Wednesday, March 31, 2010

His Wounding for Us
“But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed. We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.”- Isaiah 53:5-6

Monday, March 22, 2010

Loss of Rev. Robert Spencer
This is to inform you of the passing of Rev. Robert Spencer, pastor of the Williams Chapel CME Church in Moss Bluff, LA and the Lambert Chapel CME Church in Laccassine, LA. He also served as chairman of the Joint Board of Finance of the South Louisiana Region. His wife, Mrs. Denise Spencer, is the former Ministers' Spouses, Widows, and Widowers president
of the South Louisiana Region.

Visitation will be held on Thursday March 25, 2010, from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Reeves Temple CME Church, 1400 Winterhalter Street, Lake Charles, LA 70601.

Funeral Service will follow at 11 a.m.
The Combre Funeral Home is entrusted with the final arrangements, 1200 Mill Street, Lake Charles, LA 70601

All cards and condolences may be sent to:
Mrs. Denise Spencer
1305 4Th Street
Lake Charles, LA 70601

Submitted by Rev. Maggie C. Banks

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Services of Mrs. Hattie Owens
The Memorial Services for Mrs. Hattie Owens, mother of Dr. Joseph C. Neal, General Secretary of Finance and Chief Financial Officer for the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church is as follows:
Visitation - Wednesday, March 24, 2010
3:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Inglewood Mortuary
1206 Centinela Avenue
Inglewood, CA 90302-1196
Funeral Services will be held Thursday, March 25, 2010
10:00 AM
Inglewood Mortuary
1206 Centinela Avenue
Inglewood, CA 90302-1196
Internment at Inglewood Park Cemetery
Cards and condolences may be sent to Dr. Neal in care of his sister, Helen Keeling at
Dr. Joseph C. Neal, Jr.
8325 Byrd Avenue
Inglewood, CA 90305

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Loss of Mrs. Hattie Owens
We regret to inform you of the loss of Mrs. Hattie Owens, mother of General Secretary of Finance, Dr. Joseph C. Neal, Jr.

Funeral arrangements are pending at this time.
You may send condolences to
Dr. Joseph C. Neal Jr.
c/o Helen Keeling [sister of Dr. Neal]
8325 Byrd Avenue
Englewood, CA 90305
Please keep Dr. Neal and his family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
Peace and blessings
Submitted by Executive Secretary of the CME Church Atty. Juanita Bryant

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Arrangements for Mrs. Maxine McClury

The funeral arrangements for Mrs. McClury are as follows:
Location (Calling and Funeral Services):

Phillips Temple C.M.E. Church
210 East 34th Street
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204
Reverend Oliver D. Walker, Pastor

Service Times:
Friday, March 19, 2010, 4:00-8:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 20, 2010, 9:00-11:00 a.m.

Funeral Service:
Saturday, March 20, 2010, 11:00 a.m.

Condolences may be sent to:
Rev. Charles McClury
3745 Ruckle Street
Indianapolis, IN 46205
Telephone: 317-924-1032

Memorial Contributions in lieu of flowers may be sent to:
St. Florian Youth Leadership Development Center
c/o Captain Anthony Williamson
P.O. Box 2896
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204

Sunday, March 14, 2010

The Passing of Former Connectional Stewardesses President
Mrs. Maxine McClury

Dear Connectional Members and Friends,
It is with deep regret to inform you of the passing today (March 14, 2010) of Mrs. Maxine McClury, the first elected President (and immediate past President) of the Connectional Stewardesses. Mrs. McClury was a servant leader in the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church and a faithful member of Phillips Temple CME Church in Indianapolis, Indiana (Rev. Oliver D. Walker, pastor).
Funeral arrangements are pending. Additional details will be provided soon.
Please keep Mrs. McClury's husband, Rev. Charles McClury, and family in prayer.

In His Service,
Bishop Marshall Gilmore
Presiding Prelate of the Second Episcopal District
Prayer Request for the Williamson and Carvin Family

Dear Ninth District Members and Connectional Friends,

Bishop Henry M. Williamson, Sr. is requesting prayers of healing for his mother, Mrs. Alma Carvin, who is hospitalized in Gary, Indiana.
Please direct all calls to the 9th Episcopal District office at 323-294-3830 or e-mail

Your prayers are appreciated!
The 9th Episcopal District Office
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church

Thursday, March 04, 2010

Arrangements for Dr. Jerome B. Price, Sr.
We are all saddened to hear of the loss of Dr. Jerome B. Price, Sr., pastor of the Carter Metropolitan CME Church, Fort Worth, TX. The arrangements are as follows.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010, 6-8 PM
West Mitchell CME Church
560 M. L. King, Jr. Drive SW
Atlanta, Georgia 30314
Rev. Frederick L. Braddock, Sr., Pastor
Phone: (404) 525-2337

Home Going Service
Wednesday, March 10, 2010, 11 AM
Please pray for wife, Pamela and sons, Aaron and Jerome, and the entire Price family.

The burial for Rev. Jerome B. Price, Sr. will be at Woodlawn Memorial Cemetery,
2025 Woodlawn Drive, Macon, Georgia 31211.

Following the burial, the family will then have a repast and receive friends at:
Holsey Temple CME Church
1011 Washington Avenue
Macon, GA

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

The Great Gathering
Of Black Methodism

By Dr. Kenneth Elvis Jones, Editor of The Christian Index,
The Official Publication of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church
The Great Gathering of all African American Methodist bodies began on yesterday, March 1, 2010 in Columbia, South Carolina. And for all intents and purposes, this gathering, so far, indeed has been great! While there was a little confusion with the registration process on Monday, when all was said and done, even those small inconveniences could not dampen the enthusiasm, sharing, information, fellowship and worship that so far has made this event worthwhile. Leaders and members of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church (CMEC), African Methodist Episcopal Church Zion (AMEZC), and the African Methodist Episcopal Church (AMEC), have convened as one enclave for the first time in some 40 years to dialogue on a number of issues the three Communions share.
At the forefront of the agenda over the next three days, March 1-3, are discussions that address the central theme: Hearing God’s Call: Healing and Empowering Our Communities. More specifically, the Great Gathering has chosen this time to see ways to make saving our Black men a priority for Methodism in America.
With this focus in mind, the Gathering heard speakers on Monday who brought tremendous insight, information, and inspiration. Dr. James Johnson, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, lectured us on “Disruptive Demographics.” We learned how the changing demographics in America, the “browning and the graying” of America will have a significant impact socially on this nation over the next 30 years, and thus on our collective Church. The statistics were truly mind-boggling.
Dr. Johnson was followed by a most dynamic lecture by noted author, socio-political commentator and media personality Dr. Cornel West. He was at his very best and left those in attendance highly charged and motivated to go out and make a difference back at home.
The evening worship service was a scenario never seen before in Black Methodism. An estimated 8,000 worshippers crowded the University of South Carolina Coliseum for the official beginning of this convocation. The service began with the processional of heads of institutions from the three denominations, followed by all of the General Officers, then the processional of AME, AMEZ, and CME bishops. This had never happened before on this level. The Thousand-Voice Choir rendered anthems and songs of praise and thanksgiving. A full orchestra accompanied them from the University of South Carolina and a local high school symphonic band also played. A special litany of the gathering churches was read and shared responsively. The Mayor of Columbia gave recognition to the senior bishops of the three Churches, including Bishop William H. Graves of the CME Church.
The Word was broken wide open by Bishop Mildred B. Hines, the 98th (and first woman) Bishop of the AME Zion Church. She preached on the subject “Becoming One.” It was an eye-awakening reflection on the narrative found in John 17th chapter of Jesus praying to the Father for those who followed him. It was a call for Oneness in the Body of Christ in all we do as the Communion of shared believers in Him.
Photos show (1) worship at Great Gathering, and (b) Senior Bishop William H. Graves, CME, of the three senior bishops leading the worship.