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Dear Connectional Members and Friends, 
 
Please keep Bishop Williamson and his family in prayer.  His aunt, Lucy Jane Theus, died on Wednesday, March 4, 2015 in Jackson, TN.  His first cousin, and this same aunt's daughter, Debra Theus, died this morning in Jackson.  A double funeral is being planned.  Details are forthcoming.
 
 
In His Service,
 
Bishop Teresa E. Snorton, Secretary
College of Bishops
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church
 
Senior Bishop Lawrence Reddick
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church 
 

        

 
 

 

 

Saturday, February 28, 2015

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Dear Connectional Members and Friends, 

The iFast, iPray, We Grow Prayer Conference Call
Tuesday, March 17th, 2015   7:00 PM CST, EST, MST, PST
 
Call in number: 712-775-7031  Pin Number 414144088#
 
The conference call line has a capacity of 1,000 callers. In the event that we have an excess of 1,000 callers, an overflow line will be made active. 
 
The Overflow Conference Call in number is (605) 562-0020.  The Pin Number is 169113916#  
 
Your Bishops, General Officers and connectional family will be on the call, so please join us on March 17th, at 7:00 PM!
 
 
iFast, iPray, We Grow Lenten Meditations Available Now on YouTube! 
Several members of the College of Bishops as well as General Officers have produced and posted meditations on YouTube. During this Lenten Season, we will witness to those who are unchurched, for when the Kingdom grows, “We Grow.” These meditations are geared towards our outreach to the unchurched. Please view us on the CME Church Channel  on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/CMEChurch and spread the word. 
 
40 Days through Luke and Acts. During this time of abstinence, feast on God’s word every day. Find the 40 Day Journey at www.thecmechurch.org/2015LentCalendarCME.pdf . Post your insights on Facebook. 
 
The 40 Day Ecumenical Lenten Devotional Booklet can be found at here.
 

In His Service,   

Bishop Godwin T. Umoette
Chair of the College of Bishops
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church 
 
Senior Bishop Lawrence Reddick  
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church 
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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

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Lent:  Choosing What Is Worth More

 “Turn my eyes from watching what is worthless ….”


 
Dear CME Family:  
 
          Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus!
 
          The late Bishop Joseph Coles impressed me during his episcopal ministry as one who could say a lot with a few words.  (I often wondered if his gift was related to the necessity of him to economize as he adjusted after a stroke early in his episcopal ministry.  Not having observed his preaching as much beforehand, I did not know.) 
 
          I believe it was a conference teaching session (I’m not sure; memory fails me!) when I heard him say, “Discipline is choosing the greater over the lesser.  That’ what it is:  choosing the greater over the lesser.”
 
          One day in devotional time, I heard that theme anew when I read Psalm 119, verse 37, in the Revised Standard Version:
Turn my eyes from watching what is worthless;
give me life in your ways.
 
          I don’t exactly remember why the verse stopped me that day … but it did.  It stopped me and moved me from being “in devotional time” to being “in study time.”  And I began to look up words in English and in Hebrew.  I heard the word “worthless” as two words – “worth less.”  And I heard Bishop Coles’ definition of discipline, and considered the question, “What is worth more?”  The result was that “study time” resulted in even greater devotional time … because I wanted to know and choose those things that were worth more.
 
          The word “choose” is important – at least, for a few moments.  It was important some days ago when I was challenged to find the right message for a worship service led by the East Texas Region ushers.  Of course, I looked at Psalms 84, which includes the words, “I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.”  Yet, the psalm starts with words descriptive of the pull, the magnetism, the joy, and, yes, the fullness and the glory of getting into God’s house – “How amiable are thy tabernacles, O Lord ….”  Amiable is from a Hebrew word that means “lovely, beloved, pleasant.”
 
          Then I saw that the words translated “I would rather be” (a doorkeeper …) in verse 10 of Psalm 84 are from the word, babar, which can mean, “choosing, distinguishing, proving, trying, selecting.”  Thus, the psalmist is saying, out of a culture where the “tent of God’s presence” existed among other “tents” in Israel’s camp:  “I choose to be in God’s tent rather that in the tents of wicked folk!”  The word “choose” is important; it is highlighted by our conscious actions.
 
          But those of us who have been disciples just a little while know that we don’t always choose what is good, or what is better, or what is worth more rather than what is worth less. And so, like the psalmist in Psalms 119:37, we pray for God’s help, asking God:
Turn my eyes from watching what is worthless;
give me life in your ways.
 
In this prayer, a key word is turn (rather than choose).    The Hebrew translated “turn” is abar, and it means, “to move beyond,” or “to move from here to there,” or “to transfer.”  And so the psalmist is praying (and when we recite the psalm, we can also be praying), “Move me, Lord; move me beyond this to that.  Move me beyond what is worth less to that which is worth more”:
·         -move me from focusing on things that are lesser;
·         -move me from focusing on things that have little value;
·         -set my sights on greater things,
·         -and give me life through your direction.
 
          Lent is an important personal time.  For some of us, it is “taking off”:  “What will you give up?” we ask.  But I am wondering if we might also learn to “take on.”  This becomes my new Lenten question:  “What will you … and what will I … take on for Christ?”  
 
          Yes, it is an important personal time.  But when we ask that question together (“What will you … and what will I … take on for Christ?”), Lent also becomes an important communal time – a time when God’s community is asking that question together and the community is strengthened by the honest asking.  And so it is not just you or I – but all of God’s Church … the Church that is God’s and is holy and is catholic … uses this time between Ash Wednesday and Easter Sunday to pray that God will turn our eyes from things and thoughts that are worth less to things and thoughts that are worth more, and to act by choosing through discipline those that are greater over those that are lesser.
 
          Elsewhere in these web pages and announcements, The College of Bishops calls the CME Church to “corporate prayer and fasting.”  It is a call to discipline.  As you read the call, think about things that are worth more.  The call is about becoming a CME Church that is focused on being available to God as God makes us better disciples.  We want those things that are worth more … for all of us.  The theme, borrowing from the ipads and iphones world and yet moving beyond it, is, iFast, iPray, WeGrow.” 
 
Those who have followed the past Winter Quarter’s series of Sunday School lessons have a head start for this Season – because worshipping, praying, fasting, and living in greater stewardship were our themes for December and January and February.  Now, during this Lenten Season, let us join together as a Church in choosing the greater over the lesser, in praying and fasting that God will do what we and the Psalmist ask:
Turn our eyes from watching what is worth less;
give us life in Your ways.
 
                              + Senior Bishop Lawrence Reddick
 
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Download the "iFast, iPray, We Grow" Lent Calendar and Resources
 
 
 
 

 

 

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

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 Official Notice

General Connectional Board

Pursuant to ¶1000.6 of The Book of Discipline, Revised, 2010, the General Connectional Board of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church is called to meet at 2:00 P.M. on Monday, September 28, 2015, at the Rosen Centre Hotel, 9840 International Drive, Orlando, Florida.  The anticipated time for the close of General Connectional Board business is Tuesday afternoon, September 29, 2015.
 
Sincerely,
Lawrence L. Reddick III,
Senior Bishop
 

 

                                          
   

 

 

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

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Friday, February 13, 2015

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Dear Connectional Members and Friends, 
 
The 18th Quadrennial Assembly of the Women's Missionary Council  will convene June 26 through July 3, 2015 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel in Arlington, VA.  Patron Bishop and Mrs. James B. Walker and the members of the Seventh Episcopal District will host the Quadrennial Assembly.  The theme is, Investing in the Future through Education and Service
 
The Quadrennial Assembly meets every four years between June 1st and July 15th for a total of five days. The purpose of the meeting is training, reporting of activities from past four years, Committee meetings; election of Quadrennial Officers, departmental secretaries and chairs of committees, and recommendations for the next quadrennial.  Pre-Conference meetings are held three days before the actual meeting.
 
This message provides information regarding arrival dates, registration, hotel reservations,  the tentative program schedule, and travel discounts with three major airlines for the Quadrennial Assembly. 
 
 
Arrival Dates for Officers, Staff, Delegates and Alternates 
The Executive Committee, officers and staff are expected to arrive by Friday, June 26, 2015.  Delegates and alternates are expected to arrive by 4:00 p.m. EST on Saturday, June 27, 2015. 
 
The Quadrennial Assembly officially opens on Monday, June 29, 2015 at 7:50 a.m. EST. 

 

Registration
Registration for the Quadrennial Assembly has been opened for several months.  The Registration fees are as follows: 
  • Registration:  $150

  • President's Luncheon:  $40

  • Quadrennial Banquet: $50

  • Prayer Breakfast: $30

You may register online or download registration forms at www.womensmissionarycouncilcme.org/2015QA
 
Online registration:  After registering for the Quadrennial Assembly online, you may reserve your room online with the Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel. 
 
Mail-in registration:  You may download a registration form at the link above and mail-in your registration.  A hotel reservation form will be sent to you. 
 
 
Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel
The room cost per night is $99.00 plus tax. Register early for the Quadrennial Assembly to reserve a hotel room! 
 
 
Tentative Program Schedule
The tentative program schedule for the Quadrennial Assembly is available here:  www.womensmissionarycouncilcme.org/2015QA
 
 
Discounted Rates for Air Travel
 
Delta Airlines
The Group Code for Delta Airlines is NML2K.  Reservations can be made at no charge at www.delta.com. When booking online, select Book A Trip, click on More Search Options and enter the meeting code (NML2K) in the box provided on the Search Flight page. Reservations made at Delta Meetings (1-800-328-1111) will incur a $25 service fee.
 
United Airlines 
Reservations can be made at no charge at www.united.com or call United Meetings Reservations Desk at 1-800-426-1122 and provide the Z Code ZUJD and Agreement Code 740469. For all tickets issued through United Meetings Reservations Desks, there will be a $25 per ticket service fee collected. 
 
American Airlines (Group travel for 10 or more persons)
American Airlines Group & Meeting Travel offers special fares for 10 or more passengers traveling to the Quadrennial Assembly.  Members of the group. traveling together or individually to an event, should contact American Airlines Meeting Services Desk at 1-800-433-1790 for assistance with reservations and ticket purchase.  A service charge, which is subject to change, will apply when ticketing through American Reservations: $25 USD per person for travel within the US 50, Canada, USVI and PR/$35 USD per person for all other itineraries. For US, Canada, USVI, and PR airport purchase the charge is $35 USD per person for travel within the US50, Canada, USVI and PR.
 
 
Additional information about the Quadrennial Assembly will be provided as it becomes available and posted to Women's Missionary Council Web site at www.womensmissionarycouncilcme.org/2015QA, and sent via e-mail to our connectional members and friends. 
 
Please pray for the planning and the success of the Quadrennial Assembly.  
 
 
 
In His Service, 
 
 
Dr. Princess A. Pegues, International President 
Women's Missionary Council
 
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In Worship, in Fellowship,
in Study, and in Service 
 
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