Bishop Teresa Snorton
By Richard Lee
Contributing Religion Writer
Bishop Teresa Snorton, the first female bishop of the Christian Methodist Episcopal (C.M.E.) Church and presiding prelate of the 5th Episcopal District, will be the guest preacher on Communion Sunday, August 21, when Bishop James B. Walker convenes the Southern California Region Annual Conference of the 9th Episcopal District.
Phillips Temple C.M.E. Church, located at 971 East 43rd Street, is the conference site. Communion Service begins at 7 p.m. Three days of powerful praise and worship, thorough training, celebration and sessions dedicated to the work of the church will end on Wednesday, August 24.
Bishop Snorton is the 59th elected bishop in the C.M.E. Church. The Episcopal District she oversees covers four regions in Florida and Alabama. Previously, she was assigned to the new Eleventh Episcopal District, which includes eleven countries in Central, Southern and East Africa.
“We are truly delighted to host this year’s annual conference,” said the Rev. Harlan K. Jones, host pastor. “On behalf of Bishop Walker, we invite all of Los Angeles to share with us in worship and to discover our great church and its mission in Southern California.”
Rev. Dr. James Washington of Phillips Temple C.M.E. Church in Dayton, OH, will teach a session on ‘Healthy Churches and the Great Commission’ on Monday. “Morning devotionals, Lay Ministry and Ministry to Men observances, Ordination Service, Missionary Service featuring the Missionary March, the Christian Education Hour and Commissioning Services, are highlights of this year’s conference,” said Rev. Jones. “We expect to close out on Wednesday afternoon at 2 p.m.”
“With ministries extending from Santa Barbara to San Diego and Los Angeles to Las Vegas, the Southern California Region embodies the theme of the C.M.E Church, we are an essential Church, poised for 21st century ministry,” he added.
Phillips Temple offers weekly Sunday morning worship services at 8 and 10 a.m. “Ministries that address the needs of our community include Wednesday Bible Study at noon and 7 p.m., Sunday school at 9 a.m., Feeding Ministries on Wednesday, and outreach to children, youth, young adults, the ‘young at heart’ and seniors,” said Rev. Jones.