Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year 2010 to the CME Church
The Christian Index Online

"Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.
See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland." --
Isaiah 43:18-19

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

The Passing of Beloved Missionary and CME Leader Mrs. Katie Johnson

Mrs. Katie Mae Johnson, Past President of the South MS Region of the 4th Episcopal District Missionary Society, and a member of the Blackmon Temple C.M.E. Church in Carson, MS passed away this morning, December 30, 2009 at her home. Her body has been entrusted to:

J & M Combined Funeral Home
Director, Mr. Al Gray
732 Dixie Avenue
Mendenhall, MS 39114-3773

Arrangements are incomplete at this time.
Please keep the family in your prayers.

Submitted by Pene' Woods

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

“Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger." Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.”- Luke 2:11-14

Thursday, December 17, 2009

NY-Washington Ministers' Spouses' Cradle
Care Ministry
What mother has reconsidered attending Annual Conference because of childcare issues?
The Minister Spouses Department of the mighty 7th district of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church has taken a universal problem and endorsed
an innovative solution by offering Nursery Care services for children from birth to 5 years.
Four years ago, two minsters' spouses, Mrs. Lavett Ballard, director of the Cradle Care, and Mrs. Michelle Bonner, co-director, decided, after another exhausting year with babies and toddlers in hotel rooms, to explore other avenues to assist themselves and other parents with small children. Mrs. Ballard and Mrs. Bonner started a petition that was signed by parents interested in Cradle Care Services. They wrote a proposal and presented it to the Minsters' Spouses. First Lady Ocie Hoyt and the spouses agreed to offer the Cradle Care service. They made plans during the Winter Accounting meeting and Spring Convocation for the first Annual Conference Ministers Spouses Cradle Care in 2007.
The spouses have developed a safe, creative, nurturing and fun environment. By including an area for nursing mothers, a rest area with cots and cribs, a diaper changing area, crafts, snack area and many toys, the Cradle Care has been a haven for parents of young children. Pastors Anthony L. Ballard Sr. and Matthew W. Bonner, the Minister Spouses, and Young Adults have been helpful in staffing the Cradle with trustworthy workers to monitor the children.
In 2009, the Cradle Care was a glowing success at the Annual Conference. Rev. Aaron Donnelly pastor of St. Paul CME Church and Presiding Elder John L. Ghee (Philadelphia District) hosted the New York-Washington Region Annual Conference under the auspices of the Right Reverend Thomas L. Hoyt, Jr. in Wilmington, DE, from Sunday July 9 through Friday July 24. The Ministers' Spouses unanimously agreed to finance the Cradle Care room, thus eliminating the need to require a registration fee from the parents.
Overjoyed, Mrs. Lavett Ballard stated, "Thank you, to you all, for this gift to our ministry.
"This gift will allow more parents in these hard times the opportunity to come to conference and not have to be concerned with childcare while they attend the services and meetings expected of them."
Mrs. Michelle Bonner was encouraged by saying, "I hope one day that each Episcopal district will look to our example, and set this ministry up as part of the services offered through the Minister's Spouses."

Monday, December 07, 2009

Loss of the Sister of Dr. Elnora P. Hamb

Dear CME family:

I write to inform you of the death of my sister Mrs. Laura E. Young of Brownsville, Tennessee. She died Sunday, December 6, 2009.

Mrs. Laura E. Young's Family
1016 Jefferson Street
Brownsville, TN. 38012

Rawls Funeral Home
36 South Jackson Avenue
Brownsville, TN. 38012
Phone Number: 731-772-1472
Fax Number 731-772-5615

Friday, December 11, 2009 - Time 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Home Going Service:
St. Luke Baptist Church
Saturday, December 12, 2009
11:00 AM


Sunday, December 06, 2009

Words of Thanks from Dr. Judith E. Grant

Dear CME Family and Friends,

I thank God for his tender and healing mercies! I also thank God for you, your prayers and your concerns during my recent and unexpected illness.

I am home now, but taking it easy – As much as I would like to multi task, I realize that it will come a little later (smile).

I accept again your prayers, cards, flowers, and other expressions of love during this time.

Please pass the word that God is not finished with me yet!


Judith E. Grant
Immediate Past President
Women's Missionary Council

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Arrangements for Mrs. Lynn Lakey
(Daughter-in-Law of Bishop O.H. Lakey)

M.D. Walker Funeral Home
103 Joseph E. Lowery Blvd. S.W.
Atlanta, Georgia 30314
(404) 755-0079

Homegoing Services
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Viewing at the Funeral Home - 10 am -8 pm

Thursday, December 3, 2009 11 am
Westside Community CME Church
Pastor, Rev. Reginald G. Barnes
2114 M.L.K. Drive
Atlanta, Georgia 30310

(404) 696-5351
Fax: (404) 691-4099