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April 9, 2013
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
I am writing to inform you that after eighteen months of prayer, research, and listening to your hopes, concerns and convictions, the Succession Committee, along with the Ministries Council, proudly recommends to the General Assembly a candidate for ratification. The Succession Committee looked at many resumes and applications, and interviewed several excellent candidates. Being led by the Holy Spirit in our process, on March 21, 2013 the Succession Committee unanimously and joyfully presented Rev. James Lyon to the Ministries Council. After a time of deliberation and interview, the Ministries Council unanimously approved the nomination. As Jim has accepted that nomination, it is my honor to present to you our General Director-Designate, Rev. James Lyon.
Jim is not a stranger to the Church of God. Many of you submitted his name in recommendation to this position. As spokesperson for CBH English (Christians Broadcasting Hope) since 1996, Jim has been one of the premier voices for the Church of God around the country. He was senior pastor at Fairview Church of God in Seattle, Washington for over eight years and has been senior pastor at Madison Park Church in Anderson, Indiana for the past twenty-two years—congregations that have reached out strongly to the communities in which they provide a tangible illustration of the love of God for humankind. He has spoken at the North American Convention (NAC) numerous times and around the world, providing a presence and voice for the Church of God here and in other countries as well.
Jim is articulate and passionate in his love for God's church and burden for a hurting world. He is a determined servant, willing to risk using unconventional methods in order to reach out to minister to those who may be powerless and voiceless. He has a global outlook, embodying the message that the Church of God holds so dear—a message of unity with all believers in Jesus Christ. He is a strong leader and a lover of the body of Christ. He is a man with vision and sensitivity to the Holy Spirit and faith in God's church.
It is my honor to chair the Succession Committee and to present to you Rev. James Lyon. Together with the Succession Committee, the Ministries Council strongly feels Jim is the person God has called to lead the Church of God into this next season of our ministry.
For your convenience, we have placed Jim's materials on the Church of God Ministries website at www.chog.org/gdd. Please prayerfully study the information, which includes Jim's resume, his faith statement, and his story of his journey with Christ.
The Ministries Council is providing an opportunity for you to send questions you may have to Jim by emailing: generaldirectorquestions@
I also want to make you aware that the Ministries Council has appointed a Transition Team to facilitate the outgoing General Director and the incoming General Director-Designate. It is the desire of each of us that this transition be smooth and orderly. To that end, Dr. Ronald Fowler will be working with both Dr. Duncan and Rev. Lyon as they begin to think about and plan for issues and items that normally arise in a transition.
I encourage you to continue to pray with us as you seek God's will for the Church of God. And as you vote on June 26, be mindful that Jim Lyon cannot do this task alone. The leaders of the Church of God have always relied strongly on the prayerful and practical support of the General Assembly. As Dr. Charles Myricks, Chief Operating and Development Officer of the National Association of the Church of God, reminds us frequently, "We are better together!"
We continue as your servants for Christ,
Rebecca New-Edson—Chair, Ministries Council of the Church of God
PO Box 2420 • Anderson, IN 46018
Christians are under attack in Congo.
As you are reading this, our brothers and sisters in the eastern area of the Democratic Republic of Congo are fleeing their homes and villages to avoid violent guerilla attacks in the region. According to Tim and Colleen Stevenson, our missionaries to Uganda, rebel fighters, believed to be backed by the neighboring country of Rwanda, are wreaking havoc, terrorizing the people in the Goma and Sake areas of the Congo (DR). This group is extremely dangerous and is targeting Christians and church leaders in the Congo (DR).
The Stevensons write, “The United Nations has a large contingent in Goma, Congo, and more than ten thousand in the country at large, but they are powerless or not mandated to do anything about this.”
You are not powerless. There is something you can do to help.
Click here to join with us in a compassionate response to refugees who have fled the violence and are desperately seeking food and shelter in Church of God churches in Uganda and Congo (DR). You may also contribute by sending your donation to Attn. Hunger Relief, Church of God Ministries, PO Box 2420, Anderson, Indiana 46018. Be certain to clearly designate your gift to Project #45.04501.
Church of God Ministries has dispatched emergency funds in the amount of $10,000 to provide food and clean water, but the need is greater. The Stevensons and church leaders in Rwanda and the Congo (DR) are pleading for your help in bringing relief to our fellow believers in Christ in the weeks ahead.
Hurricane Sandy victims still need your support.
Early reports from our Church of God pastors in the region hit by Hurricane Sandy, and the resulting tropical storm, expressed gratitude that many lives were spared, but we have since learned that vital ministries in two churches were significantly impacted. First Church of God in Far Rockaway (Queens) remains without power or heat, and much of the fellowship hall has been destroyed due to flooding. All of the furnishings, supplies, and materials in the daycare and church school were lost in flood waters that exceeded eight feet. At the Church of God in Freeport (Long Island), one section of the community center’s roof collapsed. This facility is used to provide hundreds of meals daily to the homeless and to reach children and families in need in the community, but the roof must be replaced before these important programs can resume.
Thank you for caring. Because of the generosity of our Church of God family, Church of God Ministries was able to send $20,000 in response to an initial request for funds. With your continued support, the churches can begin the much-needed repairs and provide temporary shelter, personal and household items, and clothing to those families that have suffered losses. There is still more work we can do together.
Click here to give online. You may also contribute by sending your donation to Attn. Hunger Relief Church of God Ministries, PO Box 2420, Anderson, Indiana 46018. Be certain to clearly designate your gift to Project #45.04502.
For questions regarding this and other disaster relief efforts in the United States and abroad, contact Don Smith, Disaster Relief Committee chair, at DSmith@chog.org or 800-648-2464, ext. 3047.
PHILIPPINES RAVAGED BY FLOOD
The Philippines stand in need of our immediate prayers and support. Since late July, several farming communities outside Manila have been ravaged by serious flooding caused by a typhoon, tropical storms, and torrential rain. Hundreds of thousands of families living in the area have been trapped in their homes or forced to evacuate. In the hardest hit areas, twenty-one Church of God congregations have been affected, including the newly established church at Polo, Valenzuela.
The floods in Manila and in the province of Bulacan have had dire consequences. Brother Eddie Viray writes, “The most that we can do for the meantime is to provide food that would meet the need of each family for one day. As much as we want to, we can only do modest things as we have merely limited resources.”
As we pray for the thousands of people affected by the floods, we look to you, the family of believers, to help us bring relief to these struggling communities. Your support is critical to meet the urgent need for supplies, including food and medicine. As the rains continue, we anticipate that additional funds will also be needed to begin the process of rebuilding, replanting, and restoring.
Click here to contribute online. You may also contribute by sending your donation to Church of God Ministries, Attention: Disaster Relief, PO Box 2420, Anderson, Indiana 46012. Be certain to clearly designate your gift to Project #45.04502.
For questions regarding this and other disaster relief efforts in the United States and abroad, contact Don Smith, Disaster Relief Committee Chair, 800-848-2464, ext. 3047.
Note: In crises where an immediate response is critical for relief, Church of God Ministries advances funds in anticipation of a gracious outpouring of donations from churches and individuals. Such advances are made from a limited Disaster Relief Fund maintained by Church of God Ministries for emergency response to disaster. 100% of Disaster Relief contributions are utilized to bring relief to those affected by disasters worldwide. 10% of donations are held in reserve to ensure adequate response to future disasters. CGM’s reserve fund is capped at $100,000.
Contributions to Church of God Ministries are under CGM’s full discretion and control as required by IRS regulations. Funds distributed, as allowed by the IRS, will be used in compliance with donor intent.
The Ministries Council calls the Church of God to set aside two days as days of prayer and fasting for the general director succession process. As you have been informed, the Ministries Council Succession Committee has been seeking the input of the church and preparing the process for the search for the future general director of Church of God Ministries. The search will be launched on Tuesday, September 4, 2012, and will continue through November 1, 2012. The Succession Committee has requested that the church be in prayer on Tuesday, September 4, and again on Thursday, November 1. Please commit to this time of concentrated prayer for the Church of God.
We ask that you faithfully pray for this process, in the following ways:
· Pray for the Holy Spirit to lead every element of the search and that each person involved will be open to God’s movement.
· Pray for the Succession Committee as they research all applicants and recommendations. Pray that they will be open and submissive to God’s Spirit.
· Pray for the person God is preparing for this role. Pray that God will call with clarity, that God will bring blessing upon the candidate as he or she moves through the process, that God will make it clear to the Succession Committee that this is the person, and that God will prepare the family involved.
· Pray for the Ministries Council as they guide the church during this critical time.
· Pray for Dr. Ron Duncan as he prepares to move into his next phase of ministry.
· Pray for the Church of God during this pivotal time in the life of the reformation movement.
The Ministries Council of the Church of God (Anderson) in the United States and Canada seeks your prayerful support as it embarks on the important work of identifying and selecting a new General Director for Church of God Ministries. As you may recall, it was announced at the 2011 General Assembly that Dr. Duncan plans to retire prior to the completion of his third and current term.
In order to accomplish the smooth transition desired, the Ministries Council is beginning a succession process to facilitate this change in leadership. The Ministries Council has selected a team to launch this process and to solicit input by listening to the church at large and providing engagement opportunities over the next few months. This team, along with a professional ministry leadership search consultant, will assess the needs of the church and develop a profile of required traits for the new General Director. The goal is to select a General Director designate to be presented to the General Assembly by June 2013. If ratified by the assembly, the new General Director would assume office on July 1, 2013.
Please pray for God’s leadership and wisdom as we proceed during this critical time in the life of the Church of God.
Yours in service,
Dr. Randall Spence, Chair
Ministries Council and General Assembly of the
Church of God (Anderson)
Good morning everyone! I just wanted to share an e-mail our congregation received last night from Sis. Paula...PRAISE GOD!
Praise Jehovah-Jireh for His blessings and guidance! Rev. and Sis. Reid have agreed to walk along side our congregation as interim pastors.
They will begin meeting with church leadership and members during June and begin regular pulpit duties in July.
Let us continue in prayer for the undershepherd God has prepared for us and for each other.
Blessings to you!
Love, Sis Paula
More information about the Reids will be posted as soon as possible here: http://accokeekchog.org/Pastor.html
Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at 6:00 pm the Prince George's County Board of Appeals will hold a public hearing regarding the construction of our new sanctuary bathrooms.
It is very important that we attend this hearing, so if you are able, please attend. The church van will be leaving at 5:00pm if you wish to ride along. Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to ride in the van so we can have a headcount.
"V-25-12 Accokeek First Church of God Request for a variance of 10 feet front yard setback from the right-of-way of Livingston Road to construct a one-story addition with basement at 15821 Livingston Road, Accokeek." http://cms.princegeorgescountymd.gov/Agenda/Agendas/BA_Agenda.pdf
The hearing will take place at the Prince George's County Administration Building, Room 2190.
Directions to the PG County Admin Building can be found here: http://www.princegeorgescountymd.gov/Government/LegislativeBranch/directions.asp
I hope everyone is having a wonderful Monday so far!
Have a few announcements to bring to everyone's attention. They should look familiar if you were at service yesterday.
1. Next Sunday Rev. Daryl Reid will be preaching and this Sunday will also be the Children's Sunday. Invite someone to come to church with you to be blessed!
2. Next Sunday will also be our 5th Sunday Singspiration. Marbury Church of God will be hosting. All are invite to attend and/or participate. Service typically starts around 5pm or 6pm but we will provide a final time as soon as we have it.
3. If you are willing to volunteer as a Wee Worship teacher, our children would be so appreciative! Please e-mail email@example.com and we will forward your e-mail to Sis. Sabrina Franklin. Or course you may contact Sis. Sabrina directly if you have her e-mail or phone number.
4. Leadership Council members, please remember to submit your electronic report to Sis. Paula no later than Tuesday, April 24th.
5. Family Fun Night is this Friday, April 27th at 7pm!
6. Youth Night is scheduled for May 4th at 7pm!
The Community Church of God in Dunn Loring, Virginia is once again holding it's Spring Convention Memorial Day weekend (May 25-27). It is a wonderful time for youth to come together to fellowship and worship the Lord. A worship service is held each evening and is open to everyone.
I attended this convention nine years ago and was truly blessed by meeting all the young and faithful people in attendance. I encourage all young people to ask their parents if they can attend and equally encourage everyone to attend the worship services.
If you wish to obtain a copy of the schedule, convention guidelines, and permission slips, please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.