General Assembly
of the Church of God
in Michigan

"equipping local congregations
to extend the Kingdom of God"

Newly published research booklet and accompanying study guide provide informed perspective into Alcohol Awareness Month issues

“Drunkenness: A Sobering Reality in Church and Society” is a comprehensive examination of the consequences of alcohol consumption and a timely resource for those having a conversation on the topic during Alcohol Awareness Month in April.

Dr. David L. Sebastian, the author, is dean emeritus of Anderson (IN) University School of Theology as well as former senior pastor at North Hills Church, Phoenix, Arizona, and Salem Church of the God in Clayton, Ohio. Through the booklet he seeks to bring awareness about the increased use of alcohol in society and its dangerous and sometimes deadly consequences.

“I realized as a pastor how often alcohol use is an issue, as it seemed more people are drinking … and drinking more,” Sebastian said. “As a university administrator, my research discovered that by simply enrolling in college, students changed their drinking behavior for the worse.”

The extensive research presented in the booklet is eye-opening, including the fact that deaths related to alcohol use are double of those from breast cancer.

“The church and society have been desensitized to the dangers of alcohol,” Sebastian said. “Some say it is legal and ask, ‘Why should we talk about it?’ I wanted to help people understand what we now know about alcohol use and abuse."

“Drunkenness: A Sobering Reality in Church and Society” (ISBN: 9781532057571) can be purchased for $10.99 through the publisher’s website or at Amazon and other book retailers. An electronic version is available for $3.99. Bulk purchases discounted by 36 percent can be made by calling (812) 339-6000, ext. 5022, or via

Sebastian also is the author of “Recovering Our Nerve: A Primer for Evangelism In Everyday Life” (2013); “Just Never Give Up: An Unlikely Person Following God Into Unlikely Places” (2018); and “The Plan: Shining a Light On Alcohol Consumption and Cover-Ups” (2018).

For additional information, or to arrange an interview with the author, please contact or telephone (765) 278-3840.

Christian Women Connection

February is gone and March is here, but it still looks and feels like January. I know spring will come because God told us that there would always be seasons.

Minister Crystal Colp

Minister Crystal Colp

State Convention Speaker

Adult Discipleship Director
First Church of God

Tonja Henry

Tonja Henry

State Convention Worship Leader

Joseph Campau Avenue Church of God


All registrations for State Convention on April 26 and 27 at Holiday Inn, Midland, need to be sent to Jean Lerch by March 27, 2019. Jean's address is in the directory and on the registration form sent in the information packet.

Pricing includes: registration, lodging, 3 meals, and 3 services.

  • Package 1 (4 to a room) $119.00 per person
  • Package 2 (3 to a room) $129.50 per person
  • Package 3 ( 2 to a room) $150.00 per person
  • Package 4 (1 to a room) $212.00 per person

The following are customized packages with no lodging:

  • Package 5 (Friday evening service, dinner, registration) $53.00 per person
  • Package 6 (Saturday 2 services, 2 meals, registration) $59.00 per person
  • Package 7 (Friday and Saturday services, 3 meals, registration) $89.00 per person

All this information and the forms you will need are in the information packet that was sent to your president or contact person.

Also in this packet is a flyer highlighting our worship leader, Tonja Henry, who is back by popular demand! If you missed her last year, you will want to be here this year to enjoy her ability to guide us in worship and praise. Crystal Colp, our speaker, will also be featured on the flyer. We are excited to have her. She is a wife, mother, speaker, teacher, writer, and ordained minister of the Church of God. Crystal has a burden to see individuals value God's Word as it applies to everyday life. Discipleship and soul care are her heart.

Be praying for a great and blessed convention.

Mail your check payable to CWC to: Jean Lerch, 12395 Ferris Ave., Grant, Michigan 49327

Church of God Women's Convention will be October 10 – 13, 2019 at the Sheraton, Myrtle Beach Hotel. I hope you will be able to attend.

Connie Mashue, CWC State President

Rev. Matthew Derby Ordained - February 24, 2019

Rev. Matt Derby

Men's Retreat 2019

March 22-24, 2019 at Lincoln Lake Camp

We are excited to invite you and the men from your Church to the 2019 Church of God Men’s Retreat. Once again this year our host site for the retreat is Lincoln Lake Camp in Gowen, Michigan. Lincoln Lake Camp offers great accommodations, a beautiful chapel for sessions, excellent food and many activities for all ages and interest levels. Some of the activities planned for this year include March Madness watch party, gun range, open gym 3on3 basketball, glow ball and hockey, bon fires, a large game room in the lodge and (weather permitting) the near by and beautiful Links at Bowen Lake for the golf enthusiast.

The dates that we have secured with Lincoln Lake are March 22nd-24th 2019. This year we continue to offer a one or two night retreat. Registration will begin at 4:00 p.m. at the Camp, and then dinner will be on Friday night at 5:30 p.m. followed by our first session. This will require some to take a day off or a half-day off from work, but we believe that this will play a big part in the success of our retreat.


March 10 is set as our advanced pricing deadline. Men that sign up by this date will be able to pay just $70 for the one Night or $85 for the two night retreat. If Men want to attend after this date they will need to pay $80 or $95 at the door. Here is what you will need to do... Collect funds from signed up men leading up to and on March 10. The week following the 10th, please total up your men and send the total number signed up and a check payable to First Church of God Greenville for the total cost (i.e. 12 men @ $80 = $960) to First Church of God, 101 S. Franklin St., Greenville, Michigan 48838. Please also call or email Matt Stone with your total number of men planning to attend. You can still promote the event after the 10th, but please let the men know that they will need to pay when they arrive on March 22nd. We are expecting to reach near maximum capacity this year, so it is encouraged to sign up for the advanced registration in order to guarantee a spot at the retreat!

Download the following: Men’s Retreat poster, registration form and schedule. Please use this to promote and register men for the event.

Do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns.

Thank you, Matt Stone
(616) 232-5520

Charlevoix Family Camps

June 22-28, 2019

Brian and Linda Wickes

Rev. and Mrs. Brian Wickes


June Camp:

Evangelist: Brian Wickes Worship Leaders & Saturday
Concert: Sue Snyder & Thelma McFarland
Youth Leader: Steve Roy
Children’s Leader: Desiree Willett
Program Director: Steve Starks

Mike and April Simmons

Rev. and Mrs. Mike Simmons


July Camp:

Evangelist: Mike Simmons
Worship Leader & Saturday Concert: Arlyn Willett
Youth Leader: Alyssa Oliverez
Children’s Leader: Mark & Diana Thompson
Program Director: Chris Slosser

Charlevoix Family Camps

Older Adult Day

Monday, September 16, 2019

at Essenhaus in Middlebury, Indiana

$32.00 per person which includes everything... meal (2 meats) tip, taxes, Concert with "Common Bond", sharing about Children of Promise and lots of FUN! Registration deadline is Monday, September 9.

Concert after lunch with male quartet

Common Bond

Hosted by Rev. Kirk Bookout from Children of Promise and
Rev. Robert Confer of First Church of God in Saint Joseph

IFOC Certified Chaplain Training Program

Heritage Church is pleased to announce that they will be hosting the International Fellowship of Chaplains, Chaplaincy Training Course from November 4-8, 2019 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. This training will allow those who are in need of credentialing as a Chaplain, or those who have a desire to become a Chaplain to apply to the IFOC for licensing and credentailing following the training. The cost of this training is only $300 if pre-registered by September 27, 2019.

The IFOC Chaplaincy Training Course is offered for Emergency Service Personnel, Law Enforcement, Industrial Chaplains, and those who wish to become Chaplains and includes training in:

  • Chaplaincy and the Law
  • Stress Management
  • Critical Incident Stress Management
  • Post Traumatic Stress Injury
  • Trauma
  • Grief and Loss
  • Death Notification
  • Depression/Suicidology
  • Domestic Violence
  • Human Trafficking
  • Disaster Preparedness

For further information about this training you can contact Dave Mansfield at, or call the church at (586) 997-9490.

To register for this training you can to the IFOC webpage.

Vision Ministries


January 11-21, 2020 | Silver Sands Church of God

Silver Sands

Cost: $1,050 plus airfare

This BMWC will include:

  • Life together with the Bajan people
  • Work on the new Silver Sands Church
  • Worship and fellowship with the church people
  • Lodging at the Round Rock Apartments by the Sea
  • Final three nights at the Divi Southwinds Beach Resort
  • Three days of free time on the island
  • Basking in the warm, breezy, tropical Barbados climate
  • Life-changing experiences

---Limited to 20 people---

**Register early and reserve your spot**