Tag Archives: Centennial

Kansas Congregation Leads Effort to Unite Local Churches for Community

Pastor Clint beams with four church ladies who have been a part of the congregation for over 45 years each.

By Carl Stagner

Newton, Kansas, is home to about 20,000 people. But it’s also home to more than fifty churches! If everyone in town attended church and each church had an equal number of people, you’d have four hundred people in each church. But that’s not the case at all. Instead, most of the churches are small, and much of the population of Newton is still unreached. Not unlike towns and cities across North America, Newton’s churches and ministers had little or no connection with one another. Sure, there was a ministerial assembly, but “Kingdom-of-God unity,” as Pastor Clint McBroom puts it, simply wasn’t happening. He and the congregation of First Church of God decided something had to change. Continue reading

Site of Warner Auditorium Reclaimed with Prayer, Given Life Again

By Carl Stagner

In 2006, Warner Auditorium, which housed the Church of God Convention (“camp meeting”) since the early 1960s, came down. Asbestos had claimed the structure, deeming the “the dome” unsafe for occupancy. But before the dome, there was the “old tabernacle.” This iconic structure, too, met an untimely demise after a snowstorm claimed it. In recent years, the site has remained empty and relatively lifeless. But Anderson University has recently given new life to the plot of land, reclaiming and rededicating those holy grounds for prayer. Continue reading

Upcoming AU Events Attract Community Interest, Involvement

Truth, Faith, and Service Speaker Scott Russell Sanders

Writer and conservationist Scott Russell Sanders will be speaking in Nicholson Library on the campus of Anderson University on Friday, September 8, at 7 PM as part of the Truth, Faith, and Service speaker series. The event is free and open to the public.

Sanders’ work examines the human place in nature, the pursuit of social justice, the relationship between culture and geography, and the search for a spiritual path. He has written more than twenty books exploring these topics, and retired in 2009 as distinguished professor of English after thirty-eight years at Indiana University. Continue reading

School at the Shelter Prepares to Celebrate 100th Anniversary

Photo: Shelter Primary School girls

By Carl Stagner

In 2014, the Church of God was reintroduced to the Shelter at the Church of God Convention. That year, the ministry, which began housing unprotected orphan girls a hundred years earlier, held a grand celebration of God’s goodness and provision. At the same time, the Church of God rallied around the Shelter and Church of God Trafficklight in the preventative role it plays in the fight against trafficking. A few years have passed since the spotlight was shone brightly on this life-giving work in Cuttack, India, but now they’re gearing up for another celebration with similar significance. This November, the Shelter Primary School, on the same grounds as the Girls Shelter Home, will set aside three days of centennial ceremony and activity to commemorate its impact on the church and community. Continue reading

AU to Host Lauren Winner for Truth, Faith and Service Series

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Photo: Dr. Lauren Winner

Anderson University will host Dr. Lauren Winner, associate professor of Christian spirituality at Duke Divinity School in Durham, North Carolina, as part of the Truth, Faith and Service speaker series. The Truth, Faith and Service speaker series is designed to highlight ideas found in the official seal of Anderson University—Veritas (Truth), Fidelitas (Faith) and Utilitas (Service). The speaker series is a part of the year-long centennial celebration for Anderson University. Winner will deliver a special address on Friday, November 4, at 7 PM in York Performance Hall. The public is invited to attend this free event. Continue reading

Church of God Historical Society Releases New Film

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By Carl Stagner

Several Church of God pastors and lay leaders arrived in Anderson early for the June Regional Convention to watch a special pre-screening of a new film. A few weeks later, the Historical Society of the Church of God was excited to announce the release of Anderson University Roots: The Workers’ Home Years (1906–1918) on DVD. The film documents stories of the early days of the Church of God as early leaders settled in Anderson, Indiana. Unlike From Heaven to Earth and other historical snapshots of the movement’s history, this new offering virtually transports the viewer to the present-day campus of Anderson University and shows exactly where our pioneers trod. Fascinating, thought-provoking, and inspiring, this new film about a portion of our history speaks life into our future by revealing a mighty God who is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Continue reading

National Association Camp Meeting to Celebrate 100 Years

By Carl Stagner

For one hundred years, Zion’s Hill at West Middlesex, Pennsylvania, has been the location of a camp meeting that has made an indelible mark on thousands of Church of God men and women. The National Association, which began in 1916 as a ministry largely focused on many African Americans who, at the time, were relocating northward from southern states. Driven to live out the unity that the Church of God preached, the National Association continued to grow in number and influence on the movement. From the earliest days, Zion’s Hill has welcomed all people, regardless of ethnicity or background, onto these hallowed grounds. The August 7–14 event is expected to draw record crowds and feature some of the finest preaching and worship in the Church of God. To celebrate their centennial, several special experiences and artistic components are being added to the schedule. Continue reading

NACOG Camp Meeting 2015: Anticipation Mounting for 100th Year

By Charles Myricks

Camp Meeting 2015 was a fantastic time of worship, fellowship, teaching, and revival. Zion’s Hill was absolutely beautiful, and the weather was the best we have had in a very long time. The theme “Advancing the Kingdom: Together” was preached with passion and conviction. Continue reading

Ohio’s Wauseon First Church Celebrates 125 Years

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By Tammy Allison

Editor’s note: As the Church of God movement nears its 135th year, more and more congregations have celebrated, or will soon celebrate, their centennial. We rejoice with each one as such milestones are reached, affirming generations of hard-working families and individuals, altogether representative of God’s faithfulness through the years. One local church that has reached its 125th year is First Church of God in Wauseon, Ohio. They recently held special festivities to commemorate and honor the Lord on this landmark occasion.

In a society where things seem to come and go, the Wauseon First Church of God has been a constant in the lives of many local Fulton County citizens. On April 25 and 26, the church celebrated their 125 anniversary with a combination of celebrating the past and looking forward to the future. The Wauseon First Church of God is the oldest active Church of God, Anderson, Indiana-affiliated church in the state of Ohio. Continue reading

Churches Celebrate Centennials

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By Carl Stagner

In 1913, a train collided with George Gleckler’s car, abruptly ending the life of his wife and son. Though his remaining children survived, the pain was nearly unbearable for this brother of Emma Kardatzke. Yet out of the throes of such tragedy, the Church of God in Elmore, Ohio, was born. From the depths of despair, the Lord has led the congregation to celebration time and time again; only this time, the celebration was extra special. This time, the church came together to mark one hundred years of ministry. Continue reading