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Sunday, November 29, 2015                                            View online



Advent 2015
by Senior Bishop Lawrence Reddick


Dear CME Family:
Greetings in the name of Jesus the Christ!
We are in the Season of Advent 2015 … the beginning of the Christian Year.   As this new Christian Year begins, many are afraid to travel as freely as they have in the past, corporate boards are wrestling and negotiating issues of profits versus earnings of those in their employ, people are protesting violence in the streets and in the courts, racism has shown itself as deeply entrenched in America as it was a century ago, refugees are fleeing their homes and countries in the name of “something better,” there are still hungry people in the world … and many of God’s churches are yet silent as if blinded from seeing the world’s blighted plight.
Advent 2015 … the season of hope, of expectancy, of waiting and watching … but the season that reminds us that those who received the good news of the birth of Jesus did not simply hope or expect or wait or watch idly … they moved toward Bethlehem to take part in what God was doing in the world.  “Let us go even unto Bethlehem ….”
John the Baptist moved the world from “the wilderness” toward Bethlehem … not physically, but prophetically, as he pointed those who came to the Jordan River for baptism to the fact that One was coming after Him, and as he said to his disciples as Jesus approached, “Behold, the Lamb of God ….”  John moved his own disciples toward the advent of what God was doing in the world through Christ … for John saw God using him to move the world beyond him to Christ.
Will we move toward Bethlehem this Advent, toward God’s involvement in the world, toward God’s decisions and actions that birthed the God-child into the midst of poverty and the oppression of Herod’s genocide?  Will we move toward Bethlehem by joining protest marches … or by joining ministries that serve people (and not just our church’s people!) … or by supporting or linking with organizations that are serving people across the world such as Doctors Without Borders or Bread for the World or St. Jude Hospital?  Will we witness to the miracle of Bethlehem’s call by our individual and local church participations in ministries? 
God calls us at Advent 2015 to be “church” for more than Sunday worship within contained walls and for more than raising monies to operate locally and connectionally.  God calls us to be “church” in order to act on God’s behalf in the world.  Some of us are doing just that … but more of us need to step up and do more.   
As our connectional mission statement says, we are called “to serve the present age as a sign and instrument of God’s saving grace, making disciples for Christ, nurturing them through preaching and teaching the Word of God, through Christ centered worship, prophetic witness and effective service.”  The key words emphasize preaching and teaching and worshipping, but they also call us to prophetic witness and effective service.  Yes, because we are “a sign of instrument of God’s grace” in the world.
This song arose in my spirit on the first Sunday of Advent (words from James L. Milligan):
There’s a voice in the wilderness crying, A call from the ways untrod:
Prepare in the desert a highway, A highway for our God!
The valleys shall be exalted, The lofty hills brought low;
Make straight all the crooked places, Where the Lord our God may go!
O Zion, that bringest good tidings, Get thee up to the heights and sing!
Proclaim to a desolate people The coming of their King:
Like the flowers of the field they perish, The works of men decay,
The power and the pomp of nations Shall pass like a dream away.
But the word of our God endureth, The arm of the Lord is strong;
He stands in the midst of nations, And He will right the wrong:
He shall feed His flock like a shepherd, And fold the lambs to His breast;
In pastures of peace He’ll lead them, And give to the weary rest.
There’s a voice in the wilderness crying, A call from the ways untrod:
Prepare in the desert a highway, A highway for our God!
The valleys shall be exalted, The lofty hills brought low;
Make straight all the crooked places, Where the Lord our God may go!
            May God bless us this Advent to be new witnesses serving the world.  Serving.  Not just organizing or electing or structuring or posturing.  Serving.  If you have not done it before, make some steps to do it now.  Even small steps … like volunteering for a couple of hours a week … can lead to great blessings for those who receive and those who give. 
            … and then bear witness to how God has appeared!
+ Lawrence L. Reddick III

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    Tuesday, October 20, 2015                                        View online


Dear Missionaries, CME Members and Friends, 
The Women's Missionary Council's 2016 Executive Board Meeting will convene February 28 through March 4, 2016 at the IP Casino Resort Spa located at 850 Bayview Avenue in Biloxi, MS.  Bishop Thomas L. Brown, Sr. and Dr. Louise Brown and the members of the Fourth Episcopal District will host Executive Board 2016. 
This message provides preliminary information regarding registration and hotel reservations for Executive Board 2016.  Additional information will be available at a later date concerning the tentative program schedule and travel discounts with major airlines.


The registration fees for Executive Board 2016 are as follows through January 30, 2016: 
  • Registration:  $150  (Late registration after January 30 is $180. On-site registration is $190)

  • Presidents' Luncheon:  $40

  • Executive Board Banquet: $50

  • Prayer Breakfast: $30

You may register online or download registration forms at www.womensmissionarycouncilcme.org/2016EB
Online registration:  After registering online for Executive Board 2016, you may reserve your room online. 
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. 
IP Casino Resort Spa ($95.20 per night)
Our special group rate of $76.00 plus a 12% tax and a $10.08 resort fee per night for a room total of $95.20.  Register early for Executive Board 2016 to reserve a hotel room!  
Additional information about Executive Board 2016 will be provided as it becomes available and posted to the Women's Missionary Council Web site at www.womensmissionarycouncilcme.org/2016EB, and sent via e-mail to our connectional missionaries, members and friends. 
Please pray for the planning and the success of Executive Board 2016. 
In His Service, 
Dr. Princess A. Rogers Pegues, International President 
Women's Missionary Council 
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church


January 11-14, 2016
Sheraton Gateway Hotel 
College Park, GA

       Friday, October 16, 2015                                   View online

Dear CME Members and Friends, 
The Phillips School of Theology announces its Twentieth Pastors' Conference & Seventy-Second Founders' Celebration.  The historical events will convene Monday, January 11 through Thursday, January 16, 2016 at the Sheraton Gateway Hotel Atlanta Airport located at 1900 Sullivan Road in College Park, Georgia. 
Our guest speakers and presenters will include: 
Bishop W. Darrin Moore
Presiding Prelate of the
Western Episcopal District
African Methodist Episcopal
Zion Church
Dr. Charles G. Adams
Pastor, Hartford Memorial Baptist Church 
Detroit, MI
Dr. Mark Lomax
Assistant Professor Interdenominational
Theological Center
Atlanta, GA
Cheryl Kirk-Duggan
Rev. Dr. Cheryl Kirk-Duggan 
Professor of Theology
and Ethics 
Shaw University
Divinity School
Raleigh, NC
Pastor Olu Brown 
Impact Church - Atlanta, GA


The registration fee for the Pastors' Conference & Founders' Celebration is $85.  Online registration is available here. (www.thecmechurch.org/PastorsConference2016). You may reserve your hotel room after registering online.  You may also  download a registration form at the Web site.  The deadline to reserve a hotel room at the Sheraton Gateway Hotel is December 9, 2015. 
We look forward to your presence at the Pastors' Conference and Founders' Day Celebration!  Please pray for the success of these events.  For additional information, please visit the Pastors' Conference and Founders' Celebration online, or call 404-527-7768.  
In His Service,
Dr. Paul L. Brown, Sr., President-Dean 
Phillips School of Theology at ITC


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    Wednesday, November 4, 2015                                                 View online

2016 CME Chaplains Breakfast and Quadrennial Retreat
The CME Board of Chaplains, under the leadership of Bishop Teresa Snorton (CME Endorsing Agent), will host its regular breakfast meeting on Wednesday, January 13, 2016 at 6:30 am and its quadrennial retreat on Thursday-Friday, January 14-15, 2016 for all endorsed chaplains, chaplains/ ministers in specialized settings and any other interested persons.  These events are in conjunction with the Phillips School of Theology Pastors' Conference and Founder's Day Celebration and will be held at the Sheraton Gateway Hotel-Atlanta Airport.  The Retreat begins on Thursday at 4 pm and ends on Friday at 2:30 pm.
Wednesday's Breakfast is free to all dues paying CME Chaplains, but open to others for a small donation. Retreat registration is $50 and includes resource materials and Thursday dinner, Friday breakfast and lunch. A registration form is available at  www.thecmechurch.org/2016CMEChaplaincyRetreatRegistration.pdf. The deadline for registration is December 31, 2015.
This is separate from the registration for the Pastor’s Conference.  You may secure your room at a special rate of $124 by registering for the PST Pastor’s Conference ($85) at www.thecmechurch.org/PastorsConference2016/ or call the Sheraton Gateway at: 800-784- 9400 or (770) 997 – 1100 (A one night’s deposit is required for hotel registration) Hotel reservation deadline is December 15th!
The facilitators for the Retreat will be Dr. Gerald Gray, St. and Dr. Kaye Smith. Dr. Gray  is a retired Navy Chaplain, the CEO/Founder of Aphorozein Global Enterprise LLC/A Counseling and Consulting agency and General Manager and Director of Human Services at Pinewood/GO2 Studios- a professional film, television production and distribution company in Fayetteville, Georgia. He has the D. Min. degree from Columbia Theological Seminary. Dr. Smith is the Founder and President of ReClaim Global, Inc., a non-profit, international agency whose mission is “No More Silent Crimes, Silent Victims.” She is an ordained minister with a Ph.D. in Clinical/Spiritual Counseling and is based in Jacksonville, Florida.
The dress for the Chaplains Retreat is business casual.  Email questions to Chaplain Johnny Poole, President of the CME Chaplains at cctfoundation@aol.com.
In His Service,
Bishop Teresa E. Snorton
Chair, CME Board of Chaplains
Presiding Prelate of the Fifth Episcopal District
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church

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