Fifth Episcopal District, CME Church NEWS You Can USE
Bishop Teresa E. Snorton
Presiding Bishop
October 8, 2012


Our apologies!


In the October 2012 Newsletter, Mrs. BEATRICE Wallace, the wife of retired Presiding Elder William Wallace (Birmingham Region) was mistakenly referred to as Mrs. Alicia Wallace.  Please keep her in prayer as she continues to recover from surgery!

Pastoral Concerns
Please keep Rev. Richard Willis (Clergy in Residence at Thirgood CME in Birmingham) in prayer.  On October 17th, he will donate a kidney to his wife Keskia.  Her recuperation will be several months.  His will be about six weeks.  In addition to praying, do whatever you can to show this family your support!
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Sunday, October 14, 2012

Connectional Lay Ministry Day!


A message from your General Secretary, Dr. Clifford Harris


As we observe Connectional Lay Ministry Day at our local churches, as well as District and Regional services on October 14, 2012, I pray that all services will be marked by success with praises unto God and appreciation for our loyal laity. 
Things to Remember

1.  The Fifth District Graham-Webb $700 scholarship recipient is Christopher Collins, a member of Mt. Olive CME Church in Orlando.  Mrs. Gloria Williams is the Lay Leader there. Rev. Jermaine Marshall is the pastor.  Congratulations!


2. Consider taking an offering for the Graham-Webb scholarship fund. Make checks payable to: Department of Finance and write Graham-Webb Scholarship on the memo line. Forward to:


Clifford L. Harris, General Secretary
Department of Lay Ministry-CME Church
15485 Prairie Bell Rd.
Okmulgee, OK 74447-8690
3. Please access the Lay Ministry Web site at for the following:
- Lay Council Charter
- Lay Ministry Overview and History
- The Chartering Ceremony
- Ceremony for Installation of Lay Ministry Officers
- Lay Ministry Council Membership Card Template (print cards on perforated business card stationary-10 to a page)
- Connectional Lay Day Service Litany
4.  The New Lay Ministry Manual is included on the revised order form found on the Lay Ministry Web site <      > .
5. The Quadrennial Lay Ministry Institute in 2013 will  be held on the front end (Sun-Tues, September 22-24) of the next CME Unity Summit in Houston, TX,  (Tues-Sat, September 24-28).
 I am passionately requesting that every lay person who registered tor the 2012 Unity Summit also register for the 2013 Unity Summit; in addition to our own registration, I am requesting that each of us take the challenge of being responsible for getting ONE (1) to TWO (2) laypersons who did not register for the 2012 Unity Summit to register for and be in attendance at the 2013 Quadrennial Lay Ministry Institute and CME Unity Summit.
Serving God's People With A Glad and Thankful Heart,
Dr. Clifford L. Harris
Dr. Clifford L. Harris, General Secretary
Bishop Teresa E. Snorton, Chair
Department of Lay Ministry


Don't Forget

The Birmingham Region Lay Ministry presents a day of training, Saturday, October 20, 2012 at Hills Chapel CME Church, Leeds, AL.  Presenters are Mr. William Breeding and Mrs. Barbara Campbell, Connectional Lay President.

Ms. Helen Crenshaw is the Regional Lay Leader.

Click here to get information and register!      






October 2012


13 (Sat.) North Central AL Region Fall Christian Education Workshop, Tuscaloosa District


20 (Sat.) Southeast AL Region Christian Education Workshop, Hall Memorial, Montgomery-10 am


20 Birmingham Region Lay Ministries Workshop


November 2012


3 Birmingham Region Christian Education Leadership Training


29-30 (Th-Fr.) Fifth Episcopal District Missionary Institute, Rosen Centre, 9939 Universal Blvd, Orlando, FL


30 - Dec.1 Florida Region Fall Accounting Meeting,

Rosen Centre, 9939 Universal Blvd, Orlando

Room Rate- $99.00- reference Fall Accounting Meeting  407-996-2586


December 2012


TBD Birmingham Region Stewardess Blanket Drive


1 Florida Region Christian Education Day of Service, Orlando


7 (Fri.) Alabama Regions Committee on Ministry & Ministers on Trial


7 - 8 Alabama Regions Fall Accounting Meeting,

Sheraton, Birmingham