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Date(s) - 06/17/2017
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Holiday Inn


2017 Gayle Felton Love Thy Neighbor Lunch

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Date-Saturday June 17 2017

Time-12 noon
Location-Holiday Inn Greenville NC- 203 SW Greenville Blvd, Greenville, NC 27834

Costs-$15 in advance, $17 day of the event, and $10 for students

Preacher-Reverend Vernon Tyson

Title: What God Has Made Me Do

Text: “God has made me forget all my hardships and all my father’s house.
God has made me fruitful in the land of my affliction.”
Genesis 41: 51and 52

For the fourth consecutive year the North Carolina Conference Chapter of the Methodist Federation for Social and Reconciling United Methodists and Friends are hosting the Gayle Felton Love thy Neighbor Lunch. The lunch is named after Reverend Dr Gayle C Felton who preached and lived the verse in scripture in Luke 10:27.

Brief Bio:
Vernon Tyson was born on November 29, 1929 at Buie’s Creek, NC. At this time his father was a student at Campbell College.
His father, Jack Tyson, was a Free Will Baptist minister who transferred to the Methodist Church in 1943. Vernon graduated from Biscoe High School, Guilford College and Duke Divinity School. He is married to the former Martha Buie of Biscoe. They have four children and four grandchildren.


Reverend Doctor Gayle C. Felton was a native of Pinetops, North Carolina. She graduated with a B.A. in History from North Carolina Wesleyan College where she was the first valedictorian of the newly opened college. Gayle taught high school history and civics in Edgecombe County before answering the call to ministry. She received her Masters of Divinity and Doctorate from Duke University. After teaching religion at Meredith College for two years, she returned to Duke where she taught in the Divinity School for over a decade, guiding and influencing a generation of pastors and others serving the United Methodist Church. Gayle’s scholarship largely focused on the history of Methodism with special emphasis on the sacraments. Among her published works are This Gift of Water, By Water and the Spirit, This Holy Mystery, United Methodists and the Sacraments, and The Coming of Jesus. She was also the editor of How United Methodists Study Scripture and was the writer of numerous studies and other works used across the United Methodist Church. She was a frequent participant in United Methodist General Conferences and was appointed as a consultant for many years to the General Board of Discipleship. Gayle had a deep commitment to social justice, working to integrate the public schools in Edgecombe County and as a pioneer in building the Reconciling Movement, a group advocating for the full inclusion of LGBT persons in the United Methodist Church. Gayle also was a role model for women seeking ordination in the United Methodist Church, working tirelessly to remove many of the obstacles she herself had to overcome in becoming an ordained elder.