COGIC PRESIDING BISHOP CHARLES E. BLAKE, SR. CALLS FOR PEACE IN THE WAKE OF MICHAEL BROWN SHOOTING
St. Louis, Missouri (August 12, 2014) The Church of God in Christ (COGIC) joins the family of Michael Brown in asking for calm and peace in the aftermath of the shooting and killing of their son. Eighteen year old Brown, known as a “gentle giant,” was only days away from beginning his college studies.
It is imperative that the community resist the temptation to retaliate by looting and rioting in our own neighborhoods. Instead, we must allow the St. Louis County Police Department and the FBI’s investigations, regarding the senseless death of this young African American male to go forward.
The destruction of property in Ferguson, Missouri only hurts our communities and places more lives at risk. Furthermore, this riotous behavior takes away attention and resources from these extremely critical investigations.
I ask that we all remain patient and wait for the results of the investigations. During the next few days, please avoid settings that may put you at risks in any way.
Most importantly, please remember to pray for Michael’s family, especially his parents, Michael Brown, Sr. and Lesley McSpadden, as they prepare to lay their son to rest.
About the Church of God in Christ:
The Church of God in Christ is one of the oldest Pentecostal denominations in the world and the 4th largest Protestant group in the United States, with churches in 63 countries worldwide and a membership of nearly 6.5 million adherents.
The Official Statement from the family of Bishop Samuel L. Green, Jr. is found below. Please take some time to read this update on Bishop Green’s recovery and feel free to leave your prayers and words of encouragement in the comment section below the statement.
Bishop Charles Harrison Mason, the founder of the Church of God in Christ, has been selected by AT&T to be included in its 2013 African American History Calendar.
The 12-month calendar profiles individuals from across Tennessee who have contributed to improving people’s lives. The calendar is distributed at no cost to middle schools across the state and private educators with a resource for teaching students about African American achievements.
Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr. says, “The Church of God in Christ is grateful that our founder Bishop Mason is receiving this honor. Bishop Mason’s tenure as senior bishop was marked by his support of African-American education, ecumenism and civic engagement. Under his leadership, The Church of God in Christ sponsored primary and secondary schools in Arkansas, Mississippi, Texas, Tennessee and Alabama along with a junior college in Mississippi.”
Honorees for the 2013 African American History Calendar were recently announced and the calendar unveiled in Nashville, TN.
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CHURCH OF GOD IN CHRIST DONATES $50,000 TO HURRICANE SANDY VICTIMS
MEMPHIS, TN (January 4, 2013) Nine Church of God in Christ churches that have been damaged by Hurricane Sandy will receive assistance.
FRONT (L-R): Pastor Thomas Michael, Sr. (New Redeemed Pentecostal Temple COGIC, Atlantic City, NJ); Pastor Buddy Williams (Gethsemane COGIC, Inwood, NY); Pastor James Pelt (Highway COGIC, Far Rockaway, NY); Dr. Sylvia Green-Testamark (Community COGIC, Arvene, NY); Pastor Mark Beavers (Harvest on the Atlantic-Soul Stirring COGIC, Island Park, NY); Pastor Bennie Moorer (Bethlehem COGIC, Rockaway Beach, NY).
REAR (L-R): Pastor Simeon Harris (Living Proof COGIC, Bayshore, NY); Superintendent James Pullings, Jr. (Disaster Relief Coordinator); Bishop Frank O. White (General Board Member); Bishop Frank Anthone White (Financial Secretary, COGIC); Pastor John E. Kitchen, Sr. (Mt. Zion COGIC, Atlantic City, NJ).
NOT PRESENT: Pastor James Holland (Far Rockaway COGIC, Far Rockaway, NY)
The Church of God in Christ (COGIC) is giving $50,000 to COGIC churches damaged by Sandy. The churches that will receive these funds are:
The damage includes ocean water entering church buildings, destroying roofing, flooring and electronic equipment. Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr., says “the damage to our churches in the Northeast corridor was particularly severe in New York and New Jersey. We understand the need thus, COGIC is committed to providing assistance to our churches with this $50,000 donation.”
Bishop Blake further states, “in the aftermath of the hurricane some COGIC churches have been displaced by the damage to their buildings. These funds will go a long way in helping to get our churches back on their feet. The money will be dispersed immediately so that construction and repairs can begin as soon as possible.”
In October 2012 Hurricane Sandy devastated parts of the Caribbean, Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern United States. The storm became the largest and costliest Atlantic hurricane on record. The hurricane killed 125 people in the United States alone. An estimate of losses due to damage and business interruption is over $60 billion.
About the Church of God in Christ.
The Church of God in Christ is the fifth largest Protestant religious denomination in the United States, the largest Pentecostal church in the country and the second largest Pentecostal organization in the world with churches in 60 countries worldwide and an estimated membership of nearly 6.5 million members.
On behalf of Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr., the General Board and the entire Church of God in Christ we would like to offer our prayers to the many individuals who have been affected or displaced by recent storm Sandy.
Please share the following with those family and friends who need this information.
Individuals along the East Coast and areas inland should continue to monitor their local news and NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) Weather Radio for updates and directions provided by their local officials.
President Barack Obama declared major disasters for Connecticut, New York and New Jersey, making disaster assistance available to those in the heaviest hit areas affected by the storm. Individuals and business owners who sustained losses in the designated counties in those states can begin applying for assistance by registering with FEMA online at http://www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or 1-800-462-7585(TTY) for the hearing and speech impaired. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. (local time) seven days a week until further notice. Shelter assistance from your local Chapter of the American Red Cross can be found by calling 1-800-733-2767, press 1.
Even as the storm begins to clear impacted areas, there will be many challenges to staying safe while making repairs and cleaning up debris after a storm. Emergency workers will be assisting people in flooded areas. You can help them by staying off the roads and out of the way.
FEMA and its federal partners, through our regional offices in Atlanta, Philadelphia, New York City, and Boston, remain in close contact with emergency management partners, and are embedded with state teams to support response efforts and assess unmet needs. Priority remains on life-saving and life-sustaining activities. Search and rescue teams have been deployed.
Mortgage Relief Assistance
Government-sponsored mortgage backers Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae and the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) are offering mortgage relief to some borrowers whose homes were damaged by Hurricane Sandy. The relief is available to borrowers whose homes were damaged by Hurricane Sandy and which are located in jurisdictions that President Obama has declared “major disaster areas.” HUD granted a 90-day moratorium on foreclosures and forbearance on foreclosures of Federal Housing Administration (FHA)-insured home mortgages. Homeowners in need of disaster relief should contact their servicers or call one of the numbers below.
FHA Disaster Relief Information
Where can I find general information about assistance for victims of hurricanes?
HUD has general information about recovery assistance for victims of hurricanes on the following HUD website: http://bit.ly/FHADisaster
If your home has been affected by a natural disaster (hurricane, flood, tornado, wildfire, etc.) it is important to identify the resources available to assist in your recovery. Most federal disaster recovery efforts are triggered by the designation of the area as a presidentially declared disaster area. To obtain the latest information on available programs, eligibility criteria, and declared disasters visit the national disaster recovery site, located at:http://bit.ly/DisasterAreas
For more information, you may also contact the HUD Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships at [email protected] or 202-708-2404
Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with those in the Mid-Atlantic States who’ve been affected by this storm.
Bishop Otis Lockett, Sr. died on Friday, October 12, 2012.
He shared the gospel with a practical presentation and communicates with unmistakable clarity as he motivated and challenged people from every walk of life to strive for excellence in every area of their lives.
Through hard work and dedication to pursuing excellence in education, Bishop Lockett, a native of Cincinnati, OH received two Bachelor of Science Degrees in Psychology and Sociology, a Master’s Degree in Counseling Education, Honorary Doctorate Degree and most recently an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity Degree.
Bishop Lockett, a true visionary, was the founder of Evangel Fellowship Word Ministries Inc., a multi-racial ministry where he served as the Senior Pastor. He was also the author of the book “Understanding Your Divine Calling”. A practical book designed to lead you into the divine revelation of discovering your distinct and unique calling in life.
Other vital ministries founded by him include: Positive Direction for Youth & Families, an outreach ministry designed to address the needs of at-risk youth and families; The Malachi House, a residential program geared toward helping men with alcohol and drug addictions; Wisdom Training Institute, a training center designed for professionals that are committed to advancing others by providing solutions for building stronger lives, families, and businesses. Additionally, Bishop Lockett provided Apostolic covering to the Greater Piedmont District churches, which involves over 29 covenant churches.
Bishop Lockett was the husband of the lovely Barbara Turner Lockett and they are the proud parents of three God-fearing children, Mrs. Faith Gardner, Elder Otis Lockett Jr., and Min. Joshua Lockett as well as the grandparents of James Michael Gardner and Joseph Carson Gardner.
The Church of God in Christ is praying for the Lockett family, Evangel Fellowship COGIC and the North Carolina Second Jurisdiction.
The Annual Church Of God In Christ Presiding Bishop’s Scholarship Banquet will be held during the 105th Church Of God In Christ Holy Convocation in St. Louis, MO at the America’s Center Grand Ballroom on Saturday, November 9, 2012 @ 3:00 pm.
(Each level includes a table with ten seats)
Platinum $20,000 per table
Gold $10,000 per table
Silver $5,000 per table
Table for 10 $2,000 Individual $200.00 each
Reserve your tickets by contacting:
Mrs. Sylvia Law
Sponsorship Opportunities also available, please contact:
Robert Coleman, Jr.