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Bishop Marvin Frank Thomas, Sr. and the Presiding Elders of the Second Episcopal District. From left to right:

Presiding Elder Bruce Gibson (Cleveland-Pittsburgh District), Presiding Elder Martha Granger (Evansville-Hopkinsville District), Bishop Thomas, Presiding Elder Vincent Farris (Louisville-Lexington District), and Presiding Elder Tracy Jackson (Cincinnati-Dayton-Indianapolis District).

The mission of the CME Church in the Second Episcopal District is to form Christian disciples through the systematic training and development of CME clergy and laity. Empowered by the Holy Spirit, CME disciples will preach and teach the word of Christ, nurture spiritual growth and stewardship, and witness and organize for systematic and social change in our communities. Our quadrennial theme is "The Investment Factor: A Changed People Changing the World."

Bishop Marvin Frank Thomas, Sr., Presiding Prelate

Our District Encompasses

Ohio & Central Indiana Annual Conference

Cincinnati-Dayton-Indianapolis District
Cleveland-Pittsburgh District

Kentucky Annual Conference

Louisville-Lexington District
Evansville-Hopkinsville District

July 29, 2017

The Official Closing Worship Service of

Johnson Chapel CME Church - Glasgow, KY

The members of Johnson Chapel Church of Glasgow have requested permission to officially close its doors effective July 31, 2017. The Kentucky Region Trustees will make the recommendation to the Annual Conference regarding this request. However, in anticipation of the decision of the Annual Conference, I am inviting all who can and will, to join me as we celebrate the witness of this historic congregation on Saturday, July 29, 2017, 11:00 AM with the Closing Worship Service.

August 11-12, 2017

The 2017 Church Renewal & Growth Consultation

Womack Temple, Indianapolis, IN

Reverend Henry Peterson, Sr., Host Pastor

4401 N. Carrollton Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46205

The presenters for this year’s consultation will be the Reverend Jimmy Washington (Phillips Temple CME Church, Trotwood, OH), Mr. Jim Field (Chicago Coalition for the Homeless, Chicago, IL), Reverend Dr. Brian Thompson (Simon Temple AME Zion Church, Fayetteville, NC), Reverend Lisa Balboa (Freeman Chapel CME Church, Hopkinsville, KY), and Presiding Elder Tracy L. Jackson. Additional information will be available at the Annual Conferences.

August 19-25, 2017

CME National Lay Institute & Unity Summit, Atlanta Ga

The Fall Gathering

Consult the Annual Conference Program for the date and site for your district

Presiding Elders & Districts

Funeral arrangements for Carol Ann Arnold

Sister of Rev. Erline Williams

Public viewing: Thursday, July 27, 2-7 PM

HM Martin Funeral Home

3856 E. 131st St., Cleveland OH 44120

Friday, July 28, Viewing 10:30 AM | Services 11:00 AM 

HM Martin Funeral Home

Expressions may be sent to

Rev Erline Williams

3464 E. 104th Street

Cleveland OH 44104

Funeral arrangements for Harmony Seletha Williams (4 days old)

Daughter of Rev. Arthur Williams, Jr. and Monique Frisby Williams 

Visitation with the family: Wednesday, August 9th at 6:30pm

Funeral Service: Wednesday, August 9th at 7pm

All services will be held at the Phillips Memorial CME Church

421 Corral Street, Lexington, KY 40508

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to

Rev. Arthur & Monique Williams

808 Tennessee Street, Paducah, KY 42003

 Greetings & Salutations:

It is with great joy that I greet each of you in the name of the Risen Christ. I am always thankful to God for the wonderful gift He has blessed me with my beloved Second Episcopal District family. It is my prayer that God will continue to bless the Second Episcopal District. As I was preparing this communication, I realized that we have been on this journey together for three wonderful years. You should know that my commitment, love, and excitement for you remain at the highest level possible ("I only got eyes for you!").

As we move into the 2017 Annual Conference season, I remain encouraged for our journey forward. I am looking forward to our time together when gather for the Annual Conferences of the Second Episcopal District, namely, Kentucky and Ohio Central Indiana Regions. I am praying for a mighty move of God as we gather in Louisville and Trotwood in the coming weeks. Let me take this opportunity to thank our presiding elders, pastors, and congregations for the reports you have made thus far. I must admit, I am concerned about our ability to finish well. If we are to finish well, it will require that all hands are on deck. Let's finish well!

The Second Episcopal District/Connectional Outreach Ministry with the Homeless: I am grateful to the College of Bishops and the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church family for joining us in the Connectional Outreach Ministry with the Homeless on April 29th. I am not sure of total numbers from across the Connection, but according to the presiding elder’s reports, the Second Episcopal District shared in ministry with more than 3,500 homeless persons during the Connectional Outreach efforts. However, one thing of concern for me is that over half of the numbers reported for our district came from the Cincinnati Dayton Indianapolis District. Please remember that outreach ministry is very important to our ministry as the Second Episcopal District. Let us plan now to increase our numbers to 5,000 next year.

The 2017 Spring Gathering 

I want to take this opportunity to thank Pastor and Sister Nicholas Betts and the officers and members of the Phillips Temple Church, Toledo, for the excellent job serving as our hosts. I am grateful to those who attended. By all accounts, it was an inspiring and informative Gathering. I am grateful to each of you for whatever you did to make the Gathering the success it was. Our special guest, Dr. John Eason, expresses his profound gratitude to all for receiving him and his message. He is scheduled to be with us again in 2018. We were also blessed and encouraged by the presentation by Reverend Michael Hawthorne on the app he and his team are developing called Halo. We are excited to be a part of its forthcoming launch.

The CME Churches Senior Ministry Coalitions 

One of my goals as presiding bishop is to establish at least ten (10) Senior Ministry Coalitions throughout the Second Episcopal District by the Spring of 2018. Currently, we have been able to establish two, they are in Cincinnati and Indianapolis. However, Louisville, Hopkinsville, Dayton, Cleveland, and the Lexington are among the anticipated future sites. By way of an announcement: The Cincinnati CME Churches Senior Ministry Coalition is hosting an Honor’s Celebration Luncheon on June 24, 2017 at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Cincinnati. The highlight of this luncheon will be the recognition, honor, and celebration of all senior members of the local congregations who are 80 years of age and older. I am looking forward to being present and presenting each of these seniors with expressions of appreciation.

The Youth Leadership Development Academy

Research is showing that by the year 2020, more than 82 million people living in the United States will be members of what is labeled Generation Z. These are the persons born between the years of 2001 to 2020. Among the characteristics of this generation is their active participation in church. This news serves as a source of hope and opportunity for the church to develop ministries that are appealing and attractive to this generation. I urge every congregation to take a long hard look at your children and youth ministries to make sure that they are designed with young people in mind. One of the ways I believe we can reach these young people is through the Youth Leadership Development Academy. Each district is represented on the Steering/Planning Committee, whose purpose is to give directions to the activities of the Academy. Please let us be intentional in making sure that children and youth are present at the Annual Conference, Fall Gathering, and Leadership Training School. We must also be sure that we are prepared for their presence and participation.

Consult the Annual Conference Program for the date and site for your district.

Closing ThoughtS:

I will end as I began, by restating how excited and blessed I am to be partners in ministry with the faithful, committed, and dedicated presiding elders, pastors, and lay persons of the Second Episcopal District of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church. Thank you for everything you have done, continue to do, and will do in the future to make our district strong and striving. I know that we are not where we desire to be, but by God's grace, we are not where we used to be. When I think of our journey forward, I think these words from the pen of the Apostle Paul to the Church at Philippi speak to us; “being confident of this, that he who has begun a good work in you[us] will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus."(Philippians 1:6-NIV). Peace and blessings to each of you!

 ~Bishop Marvin Frank Thomas, Sr.~