This last month, September 14-16, 2012, the Kirkland Family Church sponsored an E.L.I.T.E. (Emerging Leadership Intensive Training Excursion) weekend. Approximately 20 young people from around the State attended this powerful time of training. The training was coordinated by State Youth Ministries Director, Sister Shelly Symonds. She taught a class on the gifts and moving of the Spirit. Throughout the weekend, students were given time for Bible exegesis and then given the opportunity from a practical standpoint to share their findings. Bishop Knoblich presented a class on the “3 C’s of Leadership - Calling, Character, and Competence.” On Sunday morning the students delivered mini-messages which were well thought out and presented. Overall, the weekend was a great success. Our emerging leaders gained more perspective into their callings and were given some very practical skills in their growth and spiritual formation. Thank you to Sister Shelly for coordinating this training for our young people. And thank you to the Kirkland Family Church for sponsoring this event.
October - Clergy Appreciation Month
For several years now, October has been designated by our Church and by many denominations as “Clergy Appreciation Month.” This is a time for the local church and members of that church to show their appreciation to the pastor and his/her family. Appreciation can be demonstrated through special offerings taken, groceries bought, clothes purchased, or taking the family out to dinner. Your pastor gives so much of himself/herself throughout the year, this is a time where we have the opportunity to give something back to them. Please do something special for the parsonage family. Seek God for how you may bless your pastor and family. This is a wonderful way to show love and honor for those that serve you in their labors unto the Lord.
As mentioned last month, on September 1st, we had our “Super Saturday - Open House” at Camp Roganunda. Many brothers and sisters from several of our churches were able to be with us on the Labor Day weekend. Since then and over the last several weekends, some of our brothers and sisters have been coming up to the Camp in preparation for winterizing 6 cabins and the pool house. Thank you so very much to all of those that have volunteered your time and finances in getting the Camp ready for Winter Retreats. Though a good start has taken place, there is still much work to get done. Churches and Individuals or Families that want to contribute to winterizing cabins, donating materials or donating some labor, please contact State Overseer, Bishop Don Knoblich ( as soon as possible. All help will be greatly appreciated. You may also contact, Camp Caretaker, Brother Bob Gaines at 509-658-1013. Before too long, winter will be on us, so time is of the essence in moving forward with getting these projects completed. Once again, thank you for your vision and support of this vital Ministry.
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
Our next Gordon-Conwell Course (October 25-27, 2012 at Kirkland) will be “Theology II” as taught by Dr. Hector Ortiz. It is not necessary to have taken Theology I to take Theology II. Registration forms have already been sent out. Please remember that your registration form along with a $50.00 registration deposit is to be sent to Dr. Knoblich, one month in advance of the class, that is, by September 21, 2012. The deposit will be credited to the tuition cost for the course. Deposits sent in after September 21st will be subject to an additional $50.00.
This year, as in past years, Adult Retreat will be held at Pacific Beach. The dates are for February 1-3, 2013. Our Retreat Theme is: “Anointed For Service.” Whether we may realize it or not, we are all gifted and called by God for His service. We are expecting an awesome time in the Lord! Western Canada National Overseer, Bishop Walter Doroshuk and his lovely wife, Sister Claudia will be our special guest speakers at this year’s Retreat! They are both so excited to be with us and we are excited to have our neighbors to the North of us with us. Applications have been sent out individually and will soon be sent to the pastors. You can also download an application by going to the State Website at: www.wacogop.org
Applications should be sent in no later than November 30th, 2012. This is going to be a Great Retreat!!! Please don’t miss it!!! Pass the word on to others. We look forward to seeing you there!!!
“Team-Up Midwest” is scheduled for October 31-November 3, 2012 at Sheraton Overland Park, Overland Park, Kansas. This is a power-packed weekend for pastors, youth pastors, children’s pastors, and church leaders. Practical training is presented that can be immediately utilized in one’s area of ministry. You can register online at More information about the training is presented at the website. Please share with others this upcoming important training event.
Events Calendar for 2012
October Clergy Appreciation Month
Oct. 19-21 Yak Retreat - (Bill & Cindy Davison, Directors) - Camp Roganunda
Oct. 25-28 Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary - Kirkland Family Church(Theology II - Dr. Hector Ortiz)
Oct. 31 - Nov. 1 Team-Up Conference - Overland Park, KS
November 9-11 Pastor's Wives Retreat - Cannon Beach, OR
November 30 Application deadline for Adult Retreat
“Designed For God’s Greatness”Bishop/Dr. Don Knoblich