Rev. Dr. William Jones
I have the privilege of mentoring men and women in the Credentialing process for the Church of God. I have real hope for the future as I meet these persons and see their passion for Christ and their heart to make a difference. This past month we have been talking about building a team and realizing that if you are going to have a team of volunteers or paid staff persons who will follow your leadership, one must be a person of integrity.
I know that usually when we think of integrity we think of honesty, dependability, and faithfulness. These are certainly parts of what make up integrity. John Maxwell says, “Sadly, integrity is a vanishing commodity today. Personal standards are crumbling in a world that has taken to hot pursuit of personal pleasure and shortcuts to success.” In such a world it is vital that we as Christians are people of integrity. We should be very different than the world around us that shifts with every wind that blows through society. You see though integrity is honesty, dependability, and faithfulness in the public realm. A New Yorker Magazine cartoon shows two men dressed like business men sitting in jail. The caption says, “All along I thought our level of corruption fell well within community standards.”
Integrity is more than honesty, dependability, and faithfulness for we who are believers though. We don’t compare our integrity with community standards, but to Jesus. The word means “wholeness or completeness.” A ship has integrity when it not only floats, but sails, and maneuvers, and is steady in the storm. It must be stout above and below the waterline. If we look at wholeness for ourselves it must mean that we are not only people who are honest, dependable, and faithful in public, but we must be the same in private. Do our wives, children, and closest friends know us to be the same at work, in the home, and at play? When we “let our hair down” are we still the same person? When in all realms of life: at work or at play, in public or in private our values show through consistently, then we are persons of integrity. When our values are guided by scripture, and our lives reflect Jesus we truly are exhibiting true Christian integrity. Do we still mess up…yes, but when we do we acknowledge, apologize, and keep working at being better.
May the Lord help us to be whole…to be people who exemplify Jesus in every realm of our life…people of integrity.
Summer Camp Meetings
Crystal Colp, our speaker, is a wife, mom, speaker, teacher, and writer. She serves on staff at the First Church of God in St. Joseph, Michigan where she is a speaker, writer, director of Discipleship and Women’s Ministries.
To delight means “to find great pleasure.” Delight is easily stolen from our lives. God Almighty intended for us to find delight in Him, in others and in ourselves. We live in hurried, stress-filled lives that prevent us from delighting…really delighting. How different would our lives be if we were women of delight? What if we held on so tightly to that delight that no one or nothing could steal that delight?
In Psalm 37:4 it says, “Take delight in The Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.” There is so much wrapped up in this verse. What does it mean to delight in The Lord? And what about the desires of your heart, are they in line with God’s heart? Over the weekend we will journey together delighting in our Father God and examining our heart’s desires.
August is here already! In our home this was always a time to buy school clothes and supplies. August is also harvest and canning season. But before summer is over we had St. Louis camp meeting to enjoy.
I was able to attend Warner camp meeting. The evening services with Jim Lyon were superb. Wednesday was the ladies luncheon. The theme Becky Crips shared, “Hospitality – doing it the Hawaiian way”, was about how we should share our homes and how the Lord can use our hospitality.
St. Louis camp meeting is August 3rd to 11th. Monday afternoon the CWC will be sponsoring a fellowship time. This is a time for a cool drink, dessert and, of course, good fellowship. The times will be 1:00 pm for teachers and 2:00 pm for the rest of the campers.
CWC Board of Directors will meet on Tuesday 11:00 am at the WCG Building. The ladies have a busy few days because Wednesday at 10:00 am will be the State Board Meeting which is also at the WCG Building. The meeting is for local presidents or representatives and appointed committee members.
Wednesday afternoon will be the annual auction with Rick Webb. You can make this a success by bringing items for auction (baked goods are great sellers). Don’t forget about the fun of bidding, too. Your help is appreciated and so are the smiles.
Don’t forget the Women’s Convention in Daytona. It isn’t too late to register! The Dates are October 26th to 29th 2017. See you there.
Connie Mashue, Michigan State CWC President
Wow! August already. This summer is flying by. For those of you that have a VBS, you are either done or finishing that up soon. Family vacations are coming to an end and it’s time to start thinking about back to school and fall. Going back to school is an exciting time but can be challenging. It’s a time for new school supplies, new teachers and a more structured life-style.
Fall is an exciting time in children’s ministry too. It’s a time where kids’ attendance becomes more regular as parents are ready to get back into a more normal routine.
August is a great time to get your team together to show them your appreciation and include them in the planning/preparation for fall. Some ideas for you to think about as you prepare for fall:
- Host a fall kick-off party for the families in your church.
- Collect school supplies for those children in your church or community that may not be able to afford them.
- Redecorate or move the furniture around in your ministry space. It doesn’t take much to make it feel “new”.
What ideas do you have? Join the conversation on our facebook page “CHoG Children's Ministry Connection”
Children’s Ministry Task Force
Friends and Colleagues,
All of us want to be more effective in reaching persons who are far from God. In an our ongoing attempt to make us more effective in being multipliers of the Kingdom of God, we are sponsoring with the exciting seminar linked below. Your cost is only travel and we believe it will provide another tool in your toolbox of information to be most effective for Christ where you are. Check it out, register and I will see you in Lima on August 22 from 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
September 19, 2017; 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Have you been wrestling with your next ministry role in the Church? Is it possible that God is calling you to be a church planter, campus pastor, or start a missional community? Is your church dreaming of going multisite or daughtering a church?
Discovery Day is designed to help you explore a potential calling to be a church multiplier and provide an overview of church multiplication. We will wrestle with questions like what is church multiplication? Am I called and wired to be a church planter? The goal of Discovery Day is to help pastors and church leaders gain greater clarity on what it could mean for them or their church to multiply.
Join regional leaders and pastors from Ohio, Michigan, and Indiana for a day of discovery on Tuesday, September 19th.
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Location: Pennway Church of God, 1101 E. Cavanaugh, Lansing, Michigan
Hope Community Church
2390 Lake St., Niles, MI 49120, Phone: 269.684.2770
Sessions are Friday 9:00am-6:00pm and Saturday 8:00 am-4:30pm
Seminar 1 – October 27-28, 2017
Seminar 2 – March 16-17, 2018
Next Level Leadership
Seminar 1 – October 27-28, 2017
Seminar 2 – March 16-17, 2018
November 3-4, 2017
Pennway Church of God, Lansing, Michigan
The Youth Ministry of the Church of God in Michigan is inviting you to share an incredible opportunity to train leaders within your youth ministry. The Michigan Student Leadership Institute (MSLI) is a three-year program geared toward mature eighth grade and senior high students who have inherent leadership abilities, yet need practical guidance in applying those skills in a ministry setting.
November 10-11, 2017
A registration email will be sent within the next couple of weeks.
Mission Trips for 2018
Work on the renovation of a building for use as a conference center at the Church of God’s West Indies Theological College in Trinidad. There will be something for everyone to do, regardless of your skill level.
- Lodging at W.I.T.C. in Santa Cruz, Trinidad
- Fellowship with other work camp partners, including some from various Caribbean churches
- Worship with Church of God congregations in Trinidad and Tobago
- Spend the final 3 days/nights in Tobago at the Magdalena Grand Beach & Golf Resort
- Choose optional activities in Tobago such as a glass-bottom boat tour to the Caribbean Sea Nylon Pool and coral reef, spend a day at the famous and beautiful Pigeon Point Beach and Park, souvenir shopping in the Crown Point area, and others
- Enjoy beautiful, tropical, balmy, WARM Trinidad-Tobago in January!
LIMITED TO 20 PEOPLE.
For more information, contact Jim Walters at Vision Ministries: 317.698.5186 (or) www.visionministries.org
Mission Trip to Guatemala
January 22-February 3, 2018
- Cost of the trip is $1500, This includes all expenses while in Guatemala including food, Lodging and travel. (Bring money for Souvenirs)
- We will be working with the Church of God Guatemala national leader Isai Calderon Jr.
- We will be doing construction
and VBS style activities with the children of the Church we are working with as well as visiting other Church of God Congregations.
For More information please contact Floyd Tuttle at firstname.lastname@example.org or (616) 581-8594
Upcoming preview of 2018 trip plans for House of Blessings:
Spring Break March 21-29, 2018 = cost is apx. $1500.00 – project to be determined / looking for 10 persons / for more information contact Tony Casey at 989-330-9183 or email@example.com