Mississippi messenger SPRING 2015 Jerry Dennis is a vibrant young 6 year old who has a very strong love for God and is truly a walking miracle. His mother, Tammy, shares of a time when she was 3 months pregnant, she experienced a horrible relationship situation that almost lead to a miscarriage. Praise God, Jerry is alive and well and has a true desire to serve God with his life. As a single mom, Tammy often struggles financially, so to help save money for him for college she began to save loose change when he was a baby. One Sunday at church, Jerry learned of YWEA and A Heart for The Homeland. Jerry asked his mom many questions about it and she simply explained about the ministry opportunity to raise money for Israel, God’s chosen people. Jerry was so moved by what his mother was telling him he asked if he could tithe his college savings to give to YWEA! So far, Jerry has raised over $600 for Israel. Let’s get behind A Heart for the Homeland this year. If a 6 year old can hear the vision and give WE CAN TOO! June 3-5 - Camp Meeting June 8-12 - Teen Camp June 15-19 - Middle Camp June 22-26 - Primary Camp July 16-20 - Baltimore ICE August 3-7 - Teen Talent Cleveland, TN The YWEA deadline for State Recognition at Camp Meeting is May 15th. The YWEA giving deadline for A Heart for the Homeland is July 31st. From the Bishop’s Desk A Great Challenge is Facing the Church of God in Mississippi... MIP Graduates 2014-201 Drew Carr Larry Edwards Both churches and pastors are facing a crisis of faith and clarity! A poll from George Washington University (August, 2014) found that 70% of Americans believe the country (USA) is going in the wrong direction. Retired Admiral Vernon Clark, recently said, “Executive leadership is failing, not because they do not know what to do, but because they do not have the courage and moral integrity to do what is needed.” Admiral Clark, the son of a Pentecostal pastor, believes that the church in America is running “hallow”. Hallow means that we are not ready to do what must be done to fix the challenges and spiritual crisis among Christians. He added that Christian leaders (both clergy and laity) must have the clarity to know just who they are, and where they want to go with their life for Christ. Just what are the big challenges facing the Church of God in Mississippi? It is to show the courage, honesty, and diligence of faith to do the following: Keep Christ at the center of our calling. Renew the commitments to tithe to our local churches. Renewing the commitment to report faithfully The lack of growth in so many of our churches cries for an answer. Matthew 28:3 says, “Seek first the Kingdom of God and all these things shall be added to you.” Pastors and church leaders, we hold a sacred trust. I pray that our resolve is stronger than ever to build great churches by leading with excellence and integrity. I am sure as you look at this issue of the Mississippi Messenger you will notice that there are fewer churches than before that are listed as NR=Not Reporting than in previous months. Also, I rejoice for the month of March that we have seen another great improvement in reducing the not reporting. I am so very proud of our great pastors who have encouraged their congregations to not only tithe and give but also to report and send the tithe of tithe to state and international offices. Please make this the last issue where we see churches listed as NR=Not Reporting. I also call for your support of Camp Meeting and our Summer Youth Camps. I am praying that we will see the greatest spiritual results in Camps that we have ever seen in Mississippi. Please make sure that the children and young people from your church are able to come to Youth Camps this summer. Joey Smith Morgan Knowles Carr Kyle Pickett Brad Stokes CAMS Graduates - Fall 2014 Lyndsey Bell Tony Cospelich Nicolas Eubanks Priscilla Joles Cody Herring Cameron Moody Amanda Thompson Scotty Smith Johnathan Way CAMS Graduates - Spring 201 Randall Buchanan Anthony Cole Jarred Havard Joshua Pounders George Cannon Robert Dossett Vance Kimble Brentley Rawson Hannah Carr Patricia Easley Rebekah Lee Christy Sudduth Brian Chisolm Ronald Gibson Evan Oliver Leterice Townsend Clarence Tilghman MIP Coordinator Lamar Davis Loretta Smith Chairman James McElroy W. D. Hill The Cross Roads Church of God in Foxworth, MS recently celebrated the 90th birthday of Reverend Joe N. Miller, their pastor, on a special Pastor Appreciation Day which included being chauffeured to church and walking "the red carpet". He was presented gifts from every department and video testimonies from past and present members were shown. Brother Miller has been in the ministry for over 63 years with 21 years serving the Cross Roads Church of God. During this past year, he was blessed to be able to baptize his oldest member ever who is 83 years old and dedicate his first set of twins. Larry G. Hess Administrative Bishop He continues to lead his congregation with wisdom and Godly principles. We as a congregation feel blessed to have him as our pastor and friend. Keep a vision for World Missions and for The fate of the Church of God in Mississippi rests in your hands. Pray with me that leaders in Mississippi will stand for what is right and pleasing to God. Lewis Maples As your Bishop, I seek to exalt and praise God for He is making 2015 a “Year of Miracles”. Together we will impact Mississippi for Christ. as a church to the State Office and International Office. Evangelism. Alex Jackson Daniel Smith CAMS Coordinator William Powell Judd Vowell Mississippi Statistical Summary Church and Pastor On Tithes Campus Worship 3,824.44 1,036.00 2,558.90 480.00 4,211.36 1,539.50 526.45 37 41 54 9 20 15 19 56 46 75 9 33 25 26 10,101.43 N/R 21,838.38 2,425.69 N/R 56 0 71 11 0 66 0 165 10 0 562.70 2,448.27 N/R 7 0 0 10 24 0 7,090.75 8,697.13 0.00 302.25 1,047.36 N/R 61 55 11 16 35 0 66 76 11 17 50 0 577.00 21,264.78 1,459.00 4,058.97 4,577.00 4,720.83 343.36 6,820.40 13 258 29 33 30 49 8 71 21 233 45 41 54 39 8 53 2,635.00 1,478.78 3,706.75 1,347.05 2,093.00 2,127.00 N/R 3,347.00 3,939.75 1,020.75 21 0 34 35 32 24 0 0 35 21 57 22 46 38 65 27 0 42 75 25 Greenwood District God's Harvest, Tim Howell Greenwood, Michael Mooneyham Isola, Linda Goad Moorhead, Keith Davis New Beginnings, Willie Hart Yazoo City, Bobby Housley Grenada District Gatewood, Fred Moorman Grenada Church of God, James McElroy Lighthouse Church of God, Farrell Wilson North Shady Grove, Jerry Hill Springdale Family WC, Shannon Kendall Stonefield, Mark Moore Water Valley, Jerry James Vaughn Winona, Jesse Strider Gulf Coast District Amazing Love Ministry Center, Dwayne Blackwell Bay St Louis, Charles Hand Faith Chapel, Ronald Bear Gulfport Church of God, Travis Taylor Gulfport, River of Life, Thomas Ray Clute Mitchell Chapel, Neal Ramage People Mission, Joe Nichols Picayune, John Blaine Rivers of Living Waters, Carolyn Jackson Victory Temple, Michael Brown Destiny Church, Don Hooper Mahned Church of God, Loretta Smith New Life Church of God Purvis, Victor Stewart Runnelstown, Nathan Franklin Spiritual Life Center, Eric Richard Trinity Heights, Bevon Joe Smith Canton, End Time Harvest, James Robertson Christway Church of God, Ronnie Walters Elton Woods Church of God, Steve Bullion Faith Family Church, Mickel Dykes Quest Community Church, Ed Hauser Refuge Church, D. Tony Winkler Westhaven, Charles Finch 17,484.96 966.25 1,884.38 19,370.18 4,942.00 8,264.82 N/R 131 0 27 139 32 58 0 150 8 52 153 48 100 0 551.30 24,941.26 5,672.04 8,511.94 2,833.43 8,120.58 2,223.68 0 125 53 47 23 55 51 13 190 55 71 87 95 30 Lucedale District Beaumont, Russell Brown Benndale, Richard Maples Eastview, Milton Robinson Leaf, Billy Byrd Leakesville, Boyd Beech Lighthouse Family Worship Center, Donnie Havard Lucedale Church of God, Dennis Laughlin McLain Church of God, Lewis D Maples 5,674.00 6,579.00 2,056.75 2,802.00 2,005.52 0 28 51 19 13 0 43 51 22 18 5,031.21 14,381.14 6,544.64 65 127 72 46 130 60 14,083.18 N/R 2,175.49 71 0 29 188 0 23 Meridian District Cornerstone, Todd Tilghman Temple of Praise, James Steele Union, Lester Miles Mid-South (Laurel) District Avera, Barry Sullivan Church of the Harvest, Robert Lewis Clara Church of God, Rick Lal County Line, Curtis Sullivan Harvest Temple, Eddie Bean Ignite Church, Curtis Pitts Richton, Pettis Brewer Strong Tower Worship Center, Danny Atkinson 1,099.83 1,266.67 28,650.63 3,170.46 14,215.00 19,210.00 1,824.18 26 14 174 19 70 232 36 35 26 130 19 103 369 47 4,123.00 171 163 18,750.00 1,217.15 N/R 14,012.27 534.25 9,379.13 8,265.02 224 7 0 155 14 41 40 347 14 0 159 14 75 80 Morton District All Seasons Worship Center, Tim Lott Magee, David Dean Mendenhall, Kevin Walker Morton Church of God, Randy Rigney Raleigh South Shady Grove, Randy Barry Warren Waco, Jeremy Smith Church and Pastor On Tithes Campus Worship Crossroads, Joe Miller Magnolia Church of God, J. Demond Kennedy 6,164.90 99 64 3,119.25 32 26 606.38 6 7 Morgantown, Cory Odom 21,186.11 292 246 Mt Carmel, Tim Bass Mays Creek, Patrick Regan 11,923.48 155 116 Mt Sinai 1,312.75 18 22 Richland Creek, Terry Bradley 5,222.34 43 49 4,256.00 871.00 5,186.10 455.04 1,605.00 4,569.90 7,417.01 N/R 1,600.00 2,632.75 2,656.04 56 9 17 23 0 25 34 0 5 21 74 44 9 41 25 33 37 60 0 0 18 74 3,813.33 590.27 3,435.05 604.75 842.75 716.25 3,181.02 3 0 28 24 16 0 29 39 8 61 18 14 12 30 North Delta (Charleston) District Charleston, Lamar Davis Clarksdale, Jimmy Chapman Community Church of God, Eric Gregg Crenshaw, Linda Hicks Friendship, Ricky T. Cook Goodwill Worship Center, Anthony Dean New Hope, Raymond Aven New Horizon, William J. Williams New Life, Marks, Ivory Sims Sumner The Whosoever Church of God, Matt Hill Northeast (Iuka) District Booneville, Keith Skelton Corinth, Al Cranford Iuka Church of God, Rodney Windham Oak Grove, Todd Kemp Ripley, Willie Ralph Raines Union Chapel, James Mooney Wheeler, Kevin Balius Northern (Southaven) District Abundant Life Church, Michael Holland Center Hill Church of God, Billy Shelby Colonial Hills, Raymos Willard New Beginnings, Walls Senatobia, Jody Boling 5,044.00 1,381.50 7,000.00 2,159.50 5,609.50 35 19 50 0 83 47 24 57 37 46 3,367.74 2,627.40 3,062.25 3,063.00 9 60 28 11 23 40 43 21 6,150.25 18,559.82 799.25 1,230.00 5,046.44 10,638.12 13,193.08 16,617.25 51 233 36 20 32 32 71 47 68 198 25 23 56 51 49 96 Pearl River District Decatur Church of God, Ed Dickerson Freetrade, Mark Gill Hudson Chapel, Tim Lee Bedwell Oak Ridge, Daniel Richardson Philadelphia, Sean Rodgers Pleasant Hill, Ronnie Clark Reid Chapel, Harmon Smith Rocky Hill, Brett Cooper On Tithes Campus Worship Baxterville, Terry Rayborn Columbia West, Earl Delane Turnage Columbia, Lakeview, A. D. Gammill Life Church of God, Larry Massey Murray Hill, Joe Robbins 1,948.09 4,741.25 6,973.01 17,272.17 N/R 26 22 71 66 0 30 32 51 214 0 2,021.00 7,187.76 2,637.30 2,330.50 28,311.64 4,796.18 18,213.98 49 66 13 22 206 43 163 48 70 17 30 162 52 124 7,767.32 1,830.00 1,037.50 2,678.00 7,634.91 27,051.10 60 29 22 17 53 459 78 32 14 31 60 159 1,622.50 1,083.63 3,597.61 5,554.44 N/R 25 13 24 84 0 25 38 40 66 0 3,078.23 2,106.50 3,176.09 1,129.22 375.00 18,126.93 2,287.29 15 16 33 45 0 88 63 15 16 25 45 0 107 155 400.00 1,855.38 9,234.54 1,939.50 903.50 6,366.46 2,326.47 1,608.00 1,866.00 34,545.31 706.84 7 11 74 0 9 70 32 0 75 130 0 10 11 103 65 17 70 50 16 115 332 27 Southwest District Brookhaven Bude, Daniel Smith Clay Hill, Allan Touchstone McCall Creek, Travis Touchstone Natchez McNeely Rd COG, Brian Monehan Parkview Church of God, Eddie King Praise Cathedral, Lee Miley Starkville District Ackerman, James Little Bradley, Patricia Pratt Hamilton, Open Door WC, Donald Morgan Maben Church of God, Kerry Collins Mathiston Church of God, Michael Mann Starkville Church of God, Jesse Duncan Tabernacle of Faith & Deliverance, Othell Sullivan Transformational Church West Point, Al Stockton West Point, Progress St., William Golden Yorkville Heights, Bobby Richardson Thorn District Daniels Temple, W. D. Hill Fame Church of God, Kenneth Smith Houston Church of God, James Crutcher New Life (Iglesia Nueva Vida), Alberto Mejia Open Door, Johnnie Bradford Thorn Church of God, Arnold Amason True Vine Church of God, Martha Williams Tupelo District Pascagoula District Biloxi, Lighthouse, Steve Weston Gautier Church of God, Rodger Flowers New Vision, Jeffrey Saksa Pascagoula, Eugene Eubanks Church and Pastor South Central District Mt. Carmel District Jackson District Cleveland/Greenville District Cleveland, Greg Chamblee Greenville, Family Worship Greenville, New Life Hollandale Church of God, David Jones Mt Zion New Beginnings, Gospel Hr Fellowship, William Powell Pilgrim Rest Church of God, Howard Haar Walton Chapel, Linnie Maples On Tithes Campus Worship Hattiesburg District Bethany District Abundant Life, Jimmie Smith Bethany, Duran Palmertree Eupora, Glenda Mays Eupora West, Jason Smith Immanuel Church of God, Will Lott McCool Church of God William Springs, John Lumbley Church and Pastor NOVEMBER 2014 - FEBRUARY 2015 Baldwyn, Marvin Henry Gattman, Clarence Roberts Grace Pointe Church of God, Eddie Fowler Harvest Temple, C. Shane Ray Harvest Time, David Hall New Albany, Holy Temple, Charles Ferrell New Vision Worship Center, Taylor Shaffer Okolona, James Armstrong Open Door Worship Center, C. Shane Ray Tupelo Church of God, Judd Vowell Tupelo, del Dios Vivo, Alberto Mejia THE POWER OF MIRACLES SCHEDULE OF SERVICES WEDNESDAY EVENING SERVICE SE OPENING SERVICE/YOUTH SERVICE/YOUT EMPHASIS - 7:00 P.M. THURSDAY MORNING SERVICE SER - 10:00 A.M. LARRY & BRENDA HESS THURSDAY EVENING SERVICE SER ORDINATION SERVICE @ 6:45 P.M. EVANGELISM/MISSION PRAYER RAYER MEETING FRIDAY MORNING @ 9:00 A.M. DEWAYNE & MARY MOREE WOMEN’S WORSHIP SERVICE FRIDAY MORNING @ 9:00 A.M. YOUTH & DISCIPLESHIP DIRECTOR WORLD MISSIONS SERVICE - FRIDAY MORNING @ 10:30 A.M. FRIDAY EVENING SERVICE SERVI MIP/CAMS GRADUATION & MEMORIAL SERVICE @ 6:30 P.M. KEVIN WALLACE WEDNESDAY EVENING J. DAVID STEPHENS THURSDAY EVENING JIMMY SMITH DEWAYNE MOREE FRIDAY EVENING THURSDAY MORNING CHUCK DUNCAN FRIDAY MORNING JOYCE STEPHENS WOMEN’S WORSHIP SERVICE State Women’s Retreat March 27-2, 215 Marriott Hotel Jackson Mississippi Over 450 ladies were “transformed” at our State Women’s Retreat in March. I appreciate so much those of you who attended. I have received many messages of how much everyone enjoyed the retreat and how the Spirit of the Lord moved mightily. For your convenience we have made the audio from the Women’s Retreat available online at mscog.org. Summer Camp Meeting is scheduled for June 3-5 and will be held at the Christway Church of God in Flowood. I encourage you to make plans now to attend. I am so excited that this year we will be having a Women’s Worship Service on Friday Morning at 9:00 a.m. and our special guest speaker will be Joyce Stephens. Joyce is the wife of Dr. J. David Stephens our 1st Assistant General Overseer. I do appreciate your kindness and generosity given to me. If I can ever be of assistance to you please do not hesitate to call upon me. I am here to serve you. Sincerely Congratulations to our 2015 Junior Teen Talent Winners & Run- Junior Talent Art Division Drawing Bible Division Teen Talent Music Division Drama Division Art Division Individual Bible Quizzing Female Vocal Solo Group Exp./Int. Movement Short Story Monologue Chaz Holman Mt. Carmel Runner Up Joah Moree ChristWay Runner-Up Jaiden Laughlin Lucedale Runner-Up KROSS Morgantown Runner-Up Lauren Parkinson* Faith Family Church Michaela Heitger Tupelo Winner Hayden Amundson Mt. Carmel Winner Abby Kelly All Seasons Winner Acts 2 (Jr.) Praise Cathedral Winner Poetry Mixed Media Natalie Dixon Mt. Carmel Winner Oil/Acrylic Painting Large Vocal Ensemble Group Human Video Alex Price Morgantown Runner-Up Lucedale COG Lucedale The Shining Lights Mt. Carmel Jr. Fuse Tupelo Lauren Parkinson* Faith Family Church Winner Creative Writing Division Michaela Heitger Tupelo Runner-Up Articles & Essays Nathan Kratzer Mt. Carmel Winner Amanda Williams Mt. Carmel Nathan Kratzer Mt. Carmel Runner-Up Kaitlyn Amundson Mt. Carmel Winner Jose Martinez Mt. Carmel Runner-Up Hayden Amundson Mt. Carmel Winner Joshua Buchanan Mt. Carmel Male Vocal Solo Caleb Stokes Bude Winner Amason Girls South Shady Grove Winner Percussion Indefinite Pitch Presentation—Non Video Winner Winner Small Vocal Ensemble Multi-Media Division Textiles Will Smith Mt. Carmel Winner Short Story Photography Winner Team Bible Quizzing Winner Winner Winner Joseph Bass Mt. Carmel Runner-Up Hannah Broome* Praise Cathedral Winner Ashton Killingsworth* All Seasons Winner Small Vocal Ensemble Solo Mime Jeremiah Haynes Life Church of God Winner Forest Fire Student Min.* Runner-Up All Seasons ChristWay Ladies Ens.* ChristWay Hunter Wilson Moorhead Runner-Up Mt. Carmel Youth Mt. Carmel Jr. Fuse Tupelo Winner Haley Kelley* Praise Cathedral Winner Second Chance Drama Team* Winner Tupelo The Fuse Ensemble* Tupelo Solo Pantomime Winner Runner-Up Anastasia Crout All Seasons Runner-Up Winner Joshua Sumrall* Morgantown Winner Group Synchronized Mvmt. The Overcomers Tupelo Winner Winner Runner-Up Gabe Stokes* Bude Winner Jeremy Ruiz Mt. Carmel Winner Runner-Up Abby Briggs* ChristWay Winner Mt. Carmel Youth* Mt. Carmel Freedom* Moorhead Winner Acts 2 (Teen) Praise Cathedral Runner-Up Small Instrumental Ensemble ODWC Yth “Youth at War”* Open Door Worship Winner Mt. Carmel Youth* Mt. Carmel Ignite JV Morgantown Runner-Up Noah Allen Life Church of God Runner-Up Second Chance Drama Team* Winner Tupelo Abby Briggs* ChristWay Winner Solo Exp./Int. Movement Runner-Up Peyton Nanney Tupelo Winner Hannah Broome Praise Cathedral Runner-Up Presentation—Non-Video Kaylee Heitger* Tupelo Winner Darron Davis Moorhead Group Exp./Int. Movement Multi-Media Division Winner Bible Division Individual Bible Teaching—Youth Logan Fortenberry Morgantown Winner Mt. Carmel Youth Mt. Carmel Runner-Up Ignite JV* Morgantown Winner Runner-Up Lucedale COG* Lucedale Winner *Indicates Superior Rating Runner-Up Joseph Bass* Mt. Carmel Winner Brass Anastasia Crout* All Seasons Winner Caleb Franklin* Morton Runner-Up Roman Black* Tupelo Winner Piano Female Vocal Solo Forest Fire Student Min. All Seasons Branen Carter Morgantown Percussion Indefinite Pitch Music Division Team Bible Quizzing Winner Strings Plucked Group Synchronized Movement Darron Davis* Moorehead Josie Mae Bell Tupelo Winner Runner-Up Photography Solo Pantomime Large Vocal Ensemble Chris Bolton Tupelo Solo Mime Winner Winner Contemporary Christian Performance Group Pantomime Sculpture Textiles Monologue Josie Mae Bell Tupelo Group Human Video Oil/Acrylic Painting Group Skit Jon Brantlee Pedigo Praise Cathedral Winner Runner-Up Runner-Up Jr. Fuse Tupelo Jaela Moree ChristWay Kaylee Heitger Tupelo Mt. Carmel COG Girls Club Mt. Carmel Runner-Up Runner-Up Male Vocal Solo Drawing Chaz Holman Mt. Carmel Natalie Dixon Mt. Carmel Music Division Cont. Group Pantomime The Shining Lights Mt. Carmel Piano Drama Division Mikala B. Holmes Morgantown Runner-Up Joseph Bass* Mt. Carmel Winner Taylor Vowell* Tupelo Runner-Up Electronic Keyboard Bryce Callie Lott* All Seasons Winner Michael Armstrong* Daniels Temple Winner Woodwind Zach Clark Mt. Carmel Winner The purpose of the Inner City Experience is to offer a short term, life-altering experience that affects the participant’s worldview beyond the event. Reserving Space - Your group will be staying at the 45-acre campus of Freedom Church. At the campus, you will experience host style lodging. Each person will need to bring a sleeping bag or twin sheets for the twin beds. In addition, you will need to bring necessary personal toiletry and shower items. Pricing - The price for the experience is $350 per person, including all training, ministry activities, breakfast and lunch daily, three dinners, transportation, lodging, and a team shirt. The price is based on 4 nights stay. Application and Deposit - You will send your $50 Deposit to the State Office no later than May 1st. However, please let our office know your interest so we can work on transportation from Mississippi to Baltimore. Final payment - Final payment for your outreach is due two weeks prior to arrival. Baltimore ICE - Applications and $50 deposit must be mailed by May 15th! Youth Camp - All Balances and Applications due on May 15th! Youth Camp Staff - Confirmation letters will be mailed between May 15th and June 1st.
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