Fifth Episcopal District, CME Church
Bishop Teresa E. Snorton, Presiding Prelate

Spring 2017 EDITION

LENT 
A Season of Preparation for Resurrection Sunday 

March 1st (Ash Wednesday) begins the Season of Lent, a 40-day period of preparation and sacrifice recalling Jesus' 40 days in the wilderness. The CME Church has prepared a variety of resources to lead you and your congregation in your own "season" of meditation, witness and fasting during the 40 days leading up to Resurrection Sunday (Easter)!   

(be sure to scroll down to see the scripture calendar)
2017 SPRING CONVOCATION INFORMATION

This year we are only have one meeting in the Fall and one in the Spring.  The Fall meeting is in Florida, the Spring meeting is in Alabama. 

ALL PASTORS and MINISTERS ON TRIAL must register for BOTH convocations. PASTORS, MINISTERS ON TRIAL and REGIONAL OFFICERS are REQUIRED to attend the convocation that is in their state.  The Presiding Elders will attend both conferences.  LAITY are encouraged to attend the convocation that is in their state. 

Click here to get the SPRING CONVOCATION Registration Form
Pre-registration deadline March 4th.  
Hotel reservation deadline has passed.

DON'T FORGET TO BRING YOUR DONATED ITEMS 
 (SEE REGISTRATION FORM) AND 
YOUR CHECKS FOR MILES COLLEGE! 

Schedule 

THURSDAY, MARCH 9, 2017
6-10 p.m.  Bishop Snorton's Dinner  with Cabinet & Joint Bd. Members
@Miles Welcome & Admissions Center
 
FRIDAY, MARCH 10, 2017
8:30 - 10:30 a.m.  2018 General Conference Committee Meeting
@ Welcome Center

11a.m.  Miles College Founder's Day Service
@ First Baptist Church of Fairfield
Lunch Tickets Available $15  Please add to pre-registration amount.

1-3 p.m.
Committee on Ministerial Exam Testing
@Miles Welcome & Admissions Center

3-5 p.m.
Roll Call, Opening Session and  WMS Reports @  Pearson Hall

7-9 p.m.
Lay Department "Gospel Explosion" Program
$5 Donation ticket for  Graham Webb/Kennedy Scholarship Fund
@ Pearson Hall
 
SATURDAY, MARCH 11
9 a.m. -1 p.m.
Business Session, Presiding Elder's Reports, Closing Worship 
@ Pearson Hall
Announcements

Florida Settlement Meeting
(Presiding Elders, Treasurer, Joint Board)
Friday, April 7, 2017  @ 6:00 pm Eastern
Stewart-Isom CME Church, St. Petersburg, FL

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BISHOP'S TRAINING FOR CLERGY AND LAY 
(8:30 am - 12 noon local time, followed by lunch)
Nov 19   MPCO District, Ferguson Chapel   (111 attended)
Jan 28     Jacksonville-Orlando District, Central CME (125 attended)
Feb 25    Huntsville District, New Jones CME (107 attended)
Mar 25   Mobile District, Shiloh CME, Lisman, AL
Apr 8     Miami-Tampa District, Stewart-Isom, St. Petersburg,FL
Apr 22   Tuscaloosa District (NEW DATE), Bass Tabernacle, Akron, AL
Apr 29   Anniston and Birmingham Districts, Jacobs Chapel, Talledega, AL

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SATURDAY, APRIL 29, 2017
CONNECTIONAL OUTREACH TO THE HOMELESS DAY
"Saints Out of the Seats into the Streets"

Please plan to participate in the day of service and outreach. 
Click below to get the full description and other resources:

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 2017 Annual Conference Dates

We will begin on Tuesday at 3 pm in order to allow time for elections of clergy and lay delegates 
to the General Conference.

TUESDAY - FRIDAY, JULY 11-14    COMBINED ALABAMA REGIONS
Phillips CME, Host Church   Marriott Hotel, conference site

TUESDAY-FRIDAY, JULY 25-28     FLORIDA REGION 
Carter Tabernacle CME, Conference Site and Mt. Olive CME, Co-host 
Hotel: Doubletree at Universal

Registration forms will be available at www.cmefifthdistrict.org on April 1st.


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PASTORAL CONCERNS

Transitions/Grief
Please pray for the families of the following persons who have died.
  • Rev. Lucius Pitts, pastor of St. Luke CME, Auburn
  • Mrs. Phyllis Blanks, wife of Rev. Izea Blanks
  • Wife of retired pastor, Rev. Clinton McCorvey
  • Father of Rev. Rose Lynn Brooks
  • Mother of Rev. Rene McKay
  • Brother of Rev. Luther Edwards
  • Sister of Mrs. Angie Eatmon
  • Niece of Mrs. Valeria Echoles, Terina Killings 
  • Mother-in-law of Mrs. Shelly Powe
 
PRAYERS NEEDED for health challenges, hospitalizations, surgeries, and other life-changing events
 
Birmingham Region
  • Rev. Conway Spears
  • Rev. Jacob Colbert
North Central Alabama Region
  • Rev. Gregory Woods
  • Rev. J. C. Davis
  • Rev. Carolyn Cole
  • Rev. Brenda Harris
  • Minister Bridgette Houston
  • Rev. Rose Allen's mother 
Florida Region
  • Rev. Imogene Heathington
  • Rev. Trudye Thompson
  • Rev. George Washington, Sr.
  • Rev. Charles Youman
  • Rev. Debra Thomas
Southeast Alabama Region
  • Rev. Janice Smith
  • Rev. Nathaniel Skipwith
  • Rev. Hines Watley
  • Rev. Theodore Washington
 
We know there are many more, but we limit this list to active and retired Annual Conference pastors, ministers-on-trial, widows and widowers, and regional officers and their close relatives.  


Fifth Episcopal District of the CME Church

Phone: 205-929-1145
email: cmec35203@yahoo.com          website: cmefifthdistrict.org

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