Dedication service crowd fills the new sanctuary!
By Carl Stagner
It was nearing the middle of the night on Wednesday, March 8, 2017. Instead of sleeping, several of the saints of Green Valley Church of God, in St. Albans, West Virginia, were wide awake. They’d gathered in the parking lot, gazing in horror as smoke and flame engulfed the place where they’d accepted Christ, got baptized, grew in their faith, and/or made lifelong friends. Thoughts raced through their minds: What’s next? How will this affect the ministry here? What in the world does God have in mind? In the trauma of the moment, God’s sovereign hand was hard to detect. But out of the bad, God was working for the good, ushering in a new beginning for Green Valley Church of God. Continue reading
Posted in All Church of God, Give Life, Northeast
Tagged building, construction, damage, David Bowen, devastation, facility, fire, Green Valley Church of God, Mitchell Burch, property, rebuilding, recovery, restoration, Saint Albans, St. Albans, Tom Coll, turnaround, West Virginia, WV
By Carl Stagner
September 20, 2017. To most of the country, that date holds no particular significance. But in Puerto Rico, that date will long be remembered as the day everything changed for almost everyone. Hurricane Maria, the strongest hurricane to hit Puerto Rico in one hundred years, left widespread devastation in its wake. Utility companies have struggled to restore power, businesses have struggled to reopen, and some churches have even closed their doors. A mass exodus of citizens, without precedent in the history of the territory, has only made the problem worse. Though media coverage has waned, the need for restoration of property—and hope—is more critical than ever. Moved with compassion and compelled by the Spirit, Florida Ministries, the Hispanic Council (Concilio Hispano), Helping Hands in Motion, and Florida congregations are coming together for Puerto Rico on the third of June for what they’re calling Hurricane Sunday. Continue reading
Posted in All Church of God, Disaster Relief, Southeast
Tagged aid, Amanda Chambers, damage, disaster, Florida Church of God Ministries, Florida Ministries, fundraiser, fundraising, Helping Hands, Hispanic Council, Hispano Concilio, hurricane, Hurricane Maria, Hurricane Sunday, Isaias Marquez, Ken Love, Puerto Rico, rebuilding, restoration, Richard Fields, weather, work teams
Jim Lyon speaks to leaders in Egypt.
By Ken Oldham
The birth of the Protestant Reformation is attributed to Martin Luther nailing his Ninety-five Theses on the door of the Wittenberg Church (Germany) on October 31, 1517. All across the region, this 500th anniversary has been remembered, and the evangelical churches in Egypt began planning months ago to have a special event of their own, encouraging each church group to seek international guests to join the celebration. The Church of God in Egypt was delighted to have Global Strategy regional coordinator Patrick Nachtigall, U.S.-Canada general director Jim Lyon, and Pastor Marcus Archer of Crosspoint Church (Natchez, Mississippi) accept their invitation to join the celebration, November 17–19, in Cairo. Continue reading
Posted in All Church of God, Global Strategy, Youth Ministries
Tagged Blue Mountain Community Church, Cairo, church expansion, church growth, Coptic, Crosspoint Church, Egypt, Ernest LaFont, Europe and the Middle East, Europe-Middle East, Global Strategy, government, international, International Youth Convention, IYC, Jim Lyon, leaders, Luther, Marcus Archer, meetings, missions, Mississippi, MS, Natchez, offerings, pastors, Patrick Nachtigall, Protestant Reformation, rebuilding, Spread the Word, STW, testimony, transportation, travel, WA, Walla Walla, Washington, youth
CHOG Albuquerque team members unloading material in Texas.
By Carl Stagner
Pastor Greg Smith lived in Houston, Texas, from 2010 to 2013, where attended First Church of God. Over those three years, he got to know Texas pastors Tim Gould, Jim Fiertag, and Tim West. During that period, he also worked on a Homeland Security grant, and was a part of a three-person team that wrote the Mass Fatality Incident Response Plan for the city of Houston and thirteen surrounding counties. Though he now lives in Pennsylvania and pastors First Church of God in Punxsutawney, the Hurricane Harvey disaster hit home for Greg. It should come as no surprise that Greg’s church would respond. But what he might not have expected was the incredible show of support from a dozen churches across Western Pennsylvania. Continue reading
Posted in All Church of God, Central, Disaster Relief, Northeast
Tagged aid, Albuquerque, better together, cooperation, crisis, Disaster Relief, First Church of God, Greg Smith, Houston, Hurricane Harvey, New Beginnings Church of God, New Mexico, NM, PA, Pennsylvania, Punxsutawney, rebuilding, supplies, Texas, truck, TX, unity, Western Pennsylvania, working together
Houston street sign warns, “Road may flood” (courtesy June Sherman).
By Carl Stagner
Church of God, it’s time. It’s time to be the hands and feet of Jesus to our brothers and sisters in Texas. It’s time to be hope to the people who have lost loved ones, homes, businesses, and churches. It’s time to make a difference. Whether God is leading you to give generously, donate supplies, or assemble work teams for upcoming opportunities to rebuild homes, now is the time to act. While this nightmare is far from over for tens of thousands of people, the outpouring of support for the Lone Star State is proving that they are not alone. The latest updates to the Church of God Ministries Disaster Relief Team are both sobering and encouraging. Continue reading
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Tagged aid, crisis, damage, Disaster Relief, Disaster Relief Committee, Disaster Relief Team, DRC, flooding, floods, Houston, Houston First Church of God, humanitarian, Hurricane Harvey, June Sherman, Parkgate Community Church of God, Pasadena, rebuilding, Texas, Tim Gould, Tim West, Timothy West, tropical storm, TX, volunteer, work teams