BISHOP’S SEPTEMBER UPDATE REGARDING

HURRICANE HARVEY ASSISTANCE FOR TEXAS

 

Monday, September 4 – This note is the third sent in an effort to update the Connection as to the needs of Texans and CMEs of Texas affected by Hurricane Harvey – and also in an effort to share with the Texans who are not directly affected some ways we can be of assistance – the following information is given:

1) First, we thank all who have given their prayers and gifts and other support in response to Hurricane Harvey effects, including the strong winds and flood waters.
2) Second, CMEs who are not in the Eighth Episcopal District who wish to give financial assistance can do it in either of the ways listed below – and I hasten to add the words “follow the directions of your episcopal leader.”
3) Some bishops are urging churches and individuals to send contributions to the respective Episcopal District Office for distribution to the Committee on Emergency Relief.  This will be helpful for Hurricane Harvey victims.
4) Other Connectional members – and the Eighth Episcopal District churches in particular who are raising offerings and want to send checks can write their checks to “Southeast Texas Region CME Church” (memo:  Hurricane Harvey) and send the checks to the Eighth Episcopal District Office, 1616 E. Illinois Ave., Dallas, Texas  75216.  These gifts will be a part of our Annual Conference audit.
5)  Persons seeking to give direct online contributions to churches that will deal with victims’ needs in the Houston area (and those are victims who may or may not be CME or may not even be people of faith!) can give to both the Metropolitan CME Church (Rev. Allen Page III, pastor) and the Miles Chapel CME Church (Rev. Valencia Edner, pastor).  These are two churches in the city of Houston, but Houston District Presiding Elder Waldo Murphy is coordinating the aid so that it will reach the needs as identified by all of the affected areas and churches.
a)  To give to Metropolitan Church, go to www.metropolitancme.org.  The contribution button is located at the bottom of the page.  You can designate the contribution for Hurricane Harvey Relief.  Persons not on line can send a check to Metropolitan CME Church, 8955 South Freeway, Houston, Texas  77051 (713-748-5947).
b)  To give to Miles Chapel CME Church, go to www.mileschapelcme.org.  Press “Online Giving” and it will send you to “Easytithe.”  Clink on that link.  Choose “HarveyRelief2017.”  The donation should go under benevolence (all donations as of August 28 until further notice will go to Hurricane Harvey relief).  Persons not on line can send a check to Miles Chapel CME Church, 4315 Lyons Ave., Houston, Texas  77020 (713-672-0619).
6)  Persons seeking to give direct online contributions to churches that will deal with victims’ needs in the Beaumont, Orange and Port Arthur areas (and, again these are needs of persons who may or may not be CME or may not be people of faith at all!) can give to either the Carter Chapel CME Church of Port Arthur (Rev. Rodney Wooten, pastor), the Douglas Memorial CME Church of Beaumont (Rev. David L. Robinson, pastor) and/or the St. Paul CME CME Church of Orange (Rev. Gary Chalk, pastor).  To give online to these churches, you must download the Givelify App.  These are three churches in the southeastern area of Texas in the Beaumont-Nacogdoches District, but Presiding Elder Trever Barnett is coordinating the aid with the district’s pastors so that our aid will reach the needs as identified by all of the affected areas and churches in the district.
7)  We are also appreciative for the assistance – both financial and in service journeys – given by many CMEs across the Connection for persons who have been evacuated from affected areas.
a) The Dallas Convention Center has housed (and is housing) evacuees affected by Hurricane Harvey.  Rev. Shazetta Thompson-Hill is the contact person for the Eighth Episcopal District for evacuee information (731-225-6846).  Persons who know of other information regarding centers for evacuees across the State for victims fleeing Hurricane Harvey effects should call Rev. Thompson-Hill and inform her about what you know so that we all can be better informed.  Thank you for calling her and sharing what you know.b  Many evacuees who have come to refuge centers have come with almost nothing.  Food, and ordinary things like toothpaste and other personal items are also essential for them and they need our donations to help them make it through this time.
c)  To give for expenses of victims who have evacuated, it is suggested that you give online through Christian Chapel CME Church (Rev. Dr. Vanessee Burns, pastor).  To give online, you must download the Givelify App.  Give to “Christian Chapel Temple of Faith.”  Select “Relief” as the giving category.  Put “CME” in the memo field.  All of the funds given in this way will go to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.  You can also mail gifts to Christian Chapel Temple of Faith, earmarked for Hurricane Harvey, and send to 14120 Noel Road, Dallas, Texas  75254 (972-239-1120).d)    Those CMEs in Texas may also give non-perishable food items by bringing them to Christian Chapel Temple of Faith.

8)  In regard to concerns about some of our churches being under water, please note:   there are no CME church buildings “under water” in Texas.  I continue to hear a persistent rumor to the contrary, but the Presiding Elders have spoken with every pastor and have been assured that there is not and there has not been any one of our congregations’ buildings “under water.”  There are some homes of individuals that have been under water, and these persons and their needs will be major targets for assistance by the congregations within these two districts.
a)  In the Houston District, six churches have mentioned water issues – Carter Temple in Galveston has some roof damage that is believed to be covered by insurance; Carter Temple in Houston reported water damage in fellowship hall and sanctuary and pastor’s study, roof leaking and mold damage; Mt. Zion in Brookshire “took on some flood water,” but the pastor reports that the men of the church have removed the carpet and are handling the work;  Lane Tabernacle in Houston had water soaked carpet, which has been removed; Johnson Chapel in Houston took on damage from water and a tree, and the repair is believed to be covered by insurance; and Miles Chapel of Houston reports having had water in one room.
b)  In the Beaumont-Nacogdoches District, four churches have mentioned water issues – Carter Chapel in Port Arthur has places in the church’s carpet that are damp; Douglas Memorial in Beaumont had water rising around the church but not into the church; St. Paul in Orange reported water rising up to the church’s door with damage yet to be evaluated; Primus Chapel in Silsbee has not been able to evaluate its damage, but the building sits high off the ground.
9)  Finally, the largest concerns and needs are not about our church buildings at all – the largest concerns are for the people whose homes have been flooded, whose homes have been infiltrated by other collateral damage from the rising waters, and for whom stability in their lives has been shaken by this crisis.  Some of them are our members, and we will assist them as much as possible from what we have.  But all of them are God’s people, and their needs know of no denominational or faith boundaries, so it is our intent that they will receive whatever assistance we can give.

Thank you very much for your prayers and concerns.

           
                                                                                    Sincerely,

                                                                          Bishop Lawrence Reddick

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Thank You, Moving On, and Moving Forward
by Senior Bishop Lawrence Reddick



Dear CME Family:
 
       As the presiding bishop of the Eighth Episcopal District (the Jamaica Region and five Texas Regions), I am eternally grateful to the hosts of persons from across the Connection who have poured concern and aid into the Eighth Episcopal District by praying, by giving to one of the several churches listed in the brief messages I’ve sent in the last two weeks, or by coming to Texas and giving assistance in the southeastern part of the State with your labors.  The outpouring of aid from people of the 6th and 5th and 7th Episcopal Districts (led by Bishop Kenneth Carter) with mission journeys last week has left a significant mark.
 
          As God’s resilient people, who are moving on – moving on in the acts of cleaning, restoring, rebuilding, drying out, airing out … we are moving on as we continue to work.  Moving on does not mean that we ignore the help we have received or ignore the mountains of responsibilities before us.  Neither will we fail to remember that we are stronger together than separate.
 
          At the same time, I want to join in the leadership of Bishops Sylvester Williams and Bobby Best in their announcement as chair and vice chair of the Committee on Emergency Relief.  While they have not been and are not now being insensitive to the needs still existing from Hurricane Harvey, they are moving forward to deal with anticipated needs from Hurricane Irma with sharp foresight.  They are right, as we face the crucial winds of Irma bearing down upon Florida, to anticipate the need to raise funds for relief immediately.  They are also right in helping us do it systematically (as we have done in the past) by writing our checks to the Department of Finance and urging our members to send these funds to the various episcopal district offices to be shared with the people who will need them the most by the Committee on Emergency Relief.
 
          An acknowledgement is in order:  when I listed the six churches that persons could send funds directly to (for Texas hurricane relief) in my previous statements after Hurricane Harvey, I was reacting to the urgency of the moment, wanting funds to get where they were needed in the quickest ways.  While the churches of Texas and I agreed on a method for accounting for what has been received, I need you to know that I believe what Bishop Williams and Bishop Best are reminding us of – the system we have had in place for emergency relief – is better for all concerned and for our connectional accountability.
 
          Thanks, Bishop Williams and Bishop Best, for your leadership!  Thank You, Church for listening and following through!


                                              + Lawrence L. Reddick III

PASTORAL LETTER FROM THE COLLEGE OF BISHOPS
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church
August 21, 2017
CME Unity Summit – Atlanta, GA

 


            The College of Bishops of The Christian Methodist Episcopal Church speaks to issues in Charlottesville, Virginia, August 12, 2017, during which white supremacists, Nazis, and other racist groups gathered with guns and other weapons and chanted racist slogans.  Violence ensued, many were harmed and one person was killed

            The very nature of the racism displayed and the disrespect for human life are a massive thorn in the flesh of a nation already seething with unrest.  The presentation of bigotry, violence and murder from Charlottesville and other cities is not the nation we wish to be or to present to the world.

            We appreciate and promote the words of former President Barack Obama during the crisis, mainly, “No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion ….”

            The College of Bishops calls upon President Donald J. Trump, all branches of the Federal Government and all Americans of conscience to stand for righteousness and justice, without equivocation in language or actions.  We denounce and we call upon civic and faith leaders of all kinds to denounce bigotry, hate language, and racism of all kinds. 

            We call the CME Church to be a church of action, first, by praying. Pray for those who have been victims of hate, racism, bigotry and violence. Pray for those who perpetrate these injustices and for the softening of their hearts. Pray for leaders to have the courage to speak truth to power. Second, we call on the church to get involved! Every local church and every pastor should get involved in their communities in anti-racism advocacy and action. We must stand, speak, challenge, and demand “freedom and justice” for all with faith and fervor!

THE COLLEGE OF BISHOPS OF THE CHRISTIAN METHODIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH          

Bishop Lawrence Reddick, Senior Bishop         

Bishop Marvin Thomas, Chair

Bishop Henry Williamson
Bishop Thomas Brown, Sr.
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Christian Methodist Episcopal Church leaders addressed the Homeless Banquet initiative before serving individuals.

(L-R) Bishop Kenneth W. Carter, guest speaker Mr. Richard Montanez, (PepsiCo) and his wife, and Senior Bishop Lawrence Reddick.

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September 8, 2017
 
Let me begin by expressing my appreciation to all of you for your contributions in support of those, primarily in Texas and the coastal area, who were affected by Hurricane Harvey.  Although I encourage your ongoing efforts to support persons in that area, I’m sure you have been watching the news and are aware of Hurricane Irma which according to meteorologist is scheduled to hit South Florida and surrounding areas this weekend. As you are also aware, it is predicted that this Category 4 storm will have a devastating impact on Florida just as Harvey had in Texas.   It is with this in mind that you are requested to continue receiving benevolent offerings that will support persons in Florida and other areas as we continue supporting those affected in Texas.  Please make your checks payable to the Department of Finance and send them to your Episcopal leader who will account for the funds and forward those funds to the Department of Finance.  Please know that our prompt and immediate response is necessary and appreciated.
 
In His Service,
 
Bishop Sylvester Williams, Sr.
Bishop Sylvester Williams, Sr.
Chairman, Committee on Emergency Relief
 
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Bishop Bobby Best
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(August 21, 2017 - Atlanta, GA) The Christian Methodist Episcopal (CME) Church fed over 1,000 persons at a Homeless Banquet on Monday, August 21, 2017 at the Atlanta Civic Center during its Sixth Annual Unity Summit and Lay Institute.  “From the Seats to the Streets” was an initiative to encourage and serve the homeless, provide counseling and a health fair.  Four homes with clear deeds and titles were donated by local CME churches and the Sixth Episcopal District to individuals in Atlanta and Fort Worth, Texas to help combat homelessness. Additionally, two Historically Black Colleges of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church offered assistance to the homeless.  Miles College (Birmingham, AL) will provide several full scholarships with housing for the homeless. Paine College (Augusta, GA) is committed to providing three full dormitory housing for homeless students.
 
The Homeless Banquet was a collaborative initiative with a major financial institution, the CME Church, various sponsors, and entities. Several homeless shelters in the greater Atlanta area are closing soon and the CME Church is working with other organizations to address homelessness and poverty.  Local television stations (Channel 2, 5, 11 and 46) covered the Homeless Banquet.  Over 700 members of the CME denomination from around the United States including 43 students from Miles  based leaders from the Atlanta area, Dr. Charles Steele Jr., National President and CEO of Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) and Pastor Timothy McDonald of First Iconium Baptist Church, addressed the gathering. 
 
The featured speaker at the Homeless Banquet was Mr. Richard Montanez, PepsiCo's director of multicultural sales and marketing, North America.  Montanez began his career with PepsiCo as a janitor in 1976 and is now a visionary leader who has developed new systems and products for PepsiCo including Flamin’ Hot Cheetos.  Montanez told his rags to riches story and provided an uplifting message to the men and women who attended the Homeless Banquet while encouraging them to never give up on their dreams.   The corporate power structure that could have ignored Montanez or co-opted his idea instead saw his potential, mentored and promoted him.  Montanzez has met many U.S. presidents, spoken at the United Nations, serves on several boards, and teaches leadership to MBA students at a California university.
 
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Third Episcopal District
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church
 
 
September 8, 2017
 
 
 
Let me begin by expressing my appreciation to all of you for your contributions in support of those, primarily in Texas and the coastal area, who were affected by Hurricane Harvey.  Although I encourage your ongoing efforts to support persons in that area, I’m sure you have been watching the news and are aware of Hurricane Irma which according to meteorologist is scheduled to hit South Florida and surrounding areas this weekend. As you are also aware, it is predicted that this Category 4 storm will have a devastating impact on Florida just as Harvey had in Texas.   It is with this in mind that you are requested to continue receiving benevolent offerings that will support persons in Florida and other areas as we continue supporting those affected in Texas.  Please make your checks payable to the Department of Finance and send them to your Episcopal leader who will account for the funds and forward those funds to the Department of Finance.  Please know that our prompt and immediate response is necessary and appreciated.
 
 
In His Service,
 
 
Bishop Sylvester Williams, Sr.
Bishop Sylvester Williams, Sr.
Chairman, Committee on Emergency Relief
 
Bishop Bobby Best
Bishop Bobby Best
Vice-Chairman