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Black Lives Matter Litanies


Litanies for use on Sunday, December 14, 2014.

AG to Unite with COGIC in “Black Lives Matter” Sunday

The Assemblies of God has announced today that it will unite with the Church of God in Christ, Inc. for “Black Lives Matter” Sunday.

COGIC Member Spotlight: Kelvin Beachum

In today’s day and time, our children need godly role models. You may feel like there so few. However, today a video was posted online which showed that we have many excellent role model especially within the Church of God in Christ, Inc.

Take, for example, Kelvin Beachum, who is an offensive lineman for the Pittsburgh Steelers. He is also a member of Greater Harvest COGIC in Dallas, TX. under the Pastoral Leadership of Bishop Corby Bush, Sr. As the smallest offensive lineman in the NFL, many people did not believe that Kelvin Beachum would do well. Despite the naysayers, God continues to bless him and grant him favor. He is doing so well that even Benjamin Roethlisberger, the Quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers, say “it is reassuring to know a guy that cares so much about the game and my health is back there.”

Kelvin gives God the credit by saying, “If you’re not on that solid rock. Jesus is that solid rock. If you’re not on that solid rock you’re easily tossed and turned… That foundation has the be Jesus Christ.” Take a moment to watch this inspiring interview with Kelvin:

Call For Peace In Wake Of 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.

Bishop Samuel L. Green, Jr.’s Recovery

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.

Presiding Bishop Salutes Mandela


The Church of God in Christ pays homage and salutes Madiba.


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Founder Honored By AT&T

mason-bwBishop 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.

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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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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:

  • Community COGIC-Arverne, NY
  • Harvest On The Atlantic COGIC- Island Park, NY
  • Far Rockaway COGIC-Far Rockaway, NY
  • Gethsemane COGIC-Inwood, NY
  • Highway COGIC-Far Rockaway, NY
  • Bethlehem COGIC-Rockaway Beach, NY
  • Living Proof COGIC-Bayshore, NY
  • New Redeemed Pentecostal Temple COGIC-Atlantic City, NJ
  • Mt. Zion COGIC- Atlantic City, NJ

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.

The Church of God in Christ (COGIC) Offers Resource Information On Super Storm Sandy

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 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.

Freddie Mac - 1-800-373-3343; Press Release

Fannie Mae - 1-800-732-6643; Press Release

FHA – 1-877-622-8525;   New York –  Press Release

FHA – 1-877-622-8525;   New Jersey –  Press Release

FHA Disaster Relief Information

To find more information about HUD and FHA disaster relief options.  Please also visit the HUD disaster resources site at

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:

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:

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.

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