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
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.”