Let us not forget!
Rev. Dr. William Jones
I cannot believe how short my memory can be! Sitting here at noon, I tried to remember what I had for dinner last night. (I am sorry Jalene, I know it was good!) The reality is that most of us live such busy lives that if something is out sight it is also out of mind. This can also be true of the recent tragedies that have struck Houston, Florida, and Puerto Rico with the hurricanes; the huge earthquake that destroyed a portion of Mexico City were devastating. It seems so long ago. I bring this up to remind our Churches that it is not too late to take an offering or make plans to send a work team to one of these devastated areas. You can send money to the Church of God Disaster Relief Fund earmarked for the location for which you have concern, or you can send money of an inquiry the appropriate State Office. Below are those contact numbers and addresses.
Church of God Disaster Relief: 800-848-2464. Stephen Lewis, SLewis@chog.org
Florida Church of God Ministries: 407-737-7633. Ken Love, email@example.com
Texas General Assembly of the Church of God: 281-487-4283. Tim West, firstname.lastname@example.org
As God’s people let us not forget those who near and far when we pray, give, or serve. Time passes yet people lives are still hurting. Let us be generous.
This year’s General Assembly will be held at the Crowne Plaza Lansing West on November 10th & 11th and your Children’s Ministry Task Force will be there to share. The theme for this year is “One Accord” emphasizing the importance on the local, state, and national level that we work together, because “we do better together.” In conjunction with the GA theme, we will present our special session entitled “One Accord For Our Kids.” Join us as we discuss the importance of working together...for the kids, for the families, for the kingdom. Reggie Joiner, founder and CEO of Orange, stated "When two influences - church and families - work together, they are greater than two influences working alone." For the kids in our churches and community, together is better! We’ll also have a time of Q & A, so if you have something you’d like to discuss or brainstorm about Children’s Ministry bring those questions with you. We all know we can’t go it alone so we are here to help in any way possible. We’re looking forward to catching up with many of you at GA so make sure you stop in and say hello, even if you can’t attend our session. Who knows, there might be fun and prizes too! As always, you can join our Facebook group at CHOG Children’s Ministry Connection. PLUS we have a new way to stay connected…a BRAND NEW email address, which will give you yet another way to keep connected it is: email@example.com. We’re looking forward to seeing you at GA!
Clyde, Sheryl, Becky, and Bill – Children’s Ministry Task Force
What ideas do you have? Join the conversation on our facebook page “CHoG Children's Ministry Connection”
When looking back on this last year, it has gone by very fast for me…
September 2016 was the Fall Prayer Retreat with Madonna Snyder. She left us with many things to think and pray about.
The next few months went by quickly without any scheduled activities. But, there were planning meetings to attend.
April was our State CWC Convention which was held at the Holiday Inn, Midland. Our speaker, Reverend Carol Ligons, gave us food for our spiritual growth and our theme was “Roots”.
I am pleased to represent the CWC at the State Board Meetings. It is a growing and learning experience.
In June and July I worked at checking each contact in our state CWC directory and making sure the information was correct. I was able to send out the newly printed directories in August.
In July I attended the 125th Warner Camp meeting. Jim Lyon was the speaker. I was delighted to attend the ladies’ annual luncheon. Becky Crisp did a wonderful job sharing about hospitality.
St. Louis Camp meeting in August is when the CWC has their semi-annual Board of Directors and State Board meetings. We also enjoyed our annual auction! The auction generated $1,320 to be shared with general fund and new flooring in the WCG cottage at St. Louis campgrounds.
Now beginning my second year, I am looking forward to Church of God Women’s Convention in Daytona Beach.
I’m sure you are thinking Christ Birthday is not until December. Yes, that is right. But, it will be here quickly! Pastors and CWC leaders should have gotten the material for this year. I would like to thank all the pastors who encourage and support Christ Birthday Offering. Did you know this is the largest offering of the Church of God? In your material you will find all the great places this money is used. Also, another important part of this event is the Day of Prayer. This scheduled prayer vigil goes around the world for the entire month of December. Check this out so your church can be a part of this amazing worldwide outreach.
I would like to extend appreciation to those pastors that use the advent material for Christ Birthday. I would also like to encourage any who are unaware of this opportunity to please look this material over. There is lots of help and information for you and your church to use even during your worship and message time.
I am looking forward to April 27 and 28, 2018 which is our State Convention. Again it will be at the Holiday Inn, Midland. We are very pleased to have Mary Stephens, the CWC National Ministry Coordinator, as our speaker. I’m sure she will challenge us in many and new ways. See you in Midland April 27 and 28, 2018.
Connie Mashue, Michigan State CWC President
The State Youth Winter Retreat is changing locations this year and will be held at the beautiful Timber Wolf Lake Camp at Lake City, January 19-21, 2018. We will have awesome facilities for worship, recreation, lodging and dining.
All meals at Timber Wolf are served family-style and the dining hall large enough to host our entire group at one time. Young Life camps strongly emphasize serving one another, so we are required to provide kitchen work crew to help their staff with preparing and serving meals. These are adults in addition to counselors that come to be with the students. Kitchen crew stay at NO charge and the facilities where these adults stay are wonderful! Helping in this capacity allows adults the opportunity to see what happens at a winter retreat, but not be a one-on-one counselor, but serve the church in a wonderful way.
Would you like to help? The State Youth Ministry is offering this opportunity to individuals, Bible Study groups, etc., even if your youth are not attending this retreat. What a wonderful way to serve the youth of our Michigan Church of God congregations. You would be blessed, meet some wonderful people, and have fun for a weekend!
Who is Work Crew?
- Work Crew serve as volunteers who work directly with the Timber Wolf Lake Food Service Staff as wait staff in the dining hall, assistant cooks in the kitchen or dishwashers. Work Crew provides a unique opportunity to serve campers and leaders during their time at Timber Work Lake.
A Few Reminders:
The Crew stay free of charge; meals and housing are provided with linens.
- The Crew must be High School aged or older and must provide a completed guest consent release form.
Work Crew Responsibilities:
For more information, contact Connie Graham, Director of Youth Ministry
(989) 835-9262; cell 989 600-0339 firstname.lastname@example.org
- Upon Friday evening arrival, the Crew will meet with the Food Service Staff and be trained for the weekend. This will take a minimum of 2 hours.
- Work Crew wait staff will serve for a minimum of 3-and-a-half hours per meal served in the dining hall. They will be responsible for setting tables, serving the meal to guests and cleaning after the meal.
- Work Crew assistant cooks will be assigned AM PM shifts depending on the meals being served for the event. They will assist the Food Service team in preparing food throughout the retreat.
- Work Crew dishwashers will serve a minimum of 3-and-a-half hours per meal. They will be responsible for cleaning dishes throughout the retreat.
- Crew workers are expected to stay the entire retreat and may be required to work beyond hours listed above based on the needs of the guest group.
- Work Crew folks should not attend the retreat as regular campers; their responsibilities in the dining hall will require the majority of their time. Please do not plan on Work Crew serving in other capacities throughout the weekend. The Work Crew Boss for the retreat will work directly with the Food Service Team to coordinate the Crew.
- On departure day- the crew is required to assist the Food Service Team in cleaning the kitchen and dining hall areas. Adequate time should be allotted in order to complete these tasks before departure.
Check out the entire State Youth Winter Retreat.
Mission Trips for 2018
We still have a few spots open for the Trinidad-Tobago experience. Consider joining us. Pass the word.
Work on the renovation of a building for use as a conference center at the Church of God’s West Indies Theological College in Trinidad. There will be something for everyone to do, regardless of your skill level.
- Lodging at W.I.T.C. in Santa Cruz, Trinidad
- Fellowship with other work camp partners, including some from various Caribbean churches
- Worship with Church of God congregations in Trinidad and Tobago
- Spend the final 3 days/nights in Tobago at the Magdalena Grand Beach & Golf Resort
- Choose optional activities in Tobago such as a glass-bottom boat tour to the Caribbean Sea Nylon Pool and coral reef, spend a day at the famous and beautiful Pigeon Point Beach and Park, souvenir shopping in the Crown Point area, and others
- Enjoy beautiful, tropical, balmy, WARM Trinidad-Tobago in January!
LIMITED TO 20 PEOPLE.
For more information, contact Jim Walters at Vision Ministries: 317.698.5186 (or) www.visionministries.org
Mission Trip to Guatemala
January 22-February 3, 2018
- Cost of the trip is $1500, This includes all expenses while in Guatemala including food, Lodging and travel. (Bring money for Souvenirs)
- We will be working with the Church of God Guatemala national leader Isai Calderon Jr.
- We will be doing construction
and VBS style activities with the children of the Church we are working with as well as visiting other Church of God Congregations.
For More information please contact Floyd Tuttle at email@example.com or (616) 581-8594
Upcoming preview of 2018 trip plans for House of Blessings:
Spring Break March 21-29, 2018 = cost is apx. $1500.00 – project to be determined / looking for 10 persons / for more information contact Tony Casey at 989-330-9183 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Good Book on Evangelism
A lot of pastors talk about it and remind others that we’re going to get around to it, but precious few do it. But Kevin Spencer actually did it. Kevin’s passion is talking about Jesus. And “passion” is the correct word. When it comes to witnessing, Kevin’s like a Grizzly Bear during salmon spawning. He is actively working at catching as many “fish” as pass his way.
Kevin’s book, Practical Application of Evangelism / Witnessing 101, is the result of years of training and experiences in congregations and on the mission field of society. Nurtured by pastors such as Jim Harvey, Herb Banks and Jerry Hickson, Rev. Spencer now pastors First Church of God in Monroe, Michigan.
Kevin will be happy to give you a copy of his book IF you give him $6.00 (US). His book is easy to read and apply, would make an excellent study book for groups, and will make a huge difference in how believers approach this importance task.
To obtain one or more copies, contact:
Rev. Kevin Spencer
2121 S. Custer Road, Monroe, Michigan 48161-9726