Launch Day at Avenue Church back in September.
By Carl Stagner
For many, the New Year is a chance to start over. Until recently, the Church of God in Ontario, Ohio, had experienced a season of decline and desperately needed a fresh start. But this congregation wasn’t about to wait until the dawn of 2019 to get moving again. A new pastor, a new name, a new structure, and a new vision—all in just seven months—have proven catalytic in the turnaround Avenue Church is currently experiencing. Continue reading
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Origins community block party at their new building.
By Carl Stagner
Ontario, Oregon, is a community of roughly 14,000 people, but like many small towns, many different small congregations gather in separate buildings on Sunday, often on the same street, sometimes singing the same music, and certainly worshiping the same God. Yet the mission has been given to all followers of Christ to make disciples, and the prayer of Christ is that we would be one. In contrast to the norm, two congregations in Ontario recently took a step in the right direction. As a result, both groups were more blessed than before, and one was overwhelmed by an incredible act of generosity and kingdom-mindedness. By such a not-so-random act of kindness, they proved that Jesus is indeed the subject. Continue reading
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Reaching out to the disabled through fellowship and food.
By Noel Marquis
Pastors Bob and Cecile Barnhart of the Church of God at London in London, Ontario, are making a major difference in the lives of disabled people in their community. Though the Abilities Outreach ministry was officially launched in September, Pastors Bob and Cecile were inspired to reach out to the disabled before they began serving at the Church of God at London in 1999. The passion was sparked when Cecile began working at the Oxford County Branch of the Canadian Health Association. Continue reading
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