Fifth Episcopal District, CME Church Newsletter
Bishop Teresa E. Snorton
Presiding Bishop
October 2012
  Dr. Mae Jane Weeden receives Award at 2012 CME Unity Summit

Dr. Weeden, a member of Stewart Memorial CME Church in Mobile,  was recognized at the for her church, civic and community service. She is currently President of the Mobile District Missionary Society, steward and stewardess at her church and an active member of the Mobile County United Negro College Fund, Church Women United, the Cancer Society, Red Cross, the YWCA and the local chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star, where she serves as Treasurer. Congratulations to Dr. Weeden and Thanks for all you do!
The CME Women's Missionary Council recognized Dr. Yvonne Kennedy, a 23 year veteran member of the Alabama State House of Representatives, at the 2012 Unity Luncheon in New Orleans.  Dr. Kennedy is a member of Stewart Memorial CME Church in Mobile and Vice Chair of the Miles College Board of Trustees.
Rev. Belinda McCain (Birmingham District) is the new Mayor of Sipsey, AL!
Bennie Harton, a member of Miles Chapel in Reform (Tuscaloosa District) is the new Mayor of Reform, AL! 
VOTE this November!


The deadline for voter registration in Florida is October 9, 2012.


The deadline for voter registration in Alabama is October 26, 2012.


For voter registration information visit The site has a lot of information on how to register, how to file an absentee ballot, what is required to vote. Especially share this site with your college students who are away from home, so they can register and vote!


 Porter Chapel begins construction!

Porter Chapel in Bessemer
was destroyed by fire in 2010.  Construction on the new sanctuary should be complete by late February.  Rev. Norman Dill II is the pastor.
Porter Chapel rebuilds 


Pastoral Concerns
Rev. Woodrow Foreman (retired, Birmingham Region) has been hospitalized.
Mrs. Ethel Monroe (wife of retired Rev. Wilford Monroe, Florida Region) has been hospitalized.
Mrs. Alicia Wallace (wife of retired Presiding Elder William Wallace, Birmingham Region) is recovering from surgery.
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Unity - What does it really mean?

Lessons from I Corinthians 12


The recent inaugural CME Unity Summit was held in New Orleans. The registrations included 2,008 persons attending as Bishops, Presiding Elders, Pastors, Christian Educators, Missionaries, Lay, Ushers, Young Adults, and many others. The meeting combined the General Connectional Board meeting, the CME Convocation and the WMC Executive Board. The Fabulous, Flourishing Fifth Episcopal District had 153 registered and more who attend a part of the Summit!


The purpose of the summit- UNITY of our various connectional meetings - became the subtheme of the meeting as the word UNITY was spoken as we preached, prayed, studied, deliberated and worshipped together. Often UNITY is a threat to some because there is the perception that UNITY means someone has to give up their identity. It is a threat to some because it means they have to change to make room for others. But, the scripture reminds us that there are many parts of the body of Christ:


12 For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. 13 For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body-Jews or Greeks, slaves or free-and all were made to drink of one Spirit.


The scripture reminds us that no one part of the body is more important than the other:


14 For the body does not consist of one member but of many. 15 If the foot should say, "Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body," that would not make it any less a part of the body. 16 And if the ear should say, "Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body," that would not make it any less a part of the body. 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would be the sense of hearing? If the whole body were an ear, where would be the sense of smell? 18 But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose. 19 If all were a single member, where would the body be? 20 As it is, there are many parts, yet one body.


21 The eye cannot say to the hand, "I have no need of you," nor again the head to the feet, "I have no need of you." 22 On the contrary, the parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, 23 and on those parts of the body that we think less honorable we bestow the greater honor, and our unpresentable parts are treated with greater modesty, 24 which our more presentable parts do not require. But God has so composed the body, giving greater honor to the part that lacked it, 25 that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. 26 If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together.


Rather than perceiving UNITY as something that threatens or inconveniences us, it is important to remember that UNITY is something that strengthens! As we move further into this conference year, let us all examine how we will work for UNITY in the body of Christ, especially at the local church level. There is no need to compete with one another. There is enough work for everybody! There is no need to be jealous of what someone else is doing in the church. God has given each of us different gifts:


4 Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; 5 and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; 6 and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone. 7 To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. 8 For to one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, 9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, 10 to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the ability to distinguish between spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. 11 All these are empowered by one and the same Spirit, who apportions to each one individually as he wills.


Are you using the gifts God gave you? But most important, are you using the gifts God gave you to build up the BODY of CHRIST?

Missionary Wheel  

All Missionary Societies of the Fifth District are called to gather at the Rosen Centre Hotel in Orlando for the Missionary Institute on November 29-30. Total cost is $155 (registration, lodging, two meals), plus $25 if you want to ride the bus from Alabama. The bus leaves Thursday in the wee hours of the morning and returns late Saturday night. Detailed schedule will be available soon.

Deposit of $55 is due by October 30th.

For more information:

Mrs. Sarah Farris is the Director of the Missionary Institute.

Mrs. Carolyn Hassell is the coordinator for the hotel and bus,

OR contact your Regional or District Missionary President.
The North Central Alabama Region will host its Fall Christian Education Workshop on Saturday, October 13th at Powers Chapel in Moundville. There is no registration fee. Click here for information flyer      
The Southeast Alabama Region will host its Fall Christian Education Workshop on Saturday, October 20th at 9 am (central) 10 am (eastern) at Hall Memorial CME Church, Montogomery. Click here for registration and information!      
The Birmingham Region Lay Ministry Department is hosting a Training workshop on Saturday, October 20 at Hills Chapel in Leeds, AL.  Click here for the schedule and registration!   


Florida Region

November 30-December 1

Rosen Centre Hotel, Orlando, FL


Alabama Regions

December 7-8

Sheraton Birmingham, AL


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