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

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