Fifth Episcopal District, CME Church Newsletter
Bishop Teresa E. Snorton
Presiding Bishop
 January 2014

"FAITH AND FITNESS"

 

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT 

THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT

 

Not sure about your options and the requirements for health insurance under the new Affordable Care Act?  Here are some resources:

 

In Alabama, a local contact for information is Mr. Roderick Royal, 205-381-8828. He is available to make presentations at your church.

 

The CME Church Health Plan Information can be found at www.cmehealth.com (an AFLAC plan).  Persons under 65 can also call 877-517-8900 for information.  Those over 65 can call 877-936-2991 for information on the Senior Choice plan.

 

Other options:

 

Website: 

https://localhelp.healthcare.gov - Enter your zip code and find local in-person assistance sources.

 

Call 800-318-2596 - First create a user account on healthcare.gov, then call the number and a live operator will walk you through the process.  They speak over 150 languages and are available 24/7.

 

Email eridgnal@enrollamerica.org  or call 202-779-3253 and let them know you and your church are a part of the African-American church initiative to assist people in enrolling. Get additional information on the process as well as on how to have your church trained to assist others in enrolling.

 

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR OWN 

DR. BARBARA BOYD

 

Dr. Barbara Boyd, a member of Murray Temple CME Church in Anniston, AL has recently received two awards.

 

The Mobile County Democratic Conference an affiliate of the Alabama Democratic Conference presented the Isom Clemon award to Rep. Barbara Bigsby Boyd in Mobile, Alabama in recognition of Leadership in the Alabama House of Representatives. Rep. Boyd represents House District 32 which is part of Calhoun and Talladega Counties.

 

The National Black Caucus  of State Legislators presented the 2013 Legislator of the Year Award to Rep. Barbara Bigsby Boyd at the David S. Holmes  and David P. Richardson. Jr. Nation Builder Awards Ceremony in Memphis Tennessee on December 13, 2013. Rep. Boyd represents House District 32 which is part of Calhoun and Talladega Counties.

 

 

THE ACADEMY FOR PASTORAL THEOLOGY FALL SEMESTER

 

Enroll NOW! 

SPRING 2014 TERM

 

Classes are in Birmingham, Huntsville, Opelika, Chathom, and by conference call in Florida.

  

January

Theology and the Gospels

 

February

Pastoral Leadership & Ethics

 

March

Meaningful Worship

 

For more information or to enroll, call 205-929-1153 or email glowan4@bellsouth.net.

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Happy New Year!

 

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.  (2 Corinthians 5:17)

 

Another year has come to an end and a new one has begun!  Except for the celebrations, special services and special meals of black-eyed peas and greens, in reality, very little was different between the last day of the old year and the first days of the new year!

 

In spite of our efforts to declare the "newness" of the year, many of us deep down feel as if nothing has changed.  We have the same old problems, the same old job, the same old bills, the same old car, the same old spouse, the same old children, the same old sickness, the same old (you fill in the blank)......We are still dealing with the same concerns and challenges in the new year that we faced in the old year!

 

But the word from 2 Corinthians reminds us that there is a way to transcend the "old" things of life...surrender them and ourselves to Christ.  For in Christ, renewal and revival are possible.  Externally, things may look like the same old stuff, but internally, Christ can give new life, new hope to all. So, instead of expecting anything to look different from the outside, look inward and ask Jesus to give you something new for the year ahead - new joy, new peace, new love, new mercy, new grace, new forgiveness, new patience,  new spirit -- everything we need to have a Happy New Year! 

 

Don't forget,

January 31st is the deadline for all resolutions for the 2014 General Conference! 

Click here for instructions to submit resolutions

 

 

CALENDAR OF EVENTS 

 

January 10-13 

College of Bishops Meeting, Sheraton Gateway Hotel, Atlanta, GA

 

January 13-16   

Phillips School of Theology Pastor's Conference and Founder's Day Celebration, Sheraton Gateway Hotel, Atlanta, GA

 

Saturday, January 18 at 3 pm 

Family and Friends Day of Celebration, Mt . Zion CME Church, Avon Park, FL

 

January 26-February 1

Connectional Youth and Young Adult Week

 

February 1       

Florida Region Christian Education Event, Grays Temple, West Palm Beach, FL

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SAVE THE DATE!!!
Phenomenal Women's Summit
August 28-30, 2014
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PASTORAL CONCERNS

 

Bereavement

 

Rev. Charles Dale's (retired, Huntsville District) 27 year old son, Brioni Jamaal Rutland, was murdered at the end of November.

 

Rev. Morris Lewis (St. Luke, Oakbowery, AL) lost his mother, Mrs. Frances Moore on December 18th.

 

Rev William Drummond (Coger Hill, Daviston, AL) lost his mother, Mrs. Eleanor Dixon of Greenville, SC on December 26th.

 

The Pipes, Malone and Mastin Families (Frazier CME Church , Athens, AL) continue to mourn the loss of Minister Clifford Mastin and Brother James Pipes in a car accident last month.

 

Rev. James Wilson (Greater St. Paul, Akron, AL) lost his brother-in-law.

 

Prayers Needed 

 

Doris Pitts (former Missionary President, Jacksonville-Orlando District) is continuing to recover from a kidney transplant.  Her granddaughter, Rev. Ericka Dunbar, was her donor. 

 

Rev. Janice Smith (Taylor Chapel,  Pritchard, AL) is recuperating from surgery.

 

Rev. Deborah Pace (Lane Chapel, Waldo, AL) continues to recuperate at home from a stroke and chemotherapy.

 

Rev. Dr. Willie Owens (Acklin Chapel, Gurley, AL ) is in rehab following back surgery.

 

Rev. Gregory Woods (Huntsville District) continues to need prayer for strength and healing.

 

Rev. Walter Elliott (Huntsville District) is recovering from a fall.

 

Rev. Annie Miles (Tuscaloosa District) is recovering from surgery.

 

Rev. Eddie Lewis (retired, Anniston District) is recovering from surgery.

 

 

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Mailing Address:

P. O. Box 13383

Birmingham, AL 35202

 

Office Location:

4901 Lloyd Noland Parkway

Fairfield, AL 35164

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