Last week we, the Assembly Task Force, had our last onsite meeting at the Rosen Shingle Resort. As has been previously mentioned, the facilities is second to none of anyplace we have held our Assembly in recent years. The details are coming together to make this one of the best and most assuredly largest attended Assemblies in many years. Simply I have been well pleased with all that I have seen and experienced at Rosen Shingle. I would encourage our people to make the effort to attend if at all possible. With the Assembly being in Florida, this could be the closest Assembly to our membership in Alabama for several years.
I also wanted to ask if any of our people that plan on attending would be willing to help serve the Assembly delegates in one of three areas it would be a great blessing to our people. There will be a schedule of sessions and dates based upon each ones availability. As well, we will train and brief each day so we can best serve the people. Here are three opportunities to serve:
Greeters: Greeters will be throughout the property to welcome and help provide information and assistance to our delegates.
Ushers: Ushers will mostly serve on Assembly floor to help with seating, any information to be passed out, and with offerings.
Security: Security will be for all of our areas from the main hall to the children's area and the bookstore. This area requires some form of law enforcement background or training. If any of our people would like to serve in one of these areas they can contact me directly with the information below. I will need the dates and sessions (morning, afternoon, evening) available to serve.
2014 International Assembly is going to be a wonderful time. See you there!
Pastor Joshua Lynn
Mastin Lake Church
2713 Mastin Lake Road NW
PO Box 3242
Huntsville, AL 35810
Friday, March 28, 2014
Monday, January 13, 2014
Thursday, January 2, 2014
For the past six years, the Church of God of Prophecy has begun each New Year with 21 days of seeking, a season of fasting and prayer. As we prepare our hearts for 2014 and another 21 days of seeking, the question asked by David when the army of Israel was being challenged by the Philistines and the giant Goliath in 1 Samuel 17:29, "Is there not a cause?" is appropriate now. When there are millions who do not know Jesus Christ as their personal Savior, not to mention areas of the world where the Gospel has never reached, I would say we have a cause. When there are Christians being prosecuted, persecuted, and executed for the Gospel, I say we have a cause. There is a cause to break out of our business as usual mode and allow the Holy Spirit to take charge of our actions, our plans, and our future.
There is a cause to "sanctify a fast, and call a solemn assembly, gather the elders and call the inhabitants of the land into the house of the Lord, and cry unto the Lord." There is a cause to call the entire Church to a Season of Prayer and Fasting. I hear the cry from 2 Chronicles 7:14, "If my people which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways: Then will I hear from Heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land."
Church, we need to hear a clear word from the Lord, not only for this summer's International Assembly and International Presbytery meeting, but also for our ministry that happens every day in every church around the world. And we pray for discernment to recognize the voice of the Lord. Pastors, this is a great time to organize your church into prayer groups and give specific prayer points. You can also connect with our Global Prayer Network here.
If the events that have transpired around the world in the past year have not challenged your thinking and your actions, have hot stirred your emotions and caused you to seek a deeper experience with God, then perhaps you are asleep or in deep denial. Yes, there is a cause to pray. Everyone, young and old, is encouraged to join us, January 5-25, 2014, in these 21 days of praying, fasting, and seeking for the divine direction of the Holy Spirit as we move forward in areas we have never traveled before.
On behalf of the General Presbyters of the Church of God of Prophecy
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
|Philippines Typhoon Update|
Two weeks ago, the Philippines were hit with the Super-Typhoon Yolanda, which killed at least 5,235 with an additional 1,613 still listed as missing, according to the last government count. More than a million homes were destroyed or damaged, including some of our churches. If you would like to make a donation to help, click here.
Here are some reports from Bishop Roger Justiano, National Overseer of the Philippines.
As National Overseer of the Church of God of Prophecy, Philippines, in behalf of my family and our people, let me express my warmest gratitude and appreciation for all the help extended by the International Office, Harvest Partners, local churches in the US, local members, friends and everyone who helped our churches and brethren and the victims of Super Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda). During those trying days, your prayers, message of encouragement, concerns, love, personal notes and messages really meant so much to us. We appreciate very much those who dropped some words of encouragement. Your prayers, moral and financial support will not be forgotten. May the Lord bless you, your family, work, business, ministry, as you responded to the need.--Bishop Roger D. Justiniano
A day after Super-Typhoon Yolanda (local name) land fell, the wide-spread devastation is just heartbreaking as news updates are beginning to come a midst power outages. The grim reality of the typhoon's strength is slowly unfolding as reports are coming in from the severely affected areas. The Philippine Red Cross estimated 1,200 casualties. Our church brethren from Panay, Romblon, and Mindoro are along the path of the typhoon. Please pray for our brethren and for the Filipino people who are affected with loss of lives, properties, agriculture and business.--Bishop Roger J
It took us a while to receive a report from our district overseer from Panay to give us an idea about the extent of damages among our church family since the cell sites in the area are down. He has to drive several towns just to get a signal to send his messages to us. Most of our church people's houses were damaged. Our church in Bacong was totally destroyed; in San Antonio, we lost several of the roof tin sheets; in Culasi, we lost the extended parts of the church building; in Buenavista, the cottage that the Work Team used this year during the construction of the church was destroyed. Praise God that there was no loss of lives among our church family according to the district overseer.
After several days of confusion and the seeming unpreparedness of the authorities to respond, the relief operations and help coming from different sectors and countries are beginning to pour in. Our fellowmen who were directly hit by the storm are receiving some relief goods, but other areas who were battered with same magnitude are also calling for help. This is part of the challenges the rescuers are facing since several islands of the archipelago were also badly hit.
Presently, our church is focusing on helping our church family in Antique, Panay where 4 of our churches were damaged and houses of our members were lost or destroyed. According to our pastor in Bacong church, members are just meeting in a tent now after their church was totally destroyed. Our Women's Ministry Directress, Sister Salvie, and Sister Luz are now on the their way to bring some food and assess the damages and move to the next stage of our help--building and repairing church building and houses of our members. We want to help as many as we can do, but with the fund that we have, we need to focus in with the churches and members. Anyway, the authorities are now helping the people in general who are affected by the typhoon.