Friday, April 27, 2012

Passing of Rev. Frederick Sills, Sr.
It saddens me to report the passing of Rev. Frederick Sills, Sr., former member of Pauline B. Grant CME Church and the Philadelphia District Ministerial Alliance.  Rev. Sills had two pastoral assignments while he was a member of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church—St. Mark CME (Trenton, NJ) and Redeemed CME (Philadelphia, PA).
His home going service will be on May 1, 2012. Viewing  is from 10 to 11 a.m.  at St. Mark Baptist Church - 545 Lakehurst Rd. Browns Mills, NJ 08015. The service will be held immediately following the viewing.  Please keep the Sill family in your prayers.

God bless,

David L. Wynn, pastor, Pauline B. Grant CME Church (This is the Potter’s House)

Church Phone: (609) 894-4728
Pastor’s Cell Phone: (609) 721-2248
Pastor’s E-mail:
Church Website:

Monday, April 23, 2012

Arrangements for Clay C. Jones

Funeral arrangements for Clay C. Jones, brother of Rev. Dr. Kenneth E. Jones and Rev. Dr. Margarie Stovall are as follows.

Family Hour
Friday, April 27, 2012
5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Serenity Funeral Home
140 N Memphis St.
Holly Springs, MS 38635
(662) 252-6061

Saturday, April 28, 2012
11 a.m.
Anderson Chapel CME Church
Rev. Denise Anders-Modest, pastor
730 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr.
Holly Springs, MS 38635
(662) 252-1938

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Passing of Bro. Clay C. Jones
Clay C. Jones, the brother of  Rev. Dr. Kenneth E. Jones, editor of The Christian Index and pastor of Mt. Zion CME Church, Ashland, Ms.; and Rev. Dr. Margarie Stovall, pastor of Haynes Chapel CME Church, Pelahatchie, Ms., died on Friday evening, April 20, 2012, at the Marshall County Hospital in Holly Springs, Ms. A former CME, Bro. Jones attended the Mcintyre Missionary Baptist Church in Holly Springs. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather, one who loved the Lord, his church and family.  He will be sorely missed. Please stay in prayer for Bro. Jones' wife, Mrs. Versia Jones, and the Jones family during this hour of reflection and bereavement. Final arrangements are forthcoming.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Corrected Dates for 4th Episcopal District Annual Conferences

Dates for annual conferences in the 4th Episcopal District as printed in recent issues of 
The Christian Index should be corrected to reflect the following:

  • The North-East Mississippi & Mississippi-South Conferences will be held July 8-11, 2012 at the BancorpSouth Conference Center, Tupelo, MS. Rev. Dr. Clementine Mays, host pastor.

  • South Louisiana Conference will be held June 18-20, 2012 at Trinity CME Church, Lafayette, Louisiana. Reverend Leslie Dugas, host pastor.

  • Louisiana Conference will be held July 23-25, 2012 at Williams Memorial Temple CME Church, Shreveport, Louisiana. Reverend Larry D. Anders, host pastor.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Funeral Arrangements for Mr. James Willis 

The funeral services for Mr. James Willis (brother of Rev. Jewell Willis, pastor New Hope CME Church, Minden, Louisiana) will be April 14, 2012, 2 p.m. at the Forest Grove CME Church. Let’s continue to keep the Willis family in our prayers.

Be Blessed In Jesus' Name,

Robert L. Stewart

Passing of Bro. James Willis
Dear Clergy and Laity:

It is with profound sadness that I inform you of the death of Mr. James Willis, 2nd vice Lay leader of the Minden District and former District Steward president. Bro. Willis passed from this life on Easter Sunday morning around 6 a.m. He was a member of Forest Grove CME Church. Please keep the Willis family in your prayers.

Be Blessed In Jesus Name,

Robert L. Stewart

1st Vice Lay Leader,
Louisiana Region
Fourth Episcopal District

Saturday, April 07, 2012

Mark 16:4 (NIV) But when they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had been rolled away. 5 As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed.

 6 “Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him. 7 But go, tell his disciples and Peter, ‘He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.’”
A Glorious Easter
The Christian Index Online

Arrangements for Professor Rev. Dr. Edward L. Smith
April 7, 2012

Dear Connectional Members and Friends,

We are saddened by the passing of Rev. Dr. Edward L. Smith, Associate Professor of Systematic Theology at the Interdenominational Theological Center, Atlanta, Georgia.

At the ITC, Dr. Edward Smith’s disciplines were philosophy and theology. He taught courses on the doctrine of God, philosophy of religion, theologies of Paul Tillich and Karl Barth, and philosophical and theological views of humanity.

He pastored the following congregations in the Ninth Episcopal District:
St. Stephens CME Church, Fairfield, California
Phillips Chapel CME, El Paso, Texas
St. Vestal (now Bethel) CME, Long Beach, California
Edwards Chapel, El Centro, California

Dr. Smith earned the following degrees:
B.A., Washington State University
M.A., University of San Francisco
M.A., University of California/Davis
M.Div., Interdenominational Theological Center
Ph.D., Claremont Graduate University

He was preceded in death by his parents, the late Rev. W. L. and Katie Mae Smith, who also served in the Ninth Episcopal District.

Dr. Smith leaves to mourn his son, D. J. Smith of Missionary Temple CME Church in San Francisco, California; sisters, Mary Kathryn Knox and Bettye Holliday; brother, William Smith; and a host of other family and friends.

The funeral arrangements are as follows:
Saturday, April 21, 2012, 11:00 a.m.
West Mitchell CME Church
560 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive, SW.
Atlanta, GA 30314
Telephone: 404-525-2337  Fax: 404-525-1575
Rev. Manuel Henderson, Pastor
Bishop Kenneth W. Carter, Presiding Prelate

Condolences may be sent to his son, D. J. Smith, P.O. Box 883002, San Francisco, CA 94188-3002.

Please keep the family of Dr. Smith in your prayers.

In His Service,

Bishop James B. Walker, Presiding Prelate
Ninth Episcopal District

Ms. Jeanette L. Bouknight
Executive Secretary
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church
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