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Kokomo Church’s New Name Reflects New Vision

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By Katy Hagerman

William Shakespeare knew what he was talking about when he said, “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” For First Church of God in Kokomo, Indiana, a name change to South Creek Church of God was a logical decision. There were many influencing factors on this decision—foremost being that there are fifteen churches in the area with the word “first” in their name. Another was to shorten their name and give it a more personal feel, as well as connecting the church with a known location. Continue reading

CHOG TraffickLight: Stripped Love Offers Sunday Suppers

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By Katy Hagerman

Since women who work in the sex trade often work from late on Saturday to early Sunday morning, a traditional church service on Sunday morning just doesn’t work for them. Stripped Love, the ministry of CHOG TraffickLight led by Kimberly Majeski in Anderson, Indiana, came up with a creative response—Sunday Suppers. This new initiative began in June, allowing these women to come to church and fellowship, but at a nontraditional time. Sunday Suppers have been held from 6:00 to 7:30 PM, and include free child care for the women and all-you-can-eat food. Instead of a tradition Sunday sermon, Sunday Suppers is similar to a devotion time with the women reading from the Bible, sharing stories and struggles, and praying for each other. Continue reading

Kentucky Church to Spread Gospel through Roku

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By Katy Hagerman

Wildwood Church of God in Ashland, Kentucky, actively integrates technology in almost all parts of their ministry. Wildwood utilizes a smartphone app, which has been active for six years, and is available on all phone operating systems, as well as tablets. This app allows people to register for events, view the church’s calendar, give online, read and submit prayer requests, access the Sunday morning service archives, and view the services live, as well as provide daily Bible reading and listening plans. Wildwood also uses Facebook and Twitter to share important updates for general news, as well as children’s and youth ministries, and urgent prayer requests. People can subscribe to these updates through either Twitter or text messaging. Taking advantage of even more technology, Wildwood Church recently announced the institution of a twenty-four-hour Roku channel. Continue reading