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The Weekend Digest – December 2, 2023

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The Weekend News Digest is online.


Liturgical Calendars


The 2023-2024 Stewardess Liturgical Calendar is provided by Mrs. Jolinda Dugger, President of Connectional Stewardesses. Download here:


Myth: Vaccinations are not safe for the Black community. 

Fact: Vaccines approved for use have undergone rigorous testing to ensure their safety and efficacy. They are safe and effective for people of all races and ethnicities, including the Black community. Vaccinations can help protect individuals from serious illnesses and save lives. 

Myth: Vaccines cause infertility in Black individuals. 

Fact: There is no scientific evidence to support the claim that vaccines cause infertility. This misinformation has been debunked by multiple reputable sources. Vaccines have undergone extensive testing and have not been found to have any negative impact on fertility. 

Myth: Vaccines contain harmful ingredients that target the Black community. 

Fact: Vaccines do not contain harmful ingredients that target specific racial or ethnic groups. The ingredients used in vaccines are carefully selected and monitored for safety. They undergo thorough testing and are approved by regulatory authorities before being used in vaccines. 

Myth: Natural immunity is better than vaccination for the Black community. 

Fact: While recovering from a natural infection may provide some immunity, it can also lead to severe illness, complications, and even death. Vaccination offers a safer and more controlled way to develop immunity without the risks associated with natural infection. Vaccines have been proven to be effective in preventing serious diseases. 

Myth: Vaccinations are part of a conspiracy to harm the Black community. 

Fact: Vaccinations are not part of any conspiracy. They are backed by scientific research, endorsed by healthcare experts, and have been instrumental in reducing the burden of infectious diseases worldwide. Vaccines are developed to protect individuals and promote public health. 

Myth: Flu vaccinations are unnecessary for the Black community. 

Fact: Flu vaccinations are important for everyone, including the Black community. Influenza (flu) is a contagious respiratory illness that can lead to severe complications, hospitalization, and even death. Getting an annual flu vaccine is the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones from the flu. The flu vaccine has a long history of safe and effective use, and it is recommended for everyone over the age of six months, regardless of race or ethnicity. Flu vaccines are designed to match the prevalent strains of the flu virus each year.  

It is important to rely on accurate information from trusted sources such as healthcare professionals, reputable health organizations, and scientific research when making decisions about vaccinations. Discuss any concerns or questions you have with healthcare providers who can provide evidence-based information specific to your situation.


Operation Vaccination Team

Bishop Marvin Frank Thomas, Sr.

Bishop Charley Hames, Jr.

Dr. Richard Watkins

Rev. Daryl Ballard

Dr. Theresa Duhart

Mr. Shannon Faulk

Ms. Toya McQueen

Dr. Jacqueline I. Scott

Mr. Anthony Smoaks, Sr.

Rev. Dr. Cynthia Thompson

Ms. Tiffanie Thompson



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Christian Educator's Retreat 2024

"Listen! It's the voice of someone shouting , "Clear the way through the wilderness for the Lord! Make a straight highway through the wasteland for our God!" Isaiah 40:3 (NLT) 

As I reflect on this week's theme I asked myself how I can review myself. "Am I praying selfishly, or am I really interceding for others on behalf of Christ as we prepare the way. What are you doing to prepare / how will you prepare? We might think that after all these years that we are prepared for the way of Christ as we intercede through prayer, but most times we are not fully aware of what that means or looks like. Don't allow this season to come and go without checking your prayer of intercession. 

Oh Thou in whose presence my soul takes delight. On whom in affliction I call. You're my comfort by day and my song in the night, my hope, my salvation you are my all! Father God I pray that every intercessor, listener and family on this call will continue to bathe in your goodness and mercy. I pray that as we move into this next church year, that we become more diligent in our ministry of prayer. I pray that as you continue to keep us that we remember during this advent season that Jesus will be Lord of our lives as we receive his goodness, kindness and favor. It is my prayer that we never take this opportunity in ministry for granted. In the name of Jesus, Amen.

In the Spirit of Servanthood

Rev. Dr. Bonita👣🙏

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View the Virtual Church School Lesson


Lesson - Changing Identity or

The Faith of Ruth

Scripture -  Ruth 1:6-18, 22

Presenter - Rev. Dr. Carmichael D. Crutchfield, General Secretary, DCEF

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Evangelism and Missions Article
Fall Lay Newsletter
The Christian Index

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

The Missionary Messenger
Renew Messenger
CIT Web Design Services
Copyright Essentials
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.


Zion Cemetery, a historic cemetery in Memphis, TN, is featured in a Nashville television series. The Board Chair is the Rev. Dr. Tyrone Davis, General Secretary Emeritus, Board of Personnel Services. View here.

1ST Episcopal District Newsletter
2nd Episcopal District Newsletter

The Inaugural Edition of the Nexus Newsletter


The 10th Episcopal District Web Site:


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:


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."

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