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Passing of Arlo Newell-one of the great leaders of our last generation.

Arlo Frederic Newell, 92, passed to his heavenly reward with his family by his side at home on October 1, 2018. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.

He was born to Leland Boyd and Eula Mae (Baugh) Newell on February 22, 1926 in Stafford, KS. He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 69 years, Helen Louise (Jones) Newell, his parents, brothers, Don and Marion Newell and sisters Peggy Sauers and Amy Payne.

He is survived by his three children, Rebecca Suzonne Douglas (Rex), Samme Le Rousopoulos (Deno) and Eric Frederic Newell (Bonnie); grandchildren Rose Wallis (Ryan), Cassie Kirkpatrick (fiance, Larry Lee), Steven Rousopoulos (Bevin), Kyle Douglas (Cortney), Joel Newell (Jennifer), Miriam Newell-Chadwell (Shawn) and Kate Rousopoulos; great-grandchildren David Kirkpatrick, Hailey Kirkpatrick, Bella Newell, Phoebe Wallis, Gabby Newell, Maverick Wallis, Jeremiah Newell, Keldan Douglas, Noah Chadwell, Kendree Douglas and Leland Chadwell; two sisters-in-law, Barbara Jones and Karen Jones of Kansas and many loving nieces and nephews.

Arlo became a Christ follower when he was a teenager and throughout his life shared the Good News of Jesus Christ with people of all ages. He served in the U.S. Navy in World War II on the U.S.S. Colorado in the Pacific Theater from 1944-1946. He graduated from Anderson College in 1950, received two master’s degrees from Eden Theological Seminary in 1964 and 1968 and two honorary doctorates from Gulf Coast Bible College in 1979 and Anderson University in 1990.

He and his wife, Helen, ministered in the Church of God in Indiana, North Carolina, Missouri and Ohio. He served as the Editor-in-Chief of Warner Press, Inc. from 1977 to 1993. He and his wife, Helen, were active members of the Park Place Church of God for almost 40 years.

He preached both nationally and internationally serving the church as a pastor, evangelist, conference leader, teacher, mentor, radio speaker, author and Chair of the General Assembly of the Church of God. Arlo and his late wife, Helen, donated 4,500 theological and reference books to the Asian Bible College in Kochi, India. As a result, the college now offers a Master of Divinity program and is the best theological library in south India thanks to their generosity.

Memorial contributions may be made to Anderson University (The Newell Lectureship at the School of Theology), 1100 East Fifth Street, Anderson, IN 46012 (Donating by phone: 800-421-1025, The link for donating online:

Security for Places of Worship

Crossroads Church of God

Tuesday, October 23, from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 Noon

Open to anyone at no charge-cost is being covered by Crossroads Church of God.

This training is excellent to help give church leadership a framework from which to build security measures in our churches. But even if your church has security measures in place, you may have additional people in your congregation that you would like to attend as a refresher or to help train new leadership to this increasing important topic within churches.

Presented by T4C Ministries: T4C Ministries is a group of state troopers who are first committed to Jesus Christ. They fully support the work and tasking of the local church according to the scriptures. They are born again believers who are subject matter experts in tactical and educational applications to protect local churches, businesses, and their families.

Presenter Kevin Caldwell is a First Lieutenant and Section Commander with the Michigan State Police. He has 20 years law enforcement experience, and also is actively serving as a U.S. Army Reserve Brigade Chaplain.

Topics to be Discussed Include:

  • A theological framework on Church Safety and Security.
  • Statistics on church shootings and deadly force incidents in all size churches throughout the U.S.
  • Who can carry guns in my church?
  • So I want to explore setting up a formal Safety and Security Team, how do I administratively do that; select them, train them, lead them? What costs are associated with having a Safety and Security ministry Team?
  • Liability of the church to act and when not to act.

Contact Sue Hardesty for additional information at 248-379-5741

Christian Women Connection

October is here! My husband Don's garden is winding down. Boy, am I glad the canning is coming to an end because this month's calendar has become very full.

October 13th is the connection council meeting in Anderson, Indiana. Our meeting will be 8:00 am to 9:00 pm. October 20th is our state Fall Retreat. We will be meeting at the Ithaca Church of God at 624 Barber St. from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm. Deb Yats will be our speaker with Sue Snyder leading our worship. The cost will be $15 and I will be looking for you at the retreat.

I have the privilege to represent CWC at General Assembly on November 2nd and 3rd.

    Here are the future dates to mark on your calendar:
  • April 26 and 27, 2019 is the State CWC Convention at the Holiday Inn Midland.
  • October 10 – 13, 2019 is the Church of God Women's Convention at Sheraton Myrtle Beach Hotel.

I am looking forward to seeing old friends and making some new ones.

Connie Mashue, CWC State President

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 5-9, 2018 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 28, 2018.

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:

  • Critical Incident Stress
  • Debriefing
  • Depression
  • Grief and Loss
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Human Trafficking
  • Spirituality and Trauma
  • Suicidology
  • Worker Burnout

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.

2019 Barbados Mission Work Camp

January 5-15, 2019 - Silver Sands Church of God

Cost: $995 plus airfare ($1,050 after August 1st)

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---


**Visit our website for more info**

State Youth Winter Retreat

Dear Youth Leaders/Pastors,

The Church of God State Youth Winter Retreat is ready for January 11-13, 2019! We will be using Timber Wolf Lake Camp again. It is located at 4909 N. Morey Road, Lake City, Michigan. It is an awesome Young Life Camp and we will have wonderful ample space, beautiful facilities, awesome leaders and the great events we always look forward to! Check out the camp at

We are anticipating having many churches join us this January. Each group must have adult chaperones for male and female youth, Churches may determine the appropriate number for your group.

For more information, contact Connie Graham, Director of Youth Ministry (989) 835-9262; mobile 989 600-0339
Check out the entire State Youth Winter Retreat.

Exponential HGC Pre-Conference 2019

Captivating Church Culture
Small Changes - Big Impact

Exponential 2019 is March 4-7. Registration through HGC is officially open! We are incredibly excited about the content we're bringing to the HGC Pre-Conference starting on the 4th. Be sure to register yourself and your team for Exponential with our discounted price! Click the "Register Now" below to get in on this great deal!

Exponential East Registration ($99) + HGC Pre-Conference ($59) $158.00
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