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NIYC 2019: Year Ends with Preaching, Prayer, and Praise in Pittsburgh

Photo: Kevin Earley celebrating at NIYC 2019.

By Carl Stagner

Every year, while others are recovering from Christmas and preparing for New Year’s Eve, teens and adults from across the Church of God meet up for one of the most important events in the life of the movement. December 27–31 may seem like an unusual time* for a church convention, but those who make the effort to travel to the host city of the National Inspirational Youth Convention (NIYC) of the Church of God for the last few days of the year are never disappointed. NIYC 2019 was no different; souls were refreshed, leaders were developed, and lives were forever changed. The ball may have dropped for a tightly packed crowd of partiers in Times Square, but the year ended with preaching, prayer, and praise in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Continue reading

Students Remind Us That “The Dream” Still Matters

Participants march past Reardon Auditorium on the AU campus.

On Monday, January 20, 2020, Anderson University will celebrate the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a day of service projects and opportunities for reflection and hands-on learning. Classes will be suspended for the day. Monday, January 20, will include the traditional Anderson University participation in the citywide MLK Jr. Day celebration at the Paramount Theatre. Students can take advantage of the shuttle service from Olt Student Center every fifteen minutes between 11:30 AM and 12:45 PM. The citywide celebration will conclude with the annual Peace and Justice March from Paramount Theatre to Reardon Auditorium. Continue reading

Chuck Myricks Jr.: Anointed Hands Join Hands with Servant Solutions

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By Carl Stagner

The Church of God has a rich history of raising up outstanding musical talent. From Doug Oldham to Edward Cumberbatch, from Sandi Patty to Alanna Story and numerous others, musicians in the Church of God have faithfully expressed their joy in the Lord through song. No list of our Movement’s stellar musicians could be complete without the name of Chuck Myricks. The son of the highly-acclaimed Cleo Myricks needs little introduction as he has clearly established a name for himself in the music industry, in both Christian and secular business circles, and across the Church of God and beyond. Of course, Chuck’s mission isn’t to make a name for himself but to lift up the name of Jesus. In so doing, he already wears several ministry hats and won’t be removing any of them any time soon. Now he’s excited to announce he’s donning one more—as he joins the staff, part-time, of Servant Solutions. Continue reading

CHOG Leaders Represent at 400th Anniversary of Enslaved African Arrival

Leaders from all major Christian traditions will gather in Montgomery, Alabama, October 2–4, 2019, to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the arrival of enslaved African peoples to Jamestown, Virginia. Jim Lyon, general director of Church of God Ministries, is honored to be one of two leaders elected to represent our branch of the Christian family tree, as well as the Church of God movement. Six leaders in total are expected to represent the Church of God movement at the commemoration, which is part of the Annual Convocation of Christian Churches Together (CCT) in the USA, an ecumenical table that brings together communions (denominations) and Christian organizations representing all the major traditions. Continue reading

Virginia Church Commemorates Arrival of First Africans in English North America

By Carl Stagner

Four hundred years have passed since the first recorded African landing in English-occupied North America. It was in 1619 at Point Comfort, now part of Fort Monroe in Hampton, Virginia, that twenty-some Africans from Angola stepped off the transatlantic White Lion and set the stage for the slaves of the subsequent two-and-a-half centuries of American history. Joynes Road Church of God in Hampton has played an integral role to-date in the official commemoration of the pivotal events that unfolded so long ago. Though the special activities and events began during Black History Month this year, community and social involvement is nothing new for Joynes Road. Pastor Simeon Green provides a closer look. Continue reading

CHOG Congregations Celebrate Black History Month

Church of God of East New York dressed for Black History Month.

By Carl Stagner

Cultural traditions and observances have long been a part of the church calendar. While they don’t demand acknowledgement in worship settings, they’ve been used effectively to establish connections between Christ and community, and between the present-day congregation and faithful servants of the past. From “Souper Bowl” Sunday to fall (Halloween?) festivals, from Labor Day picnics to celebrations of God and country (Independence Day), celebrations of otherwise secular occasions are often used by the church to reach neighbors, encourage fellowship, and/or put into practice biblical values. Each February, numerous Church of God congregations celebrate Black History Month and, in so doing, build bridges between church and society, often shining a light on topics sometimes overlooked or ignored by popular culture. Three Church of God congregations in the Northeast offer a snapshot of Black History Month in the Movement. Continue reading

Black Woman Pastor Takes White Kansas Congregation to New Heights

Presephoni (center, middle row) with part of the congregation.

By Carl Stagner

Liberal, Kansas, never saw it coming. The city of only about 20,000 people couldn’t have imagined the day. Only 3.8 percent of the population is African American, and the new pastor of South Church of God is both black and a woman. Presephoni Fuller is, in fact, the first black pastor in the ninety-year history of the church. Still, Pastor Presephoni takes it all in stride. She doesn’t have time to ponder the uniqueness of her situation; she’s too busy reaching deeper into the community and taking the Kansas congregation to new heights. Continue reading

Church of God Pastor Becomes City’s First Black, First Woman Mayor

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By Carl Stagner

“Sixty years ago, Rosa Parks sat down so I could stand up today.” Pastor Rochelle Robinson’s words reflect a strong sense of both gratitude and accomplishment for her historic win. She never set out to make a name for herself or capture the attention of the national media. All she wanted to do was serve God and her community. But when the votes were tallied in the runoff election on December 1, Rochelle Robinson became the first African American and first female ever to be elected mayor of Douglasville, Georgia. Continue reading

Celebrating the Message of Martin Luther King Jr.

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By Carl Stagner

Martin Luther King Day 2013 is observed in the United States on Monday, January 21. The civil rights activist for whom the holiday is named not only preached the gospel but also championed peace and reconciliation in a world of incredible diversity. King’s message of hope was not just for African Americans, but for all people. On the Sunday before Martin Luther King Day, and through the month of February, churches recognize the achievements of King and other African Americans who have contributed to the church and society. Continue reading