General Assembly
of the Church of God
in Michigan

"equipping local congregations
to extend the Kingdom of God"

SCORRE scores a Touchdown!

If you ask the average person on the street what a Pastor does, you would surely get the answer, "He/she is a preacher." There are a myriad of roles the Pastor encompasses, but one of the main tasks is preaching. We preach on Sundays, we preach funerals, some still preach on Sunday evening…we preach. SCORRE came out of what was once called Dynamic Communicators Workshop. It is a three day intensive not on how to study, or how to interpret the scripture, but on how to organize one's message so that the listeners leave knowing what the preacher wanted to communicate.

In studies done both in churches and in businesses where spoken presentations are central, the majority of listeners, when asked the main point of the message, could not articulate the theme of what they just heard. The purpose of SCORRE is to learn how to lay out any message whether it be a sermon, a teaching, or a conference session so that the main objective is communicated. All preachers spend way too much time on messages to only hope people get “something” from them. SCORRE prepares us to communicate effectively.

This year, five of our ministers went through this intensive training led by Herb Shaffer and Jimmy McGuire. We rejoice for those who gave time effort and money to become even better in speaking!

SCORRE

Back row: Kevin Spencer, Kevin Tippin, Matt Stone, William Jones, Herb Shaffer
Frong row: Jimmy McGuire, Cathy Ganus, and Mike Potter

Rev. Leo Robinson Ordained

Leo Robinson Family

Peter, Zion, Leo, Miosha, Joel, and Leo

Leo Robinson II was ordained Sunday, June 2, 2019, at Holbrook Avenue Church of God in Flint where he is Youth and Young Adult Pastor. Participating in the Service were Rev. Greg Henneman, Dr. William Jones, Rev. Michael Thigpen, Rev. Janell Robinson, and Rev. Leo Robinson Sr. preaching the Ordination Sermon. Many Pastors and Associates from around the state attended as well. The Church also celebrated Leo’s graduation from Central Michigan University after the service. We congratulate Leo for both of these great accomplishments!

Lima Leadership Event

Lima Leadership Event
Crossroads Church, Lima, Ohio
August 27th 10 AM to 3 PM
Speaker: Brad Brisco

EVENT OVERVIEW

About five years ago, the state ministries of Ohio, Michigan, and Indiana challenged Church of God congregations in the Midwest to flip the question from “Should we multiply” to “How will we multiply?” It’s been exciting to see the conversation shift. Churches across the region hard at work installing intentional pathways for disciple making and wrestling deeply with the idea of what it might look like for their church to reproduce.

Annually in August, we gather together in Lima, Ohio, to inspire and resource church leaders as they seek to multiply. If you have yet to join the conversation, now is the perfect time to connect with this kingdom-impacting initiative. This year, Brad Brisco will lead a conversation on the missional quest.

The Missional Quest: Shifting an Existing Congregation in a Missional Direction 

Before talking about the "how" of missional living, it is important to discuss the "why." In this training, Brad will survey the theological foundations that set the stage for the Church to move in a missional direction. Without a clear understanding of certain foundations, any change a church attempts to make will simply not be sustainable. Topics will include the missionary nature of the church, incarnational mission, participation in the missio Dei, and rethinking vocation.

Brad is currently the Director of Bivocational Church Planting for the North American Mission Board. He holds a doctorate in the area of missional ecclesiology. His doctoral thesis was on assisting existing congregations in transitioning in a missional direction. He is the co-author of Missional Essentials, a twelve-week small group study guide, The Missional Quest: Becoming a Church of the Long Run, Next Door As It Is In Heaven, ReThink, and Covocational Church Planting. He and his wife have three children and have been foster parents to more than fifty other kids. He blogs regularly at missionalchurchnetwork.com

This FREE event is open to anyone, so please, bring your whole team and spread the word. 

REGISTRATION

EVENT LOCATION

Crossroads Church, 775 S. Thayer Road, Lima OH 45806

10 AM - 3 PM

Charlevoix Family Camps

June 22-28, 2019

Brian and Linda Wickes

Rev. and Mrs. Brian Wickes

Evangelist

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

Evangelist

July Camp:

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

Camp Flyer


103rd Annual Camp Meeting

On Sunday evening, August 4, Rev. Carron Odokara, Associate Pastor at Farmington Hills Church of God, Farmington Hills, Michigan, is the guest speaker.

Spirit of America Tour

August 24-31, 2019

Join us for an exciting and educational journey, as we explore our nation’s capital, visit Gettysburg and see a spectacular musical about the life of Jesus!
Open To Any Adults Over The Age Of 50.

Price : $1199 double occupancy, $400 additional for single occupancy

  • During our visit to DC, we will experience the National Mall, a tree-lined expanse of open space which stretches from the Capitol to the Lincoln Memorial. We will spend time at the Smithsonian Institute—the world’s largest museum and research complex, with nearly 140 million objects to discover. We also plan to arrange a visit to the newly opened Bible Museum, the U.S. Capitol and possibly a tour of the White House.
  • Bible Museum – A truly enriching and learning experience that will show how the Bible has been created and passed down through history starting with Moses. Explore 7 floors of exhibits that tell the story of the Bible and its impact.

While we are focusing on Washington DC itself, we will visit other historic sites in the area:

  • Sight and Sound Theater in Lancaster, “where the Bible comes to life” and we plan to see the production of “Jesus”. The panoramic stage covers the front and both sides of the auditorium and over 50 cast members will tell the story of Jesus in authentic costume and settings.
  • Hershey… Visit the home of Reeses, Hershey chocolate, and so much more that’s good to eat. Learn about the life of Milton Hershey who not only impacted the world with his candy but also through his philanthropic activity that continues on today.
  • Gettysburg’s historic battlefield; where the Union victory ended General Robert E. Lee's ambitious invasion of the North, a turning point in the Civil War. Our guide will bring this all to life for us!

You have learned about America’s capital in textbooks, but there’s nothing like seeing the real thing up close—when you visit Washington, DC, you will experience – our history, the power of government, amazing museums and monuments.

Deposits must be received by June 30.

For more information contact: Steve and Flori Mejeur; (269) 429-8637, mejeur@gotuliptours.com
Rev. Bob Confer, (269) 983-1524 x 14; bob.c@myfirstchurch.com

Older Adult Event

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 Common Bond 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 dmansfield@experienceheritage.org, or call the church at (586) 997-9490.

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

Vision Ministries

2020 BARBADOS MISSION WORK CAMP

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**

Registrations are coming in, but we still have spaces available for our January 11-21, 2020 BMWC. If interested, get your initial registration in by July 31 before our fee goes up $50.

Our Michigan Churches seeking Pastors:

  • Bay City, North Euclid – Darryl Babcock, Interim
  • Belding, New Hope Church of God - Rev. Greg Merren, Interim
  • Cassopolis - Tim Foreman, Interim
  • Sears, Church of God - John Mellish, Interim

Interested? Contact Dr. Jones, State Pastor. (800) 369-5890