During the month of September, Sister Shelly Symonds, State Youth Ministries Coordinator, sponsored the first ELITE weekend, a training seminar for those youth that are serious in wanting to learn more how to prepare for and fulfill the calling of God on their lives. Bishop Knoblich taught on how you know you are called of God and how to be led by the Spirit. Corey McBee taught some wonderful classes on prayer and the Word of God. Sister Shelly gave some instruction on the history, vision, and mission of the Church of God of Prophecy. The young people seemed to glean a greater appreciation of what it means to be a member in our church.
Overall, it was a great time of training and instruction. On Sunday morning, each of the young people presented with a 3-5 minute message/testimony. Sister Shelly relates, "they all did fantastic...you would have thought that they had been publicly speaking for years...their content was great and they had scriptures with their testimonies." Sister Shelly further stated that the ELITE weekend was a tremendous blessing for her in being able to share from her heart with our future leaders. The young people were thankful for the weekend of instruction and asked when the next one is going to take place. Thanks to Sister Shelly for putting together a great weekend of learning and inspiration to our next generation of church leaders!
Pastor Appreciation Month
The month of October is known as "Pastor Appreciation Month." The Bible tells us in I Timothy 5:17, "Let the elders who rule well be counted worthy of double honor." Double honor literally means "double pay." This is a month to honor our pastors and the parsonage family. How can we double our support to them? We can demonstrate that in our acts of kindness, in our giving, and in our prayers. So, let the Lord impress upon your heart ways to "doubly" honor your pastor. Let us go beyond what is normal and truly make it a special month for your parsonage family.
This year, as in past years, Adult Retreat will be held at Pacific Beach. The dates are for February 3-5, 2012. Our Retreat Theme is: "Designed For God's Greatness." All of us are part of a wonderfully designed plan of God. We are expecting an awesome time in the Lord! International World Mission's Director, Bishop David Bryan and his lovely wife, Sister Rosita will be our special guest speakers at this year's Retreat! They both are so excited to be with us. Applications have been sent to the pastors and have been sent out individually. You can also download an application by going to the State Website at: wacogop.homestead.com
Applications should be sent in no later than November 30th, 2011. This is going to be a Great Retreat!!! Please don't miss it!!! We look forward to seeing you there!!!
Regional Ladies Retreat
As you learned at State Convention, 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
October Pastor 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
"Driven By The Spirit"
Bishop/Dr. Don Knoblich