"equipping local congregations
to extend the Kingdom of God"
Both ... And
Rev. Dr. William Jones
The 2017 Michigan General Assembly of the Church of God is now history. Our attendance figures are being compiled, but about 300 pastors, spouses, and laity gathered together at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Lansing for two days of energizing and renewal. We recognized excellence in growth among the congregations in the St. Joseph/Benton Harbor/Stevensville area, and the lifetime of achievements of Bettie Holcomb and Gerald Nevitt. Attendees participated in conferences of congregations of various sizes, as well as for laity, associate pastors, retirees, and children’s ministries. We were happy to share our time with other ministries that are available for resource to congregations, such as Servant Solutions, Warner Camp, St. Louis Camp, Michigan Singers, Warner Press, Vision Ministries, Michigan Children's Task Force, and several others.
When I observe the work and scope of The Church of God in Michigan, I often smile when someone asks, “What benefit do I get from belonging to that organization?” So I thought I’d make a list. Here it is:
Pension resources and services
Professional staffing support
Support and encouragement during times of difficulty
Training for a multiplicity of assignments
Investment in multiplication (church planting)
Accountability with peers
Expertise in ecclesiastical financial and legal matters
State-wide ministry to youth and children
Camping experiences for all ages
Emphasis on affordable and practical training experiences (iSL, MISL, 360 Leadership Conference, Pastors' Institute, and General Assembly)
Different eyes – input from someone with broader experience
Being part of Kingdom work – something bigger, less parochial. Something larger that can be accomplished – something that couldn’t be done unless it was done together.
And perhaps that last item is the most important. Our mission is
“Equipping local congregations to extend the Kingdom of God.”
This is a “both … and” situation. By doing the first, we accomplish the other; by doing the other, we accomplish the first. The extension of the Kingdom depends on the success of local congregations; and the success of local congregations depends on the extension of the larger work.
We are excited to announce Holbrook Church of God will celebrate 60 years of service with a “Homecoming Celebration”. Our theme is entitled, “God Is Faithful.” 1Cor. 1:9.
This awesome milestone will be celebrated with “The Night of the Arts” on Saturday, November 18 at 6:00 pm. Artist from Flint and the surrounding areas will display various forms of talent in music, poetry, rap, mime, dance, and more.
We will conclude on Sunday, November 19 at 4:00 pm. Our guest speaker will be Dr. Bernard Winchester Jr., and his congregation of Fairmount Heights, Maryland.
We are extending this invitation to our friends and the community to join as we give praises to our God for being Faithful.
Can you imagine approximately 1,000 women singing praises to our Lord? If you were privileged to attend the Church of God Women’s Convention in Daytona Beach, you will have known that beautiful sound.
The ladies of the National CWC, as always, did an excellent job preparing the Convention. The speakers were Rev. Dr. Melissa Senseman-Pratt, Rev. Dr. Mary Ann Martinez-Garcia, Rev. Allyson Felecia Smith, and Rev. Dr. Cheryl J. Sanders with worship leader Rev. Dr. Leslie Parker Barnes. There was also a Saturday evening concert with Lynda Randle after a great banquet.
Friday was filled with 9 conferences in the morning and again in the afternoon. The ladies all enjoyed and grew from these conferences.
The mission luncheon was Saturday. I was happy to have gotten a ticket before they ran out. Audrey Weige from Germany’s Pink Door and Emmy Clark who had worked at Wounded Knee were there to give touching reports. Prayer for both of these works are needed.
On Wednesday I was privileged to attend the national CWC council meeting. What a great opportunity to work with all my sister state presidents doing our Lords work.
The next CWC National Convention will be October 10 – 13, 2019 at Myrtle Beach South Carolina.
On April 27 and 28, 2018, our state convention speaker will be Pastor Mary Stephens, former national CWC Ministry Coordinator. Mark your calendar for this great event.
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.
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.
For more information, contact Connie Graham, Director of Youth Ministry
(989) 835-9262; cell 989 600-0339 firstname.lastname@example.org
Join us for the chance to get together, have a blast, eat well and learn what it means to live like a real man! The doors open at Noon on Friday with a March Madness viewing lounge
(food provided). We’ll serve dinner at 5:30 p.m. and begin our weekend together around worship and the word. We are cooking enough food to kill a regular man. We are also planning
enough activities to keep all interest levels moving and refreshed. Do not miss this opportunity to connect with men from your church and around the state.
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!
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