Sunday, April 20, 2014


College of Bishops Releases General Conference Program

Dear Connectional Members and Friends:

The 37th Quadrennial Session and 38th General Conference of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church will be held June 28 through July 4, 2014 at the Baltimore Convention Center located at 1 W. Pratt St., Baltimore, MD.  Bishop and Mrs. Marshall Gilmore and the members of the 7th Episcopal District will host the General Conference.

The General Conference Program is available here:  2014 General Conference Program

Additional information about the General Conference including the arrival date for delegates and alternates, general registration and hotel lodging, the Commemorative Souvenir Journal, discounted travel rates on Delta Airlines, airport transportation and the rental of electric mobility scooters is available here: The 2014 CME General Conference

In His Service,


Bishop Lawrence L. Reddick III
Secretary of the College of Bishops

Dr. Jeanette L. Bouknight
Executive Secretary
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church
"An Essential Church: Poised for 21st Century Ministry"

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Arrangements for Rev. Kenneth McKindra Services

Greetings In the Name of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,

It is with a blessed assurance that we acknowledge the passing of the Rev. Kenneth McKindra, Sr., retired pastor of Porter Memorial (San Antonio) CME Church in the Eighth Episcopal District.  Rev. McKindra also served in the Fourth, Seventh and Ninth Episcopal Districts.

The Homegoing Celebration for Rev. Kenneth McKindra, Sr. is as follows:

Friday, April 18, 2014
Visitation: 5 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Memorial Service: 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Porter Memorial CME Church
817 Iowa Street
San Antonio, TX 78202
(210) 534-5136 Ofc.
Rev. Ramon Stripling, Pastor

Saturday, April 19, 2014  
Lying in State: 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Funeral Service:   11:00 a.m.
St. Paul United Methodist Church
Rev. Dr. Marcus Freeman III, Senior Pastor (spumcsa@yahoo.com)
508 N. Center Street
San Antonio, TX 78202
(210) 227-2525 Ofc.
(210)227-7621 Fax

Rev. Ramon Stripling, Officiating
Bishop Henry M. Williamson Sr., Chief Celebrant
Presiding Prelate of the Eighth Episcopal District
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to:
Lewis Funeral Home Inc.
811 S. WW White Road
San Antonio, TX 78220
(210) 227-7281 Ofc.
(210) 532-6464 Fax
www.lewisfuneralhome.com

Burial
Monday, April 21, 2014
Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery
1520 Harry Wurzbach Road
San Antonio, TX  78209
(210) 820-3891

Hotel Accommodations:
Holiday Inn Riverwalk
217 N. St. Mary’s
San Antonio, TX 78205
(210) 224-2500 Direct
(877) 863-4780 Toll Free
$119 & up per night plus tax

Transportation from San Antonio International Airport:
Please contact one of the following with your itinerary - Mrs. Brenda Square (210) 288-9135 or Rev. Ramon Stripling (936) 615-9173.

****The family has requested that worship participants and clergy dress in robes with white stoles.

Condolences may be sent to the Porter Memorial CME Church, 817 Iowa Street, San Antonio, TX 78293.

Please keep wife Lady Delores, their two adult sons (Kenneth Jr. and William); host of grandchildren; family members; the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church family and friends in your prayers, during this trying time.


"Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me;
your rod and your staff, they comfort me."  Psalm 23:4

Yours in Christ,

Bishop Henry M. Williamson, Sr.
Presiding Prelate of the Eighth Episcopal District

Saturday, April 12, 2014


Bread for the World Announces Opening of Position 

Currently Held by Bishop Don DiXon Williams

Bread for the World, Inc., a collective Christian voice urging our nation’s decision makers to end hunger at home and abroad, is actively recruiting an Associate for National African American Church Engagement. The associate will help deepen the engagement with national African American church leaders, denominations, mission societies and para-church networks that are committed to advocate on domestic and international hunger and poverty issues and which can lead their constituencies toward using the powerful advocacy voice to influence Congress and the administration. To apply please submit a cover letter and resume to Careers.CR@bread.org by April 25, 2014. Please visit www.bread.org for the full listing.

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Announcement for Candidates

Notice to Candidates for Bishop and General Officer in the CME Church

All persons offering themselves for the office of Bishop or General Officer at the 2014 General Conference are requested to submit to Bishop James B. Walker the following information by May 15, 2014. Please send both email as well as regular mail.

  • Name as you wish it to appear on the ballot.
  • Your address, telephone number, and email address.
  • Your annual conference (region).

This information should be sent to:

Bishop James B. Walker
3844 W. Slauson Ave., Suite 1
Los Angeles, CA  90043
Email: ninthhq@SBCglobal.net

Monday, April 07, 2014



Apply for the Graham/Webb/Kennedy Scholarship




Wednesday, March 26, 2014


Holsey Temple CME (Pa.) Honors Othie Lee Rowser 
— 100th Birthday Celebration —
         Philadelphia, PA—Mrs. Othie Lee Rowser, affectionately known as “Lee Mama” celebrated her 100th Birthday on February 2, 2014.
Mrs. Rowser was born in Madisonville, Kentucky, on February 2, 1914. She attended the public schools there and graduated from the Ross Delmont High School. Her church membership was with the Wesley Chapel CME church.
The family moved north and settled in Philadelphia, Pa, where she furthered her education at the Apex School of Cosmetology graduating as a licensed Cosmetologist. She met and married Harold C. Rowser and they were blessed with one son, Lendal Alvin Rowser Sr. (deceased) and one daughter Wilma Rowser Byrd.
Mrs. Rowser was employed with the Lord and Taylor Company and retired in 1976 after 21 years of service. She has been an active member of Holsey Temple church for 84 years, after joining in 1930 under the pastorate of Rev. J.A. Walker.
She was selected “Mother of the Year” in 1989, and honored by the Holsey Temple family for over 50 years of service. The late Bishop Thomas L. Hoyt Jr., honored her in 2007, as part of a group of church members 80 years and over.
Surrounded by many church members, family and friends, the celebration was held in the James Arthur Jones Fellowship Hall of the church.  The weather during that week had been cold and stormy, but we were blessed with a beautiful, sunny day for the celebration.
The Fellowship Hall was colorfully and elegantly decorated with balloons, the tables were covered in gold and white tablecloths, with gold centerpieces. Every guest received a heart shaped keepsake filled with chocolate candy. Some of the men of the church served as waiters dressed in black suits with black bowties.
Albert P. Black Jr., who served as Master of Ceremonies, set a fitting tone in his opening remarks when he said “Today may be Super Bowl Sunday, but today we are having a “Super Birthday” celebration. Rev. Williams, Pastor at Holsey provided the Table Blessing , noting that we have an awesome God who provided Mrs. Rowser with long life, and prayed that she will continue to be active and involved at Holsey. Referring to the honoree, Rev. Alfred W. Jones Jr.  read from Proverbs 31, verse 10 when it states..."Who can find a virtuous woman, for her price is far above rubies..."
Jadyn Henderson welcomed all the guests, saying “we have all been touched” by Ms. Rowser.   This was followed by “The Lord’s Prayer” sung by the rich and stirring soprano voice of Tanya Olivia  Thompson.
Mrs. Bessie Williams, Mrs. Rowser’s sister, told of the families’ beginnings in the coal-mining town of Madisonville where they grew up. She described how the family migrated to Philadelphia and continued the CME tradition by joining Holsey Church.  Like her sister, Mrs. Williams has also been blessed with longevity: She will be 98 years old in July, has been a longtime member of Holsey, and held membership on many boards and organizations.
Their parents were Rev. Ebenezer and Mary Merritt.  Theirs is an amazing family history. Rev. Merritt was an associate pastor at Holsey. He was 87 yrs old when he passed and Mrs. Merritt was 99 when she died. Mrs. Merritt’s sister, Mrs. Annie Christian died at the age of 103.  Mrs. Christian was also a member of Wesley Chapel in Madisonville, and has a day named in her honor.
Mrs. Alma Cooper, President of the Cathedral Choir, congratulated Mrs. Rowser as an Emeritus member, having served for 60 years, as a dedicated and committed member, and that it was a blessing to know her smile that exuded a special kind of love. Mrs, Elizabeth Truesdale, Stewardess Board President, presented Mrs. Rowser, with a plaque citing her 50 years’ service as a Stewardess that we are “all standing on your shoulders”, and it was an honor to be in her presence. Dr. Judith Grant, Missionary President, paid homage to Mrs. Rowser, saying that she truly exemplified the Missionary Spirit, by unselfishly taking on responsibilities.  She gave $100 to the Lena Jones Rice March for more than 30 years in memory of her son, Lendal. She also serves as the Hunger Meals for Millions Secretary, mentored new members, and regularly attends all meetings.
Rev. Williams then led the audience in singing Stevie Wonder’s version of “Happy Birthday” then sang “He’s The One” as a loving testimony to Mrs. Rowser, describing her as an excellent church member in every way. She taught us to celebrate life, and that he was proud to have her family as members.
Mrs. Carol Henderson read a Proclamation from the office of PA Governor Tom Corbett, extending congratulations and well wishes.
Mrs. Rowser’s remarks were very brief—saying merely—“I am blessed…” Several in the audience responded back “And we are blessed because of you…”
Her daughter Wilma Rowser Byrd, was the final speaker on the program. Mrs. Byrd has been a devoted, and loving caregiver and companion to her mother and aunt, and was the organizer of this wonderful occasion.  She expressed her delight towards all who shared this special day with her mother and thanked every one who took part in it.
Mrs Rowser is a strong Christian woman who believes that prayer and a strong faith in God is the foundation for building a Christ- centered life. Her favorite scripture verse is from Romans 8:31, “What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?
            Submitted by Eva Grant, Holsey Temple CME, Philadelphia, Pa.


Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Miles College President French Named Alternate Negotiator


Dr. George T. French, Jr., president of Miles College, has been named by the U.S. Department of Education to be the alternate negotiator for minority serving institutions in the upcoming rulemaking on Parent PLUS loans.

With Dr. David Swinton as the primary negotiator and Dr. French as the alternate negotiator at the table, we have an extraordinary team representing UNCF member institutions and, indeed, all HBCUs.

Congratulations Dr. French!

Submitted by The Government Relations Team
United Negro College Fund

Sunday, February 09, 2014


Loss of Mrs. Montine Webb
It is with heart-felt sympathy that we announce the passing of Mrs. Montine Webb, a former president of the West Tennessee Region Women's Missionary Society, the president of the South Memphis District Women's Missionary Society, and the sister of Mrs. Jacqueline I. Scott, the Vice President of the Women's Missionary Council.

Funeral arrangements are as follows:

Visitation
Thursday, February 13, 2014, 4:00-7:00 p.m.
M.J. Edwards Funeral Home Whitehaven Chapel
5494 Elvis Presley Boulevard
Memphis, TN 38116
Telephone: 901-332-3164

Funeral Services
Friday, February 14, 2014, 11:00 a.m.
Mt. Pisgah CME Church
2490 Park Avenue
Memphis, TN  38114
901-324-4812

Condolences may be sent to Mrs. Jacqueline I. Scott, 7255 Richmond Road, Memphis, TN   38125. Telephone:  Telephone: 901-737-7675.

Please keep Mrs. Scott and the family of Mrs. Montine Webb in your prayers.

In His Service,

Bishop Lawrence L. Reddick III
Presiding Prelate of the First Episcopal District

Dr. Princess A. Pegues
International Women's Missionary Council President

Friday, February 07, 2014



Rev. William D. Hobbs

Rev. William Devon Hobbs, age 70, of Harrisburg, Pa., went home to be with the Lord on January 25, 2014. Survivors: His wife, Rev. Bonita R. Collins Hobbs, son - William Michael Hobbs, many other relatives and friends. Service was Monday, February 3, 2014, at Mt. Zion Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, 701 Felton Ave., Sharon Hill, Pa. Prayers go out to the Hobbs family.

Saturday, February 01, 2014

Passing of Rev. Dr. Welborn Preston, Jr.

I regret to have to inform all of you that our beloved brother in Christ and God's faithful servant, the Rev. Dr. Welborn A. Preston, Jr., made his transition from labor to reward this evening after a long and courageous battle with Cancer. We thank God for his faithfulness and diligence even in the midst of all the adversity of his illness. We also thank God for his devoted wife, the Rev. Aretha Preston, who has been a pillar of strength as she faithfully balanced her pastoral and ministerial duties with being a loving helpmate and caregiver to her husband. Please lift up Rev. Aretha Preston and all of the members of the Preston family in prayer. Psalm 46:1 reminds us that "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble." We are trusting the Lord to keep this family in His loving care!

Yours in Christ,

Presiding Elder Kevin Agee
Washington-Virginia District
7th Episcopal District

Friday, January 31, 2014

Message From Bishop L.L. Reddick III

As I went through the Litany on Sunday prepared by the Department of Christian Education for Youth and Young Adult Week - a litany that emphasized the ministries that are made possible by digital advances and technological awareness - I realized how short-sighted my "Thanks" were at the end of Bishop Isom's funeral.  I thanked the ushers, the stewardesses, the missionaries, the choir, the clergy, Greenwood Church ... and others for making the service possible.

Forgive my short-sightedness.  I also thank you - Ms. Duhart, Dr. Jones, Dr. Taylor, Dr. Bouknight - for making use of the CME Church's web page, the Christian Index blog, the internet in general to communicate with the CME Church throughout the world, and for the live-streaming of the service made possible by CME-TV.

Also, I erred in stating that "all" of the bishops of the CME Church were present. Bishop Godwin T. Umoette of Nigeria was not able to attend.  (Had I simply read my written "script" before me, I would have said that.)

Thank you.

Lawrence Reddick
Presiding Bishop, 1st Episcopal District

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Funeral of Bro. Clarence Melvin Heath
The funeral service for Bro. Clarence Melvin Heath, father of Rev. Clarence K. Heath, pastor of the Greenwood Cathedral CME Church, Memphis, TN, and president of the Alumni Association of Phillips School of Theology, is Saturday, February 1, 2014, at 2 p.m. at Miracle Fellowship, Woodbury, GA.
Passing of Mrs. Minnie Thomas Brown
We are saddened by news of the loss on Thursday evening of Mrs. Minnie Thomas, mother of Dr. Marvin Frank Thomas, President-Dean of the Phillips School of Theology/ITC (Atlanta, Georgia), the CME seminary. Arrangements are pending.

Mrs. Brown was member of the Bailey Tabernacle CME Church, Tuscaloosa, AL. Dr. W. Clyde Jones is the pastor.

Submitted by Bishop L.L. Reddick, III, secretary, The College of Bishops

Friday, January 24, 2014



TRANSPORTATION ARRANGEMENTS FOR HOME GOING CELEBRATION FOR
RETIRED BISHOP DOTCY I. ISOM, JR.



(Please click on the link below.)


http://www.thecmechurch.org/Announcements/TransportationArrangements_HomegoingCelebrationBishopDotcyIsom.htm

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Statement and Prayer Regarding Bishop Dotcy I. Isom, Jr.

The Connectional Prayer Ministry of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church is calling all members and friends to join together in prayer for the family of Bishop Dotcy I. Isom, Jr., after his passing this week.

Bishop Isom passed from labor to reward on Monday, January 20, 2014.  Our thoughts and prayers for strength and grace continue now for his beloved wife, Mrs. Esther L. Isom; his sons Dotcy (Vanessa), Jon (Tonya), and David (Stephanie); and his grandchildren and extended family.
Bishop Isom was the 43rd Bishop of the CME Church.  He presided over the Fifth Episcopal District and the Third District during his episcopal ministry.  He was beloved in a very special way across the Church for his humor, generous spirit, gregarious wit, and practical wisdom.  He will be dearly missed, but he leaves a legacy of indefatigable love for God and God’s people that will live on in us.

We offer this prayer on behalf of
Mrs. Esther L. Isom and Family:

“Gracious God, we thank You for Your love and faithfulness, and for blessing us to know, love, and be loved by Bishop Dotcy Isom.  We commend into Your divine care his wife, Mrs. Esther Isom, and his family for healing and comfort.  Please shed abroad Your miraculous love into all our hearts by the power of the Holy Spirit, and turn our sadness to joy as we realize his present peace with You.
Thank You now God in Jesus’ Mighty Name.  Amen.”

THE CONNECTIONAL PRAYER MINISTRY
Rev. Kwesi R. Kamau, Coordinator

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Update of Bishop Dotcy I. Isom's Funeral Arrangements

CME Church Family:

The following is my most current information on the funeral arrangements for Bishop Isom.

FUNERAL HOME:
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to M. J. Edwards Funeral Home, Whitehaven Chapel - 5494 Elvis Presley Blvd., Memphis, Tennessee  38116 - 901-332-3164.

WAKE:
There will be a wake on Friday night, from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM, January 24th, at Zion CME Church, 4183 Hickory Hill Road, Memphis, Tennessee  38115 (telephone 901-365-0135). 
FUNERAL SERVICES:
          Saturday, January 25, 2014
          10 a.m.
          Greenwood CME Church
          3311 Kimball Ave.
          Memphis, TN

HOTEL ARRANGEMENTS:
Persons needing rooms should contact the Memphis Marriott East, 5795 Poplar Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee  38119.  Call 1-800-228-9290 or 901-682-0080.  Ask for the CME Church Room Block.  The rate is $89.

FAMILY:
Mrs. Esther L. Isom's address is 4326 Richwood Place, Memphis, Tennessee  38125.

Thank you.

Bishop L.L. Reddick, III

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Arrangements for Mrs. Sarah Washington
Dear Connectional Members and Friends,

I regret to inform you of the passing of Mrs. Sarah Washington, the sister of Mrs. Elizabeth Coleman and aunt of the Rev. Dr. Daryll Coleman on Thursday evening, January 16, 2014.

Funeral Arrangements have been entrusted to:
J.F. Brittenum & Sons Funeral Home
125 North Memphis Street
Holly Springs, MS 38635

Homegoing Services:        
Thursday, January 23, 2014, Noon
Greenwood Baptist Church
4854 Lamar Road
Lamar, MS  38642

Please keep Mrs. Coleman and family in your prayers. Mrs. Coleman can be reached at: 8172 Walnut Knoll Cove, Memphis, TN 38018; (901) 754-8563 or (901) 484-2849.

In His Service,

Bishop Lawrence L. Reddick, III
Presiding Prelate of the First Episcopal District

Dr. Princess Pegues
President, Women's Missionary Council
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church
Services for Bishop Dotcy I. Isom

Funeral services for Bishop Dotcy I. Isom will be held Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 10 a.m., at Greenwood CME Church, 3311 Kimball Ave., Memphis, TN. Information on room block is pending.

Submitted by Bishop L.L. Reddick III, for the  College of Bishops
Passing of Bishop Dotcy I. Isom

Dear Connectional Members and Friends,

It is with deep regret that we inform you of the passing today of Retired Bishop Dotcy I. Isom, Jr.  Bishop Isom was elected the Forty-Third Bishop of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church in 1982 at the General Conference in Memphis, Tennessee.

Bishop Isom was married to Mrs. Esther L. Isom, and was the father of three children, Dotcy Isom III, Rev. Jon M. Isom, and Rev. David C. Isom.

Additional information regarding arrangements will be disseminated when they are completed.
Please keep Mrs. Isom, their children and the members of the Isom family in prayer.

In His Service,

Bishop Paul A.G. Stewart, Sr., Senior Bishop and CEO
Bishop Teresa E. Snorton, Chair
Bishop Lawrence L. Reddick, III, Secretary

Dr. Jeanette L. Bouknight
Executive Secretary
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church
"An Essential Church: Poised for 21st Century Ministry"

Monday, January 20, 2014

CME Church Mourns Loss of Bishop Dotcy I. Isom
More information later.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Information Concerning the 2014 General Conference

Dear Connectional Members and Friends,

The 37th Quadrennial Session and 38th General Conference of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church will be held June 28 through July 4, 2014 at the Baltimore Convention Center located at 1 W Pratt St in Baltimore, MD.  Bishop Marshall Gilmore and the members of the Seventh Episcopal District will host the General Conference.

Delegates and alternates to the General Conference are requested to arrive on Friday, June 27, 2014 in time to pick up registration materials and check in their hotel room before the Episcopal District Caucus meetings at 7:00 p.m.

This announcement will provide information about registration for the General Conference and hotel lodging. Additional information about the General Conference will be forthcoming.

Registration and Hotel Reservations
Registration is now available for the General Conference. The registration fee for the General Conference is $100.  Many hotels in the local area of the Baltimore Convention Center will be used for housing. Please carefully read information about registration processes.

Registration for Delegates and Alternates
The Presiding Bishops will register delegates and alternates from their respective Episcopal Districts and reserve hotel rooms for them.  Delegates and alternates do not have to register for the General Conference or reserve their hotel room.

Registration for All Other Persons (CME Members, Visitors, Guests and Observers):
CME members, visitors, guests and observers may register for the General Conference.  You may register online and immediately reserve your hotel room.  Or you may download a registration form and mail it in. A hotel registration form will be mailed to you.

Online registration is available at www.thecmechurch.org/GeneralConference2014


Additional information about the General Conference will be provided as it becomes available and posted to the official CME Web site at www.thecmechurch.org/GeneralConference2014 , and sent via e-mail to our connectional members and friends.

Please pray for the planning and the success of the General Conference!
 
In His Service,

Bishop Paul A.G. Stewart, Senior Bishop and CEO

Bishop Teresa E. Snorton, Chair
College of Bishops

Dr. Jeanette L. Bouknight
Executive Secretary
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church
"An Essential Church: Poised for 21st Century Ministry"


Saturday, January 11, 2014

Question: What does the Ninth Episcopal District have In
common with the NFL Playoffs?
Answer: Chris Harris, Jr., #25 starting corner back for the Denver Broncos! Chris is one of the Young Adults members of Pettie Chapel CME Church in Bixby, Oklahoma. He is active and involved in his church, the same church as Or. Cliff Harris, (they are not related), our own General Secretary of Lay Ministries.

Chris Harris was one of the speakers for the 2013 9th District Spring Convocation Webcast.
So, as you cheer for your favorite team this playoff season, remember Chris Harris in your prayers. He was born in the CME Church and continues to remain active and loyal 10 Christ and his church family.

To learn more about Chris Harris, visit http://www.nfl.com/player/chrisharris/2530510/profile

Note: If you know of other members of the 9th doing great things in other fields, please let
us know the details. Thanks.

Submitted by Bishop James Walker, 9th Episcopal District

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

Rev. David Isom Elected President of Fairfield, CA Board of Education


Rev. David C. Isom, Senior Pastor of the St. Stephen CME Church (Fairfield, CA) has been elected to the Office of President of the Board of Education for the Fairfield Suisun Unified School District. His responsibilities include leading the Board of Education and overseeing the operations of the district including a 180 million dollar annual budget, 22,000 students and 3,500 faculty and staff.

Other responsibilities of the Board of Education include the power and authority to develop policies, rules, and regulations to control the operation of the schools, including system organization, school site location, school finance, equipment purchase, staffing, attendance, curriculum, extracurricular activities, and all other functions essential to the day-to-day operation of schools within the district's boundaries.

He is also responsible for insuring that state and federal constitutions, legislative enactments, rules and regulations promulgated by the U.S. Department of Education and the state board of education, and legal interpretations by judges, attorneys general, and administrative agencies are followed.

While the school board functions locally, within the confines of the state's delegation of power and the geographical boundaries of the district, it is a legal agency of the state and thus derives its power from the state's constitution, laws, and judicial decisions.

Rev. Isom's obligations to the constituents and stakeholders are vast but he believes that his many years of service on Boards, Commissions and within other Public and Private institutions will help him to be effective.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Arrangements for Bro. Theodis Maness

Presiding Elder J. Ronzell Maness lost his brother, Theodis Maness on Friday
December 27, 2013. Funeral services will be held in Robbins, North Carolina on Friday, January 3, 2014 at noon.

Funeral home information is as follows:

Simon Funeral Home
151 South Hardin Street
Southern Pine, North Carolina 28387
910-692-3701

Please keep the Maness Family in your prayers.

Mr. Donnell Holt
Augusta-Sparta District
Administrative Assistant to the Elder

Happy New Year 2014 to the CME Church
from
The Christian Index Online

"Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.
See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? 
I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland." —Isaiah 43:18-19

Tuesday, December 24, 2013




Luke 2:11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

Merry Christmas
from
The Christian Index
and
The Christian Index Online

Friday, December 13, 2013

Arrangements for Mrs. Willie Bell Bowie
The body of Mrs. Willie Bell Bowie, mother of Mrs. Virginia Wilson, has been entrusted to:

Gillespie Funeral Home
9179 Pigeon Roost Rd.
Olive Branch, MS 38654
(662) 895-2470.

Home Going Services
Saturday, December 14, 2013
11 a.m.
St. Paul M.B. Church
5960 Pleasant Hill Rd.
Olive Branch, MS 38654

Mrs. Virginia Wilson is the wife of Presiding Elder Bobby Wilson of the
Olive Branch-Sardis-Holly Springs District of the North-East (MS) Region of the
4th Episcopal District (CME Church). You may send condolences to Mrs.
Wilson at 5032 Hornsby Drive, Memphis, TN 38116 or call (901) 398-0883.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

UPDATED 
ARRANGEMENTS FOR FUNERAL OF
LANE COLLEGE PRESIDENT WESLEY C. MCCLURE

Service Time and Place – The funeral service / homegoing celebration for President Wesley Cornelius McClure of Lane College will be Saturday, December 14, 2013, at 11:00 A.M. at the New St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church, 1670 North Royal Street, Jackson, Tennessee (phone 731-423-2228; Rev. Dennis E. Blalock, Pastor).
Date of President McClure’s Death – President McClure passed Friday evening, December 6, 2013, at the Jackson Madison County Hospital.
Funeral Home – The Bledsoe Funeral Home of Jackson is being used for the services.  Bledsoe Funeral Home is located at 256 Middleton Street, Jackson, Tennessee  38301.  The telephone number is 731-427-1521, and the funeral home’s fax is 731-427-1522.
In Lieu of Flowers – In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that contributions be made to the Wesley Cornelious McClure Memorial Scholarship Fund, Lane College, 545 Lane Avenue, Jackson, Tennessee  38301.
Family Visitation – A time with the family for visitation will be on Thursday, December 12, 2013, from 5:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M. at St. Paul CME Church – 282 Middleton Street – Jackson, Tennessee  38301.  The body will lie in state at the Bledsoe Funeral Home of Jackson from 9:00 A.M. until 8:00 P.M. on Friday, December 13, 2013.
Address of Family – Persons wishing to address the family should write Mrs. Mary Bradley McClure, 450 Shadow Ridge Drive, Jackson, Tennessee  38305.
Hotel accommodations –  (1) Courtyard at Marriott – 200 Campbell Oaks Dr. – Jackson, Tennessee – 731-422-1818 – Rate is $99.00  Ask for Lane College-McClure Funeral Rate.  (2) Residence Inn – 126 Old Medina Crossing – Jackson, Tennessee – 731-935-4100 – Rate is $109.00.  Ask for Lane College-McClure Funeral Rate.  The rooms are available at these rates for both Friday and Saturday nights.  A third (3rd) choice is the Doubletree Hotel – 1770 Highway 45 Bypass – Jackson, Tennessee  38305 – 731-664-6900.   Please ask for Lane College rate for $89.00.
Preparations for Church Officials – Bishops, General Officers, and other Connectional officials planning to attend the service should contact the office of Bishop Lawrence Reddick, 901-345-4114, no later than 3 P.M. on Wednesday, December 11th.
Robing for Church Officials – Bishops – Please bring black robes with white stoles.  Judicial Council members, General Officers and Connectional Officials – Please bring robes with academic regalia.
  Preparations for Academic Officials – College Presidents, UNCF and NAFEO Officials, and all present and former Lane College Trustees planning to attend the service should contact the Office of the President, 731-426-7523.  Academic Officials – Please dress in academic regalia.

From Bishop Lawrence Reddick
Chair, Lane College Board of Trustees
Wednesday, December 11, 2013



Monday, December 09, 2013


ARRANGEMENTS FOR FUNERAL OF
LANE COLLEGE PRESIDENT WESLEY C. MCCLURE

Service Time and Place – The funeral service / homegoing celebration for President Wesley Cornelius McClure of Lane College will be Saturday, December 14, 2013, at 11:00 A.M. at the New St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church, 1670 North Royal Street, Jackson, Tennessee (phone 731-423-2228; Rev. Dennis E. Blalock, Pastor).
Date of President McClure’s Death – President McClure passed Friday evening, December 6, 2013, at the Jackson Madison County Hospital.
Funeral Home – The Bledsoe Funeral Home of Jackson is being used for the services.  Bledsoe Funeral Home is located at 256 Middleton Street, Jackson, Tennessee  38301.  The telephone number is 731-427-1521, and the funeral home’s fax is 731-427-1522.
Address of Family – Persons wishing to address the family should write Mrs. Mary Bradley McClure, 450 Shadow Ridge Drive, Jackson, Tennessee  38305.
Hotel accommodations –  (1) Courtyard at Marriott – 200 Campbell Oaks Dr. – Jackson, Tennessee – 731-422-1818 – Rate is $99.00  Ask for Lane College-McClure Funeral Rate.  (2) Residence Inn – 126 Old Medina Crossing – Jackson, Tennessee – 731-935-4100 – Rate is $109.00.  Ask for Lane College-McClure Funeral Rate.  The rooms are available at these rates for both Friday and Saturday nights.
Preparations for Church Officials – Bishops, General Officers, and other Connectional officials planning to attend the service should contact the office of Bishop Lawrence Reddick, 901-345-4114, no later than 3 P.M. on Wednesday, December 11th.
         Robing for Church Officials – Bishops, please bring black robes with white stoles.  Judicial Council members, General Officers and Connectional Officials, please bring robes with academic regalia.
  Preparations for Academic Officials – College Presidents, UNCF and NAFEO Officials, and all present and former Lane College Trustees planning to attend the service should contact the Office of the President, 731-426-7523.  Academic Officials – Please dress in academic regalia.

From Bishop Lawrence Reddick
Chair, Lane College Board of Trustees
Monday, December 9, 2013

Saturday, December 07, 2013


Arrangements for Lane College President Dr. Wesley McClure

                The funeral service /homegoing celebration for President Wesley Cornelius McClure of Lane College will be Saturday, December 14, 2013, at 11 a.m. at the New St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church, 1670 North Royal Street, Jackson, Tennessee (phone 731-423-2228; Rev. Dennis E. Blalock, pastor).
                President McClure passed on Friday evening, December 6, 2013, at the Jackson Madison County Hospital.
                The Bledsoe Funeral Home of Jackson is being used for the services.  Bledsoe Funeral Home is located at 256 Middleton Street, Jackson, Tennessee  38301.  The telephone number is 731-427-1521, and the funeral home’s fax is 731-427-1522.
                Persons wishing to address the family should write Mrs. Mary Bradley McClure, 450 Shadow Ridge Drive, Jackson, Tennesee  38305.
                Please expect announcements concerning hotel accommodations in the Jackson area on Monday, December 9th.
                Bishops, General Officers, and other Connectional officials planning to attend the service should contact the office of Bishop Lawrence Reddick, 901-345-4114, no later than 3 p.m. on Wednesday, December 11th.
                College Presidents, UNCF and NAFEO officials, and all present and former Lane College Trustees planning to attend the service should contact the Office of the President, 731-426-7523.

From Bishop Lawrence Reddick
Chair, Lane College Board of Trustees
Passing of Lane College President Dr. Wesley McClure

Dear Connectional Members and Friends,

The Lane College Family mourns the passing of President Wesley Cornelious McClure on Friday evening December 6, 2013 at the Jackson-Madison County General Hospital in Jackson, TN.

We ask your prayers at this time for Mrs. Mary Bradley McClure, the McClure Family and for the Lane College Family - students, staff, faculty and Administration.

President McClure loved Lane College with all his being, giving himself untiringly to its progress.  His presidency has been marked with outstanding growth in the student body and the Campus, and with exemplary personal and professional recognition among his peers.

He will be missed.

Bishop Lawrence L. Reddick, III
Chair, Lane College Board of Trustees 
Presiding Prelate of the First Episcopal District 
The Christian Methodist Episcopal Church

Monday, December 02, 2013


Wednesday, November 27, 2013


From The Christian Index
and
The Christian Index Online

Tuesday, November 26, 2013


Dr. Mae Jane Weeden
June 6, 1937 - Nov. 23, 2013


Dr. Mae Jane Weeden, a resident of Mobile, AL for than 50 years departed this life for eternity on Saturday, November 23, 2013, at a local hospital. Dr. Weeden was born in Sulligent, Alabama, on June 6, 1937. She was a 1956 graduate of Carver High School, Gadsden, Alabama. She received an Honorary Doctorate Degree of Humane Letters from the Alabama Interdenominational Seminary in 2002. Dr. Weeden was a member of Stewart Memorial CME Church. At her death she was the Mobile District Missionary President and a member of Jordan Pride Chapter #775 Order of Eastern Star Prince Hall Affiliated. Her Community and Civic Organizations include, but not limited to; a member of the Mobile County Democratic Executive Committee, Mobile County PTA Council President, Alabama PTA Board of Directors, Deputy Registrar, Mobile Museum of Art Board, Mobile County Voters League, and the Character and Spiritual Committee for Alabama PTA. Dr. Mae Jane Weeden was preceded in death by her husband Rev. Dr. Albert Dean (A.D.) Weeden, parents; Mr. Toll and Mrs. Evie J. Miller; brother, Toll Miller, Jr., and sister Lucille Miller Golden. She leaves to cherish her memories two devoted sons, Sgt. US Army (ret) Milton F. Weeden and Albert Dean (Monique) Weeden, Jr. Five grandchildren; Jonathan Lathan, Aleena Christian Weeden Bright, Carmen Danielle Weeden, Evie Savannah and Bryce Kendrick Weeden; two sisters; Zelma L. Barnes and Ornnie B. Miller; three brothers, William James (Jacqueline) Miller, Earlie George Miller, and CMSgt. USAF (ret) Jimmie (Lyn) Miller; one sister-in-law Celesta L. Washington and one brother-in-law Theodore R. Golden, Jr.; devoted god-daughter, Kimberly Snowden Bolden. Visitation will be held Saturday November 30, 2013 at Stewart Memorial CME Church from 9 a.m. until to the 11a.m. funeral hour. Rev. Dr. Anthony Alford, Officiating Minister. Interment will follow at the Gethsemane Cemetery, Eight Mile, AL. Arrangements are entrusted to the careful direction of Reese Funeral Home 925 S. Bessemer Ave. Prichard, AL. Condolences may be offered at www.reesefuneralhomeinc.com or www.facebook.com/ReeseFuneralHome


Sunday, November 24, 2013

Funeral Services for Rev. O'Neale Shyne, Sr.

Dear Connectional Members and Friends,

It is with great sadness that we announce to the members of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church the passing of Presiding Elder Emeritus, Rev. O’Neal Shyne, Sr. on Tuesday, November 19, 2013.  Elder Shyne was a former member of the Judicial Council of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church and Presiding Elder Emeritus of the Cincinnati-Dayton-Indianapolis District of the Ohio-Central Indiana Region of the Second Episcopal District.  Arrangements are as follows:

Saturday, November 30, 2013
Location:  Phillips Temple C.M.E. Church
3620 Shiloh Springs Rd
Trotwood, OH 45426
(937) 837-9631
Rev. James Washington, Host Pastor

Family Hour:
9:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

Homegoing Service:
11:00 a.m.

Condolences and Expressions of Sympathy may be sent to:
Rev. Dr. O’Neal Shyne, Jr.
c/o Trinity C.M.E. Church
2253 Dr. Andrew J. Brown, Jr. Street
Indianapolis, Indiana  46205

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to:
Rev. O’Neal Shyne, Sr. Memorial Fund
c/o Trinity C.M.E. Church
2253 Dr. Andrew J. Brown, Jr. Street
Indianapolis, Indiana   46205

Funeral Arrangements Entrusted to:
H.H. Roberts Funeral Home
38 S Gettysburg Ave, Dayton, OH 45417
(937) 268-6886


In His Service,


Bishop Sylvester Williams, Sr.
Presiding Prelate
Second Episcopal District
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church