"The Connecting Point"
"We Are A Connectional Church - Let's Stay Connected - Together We Can"

To:       9th Episcopal Regions
Fr:       Southern California Annual Conference CIT Representative
Sbj:     CME's On Line

Alaska Pacific, Arizona New Mexico,
Oklahoma Muskogee, Northern California, Southern California Regions

Vol. 1 - No. 27
April 18, 2004


The Women's Missionary Council website has been updated to include President Hamb's Report and Message to the Executive Board (in PDF and Movie formats), and pictures. Additional reports, information and pictures from Executive Board 2004 are also being updated.


                            Copies of "The Ninth Episcopal Connection" are available on line.




              (To reach any of the links listed, cut & paste the addresses in your browser and click go)

To place any information on this list please email Toni Jackson-Williams at tonispeaks@aol.com.  Deadline dates are the 15th and 30th of each month.

If you find any errors or deletions in the dates/information contained herein, please do not hesitate to contact me with corrections and/or updates.
1. Regional Information Events & Meeting Dates
2. Episcopal Information - 2004
3. Episcopal Calendar - 2004
4. Request for your help to expand The Connecting Point

1. Regional Information Events & Meeting Dates


>Monday, April 19 - April 21 7:00p- Amos Memorial CME Church, 2445 Washington Blvd, Los Angeles invites you to share in their 2004 Spring Revival.  The theme is "The Power of Effective Prayer" and the revivalist will be the dynamic and anointed preacher, Rev. Dr. Jerome McNeil, pastor of Christian Chapel CME Temple of Faith in Dallas, TX. The Circle of Faith Prayer Ministry is sponsoring this event and will host a special workshop on developing an effective prayer life and ministry in the local church at 6:00p each night.  For further information contact the church at (323)732-8194


>April 30 - May 1 - Christian Ministries Training Association/Glass Convention
hosts its 52nd Training Session for churches in Pasadena, CA.  Who should attend? Directors of Christian Education, Children's, Youth and Adult Workers, Supt. of Sunday Schools, Directors of Vacation Bible School, Pastors and Teachers.  There is something in this training session for EVERYONE! There will be hundred of workshops and exhibitions. Come and spend 2 full days learning!  For more information go to www.cmtaconvention.org



>Saturday, May 1, 2004 9:00a - 2:00p Phillips Temple CME Church 973 E. 43rd, Los Angeles. Training will be focused on the Stewards, Stewardess and Trustees. Every church member should understand the workings of the entire church. These classes are designed for each member of the local church. Registration $10


Change of Date

 >Saturday, May 15, 2004 - 10:00a - 1:00p -  LASD District Board of Christian Education Training Workshop An in-depth training session for all members of the Los Angeles San Diego District Boards of Christian Education will be held at Harper Chapel CME Church, 12217 Rosecrans, Norwalk. Agenda items will include: Structure of the Board, Job Descriptions and function of officers and department heads. The $10 registration fee which will cover continental breakfast and lunch. RSVP by May 10 to Toni at (909) 686-3316 or email: tonispeaks@aol.com.


>Saturday, May 22, 2004 9:00a - 1:00p - Home Buyers Seminar

The Trustee Board of Grace Community CME Church located at 6825 So. Crenshaw Blvd., Los Angeles, will host a seminar given by Washington Mutual Bank with the following topics for discussion: Becoming a 1st Time Home Buyer, The Learning Process, Using your Credit Wisely & The Basics of Investing - Admission is free.


>Saturday,  May 22  - May 25 7:00p - The Beebe Memorial Cathedral, 3900 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland, CA  announces the Worship and Revival services featuring EMI Gospel recording artist Smokie Norful in concert and Evangelist Dr. Jerome McNeil in a 3 day Revival beginning on Sunday morning at 11 am, Monday, May 24 at 7 pm and Tuesday, May 25 at 7 pm. 


The #1 Gospel recording artist Smokie Norful arrives alive and on fire at the Beebe Memorial Cathedral on Saturday night May 22, at 7:00 pm.  Minister Sheila Robinson will host the Smokie Norful concert and it will have special appearances by Derrick Hall and friends along with Grady Harris and friends.


Dr. Jerome McNeil, Jr. is the Pastor of Christian Chapel CME Temple of Faith Church in Dallas, Texas, a church with over 90 ministries.  As pastor of this historical church, Dr. McNeil has a special focus on equipping churches for 21st century ministries through the worship experience, Leadership Training, team building, and the centrality of prayer, which releases and engages the power, presence, and gifts of the Holy Spirit.  Pastor's McNeil's cutting edge ministry has remained relevant and focused upon a 21st Century practice with 1st Century principles.


 Advance general admission tickets to the Smokie Norful concert will be available for $25 donation at: Reids Records in Berkeley - 510-843-7282 - Nu Revelations Records in Oakland 510-632-1670, Western Christian Bookstores in Hayward - 510-881-8411- Western Christian Bookstores in Oakland - 510-832-2040, Beebe Memorial Cathedral in Oakland - 510-655-6114. All tickets sold at the Beebe Memorial Cathedral door the night of the event will be a $30 donation.


>Southern California Annual Conference Musical Rehearsal Schedule

Each rehearsal time is 7:00 pm- All rehearsals will be at Lewis Metropolitan except the 2 that are noted **

Any person wishing to participate MUST be in rehearsal prior to June 15.


Thursday, April 22    Phillips Temple**  

Tuesday, April 27; Monday, May 10; Monday, May 24;Monday, June 14; Monday, June 21;

Monday, June 28; Monday, July 5; Monday, July 12; Monday, July 19; Thursday, July 22, Amos Temple**; Monday, July 26; Monday, August 2; Monday, August 9; Monday, August 16 


>Each Sunday thru October 31, 2004 - 6:00p - Youth Hip Hop Worship Service  New Vision CME Church located at 8368 Beech Ave in Fontana, CA 92335 begins this new service for the youth.  It will continue through October 31, 2004. Talent is currently being sought for these events. If your youth group has a Praise Team, Dance Group, Praise Dancers, Rappers, Poets, etc., come out and join in.  Contact the church office at (909) 823-0424 and leave a detailed message giving the Sunday that is convenient for your group, the telephone number of your church, your contact person and a member of your youth department.  Please leave this message for Stephania Caldwell.


>The Healthy Share Program -  Healthy Food, Healthy Communities, Healthy Savings - We can save you up to 50% or more on groceries. For more information, contact New Vision CME Church Fontana, CA at (909) 823-0424.

>May 18, 2004 - 4:00p -
Annual Men and Women's Day - Greater Phillips CME, Compton will celebrate their Annual Men and Women's Day.  Special guest preacher for the event will be Pastor Julio Andujo of Amos Temple, Riverside.

>June 7 - 11, 2004 - It's Alaska Time Again!! The Quadrennial Annual Conference time is fast approaching. We will venture back to Anchorage, Alaska the Land of the Midnight Sun.  Bishop Williamson is inviting each of you to join him in this historical return to the Alaska Pacific Annual Conference and Leadership Institute.  A tour of Anchorage will be held on Friday, June 11.  !!You don't want to miss the Glaciers!!  Hotel Reservations must be made by April 15. Contact the 9th Episcopal office (323) 294-3830 for reservations and further information. Rev. Everett has assured me that he and his committee are ready to receive each and every one to this historical return to Alaska.  GREAT SHOPPING ALSO!  Click on the link below for details.


2.   Episcopal Information - 2004

>No Leadership Training School in 2004 -
Bishop Williamson announced that we will concentrate on sending Youth and Young Adults to the National Conference to be held in Greensboro, NC and we will have Leadership Training during each of our Annual Conferences. Bishop Williamson also strongly suggested that all youth and young adults to be considered for the YYAC be active in the local church and that all delegates are sent on a 3 - 1 ratio.   Three youth/young adults in a room with one Adult chaperone.

>April 23 - 24 -        Ministers' Spouses Retreat (Oklahoma Muskogee)
>May 1 - 4 -           
College of Bishops, Memphis, TN
>May 4 - 6 -           
General Board Meeting, Memphis, TN

>July 5 - 9 -            Living Water -
Youth and Young Adult Conference, Sheraton Four Seasons Hotel, Greensboro, NC. Pastors, Youth Workers, Christian Educators, Chaperones: Be prepared for CYAAC 2004.  Purchase your Pre-Conference & Connectional Youth and Young Adult Resource kit now.  Conference kits are available now at a cost of $35 each through the Department of Christian Education, 4466 Elvis Presley Blvd, Box 193, Memphis, TN 38116.
3.   Episcopal Calendar - 2004

Oregon-Washington District Conference

March 11-13, 2004

Texas College Day

March 14, 2004

Tulsa District Conference

March 18-20, 2004

Alaska District Conference

April 2-3, 2004

Marian Scipio Vespers Service

April 4, 2004


April 16, 2004

Ministers'/Spouses Retreat (OK/MU)

April 23-24, 2004

Ministers'/Spouses Retreat (Northern & Southern California


Lane College Day

April 25, 2004

Ministers' Spouses Scholarship Fund Day

April 25, 2004

College of Bishops, Memphis, TN

May 1-4, 2004

Genera Connection Board Meeting, Memphis, TN

May 4-6, 2004

Baccalaureate Service for Northern California Region

June 6, 2004

Alaska-Pacific Annual Conference/Anchorage, AL

June 7-11, 2004

Baccalaureate Service for Southern California Region

June 13, 2004

Arizona-New Mexico Annual Conference/Albuquerque, NM

June 21-25, 2004

National Youth & Young Adult Conference, Greensboro, NC

July 5-9, 2004

Oklahoma-Muskogee Annual Conference, Tulsa, OK

July 19-23, 2004

Mrs. Doris Y. Williamson's Birthday

July 29, 2004

Southeast Missouri, Illinois Conference / Chicago, IL

August 9-13, 2004

Northern California Annual Conference / Richmond, CA

August 16-20, 2004

Southern California Annual Conference / Riverside, CA

August 23-27, 2004

CME Convocation - Birmingham, AL

September 28-October 1, 2004

National Lay Day

October 11, 2004

One Church, One School

October 21-22, 2004

Arizona-New Mexico Mid Winter Council

November 4-5, 2004

Oklahoma-Muskogee Mid-Winter Council

November 18-19, 2004

Bishop Henry M. Williamson's Birthday

November 22, 2004

Alaska-Pacific Mid-Winter Council

December 2-3, 2004

Northern & Southern California Mid-Winter Council

December 9-10, 2004

134th Anniversary of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church

December 16, 2004

Bishop and Mrs. Williamson's 31st Wedding Anniversary

December 22, 2004

4. Request for your help

The Connecting Point is constantly trying to improve and grow in numbers. And we are growing by leaps and bounds thanks to those of you who receive our newsletter. Each of you can continue to help by forwarding this to any CME friends or acquaintances so that they can see what is going on in our local churches. Our aim is to have at least a minimum of 4 persons in each church that receives the information.   We especially are in need of emails from Arizona New Mexico, Alaska Pacific and Oklahoma Muskogee Regions. Of course, we prefer to have everyone that has access to a computer to receive their own copy. We also need every Region to forward their information 2 weeks in advance to get into print. Send to: tonispeaks@aol.com

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