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Weekend Digest – April 29, 2023

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Church Planting Retreat

CyaM WTF video

Listen to this message from Josiah Sanders (7th Episcopal District CYAM Representative). 

We are less than a month away from The Connectional Young Adult Ministry’s WTF’23 (Word, Truth, Free) Retreat, we promise that you do NOT want to miss this retreat!

Registration is now $125 and will end on May 24th at 11:59pm CST - so make sure you register!

Sis. Tiffanie R. Thompson

CYAM President 

Sis. Jamea Grace and Sis. Toya McQueen

WTF’23 Retreat Co-Chairs


Are you looking for a meaningful way to support WTF' 23? 

By purchasing a virtual ad, you'll be making a direct impact on the lives of young adults, providing them with an opportunity to connect with one another, learn and spiritually grow together.

Your ad will be prominently displayed at the event, reaching a diverse group of young adults from across the country. Additionally, you'll have the opportunity to showcase your commitment to young adult work in the connectional church.

We believe that investing in young adults is an investment in the present and future. 

Join us in our mission to support and empower young adults by purchasing an ad for our retreat today! 

You can use this link to pay for your ads:

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Deadline: May 11, 2023 

Thank you for your support!

Sis. Tiffanie R. Thompson

CYAM President 

Sis. Jamea Grace and Sis. Toya McQueen

WTF’23 Retreat Co-Chairs

Rev. Leon F. Parker III 

Sponsorship Committee Chair 

#wtf23 #Ad #CYAM #CYAM23 #CME #IAmCME #IAmCYAM #investinyoungadults

WMC Quadrennial Assembly
PBGSOW Quadrennial Journal
MEC Conference Attire
Unuty Summit 2023

Dear CME Members and Friends,

Bishop and Mrs. Kenneth W. Carter and the Fourth Episcopal District will host the Eleventh Annual CME Unity Summit and the General Connectional Board Meeting, August 20-25, 2023, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel located at 501 Loyola Avenue in New Orleans, Louisiana. The theme for this year's Unity Summit is, "Making Bold Moves" (Acts 1:8).

The Unity Summit is scheduled for Sunday, August 20, 2023 through Wednesday, August 23, 2023. The General Connectional Board meeting is scheduled for Thursday, August 24, 2023 through Friday, August 25, 2023.  

This message will provide you with general information about registration and reserving your room at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. Plan now to attend the Unity Summit's powerful training and vibrant worship sessions!

Online Registration

The registration fee for the Unity Summit is $150. Members of the General Connectional Board are expected to register.  

You may register online at and thereafter reserve your hotel room. A receipt and hotel confirmation notice will be e-mailed to you.  Please check your Junk or Spam mailbox if you do not receive a registration confirmation notice by e-mail. To request a receipt and hotel confirmation notice, e-mail

Mail-in Registration 

You may download a registration form and mail it in with your registration fee. Download a registration form here at the official CME Web site.

After your mailed in registration form is processed, you will receive a receipt and hotel reservation form via postal mail. If your e-mail address is indicated on the registration form, a receipt and hotel reservation link will be e-mailed to you. Please check your Junk or Spam mailbox if you do not receive a registration confirmation notice by e-mail. To request a receipt and hotel confirmation notice, e-mail

Hyatt Regency New Orleans

The group room rate at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans is $149 per room / $176.14 per night (includes taxes of $27.14).  Please plan to register and reserve your room early!


Additional information about the 2023 Annual CME Unity Summit and General Connectional Board will be forthcoming and posted at the official CME Web site, and our CME social media platforms - Facebook page, Twitter, Instagram, and e-mailed to connectional members and friends via CME Church Communications. Please pray for the success of these events. 


In the Service of the Lord,

Bishop Marvin Frank Thomas, Sr., Chair

Bishop Denise Anders-Modest, Program Chair

Bishop C.K. Heath, Finance Chair

Senior Bishop Lawrence Reddick








August 24-25, 2023


PURSUANT TO Paragraph 1000.6 of The Book of Discipline, Revised 2018, the General Connectional Board of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church will meet Thursday and Friday, August 24-25, 2023, at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans Hotel, 601 Loyola Avenue, New Orleans, Louisiana 70113.  The opening session is scheduled to begin at 2:00 P.M., Thursday, August 24.

This meeting will be in person. Persons in attendance shall be required to observe COVID protocols, including masks and the request to be vaccinated and boosted. 



+ Senior Bishop Lawrence Reddick

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View the Adult and Youth Virtual Church School Lesson

April 30, 2023

"Hope & Power or A Promise to the Disciples"

Dr. Carmichael D. Crutchfield, Instructor

General Secretary, DCEF


Vacation Bible School Resource

In partnership with Group Ministries, we want to introduce you to a VBS resource called Stellar VBS. It is available for purchase at a 10% discount for all CME Churches. 

To Order Now, CLICK HERE

The discount code is CMEVBS23.


 To learn more details about this great resource to our local churches, read this letter from our General Secretary.

Virtual Bible Study
Weekly Guide Schedule
Prayer Call
The Christian Index

The April 2023 issue of The Christian Index is available for purchase for online viewing here.

The Missionary Messenger
CIT Web Design Services
Technology Discounts

The General Department of Communication and Information Technology (CIT) has established vendor partnerships with Adobe, Apple, Dell, HP, Lenovo, Microsoft, Mobile Beacon and Zoom. All CMEs including our local churches, members, Presiding Elder’s Districts, Episcopal Districts, Bishops, General Officers, and other Connectional leaders can save from 5%-50% on technology products from top vendors! Spread the word about these discounts to members in your local church! Shop at the Technology Portal.


Photos from the Sixth Episcopal District's Spring Gathering Founders' Weekend (4/21-23) under the leadership of Bishop Thomas L. Brown, Sr. Photos by Dorian Owens.

The Communion Worship Service.

One in the Spirit Banquet.

Visit to the grave site of Bishop Robert Simeon Williams.


Presiding Bishop Marvin F. Thomas, Sr. of the 1st Episcopal District at the Lane College (Jackson, TN) Commencement Ceremony.


Presiding Bishop Lawson K. Adjei was the guest speaker on April 23rd Annual Women's Missionary Society Celebrations worship service at Trinity CME Church in Memphis, TN. Presiding Bishop (and Pastor) Marvin F. Thomas, Sr. Photos by Bishop Adjei.


Dr. Carmichael Crutchfield, General Secretary of Christian Education and Formation, is teaching "The Doctrine and Polity of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church" this summer at the Memphis Theological Seminary. This online class will be held May 15-19 and is open to auditors.

Scholarship money for this class is available from the Department of Christian Education and Formation of the CME Church. To learn more about this, email Dr. Crutchfield at

To learn more about this class or sign up to audit, please call us at 901-334-5841 or email or visit


Tune in as Presiding Bishop Lawson Adjei of the 11th Episcopal District is interviewed at the close of the Rwanda Conference! The interview captures the work in Rwanda and draws the interest of the GIHUNDWE GOSPEL media. Eleventh CME District, making its mark!


The 10th Episcopal District Web Site:


View or Download the Liturgical Calendar by Dr. Ore Spragin, Editor of The Christian Index:

View or Download the Stewardess Liturgical Calendar by Mrs. Jolinda Dugger, President of Connectional Stewardesses:


Visit here to subscribe:


The Episcopal Address by Bishop Teresa Jefferson-Snorton from the 2022 General Conference of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church is available for viewing and downloading here.

Photo Albums of the 2022 General Conference can be viewed at the official CME Facebook page.

View the Episcopal Address and Worship Services Video Series.



#BlackChurches4Broadband Encourages Families to Sign up for Emergency Broadband (Internet) Benefit

Our hero, the late Congressman John Lewis, said that internet access is “the civil rights issue of the 21st Century.” A high-speed home broadband (internet) connection is vital for full enfranchisement in today’s world. It opens the door to educational and economic opportunities, connects family and church communities, allows access to remote health care services, and empowers greater civic engagement and activism.

Congress recently created an Emergency Broadband Benefit giving eligible families up to $50 per month to pay for home broadband service. You may be eligible for the Emergency Broadband Benefit if your household has experienced a sudden loss of income during the pandemic, or is currently receiving federal benefits such as SNAP, Medicaid, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Federal Public Housing Assistance, Veterans and Survivors Pension Benefit, Lifeline, Pell Grants, or free and reduced-price school lunches.

Visit to learn more about eligibility and how to sign up.