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The Weekend Digest – July 29, 2023

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Hurry, the Deadline

for Applying for the Connectional CPE program

is July 31st!

The Fall 2023 class begins at the CME Unity Summit in New Orleans. Here are the key dates:

  • Deadline for Applications…… July 31, 2023 
  • Orientation (In Person)……Monday-Wednesday, August 21-23 at the CME Unity Summit, Hyatt Regency Hotel, New Orleans, LA   The group meets from 8 am – 8 pm daily. Attendance at all sessions is required. 
  • Monthly meetings via Zoom – TWO TIMES PER MONTH ON A THURSDAY OR FRIDAY EVENING             Exact dates to be determined at Orientation 
  • Final Evaluations and Graduation…. Monday-Tuesday, January 8-9, 2024 at the Pastors' Conference, Atlanta

Applications and additional information can be found at 

Bishop Teresa E. Snorton, CCPE Coordinator and CME Endorser


Hurry to Register & Reserve Your Hotel Room by August 1st for the Unity Summit & General Connectional Board Meeting

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, the Program Schedule, 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: Reserve by August 1, 2023

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 and by August 1, 2023!

Unity Summit Program Schedule

The Program Schedule is posted below and can be downloaded here.

Transportation Form

If you plan to attend the Unity Summit and need transportation to and from the Hyatt Regency New Orleans hotel, please fill out the transportation form here to assist the Fourth Episcopal District Planning Committee with transportation needs for the Unity Summit.


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

Bishop Kenneth W. Carter, Host Bishop

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 Virtual Church School Lesson

July 30, 2023

Lesson - Searching For Buried Treasure or Finding and Gathering

Scripture - Matthew 13:44-52

Presenter - Rev. Dr. Carmichael D. Crutchfield

General Secretary, DCEF

Download the Lesson Outline

This Week's Sunday School Leason
Virtual Bible Study
Evangelism and Missions Article


A Message from General Secretary Shannon Faulk

Department of Lay Ministries

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Vanguard Newsletter
The Christian Index

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

Announcement RE Appeal for Articles

The Christian Index would like to receive articles from you regarding your local CME church, your ministry, and your spiritual thoughts, experiences, and growth.

  • Is your church operating a Vacation Bible or Freedom School, or offering other special activities this summer?
  • Do you have a sermon you want to share?
  • Have you completed an essay, paper, or dissertation and can share it or a short summary of your work?
  • Have you gone on an interesting trip?
  • Have you received an honor or award?
  • Do you have other news that might be of interest to the wider church?


Send submissions to:

I look to hear from you soon.

God bless you,

Editor Ore Spragin

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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.


For additional information and to register for this historical event, visit here.


Senior Bishop Lawrence Reddick of the 8th Episcopal District presiding over the Dallas-Fort Worth/Northwest Texas Region Annual Conference. Photos of the Ordination Service(speaker Rev. Dr. Julius Clay of New Bethel CME Church, New York and the Missionary Service (speaker Presiding Elder Rev.

Dr Orenthia Mason, North Tyler Region. Photographs courtesy of Rev. Tanesha Lyles-Hollingshed.


Presiding Bishop Thomas L. Brown, Sr. convened the Georgia North Annual Conference and led the session, The Bishop Speaks. Photos by the 6th Episcopal District.


Scenes from the Mississippi Leadership Training School under the leadership of Presiding Bishop Kenneth W. Carter of the 4th Episcopal District. Photographs from the 4th Episcopal District.


Bishop Marvin F. Thomas, Sr. of the 1st Episcopal District at the 21st Session of the Arkansas Region Annual Conference with contributions of duffle bags and backpacks to children in foster care in the Hot Springs, AR area.


Presiding Bishop C.K. Heath of the 5th Episcopal District at the Florida Region Annual Conference. Special Guests included Presiding Bishop Ricky D. Helton and First Lady Loretta S. Helton of the 10th Episcopal District. Photographs from the 5th Episcopal District.


Presiding Bishop Denise Anders-Modest of the 2nd Episcopal District leads the 2nd Episcopal District Leadership Training School. The photo below by Rev. Kornelius Neal is an aerial shot of the attendees at the Leadership Training School.

L-R: LTS Dean M. Faye Godwin, General Secretary Carmichael Crutchfield, Presiding Elder Rev. Dr. Lesha Agnew, and General Secretary Dr. Theresa Duhart at the Leadership Training School.


Congratulations to Rev. Cyreeta Collins, Director of Connectional Youth Ministry, on being conferred the Master of Education (M.Ed) degree in Instructional Design and Technology with honors from the American College of Education on this day!


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:


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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.


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Supported by the National Council of Churches of Christ in the U.S.A. - Additional information is here.


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