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WELCOME TO THE SECOND DISTRICT

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

Pittsburgh, PA & Fairmount, WV



Greetings in the wonderful name of Jesus! October has been an exciting time for me in that I was blessed and encouraged as I traveled across the breadth and length of the Second Episcopal District for the Fall Gatherings. I am appreciative of the leadership of each of our Presiding Elders, Pastors, Christian Educators, Youth Leaders, and all other persons for everything done by each of you to make the 2016 Fall Gathering Season the success it was. 


Two additional things before leaving the subject of the Fall Gathering Season. I would be remiss if I did not appreciate and acknowledge the work of our Youth Leadership Academy team. Job well done! I am looking forward to the impact the Academy will have on the development of our young people. In addition, I invite each presiding elder, pastor, lay person, youth, and others to begin now making a commitment to attend next year's a Fall Gathering. I am also requesting your assistance with increase the attendance for next year to 850, which would represent an increase of 230 persons over this year's attendance. This will represent an increase of 230 persons over this year's total attendance (Louisville- Lexington {96}; Evansville-Hopkinsville {70}; Cleveland-Pittsburgh {104}; and Cincinnati Dayton and Indiana {350}). It is my hope that we will begin now making plans to double our attendance in the fall of 2017. 

As you know, we are in the home stretch of the 2016 Elections. November 8th is upon us. I cannot say it any louder nor can I overstate the importance of this election season. Therefore, I am using this communication to encourage each of you to vote before or on November 8th. I voted early. I encourage as many of you as can to vote early. Whether you vote early or on November 8th, the crucial thing is that you vote. My friends, too much 
 is at stake for us to sit home and not actively participate in this civic and sacred responsibility. I agree with the statement I found in a paper put out by The League of Women Voters-"Why Vote? Democracy is not a spectator sport. “Too many lives were lost and too much blood was shed and the moment is too important for us to sit this one out. In the words of James Brown, "please, please,” VOTE! 


Thank you for your attention and response to this communication. Until we are in touch again, I pray the blessings of God upon each of you and that God would grant you grace and strength for the journey forward. 


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