Monday, August 6, 2012

Overseer's Insight: August 2012

Dear Saints:
We officially ended our Youth Camps in July with Junior Camp and PeeWee Camp.  All of the Campers I talked to, from the youngest to the oldest, are thrilled and excited to be in their own Campground!  Again, our Camp Directors, Shelly Symonds, Bill and Cindy Davison, Robert and Pam Murkerson, and Ramon and Icela Maldonado are to be congratulated for conducting some awesome Camps!  Our Camp Coordinators and Camp Caretakers, Bob and Donella Gaines, did a great job in facilitating a superb Camping Program this year.  We are looking forward to State Convention when they will be able to share and we will be able to hear of all the wonderful things that took place at Camp.

Super Saturday - Camp Roganunda
As the Summer Camps are now completed, there is much work to prepare our Campground for Fall and Winter Retreats.  Our goal is to get as many cabins winterized for our use and for the use of other groups.  Any help or finance that you can give in bringing to fruition the completion of these projects will be greatly appreciated.  Please mark your Calendars for September 1, 2012.  This is going to be an “Open House” which we will call a “Super-Saturday” at the Campsite.  This is a time for all, both in or outside our Church, to visit the Camp.  If you would like to stay a day or two later during this Labor Day weekend, and help out with some work projects as well as enjoy time with your family and others, please contact Bob and Donella Gaines in advance.

 WASHINGTON STATE CONVENTION IS RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER!!! This year, Convention will be held at the Red Lion in Kennewick, Columbia Center. It will be August 17-19, 2012. Bishop Mark Menke, CBL Instructor, will be with us as our special guest speaker from the International Offices. Please make plans now to attend a glorious and spirit-packed Convention. Hopefully by now you have contacted the Red Lion and made reservations.   Though the Room Block has expired, when you call the Red Lion (509-783-0611), please tell them that you are with the Church of God of Prophecy and it is possible you may get the special group rate. There are lots of exciting things going on in the State, so come anticipating a great time together!  Prior to Saturday’s Youth Service we will have a  nostalgic and historical look at our Camping Ministry over the last several years.  You will not want to miss it.  Looking forward to seeing you there!!

International General Assembly
Sister Knoblich and I came back this last week from a wonderful General Assembly.  The workshops, the messages, and the worship were saturated in the Spirit.  The Assembly Theme was “Anointed To Lead - Join the Journey.”  Overseer, Bishop Randall Howard did a great job moderating the Assembly. Guest Speakers included H.B. London from Focus on the Family Ministries, Dr. Vinson Synan, renowned historian and author within the Pentecostal movement, and Mario Vega, Senior Pastor of the second largest church in the world.  These presenters were inspirational and left you with valuable insights from the Word of God.  The fellowship with brothers and sisters from around the world was precious.  We were thankful to have over 20 people from our Region attend the Assembly.  Everyone I talked to felt like they were blessed and enriched by going.  Attending this Assembly gave me an even greater appreciation for how blessed I am to be a part of this precious Church Body!

Events Calendar for 2012

August 17-19              Washington State Convention - Kennewick
Sept. 1                         Super Saturday - Open House at Camp Roganunda
Sept. 13-16                  Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary - Boise, ID
                                    (Foundations of Leadership)
Oct. 25-28                   Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary - Kirkland Family Church
                                    (Theology Survey II)
Oct. 31-Nov. 3            Team-Up Conference - Overland Park, Kansas
                                    (For Pastors, Youth and Children’s Ministers)
Nov. 9-11                    Pastor’s Wives Retreat - Canon Beach, OR

“Driven By The Spirit”
Bishop/Dr. Don Knoblich

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