Fifth Episcopal District, CME Church Newsletter
Bishop Teresa E. Snorton
Presiding Bishop
 July 2013


Beginnings and Endings


"I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End," says the Lord, "who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty."  Revelation 1:8


Our lives are full of beginnings and endings.  During the past few weeks, I have become more aware of how they exist together.  The scripture makes this point by referring to the Lord as the beginning AND the end!  He declares his infinity as past, present and future!  This all-encompassing presence is to be our comfort and our hope!


On a single day during the month of June, I officiated at the wedding of Rev. Sam Gordon (and Mae Washington) and later in the day sat with Mrs. Doris Jones, the wife of Rev. Glen Jones who had just died.  At the end of the day, I felt like I had gone the distance between a "beginning" event (the wedding) and an "ending" event (Rev. Jones' death). But as I reflected on both experiences, I was reminded of the Revelation 1:8 passage.


In reality, both events were both beginnings and endings.  Sam and Mae were ENDing their lives as single people to BEGIN their lives in marriage!  Rev. Glen Jones was ENDing his earthly life to BEGIN his eternal life!  Our faith and hope in Jesus Christ enables us to celebrate and grieve at the same time.  We can reminisce and rejoice at the same time.  We can look back, but go forward at the same time.


The tendency to see life's transitions as ONLY an end or ONLY a beginning is a limited view. As believers, we are invited to have a broader view, a more transcendent view, a perspective that we believe in an eternal Lord and savior who works in our past, present and future.  We are to learn from our past, but not stay there.  We are to live in the present, but not think that that's all there is.  We are to look forward to the future that affirms the words of Jeremiah 29:11 "For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord. Plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you hope and a future."


During this annual conference season we find ourselves living with the reality of BEGINNINGS and ENDINGS side-by-side.  The end of one conference year is also the beginning of another conference year.  In all our doings this season, let us recall the words of Revelation 1:8 that remind us that all time is in the hands of the Lord.  He surrounds us in our finiteness with his infiniteness.  So whatever happens - wherever you are sent as pastors, whoever is sent to you as a congregation - let us celebrate and grieve, reminisce and rejoice, but most of all, let us live into the PLANS that the lord has for us to prosper and to always have hope as a people of faith!



  • Pastoral Report Form (4 copies- please use new form)
  • Pastor's Continuing Education Report Form (4 copies)
  • Pastor's Tithe
  • Unity Summit Registration ($150 registration + $50 luncheon + $25 prayer bkft)
  • Phenomenal Women's Summit Registration for at least one woman per church ($50 deposit or total of $125)



The follow are available on our website 

(click above for a direct link): 

  • Annual Conference Information/Schedule/Registration forms
  • Pastoral Report Form (NEW)
  • Pastors Continuing Education Report Form (NEW)
  • Florida Region Children and Youth Conference Registration
  • Alabama Regions Children, Youth ,Young Adult Registration  
Trinity CME Church, North Birmingham, has several red-padded pews for sale.  For more information, contact Rev. Charles Williams.
The Fifth District has adopted JJ's Freedom Center in Birmingham!  Churches and individuals are asked to support this ministry with  donations of food, beverages, and snacks OR by sending volunteers to read, play games, or teach a skill OR by sponsoring field trips. This summer there are 50 children from the West End community enrolled in the summer program. For details on what or how to donate, contact Rev. LaVeatrice Crockrom.


"Faith and Fitness"  Updates


 The Bishop's Blog 


June was not a good month for exercise for me.  I just could not seem to get back on schedule.  I am truly a creature of habit, but the least little thing throws me off!  But I really have no excuse,  because I could always exercise in the house or hotel room.  It's so hot, I'm just not motivated.  On the positive side, I am thoroughly enjoying the fresh fruits and vegetables of the season (and from the gardens of the churches and my friends)! Thanks! 




July 13    Birmingham Region Committee on Ministerial Exam Testing Day, Thirgood CME Church, Birmingham

July 10-12   SE Alabama Region Annual Conference, The Hotel at Auburn University, Auburn, AL
July 14   Concert presenting Conrad Miller, 5 pm, St. James CME Church, 409 Crutchfield Blvd, Jasper, AL
July 17-19   NC Alabama Annual Region Conference, Hotel Capstone, Tuscaloosa, AL
July 18-20   Miles College Alumni Association National Meeting, Atlanta, GA 
July 24-26   Florida Region Annual Conference, Rosen Plaza Hotel, Orlando, FL
July 31- August 3   Birmingham Region Annual Conference, Sheraton Hotel, Birmingham, AL 




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The June newsletter listed Ebonee Horn, Miles College (Valedictorian) as a member of Acklin Chapel CME Church, Gurley.  She is actually a member of Athens CME Church in Gadsden.  My apologies!






The deadlines for hotel reservations and pre-registration have passed.  If you have not mailed in your pre-registration to the Episcopal Office, DO NOT MAIL IT.  Bring it to the conference for ON-SITE registration.  A few of our hotels have rooms available on a first-come, first-served basis!


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Pastors, Delegates, Visitors and ALL CHILDREN AND YOUTH are asked to pre-register.   



There will be separate Christian Education sessions for children and youth at all the Annual Conferences. 


The Florida Region Children and Youth Conference will be during annual conference July 24-26 at the Conference Hotel.  The Florida Young Adult Retreat will be on the Fri-Sat, July 26th-27th, following the Annual Conference.  


The Alabama Regions will have their Children, Youth and Young Adult Conference on August 9-10 at Shocco Springs Retreat Center, Talladega, Alabama.


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Pastoral Concerns




Rev. Glen Jones, pastor of the Star of Bethlehem CME Church made his transition on June 22nd.  His funeral was held on June 21st at Bass Tabernacle CME Church.  Please keep his wife, Doris, and son Glen Jr. and the Star of Bethlehem church family in prayer.


Rev. Steven Knighting (Clergy in Residence, Moody Temple, Fairfield) lost his mother, Mrs Mary Knighting.


Rev. Horace Willis (Pastor, Freeman Chapel, Lafayette), lost his father.


Rev. Mildred Watson (Pastor, Smith Tabernacle, Anniston) lost her sister.


Prayers Needed for those who are Sick, Hospitalized or Recovering


Rev. Gloria Gregory (in hospital)

Rev. James Carlisle (at home)

Rev. Bernice Coar-Sterling (at home)

Rev. Gregory Woods (in hospital)

Rev. Timothy Yearwood (at home)

Rev. Joyce Peeples (at her mother's home)

Rev. Willie Cunningham (at home)

Rev. Maurice Gilmore (at home)


Family members of Pastors and Ministers

Marvin McMillion, husband of Rev. Teresa McMillion

Robyn Darville, wife of Rev. Errol Darville

Veola Offer, Mother of Rev. Brenda Williams

Son of Rev. Carolyn Cole

Son of Minister Debra Jackson 

Husband of Minister Debbie Smith






The daughter of Rev. Deborah Pace (pastor, Lane Chapel, Talledega) lost everything in a recent fire.  She has six children who need clothing, toys or other donations.  The girls are SIZE 4 and 12.  The boys are SIZE 2, 3, 5, and 8.  Contributions can be sent directly to Rev. Pace or delivered through Presiding Elder Frederick Braddock.





Kenneth Smith Award


Rev. Kenneth W. Smith, pastor of the Mt. Ararat CME Church, Alexandria, AL received the 2013 Life Inspiration Award from the American Cancer Society last month. Bishop Snorton, Presiding Elder Lilly Rainey, members of Mt. Ararat and Rev. Smith's family were present for the dinner and awards ceremony!