clement W. Fugh, the presiding prelate of the 5th Episcopal District, in his infinite wisdom assigned the Rev. Dr. Rosalynn Brookins to serve as the newly-appointed senior pastor.

The week immediately following Christmas, after having sponsored the Angel Tree project, a Christmas Extravaganza, and hosting a birthday party for a local women’s shelter, Pastor Brookins announced the church would be celebrating its 101st Anniversary in January.

Special dignitaries from around the Fifth Episcopal District included Bishop Fugh; the Rev. Dr. Harold Mayberry and Mrs. Mary Mayo Mayberry from First AME Church in Oakland and the chair of the Episcopal Committee, who served as the Master and Mistress of Ceremony; the Rev. Dr. Vernon Burroughs from Brookins AME Church in Oakland, who delivered the keynote address; Dr. Sandra Blair, the former Connectional WIM President; Presiding Elder Cedric and First Lady Veronica Alexander; the Rev. Dr. Carieta Grizzelle, the California Conference President for WIM; the Rev. Tony Hughes, the dean of the Board of Examiners; the Rev. Gayle Jones Lockhart, the California Conference Ministerial Alliance President; and pastors who represented 28 churches from Oakland, San Joaquin, San Francisco, and Sacramento.

The guest preacher for the morning was Bishop Clement W. Fugh, who preached a powerful sermon using the theme: “When the Church Follows God.”

The afternoon guest preacher was Allen Temple Baptist Church of Oakland’s first elected female pastor, the Rev. Dr. Jacqueline A. Thompson.

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