Thursday, December 29, 2011

Arrangements for Mrs. Barbara Mitchell Braxton
Dear Members and Friends of 9th Episcopal District,

It is with sadness that I must inform you of the passing of Mrs. Barbara Mitchell Braxton, the sister of Rev. Sterling Mitchell, Sr., pastor of Amos Memorial Christian Methodist Episcopal Church in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, January 3, 2012, 11 a.m. at People's Church, 800 East Britton Road, Oklahoma City, OK, under the direction of Pollard Funeral Home.

Cards and condolences may be sent to Rev. Sterling Mitchell, 6129 Southeast 58th Street, Oklahoma City, OK 73135. Telephone: 405-455-1723.  E-mail:

Please keep Rev. Mitchell and the family of Mrs. Barbara Mitchell Braxton in your prayers.

In His Service,

Bishop James B. Walker
Presiding Prelate
9th Episcopal District

Saturday, December 24, 2011

         “So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.” Luke 2:16-20 NIV
Merry Christmas from 
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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Message from General Secretary Clifford Harris
DATE:              December 21, 2011

TO:                The Loyal Laity, Pastors, and Presiding Elders

May the joy of the Lord be yours!

As we complete the work for this calendar year allow me to share with you briefly:

1)   The first semester awards to the Graham-Webb Scholarship awardees were delivered in good order; the remaining amounts for the second semester are due to be mailed in late January or early February, 2012.  Thank you so very much to the churches and individuals who sent contributions for 2011 over the past several months (amount mailed thus for during 2011 to the  Department of Finance for deposit in the fund is $4,045.69).  Any additional contributions received will be mailed in a timely manner.  Again, thank you.

2)    We are diligently working to complete the draft for the new and revised Lay Manual by the close of the calendar year.  After completing the first draft it will be submitted to our Chair, Bishop Teresa Snorton and the Standing Committee on Lay Ministry, as well as the College of Bishops for review.  I will keep you updated on the process and the progress.

3)    Most of you know that the Pastors' Conference will be convening during the second week in January 2012.  As laity, let’s encourage and assist our pastors in attending this very beneficial conference.  Even as a lay person, if you have the opportunity to attend,  do so. I dare say that you will be strengthened and uplifted!

4)     Mrs. Jolinda Dugger, our Connectional Stewardesses president, wants Stewardesses, as well as interested pastors, to visit the Lay Ministry web site at  and find under the Stewardess link, the 2012 Liturgical Calendar.

Look for another communication in early or mid January, 2012.  Let’s work and grow together. . . We must make the Lay Ministry Objectives come alive and become fully engaged in providing ministry for the 21st century.

In closing, I wish you a very special, Merry Christmas.

Sincerely and in Christ I trust,

Clifford L. Harris, General Secretary
Department of Lay Ministry
Homegoing services for Rev. Freddie Magee
Rev. Freddie Magee, retired CME pastor of the Gloster-Hattiesburg District, MS South Region,
4th Episcopal District, will be held December 21st at 1 p.m. at the Cottrell Memorial CME Church, 1001
Edwards Street, Hattiesburg, MS. The body of Rev. Magee will lie in state from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the Cottrell Memorial CME Church, where his son, Rev. James Magee, is pastor.
Please keep Rev. James Magee and the Magee family in your prayers.
Submitted by Pene' Woods

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Pastors' Conference Registration Deadline is Friday, Dec. 15th
Dear Connectional Members and Friends,

The Sixteenth Pastors' Conference & Sixty-Eighth Founders' Celebration will convene January 9-12, 2012 at the Sheraton Gateway Hotel Atlanta Airport located at 1900 Sullivan Road in College Park. The deadline to register for the Conference and make accommodations at the Sheraton Hotel is tomorrow (December 15, 2011).  A registration form is available online at .

Discount air travel rates to Atlanta are available for Delta Airlines.  The Group Code is NM879.  To book your reservation, you may go online at and enter the Group Code in the Meeting Event Code field, or contact Delta Airlines at 1-800-328-1111.

For additional information about the Pastors' Conference and Founders' Celebration, call 404-527-7768 or e-mail .

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Help 6th Episcopal Dist. bring Christmas to Haitian Children
Dear Connectional Members and Friends,
Please join the 6th Episcopal District in sponsoring a Haitian child for Christmas. Your sponsorship gift of $100 will provide a child with three toys or gifts and two full sets of clothing. As a sponsor you will receive a photograph of your sponsored child. Your sponsorship gift is very much appreciated!
Please make your check payable to the 6th Episcopal District Haiti and send to 400 Galleria Parkway, Suite 1500, Atlanta, Georgia  30339. For additional information, please contact the Sixth Episcopal District Office at 678-500-3301 or e-mail me at .
May God's richest blessings be yours this Christmas and throughout the New Year!
In His Service, 
Bishop Kenneth W. Carter 
Presiding Prelate, Sixth Episcopal District 
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church 
"An Essential Church: Poised for 21st Century Ministry"

Passing of Mrs. Esther Parks
My dear Missionary Sisters,Connectional Members and Friends, 

We regret to inform you of the passing of Mrs. Esther Parks.  Mrs. Parks served as the Women's Missionary Council Financial Chair and also the Treasurer.  Arrangements are incomplete at this information.  More information will be given as it becomes available. 

Condolences may be sent to: 1679 West Bruin Street, Los Angeles, CA  90047. Telephone: 323-755-8470.

Please keep the family in your prayers.
God's blessings,
Princess Pegues, International President
Women’s Missionary Council
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church

Thursday, December 01, 2011

Register for the 2012 Connectional Youth and Young Adult Conference (CYYAC) in Orlando, Florida
Greetings CME's:

This email is sent to provide you with pertinent information concerning the 2012 Connectional Youth and Young Adult Conferences.

Registration for the Conference is now available on-line. To register, go to and click on the CYYAC12 Registration Button. After your registration is complete you will be directed to the Shingle Creek Reservation page where you can make your hotel reservation. If you are not using a credit card for your reservation, you must contact the Hotel directly by calling 888-697-7997. You must inform the Reservations Clerk you are making reservations for CME Block or 2012 Connectional Youth and Young Adult Conference.

We are in the process of updating our Web site for additional information concerning the Conference. We hope to have detailed information available along with the CYYAC12 Resource Guide by 12/31/2011.

Please pray for the Conference, Leaders, Staff, Volunteers and Attendees as we prepare to journey to Orlando to "Make IT Essential," through Reaching, Teaching, Training and Sending."

For important cost information, please visit:

Dr. Carmichael Crutchfield
General Secretary of Christian Education and
CYYAC12 Conference Coordinator
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Saturday, November 26, 2011

So long pulpit, hello pew
By The Honorable Reverend/Justice (Ret.) Claude L. Johnson, 
President, CME Church Association of Retired Ministers

         If you are a retired minister, congratulations! You are now probably freer to arrange your time and life in new and creative ways. There are many opportunities for the talents and skills you have gathered throughout your ministry.
        Retirement is a condition that offers an opportunity to re-examine the routine that we have followed for scores of years. No more daily grind, no more demanding schedules, no more endless meetings. Will this new independence - outweigh the losses? As retired ministers we are in charge of crafting our own schedule without reference to the expectations of any work place. There are no clocks to punch and no congregational demands (exception Annual Conference) that put us in a particular place at a certain time. We now have priorities to set and choices to make, and - taking account of family needs - We are the ones to make them.
        The temptation to "stay the course" in order to remain "active" might be the wrong choice for us. Exploring new alternatives can be very stimulating, and if physical health permitting, keep us active.
As retired ministers, we need to determine how to make the rest of our lives the best of our lives. Nothing stays the same forever. Hence, retirement is a major change in our lives. Our bodies have started to complain and our energy level is not what it once was. We feel pain in joints that we have always taken for granted. Life is just not quite like it was a few years ago.
         Changes are happening in every aspect of our lives. Therefore, we must learn to make adjustments if we are going to make the most of what we have to work with. Yes, we can resist change and live a rigid "I refuse to adjust" life if we choose. However, we need to know that every day we live will be different from the day before. Changes are taking place. Retired ministers who learn to adjust can continue to enjoy life. Those who do not adjust, slowly but surely become miserable.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

“So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.” Colossians 2:6-7 NIV

Happy Thanksgiving
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Monday, November 21, 2011

Arrangements for Bro. Isaac Benjamin Honeysucker III
The following are arrangements for Mr. Isaac Benjamin Honeysucker III, father of Dr. Leela Pearl Miller, and brother of Dr. J.W. Honeysucker, presiding elder of the Greenwood Jackson District.

Friday November 25th, 2011
3 - 7 p.m.
Northwest Funeral Home
6630 West Hampton Avenue
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53218

Saturday November 26th, 2011
11 a.m.
St. Matthew CME Church
2944 North 9th Street
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53206
Please keep the Honeysucker family in prayer during their hour of bereavement.

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Loss of Mrs. Catherine Polk-Wigley
We regret to inform you of the passing of Mrs. Mary Catherine Polk-Wigley, the sister of Mrs. Annie Williams, co-chair of the Mississippi-South Region EUTHU (Empowering Us to Help Us) and past president of the Mississippi-South Region Women's Missionary Society. Mrs. Wigley passed away on Monday, November 7, 2011, while visiting with her mother in Bassfield, MS. Mrs. Wigley was a resident of Pascagoula, MS, the widow of the late Mr. Daniel Wigley and the mother of three children.

Her body has been entrusted to:
Unity Funeral Home
4900 Main Street
Moss Point, MS 39563
(Unity Funeral Home is located in downtown Moss Point, MS next door to the Dickie Scruggs Building.)

Arrangements are as follows:
Family Hour and Visitation
Friday, November 11, 2011
6 - 8 p.m.
Unity Funeral Home
Homegoing Services
Saturday, November 12, 2011
11 a.m.
St. Paul United Methodist Church
3724 Davis Avenue
Moss Point, MS
         Expressions of sympathy can be forwarded to Mrs. Annie Williams at 121 Black Polk Road, Prentiss, MS 39474. Mrs. Williams can be reached by phone at (601) 943-8044 or (601) 270-9942.
Please keep the Polk, Williams, and Wigley families in your prayers.

Submitted by Pene' Woods

Sunday, November 06, 2011


Bishop Teresa E. Snorton to travel to Holy Land on Pilgrimage in delegation of 11 Women Bishops

WASHINGTON, DC — Eleven ecumenical women bishops from the United States, West Indies and Africa will leave Nov. 12 for a 10-day trip to Israel, the West Bank and Gaza. The trip is sponsored by the United Methodist General Board of Church & Society (GBCS) and the denomination’s Council of Bishops.
Goals of the trip are to stand in solidarity with women from Christian, Muslim and Jewish traditions working for peace in the region; gather facts and stories to equip the delegation members as educators and advocates for peace after returning; and to explore partnerships for ongoing education and advocacy to affect positive change.
Four Christian denominations will be represented in the delegation: United Methodist, Episcopal, African Methodist Episcopal and Christian Methodist Episcopal.
United Methodist Bishop Deborah Kiesey (Dakotas), president of GBCS’s Board of Directors, is leading the delegation. "This pilgrimage will not only inform each of us as bishops regarding the complexity of the region,” she said, “but it will also allow us to stand in solidarity with, and work alongside those women who are daily working to bring about peace."
United Methodist missionary Janet Lahr Lewis, a missionary of the General Board of Global Ministries who serves in the Middle East as liaison between ecumenical groups, Israel and Palestine, will accompany the delegation.
Other staff support is being provided by Linda Bales Todd, GBCS Women’s Advocate, and Alex Baumgarten of the Episcopal Office of Government Relations.
The women bishops in the delegation are:
·  United Methodist: Bishop Violet Fisher, Wilmington, Del.; Bishop Jane Middleton, Mechanicsburg, Pa.; Bishop Joaquina Nhanala, Maputo, Mozambique; Bishop Mary Ann Swenson, Pasadena, Calif.; and Bishop Hope Morgan Ward, Jackson, Miss.
·  African Methodist Episcopal: Bishop Sarah Davis, Jamaica, West Indies, and Houston, Texas; Bishop Carolyn Tyler Guidry, Jackson, Miss.; and Bishop Vashti McKenzie, Nashville, Tenn.
·  Christian Methodist EpiscopalBishop Teresa E. Snorton, Birmingham, Ala., and
·  Episcopal: Bishop Laura Ahrens, Hartford, Conn.
The itinerary includes stops in Nazareth, Bethlehem, Capernaum, Haifa, Jerusalem/Ramallah and Gaza. Besides meeting with women working for peace in the region, there will also be tours of Holy Christian sites.
Among many briefings, the delegation expects to meet with Altufula Women’s Rights Organization, Israeli/Arab Women’s Initiative, Jericho YWCA, Lekiya-Bedouin Women’s Project and Wi’am Conflict Resolution Center’s Women’s Project — Bethlehem.
The delegation will return Nov. 21.
The General Board of Church & Society is one of four international general program boards of The United Methodist Church. The board’s primary areas of ministry are Advocacy, Education & Leadership Formation, United Nations & International Affairs, and resourcing these areas for the denomination. It has offices on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., and at the Church Center for the United Nations in New York City.

From Wayne Rhodes, Director of Communications
General Board of Church & Society
100 Maryland Ave., N.E.
Washington, D.C. 20002
(202) 488-5630 /

Thursday, November 03, 2011

CHANGES!! Passing of Rev. Edward L. Swillis
Dear CME Members and Friends:

It is with sadness that I must inform you of the passing of Rev. Edward L. Swillis. Rev. Swillis made his transition on Friday, October 28, 2011 in Fresno, CA.
Rev. Swillis worked in the vineyard for the Lord for over forty years and spent twenty-eight of those years as the pastor of St Paul CME Church in Fresno, CA (Northern California Region). Fresno is the city in which he will be remembered for his dedication, devotion and faithfulness to his Lord, Jesus Christ, his family, his Church and his Community.

Funeral arrangements are as follows:

Wake: Sunday, November 6, 2011
4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Saint Paul CME Church
2191 South Eunice Avenue
Fresno, CA

Funeral Service: Monday, November 7, 2011
10:00 AM
Saints Rest Baptist Church
15501 East Reverend Chester Riggins Avenue
Fresno, CA 93706
Phone No. 559 237-5551

Funeral Home:
Jesse E. Cooley, Jr. Funeral Home
1830 South Fruit Avenue
Fresno, CA 93706
Phone No. 559 268-8048

Please keep the Swillis family lifted in prayer.


Bishop James B. Walker
Presiding Prelate
9th Episcopal District

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Passing of Elder B.S. Gregg
Dear Connectional Members and Friends,

It is with heartfelt sadness that we acknowledge the passing of Presiding Elder Emeritus B.S. Gregg who served many years in the Southeast Missouri, Illinois and Wisconsin Region before retiring.

The following events will take place at St. Matthew CME Church, 2944 North Ninth Street, Milwaukee, WI.  Office: 414-562-7580  Fax: 414-562-758.

Memorial Service:
Friday, November 4, 2011, 6 p.m.

Visitation Hour:
Saturday, November 5, 2011, 9-10 a.m.

Funeral Service
Saturday, November 5, 2011, 10 a.m.

St. Matthew CME Church
Pastor Richard D. Shaw
Cell: 708-856-9106

Please send condolences to the funeral home:
Reid's New Golden Gate Funeral Home
5665 North Teutonia Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53209
414-358-0538  Fax: 414-358-0452

Bishop Paul A.G. Stewart, Sr.,
Presiding Prelate, Third Episcopal District

Jeanette Bouknight
Executive Secretary
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church
"An Essential Church: Poised for 21st Century Ministry"

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Arrangements for Rev. B.S. Gregg

It is with deep sympathy that I announce the passing of Reverend B.S. Gregg. Many of you are aware of his transition on Thursday, October 27, 2011. Please find below information regarding services. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me or the office.

St. Matthew CME
Office: 414-562-7580
Fax: 414-562-7584

Pastor Richard D. Shaw
Cell 708-856-9106

Memorial Service
Friday, November 4, 2011 at 6 p.m.
St. Matthew CME Church
2944 North Ninth Street
Milwaukee, WI 53206

Visitation Hour
Saturday, November 5, 2011 at 9-10 a.m.
St. Matthew CME Church
2944 North Ninth Street
Milwaukee, WI 53206

Funeral Service
Saturday, November 5, 2011 at 10 a.m.
St. Matthew CME Church
2944 North Ninth Street
Milwaukee, WI 53206

Reid's New Golden Gate Funeral Home
5665 North Teutonia Ave
Milwaukee, WI  53209
Phone: 414-358-0538
Fax: 414-358-0452
*Please send condolences to the funeral home.

Monday, October 24, 2011

“2012 Connectional Youth & Young Adult Conference CYYAC12 Online Registration Available”

October 24, 2011—
 CYYAC12 is the connectional youth and young adult gathering for the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church.  It is an event that only happens every four years and is the largest single gathering of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church. This five day conference in Orlando, Florida will bring together top Christian Methodist Episcopal Church leaders as well as the best ecumenical speakers and talent with thousands of youth from all around the nation and beyond for what is sure to be a life-changing event.  We continue our tradition and commitment to online self-service and are announcing that CYYAC12 Online Registration is now available via our website.  Visit us at
Feel free to forward this email to anyone in our Christian Education circle.
Remember our MISSION Formula:
Our goal is to make disciples through "events that form and transform."

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Arrangements for Rev. Merley Brown
I regret to inform you of the passing of Reverend Merley Brown, one of our pastors in the Greenwood-Jackson District of the Mississippi South Region, 4th Episcopal District.

Her arrangements are as follows:
Homegoing Services:
Saturday, October 22, 2011, 11 a.m.
Asia Baptist Church
224 Church Street
Lexington, MS

Her Body has been entrusted to:
Century-Hairston Funeral Home
116 Yazoo Street
Lexington, MS 39095

You may contact family members at the numbers listed below:
Mrs. Dorothy Harris (sister): 601-317-0593
Mr. Stanley Brown (oldest son): 601-405-9809
Mr. John Brown (youngest son): 662-897-4034

Submitted by Pene' Woods

Sunday, October 16, 2011

The 16th Annual One Church One School (OCOS) Conference will convene next week, October 20-21, 2011, in Birmingham, Alabama.  The OCOS Conference will be hosted by the Fifth Episcopal District of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, Bishop Teresa E. Snorton, Host Bishop.  This message will provide you with information about pre-conference radio interviews, service projects, OCOS Conference registration and hotel information, events and workshops, and student scholarships being awarded at the Conference.

Radio Interviews
Bishop Snorton and Mrs. Diana Chambliss, the OCOS Episcopal District Director, will be interviewed tomorrow (Friday, October 14, 2011) on various local radio stations according to the following schedule:
9:00 a.m. ABC 33/40 - The Talk of Alabama  
10:00 a.m. COX Radio Group, WBHK - Isis Jones
10:15 a.m. COX Radio Group, WAGG

Service Projects
We are asking conference attendees to bring school supplies or money to support South Hampton Elementary School and Wylam School. OCOS will award a monetary donation to the schools at the luncheon.

OCOS Scholarships
Miles College (Birmingham, AL) will award a $5,000 scholarship to a student (Rev. Christopher Parham) in the name of OCOS.  Additionally,  the Students of the Year will be awarded $1,000 scholarships.

Conference Registration 
The registration fee of $95 includes the Award Luncheon.  After October 10, the registration fee increases to $105.
You may register online for the 16th Annual One Church One School Conference . Additionally, a registration form is available at the Web site. Please bring the registration form to the registration table at the Conference.

Hotel Registration
The OCOS Conference will convene at the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel located at 2101 Richard Arrington Jr. Boulevard North, Birmingham, AL 35203.  The Conference rate is $99 per night and you must reserve your room by October 16, 2011.  You may make hotel reservations via the One Church One School Web, or by calling 205-324-5000 and requesting the One Church One School meeting rate.

Airport Shuttle Transportation
The Sheraton Birmingham Hotel provides round trip airport shuttle service. To arrange for transportation, please contact the Sheraton Hotel at 205-324-5000 after you arrive at the airport.

Conference Events 


OCOS Student Empowerment Seminar
Thursday morning, October 20 - Miles College
Keynote Presenter: Professor Lance Williams
Assistant Director
Northeastern Illinois University’s Jacob H. Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies

Lifetime Achievement Awards
Thursday evening, October 20
Keynote Speaker: Bishop Teresa E. Snorton
Presiding Prelate of the Fifth Episcopal District of the CME Church 

Lifetime Achievement Awardees:

Rev. Carrell K. Cargle, Sr. 
Rev. Dr. W. Clyde Jones
Mrs. Mattie Mashaw Jackson
Religious Leader of the Year:Rev. Larry Batie
Educator of the Year:Mrs. Katie Reynolds
Volunteer of the Year:Mr. Jack C. Brown

Students of the Year:
Both students will each receive $1,000.

Asha Branch
Jordan Rainery

Opening Plenary Session
Friday morning, October 21
Keynote Speaker: Bishop Paul A.G. Stewart
Presiding Prelate of the Third Episcopal District of the CME Church
St. Louis, MO

Workshop Leader: African American History and Culture
Friday morning, October 21
Dr. Love Henry Whelchel 
Professor of Church History
Interdenominational Theological Center
Atlanta, GA
Other Workshops:
Stop the Bullying: Mrs. Lee Watkins
Church+Home+School=Student Success: Mrs. Mechelle Rice-Fields
Hip Hop and Student Empowerment: Professor Lance Williams


We look forward to seeing you at the Conference.  For additional information concerning the Conference or One Church One School, call 773-651-0071 or visit .
In His Service, Bishop Henry M. Williamson, Sr., Founder Dr. Phedonia Johnson, National Director

Monday, October 10, 2011

2011-12 CME Liturgical Calendar
(As printed in the September 2011 issue of The Christian Index)

November 27, 2011 [Purple]
First Sunday of Advent
Isaiah 64:1–9
Psalm 80:1–7, 17–19
1 Corinthians 1:3–9
Mark 13:24–37

December 4, 2011 [Purple]
Second Sunday of Advent
Isaiah 40:1–11
Psalm 85:1–2, 8–13
2 Peter 3:8–15a
Mark 1:1–8

December 11, 2011 [Purple]
Third Sunday of Advent
Isaiah 61:1–4, 8–11
Psalm 126
1 Thessalonians 5:16–24
John 1:6–8, 19–28

December 18, 2011 [Purple]
Fourth Sunday of Advent
2 Samuel 7:1–11, 16
Luke 1:47–55
Romans 16:25–27
Luke 1:26–38

December 24, 2011 [White]
Christmas Eve
Isaiah 9:2–7
Psalm 96
Titus 2:11-14
Luke 2:1–20

December 25, 2011 [White]
Christmas Day
Isaiah 52:7–10
Psalm 98
Hebrews 1:1–4 (5–12)
John 1:1–14

December 31, 2011 [White]
Watch Night/New Year
Ecclesiastes 3:1-13
Psalm 8
Revelation 21:1-6a
Matthew 25:31-46

January 1, 2012
New Year's Day [White]
Ecclesiastes 3:1-13
Psalm 8
Revelation 21:1-6a
Matthew 25:31-46

Epiphany Sunday,  [White]
Isaiah 60:1-6
Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14
Ephesians 3:1-12
Matthew 2:1-12

January 6, 2012 [White]
Epiphany of the Lord
Isaiah 60:1-6
Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14
Ephesians 3:1-12
Matthew 2:1-12

January 8, 2012 [White]
Baptism of the Lord
First Sunday after the Epiphany
I Genesis 1:1-5
Psalm 29
Acts 19:1-7
Mark 1:4-11

January 15, 2012 [Green]
Second Sunday after the Epiphany
1 Samuel 3:1-10 (11-20)
Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18
1 Corinthians 6:12-20
John 1:43-51

January 22, 2012 [Green]
Third Sunday after the Epiphany
Jonah 3:1-5, 10
Psalm 62:5-12
1 Corinthians 7:29-31
Mark 1:14-20

January 29, 2012 [Green]
Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany
Deuteronomy 18:15-20
Psalm 111
1 Corinthians 8:1-13
Mark 1:21-28

February 5, 2012
Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany (Green)
Isaiah 40:21-31
Psalm 147:1-11, 20c
1 Corinthians 9:16-23
Mark 1:29-39

February 12, 2012 [Green]
Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany
2 Kings 5:1-14
Psalm 30
1 Corinthians 9:24-27
Mark 1:40-45

February 19, 2012 [White]
Transfiguration Sunday/Last Sunday
After the Epiphany
2 Kings 2:1-12
Psalm 50:1-6
2 Corinthians 4:3-6
Mark 9:2-9

February 22, 2012 [Purple]
Ash Wednesday
Joel 2:1-2, 12-17
Psalm 51:1–17
2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10
Matthew 6:1-6, 16–21

February 26, 2012 [Purple]
First Sunday in Lent
Genesis 9:8-17
Psalm 25:1-10
1 Peter 3:18-22
Mark 1:9-15

March 4, 2012 [Purple]
Second Sunday in Lent
Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16
Psalm 22:23-31
Romans 4:13-25
Mark 8:31-38

March 11, 2012 [Purple]
Third Sunday in Lent
Exodus 20:1-17
Psalm 19
1 Corinthians 1:18-25
John 2:13-22

March 18, 2012 [Purple]
Fourth Sunday in Lent
Numbers 21:4-9
Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22
Ephesians 2:1-10
John 3:14-21

March 25, 2012 [Purple]
Fifth Sunday in Lent
Jeremiah 31:31-34
Psalm 51:1-12
Hebrews 5:5-10
John 12:20-33

April 1, 2012
Passion/Palm Sunday [Purple]
Liturgy of the Palms Mark 11:1-11
Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29

Liturgy of the Passion
Isaiah 50:4-9a
Psalm 31:9-16
Philippians 2:5-11
Mark 14:1-15:47 or Mark 15:1-39 (40-47)

April 2, 2012 [Purple]
Monday of Holy Week
Isaiah 42:1-9
Psalm 36:5-11
Hebrews 9:11-15
John 12:1-11

April 3, 2012 [Purple]
Tuesday of Holy Week
Isaiah 49:1-7
Psalm 71:1-14
1 Corinthians 1:18-31
John 12:20-36

April 4, 2012 [Purple]
Wednesday of Holy Week
Isaiah 50:4–9a
Psalm 70
Hebrews 12:1–3
John 13:21–32

April 5, 2012 [Purple]
Holy Thursday
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
April 6, 2012
Good Friday
Isaiah 52:13–53:12
Psalm 22
Hebrews 10:16–25
John 18:1—19:42

April 7, 2012 [White/Gold]
Holy Saturday/Easter Vigil
Exodus 14:10–31; 15:20–2
Isaiah 55:1–11
New Testament Reading and Psalm
Romans 6:3–11
Psalm 114
Gospel Reading
Mark 16:1-8

April 8, 2012 [White]
Easter Day
Acts 10:34-43
Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24
1 Corinthians 15:1-11
John 20:1-18 or Mark 16:1-8

April 15, 2012 [White]
Second Sunday of Easter
Acts 4:32-35
Psalm 133
1 John 1:1-2:2
John 20:19-31
or Matthew 28:1–10

April 22, 2012 [White]
Third Sunday of Easter
Acts 3:12-19
Psalm 4
1 John 3:1-7
Luke 24:36b-48

April 29, 2012 [White]
Fourth Sunday of Easter
Acts 4:5-12
Psalm 23
1 John 3:16-24
John 10:11-18

May 6, 2012 [White]
Fifth Sunday of Easter
Acts 8:26-40
Psalm 22:25-31
1 John 4:7-21
John 15:1-8

May 13, 2012 [White]
Sixth Sunday of Easter
Acts 10:44-48
Psalm 98
1 John 5:1-6
John 15:9-17

May 17, 2012 [White]
Ascension of the Lord
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 20, 2012 [White]
Seventh Sunday of Easter/Ascension Sunday
Acts 1:15-17, 21-26
Psalm 1
1 John 5:9-13
John 17:6-19

May 27, 2012 [Red]
Day of Pentecost
Acts 2:1-21
Psalm 104:24-34, 35b
Romans 8:22-27
John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15

June 23, 2012 [Red]
Trinity Sunday/First Sunday After Pentecost
Isaiah 6:1-8
Psalm 29
Romans 8:12-17
John 3:1-173

June 10, 2012 [Red]
Second Sunday after Pentecost
1 Samuel 8:4-20 (11:14-15)
Psalm 138
2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1
Mark 3:20-35

June 17, 2012 [Red]
Third Sunday After Pentecost
1 Samuel 15:34-16:13
Psalm 20 or Psalm 92
2 Corinthians 5:6-10 (11-13), 14-17
Mark 4:26-34

June 24, 2012 [Red]
Fourth Sunday After Pentecost
1 Samuel 17:(1a , 4-11, 19-23), 32-49
Psalm 9:9-20
2 Corinthians 6:1-13
Mark 4:35-41

July 1, 2012 [Red]
Fifth Sunday After Pentecost
2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27
Psalm 130
2 Corinthians 8:7-15
Mark 5:21-43

July 8, 2012 [Red]
Sixth Sunday After Pentecost
2 Samuel 5:1-5, 9-10
Psalm 48
2 Corinthians 12:2-10
Mark 6:1-13

July 15, 2012 [Red]
Seventh Sunday After Pentecost
2 Samuel 6:1-5, 12b-19
Psalm 24
Ephesians 1:3-14
Mark 6:14-29

July 22, 2012 [Red]
Eighth Sunday After Pentecost
G2 Samuel 7:1-14a
Psalm 89:20-37
Ephesians 2:11-22
Mark 6:30-34, 53-56

July 29, 2012 [Red]
Ninth Sunday After Pentecost
2 Samuel 11:1-15
Psalm 14
Ephesians 3:14-21
John 6:1-21

August 5, 2012 [Red]
Tenth Sunday After Pentecost
2 Samuel 11:26-12:13a
Psalm 51:1-12
Ephesians 4:1-16
John 6:24-35

August 12, 2012 [Red]
Eleventh Sunday After Pentecost
2 Samuel 18:5-9, 15, 31-33
Psalm 130
Ephesians 4:25-5:2
John 6:35, 41-51

August 19, 2012 [Red]
Twelfth Sunday After Pentecost
1 Kings 2:10-12; 3:3-14
Psalm 111
Ephesians 5:15-20
John 6:51-58

August 26, 2012 [Green]
1 Kings 8:(1,6,10-11), 22-30, 41-43
Psalm 84
Ephesians 6:10-20
John 6:56-69

September 2, 2012 [Green]
Second Sunday of Kingdomtide
Song of Solomon 2:8-13
Psalm 45:1-2, 6-9 or Psalm 72
James 1:17-27
Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23

September 9, 2012 [Green]
Third Sunday of Kingdomtide
Proverbs 22:1-2, 8-9, 22-23
Psalm 125 or Psalm 124
James 2:1-10 (11-13) 14-17
Mark 7:24-37

September 16, 2012 [Green]
Fourth Sunday of Kingdomtide
Proverbs 1:20-33
Psalm 19
James 3:1-12
Mark 8:27-38

September 23, 2012 [Green]
Fifth Sunday of Kingdomtide
Proverbs 31:10-31
Psalm 1
James 3:13-4:3, 7-8a
Mark 9:30-37

September 30, 2012 [Green]
Sixth Sunday of Kingdomtide
Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22
Psalm 124
James 5:13-20
Mark 9:38-50

October 7, 2012 [Green]
Seventh Sunday of Kingdomtide
World Communion Sunday
Job 1:1; 2:1-10
Psalm 26 or Psalm 25
Hebrews 1:1-4; 2:5-12
Mark 10:2-16

October 14, 2012 [Green]
Eighth Sunday of Kingdomtide
Job 23:1-9, 16-17
Psalm 22:1-15
Hebrews 4:12-16
Mark 10:17-31

October 21, 2012 [Green]
Ninth Sunday of Kingdomtide
Job 38:1-7 (34-41)
Psalm 104:1-9, 24, 35c
Hebrews 5:1-10
Mark 10:35-45

October 28, 2012 [Green]
Tenth Sunday of Kingdomtide
Job 42:1-6, 10-17
Psalm 34:1-8 (19-22)
Hebrews 7:23-28
Mark 10:46-52

November 1, 2012 [Green]
All Saints Day
Eleventh Sunday of Kingdomtide
Isaiah 25:6-9
Psalm 24
Revelation 21:1-6a
John 11:32-44

November 4, 2012 [Green]
All Saints Sunday
Twelfth Sunday of Kingdomtide
Isaiah 25:6-9
Psalm 24
Revelation 21:1-6a
John 11:32-44
Ruth 1:1-18
Psalm 146
Hebrews 9:11-14
Mark 12:28-34

November 11, 2012 [Green]
Thirteenth Sunday of Kingdomtide
Ruth 3:1-5; 4:13-17
Psalm 127 or Psalm 42
Hebrews 9:24-28
Mark 12:38-44

November 18, 2012 [Green]
Fourteenth Sunday of Kingdomtide
1 Samuel 1:4-20
1 Samuel 2:1-10 or Psalm 113
Hebrews 10:11-14 (15-18) 19-25
Mark 13:1-8

November 22, 2012 [Green]
Thanksgiving Day
Joel 2:21-27
Psalm 126
1 Timothy 2:1-7
Matthew 6:25-33

November 25, 2012 [Green]
2 Samuel 23:1-7
Psalm 132:1-12 (13-18)
Revelation 1:4b-8
John 18:33-37

Sunday, October 09, 2011

Rev. Harlan Jones appointed Presiding Elder 
Of the San Francisco District
Dear Members of the 9th Episcopal District and Connectional Friends:

Greetings in the Name of Jesus Christ!

Presiding Elder Harlan and Mrs. Sheila Jones
Please join me in welcoming Rev. Harlan Jones and his wife, Mrs. Sheila E. Jones, as the new Presiding Elder and First Lady of the San Francisco District.  Rev. Jones replaces Rev. Harry Redds whose term was filled by Rev. Thurston Callier, due to Rev. Redds illness. We are grateful for the contributions of Rev. Redds and the dedicated and faithful role that Rev. Callier played in completing his term.

Additionally, Rev. Jones has been appointed as the new pastor of Missionary Temple C.M.E. Church.  On behalf of the Ninth Episcopal District and myself, I wish to thank Rev. Dr. LeRoy and Mrs. Simmie Johnson for their many years of Servant Leadership at Missionary Temple CME Church and throughout the entire Ninth Episcopal District.

I look forward to creating new paths for Dr. Johnson to share in the leadership of the Northern California Region.

Bishop James B. Walker
Presiding Prelate
9th Episcopal District

Saturday, October 08, 2011

Consolidated Committee finalizes plans for 
An annual ‘Unity Summit'
        At the CME Convocation in Atlanta, Ga., the CME Committee to plan for a Consolidated Connectional Meeting concluded the first phase of preparation for the first meeting together of key departments and ministries of the church, beginning next year. Bishop Thomas L. Brown, Sr., Convocation Chairman, along with Bishop Paul A.G. Stewart, Sr., Bishop Henry M. Williamson, Sr., and Bishop Teresa Snorton, led the Committee in finishing the business of laying the cornerstone for the future.
Bishop Thomas L. Brown, Sr. Convocation Committee Chairman
          Since the conclusion of the last General Conference in July of 2010, the Committee, consisting of the College of Bishops, General Officers and Connectional leaders, has met at scheduled, regular connectional meetings to bring structure to an effort designed to streamline the fiscal and programmatic activities of the church by reducing the number of annual connectional meetings.  Meeting at the 25th Convocation, the Committee made decisions regarding core registration, format and planning team, date of the event, and name. Additional parameters and deadlines for going forward were also set.
The name of the consolidated meetings will be The CME Unity Summit, which is scheduled to first convene in New Orleans, Louisiana, September 25-29, 2012. Scheduled to conduct business at the Unity Summit are the General Connectional Board, the Women’s Missionary Executive Board, Ministry to Men and Young Adult Retreats, and the activities of what is currently known as the CME Convocation, including departmental meetings and training. Committees which will now move forward with the planning process are Finance and Budget (including registration/operations/scheduling and sponsorship subcommittees); Program Committee (including plenary, workshop and education subcommittee, and worship subcommittee); a host committee, and Public Relations Committee.

Sunday, October 02, 2011

Loss Mrs. Elizabeth Love
Our deepest sympathy is extended to Dr. Mary A. Love, editor of the
Department of Church School Lit- erature in the passing of her beloved
mother, Elizabeth Love on Thursday morning. Please keep the Love family in
your prayers.

Cards and Condolences may be sent to:
Mary Love
Post Office Box 44306
Charlotte, NC 28215 704-650-1411

Memorial Service:
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Time: 1 p.m.

Quiet Hour:  Noon until 1 p.m.
Greenville Memorial AME Zion Church
6116 Montieth Drive
Charlotte, NC 28213

Long and Son Mortuary Service
2312 Beatties Ford Road
Charlotte, NC  28216

Homegoing Service: Time:  1 p.m.  Friday, October 7, 2011

Quiet Hour: Time:  Noon until 1 p.m.

Moore’s Chapel AME Zion Church
Coffeeville, Mississippi

Cards and Condolences may be sent to:

Lucious Ingram
1542 Country Road #66
Coffeeville, Mississippi 28922

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Services for Bro. Henry Boyd, Jr.
Services for Bro. Henry Boyd, Jr. will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 24, 2011, at the Anderson Chapel CME Church, Holly Springs, MS, Rev. Denise Anders-Modest, pastor.  Bro. Boyd is the nephew of Editor of The Christian Index and pastor of Mt. Zion CME Church (Ashland, Ms.) Dr. Kenneth E. Jones and Rev. Dr. Margarie Stovall, pastor of Haynes Chapel CME Church, Pelahatchie, Ms. A resident of Memphis, Tn., Bro. Boyd was a U.S. armed services veteran as well as a member of Adolphus Chapel CME Church in Holly Springs, Rev. Billie Williams, pastor.
Arrangements are being handled by the J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home, 125 N. Memphis Street, Holly Springs, Ms.  38635; phone (662) 252-2341.  Please keep in prayer wife, Doris, the Boyd children, siblings and all members of the Boyd and Jones families.

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Arrangements for Mr. John G. Walker
Dear Connectional Members and Friends,

The funeral arrangements for Mr. John G. Walker is as follows.  Mr. Walker was the husband of Mrs. Carolyn Walker, father of three children, and the brother of Bishop James B. Walker, Presiding Prelate of the Ninth Episcopal District and the Chair of the College of Bishops, Rev. Oliver D. Walker (Indianapolis, IN) and Rev. Anthony Walker (Spencer, OK).

Funeral Services: Saturday, September 10, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. 
St. John CME Church
10403 Northeast 36th Street
Spencer, OK  73084
Rev. Anthony Walker, Pastor
Telephone: 405-769-2747

Funeral Home:
Temple & Sons Funeral Directors
2801 North Kelley Avenue
Oklahoma City, OK 73111-2898
Telephone: 405-427-8321

Cards and condolences may be sent to the Walker family in care of St. John CME Church (see information above).  Please keep the Walker family in your thoughts and prayers.

Bishop Thomas L. Hoyt, Jr.
Senior Bishop

Jeanette Bouknight
Executive Secretary
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church
"An Essential Church: Poised for 21st Century Ministry"

Thou hast turned for me my mourning into dancing; thou hast put off my sackcloth, and girded me with gladness; To the end that my glory may sing praises to thee, and not be silent.  O Lord my God, I will give thanks unto thee for ever.
-Psalms 30:11,12
Arrangements for Mrs. Mae Ouida Davenport
Dear Connectional Members and Friends,

It is with deep regret to inform you of the passing of Mrs. Mae Ouida Davenport, the aunt of
Mrs. Doris Y. Williamson and Bishop Henry M. Williamson, Sr., presiding prelate of the 8th Episcopal District.

Funeral arrangements for Mrs. Davenport is as follows:

Wake: Saturday, September 10, 2011 at 9:30 a.m.
Cory United Methodist Church
1117 E. 105th
Cleveland, OH  44108
Telephone: 216-451-0460

Funeral Services: Saturday, September 10, 2011 at 10:30 a.m.
Cory United Methodist Church

Funeral Arrangements: 
Thomas G. Smith Funeral Home
14601 Saint Clair Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44110
Telephone: 216-249-5000

Please keep the family in your prayers.

Bishop Thomas L. Hoyt, Jr.
Senior Bishop

Jeanette Bouknight
Executive Secretary
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church
"An Essential Church: Poised for 21st Century Ministry"

Sunday, September 04, 2011

Passing of Bishop Walker's Brother John G. Walker
Dear Connectional Members and Friends,

It is with deep regret to inform you of the passing of Mr. John G. Walker, the brother of Bishop James B. Walker, Presiding Prelate of the Ninth Episcopal District and the Chair of the College of Bishops, Rev. Oliver D.  Walker (Indianapolis, IN) and Rev. Anthony Walker (Spencer, OK).  He was the husband of Mrs. Carolyn Walker and the father of three children.  Mr. Walker passed away on Friday, September 2, 2011 in Oklahoma City, OK.  Funeral arrangements are pending and additional information will be forthcoming.

Please keep the Walker family in your prayers.

Bishop Thomas L. Hoyt, Jr.
Senior Bishop

Jeanette Bouknight
Executive Secretary
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church
"An Essential Church: Poised for 21st Century Ministry"

Saturday, September 03, 2011

Arrangements for Rev. Monroe Woods, Jr.
Dear Members of the 9th Episcopal District, Connectional Members and Friends,

We wish to update you concerning the planned Memorial Service for Rev. Monroe Woods, Jr.

The Memorial Service will be held:  
Saturday, September 10, 2011, 11:00 PM-PST
Hays Tabernacle CME Church
10121 South Central Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90002
Telephone: 323-564-5121
Fax: 323-564-2173
Rev. Julio A. Andujo, Pastor

The family is requesting that no flowers or plants be sent and all correspondence to be sent to the Woods Family at 1400 El Camino Village Drive # 2107, Houston, Texas 77058.

Please keep the family in your prayers.

Bishop James B. Walker
Presiding Prelate
9th Episcopal District

Friday, September 02, 2011

Passing of Rev. Monroe Woods, Jr.
Dear CME Members and Friends,
It is with sadness that I carry out the duty of informing you of the passing of the Rev. Monroe Woods, Jr.  He made his transition early on Monday, August 29, 2011 in Houston, Texas where he recently moved after spending many years in the state of California.
Rev. Woods served as the pastor of Hays Tabernacle, Los Angeles; Hashaway Community (now Bethel) in Long Beach; Calvary in Pasadena and spent a time in the Seventh Episcopal District. 
Funeral arrangements are pending.
Cards and expressions condolences for the family may be sent to Hays Tabernacle CME Church,10121 South Central Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90002.  Please keep the family in your prayers as they celebrate the life of Rev. Monroe Woods, Jr.
Bishop James B. Walker
Presiding Prelate, Ninth Episcopal District

Thursday, September 01, 2011

Loss of Mr. Frank Luster
We regret to inform you of the death of  Mr. Frank Luster, the husband of Rev. Florence B. Luster and the father of Mrs. Deborah Luster Dickenson, Florida District Missionary President.

The Family hour will be held Thursday, September 1, 2011, at T. S. Warden Funeral Home, 810 W. 44th Street, Jacksonville, FL from 5 to 7 PM.

The Funeral will be held Friday, September 2 at Central Metropolitan CME Church, 4611 North Pearl Street, Jacksonville, FL at 10 AM.

Please keep the family in your prayers.

You may visit for more information.

God's blessings,

Princess Pegues, International President
Women's Missionary Council - CME Church

Saturday, August 27, 2011

New Mailing Address!
The address for the editor of The Christian Index has changed. 
Send articles to:
The Christian Index
P.O. Box 675
Holly Springs, MS

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

The Commission on Social Justice and Human Concerns Statement
“Give Now to Bring Relief to Suffering in Somalia”

Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of injustice, to undo the thongs of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke?  Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, and bring the homeless poor into your house; when you see the naked, to cover them, and not to hide yourself from your own kin?  – Isaiah 58:6-7
The Commission on Social Justice and Human Concerns of the Christian Methodist Episcopal (CME) Church encourages all CME members and friends to pray and support the people of Somalia in their current crisis of hunger.  This unfolding humanitarian nightmare has taken the lives of tens of thousands of men, women and children over the last few months.  It is estimated that 640,000 children in this impoverished and politically volatile land are severely malnourished and more than 3.2 million people are in need of life-saving assistance.  Some officials at the United Nations have called this the worst humanitarian crisis on the planet.
The Commission is calling on individuals and local churches of all denominations to send immediate support to the humanitarian organization of choice, and to mark the first Sunday in September as “Save Somalia Sunday” to raise awareness and financial support.  Suggested organizations for donations are the United Nations Children’s Fund (, Red Cross (, and Christian-based organizations such as World Vision ( and Church World Service (
The Commission also asks each member and friend to join and support the “Circle of Protection” called for by outstanding Christian advocacy organizations such as Bread for the World and Sojourners to stand against budget cuts that would slash funding for the “least of these” both in America and abroad.  We call for the end of the gridlock that continues to threaten the US economic stability.  We applaud President Barack Obama for standing firm for the working class and middle class during the negotiations, even as we urge all parties leaders to cease and desist the postures threatening the safety net for America’s children and the poor.
As always, the Commission advocates for full participation in every election at every level, and asks every church to engage in voter education, registration and mobilization.  Please remember, as a church we should not endorse any candidate or political party during any set service or official gathering.  You may however encourage all members to vote, be aware of issues, and you can organize efforts to get people to the polls.  In light of changing regulations state to state, all members are encouraged to verify the places where you are scheduled to vote (polling places) and what identification is needed. 
Lastly, we celebrate the dedication of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King National Monument in Washington, DC on this the 48th Anniversary of Rev. King’s “I Have a Dream” Speech on Saturday, August 28, 2011.  We remain inspired and involved in prophetic Christian leadership to the nation and world because of this incisive prophet-preacher-leader from the Black Church tradition.
The Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, under the leadership of Senior Bishop Thomas L. Hoyt, Jr. and its College of Bishops, is a 140-year old historically African American Christian denomination with more than 1.2 million members across the United States, and has missions and sister churches in Haiti, Jamaica, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sudan/Egypt, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi. For additional information about the CME Church, visit
Senior Bishop Thomas L. Hoyt, Jr., CEO
Bishop Paul A. G. Stewart, Sr.
Bishop Lawrence L. Reddick, III
Bishop Henry M. Williamson, Sr.,
Bishop Thomas L. Brown, Sr.
Bishop Kenneth W. Carter
Bishop James B. Walker
Bishop W.E. Lockett
Bishop Sylvester Williams
Bishop Teresa E. Snorton
Bishop Godwin T. Umoette
Bishop William H. Graves, Retired
Bishop Othal H. Lakey, Retired
Bishop Edward Lynn Brown, Retired
Bishop Ronald M. Cunningham, Retired
Bishop Dotcy I. Isom, Jr., Retired
Bishop Marshall Gilmore, Retired
Bishop Nathaniel Linsey, Retired

Monday, August 22, 2011

Passing of Mr. Roland Johnson, Sr.

I pray this message finds you well!

Please note, for your information, the passing today (Monday, August 22nd) of Mr. Roland Johnson, Sr. (80) of Detroit, Michigan, the father of Reverend Roland Johnson, Jr., President of the Judicial Council of the CME Church.

Arrangements are pending and contact information for Reverend Johnson is as follows:
Reverend Roland Johnson
4945 Bradfield Run
Memphis, TN  38125-3724
(901) 497-9588

Let us remember to keep the Johnson family lifted in prayer.  Have a Blessed day!

Tyrone T. Davis, D.Min.
General Secretary
General Board of Personnel Services
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church
Post Office Box 74
Memphis, TN 38101-0074
(901) 345-4100 ~ Fax (901) 345-4107

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Rev. Matthew Bonner receives full Teaching Fellowship for 
Ph.D. studies at Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA 

             Rev. Matthew W. Bonner, former pastor of the historic Saint Paul CME Church in Norfolk, VA has requested an academic sabbatical from the pastoral ministry for approximately three years, effective August 2011.  The purpose is to pursue the Ph.D. degree in Education, with a concentration in Counseling in the College of Education, Department of Counseling and Human Services at Old Dominion University (ODU) in Norfolk, VA.
  This blessed opportunity came through ODU in the form of an all-expense paid graduate assistantship, including a cost of living stipend over the next three years. In addition to his studies, Bonner’s responsibilities include teaching undergraduate students and supervising Masters candidates in the Department of Counseling and Human Services.
Bonner received the MS degree in Pastoral Counseling from Loyola University in Baltimore Maryland in May 2011; the M. Div. degree in Religion from Howard University School of Divinity in 2000; and the BA degree in Africana Studies and Religion from Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey in 1996.  
In thinking about this opportunity, Bonner shares, “I believe beyond a shadow of doubt that this calling is a part of God’s Master Plan to prepare me for even greater service, which the rapid changes and complexity of congregational life and ministry require in this present age.  I want to make a difference as I serve my God, the church, the community, and the global society.”  Bonner continues,     “As I contemplate my 10 years in the pastoral ministry, I have never taken lightly the obligations of God’s calling upon my life.  I strive to make my life a living testimony of what I teach and preach. I put my life totally in God’s hands, and leave the rest to Him.”
Graduating from Archbishop Carroll High School, Washington, D.C. (1992) with honors, he received the Carl Rowan’s Project Excellence –Paul Roberson four-year academic scholarship to Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey, 1992-1996.  While at Rutgers University, he participated in numerous activities including, Vice-President of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity; Voter Registration; Tutor in New Brunswick Public Schools; and One Hundred Black Men’s “Adopt a Little Brother” program.
While a student at the Howard University School of Divinity, Washington, DC, he served as a local preacher at Bunton Memorial CME Church, Washington, DC.  Bonner was Director of Youth Work, a Sunday School teacher, and a teacher for Seniors Ministry Bible Study.
Additionally, he served as a tutor for Slowe Elementary School, Washington, DC 1998-2000; Interned at the Constituency for Africa-Washington, DC, summer 1996; and represented Howard Divinity School at the National Conferences for Community Justice, Seminarians Interacting Program, Union Theological Seminary and Jewish Theological Seminary, New York, New York and Pauling New York, 1999.
Bonner received a number of honors and awards for his diligence.  He received Howard University Trustee full-tuition scholarship at the Divinity School.   He served as Editor of the Howard University School of Divinity Newsletter from 1998-2000.  And in May 1998, he received the Black Methodist Clergy Scholarship.  This award is given to a Methodist student in recognition of promise as a minister and for consistent academic performance in the School of Divinity.   Also, his biography was published in the 22nd Annual Edition of the National Dean’s List 1998-99.
At his May 2000 graduation, Howard University School of Divinity, he received the following awards: The American Bible Society 2000 Scholarly Award for outstanding achievement in Biblical Studies, and the Dean’s Interpretation Award for high academic achievement, commitment to ministry, and demonstrated gifts for Biblical scholarship.
His first pastorate was Mount Zion CME Church in Sharon Hill Pennsylvania where he served for five years.  While in the Sharon Hill Community, he was appointed to the Southern Darby Township (PA) Preservation Committee which provided him with the opportunity to make his voice heard. Its purpose was to preserve surroundings, integrity, and quality of life of the community for present and future generations through economic, social and political development and empowerment.  This is another example of his willingness to go the second mile in empowering people to live a quality life.  Following his experience at Mount Zion, he was assigned to Russell Temple Christian Methodist Episcopal Church (CME), Alexandria, Virginia, where he served from August 2005-2010.  Under his administration, the church retired the mortgage on the parsonage and instituted Family Bible Study, thus increasing the numbers engaged in weekly Bible Study.  
While at Russell Temple, Bonner began his studies in Pastoral Counseling at Loyola University and clinical internships.  In 2009-2010 Bonner interned at Fort Belvoir Family and Marriage Center (VA) where he counseled military individuals, couples and their families. Additionally, he interned with Fairfax County Community Services Board where he counseled individuals recovering from substance abuse.  Additionally, he has taught in several capacities within the New York Washington Region and the Washington- Virginia District.  He served as instructor for the Interdenominational theological Center (ITC) Extension Program, in both the Washington-Virginia and Philadelphia Districts (PA) where he taught Philosophy of Religion and New Testament studies, 2009 and 2003, respectively.  
He is a native of Alabama and the son of   Reverend Wardell Bonner (pastor of St. John CME Church, Washington, DC) and Dr. Bester Joyce Bonner.   Bonner chose as his life soul mate Michelle Demming Bonner, formerly of Montclair, New Jersey.  They are the proud parents of two sons, Jacob Samuel and Joshua Matthew.  Bonner is forever grateful to the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church for the firm foundation it has given him throughout his life.  He proclaims that all bishops, presiding elders, ministers and lay have touched his life and helped him.  The church has enabled him to grow in knowledge, deepening his spiritual life and rekindling his sense of calling and destiny.