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
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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