Friday, August 5, 2011

Overseer's Insight: August 2011

Dear Saints:

I recently  received the totals for our Summer Youth Camps.  In all of the four camps there was a total of 173 Campers and 124 Staff.  There were 41 Saved, 43 Sanctified, 45 Baptized in the Holy Spirit, and 32 that were Water Baptized.  Thank God for these wonderful Experiences!  Again, these statistics demonstrate how critical our Camping Program is in ministering to the Youth in our churches and for those that come from a non-church background.  I am thankful for all of our dedicated staff, directors, and our Coordinators, Bob and Donella Gaines.  They all did a terrific job and we indeed are thankful for their hearts of ministry to our youth.

Washington State Convention
Sister Knoblich and I came back a couple of weeks ago from the Alaska State Convention in Anchorage.  My how the Spirit of the Lord ministered, right from the first session!  I am expecting no less for our Washington State Convention in just a couple of weeks.  We look forward to seeing you there!  Be prayed up and ready to enter into some fantastic worship and ministry of the Word!

Please make sure that you have your rooms reserved!  State Convention will be held at the Red Lion in Kennewick, Columbia Center. It will be on August 19-21, 2011.  Dr. Hector Ortiz, International Director, Center for Biblical Leadership, will be our special guest speaker from the International Offices.  Dr. Alvin Padilla, Dean of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Hispanic Ministries, will also be with us during our Graduation Ceremony for those graduating from the Diploma Program!

I am hearing that a good number have already registered.  So, please make plans now to attend a glorious and spirit-packed Convention.  Please note that the room block was taken off as of August 1st.  However, if you call right away and tell them you are with the Church of God of Prophecy, you may get the special room rate.   The number for the  Red Lion is (509-783-0611).

E.L.I.T.E.  (Emerging Leadership Intensive Training Excursion)
September 23-25, 2011 at the Kirkland Family Church, there is going to be a powerful weekend of training for our older teens and for young adults.  State Youth Ministries Director, Sister Shelly Symonds states that this weekend will be specifically designed for those who want to deepen their understanding of the Word of God, for those wanting to know how to share Christ, for those feeling that God is calling them and how to start on that journey.  There will be information given on being a licensed minister and the importance of continuing your education (e.g., S.O.P.A.S and Gordon Conwell).  There will also be  practical information given on ways to study the Bible and the importance of prayer.  So, again, please mark this date on your calendars and encourage all youth that are aspiring to be leaders in the church to attend this important training session.

Regional Ladies Retreat
We have just received word that the Regional Ladies Retreat will be held at the Red Lion at the Quay in Vancouver, WA on November 4-6, 2011.  This is the Retreat that is directed by Sister Cathy Payne, International Women’s Ministries Director.  So, ladies, mark this date on your calendars and get ready for a Fantastic Retreat!

Events Calendar for 2011
August 19-21              Washington State Convention - Kennewick

September 22-25         Institute of Children’s Ministry - Ridgecrest, NC
September 23-25         E.L.I.T.E. Training (Shelly Symonds) - Kirkland Family Church
September 23-26         Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary - Boise, ID                          
                                    (Introduction To Pentecostalism - Dr. Ortiz)

October                       Clergy Appreciation Month
October 27-30             Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary - Kirkland Family Church
                                    (Church and Community - Dr. Eliana Runyon)

November 4-6             Regional Ladies Retreat (Cathy Payne) - Vancouver, WA
November 11-13         Pastor's Wives Retreat - Cannon Beach, OR

“Seek Ye The Peace Of The City
Bishop/Dr. Don Knoblich

Convention Nursery Needs Volunteers

I am in need of nursery workers for State Convention this year. As of now, no one has volunteered except for Granger. I need 4 groups of at least 3 workers. Youth are okay as long as there is an adult to supervise. Please ask your congregations and let me know if anyone is interested. If we do not get volunteers this year we will not have nursery at convention. This is a much needed ministry at convention. Thank you for you attention to this matter.
Pastor Samantha Bradley

Calling All Ushers for State Convention

Dear Pastors, Head Ushers and State Leaders,

Greetings in the name of the Lord and Savior.  Our Annual State Convention is coming up very soon and I am expecting a great time of blessings in the Spirit of the Lord.  It gives me great pleasure to visit and fellowship with all my brothers and sisters in Christ during this annual event.

This year as in years past, I am going to need assistance from all the churches to help with ushering during the convention. I want to take this time to thank those churches and individuals who have provided assistance in the past.  Although many have volunteered so faithfully in the past, at times there has been a shortage of help. It would be so helpful, and very much appreciated if each church could assign at least one individual from their congregation to serve as an usher or usherette for this year’s convention. I will be conducting an ushers’ meeting on Friday at 6:00pm in the lobby at the convention room entrance. The purpose of this meeting will be to assign individuals to tasks and sessions. Please encourage your assigned usher or usherette to attend this meeting. The dress code for ushers or usherettes is dress shirts, dress slacks or dress.  PLEASE, NO JEANS OR T-SHIRTS.

State Leaders, please provide me with any hand-outs or other desired materials in advance.  By doing so, you will be equipping me and the ushering team with the ability to make your part on program flow smoothly. Thanks for your consideration and assistance. Looking forward to many blessings! See you soon!

Pak Keung Wong
Convention Head Usher
Phone: 425-232-1981 or 509-396-7590

Local Church Report: KFC

The past few months have been busy ones at Kirkland family Church!   In June there was an auction to help raise funds to send our kids to camp.  This was a lot of fun and a great success!!  A big thanks to those who planned and supported this fundraiser.  We were able to send 14 campers and a lot of staff for the various camps this year.  It is a blessing to have members who are willing to fill in while our Pastors are away.  Jim Brown did a great job while Pastor Kaye was at camp.

Sunday following the camping season is dedicated as camp T-shirt Sunday and a celebration of our camping ministry.   A DVD of all the camps was shown.  Everyone who worked and attended each camp were given the opportunity to tell what they enjoyed most about that camp.  It was great to hear the testimonies and how God blessed all of the camps this year!  God is so good!!

On July 9th was the first annual “A Good Man’s Ride” in honor of Pastor Dave Cabales.  After the ride, everyone met at South Sound Harley for a hotdog lunch and fellowship.  It was a beautiful day for the ride.  We have a wonderful church family that worked together to make this ride possible.
The ladies celebrated a bridal shower for Kelani Murkerson at Pastor Kaye’s home.   Shelly did a great job planning the shower.  Everyone had a great time!  Congratulations’ and best wishes to Kelani and Josh and they begin their life together!!