Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Bishops and Wives Choir highlighted Prayer Breakfast. 
Dr. Eldfreda Lakey accompanied as Bishop Kenneth Carter directed.
Mrs. Carmen Williams was prayer breakfast speaker.
Missionaries pose after a delicious breakfast.
3rd District hostesses form "red carpet" at VIP Luncheon.
Hosts Bishop Paul A.G. Stewart, Sr. and Mrs. M. Earline Stewart.
Luncheon featured tremendous music, praise dance and mime.

All VIP guests received special gifts.
Dr. Mae Jane Weeden, Messenger Editor Rita Washington
and other missionaries pause for camera shot.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

17th Women's Missionary General Assembly Begins
in Schaumburg, Illinois

WMC President Dr. Elnora P. Hamb calls Assembly to order.

Host Bishop Paul Stewart, Sr. welcomes attendees.
Vice President P. Ann Pegues with some of several
scholarship candidates preparing for interviews.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Last-Minute Check List for 17th Women's Assembly
Dear CME Members, Missionaries and Friends,

Excitement is in the air! We are rapidly approaching the 17th Quadrennial Assembly of the Women's Missionary Council which will be held June 25 - July 2, 2011 at the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel & Convention Center in Schaumburg, IL. This message will help you to prepare for the Assembly.

All delegates to the 17th Quadrennial Assembly have been registered by their respective Episcopal District and Presiding Prelate.

Persons who are not delegates to the Assembly are expected to register for all events that they plan to attend. Online registration is available at the Women's Missionary Council Website:  Or, you may download a registration form from the Web site and bring it to the on-site registration booth.

Hotel Information:
There are some rooms available at the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel & Convention Center located at 1551 North Thoreau Drive. However, the hotel is sold out on Friday, July 1, 2011. The room charge per night is $99 + 14% tax per night ($112.86).  You may download the reservation form at: .  Please fax your reservation form to the Renaissance Hotel Reservations at 847-303-4199 or call 847-303-4100 to receive the special rate.

Overflow Hotel:
A block of rooms has been reserved at the nearby Marriott Spring Hill Suites Chicago Schaumburg, 1550 McConor Parkway, Schaumburg, IL, 60173.  Telephone: 1-847-995-1500.  The room charge per night is $99 + 14% tax per night ($112.86).

If you need transportation to and from the airport, please contact:
Rev. Dr. David Bryant, Pastor, Allen Metropolitan CME Church
10946 South Lowe Avenue
Chicago, IL  60628

Program Schedule: 
The program schedule for the Quadrennial Assembly (including the appropriate dress attire) is available at the Women's Missionary Council Website:

Additional information about the Quadrennial Assembly is available online at:

We look forward to your presence at the Quadrennial Assembly.  Please keep the Women's Missionary Council and me in your prayers.


Dr. Elnora P. Hamb, President
Women's Missionary Council 
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church

Saturday, June 18, 2011

W.L. Graham/Roscoe Webb Scholarship Application Extended
As Chairperson of the Department of Lay Ministry Graham/Webb Scholarship Committee, in consultation with General Secretary Mr. Cliff Harris, the deadline for submitting applications for the 2011-2012 academic year will be changed from June 17, 2011 until July 22, 2011.

Go to the Department of Lay Ministry Web Site,, and download the criteria and the application blank.  Remember, the award is for 2011 male HS graduates entering their first year of education beyond high school.

Thank You,

Yvonne Peters, Chairperson
Graham-Webb Scholarship Committee
The Origin of Father’s Day
A Father’s Day Message 
From Barbara Christian Campbell
Connectional Lay Council President

This Sunday across America and the Nation we will celebrate Father’s Day. The beauty of this day is that it was the original brainchild of a woman who was raised by a single father.  Her name was Sonora Smart and after her mother died her father raised her and her siblings. She actually was inspired after hearing a sermon on Mother’s Day at the Central Methodist Episcopal Church.  To honor her father she held a special recognition on his birthday which was June 19, 1910.  While Mother’s Day was readily accepted and approved by Congress, it took over 60 years before the third Sunday in June was approved as a national observance of Father’s Day.  Some important events to note are:  This initiative was started by a female who recognized the role and importance of fathers; Second point, she held her own recognition before it was recognized nationally and thirdly, even though it took a long time to become a national holiday, over time her dream came true.

The recognition of Father’s Day reminds us that change doesn’t come easily, but it can come if we persevere.  We recognize God as our heavenly Father, but thank God He gave us earthly fathers and father figures to nurture, guide and love us.

On this Father’s Day, let us give thanks for fathers everywhere and share this quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson with others:

‘Right now is the time to be kind;
You can not do a kindness too soon,
For you never know how soon it will be too late”

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Prayers for Mrs. Mae Linsey in Surgery
Dear Connectional Members and Friends,

Mrs. Mae C. Linsey, wife of the late Bishop Nathaniel L. Linsey, will undergo surgery tomorrow (Thursday, June 19, 2011) at Piedmont Fayette Hospital in Fayetteville, GA.  An update on her condition will be provided.  Please keep Mrs. Linsey and the Linsey family in prayer.

Senior Bishop Thomas L. Hoyt, Jr., CEO

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

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Services for Bro. Elmo Garner
Funeral services for Bro. Elmo Garner, husband to Rev. Jennie Garner, will be held at 11 AM on Saturday, June 18, at Lynch Street CME Church, 2175 John R. Lynch Street, Jackson, MS 39209.  Arrangements have been entrusted to Anderson Funeral Home, 352 West Natchez Road, Gloster, MS 39638-9739. Their phone number is 601-225-4312.

Rev. Garner is a long-time pastor in the Gloster-Hattiesburg District, Mississippi-South Region, and is currently the pastor at Mt. Zion CME Church, Utica, MS. The Garners would have celebrated their 52nd wedding anniversary on October 29, 2011. You may reach Rev. Garner at 601-853-1465.

Submitted by Gloria Scott, Lynch Street CME

Friday, June 10, 2011

2011-12 CME Calendar (updated)

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Services for the Reverend Etha Pitts
Dear Connectional Members and Friends,

Regretfully we inform you of the passing of Rev. Etha Pitts, the sister of Presiding Elder Lucius Pitts, on Thursday, June 2, 2011.  Rev. Etha Pitts is the former pastor of West Mitchell CME Church in Atlanta, GA.

Arrangements are as follows:

The Service of Celebration will be held on Saturday, June 11, 2011 at 11 AM at:

Holsey Chapel CME Church
718 8th Street
Columbus, GA  31901
Rev. Jamie L. Capers, Pastor
Phone: 706-323-2325
Fax: 706-320-0281

Arrangements have been entrusted to:
Taylor Funeral Home
1514 5th Avenue
Phenix City, AL  36867
(334) 298-0364

In lieu of flowers please send donations "In Memory of Rev. Etha Pitts" to:
Phillips School of Theology
Attn:  Dean Marvin Thomas
700 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive
Atlanta GA 30314

Please keep the Pitts family in prayer.

Bishop Kenneth L. Carter, Presiding Prelate
Sixth Episcopal District

Jeanette L. Bouknight
Executive Secretary
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church
"An Essential Church: Poised for 21st Century Ministry"
Register Online for the 25th CME Convocation
Dear Connectional Members and Friends,
The 25th Annual CME Convocation will be held September 27-30, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia at the Hyatt Regency Hotel located at 265 Peachtree Street NE. This year's Convocation will be hosted by the 6th Episcopal District under the leadership of Bishop Kenneth W. Carter.

Many educational classes and special events are being planned for the 25th Annual CME Convocation.  Come and share in this historical Convocation and the celebration of the 140th anniversary of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church!
Register Online for the Convocation and Hyatt Regency Hotel
The Convocation registration fee is $95 and the hotel room rate is $115 per night plus 15% tax.

You may register online for the Annual CME Convocation with your credit or debit card, and upon completion you will be able to book your hotel accommodations at the hotel.  Online registration is available at: .

If you'd prefer, you may download a registration form to mail in with your payment. A hotel registration form will be sent to you via postal mail.

For Additional Information about the Annual CME Convocation
Please visit, call the toll-free Convocation information line at 1-855-CME-1870 (1-855-263-1870), or e-mail .


The Annual CME Convocation Committee
Bishop Thomas L. Brown, Sr., Chair
Bishop Paul A.G. Stewart, Sr., Program Chair
Bishop Henry M. Williamson, Sr., Finance Chair
Ms. Jeanette L. Bouknight, Convocation Director

Annual C.M.E. Convocation
1-855-CME-1870    1-855-263-1870

Thursday, June 02, 2011

Funeral Arrangements for Dr. Ulyee Waugh
Dear Connectional Members and Friends,

Funeral services for retired pastor Rev. Dr. Ulyee Waugh will be Wednesday, June 8, 2011 at 11 a.m. at the Mt. Olive CME Church, 745 Woods Ave, Orlando, FL 32805.  Visitation will be on Tuesday evening at the church.  Expressions for the family may be sent directly to Mt. Olive.

Bishop Teresa E. Snorton
Presiding Prelate
5th Episcopal District
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church
Focus 2011 CYAM Retreat
Westin Atlanta Airport Hotel
May 26-29, 2011