First Church missions team stands behind a Belize flag.
By Johnny Creasong
The First Church of God of Shelby, Ohio, will send a mission team to the Central American country of Belize for a nine-day construction work camp in March. Led by Larry Cramer, president of Quality Plumbing and Heating of Shelby, this year’s group includes Michael Graham, Lydia Laug, Gwen Robertson, Larry Cramer, Sally Bevier, Mike Skidmore, and James DuBois (not pictured), a former church member now living in Nevada. Lydia, a fourteen-year-old freshman from Crestview High School, the youngest member of the team, is following a family tradition of service. Lydia’s two older sisters have gone on work camps to Belize previously. Continue reading
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Tagged Ayala, Belize, Faith Promise, First Church of God, global, international, Johnny Creasong, mission trip, missions, OH, Ohio, Shelby, short-term missions, work camp, work team
Photo: One of many Highland Park mission teams.
By Carl Stagner
When missions and generosity are uttered in the same sentence, Highland Park Community Church in Casper, Wyoming, is one Church of God congregation that immediately comes to mind. These values are a part of the church’s DNA, as evidenced by over half a century of giving way above and beyond regular tithes and offerings. While the church’s missions budget of over $500,000 and financial support of more than thirty missions projects is impressive, it’s the heart of numerous individuals and groups within the congregation that astounds the most. The perspective of a few of these individuals sheds light on why the state’s largest church, of any denomination, chooses to invest so heavily in what God is doing around the world. Continue reading
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Tagged Casper, DNA, Faith Promise, generosity, Giving, Global Missions, Global Strategy, Highland Park Community Church, international, Lane Smothers, Laura Smothers, Mike Fackler, missiology, mission trips, mission-minded, missional, missions trips, offering, Vicki Orcutt, WY, Wyoming
By Carl Stagner
Money unusually attained, deliberately retained, surprisingly regained, or intentionally maintained. For some it might be a tax refund or a holiday bonus. For others it might be an unexpected gift or a time of fasting from eating out. All are just a few of the ways Church of God people have met and surpassed pledges to give back to the Lord through a spiritual adventure known as Faith Promise. Beyond regular tithes and offerings, Faith Promise offers the chance to exercise faith’s muscle and walk with God into the unknown, believing he will provide. As you help your church reach its goal, the Lord might lead you to step out of the boat, but rest assured! On this adventure, participants find themselves walking on water. Continue reading
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Tagged Bob Moss, donations, Expand Your Reach, Faith Promise, Giving, missions, money, offering, pledge, stewardship, tithes
Photo: Pastor Eddy Howard rejoices (left) as Ron Baker announces the total Faith Promise commitment.
By Carl Stagner
New to the church, one member of a northeastern Ohio congregation wanted to know what would happen to offerings designated to missions. One Sunday, this congregant approached the treasurer, whose blank stare indicated unfamiliar territory—the church had no mission account. Discussion about the faith promise concept followed, and as a result, a faith promise week was scheduled for the fall. Continue reading