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The Weekend Digest – September 16, 2023

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Highlights of the 2023 CME Unity Summit


Highlights of the 2023 CME Unity Summit held August 20-23, 2023 in New Orleans, LA. #IAMCME #CMEPROUD


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"Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, his love endures forever." Psalm 118:1 NIV

 The Lord continues to provide, supply, deliver, strengthen and heal throughout the world. Thanks again for your prayers and faithfulness in this ministry. 

Please keep our churches and leaders in prayer throughout the connection as they labor in ministry on our behalf. Remember to show compassion in your homes, jobs and ministries as we seek God to do good. 

Amazing grace, how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me. I once was lost, but now I'm found, I was blind but now I see. 

In The Spirit of Servanthood

Rev. Dr. Bonita 👣🙏

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This Week's Sunday School Leason

View the Virtual Church School Lesson

September 17, 2023

Lesson - Who is Trustworthy?

Scripture -  Luke 14:1-6

Presenter - Rev. Dr. Carmichael D. Crutchfield,

General Secretary, DCEF

Evangelism and Missions Article

Ministry to Men Partnership with (PHEN) Prostate Health Education Network

Ministry to Men once again is partnering with (PHEN) Prostate Health Education Network asking all those who are able to register for their 19th Annual African American Prostate Cancer Disparity National Summit (it is free). 

It will be taking place every Wednesday during the month of September from 1 pm to 3:30 pm. 

You will find the information very informative and it something we all should be aware of. 

Please join us a we support and promote Prostate Health Awareness.


Peace and Blessings to All, 

Anthony J Smoaks, Sr.

General Secretary of Ministry to Men 

Ministry to Men Partnership with (PHEN) Prostate Health Education Network

The Christian Index

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

The Missionary Messenger
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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.


An historic moment in the life of The Christian Methodist Episcopal Church & Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary (Evanston, IL). The partnership with Phillips School of Theology and Garrett-Evangelical Seminary has been solidified. The Seminary of the CME Church now resides in the Milwaukee District and in the Third Episcopal District (Presiding Bishop Sylvester Williams, Sr.). Dr. Paul L. Brown, Sr. is the President/Dean of Phillips School of Theology. Photograph courtesy of the Milwaukee District.


CME Churches Celebrating Connectional Usher Day!


Presiding Bishop Denise Anders-Modest of the 2nd Episcopal District presided over the Bishop's 1st Presiding Elder's Retreat- Pittsburgh, PA (Hyatt Regency Pittsburgh International Airport Hotel). Rev. Dr. Jane E. Thomas, Presiding Elder of the Fort Valley/Savanah District, 6th Episcopal District, was the facilitator. Photographs courtesy of the 2nd Episcopal District.


Presiding Bishop Lawson Adjei of the 11th Episcopal District was the guest speaker at Bethel CME in Accra, Ghana, Bishop Lawson presented to the church the honor that he received from the Judicial Council of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church during the Unity Summit and General Connectional Board meeting of the Church recently held in New Orleans. Bethel CME Church is one of the Churches planted by Bishop K. Lawson Adjei before ascended to the Episcopacy. Photographs courtesy of Bishop Adjei.


Congratulations to Cheyanne King, the 9th District CYM Youth Vice President, for earning the highest Grade Point Average at her high school!


Williams Temple CME Church in the 7th Episcopal District (Pastors Rev. Jonathan Dickey and Rev. Dr. Q.A. Dickey) drops off over 200 book bags and school supplies to Principal Brooking and the students of Thomas Morton Grade School in Philadelphia, PA.


Grandparent's Day at Israel Metropolitan CME Church ​- Washington, D.C.

Bishop Ricky D. Helton, Pastor)


Congratulations to Justice Attorney Shirley Byers for being honored by the Tougaloo College National Alumni Association! The 2023 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place on October 13, 2023.


The Inaugural Edition of the Nexus Newsletter

I am excited to announce the release of the inaugural edition of the 9th Episcopal District's Next Level Newsletter, Nexus!

View the NEXUS newsletter here. Enjoy!


Standing In Grace,


Bishop Charley Hames, Jr. 

Presiding Prelate

9th Episcopal District - CME Church


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The College of Bishops of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church.


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.


Greetings, Brothers, and Sisters in Christ, 

Some 10 million rural African Americans lack broadband internet, primarily in the South. They cannot use such essential services as online doctor visits, church services, school assignments, family connections, and voter registration. Thankfully, the Federal Communications Commission launched the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP), providing nearly 18 million low-income households nationwide with resources to pay for necessary broadband service. The ACP offers eligible families a $30 monthly discount on high-speed internet services, making access free for many participants.


Here's what you can do:

1 - Forward to pastors in your network serving rural communities the "Get Connect" Information card below with a contact number and website for guidance through signing up for the ACP program. 

To Apply Call 1 (877) 384-2575 or Visit

2. Encourage them to visit - to download the "Get Connected Toolkit."


For more information, go to:

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