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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

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Dear Connectional Members and Friends,
Regretfully we inform you of the passing of Mrs. Vernice Harris, mother of Dr. Clifford L. Harris, General Secretary of the Department of Lay Ministry.  We will inform you of the arrangements as soon as they are complete. 
Please keep Dr. Harris, his wife Johnetta and the Harris family in your prayers.
In His Service, 
Bishop Bobby R. Best
Presiding Prelate of the Ninth Episcopal District 
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church 
Dr. Jeanette L. Bouknight
Executive Secretary
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church
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Wednesday October 22, 2014

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            I write you now as a voting citizen of Cedar Hill, Texas – a suburb of Dallas.  Yes, Ebola has come to the United States through Dallas.  Thomas Eric Duncan, a Liberian citizen, traveled to Dallas without the symptoms of Ebola but later noticed possible symptoms, went to the hospital, and though he was turned away the first time, was later admitted and died there.  As I write, two Dallas area nurses who cared for Mr. Duncan have been diagnosed with Ebola and are being cared for in Georgia and Maryland.  Persons are asking for travel bans, schools are closing, the hospital that treated Mr. Duncan has been losing patients, and apartment complexes are losing clientele if known Ebola victims have been around.  America is now reacting through its fears of the Ebola virus. 

            All of these responses mentioned in the previous paragraph are natural outcomes of people’s concerns.  There is even debate about whether dogs belonging to persons diagnosed (in America and in Spain) should be quarantined or euthanized.  However, let us not lose focus:  the Ebola virus problem has been and is primarily located in West Africa, and primarily in Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea – and the problem needs us to be just as concerned for the citizens of those countries.  Ebola has claimed thousands of lives in these countries, and will continue to grow into a massive problem if a massive amount of the world’s health resources are not focused on these countries. 

            Mr. Duncan apparently caught the virus while being a Good Samaritan – helping a pregnant woman into the car to take her to the hospital, and then helping her to get back home when the hospital refused to take any more patients because it was too overcrowded.  They (the hospital official or officials who turned her away) apparently did not even know if the woman had the Ebola virus … they were too crowded to even take her in to be seen.  In this fact alone – a hospital in a country’s capital city too crowded to take any more patients – we should hear the urgency of needed responses from the rest of the world.   

            I write today because advocates all over the United States would have us act primarily in protection for ourselves, some would have us close the U.S. borders to anyone from West Africa, or some would have us ban travel and shipments to and from these West African countries … actions which could only isolate further and diminish further the ability of health officials within these nations to fight the problem; and people of the African part of the world again would be devalued and degraded to have to fight the grips of this non-forgiving disease alone.   

           Thankfully, President Obama and some other governments’ leaders have shown leadership by responding to needs to assist.  Hopefully, the assistance will come in the forms of infrastructure building as well as assistance from health care volunteers and others.  Your CME College of Bishops heard from Bishop Umoette in September, who asked us to support the united efforts of the West African Methodist bishops – Bishop Umoette of the CME Church, Bishop Seth Lartey of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, Bishop Clement Fugh of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, and Bishop John Innis of The United Methodist Church.  The CME College of Bishops and the Boards of Bishops of the AME and AME Zion Churches have made their commitments known.  The Senior Bishops of these three historically African American bodies (AME, AME Zion and CME) have agreed to work together. 

            I write to ask you to keep focus on the needs for West Africa, and remember that even with our fearful concerns in the United States, we are greatly sterilized from the depths of the devastations that have been weighing down our West African brothers and sisters.  After I thought I had finished this article and was proofreading it, I received the following communication from one of the CME Presiding Elders (Rev. Christian Keller) in Liberia:

Hi, Bishop, [how] is ur health, family and d church in America?  Thx for ur message as senior bishop for the prayers and support toward d church in Liberia – God bless u and save our Zion, CME.  Rev. Gbenewle Jleh’s wife died from Ebola and he is being quarantined at his house apart from his kids.  We are raising funds this Sunday for food and other things.  Shalom.

            Reverend Keller’s text message reiterates my point:  they need us.  They need us greatly.  They are raising funds among themselves for their people, and they need our support.  Imagine:  if we can be so unsettled (and rightly so) by the few diagnoses in the United States in these last days, just imagine how citizens of that part of the world must feel after weeks and weeks of watching sisters, husbands, wives, brothers, children … die … and die … and die … while not being able to touch them, hug them, give relief to them, express compassion for them … without endangering their own lives!

                  Brothers and Sisters of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, we need your best expression for our cousins in West Africa this month.  In the previous quadrennials, the College of Bishops adopted the means of responding to crises through the Committee on Emergency Relief.  The process of that committee has been to ask congregations to write checks to the Department of Finance and send them through the offices of your presiding bishops.  The Department of Finance then, at the direction of and through the chair of the committee (this quadrennial that chair is Bishop Sylvester Williams, Sr.), sends whatever contribution comes from the CME Church. We now have added to this process the ability, through this web page, for individuals to make individual contributions.

The needs are critical and urgent … but we must remember that they go beyond us “protecting ourselves”; they stretch into the urgent call upon God’s Church to be the difference we want to see in humanity’s responses to this crisis and to God’s people – indeed, our people – of West Africa. 
Thank you.

Senior Bishop Lawrence Reddick 

Christian Methodist Episcopal Church

October 18, 2014


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FREEDOM SUNDAY- GOTV (Get Out the Vote) 
October 12, 2014


Dear Connectional Members and Friends,
THANK YOU!  Over 1,000 Pastors, Stewards and Stewardesses participated in our Freedom Sunday GOTV Conference Call!
1._____Our Church held a Freedom Sunday Celebration
2._____Attended the Celebration
3._____Voters were registered to vote
4._____Committed to vote by November 4th!
How Can My Church GOTV (Get out the Vote)
By Connectional Lay Council President
Barbara Christian Campbell
Reprinted from The Christian Index
This is a reminder that the election is only a few days away, ...; however there are still things that you can do.
(1) You can deliver absentee ballots to your elderly members or those who have a handicap, and take absentee ballots to the nursing home(s) in your community.
(2) Use your church marquee to advertise Early Voting and post a number for free transportation to the poll.
(3) Send absentee ballots to students who are in college so that they can Vote. Remember to send an absentee ballot also to those who are in the armed forces.
(4) Take absentee ballots to the jail, because until they are sentenced, they are still citizens with the right to vote.
(5) Call the school and ask the counselor to remind registered students to please VOTE!
(6) Ask members who vote early to wear their “I Voted” sticker to church so that we can keep a count of those who have voted early!
(7) Volunteer in the campaign headquarters of the candidate you support. They need people to make calls, pass our flyers and post signs in the yards of those who consent. Make a Donation to your candidate, no matter how small, it still helps.
(8) Post in church bulletin the locations of voting precincts for early voting.
(9) Post sample ballots on the bulletin board and pass out sample ballots if possible.
(10) Take the required ID to the poll.
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 October 7, 2014

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Tenth Episcopal District
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church
Bishop Godwin T. Umoette, Presiding Prelate
The CME Church Observes
50 Years of Ministry in West Africa
Dear Connectional Members and Friends,
In the 2008 book, I Can Feel the Drums Beating in My Veins, Bishop Kenneth W. Carter paid homage to his predecessors and their fifty years of service to our CME brothers and sisters on the Motherland.
In that same tradition, Bishop Godwin T. Umoette, the first African–born Presiding Prelate of the Tenth Episcopal District/Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, expresses gratitude and deep appreciation for all whose footprints, labor, sacrifice, and strong shoulders upon which he now stands.
On December 4-7 2014, our Zion will commemorate 56 years of service in Africa. Bishop Umoette, Sister Elizabeth Umoette, and the Tenth Episcopal Districts invite our western hemisphere brothers and sisters to join in this historic observation of service to our Lord.
We are preparing a souvenir book for the occasion.  To that end, we are asking Episcopal Leaders, Connectional Officers, General Officers, Judicial Council, Presiding Elders, Pastors and congregations to send acknowledgments,  goodwill messages, or greetings as follows:

 1. Please e-mail your message (with copy-ready attachment) to

 2. Mail checks payable to The 10th Episcopal District/PO Box 15641/Fort Worth, TX 76119
Following are the prices for messages: Full page-$200.00; half page-$100.00; One fourth page-$50.00.
In order to efficiently facilitate the challenges inherent in our bi-continental endeavor, we ask that all messages, greetings, and acknowledgments be directly e-mailed to me no later than November 3, 2014.

If you need additional information, please contact Joyce Howard Johnson [817-832-9601], US Liaison/10th Episcopal District.
We look forward to this historic moment in the life and witness of our Zion’s international work, and ask that you pray for divine grace upon our gathering.  We hope to see you in December!

Your Brother in Service,

+ Godwin T. Umoette
Presiding Prelate
Tenth Episcopal District
Christian Methodist Church
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Sunday October 5, 2014

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 The College of Bishops in its Fall 2014 meeting in Memphis, Tennessee, voted two priorities for the month of October which CMEs are asked to work toward:  (1) a voter registration thrust and “get out the vote” organizing in the United States and (2) an offering for the relief of the people of Liberia during this Ebola crisis time.
Congregations are asked to pray and work toward voter registration, and are also asked to organize to help persons get to the polls on Election Day, November 4.
Congregations are also asked to take an offering during the month of October for the emergency relief of persons in Liberia.  Make your check payable to the Department of Finance (you can write in the Memo, Liberia Relief), and send that check to your Bishop’s office.
Your support of both these thrusts are important.  We must register to vote and vote on November 4th in order to work toward justice issues in the United States.  Furthermore, we must keep our Liberian brothers and sisters lifted in prayer and lifted by our efforts to give financial aid.  Through the leadership of Bishop Godwin T. Umoette, we agreed to coordinate our CME efforts with our sisters and brothers of the AME Church, AME Zion Church, and The United Methodist Church families.
Thank you for your support.
Senior Bishop Lawrence Reddick  
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church  
October 4, 2014
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Wednesday October 1, 2014

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Freedom Sunday and Get Out the Vote
Prayer Conference Call
Sunday, October 5th at 7:00 P.M. (All Time Zones)
Call In Number (661) 673-8600 
Pin Number 1038024#
Your Bishop will be on the Call,
so Please Join the Call!
Reminder Notice:  To make our Freedom Sunday Get Out the Vote Event truly successful, please email or call  your network of CME Leaders and encourage them to " turn out " significant numbers on October 5th at 7:00 PM. 
October 5th will be a special night, and October 12th will bring a good report because of our collective efforts. Thank you!
Dear Connectional Members and Friends,
All Stewards, Stewardess, Pastors and Presiding Elders are asked to join the Connectional Officers, General Officers, Judicial Council and Bishops of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church for a Freedom Sunday Prayer Conference Call regarding your community and the critical role you play in this important event.
Senior Bishop Lawrence Reddick, joined by the College of Bishops of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, has declared October 12th as Freedom Sunday throughout the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church.  To download and print this announcement, please click here.
What is Freedom Sunday?
The purpose of Freedom Sunday, October 12th is to set a time for every CME church to hear preaching and teaching about voter empowerment, civic engagement and registering new voters. The upcoming election is as critical as any in our nation's history, therefore, challenging our communities to achieve full voter participation is our civic duty.
How Should My Church Participate?
Register Voters and Plan a Service: Members of your local church should begin now identifying unregistered voters and assisting them to register. By October 12th, every CME must register, and we must also register other eligible voters with whom we can make contact. Plan a service for October 12th celebrating the historic struggle for the freedoms we enjoy and highlight the importance of the November elections.
Celebrate and Report the Results: Freedom Sunday, October 12th will happen in concert with our Connectional Lay Day Event. Each congregation should report to the following to their Presiding Elder:
_____Our Church held a Freedom Sunday Celebration
_____Attended the Celebration
_____Voters were registered to vote
_____Committed to vote by November 4th!
Imagine what will happen in our country this November if each CME Church commits to registering an average of at least twenty new voters in the next 10 days.
Will you help us help your community by investing in registering new voters?
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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