The pastor of St. Luke African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church has great plans to carry out during the next year of 2017. Rev. Eddie Sneed is the pastor of St. Luke for a second term. Sneed returned to St. Luke, as appointed by the AME council. After a brief appointment to another church, it is rare that a pastor will return to the same assignment. Sneed returns with goals that include a primary goal to have worship as the center of all activities.
As the church has been successful at the close of 2016, it is the goal of St. Luke to reintroduce ‘St. Luke of Old.’ One great accomplishment of 2016 was the completion of the 126th Homecoming Souvenir Journal and the success of the day in celebration. Sincere gratitude is given to the members, friends and the guest speaker, Morris Tipton, from First Baptist East Nashville on Main Street.
‘St. Luke of Old,’ is described by Rev. Sneed as always putting leadership, family and youth involvement as a community in the forefront. This has been in existence since the ‘pastor of old,’ Rev. Theodore Bryson, currently pastor of Mt. Nebo, conceived and developed Preston Taylor Cooperative. This was a project that built 17 houses (still standing) and involved a number of organizations. This was made possible by the Preston Taylor Organization, Dream Team and other churches.
Rev. Sneed says that it seems that church organizations have changed. They seem not to cooperate with each other or care to assist one another.
“It is a mandate that we work with each other. We still believe in ‘fish fries,’” he said. “It’s a great way to get others involved. We pledge to help those who help in our efforts.”
Brothers Keith Pitts, chairman pro tem of the Steward Board and Roderick Townsend, chairman pro tem of the Trustee Board are working closely with Sneed to bring about the necessary changes that face 2017.
“We welcome 2017 as we work together kingdom building, heavy lifting, and blessing the comity of which we serve,” said Rev. Sneed.
As St. Luke welcomes 2017 with a variety of activities, The Emancipa-tion Proclamation Break-fast will be held on Saturday morning, January 7. At 9 am, the St. Luke fellowship hall will transform into a breakfast room for attending members, visitors and friends of the Nashville community. Rev. Troy Merritt, presiding elder of the North Nashville District African Methodist Episcopal Church will be the guest speaker.
There are other activities planned that will include the spotlighting of Preston Taylor community members along with other efforts encouraging youth.
A donation of $10 is suggested. Proceeds will be used to carry out the efforts of St. Luke AME Church as a positive encouragement in the community.