By Carl Stagner
There wasn’t much time to respond, but there was no question what had to be done. When public school teachers in Arizona went on strike beginning on Thursday, April 26, the church community didn’t hesitate. Uninterested in taking sides or entering the political fray, the church saw their role as simply ministry. For the single parent who must work during the school day, the church was there. For the student who relies on the school for daily sustenance, the church was there. For a community divided, the church was there with a message of hope. With no certain end to the teacher walkout in sight (as of Tuesday, May 1), Church of God congregations were among those hardest at work to meet the needs of their neighbors. Continue reading
Posted in All Church of God, Give Life, Western
Tagged Ahwatukee, Arizona, AZ, Central Christian Church, childcare, Colorado, community, Community of Hope, current events, education, government, Jeff Whye, Kimberly Tussing, Maricopa, Mountain Park Church, outreach, parents, Phoenix, politics, Rusty Akers, schools, single parents, students, teacher strike, teacher walkout, teachers, VBS
Some of the youth group of First Church of God.
By Carl Stagner
Take a look at 2100 Fruitland Ave, Atwater, California, on Google Maps. What you’ll find is that First Church of God is literally a stone’s throw away from Atwater High School. The front-row seat the California congregation has to roughly 1,800 students and their families is certainly incredible, but the church hasn’t sat down to enjoy the scenery. They’ve seized a number of opportunities God has presented them to minister to these teens and their families. What’s more, through their preschool established in 1964, they minister to children who one day accept their diplomas right across the street. Recently the church stepped out in faith to expand the preschool facility, as teachers reap the benefits of a Fruitland Christian School early education, and as parents on a waiting list eagerly knock on the door. Continue reading
Posted in All Church of God, Western
Tagged Atwater, Bill Barkman, CA, California, children, community, construction, education, expansion, First Church of God, Fruitland Christian School, high school, kids, new building, outreach, parents, preschool, renovation, student ministries, students, teachers, teens, youth
VBS 2017 at South Side Church of God.
By Lydia Sergeant
South Side Church of God in St. Louis, Missouri, held a fantastic Vacation Bible School late in the summer. This was their second year to host a Bible school that not only included children from their own church, but also families of children with special needs. Continue reading
Posted in All Church of God, Central
Tagged children's ministry, community, disability, families, family, handicap, kids, Lydia Sergeant, Missouri, MO, outreach, parents, Saint Louis, South Side Church of God, special needs, St. Louis, Vacation Bible School, VBS
Laura Tonks (right) with brothers at time of adoption.
By Megan DeBruyn
Growing up in a large family in Flushing, Michigan, American life was all that Laura Tonks ever knew. That is, until a chance encounter with her Korean birth mom forty-three years after she was given up for adoption changed everything. Continue reading
Posted in All Church of God, Great Lakes
Tagged adopted, Adoption, ancestry, answers, Clarkston, Clarkston Community Church, faces of the movement, Laura Tonks, MI, Michigan, mother, parents, quest, search, South Korea, testimony
Prepared by Randee Doe
1. It could happen to your children. As many as 300,000 children are sex-trafficked annually in the United States, with the average age being 12–14 years old! Kids from every race, economic situation, background, and home life are vulnerable to falling prey to a trafficker or pimp.
2. Know who your children’s friends are! Stranger danger doesn’t look the same as it did when you were a kid. Your child may be making friends with someone who is involved in a sex-trafficking ring or with someone who appears to be a cute and charming boyfriend. Many pimps use the “boyfriend” or “lover-boy” tactic to woo and win a girls love, loyalty, and trust. Continue reading
Posted in All Church of God, CHOG TraffickLight
Tagged awareness, children, CHOG TraffickLight, human trafficking, parents, prevention, Randee Doe, sex trafficking, teens, warning signs, youth