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

50 Years Forward....

Then What?



During the past several weeks, I have attended numerous events that are a part of Birmingham's 50 Years Forward Commemoration of the civil rights events of 1963.  Without a doubt, those very events changed America forever and improved the lives of African-Americans.  We applaud and extend gratitude to the countless men, women and children who courageously challenged injustice, segregation and Jim Crow.  We are indebted to them for their sacrifices and their sufferings.


I have heard some people comment that the 50 Years Forward commemoration is unnecessary. "Why bring up all those painful memories and images?"  The answer can be found in part in the words of scripture in Deuteronomy 6: 1-15 below.  There the Word is clear on the importance of our history.  So, let us not get wrapped up in our progress nor in our shame or pain.  Let us tell the story to our children and their children, so that we may never forget that the Lord has brought us from a mighty long way!


These are the commands, decrees and laws the Lord your God directed me to teach you to observe in the land that you are crossing the Jordan to possess, 2 so that you, your children and their children after them may fear the Lord your God as long as you live by keeping all his decrees and commands that I give you, and so that you may enjoy long life. 3 Hear, Israel, and be careful to obey so that it may go well with you and that you may increase greatly in a land flowing with milk and honey ,just as the Lord, the God of your ancestors, promised you.


4 Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.[a] 5 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 6 These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. 7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.8 Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. 9 Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.


10 When the Lord your God brings you into the land he swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, to give you-a land with large, flourishing cities you did not build, 11 houses filled with all kinds of good things you did not provide, wells you did not dig, and vineyards and olive groves you did not plant-then when you eat and are satisfied, 12 be careful that you do not forget the Lord, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. 



"Faith and Fitness"


Health Tip of the Month by Dr. Linda Forte'





Did you know that eating an apple can be just as effective as drinking a cup of coffee to get extra energy when needed, only healthier.  The apple has long been known as a super fruit because of the many ways it bolsters one's health, but not much has been written about how it can provide the same energy as a cup of coffee.  


Apples contain high levels of phytonutrients, which are antioxidants that give apple skins their color.  Caffeine contains chemical compounds that quickly boost your energy level.  It makes you more alert and stimulates the central nervous system, but provides no caloric energy which, without eating food, will quickly lead to a low blood sugar.  


Apples have natural sugars that are broken down slowly, allowing the body more time to react, causing less stress, leaving you feeling fuller and more satisfied longer and thus, providing a sustained energy level that cannot be obtained from drinking coffee.


Dr. Linda Forte' is a Professor in the Department of Nursing at Stillman College in Tuscaloosa Alabama.



 The Bishop's Blog 


I'm back in the game!  Wonderful walking at the Hewitt-Trussville High School track near the Episcopal Residence!





Alabama Regions

1st Place - Greater St Paul, Akron, AL

2nd Place - Mt. Zion, Smiths Station, AL


Florida Region

1st Place - Mt. Pleasant, Quincy, FL


Thanks to everyone who planted a garden this year!  Looking forward to next year!

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2013 Unity Summit Program


Churches, pastors and individuals can place ads and greetings for their church, business or family in the souvenir program book for the upcoming Unity Summit.  The deadline for submission is Thursday, September 5th.  Email ads to Rev. Dr. Tyrone T. Davis, Unity Summit Coordinator, at with a copy to  Ads are $1000 for a full page, $600 for a half page, and $350 for a quarter page.  Mail payments to Sixth Episcopal District, CME Church, 3915 Cascade Rd, SW, Suite 355, Atlanta, GA 30331. Each episcopal district has been asked to obtain $10,000 in ads.  The Fifth District needs additional ads to make this goal!


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Thank you for your support of the Phenomenal Women's Summit.  It was PHENOMENAL!  Visit our blog with videos and pictures at . We still have a few T-shirts ($10), Cups ($3) and Pens ($2) to sell.  Call the office at 205-929-1145.  Mailing costs will be added to orders not picked up.


Don't Miss the Play 

"The Four Little Golden Girls"


The original play, "The Four Little Golden Girls", starring Tony Award winner singer, Melba Moore, had its opening performance on Friday, August 30th to a sold-out audience at the BJCC Theatre as a part of the Phenomenal Women's Summit.  Additional performances will be Friday, September 7th (10 am and 7 pm) and Saturday, September 8th (2 pm and 7 pm).  Tickets are available at the BJCC Ticket Office or from Ticketmaster.

Four Little Golden Girls Play



Save the DATE - NOVEMBER 10, 2013 - I DECIDE TO STOP DIABETES DAY!  Watch future newsletters for more information and resource material.





In accordance with Section 206 of the CME Book of Discipline, the College of Bishops has appointed the Committee on Resolutions for the 2014 General Conference.


All resolutions, memorials, and other materials contemplated for presentation the 2014 General Conference shall be sent to the Fifth District Committee member on or before January 31, 2014. 


Mr. James Blackman

2305 Bullen St

Mobile, AL36617


1) Resolutions should be submitted in writing.

a) Hard copies given to or mailed to the Episcopal District Representative should be typed in   12 point font, only on one side of the paper.  Multiple pages should be stapled together.

b) Resolutions submitted via email should be sent as an attachment in Word document format.

c) The submitter of the resolution must type his/her name, address, telephone, email and local church information on each page of the resolution.

d) Resolutions submitted on behalf of groups and organizations should clearly state this information and include one name as the point of contact.

2) All resolutions requiring changes in the wording and/or legal meanings of the provisions in the Discipline shall state the paragraph, section, page and language to be changed and the language to be substituted.

3) Resolutions shall not contain more than three preamble paragraphs.

4) Resolutions not meeting the above requirements will be returned for corrections.  Corrected resolutions must be returned in time to meet the January 31, 2014 deadline.



Pastoral Concerns


5K Walk/Run in Memory of Rev. Glen Jones


Star of Bethlehem CME Church's Sickle Cell 5K Run/Walk to raise Sickle Cell Disease Awareness and honor the life of Rev. Glen Jones, Sr. It will be held September 28 from 4PM-8PM at the Moundville Archaeological Park in Moundville, AL. More information regarding the event can be found online at  Please join in this great event!





Rev. James Wilson (Greater St. Paul, Akron) lost his brother, Hurley Wilson, last month.


Rev. Terry Mallory (Miami-Tampa District) lost his brother, Curtis Mallory, last month.


 Prayers Needed 


Rev. James Allen, Peaceful Valley, Hobe Sound, Fl. is recovering from open heart surgery.


Rev. Tyrone Henderson, Noble Chapel, Birmingham, is recuperating at home.


Rev. Gregory Woods, Huntsville District, is now in rehab after a second surgery. 


Ms. Donna Smith, daughter of Rev. Wilford Monroe (retired, Florida) is recuperating at home.


Rev. Gloria Longstreet, Bishop's Office,  had an outpatient procedure.


Mrs. Steven Hoyt, first lady of West Princeton, Birmingham, AL is recuperating at home.


Mrs. Julia Carter, former Missionary President, North Central Alabama Region, is recuperating at home after surgery.


Larry Wallace, the son of Rev. Debra Wallace (Murchison Temple, Jacksonville) is in the hospital.





Congratulations to Rev. Imogene Jackson-Rose (St. Paul, Gainesville, FL) and Mr. Jimmy Heathington, who were married in August. We wish you the best!



Brandon Braddock will receive the Johnnie Summerville-Hoyt Scholarship given by the Minister's Spouses.  Brandon is the son of Anniston District Presiding Elder Frederick Braddock and Mrs. Sheila Braddock.  He is a 2013 graduate from Alpharetta High School and is a freshman at Valdosta State University in Valdosta, GA. 


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