Monday, December 31, 2007

Rev. Kenneth Smith: A vessel Restored.
Our God is a God of restoration. He restored Jonah from his attacked spirit and the belly of a fish and used him to preach to the people of Nineveh and changed their lives. He restored Jesus after He had been beaten, nailed to a cross, and buried in a borrowed tomb to be the light of the world. God also has the ability to restore our broken spirits and bodies and to use us for His service.
Rev. Kenneth Smith is an example of this. Rev. Smith was called into the ministry on February 7, 1999 and served as a local preacher at Shady Grove CME Church in Fairfield, AL for five years. In 2004, Bishop Lawrence L. Reddick, III, appointed him pastor of Saint James CME Church in Jasper, AL. As with many new pastors who receive their first appointment, he sought after and received much guidance and advice from other experienced co-laborers in the gospel. However, in the midst of his first year as pastor, Rev. Smith found himself facing a devastating life changing event that prior lessons had not addressed.
Thinking that he might have contracted bronchitis or pneumonia, he made a visit to his doctor. A CT scan was performed and it revealed evidence of abnormal growths within the body of this pastor. To confirm what these growths were, the doctor requested exploratory surgery. It was April 20, 2005 when Rev. Smith received a confirmed diagnosis of a cancer known as Hodgkin’s disease. He recounts his emotions the day of the diagnosis. “I was trying to eat right, trying to live right and I was preaching the Word of God. Feeling angry and confused, I began to question God; Why me?” But then before that day concluded, God placed in my mind the story of Job and I thought to myself; Why not me?” From that
moment forward I tried not to worry about me. I was really more concerned for my family. Amazingly, even when my children cried, I found myself being able to console them.”
Chemotherapy treatments began immediately. Rev. Smith was told that treatments would last from May 2005 to February 2006 (nine months) with the likelihood of radiation treatment beginning immediately following the chemotherapy. Throughout this ordeal Rev. Smith held on to his faith and attributes his healing to God’s miracle working power. He recalls, “I actually felt my healing occur during the 2005 Annual Conference Lay Banquet when Dr. Vanessee Burns, Rev. Laura Blair and Elder Lilly Rainey came to my table and prayed for me. I was weakened by the chemotherapy treatment from the day before but somehow after the prayer, I felt amazingly different.”
Remembering how God restored Job, Pastor Smith continually praised God and though weakened by the chemotherapy treatments, made himself available to preach whenever possible. By the grace of God, in August 2005 (three months after his treatments has started), during a followup examination, the oncologist and medical staff could no longer detect any cancer in his body. God had shown Himself to this pastor and to those who provided him with medical treatment. His primary physician still refers to Rev. Smith as his miracle patient.
In total remission, Rev. Smith continues to feed the Word of God to the flock at St. James CME Church today. He describes his purpose as a calling “to make the gospel of Jesus Christ known to the lost.” His love for the Lord and his love for God’s people is also evident in other areas of his life. Because he has a desire to help others improve themselves physically as well as spiritually, you can find him on Tuesday mornings at 5:30 AM instructing a spin class at the Downtown Birmingham YMCA. Since his healing, Rev. Smith has become a certified spin instructor. Spinning is an aerobic exercise that takes place on a bike that is specially designed for indoor cycling. As you pedal, motivating music plays and the instructor talks you through a visualization of an outdoor cycling workout. Kenny, as the spinners affectionately call him, believes our bodies arc temples of the Lord.
He says, “If you want God to come in, you should clean up your body as you would clean up your house for special guests.” He attributes his ability to instruct the spinning class as just another example of God using a "restored vessel" to help some of His children. This "restored vessel" makes riding a stationary bike fun by playing energizing music during the class.
He feeds off the unbeatable group energy to motivate the class to gain the most from their workout at each and every class. Some of the class participants offered their comments on Kenny, the spin instructor and they were all positive. He is described as being energetic, challenging, encouraging, sweet and enthusiastic.
One participant stated “his exuberant spirit shines both in and out of the spin class. Another member said, “it's easy to get out of bed before dawn to participate in his 5:30 AM class because he is such a good motivator. Being a person who has experienced both war (Iraqi Freedom) and cancer, he receives confirmation of his restoration in Hosea 6:1-2 where it says, “Come, let us return to the Lord. He has torn us to pieces but he will heal us; he has I injured us but he will bind up our wounds. After two days he will revive us; on the I third day he will restore us, that we may live in his presence.” Rev. Smith prays that others will find encouragement from his testimony. He feels that everyone should know that “If you are going through a storm, do not give up on God and do not give up on life. If a mountain such as cancer comes your way or if the enemy throws something else in your way, remember to turn it over to God and He will fix it for you. God’s desire is to only make us better: to take us from good to great. The prophet Haggai stated that "'the glory of this present house will be greater than the glory of the former house,' says the LORD Almighty. ‘And in this place I will grant peace,’ declares the LORD Almighty.” Pastor Kenneth Smith — a father, a servant of God, a military veteran, a survivor of cancer, and a spinning instructor — provides hope from the pulpit and positive influence at the gym.
Submitted by Thelma Davis, a member of Thirgood Memorial CME Church, Birmingham, AL, and the YMCA.

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Arrangements for Mr. Johnnie Pegues.

Mr. Johnnie Pegues, husband of Princess Pegues, Vice President of the Women's
Missionary Council, passed away on Wednesday, December 26, 2007. The funeral
service will be held on Monday, December 31, 2007, 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary CME
Temple, 1107 West Madison Avenue (physical address), Bastrop, LA 71220.

The family hour will be held on Sunday, December 30, 2007, St. Mary CME Temple,
5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Condolences may be sent to: Mrs. Princess Pegues, 2309 Bonnie Avenue, Bastrop,
LA 71220. Phone: 318-281-3044.

In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that donations be made to SOS (Save Our
Sons) Scholarship Fund in memory of Johnnie. Donations may be sent to 2309
Bonnie Avenue, Bastrop, LA 71220

In Charge of Funeral Arrangements:
Montgomery Funeral Home
714 Martin L. King South
Bastrop, LA 71220
Phone: 318-281-7425

Hotel Accommodations:
Best Western North Inn & Suites
2130 E. Madison Avenue, Bastrop, LA 71220
Phone: 318-556-2800


Submitted by Dr. Elnora P. Hamb
President, Women’s Missionary Council
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

We regret to hear of the sad new of the Passing of the husband of Missionary Council Vice President Mrs. Princess Pegues. More information will be forthcoming. Blessings and comfort to the Pegues family.

Friday, December 14, 2007

The Birth of Jesus is Foretold. “In the sixth month, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin's name was Mary. The angel went to her and said, "Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.”- Luke 1:26-28

Saturday, December 01, 2007

It's Advent! Let us Celebrate His Coming!
“[The Word Became Flesh] In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.”- John 1:1-2, 14

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Update on recent CME Losses
By Pene Long

Dear Christian Friends,

Many of our CME friends and loved ones were called home during the past several days.
Please keep all of our family and friends in your prayers. Also, there are those
among us that are still very ill, and we ask that you are in prayer for them as well.

The following are the arrangements for some of our Brothers and Sisters:

Mrs. Freddie W. Jones
North MS Annual Conf.
Homegoing Services: Monday, December 3rd
12 Noon, Hurts Chapel CME Church
10988 Highway 178
Olive Branch, MS 38654
Church # 662-895-2636
Daughter : Barbara can be reached at: 3307 Formosa Road, Memphis, TN 38109
Phone: 901-785-6910
Body is Entrusted to: E.H. Ford Funeral Home, 3390 Elvis Pressley Blvd, Memphis 38116
Phone 901-345-9558

Mrs. Nancy Nelson
Mother Liberty CME Church
Homegoing Services: Saturday, December 1st, 1PM
Pastor: Dr. Darryl Coleman
Body is Entrusted to Bledsoe Funeral Home, Jackson, TN

Mrs. Elizabeth R. Reddick, Mother of Bishop Lawrence L. Reddick, III
Memorial Service: Friday, November 30, 2007, 7:00PM
St. Phillip CME Church, Ft. Myers, Florida
Funeral Service: Tuesday, December 4th, 11:00AM
Phillips CME Church, 200 Davis Circle, SW, Huntsville, AL 35801
In lieu of flowers: Send donations to the Elizabeth Reddick Primary School
10th Episcopal District, P.O. Box 15641, Ft. Worth, TX 76119
Hotel Arrangements can be made at: Holiday Inn, 401 Williams, Huntsville, AL 256-533-1400
Rate: $59.00; Rooms have been blocks under the names of either LL Reddick or Malcom Thomas

Mr. Paul Adams
Member, Phillips Temple, Los Angeles
Died: Tuesday, November 27th
No Arrangements at this time

Keep the following in your prayers that are sick:

Mrs. Mary McLeod
South MS Conference
Currently hospitalized at Central MS Medical Center
Jackson, MS

Rev. E.D. Hooks
(Had Massive Heart Attack and is in ICU in Georgia)
Not sure of Hospital at this time

Monday, November 12, 2007

2007-08 Liturgical Calendar
December 2, 2007 [Purple]
First Sunday of Advent
Isaiah 2:1-5
Psalm 122
Romans 13:11-14
Matthew 24:36-44

December 9, 2007 [Purple]
Second Sunday of Advent
Isaiah 11:1-10
Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19
Romans 15:4-13
Matthew 3:1-12

December 16, 2007 [Purple]
Third Sunday of Advent
Isaiah 35:1-10
Psalm 146:5-10 (or Luke 1:47-55)
James 5:7-10
Matthew 11:2-11

December 23, 2007 [Purple]
Fourth Sunday of Advent
Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19
Romans 1:1-7
Matthew 1:18-25

December 24, 2007 [White]
Christmas Eve
Isaiah 9:2-7
Psalm 96
Titus 2:11-14
Luke 2:1-20

December 25, 2007 [White]
Christmas Day
Isaiah 52:7-10
Psalm 98
Hebrews 1:1-12
John 1:1-14

December 30, 2007 [White]
First Sunday after Christmas Day
Isaiah 63:7-9
Psalm 148
Hebrews 2:10-18
Matthew 2:13-23

January 1, 2008 [White]
Ecclesiastes 3:1-13
Psalm 8
Revelation 21:1-6a
Matthew 25:31-46

January 6, 2008
Epiphany Sunday (Green)
Isaiah 60:1-6
Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14
Ephesians 3:1-12
Matthew 2:1-12

January 13, 2008
First Sunday After Epiphany (Green)
Isaiah 42:1-9
Psalm 29
Acts 10:34-43
Matthew 3:13-17

January 20, 2008
Second Sunday After the Epiphany (Green)
Isaiah 49:1-7
Psalm 40:1-11
1 Corinthians 1:1-9
John 1:29-42

January 27, 2008
Third Sunday After the Epiphany (Green)
Isaiah 9:1-4
Psalm 27:1, 4-9
1 Corinthians 1:10-18
Matthew 4:12-23

February 2, 2008
The Presentation of the Lord (White)
Malachi 3:1-4
Psalm 24)
Hebrews 2:14-18
Luke 2:22-40

February 3, 2008
Last Sunday after Epiphany/Transfiguration Sunday (White)
Exodus 24:12-18
Psalm 99
2 Peter 1:16-21
Matthew 17:1-9

February 6, 2008
Ash Wednesday [Gray]
Joel 2:1-2, 12-17
Psalm 51:1-17
2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10
Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21

February 10, 2008
First Sunday in Lent (Purple)
Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7
Psalm 32
Romans 5:12-19
Matthew 4:1-11
February 17, 2008
Second Sunday in Lent (Purple)
Genesis 12:1-4a
Psalm 121
Romans 4:1-5, 13-17
John 3:1-17

February 24, 2008
Third Sunday in Lent (Purple)
Exodus 17:1-7
Psalm 95
Romans 5:1-11
John 4:5-42

March 2, 2008
Fourth Sunday in Lent (Purple)
1 Samuel 16:1-13
Psalm 23
Ephesians 5:8-14
John 9:1-41

March 9, 2008
Fifth Sunday in Lent (Purple)
Ezekiel 37:1-14
Psalm 130
Romans 8:6-11
John 11:1-45

March 16, 2008
Sixth Sunday in Lent (Passion/Palm Sunday)
[Purple]

Liturgy of the Palms
Matthew 21:1-11
Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29
Liturgy of the Passion
Isaiah 50:4-9a
Psalm 31:9-16
Philippians 2:5-11
March 17, 2008
Monday of Holy Week
[Purple]
Isaiah 42:1-9
Psalm 36:5-11
Hebrews 9:11-15
John 12:1-11

March 18, 2008
Tuesday of Holy Week
[Purple]
Isaiah 49:1-7
Psalm 71:1-14
1 Corinthians 1:18-31
John 12:20-36

March 19, 2008
Wednesday of Holy Week
[Purple]
Isaiah 50:4-9a Psalm 70
Hebrews 12:1-3
John 13:21-32

March 20, 2008
Maunday Thursday
[Purple]
Exodus 12:1-4 (5-10) 11-14
Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19
1 Corinthians 11:23-26
John 13:1-17, 31b-35

March 21, 2008
Good Friday [No Color or Black]
Isaiah 52:13-53:12
Psalm 22
Hebrews 10:16-25
John 18:1-19:42


March 23, 2008
Easter (White)
Acts 10:34-43
Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24
Colossians 3:1-4
John 20:1-18
or Matthew 28:1-10

March 30, 2008
Second Sunday of Easter (White)
Acts 2:14a, 22-32
Psalm 16
1 Peter 1:3-9
John 20:19-31

April 6, 2008
Third Sunday of Easter (White)
Acts 2:14a, 36-41
Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19
1 Peter 1:17-23
Luke 24:13-35

April 13, 2008
Fourth Sunday of Easter (White)
Acts 2:42-47
Psalm 23
1 Peter 2:19-25
John 10:1-10

April 20, 2008
Fifth Sunday of Easter (White)
Acts 7:55-60
Psalm 31:1-5, 15-16
1 Peter 2:2-10
John 14:1-14

April 27, 2008
Sixth Sunday of Easter (White)
Acts 17:22-31
Psalm 66:8-20
1 Peter 3:13-22
John 14:15-21

May 1, 2008 Ascension Day
(White)
These readings may also be used on the Seventh Sunday of Easter.
Acts 1:1-11
Psalm 47
Ephesians 1:15-23
Luke 24:44-53

May 4, 2008
Seventh Sunday of Easter (White)
Acts 1:6-14
Psalm 68:1-10, 32-35
1 Peter 4:12-14; 5:6-11
John 17:1-11

May 11, 2008
Pentecost (Red)
Acts 2:1-21
Psalm 104:24-34, 35b
1 Corinthians 12:3b-13
John 7:37-39

May 18, 2008
Trinity Sunday/First Sunday after Pentecost [Red]
Genesis 1:1-2:4a
Psalm 8
2 Corinthians 13:11-13
Matthew 28:16-20

May 25, 2008
Second Sunday after Pentecost (Red)
Because Easter falls so early this year, the lectionary provides for the readings from the Eighth Sunday after Epiphany to be used today.
Isaiah 49:8-16a
Psalm 131 or Psalm 62:5-12
1 Corinthians 4:1-5
Matthew 6:24-34

June 1, 2008
Third Sunday after Pentecost (Red)
Genesis 6:11-22; 7:24; 8:14-19
Psalm 46
Romans 1:16-17; 3:22b-28 (29-31)
Matthew 7:21-29

June 8, 2008
Fourth Sunday after Pentecost (Red)
Genesis 12:1-9
Psalm 33:1-12
Romans 4:13-25
Matthew 9:9-13, 18-26
June 15, 2008
Fifth Sunday after Pentecost (Red)
Genesis 18:1-15
Psalm 116:1-2, 12-19
Romans 5:1-8
Matthew 9:35-10:8 (9-23)

June 22, 2008
Sixth Sunday after Pentecost (Red)
Genesis 21:8-21
Psalm 86:1-10, 16-17 or Psalm 17
Romans 6:1b-11
Matthew 10:24-39

June 29, 2008
Seventh Sunday after Pentecost (Red)
Genesis 22:1-14
Psalm 13
Romans 6:12-23
Matthew 10:40-42

July 6, 2008
Eighth Sunday after Pentecost (Red)
Genesis 24:34-38, 42-49,58-67
Psalm 45:10-17 or Psalm 72
Romans 7:15-25a
Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30

July 13, 2008
Ninth Sunday after Pentecost (Red)
Genesis 25:19-34
Psalm 119:105-112 or Psalm 25
Romans 8:1-11
Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23

July 20, 2008
Tenth Sunday after Pentecost (Red)
Genesis 28:10-19a
Psalm 139:1-12, 23-24
Romans 8:12-25
Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43

July 27, 2008
Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost (Red)
Genesis 29:15-28
Psalm 105:1-11, 45b
Romans 8:26-39
Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52

August 3, 2008
Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost (Red)
Genesis 32:22-31
Psalm 17:1-7, 15
Romans 9:1-5
Matthew 14:13-21

August 10, 2008
Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost (Green)
Genesis 37:1-4, 12-28
Psalm 105:1-6, 16-22, 45b
Romans 10:5-15
Matthew 14:22-33
August 17, 2008
Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost (Red)
Genesis 45:1-15
Psalm 133
Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32
Matthew 15:(10-20) 21-28

August 24, 2008
Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost (Red)
Exodus 1:8-2:10
Psalm 124
Romans 12:1-8
Matthew 16:13-20

August 31, 2008
First Sunday of Kingdomtide (Green)
Exodus 3:1-15
Psalm 105:1-6, 23-26, 45c
Romans 12:9-21
Matthew 16:21-28

September 7, 2008
Second Sunday of Kingdomtide (Green)
Exodus 12:1-14
Psalm 149:1 or Psalm 148
Romans 13:8-14
Matthew 18:15-20

September 14, 2008
Third Sunday of Kingdomtide (Green)
Exodus 14:19-31
Exodus 15:1b-11, 20-21
Romans 14:1-12
Matthew 18:21-35

September 21, 2008
Fourth Sunday of Kingdomtide (Green)
Exodus 16:2-15
Psalm 105:1-6, 37-45 or Psalm 78
Philippians 1:21-30
Matthew 20:1-16

September 28, 2008
Fifth Sunday of Kingdomtide (Green)
Exodus 17:1-7
Psalm 78:1-4, 12-16
Philippians 2:1-13
Matthew 21:23-32

October 5, 2008
Sixth Sunday of Kingdomtide (Green)
Exodus 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20
Psalm 19
Philippians 3:4b-14
Matthew 21:33-46

October 12, 2008
Seventh Sunday of Kingdomtide (Green)
Exodus 32:1-14
Psalm 106:1-6, 19-23 (UMH 829)
Philippians 4:1-9
Matthew 22:1-14

October 19, 2008
Eighth Sunday of Kingdomtide (Green)
Exodus 33:12-23
Psalm 99
1 Thessalonians 1:1-10
Matthew 22:15-22

October 26, 2008
Ninth Sunday of Kingdomtide (Green)
Deuteronomy 34:1-12
Psalm 90:1-6, 13-17
1 Thessalonians 2:1-8
Matthew 22:34-46

November 1, 2008
Tenth Sunday of Kingdomtide (Green)
Revelation 7:9-17
Psalm 34:1-10, 22
1 John 3:1-3
Matthew 5:1-12

November 2, 2008
Eleventh Sunday of Kingdomtide (Green)
Joshua 3:7-17
Psalm 107:1-7, 33-37
1 Thessalonians 2:9-13
Matthew 23:1-12

November 9, 2008
Twelfth Sunday of Kingdomtide (Green)
Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25
Psalm 78:1-7
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
Matthew 25:1-13

November 16, 2008
Thirteenth Sunday of Kingdomtide (Green)
Judges 4:1-7
Psalm 123 or Psalm 76
1 Thessalonians 5:1-11
Matthew 25:14-30

November 23, 2008
Fourteenth Sunday of Kingdomtide (Green)
Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24
Psalm 100
Ephesians 1:15-23
Matthew 25:31-46

November 27, 2008
Thanksgiving Day (White)
Deuteronomy 8:7–18
Psalm 65
2 Corinthians 9:6–15
Luke 17:11–19

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Funeral Service of Dr. John H. Robinson. The funeral of Presiding Elder Reverend Dr. John H. Robinson is scheduled for Saturday, October 27th at 11 am at Greenwood CME Church, 3311 Kimble Avenue, Memphis, TN 38111 (901) 744-5431. His widow, Mrs. Mayotis Robinson, may be reached at 3180 Glengarry Cove, Memphis, TN 38128 (901) 358-9190.

Dr. Robinson most recently served as presiding elder of the Northwest District of the West Tennessee Region of the 1st Episcopal District. Please keep the Robinson Family in your prayers! Submitted by General Secretary of Personnel Services Dr. Tyrone T. Davis.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Jenkins Memorial CME Church hosts first Boyz-to-Men Breakfast and Mini-Conference.

Henderson, TX-On Saturday, September 15, 1007, the Men of Jenkins, the Jenkins Memorial Ministry to Men, hosted its first Boyz to Men Breakfast and Min-Conference at the American Legion Hall in Henderson, Texas. It is planned to be an annual event.

The guest presenters were Bishop R. L. Brazzle of the Bible Teaching Ministries, Longview, Texas and Pastor Tony Lewis, New Faith Beginnings Ministry Gladewater, Texas. Dr. Brazzle, who is also the Director of Financial Aid for Texas College, addressed the men and boys only audience on the topic Sex, Men and the Church. Pastor Lewis, whose presentation was, geared more to the boys, discussed Peer Pressure, Drugs, and the Church. A lively question, answer, and discussion period, which was informative and enlightening, took place following the presentations.

Thompson Hospitality Catering, the food services contractor, under the direction of Henry Smith for Texas College (Tyler) and the largest minority owned catering service in the United States, catered the event. The ambiance was conducive and the food was good. In fact the food was so, good that one adult attendee reported he ate four biscuits.

The event, which was attended by 31 men and boys, was met with positive results and comments from those who completed evaluations. Those evaluations indicated that they men were interested in attending again in the future. Those responding to the evaluation expressed interests in the various areas. For Example, one young man who grew up in Jenkins Memorial, but no longer resides in Henderson, Texas, attended. He traveled more than an hour with both of his young sons to attend the Boyz to Men Breakfast and Mini-Conference. On Sunday morning following the event, his mother shared his comments with the Jenkins congregation: “I am glad that it (the breakfast) was not at the church because I would not have felt comfortable asking some of the questions that I asked. I feel bad that I did not encourage more of my friends to attend, but I will next year.” One of the young boys in attendance wrote: “My dad (Bishop Brazzzle) was off the chain. And the food was good too.”

Jenkins Memorial CME Church of the 8th Episcopal District and the Tyler District of the Central Texas Conference, is located in the Piney Woods of East, Texas, about 35 miles east of Tyler. VaLita F. Waits, Esq. pastors the church. Rev. Darryl Madlock is the Presiding Elder, and Bishop Ronald Cunningham is the presidng prelate for the 8th Episcopal District. Photo shows Jenkins Memorial member Kelvin Johnson and son. Article submitted by Dr. VaLita Waits.

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Bishop Reddick Keynotes Vegas Convocation
By Rev. Amariah McIntosh, 2nd Episcopal District
Las Vegas, NV—As over 2,000 CMEs gathered in the ballroom of the Riviera Hotel for the official opening of the 21st CME Convocation, the 9th Episcopal District’s Praise Team prepared everyone for an evening of worship and thanksgiving. General Officers led by Editor of The Christian Index Rev. Dr. Kenneth E. Jones as worship leader, were in charge of this opening assembly.
As Bishop Henry M. Williamson, Sr., the host bishop, welcomed attendees, he informed them that for the first time the Convocation events were being broadcast live on the Internet, thanks to a partnership of CME TV and StreamingFaith.com.
Bishop Thomas L. Brown, Sr., presiding bishop of the 4th Episcopal District read a statement from the College of Bishops regarding the “Jena 6” case in Jena, LA. On behalf of the Church, the College of Bishops said that it is appalled and pained at the crisis in Jena and enraged at the racial injustice being perpetrated. The College moved to join the thousands of brothers and sisters across the nation who are demanding justice for the six black students, and disturbed that the town’s judicial system selected an all-white jury to decide their fate. In addition, the College of Bishops is calling for equal treatment of the black students —namely Michael Bell—receiving the same standard of justice as the white students involved, moving the trials of the remaining students to neutral locations, joining with the rest of the nation in wearing black on September 20 as a show of solidarity, and calling for the diverse religious community of Jena to work toward much needed reconciliation.
Senior Bishop William Graves introduced the keynote speaker, Bishop Lawrence L. Reddick III, presiding prelate of the 5th Episcopal District, who spoke on the subject, “Discipleship in the Context of the Ecclesia (or the Church family).” Bishop Reddick spoke about his brother-in-law, Frank, whom he first heard use the phrase, “It takes generations to build a family.” Bishop Reddick said he was impressed as he watched his sister and brother-in-law develop this thought, especially as they themselves became parents. He invited the audience to see this saying in a spiritual context – to see how God builds the church, as it is not yet fully grown. God, said Bishop Reddick, has been building the church, generation after generation, until even now.Bishop Reddick said the address’s purpose was to focus on leadership as modeled by Jesus Christ and how it can fit today’s ministries. After placing the scripture reading (Matthew 20:25-28, the Convocation scripture reference) in its proper context as it tells the story of the mother of the sons of Zebedee seeking a special place for her sons, and the other disciples reaction to the request, Bishop Reddick said Jesus was building his team even until his latest time. He said discipleship is the call to be participating partners in building God’s church.
Bishop Redding asked and answered three questions regarding the necessity of participation of disciples. First, why is it important to participate with God? As we look at the events all around us while we are here in Las Vegas, Bishop Reddick said, families and their situations from being in military service to incarceration to various forms of abuse are in need of words of hope. Our mission, he said, includes allowing God to build us while we build families and communities. It’s important for us to participate with God so the world can understand that Jesus can speak to us and understand us.
Second, what gets in the way of our participation? Like the disciples, said Bishop Reddick, we succumb to the temptation of jockeying for positions, trying to protect our turf from intruders, and not being sensitive to others’ needs. He said discipleship is not a “personal my God and I affair, but a relational one with other disciples and non-disciples.” He continued, “...the needs of all of us are equally important before God.” Bishop Reddick also said that we need processes and rules to guide us. The problems occur when the people in proper authority (not just bishops) fail to abide by the processes. He asked the question, “When was the last time you voted no on a preacher in a Quarterly Conference? If you won’t vote no, why do you think the Bishop should?” He said discipleship means to go deeper, but we sometimes get so busy we miss what God is trying to say to us.
Finally, how is God calling us? We must make up our minds where we will be. No matter what else you’ve heard, discipleship comes with sacrifice. Bishop Reddick said the mother of the sons of Zebedee (and the sons themselves) should have asked, “Must Jesus bear the cross alone and all the world go free? No, there’s a cross for everyone and there’s a cross for me.”
He summed up his address by saying, “You may not know all the good you do, but keep doing good anyway.”

Friday, September 28, 2007

Funeral Arrangements for DR. CHARLES E. WINFREY, SR. Rev. Dr. Charles E. Winfrey, age 72, of Nashville, TN, passed away Friday, September 21, 2007. He is survived by a loving wife, Ernestine Stewart Winfrey; one son, Charles Everett Jr. (Nancy); grandson, Charles Everett III, Nashville, TN; two sisters, Lucille Smith, East St. Louis, IL, Alice Robertson, Memphis, TN; one brother, James Winfrey, Memphis, TN; one aunt, Laurene Ward, Memphis,TN; two sisters-in-law, Pauline Sneed, Millington, TN, Ethel Mayes, Memphis, TN; three brothers-in-law, Hurley Jones, Brighton, TN, James Jones (Laventa), Lorenza Stewart, Milwaukee, WI; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

He will lie in state at Capers Memorial CME Church, 319 15th Avenue, North, Nashville, Friday, September 28, from 2-6 p.m. with family visitation from 6-7 p.m. Viewing will be Saturday, September 29, from 11-12 Noon with the funeral to follow at Capers Memorial. Reverend Patricia Buckner, Pastor; Reverend Ronald M. Powe, Officiant; Senior Bishop William H. Graves, Sr., Eulogist. Interment Greenwood Cemetery, Nashville, TN. Lewis & Wright Funeral Directors, (615) 255-2371.

Monday, July 23, 2007

Ryan Lipscomb Graduates from Howard University, Delivers Surprise Dinner Speech
On May 12, 2007, Ryan Lipscomb graduated from Howard University in Washington, DC. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in Marketing. Ryan surprised his parents and grandmother, Wilhelmina, as he rose to the podium to deliver a magnificent speech.
His parents are Ruth and Kenneth Lipscomb of Atlanta, GA. He is the grandson of Nelda and the late B.B. Lipscomb and Rev. W.E. and Wilhelmina Green of Dallas, TX. His grandfather, Rev. W.E. Green, is a retired minister in the CME Church. Grandmother Wilhelmina Green is a member of Porter Temple CME Church, Dallas, TX. Rev. Freddie Moore, pastor.

Good evening. For those of you who do not know me, I will say this one last time, but with a slight alteration. Hello, my name is Ryan Lipscomb, from Atlanta, GA, and I am a Howard University graduate with a degree in marketing. Four years ago, I sat right here in this room as a high school senior making my first visit during the School of Business’ Parent’s Weekend. I hadn’t yet made my college decision and I had been accepted at a number of schools, but I was looking for something special. I was looking for a school that felt like home. I was looking for a school that would give me my "Different World" experience. I had come from a predominantly white high school in a predominantly white suburb on the northside of Atlanta and I had never seen a huge mass of young people of color all trying to do great things with their lives. So I sat here in this banquet hall, and I remember Dean Paschal sat next to me and we spoke briefly, about what I don’t remember, but I do remember that I decided right then and there that I was going to make sure I took his class if I ever came here. Then I watched as all of these students in suits went up on stage and accepted awards because of their high GPAs and their work with their sponsor companies, and I got the feeling that all of these students were going to go on to do great things. Then I went to the auditorium and I sat and listened as Mr. Gray gave his famous “get your groceries” speech where he begged us students not to waste our time here and to get as much out of this experience that we could possibly get so that we could go out into the world as leaders. That’s when I knew that this place, the Mecca, was my school. I remember that my mother saw this goofily inspired look on my face when Mr. Gray finished that speech, she leaned over and gave me a hug, and she whispered in my ear, “I think you like it here.” And of course, she was right.
Now it is four years later and my time at the Mecca is ending. And to be honest, I don’t know yet if I’ve gotten my groceries. I don’t think I’ll know that until ten years down the road when I’ve gotten my MBA and, if Dean Paschal has his way, my law degree, and I’m running my own, hopefully successful, company. Maybe then, I’ll know. Maybe then I’ll be able to see what God had already laid out for me today.
Right now, that’s not for me to know. But what I do know is that after four years of school of B exams, late night study sessions, group projects and presentations, battles with the administration, protests and marches on the national mall and many deep, late-night discussions, as well as all of the homecomings, the yard on a sunny day, and the social scene around Howard and DC, and getting to know all of the people that I have come across in the past four years, I wouldn’t trade my time here for anything. And here I have grown as a man, and I hope my father’s proud. And here I have grown as a human being, and I hope my mother’s proud. And it was here at Howard that I was prepared to go out into the “real world” as an adult and do great things just like every other graduate in this room is prepared to go out and make their own dreams come true. And, I want to thank Howard University for that. We haven’t always seen eye to eye but in the end, I will always have fond memories of this place and everyone here. And even if we’ve never spoken, you will always be my family because we’ve been through a lot together in our four years, good times and bad times.
We’ve experienced tragedy, the Iraq war, the devastation of Katrina, and the tragic events of Virginia Tech, which hit particularly close to home because the victims were just like us, students simply trying to strive for something more. One of the victims, Ryan Clark, was a triple major with a 4.0 GPA. He would have graduated this month. His loss reminds us that there is nothing more tragic than unrealized potential. His memory should be honored by our increased determination to achieve our own success.
I want to say one last thing before I go. My parents are here and I want to thank them because I would not have made it here without them to keep me focused and grounded. I remember I told my mother just before I graduated high school that I wasn’t really all that excited about my high school diploma, and that I wouldn’t be truly excited until I graduated from college because that’s when I would know that I had finally made it. Now that time has come, and I know that it is all because of them.
So I want to thank all of the parents here for making the sacrifices that they made, because I feel that this is more for them than it is for any of us. And to the graduates, you are the future; you are the next generation of leaders for Black America and for this country and you should strive for nothing less than greatness. Because this is our time now. I’m told that there is no such thing as familiar things ending, just new things beginning. So I want to leave you with a quote. Some of you may recognize it and some of you may not, but I find it inspiring and you may find it inspiring as well. "Shoot for the moon and if you miss, sit amongst those stars."
Submitted by Clarice Jordan Lamar, Dallas, TX.

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Passing and Arrangements for Service of Mrs. Jennie Betts. It is with deep regret to inform you of the passing of Mrs. Jennie Betts, the mother of Rev. Dr. Nicholas Betts, pastor of Davis Chapel CME Church in Richmond, California. A faithful and lifetime member of the CME Church, Mrs. Betts served as a stewardess and missionary at Greenwood CME Church in Memphis, Tennessee. She was an active and lifetime member of the NAACP. Funeral services for Mrs. Betts will be held on Friday, July 20, 2007, 11:00 a.m., at Greenwood CME Church, 3311 Kimball Avenue, Memphis, TN 38111. Telephone: 901-744-7531. The Rev. Dr. Travis Robinson is the pastor. Senior Bishop William H. Graves is the presiding prelate of the First Episcopal District. Please keep Dr. and Mrs. Betts and their family lifted in prayer. Cards and condolences may be sent to Dr. Betts at 118 Staples, Hercules, CA 94547 You may contact Dr. Betts by telephone at 510-459-7405. Submitted by Bishop Henry M. Williamson, Sr.

Monday, July 09, 2007

Editor Kenneth Jones Named Academic Dean at Miles College
Editor of The Christian Index Dr. Kenneth E. Jones is the new dean of Academic Affairs at Miles College in Birmingham, AL. The announcement of Dr. Jones' appointment was made by Miles President Dr. George T. French Jr. at the College's leadership retreat in Marrietta, GA on May 23, 2007. Dr. Jones assumed the position of dean on July 1, 2007, after the retirement of Dr. Hattie G. Lamar, who served as academic dean for 10 years. In his announcement of Dr. Jones, Dr. French expressed confidence in him to provide dynamic leadership in his new role.
A native of Holly Springs, MS, Dr. Jones holds a PhD in Mass Communications from Howard University in Washington, DC. He also holds a doctor of ministry degree from the Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, VA. Prior to his appointment as dean, Dr. Jones served nine years as chairman of the Division of Communications at Miles and associate professor. A significant portion of that time was spent in the role of director of Public Relations for the college. Before coming to Miles, Dr. Jones was an assistant professor in the School of Communications at Howard. He has an extensive background that combines experiences in government and corporate public relations, as well as academic research, administration and communications education. Dr. Jones is an accomplished journalist, having served as a reporter at several newspapers. Since 1998, he has served as Editor of The Christian Index, the official publication of the CME Church. He is married to the former Frances Washington. They reside in Pleasant Grove, AL.
Established in 1905 and located in Fairfield, AL, Miles College is one of four CME-affiliated institutions of higher education, including Lane College, Texas College, Paine College, and the Phillips School of Theology.

Thursday, July 05, 2007

Arkansas Region Lay Banquet Visited by Governor Mike Bebee
Little Rock, AR (June 19, 2007)—The Arkansas Region Annual Conference entertained the state’s number one citizen as Arkansas Governor Mike Bebee was guest speaker at the annual Lay Luncheon. The governor was received by Senior Bishop William H. Graves, presiding prelate of the 1st Episcopal District, which includes the states of Arkansas and Tennessee. Mrs. Donna Graves joined her husband, Bishop Graves, and the many clergy and lay in attendance. Brother Manuel A. Twillie gave greetings at the afternoon affair and introduced the governor. Other guests were State Senator Emma Brown (D-Little Rock), former State Senator Bill Walker, the governor’s deputy chief of staff, Lamar Davis, and Renee Bullock, the governor’s liaison for Minority Affairs. Along with Twillie and Presiding Elder Larry Ross, all were instrumental in securing Governor Beebe for the luncheon. Also present was Dr. Kenneth E. Jones, Editor of The Christian Index. In addition to the governor’s address, several laypersons were honored during “Lay Recognition.”
In his address, the governor used the opportunity to thank his supporters, many of whom were in attendance at the luncheon, for their efforts in helping him achieve his goals in the recent governor’s election. He went on to talk about successes and priorities in his administration. Among these were reductions in state sales tax and the goal of free education for pre-schoolers. In general, however, the governor said what was most important is keeping promises. The governor said that even when goals you have set ultimately are unattainable, you must at least be able to say you tried. “Keeping your promise is the most important thing you can do,” said Governor Bebee.
Mike Beebe was born in Amagon, AR, in 1946. He earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Arkansas State University in 1968 and a law degree from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville in 1972, all while serving in the U.S. Army Reserves. Bebee served in the State Senate for 20 years before being elected governor in November of 2006. He is the 45th governor of the State of Arkansas. Beebe and wife, Ginger, have three adult children and are active members of Trinity Episcopal Church in Searcy, AR, where he has served as senior warden and member of the vestry.

Monday, June 25, 2007

Passing of Rev. Ernest Wayne Hammick (Connectional Young Adult Ministry Chaplain). After celebrating his 28th birthday on Tuesday, Rev. Ernest Wayne Hammick went home to be with the Lord on Saturday June 23, 2007 in Los Angeles, CA.

Arrangements are as follows:
Viewing
Thursday July 5th from 9:00am - 9:00pm
Harrison Ross Mortuary
436 E. Compton Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90221
(323) 584-1225

Homegoing Celebration
Friday July 6th
11:00am
Lewis Metropolitan C.M.E. Church
4900 S. Western Blvd
Los Angeles, CA
Rev. Peris Lester, Pastor

Cards/resolutions and acts of kindness should be sent to his mother:
Rosa Crothers
12916 S. San Pedro St
Los Angeles, CA 90061
(310) 532-7618
**in lieu of flowers, please send monetary donations to his mother


Submitted by Rev. Cyreeta Collins
CME CYAM President

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Rev. Roderick Lewis Earns Doctorate from Hood Seminary. On Saturday, May 12, 2007, the Hood Theological Seminary Salisbury, NC, held their 2007 Commencement. Among the 51 graduates were four recipients of the Diploma in Christian Education, three recipients of the Master of Theological Studies Degree, thirty-five recipients of the Master of Divinity Degree and nine recipients of the Doctor of Ministry Degree. Among the nine recipients of the Doctor of Ministry Degree was Roderick Darnell Lewis Sr., Pastor of Parkwood Institutional CME Church, Charlotte, NC. The Commencement followed an early morning service of Holy Communion for the graduates, giving the academic community at Hood opportunity to share in the sacrament once more before leaving the institution as graduates. During the very moving service, Bishop Violet L. Fisher, Resident Bishop of the New York Area of the United Methodist Church, offered a challenging and moving Commencement address, entitled, “A Tassle, A Title, A Testimony.”
Following the Commencement, a reception was given in Dr. Lewis' honor by his wife, Sandra “Kay” Lewis and their children, R. Darnell and Allasyn D. Lewis, at the Parkwood Institutional CME Church Fellowship Hall. Family, friends, members of the congregation of Parkwood and other churches where Dr. Lewis has served as pastor were there to greet him and share in this celebration. Several members of the congregation at Parkwood presented a skit highlighting Dr. Lewis’ journey in the ministry, reflecting his spiritual growth from his early days in ministry to the present. It was a joyous day of praise and thanksgiving.
Rev. Dr. Lewis is a faithful servant of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church on all levels and is noted for his involvement in facilitating the growth of many across our Zion. This accomplishment of Rev. Dr. Roderick D. Lewis Sr. exemplifies determination, a sincere quest for knowledge, perseverance, and commitment to his “calling.” We, the members of the Parkwood Institutional Christian Methodist Episcopal Church share with him in this accomplishment and consider ourselves blessed to be on this spiritual journey with him. We congratulate him as he continues to serve and be a “witness for Christ.”
Parkwood Institutional Christian Methodist Episcopal Church is a part of the Durham District of the Carolina Region of the 7th Episcopal District of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church. Rev. Louvenia Coleman is presiding elder and the Right Rev. Thomas L. Hoyt, Jr. is the presiding bishop. Submitted by Catherine M. Felton of the Parkwood Institutional CME Church.

Monday, June 04, 2007

6th District Holds Ministry to Men Retreat at St. Paul, Savannah (GA)
Savannah, GA—Under the leadership of Rev. Dr. Henry R. Delaney, Saint Paul Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, has become one of the places in Savannah, GA, where community leaders and other citizens assemble to seek guidance and strategize about community issues.
April 27-29, 2007, the 6th Episcopal District of the CME Church Ministry to Men Program held a two-day Men’s Retreat at St. Paul. Leaders of the church came together to worship and discuss issues facing African-American men in areas such as education, the legal system, health care, financial management, sports in the local church and ministering to youth. As needed, professionals and specialists were invited to serve as discussion leaders and speakers. The 6th Episcopal District, encompassing the state of Georgia, and Connectional leaders who participated in the conference included Bishop Othal H. Lakey, prelate of the 6th Episcopal District; Cliff Harris, president of the Connectional Lay Institute; Leo Pinkett, General Secretary of the Department of Ministry to Men, and Dr. Robert Robbins, Sr., Atlanta-Rome Region, 6th Episcopal District Ministry to Men coordinator.
The host church was well represented at all of the sessions, and among the St. Paul men who played a leadership role at the retreat were Horace Magwood, III, Arnold Singleton, John Pryor, Ralph Johnson, Jeremiah Williams, Thomas Cornelius, Tony Wright, Sr., Tommy Cooper, Brian Salters, Min.Cameron Jordan, Dr. Kenneth Jordan, Edward Smith, and George Jackson. St. Paul’s Men’s Chorus provided the music. Brian Magwood, a former member of St. Paul who now attends Good News Community CME Church of Lithonia, GA, also played a leadership role in this highly successful retreat. Pictured are (l-r) Dr. Robbins, Sr., General Secretary Pinkett, and Mr. Magwood.

Friday, May 25, 2007

Mykia Johnson Awarded Gates Scholarship
Mykia Johnson, a member of Russell Memorial CME Church in Durham, NC, has been awarded the prestigious Bill Gates Millennium Scholarship. From a field of 11,000 applicants, Mykia was selected as 1 of 1,000 Gates Scholars for the GMS Class of 2007.
She was officially notified by way of a letter from Larry A. Griffith, Vice-President of the Gates Millennium Scholars. The Gates Scholarship entitles Mykia to a full scholarship to any school of her choice. It will fund her education through the Master and Doctoral levels if she pursues graduate studies in the fields of education, engineering, library science, mathematics, public hearth or science.
Mykia was offered a four year scholarship to North Carolina Central University by NCCU Chancellor James H. Ammons. The offer was extended during the 39th Annual Awards Banquet of the Human Relations Youth Award of the City of Durham Relations Commissions Department.
The blessings just keep flowing in her life. Mykia was also chosen to be a North Carolina Teaching Fellow. The N.C. Teaching Fellows program gives $6,500 annually tc 500 deserving North Carolina students while preparing them to be the “cream of the crop” in the filed of education by providing them with enriching opportunities to pursue their dreams. Mykia has decided to be a blessing to someone else by giving up her Teaching Fellow Scholarship to a Teacher Fellow Alternate.
Mykia is actively involved at Russell Memorial where she serves on and participates in the Sunday School, Bible Study, Children/Y outh Choir, Junior Usher Board, Mattie E. Coleman Missionary Circle, and the Christian Youth Fellowship (CYF).
A senior at Hillside High School in Durham, she is president of the student body and a member of Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), the Student Government Association and the golf team. On a national level, Mykia is a member of the National Honor Society, National Achievers Society, Mu Alpha Theta Math Honor Society, National English Honor Society, and Students Taking Academic Responsibility (STAR).
Mykia serves in the Durham community at large with Habitat for Humanity, and as Secretary of the Durham Youth Council and Chair of the Board of Striving For The Community (SFTC) Serteens.
Mykia successfully takes on all these activities while maintaining a 4.327 GP A at Hillside where she is ranked 6 of 280 students in her senior class.
Submitted by Mrs. Fannie T. Lee and Mrs. Mamie V. Alston

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

General Connectional Board Concludes. The first meeting of the General Connectional Board of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church in the wake of the 2006 General Conference came to an end Thursday, May 3, 2007. From every indication, this was a very good General Board. Wednesday, May 2, was highlighted by the reports of each of the Standing Committees in open session held at the Greenwood CME Church, Dr. Travis Robinson host pastor. And while there was no information that caused reason for concern in the church, there was good news from certain departmental camps. General Secretary of Finances and Chief Financial Officer Dr. Joseph C. Neal, Jr. informed the Board that several of the church’s larger open accounts have been satisfied and that its largest obligation incurred on behalf of Texas College is on schedule to be fully paid as early as 2011. In fact, the church’s cash flow has increased by nearly $400,000 and long-term debt has decreased by well over a half-million dollars. More news of note came from General Secretary of Personnel Services Dr. Tyrone T. Davis who informed the church that there has been a positive return for the CME Church Retirement Plan over the last year in the amount of 7.17 percent. He also informed the Board that, thanks to help from General Secretary Neal, retirees who take their pension will also now hold a $10,000 life policy for themselves and $5,000 life policy for their spouse through age 99. Other reports were also noted, such as planning for the 2008 Connectional Youth and Young Adult Conference in Orlando, FL by the Department of Christian Education and planning for the Missionary General Assembly in Atlanta, GA in August of this year. Following the business session of the General Board was the installation service of the chairman of the College of Bishops, Bishop Henry M. Williamson, Sr.
The evening Service of Holy Communion was also held at Greenwood CME. The Communion speaker was Bishop Paul A.G. Stewart, Sr., 3rd Episcopal District. Music was provided by the 1st District mass choir.
The 2007 General Connectional Board meeting closed on Thursday morning, May 3. The meditation speaker was Rev. Dr. Clementine Mays, St. Paul CME Church, Easley, MS. New this year in the closing service was “A Service of Renewal” for the General Board. In a Litany for the Church, the floor of the Board was divided into two groups. Then adding a third group, consisting of the College of Bishops, there were three voices that read words of dedication. It was a wonderful experience.

Wednesday, May 02, 2007


1st General Board of New Quadrennium Off to Good Start
Memphis, TN—The first session of the meeting of the General Connectional Board began Tuesday afternoon, May 1, 2007, as smooth as the church could hope for as delegates from throughout the Connection met at the Holiday Inn Select Airport Hotel. Host and Senior Bishop William H. Graves of the 1st Episcopal District called to order his first such meeting since being installed as the senior executive of the Church at the 36th General Conference held here in Memphis last June. The Senior Bishop began this General Board by introducing the afternoon meditation speaker, Dr. George Coleman, pastor of the Cleaves Memorial CME Church in Oakland, TN. The meditation was followed by the Roll Call by Rev. DeAndre Bell.
Atty. Juanita Bryant, the Executive Secretary of the CME Church, gave the first General Officers’ Report of this General Board. Dr. Paul Brown, Washington, DC, read the names of the members of the various Standing Committees to the General Departments of the Church. Room assignments for Standing Committee meetings were given. The General Board then recessed to attend the Dedication Service of the CME Publishing House and Miles College Bookstore on Elvis Presley Blvd. Busses were provided for the attendees.
At the Publishing House, Dr. William E. George, General Secretary of Publications Services, was recognized for his leadership in opening this facility in which all of the publishing interests of the Church are produced, including The Christian Index, The Missionary Messenger, the Sunday School literature, and numerous other resources and publications of the Church. Dr. Willie Clyde Jones of Tuscaloosa, AL, was recognized for his role in helping to facilitate the purchase of the building. It was noted that the new Publishing House is debt free.
Senior Bishop William H. Graves led in the ritual of dedication. Chairman of the Department of Publications Bishop E. Lynn Brown, 2nd Episcopal District, introduced dedication service participants and Bishop Paul A.G. Stewart Sr., 3rd Episcopal District, spoke on behalf of the College of Bishops.
During the meeting of the Standing Committees to hear the reports of the General Officers of the Church, several of the Boards dined on sumptuous meals. The final activity of the day was the annual Evening of Worship sponsored by the Ministers’ and Laymen’s Council, under the leadership of Dr. Eddie L. Jumper, president.

Saturday, April 28, 2007


Bishop Carter Turns Jamaica Annual Conference into Mission Trip
Bishop Kenneth Wayne Carter, prelate of the 10th Episcopal District, led a large delegation of CMEs from the United States to Montego Bay, Jamaica, April 10-14, 2007, for the Jamaica Region Annual Conference. But it wasn't your typical CME meeting. The newly elected bishop, assigned to the Episcopal District encompassing African nations, Jamaica and Haiti, has determined that each annual conference will devote a significant amount of time to engaging in real mission work. During this year's visit to Jamaica, the bishop, members of the Jamaican Region and guests from the States helped to reinvigorate and restore three CME schools, including the Mae Linsey School, the Joseph Coles School, and the Christian Methodist Basic School. Each school was in dire need of some good ol' elbow grease. Joining the bishop on the trip and engaging in much of the hard work in the sweltering Jamaican sun were 21 members from the Phillips Metropolitan CME Church in Hartford, CT, along with their pastor, Rev. James Walker. Also on the trip were General Secretary of Evangelism and Missions Dr. W.C. Champion, Florida Region Missionary Society President Mrs. Mary Stallings, Central CME President Mrs. Gladys Brown, Rev. Manuel Henderson of Ft. Worth, TX, Dr. and Mrs. Author Green of Akron, OH, and Dr. Kenneth E. Jones, Editor of The Christian Index. Working closely with Bishop Carter on all of his mission efforts is Rev. Mrs. Mary McKinney of Florida. Look for more expanded coverage of the Jamaican mission effort in an upcoming issue of The Christian Index.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Bishop Dotcy Isom Returns to Hudsonville CME as Homecoming Speaker
Holly Springs, MS--On March 11, 2007, the Hudsonville CME Church family celebrated “Annual Homecoming.” To make sure that all of the affiliates were united in the celebration, correspondence was sent nation wide informing family members of the great day coming and our expectations.
This celebration was praised to the highest with approximately 350 members, relatives and friends present. Happily, not only was the program blessed in attendance but also spiritually and financially.
The highest peak of the program was the presence of Bishop Dotcy I. Isom, Jr. (retired), who was the dynamic speaker for the Homecoming Celebration. Bishop Isom, the 43rd Bishop of the CME Church, greeted his church family with zeal, joviality and godly love as an anointed one.
Using as a ttitle, “A Second Touch,” Bishop Isom enlightened the congregation that all saints need a "second touch" from God Almighty in order to remain on the straight and narrow path that makes us the church that God wants us to be and leads us to our final destination, our heavenly home with Jesus.
Rev. and Mrs. Bobby G. Wilson, pastor of the Hudsonville CME Church and wife, extended their appreciation by closing the day with a “down home, soul food” repast for the entire church family and Bishop and Mrs. Dotcy I. Isom, Jr. Thank You Bishop Isom for coming home!
Submitted by Mrs. Ardelia I. Briggs.

Sunday, April 08, 2007

He Lives!

Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God's wrath through him! For if, when we were God's enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! (Romans 5:9-10)


When we were children, my sister closest to me and I would get up very early on Easter morning, go outside and find the perfect spot to watch the sun come up. We were told that if you pay close attention on Easter morning, you can actually see the sun shout, celebrating the risen savior! Of course as we took in this miraculous occurrence, we didn't realize that the very act of training our eyes so closely to the rising sun produces a natural optical effect that makes it appear as if the sun were slightly moving up and down. Moreover, thank goodness our naivete didn't render us blind! Nevertheless, the idea of shouting on Easter Sunday morning is not something too unfamiliar to those of us as CMEs growing up in the south. They used to do a lot of shouting back then. But why? If Jesus had not risen from the grave, what hope would men and women have? Death would be an empty void, a terrifying prospect. Life would be without meaning. Paul reminds us in the fifth chapter of Romans that Christ, through his dying, has brought us back into reconciliation with God. Thus it seems Paul is saying that indeed while there might be sufficient value for our salvation in his dying alone, how much greater off are we through the fact that he lives! That is something to shout about on this Easter Day. May the blessings of Easter be with you today and always, and may we always remember there is much to shout about.

Thursday, April 05, 2007

Updated location for Victor Brown funeral in Jackson, TN.
The funeral service and burial for Rev. A. Victor Brown to be held in Jackson, TN, has been changed to a new location. It will be held on Tuesday, April 10, 2007 at Noon at the St. Paul CME Church 571 Lane Avenue, Jackson, TN 38301. Telephone: 731-427-1627. All arrangements for the funeral in Cincinnati, OH, remain unchanged.

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Revised Announcement for Rev. Victor Brown Funeral. The following is a revised announcement concerning the funeral arrangements for the Rev. A. Victor Brown, the son of Bishop Edward Lynn Brown, Presiding Prelate of the Second Episcopal District, who passed away on April 2, 2007. Rev. A. Victor Brown will lie in state at the St. Phillips CME Church, 1205 Lane Street, Hamilton, OH 45805 on Friday, April 6, 2007, from noon until 5 PM. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, April 7, 2007 at noon, (Wake and Visitation from 9:30 AM - 11:45 AM), Metropolitan CME Church 2815 Melrose Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45206. A funeral service and burial will be held on Tuesday, April 10, 2007 at noon in Salem CME Church, 2607 Ashport Road, Jackson, TN 38301. In lieu of flowers, the family of Rev. Brown is respectfully requesting that donations be made to a scholarship fund for K.J. and A.J. Brown. Any donations to the scholarship fund can be directed as follows:


"The Custodian Scholarship Trust Account for K.J. and A.J. Brown"
National City Bank
Attention: Pamela Thompson or Rich King
Carousel Branch
8054 Reading Road
Cincinnati, OH 45237
Telephone: (513) 821-2094

Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Thompson, Hall & Jordan (Cincinnati), Telephone: 513-742-3600. In Jackson, Tennessee: Bledsoe Funeral Home, 256 Middleton Avenue, Jackson, TN 38301. Telephone: 731-4 27-1521. Please keep in prayer Bishop Edward Lynn Brown and Mrs. Gladys Brown, Victor's wife, Churee Lee Brown; his sons, Kyrhee Sjamont (K.J.) and Alonzo Edward (A.J. ), and his sister, Cheronda Brown Guyton (Andrew) and nephews, Stephen Andrew and Sean Matthew.

Peace and Blessings during this Holy Week. Humbly submitted by Theresa Duhart

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Remaining Focused (a meditation).
“Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”- Hebrews 12:2.

Over the past several days, four of our most visible, widely recognized CMEs have been unexpectedly called home. Indeed, there have been others whom we may not know, but who also were strong, committed, loyal CMEs. These losses give us reason to pause as, otherwise, our hearts and spirits are drawn toward the observance of Holy Week. Let us not lose heart. God remains in control. We will keep our eyes ever fixed on the hope and victory of Jesus. --Kenneth E. Jones, Editor

Monday, April 02, 2007

Funeral Services Scheduled for Rev. A. Victor Brown. The following is information on the funeral arrangements for Rev. A. Victor Brown, the son of Bishop Edward Lynn Brown. Rev. A. Victor Brown will lie in state at the St. Phillips CME Church, 1205 Lane Street, Hamilton, OH 45805 on Friday, April 6, 2007, from noon until 5 PM. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, April 7, 2007 at noon, (Wake and Visitation 9:30 AM - 11:45 AM) at the Metropolitan CME Church, 2815 Melrose Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45206. A funeral service and burial will be held on Tuesday, April 10, 2007 at 12 noon at the Salem CME Church, 2607 Ashport Road in Jackson, TN 38301. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to the AJ Brown and KJ Brown Scholarship Fund, c/o 2nd Episcopal District, 7030 Reading Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45237. Funeral arrangements are entrustred to Thompson, Hall & Jordan (Cincinnati, OH) Ph. 513-742-3600. In Jackson, Tennessee, arrangements are with the Bledsoe Funeral Home, 256 Middleton Avenue, Jackson, TN 38301; (731)-427-1521. Bishop Edward Lynn Brown and Mrs. Gladys Brown, as well as Rev. A. Victor Brown's sons, A.J. and K.J., need your prayers. Peace and Blessings during this Holy week. Submitted by Atty. Juanita Bryant, Executive Secretary of the CME Church.
Loss of Rev. Victor Brown. We regret to inform you of the sudden loss Monday morning, April 2, 2007, of Rev. Victor Brown, son of Bishop Edward Lynn Brown, presiding prelate of the 2nd Episcopal District, and Mrs. Gladys Stevens Brown. No additional information concerning Rev. Brown's passing is known at this time. Rev. Brown leaves a wife and two young sons. Let us be in prayer for the Brown family.

Thursday, March 29, 2007

Bishop Charles Lee Helton Service at Noon, Wednesday, April 4, 2007. The 49th bishop of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, Bishop Charles Lee Helton, passed away on Thursday afternoon, March 29, 2007, in Charlotte, NC. Formerly the presiding prelate of the 7th Episcopal District, Bishop Helton and his wife Willie Ann Helton, gave tremendous leadership to one of the largest Episcopal Districts of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, comprising the New York-Washington Region and the Carolina Region. Bishop Helton also served four years as the presiding prelate of the 10th Episcopal District, including churches in Africa and the Caribbeans. Bishop Helton retired from active ministry during the 2006 General Conference of the CME Church in Memphis, TN.

Funeral services will be held at noon Wednesday, April 4, 2007, at the Parkwood Institutional CME Church, 802 Tom Hunter Road, Charlotte, NC 28213-1021. Rev. Roderick D. Lewis is pastor.
COGIC Leader Patterson's Funeral Service Set. The International Homegoing Service for Bishop Gilbert E. Patterson, leader of the Church of God In Christ, will be Saturday, March 31, 2007, at 10 AM. The service will be able to be viewed by webcast for those unable to attend in Memphis, TN. The webcast of the International Homegoing Service, powered by VM Direct/Helloworld, will begin at 10:00 a.m Central Daylight Time. The webcast can be viewed at http://www.cogiclive.org/. Also, there are churches in most states that will have viewing available. If you plan to view from your desktop or laptop, you might want to go to the site prior to the beginning of the service to check your system for any additional downloads that may be needed in order for your computer to run properly.

Submitted by Pene' Long-Woods, Jackson, MS

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

6th District Enjoys One in the Spirit Banquet at Spring Convocation.

Meeting in its annual Spring Convocation, the 6th Episcopal District held its “One in the Spirit” Banquet Friday, March 23, 2007, at the Columbus Iron Works & Convention Center, Columbus, GA. It was a gala affair, hosted by the presiding prelate of the 6th Episcopal District, Bishop Othal Hawthorne Lakey. The banquet is held in support of 6th Episcopal District Expansion. The theme for the banquet was, “From Good to Great—In Faith and Faithfulness.” The speaker for this year’s One in the Spirit Banquet was Bishop Lawrence L. Reddick, III, presiding prelate of the 5th Episcopal District, who spoke from the subject, “Expansion Begins in the Mind.” Accompanying Bishop Reddick at the affair was Mrs. Wendy Jones Reddick, and adorning the dais along with the 6th District prelate, Bishop Lakey, was Dr. Elfreda Lakey, 6th District director of Music.
The Master of Ceremonies and Mistress of Ceremonies were Rev. Frederick L. Braddock, Sr., pastor of West Mitchell CME Church, Atlanta, GA; and Dr. Kim Ezekiel. But there were several other program participants, including Mrs. Catherine Swint, director of Social Concerns for the Macon-Barnesville District; Rev. William Banks, pastor of Clifford Temple CME, Thomasville, GA; Rev. Allen Page III, pastor of Holsey Chapel CME, Columbus, GA; Rev. Albert Lee III, presiding Elder, Elberton-Gainesville District; Rev. Cleavon Mabon, Mrs. Shonda Barnes, assistant secretary, West Georgia Region; Rev. Thurmond D. Brown, presiding elder, South Columbus-Cordele District; Mr. Leo Pinkett, General Secretary, Department of Ministry to Men; Mrs. Cheryl Averett Johnson, chair, Program Committee; and Rev. Lovett Thornton, Pastor, Carter Monumental CME, Columbus, GA. Guests attending the banquet included Dr. Carmichael Crutchfield, General Secretary of Christian Education; Atty. Ouida Brown, General Counsel for the CME Church; Presiding Elder and Mrs. Leo Douglas, Phenix City/Opelika/ Montgomery District (Alabama); and Dr. Kenneth Elvis Jones, Editor of The Christian Index.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Update on Arrangements for Rev. William E. Stone. Rev. William E. Stone, 66, pastor of Carter Metropolitan CME Church of Dallas and former presiding elder, traded earth for glory on Tuesday, March 20, 2007 at his residence surrounded by his family.

The Arrangements are:
Friday, March 23, 2007 7-8PM
Memorial Wake at Carter Metropolitan CME, Fort Worth

Saturday, March 24, 2007 12 Noon
Celebration of Life Services at Carter Metropolitan CME
4601 Wichita Street, Fort Worth, Texas
Host Pastor: Rev. Jerome Price
Eulogist: Bishop Paul A.G. Stewart

Sunday, March 25, 2007 4PM
Shiloh CME Church, Fulton, MS
Burial in Shiloh Cemetary

Please keep his wife, Hattie Durden Stone and Children (Shantilata, William II, Phillip and John) in your prayers.

Submitted by Pene' Long-Woods, Jackson, MS

Friday, March 16, 2007

Arrangements for the late Dr. Mance Jackson. Condolences for the loss of Dr. Mance Jackson can be sent to his wife, Mrs. Joy A. Jackson at 1007 South Candler Road, Decatur, Georgia 30030-4465.

Funeral Services have been set for Tuesday, March 20, 2007 at 11:00a.m. at West Mitchell C.M.E. Church, 560 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, SW, Atlanta, GA. His body has been entrusted to the Grissom-Eastlake Funeral Home, 227 E. Lake Drive, S.E., Atlanta, GA 30317. Phone: 404-373-3191.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Atlanta CMEs Host Pan-Methodist Bishops' Consultation. Atlanta, GA (March 11, 2007)—For certain, this particular Sunday was one evening when God was not a respector of race, gender, or denominational persuasion as leaders representating all of Methodism in the United States assembled at the West Mitchell CME Church for "A Methodist Gathering: A Service of Renewal and Commitment." This Celebration of Holy Communion served as the beginning of the Consultation of Methodist Bishops, the Commission of Pan-Methodist Cooperation and Union. The service was an exercise in liturgical splendor with as many as 30 or more bishops in attendance from the various brands of Methodism, including the African Methodist Episcopal Church, the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, the African Union Methodist Protestant Church, the Union American Methodist Episcopal Church, the United Methodist Church, and hosts the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church. Additionally, Methodists and others from throughout the Atlanta area filled the spacious West Mitchell sanctuary to drink in all the bishops had to offer in observance of the auspicious occasion.
Calling the congregation to worship was the Senior Bishop of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, Bishop William H. Graves, 1st Episocpal District. Others playing important roles in the service were Bishop George W.C. Walker, Sr., AMEZC; scripture by Bishop G. Linsey Davis, United Methodist Church; prayer by Bishop Philip R. Cousin AMEC; Mrs. Harriet McCable, introduction of the Pan-Methodist Commission; and Bishop Carolyn Tyler Guidry, Moments of Remembrance. Greetings were brought by the pastor of West Mitchell CME, Rev. Frederick L. Braddock, Sr. and the invitation and commitment was led by Bishop Gregory Palmer. Music was rendered by the Voices of the Sixth, comprising members of the 6th Episcopal District. The offering was designated for the Pan-Methodist Campaign on Children and Poverty. It was reported that over $2,500 was raised in the offering.
Senior Bishop Graves introduced the speaker for the evening, Bishop Othal Hawthorne Lakey, presiding bishop of the 6th Episcopal District and host. Speaking from I Corinthians 1:10-18, Bishop Lakey used as a title, "The 'In Between' Church." Bishop Lakey said that while the first church of the Christian faith, as depicted in the Book of Acts, may be the church of our dreams, and the church of the Book of Revelations (the eschatalogical church) might be the church of our vision, there is yet a church in the middle—an "in between church" if you will—the church of the here and now. He suggested that this "in between" church is full of all of the flaws and imperfections of the world. And the "in between" church brings much that "not yet" has been fulfilled. Nevertheless, looking forward to the "not yet," even the church of our vision (the future church), we still have hope.
Joining Bishops Cousin, Walker, Sr., Graves, Palmer and Davis as Celebrants for the Celebration of Holy Communion was United Methodist Bishop Gregory Palmer. AMEZ Bishop Nathaniel Jarrett gave closing remarks, followed by the Benediction by Bishop Lakey.
As hosts of the Gathering, CMEs helped fill the church. Among those present were Bishops Paul A.G. Stewart, Sr. (3rd Episcopal District); Bishop L.L. Reddick III (5th Episcopal District); Bishop Ronald M. Cunningham (8th Epispcopal District); and Bishop Nathaniel Linsey (retired). General Officers present were Mr. Leo Pinkett, General Secretary of Ministry to Men and Dr. Kenneth E. Jones, Editor of The Christian Index. Also present were Miles College President Dr. George T. French, Jr. and Mrs. Joyce French. Several bishops' wives were present.

Saturday, March 10, 2007

Passing of Chief Dr. I Carlton Faulk, General Secretary, Emeritus, Department of Lay Ministry. Funeral services for Chief Dr. I Carlton Faulk, General Secretary, Emeritus, Department of Lay Ministry will be held on Friday, March 16, 2007, 11:00 a.m., at Beebe Memorial Cathedral CME Church, 3900 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609. The Rev. Dr. Charley Hames is the pastor. Telephone: 510-655-6114. Fax: 510-655-6170 E-mail: thecathedral@sbcglobal.net

Saturday, February 24, 2007


Rev. Regina Reese-Young preaches Revival at Mt. Olive Cathedral CME, Memphis, TN. Rev. Regina Reese-Young is shown above with Sister Mozella Williams-Jones and Bro. Charles Champion, chairperson of the Commission on Membership and Evangelism at Mt. Olive Cathedral CME in Memphis, TN. Rev. Reese-Young, pastor of Calvary CME Church in Buffalo, NY, was the October 2006 Revival evangelist at Mt. Olive, where Rev. Dr. Stevey Wilburn is pastor. Sisters Greta Wilburn, Jacqueline Harvey and Deborah Brown were revival program coordinators.
"She opened her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness" (Proverb 31:26).
Rev. Reese-Young left the congregation and community visitors many octaves higher in spiritual enrichment as a result of her powerful delivery of three nights of challenging sermons and songs. Truly, the CME Zion is in Divine Order for moving from "Good to Great" with the caliber of Holy Ghost fire generated by this powerful sister in the ministry of the gospel.
"Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates" (Proverbs 31:31).
Submitted by Mozella Jones.

Monday, February 12, 2007

CME youth and young adult murdered and wounded in tragic drive-by in Wadley, AL. By Rev. Jacob G. Colbert, Jr., pastor, Coger Hill CME Church, Daviston, AL. There are four towns located close to one another, about 25 miles above Alexander City, AL. The towns are New Site, AL; Daviston, AL; Wadley, AL; and Roanoke, AL. There are CME churches in New Site, Daviston and Wadley. All three churches have members who reside within the four “country towns.” Terrance Wilkes (shown above) and Jasper Buchannan (below) were both members of Coger Hill CME Church in Daviston, Alabama, where the pastor is Rev. Jacob G. Colbert, Jr.
Terrance was a senior at Wadley High School, and was well known as an outstanding football running back. He was the second leading rusher in Alabama high school history, with a total of 9,680 yards and 152 touchdowns. Terrance was also an honor student; he was looking forward to a promising future. His cousin, Jasper Buchannan, is a senior at the University of Alabama. Jasper was visiting with family in Wadley for Thanksgiving. He, along with his cousins and friends, decided to go to the park and play a friendly game of basketball. While playing basketball in the park, suddenly two cars drove up to the court. As the passengers unloaded, they began to open gunfire on all of the young men playing basketball. When the dust settled and the two cars had left the scene, Jasper and Terrance were shot and bleeding. Their friends and family rushed them to the nearest Medical Clinic where Terrance was pronounced dead upon arrival.Jasper was air lifted to the University of Alabama, Birminghamm (UAB) Hospital.
Two of the perpetrators turned themselves in to the local sheriff, and there were three others arrested within a few days. Pastor Colbert was visiting family in Buckeye, AZ and Jasper’s brother, Stephen, who is stationed in Denver, CO, telephoned Pastor Colbert to make him aware of what was going on. Pastor and Mrs. Colbert caught the next flight they could, to return to Alabama to minister to the families.
When Bishop Lawrence Reddick III (5th Episcopal District) found out about this tragedy, he immediately telephoned the family to comfort Jasper’s mother. The funeral for Terrance was planned and held in the high school gymnasium. Terrance's football team mates sat together, all of them wearing their jerseys. Attendance was well over 1000. The school principal and the football coach gave remarks, and Pastor Colbert officiated and preached the eulogy. There were seven ministers from the community present, including Rev. Gregory Scott who is pastor of White Chapel CME Church in Wadley, who offered the prayer.
Jasper’s recovery was painful, and his medical care very expensive. His mother insisted on either she or a family member being present with Jasper 24 hours a day. Pastor Colbert is employed in the Finance Department at UAB, so he was able to visit Jasper daily. Bishop Reddick directed Pastor Colbert to share the news at the Mid-Winter Accounting meeting of the Southeast Alabama Region and also offer a plea for financial support for Jasper’s medical treatment. In a free will offering, the conference raised over $1,400 and Bishop Reddick delivered the donations to the family at the hospital.
Possibly because Terrance in his death and Jasper in his recovery were receiving so much attention, a local newspaper printed an article quoting the local county sheriff’s office as saying that the violence possibly was the result of gangs fighting over drug-dealing turf. Neither of the young men had any proven ties to gangs or drug dealing. They both are excellent examples to the youth in their community. The article printed in the paper only proved to upset the families who are all active members of Coger Hill CME Church.
On Saturday, January 13, 2007, Coger Hill hosted a musical benefit service to raise more funds to assist in covering Jasper’s hospital bills. Gospel musical groups from all over the local counties came to participate. The service lasted four hours, and a good sum of money was raised. Jasper’s Mother, Sis. Edith Buchannan, stood to announce that whatever amount was collected, half will be given to Terrance’s family. The perpetrators are being held in the local county jail. Investigators are still searching for a motive.
The death of Terrance and wounding of Jasper have inspired the church family to begin to organize a Boys and Girls Club in that local area. Less than a month later there was another shooting in Wadley, and two teenagers severely beat another young man. Both of these violent crimes were centered on disputes concerning young females. Pastor Jacob Colbert was invited to preach a special revival focusing on the four “country towns” working together as “one village” to reclaim their communities. The revival was well attended, and there is now a greater focus on seeking solutions to stop the violence in these communities.

Saturday, February 03, 2007

One Church One School 11th Partnership Conference. One Church One School (OCOS), the 13 year-old Chicago-based community partnership organization celebrated its 11th Annual Partnership Conference on Thursday and Friday, October 19 and 20, 2006.
An orderly crowd of over 400 public high school students from Chicago and Gary, IN, filed into the imposing International House on the campus of the University of Chicago to attend the OCOS Student Empowerment Seminar held in conjunction with the Conference. Marcellus Jones, Gospel Radio AM 1390 personality facilitated the program. The seminar addressed the hip-hop industry’s impact on today’s youth
Professor Lance Williams, Ph.D. assistant director of the Jacob H. Carrouthers Center for Inner City studies at Northeastern Illinois University, engaged the youth, their chaperones and the religious leaders attending the conference in a dynamic dialogue surrounding the images depicted in hip-hop videos and music. He also provided the historical setting for hip hop’s evolution from social consciousness to its present negative state espousing vulgarity and demeaning women. The reaction from the audience was full of applause shout-outs and other signs of agreement. The students did not want to leave and expressed their appreciation to Professor Williams and the One Church One School Sponsors.
After the power packed morning with the students, the religious leaders, educators, community members, program volunteers and parents returned to the Oak Lawn Hilton Hotel and Conference Center in Oak Lawn, Illinois for a demonstration of the revolutionary and powerful Professor B Mathematics Program. Professor Everard Barrett has created a guaranteed strategy for parents, tutors and teachers to help children successfully learn mathematics.
In the evening all gathered to enjoy the Lifetime Achievement Awards Banquet with sumptuous food, a dynamic message and a celebration. Emcee, Bishop Dotcy I. Isom, Jr. enhanced the evening with his quick wit. Bishop Thomas L. Brown, presiding prelate, 4th Episcopal District, CME Church and former Dean, Phillips School of Theology in Atlanta, GA, banquet speaker, reminisced with the audience on when we were Christian and Colored. The banquet hall, full to capacity, came alive with responses of applause, verbal affirmations and laughter. Dr. Elnora Daniel, president, Chicago State University, and Dr. Elnora Hamb, president, Women’s Missionary Council, CME Church, received One Church One School Lifetime Achievement Awards for their dedication and lifetime commitment to the education and welfare of our young people.
On Friday morning, Bishop Paul A.G. Stewart, 3rd Episcopal District, CME Church and Bishop Tom G. Benjamin, Senior Pastor Light of the World Christian Church, Indianapolis, IN, presented compelling motivational and inspirational messages. Bishop Stewart challenged the conference with the apostle Paul’s message to keep on pressing toward the mark...regardless of the obstacles, for our children are in trouble. Bishop Benjamin’s charge was captured in the phrase “What’s your purpose?” Whatever one’s position or achievements, most important is knowing and fulfilling one’s purpose. He praised One Church One School for fulfilling its purpose in supporting the academic and social development of our children.
Plenary sessions were followed with interactive workshops including The Impact of the Hip Hop Industry, Community Health Issues, No Child Left Behind Act, Freedom School, Steps to a One Church One School Partnership. Participants expressed the value of the workshops in helping them to understand and gain the skills necessary to do the work of One Church One School
Bishop Thomas L. Hoyt, Jr. facilitated the Recognition Luncheon that recognized those on the front line in service to our children: Mr. Earl Bryant - Educator of the Year, Bishop Ronald M. Cunningham - Religious Leader of the Year, Mrs. Ruth Vance - Volunteer of the Year. Scholarships and award plaques were given to Mr. Dion Broughton and Ms. Kayla Moore Students of the Year. Dr. Barbara Eason Watkins, CEO Chicago Public Schools saluted the awardees and shared with the audience her history with church/school relationships and their positive impact on her life.
Bishop Henry M. Williamson, Sr. founded One Church One School in 1992 and has spearheaded the organization from a single church and school partnership to a nation wide network of more than 300 partnerships. For more information, please contact Mrs. Phedonia Johnson at (773) 651-0071; Fax: (773) 651-1056; Pjohnson@onechurchoneschool.org.

Monday, January 29, 2007

Loss of Mrs. Elizabeth Jackson. The wife of St. Louis District Presiding Elder O.R. Jackson, Mrs. Elizabeth Jackson, passed Monday morning, January 29, 2007. Condolences can be sent to :

11215 Birmingham Court,
St. Louis, MO 63138.
Presiding Elder Jackson can be reached at 314-741-1316 or 314-358-3777.

Arrangements are pending.

Saturday, January 27, 2007

Ouida Brown Named CME Church's General Counsel. The College of Bishops of the CME Church announced at the recent 11th Pastors' Conference and 63rd Founders' Observance of the Phillips School of Theology in Atlanta, GA, that Atty. Ouida Brown will serve as the General Counsel of the CME Church. The General Counsel is the advisor to the College of Bishops and the General Church on all matters of law and represents the Church on its legal concerns. A resident of Tuscumbia, AL, Atty. Brown assumes the position formerly held by Atty. Randolph Walker.

Monday, January 22, 2007

(update) Loss of wife of Dr. I. Carlton Faulk. Mrs. Joyce Faulk, wife of former General Secretary of Lay Ministry Chief Dr. I. Carlton Faulk, a faithful Missionary and member of Beebe Memorial CME Church in Oakland, CA, passed away on Sunday, January 21, 2007. Please keep the Faulk family lifted up in prayer, especially Dr. I. Carlton Faulk, who himself is ill.
The funeral service for Mrs. Faulk will be held at 11 AM on Saturday, January 27, 2007 at Beebe Memorial CME, 3900 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland, CA.

Cards may be sent to the family at: 1222 Rose, Berkeley, CA 94702

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

10 Outstanding Ministers Honored at 11th Pastors' Conference. In what has come to be one of the highlights of the annual Pastors’ Conference, Tuesday evening, January 9, 2007, was set aside as a time to recognize outstanding ministerial leadership in the CME Church. The Celebration of Outstanding Ministries was led by Rev. Dr. Raymond F. Williams, pastor of the Brown Memorial CME Church in Louisville, KY, who served as the liturgist. Also participating in the program were Rev. E.D. Hooks, pastor of Shy Temple CME Church, Atlanta, GA; Rev. John D. Pasley, pastor of Mt. Pisgah CME Church, Memphis, TN; Bishop E. Lynn Brown, presiding bishop of the 2nd Episcopal District, and Rev. Stephen P. Delaine, pastor of the Westside Community CME Church, Atlanta, GA. Rendering music selections were the Westside Community CME Church Male Chorus and the Shy Temple CME Church Choir. The congregation was thrilled to see and hear Dr. Elfreda A. Lakey, wife of conference host, Bishop Othal H. Lakey, accompanying the Shy Temple Choir on piano.
The speaker of the evening was Rev. Dr. Donald R. Robinson, pastor of the Lane Metropolitan CME Church, in Cleveland, OH. Introduced by Bishop E. Lynn Brown, Dr. Robinson preached the Celebration sermon in place of Dr. O.D. Walker, pastor of the Phillips Temple CME Church, Indianapolis, IN, who was recovering from illness. Dr. Robinson preached from Luke 15:8-9, using as a title, “Lost in the House.” He said that, like the woman in the parable who lost her coin, those who form the community of believers would do well to turn on the light and sweep out the dirt of their lives and the church in order to be found of God.
After the sermon, President/Dean of the Phillips School of Theology Dr. Marvin F. Thomas began the presentation of persons selected by their respective Episcopal Districts to be the 2007 recipient of the outstanding minister award. Each minister, whose biographical sketch was found in the official conference program, was introduced by his or her respective Episcopal leader and presented a plaque. This year’s recipients were 1st Episcopal District: Dr. Arthur L. David, pastor, St. Paul CME, Jackson, TN; 2nd Episcopal District: Rev. Della S. Porter, pastor, Cleaves Memorial CME, Evansville, IN; 3rd Episcopal District: Rev. Faith A. Allen, pastor, Carter Metropolitan CME Church, Detroit, MI; 4th Episcopal District: Rev. Denise Anders-Modest, pastor, Anderson Chapel CME, Holly Springs, MS; 5th Episcopal District: Rev. Willie C. Jackson, pastor, Popular Springs CME, Reform, AL; 6th Episcopal District: Rev. Carlton Mahone, Sr., presiding elder, Albany-Thomasville District, Fitzgerald, GA; 7th Episcopal District: Rev. Robert J. Williams, Jr., pastor, Williams Memorial CME Church, High Point, NC; 8th Episcopal District: Dr. C.E. Mitchell, pastor, Post Oak CME, Longview, TX; 9th Episcopal District: Rev. Hurley V. Grissom, Jr., pastor, Amos Metropolitan CME, Oakland, CA; and 10th Episcopal District: Rev. Adjei Lawson, presiding elder, Northwest District, Ghana Region.