General Assembly
of the Church of God
in Michigan

"equipping local congregations
to extend the Kingdom of God"

What Makes SCORRE™ Speaker Training So Different?

June 3-6, 2019

"If you want to take your public speaking to the next level, SCORRE™ is the single best conference you could attend." – Michael Hyatt, New York Times Best-Selling Author and Speaker

People rave about SCORRE™ because we know the greatest transformation takes place in circles, not rows. Yes, you’ll hear dynamic and practical teaching, but you are not going to sit in your seat all day. We’re putting you to work!

Each day, you will prepare a speech assisted by one of our SCORRE™ coaches. Each night, you will deliver your speech to your SCORRE™ Circle, a small group of about eight other attendees. The honest, caring, and constructive feedback from your coach and peers will skyrocket your confidence and sharpen your communication. Whether you’re presenting, performing, or preaching, you’ll be equipped to move your audience to action — every time.

Our Michigan Churches seeking Pastors:

  • Bay City, North Euclid – Darryl Babcock, Interim
  • Belding, New Hope Church of God
  • Edmore, First -
  • Cassopolis - Tim Foreman, Interim
  • Sears, Church of God - John Mellish, Interim

Congratulations to First Church Benton Heights on the ground breaking for their new facility.

Eagle Ridge

Sunday, March 24, began a new and much awaited season for the Benton Heights community as construction gets underway on the new, 9000 square-foot building that will host Sunday worship services and a gymnasium for weekday activities.

"In addition to a larger space for the growing congregation, a key use of this building will be as a tool for the community,” said First Church Lead Pastor David Colp. "We are dreaming about any number of ways to serve the community such as basketball and volleyball leagues, after-school reading programs, exercise classes, and community forums. This will be a space we would love to see help the entire Benton Heights community."

St. Joseph church expands its Cars Ministry to reach even more people for Christ.

Benton Heights

Back in 2009, Roger Herbstreit, was compelled to use his skills as a certified mechanic to serve the community after completing an Alpha class hosted by First Church of God in St. Joseph, Michigan. This moment marked the birth of the Cars Ministry, a much needed service to Berrien County. Transportation is a major issue for under-resourced individuals and families in Berrien County as there is no reliable access to public transportation. Berrien County Commissioner, Deb Panozzo has stated: “Finding a job in our community is not the problem: there are businesses that are in need of hiring folks, but people don’t have the transportation to get to them.” According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2015 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates of the 61,167 households in Berrien County, a staggering 5,322 (9%) have no vehicle available and 21,802 (35%) only have one vehicle available. In addition 37% of households do not make enough money to make ends meet each month.

Outside garage

During the last nine years, the program has grown leaps and bounds, so much so that First Church developed a separate nonprofit, New Heights Christian Community Development Association (New Heights CCDA) to better position the program and two other community minded ministries for growth and maximum impact. In order to adequately serve the needs of the community the Cars Ministry needed to find a larger facility to allow it to reach even more people. Recently that new location was found; located on a busy state road, the 7,000 square foot garage is already outfitted as a automotive repair facility and is exactly what the New Heights CCDA Board was looking for. This new space will allow the Cars Ministry to serve at least 100 financially struggling households each year, a 4x increase over the past year. This increased capacity will help people get to and from work, important medical appointments, etc. Jerry, a recent client of the ministry, was able to double his income because of the vehicle that was provided to him. He is now working towards saving up to buy a house for himself and his five kids.

Inside garage

In addition to being able to increase the number of financially struggling families served each year this new location will also allow the Cars Ministry to provide automotive repair services to the general public. These services will not only generate enough revenue to make the ministry financially self-sustaining, it will provide more opportunities to share about the mission of the ministry and ultimately the gospel to all of its customers.

To purchase and make needed improvements to the building New Heights CCDA needs to raise a total of $330,000. To help with the fundraising efforts two foundations have provided matching grants totaling $165,000. More than $200,000 has already been raised with the help of the grants. If you'd like to learn more or donate toward this project you may do so by visiting https://www.newheightsccda.com/cars

Gratiot County Hope House

Beginning about 15 months ago, the St. Louis Church of the Nazarene and St. Louis First church of God started talking about how to address the homeless need in Gratiot County, the need amounts to about 600 people [last PIT] count and there is no shelter in the county to help deal with this issue. Ultimately that means that anyone without a place to live gets shipped to another county, sometimes an hour away or more.

long story short, january 27th were we able to open gratiot county hope house & have, as of march 7, served 20 guests. we've been able to offer a place to live for at least 30 days, provide connection to the helping agencies of the county, establish a re-connection of power to one guests home and assist several guests in finding a job; all while providing a safe, warm place to stay.

Web: Gratiot County Hope House - meeting the temporary housing needs of gratiot county with compassion, hope, and grace.
Facebook: gchh

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Hard Work in Central Michigan,
Rev. Nathan Workman, First Church of God, Saint Louis

Christian Women Connection

April is here. This is the month we look forward to after a long winter. April 26 and 27 is also the CWC State Convention. Our ladies have been, and still are, making great plans for the convention.

Spring has just arrived, but here are some summer dates to put on your calendar.

Please keep in your prayers the upcoming State Convention on April 26 and 27 at Holiday Inn, Midland, our worship leader, Tonja Henry, our speaker, Crystal Colp, and all the ladies who are working and planning.

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

Connie Mashue, CWC State President

Genesee County Outreach

Royal Family KIDS Outreach: confronting abuse-changing lives

Time & Location: April 10, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM; Community Church of God, 1215 W Vienna Rd, Clio, MI 48420, USA

Want to be apart of something big in 2020?

Looking to come alongside other Christians to serve Genesee County?

Are you looking for an inexpensive local mission trip that will have a HUGE impact on our community?

Pastors and Outreach Leaders are welcome and encouraged to join Clio Community Church, as we welcome Wayne Tesch, Co-Founder of Royal Family Kids Camp.

Royal Family KIDS is the nation’s leading network of camps and mentor clubs for children of abuse, abandonment and neglect...

Every day, innocent children are forced to accept abuse as a fact of life…they are beaten, locked up, sexually abused, starved and tortured in an obscene variety of methods.

There is hope for many of those children through Royal Family KIDS. Since 1985, RFK has been offering week-long summer camps for children of abuse who have been placed in foster care. For many of these children, a week at summer camp is a first. It is a life-changing experience for them!

Royal Family Kids Camp has been laid on our hearts and we will be starting Genesee County's first RFKC to be held in 2020.

We need your prayers.

Come hear how you and your congregation can come alongside us as we delve into the hearts of Genesee County's little ones from hard places.

Rev. Rhyan Glezman, Community Church of God, Clio

Men's Prayer Breakfast

Edgewood Church of God | Saturday, April 13th | 8AM–9AM

“Faith, Food & Fellowship”

  • Special speaker will be Pastor Rick Webb from the Kawkawlin Church of God
  • Delicious breakfast will be prepared by Don Clingenpeel
  • Bring your family, neighbor’s, friends, and co-workers for a great time of fellowship

Call Edgewood Church of God to reserve your place (989) 875-3607

The Simulation: Rethinking Domestic Violence and Sexual Assualt

13 April 2019 * 12:00 Noon-3:00 p.m.

Lighthouse Community Church, 26212 W 6 Mile Road, Redford Twp, Michigan 48240


Lighthouse

2019 Faith-Based Crisis Leadership/Vets Connect Workshops Knowledge is Power!

Day One: Faith-based Crisis Leadership / Strategies for Securing Places of Worship

Day Two: Faith-based Vet Connects

Plan now to attend! Both days offer presentations led by field experts that will strengthen you, your congregations, and community!

Back by popular demand is our new and improved Faith-based Crisis Leadership Workshop 2.0 with the most requested added component – Securing Places of Worship.

The Faith-based Vet Connects component offers a cutting-edge educational module that provides information about: (1) working effectively with veterans, (2) tapping into available veteran programs and services, and (3) making your faith-based organization a resource hub for veterans in your congregation and the community that you serve.

These two powerful workshops will equip you with tools to better lead your community during small- and large-scale crisis, arm you with knowledge and available services to help safeguard your place of worship, and connect you with valuable resources to assist veterans!

These Workshops Will Be Provided Regionally Around The State For Your Convenience!

Visit our website for the various dates and locations.

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: Chris Slosser

Charlevoix Family Camps


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 1.

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**