You’re invited to the State Women’s Convention for Southern California Evangelistic Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction, Wed July 27 – Fri July 29, 2016 at Holy Assembly COGIC, 55 E. Villa Street, Pasadena, CA at 7:30 pm nightly.
A brief history of the Church of god in Christ International Sunday School Department.
The first Sunday School was started in Lexington, Mississippi, by Professor L.W. Lee in 1908. Professor Lee was the Principal of the College at Natchez, Miss. He was saved under Elder C. P. Jones in 1895. He was the first Sunday School Superintendent of the Church.
In 1916 in St. Louis, Missouri Elder F. C. Christmas ( Father Christmas ) led Sunday School classes with nine women and three men. After two months he introduced quarterlies. Some of the Saints battle against these books. Bishop Mason was called to St. Louis, and after seeing the results of the Sunday School saw that it was good for the Church.
In 1917, Overseer C. Bostic of Missouri had Eld. Christmas come to the National Convocation to present the Sunday School Professor Courts of Lexington, Miss. was in charge of the National Sunday School. After hearing Father Christmas, Professor Courts acknowledged that he was the man for the job. Mother Lizzie Robinson also believed that Father Christmas was the man for the job.
In 1924, Elder F. C. Christmas was appointed National Superintendent of Sunday School by Bishop Mason. After building the Sunday School Department in every state, a Assistant was needed. Elder L. C. Patrick was added to the National Sunday School. In 1944 Bishop Patrick became the National Superintendent. A National Sunday School Congress along with YPWW Congress began to meet in 1946. In 1951, the First National Sunday School Convention convened in Kansas City. Missouri.
In 1945 Bishop S. Crouch of Northern California appointed Elder H. C. Johnson as State Sunday School Superintendent, He in turn appointed Missionary Lucille Cornelius to be his Chairlady, the First in woman to work with the women in the Sunday Department. Mother Jones of Arkansas became the first National Field Representative under Bishop Patrick. In 1967 Bishop C. W. Williams became the National Sunday School Superintendent.
In 1968 under the direction of Bishop Roy Winbush of Louisiana, the Publishing House in Memphis, Tenn was started. In 1993 Bishop Jerry Macklin of California was appointed National Superintendent. Along with him is Sis. Gloria Smith of Washington as his National Field Representative.
In Memphis 1999 the International Sunday School was truly International, the Sunday School was live on the web during the World’s Greatest Sunday School Session. After the election of the late Bishop G.E. Patterson at Memphis 2000, Bishop Alton Gatlin of Louisiana has been reappointed to take to Sunday School new and greater levels, Along with newly appointed Evangelist Cloelia Penix along with (3) Vice Presidents Supt. Rodney Atkins, Supt. Darrak Scrules and Supt. Althea Sims.
Look for us to continue to make history.
Administrative Assistant Superintendent Michael Eaddy and the power of the Preservation of Life Campaign. Murders in Chicago have reached historic levels. But God has allowed Chairman Eaddy to be a beacon and example of Godly strength. WGN 9 News has recognized his courageous leadership as an integral spiritual leader in the city of Chicago. As the world takes note of this powerful Preservation of Life Campaign, let us rally behind Chairman Eaddy and this great church initiative.
It was a glorious 109th Holy Convocation of the Church of God In Christ, which took place from November 7-13, 2016, in St. Louis, MO. The galvanizing message of the 5-day convening of the saints was the 2016 COGIC Theme:
“Fighting for Salvation and Righteousness in a Violent and Immoral World”
(1 Timothy 6:12)
which addresses the need for the church to rise up to its mandate from God to fight for righteousness and holiness. Bishops and Evangelists were consecrated, empowered to go forth in the work of the Lord, and the General Board convened; which ushered in the highlight of the Convocation: the Quadrennial Election where Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake was re-elected for a third term as COGIC’s Presiding Bishop.
The mighty women of the Church of God In Christ were front and center at the Convocation. Among them, First Lady Mae L. Blake – Bishop’s “Secret Weapon” – presented an impassioned speech in support of the mighty man of God at her annual Morning Gems session on Saturday, November 12. Dr. Judith Christie McAllister, International Minister of Music, oversaw praise and worship for Convocation, featuring the COGIC Mass choir, Lady Audrey DuBois Harris and the Clark Sisters, who were among the psalmists for the week. Evangelist Frances Kelley officiated the All Night Prayer Service from Monday evening, November 7 into Tuesday morning, November 8. Evangelist Joyce Rodgers delivered the word during the World Youth Day service, reassuring the young congregation with the acronym, “NFL,” which meant that, although we are in the fight of our lives, our affliction is “not for long.”
Highlights of other powerful sermons at the Convocation include “New Hope for the Church in America” by Bishop Jack Vaughn, who called for the renewing spirit of revival as he presented a prophetic word for the future of the church. In his sermon, presented during the Service of Episcopal Consecration & Installation, Bishop Vaughn prophesied of the enormous call of God on Millennial Generation, reminding us that both David and Timothy would also be considered Millennials today based upon the age at which they were called to follow the Lord. Bishop Jerry W. Macklin, who serves as Second Assistant Presiding Bishop, delivered Part I of his sermon on The Rapture, requesting of 100 pastors in attendance that they complete Part II of the sermon before their own congregations.
For The Lord’s Day Worship Celebration, Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake used the 2016 COGIC theme, “Fighting for Salvation and Righteousness in a Violent and Immoral World,” as the central focus of his commanding “Official Day” sermon. In it, Bishop taught that winning the souls of mankind for Jesus Christ is the most important service that we can perform as Christians. “Jesus paid His life for man’s salvation,” said Bishop Blake. “There will never be anything more valuable than the life of the Son of God. How long has it been since you’ve led someone to Jesus?”
Excerpts from Bishop’s sermon, as well as photos from the Convocation, follow below:
Fighting for Salvation and Righteousness in a Violent and Immoral World
by Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr.
1 TIMOTHY 6:12 Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.
The theme which the Lord has given us for the year 2016 leads us to focus on 3 areas:
God intended that the world He created be a majestic, harmonious symphony of love, fellowship, beauty, and peace. The Bible teaches that man was created in innocence; that he was to be in union and in harmony with God, his Maker, his fellow man, and with all creation. But men rejected the will and the command of God; they rebelled against God’s will and against God’s plan, and became a blasphemous satire of what God intended the world to be:
Let us start by confessing and proclaiming that this world is violent and immoral. But God is calling upon us to fight for salvation and righteousness in this present world. Salvation is the most valuable commodity available unto men; winning men to Jesus Christ is the most important service that we can perform.
We love and respect those who differ from us. We recognize that God grants to everyone the freedom to choose even that which will lead to death or destruction. But God has also communicated in His Word what is the right and best path to follow, and in His Word He communicates the behavior which He condemns and punishes:
God wants His people to be righteous; our world would be better off if men would follow the righteous Word of God. Matthew 1:21 says, “And she shall bring forth a Son, and thou shalt call His name Jesus: for He shall save His people from their sins.”
You learn the value of a thing by observing how much a wise individual is willing to pay for it. Jesus paid His life for man’s salvation. There will never be anything more valuable than the life of the Son of God. How long has it been since you’ve saved a soul from death? How long has it be since you led someone to Jesus?
Evangelism is not an option: evangelism is a mandate. It is a survival strategy. We’ve got to win the world or we’ll be destroyed by the world and with the world. When you win a soul, you rob the devil of one more victim. You give that individual a new lease on life; breaking yoke of sin and oppression. The very soul you win may be the one who will save or spare your life.
Mark 16:15 says, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel.” Let men know what God can do in their lives; tell somebody how much you love Him and how He’s changed your life.
Start a party up in heaven: fight for salvation and righteousness in an immoral world. It’s time to fight!
Abridged from “Fighting for Salvation and Righteousness in a Violent and Immoral World”, by Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr. 109th Holy Convocation, St. Louis, MO.
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The Church Cruise and Anniversary celebration was a wonderful fun filled vacation! This is not the first time Greater Victory has done a Church Cruise, but this one was special. Pastor Martin and 1st Lady Ida Martin also renewed their wedding vows to celebrate their 40th Anniversary! We had one on the largest groups on the Ship, 50 plus members and friends.
The cruise was a 7 day Mexican Rivera cruise with stops in Cabo San Lucas, Matazlan, and Puerto Vallarta. Everyone was excited, especially those on their (maiden voyage) first cruise. We traveled first class on a motor coach that picked up everyone and their luggage at the church and took us to Long Beach for the cruise. It was a stress free trip with our driver, Minister Flagg-Martin at the wheel. The main Event, (Anniversary Vows Renewal) took place on the second day of the cruise. The Event was well attended and the Young couple were surrounded by Family and friends.
There were so many great moments, I can’t possibly tell everything here. For more pictures and videos go to @greatervictory on Facebook, or Greater Victory Church on Youtube
The Annual Women’s Department Luau was held today at 5;00pm, Hosted by the Women of Greater Victory. As Always there was lots of Food, Games, and decorations that made the Luau theme come to life. the assortment of fresh fruit, sweets and don’t forget the ” Tiki bar” made for a relaxing atmosphere, there were games to keep the kids engaged.
This Annual event at Greater Victory comes from the creative mind of our own 1st Lady Martin. Many women in the Inland empire have been blessed bu these annual events, which help bring Christian women together to share and have fun at the same time.