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Churches Bless Schools, Families as Fall Semester Dawns

Back-to-school haircut at Bedford First Church of God.

By Carl Stagner

Teachers making final preparations for their classes, students dreading the end of summer, parents adjusting to new routines, and school buses on the streets again (drivers, be careful!)—it can only mean one thing: it’s that time of year again! School is back in session or will begin again soon across much of the country, signaling a community-wide shift from one season to the next. Sometimes that shift can be anything but smooth for families, just as it can be for teachers, administrators, and staff. We celebrate the Church of God congregations across the country that recognize the need and do what they can to meet the need. School supply drives, special prayer gatherings, and “back-to-school bashes” are just a few of the ways numerous congregations are coming alongside schools and families as the fall semester dawns. Continue reading

Blessed Churches Bless Communities This Thanksgiving

By Carl Stagner

To the Church of God, Thanksgiving is more than turkey, football, and forgetting that Black Friday used to be on Friday. Many Church of God congregations reach out into their communities in the days leading up to Thanksgiving, and even on the day itself. Merely thinking about how thankful they are just isn’t enough for these churches. They know they’ve been blessed and they must respond by blessing others. Continue reading