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The Weekend Digest – September 9, 2023

The Weekend News Digest is online.

Note: If you'd like to share photos of events in the Episcopal Districts and Presiding Elder's District or connectional activities for the Weekend Digest, CME Web site and social media outlets, please email them to along with a caption.

Thank You For Attending the

11th Annual Unity Summit!

Unity Summit 2023

Dear CME Members and Friends,

A warm thank you to everyone that registered for and attended the 11th Annual Unity Summit!

Please take the time to fill out an Evaluation form here if you attended the Unity Summit. Your feedback about the Unity Summit is important and appreciated.

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


Join the Webinar via Zoom or View on the CME Facebook Page

Sunday, September 10 - 6:30 PM EST/5:30 PM CST /3:30 PM PST


Webinar ID: 931 0865 7527 Passcode: 605099

CME Facebook Page:

C-ME Grow Season 6

Register here for C-ME Grow. (

You will receive a confirmation email.


Additional information is here:

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This Week's Sunday School Leason

View the Virtual Church School Lesson

September 10, 2023

Lesson - Doing Good Deeds at the Wrong Time or Is It Lawful To Heal On The Sabbath?

Scripture -  Luke 14:1-6

Presenter - Rev. Dr. Carmichael D. Crutchfield

General Secretary, DCEF

Evangelism and Missions Article

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 

The Christian Index

The August 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

The Missionary Messenger
Renew Messenger
CIT Web Design Services
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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.


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.

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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:

Friendship Press Collections

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