AIM 2014: Scholastic Motivation Ministries


Scholastic Motivation Ministries

Church of God in Christ, Inc.

Bishop Charles E. Blake, Presiding Bishop

Superintendent David Todd Whittley, National Executive Director

 

Scholastic Motivation Ministries (SMM) was birthed out of a desire to equip the youth of the Church of God in Christ with the necessary tools to meet educational and societal needs. The concept originated with Bishop Roy L. H. Winbush of Louisiana and was further developed and expanded under the leadership of Superintendent Michael Eaddy. During his tenure, Superintendent Eaddy led SMM from almost obscurity to a recognized entity in the Church of God in Christ. Upon the election of Superintendent Eaddy to Vice Chairman of the Pastors & Elder Council, Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake appointed Superintendent David Todd Whittley to serve as the new Executive Director for Scholastic Motivation Ministries (April 2012). Since the appointment, Superintendent David Todd Whittley has taken SMM to new levels with new ministries, initiatives, staff and partnerships.

Scholastic Motivation Ministries functions to promote academic, personal, social, and leadership excellence among COGIC youth students. SMM projects the ideas and positive influences of the Church of God in Christ, and encourages youth to strive for their best in every area of their life. SMM is rooted in the firm foundation that today’s generation can succeed in classrooms, boardrooms, and other professions without compromising their heritage or integrity.   

Scholastic Motivation Ministries has a strong presence in jurisdictions across the country and annually during the Auxiliaries in Ministries Convention, where Superintendent Linwood Dillard is the National AIM Convention Chairman. During AIM 2014, SMM will coordinate 20 different ministries and events, where COGIC students will participate, receive special recognition and be awarded competition trophies (individual and groups). Highlights this year will be the College Fair and Networking Opportunity, Robotics Ministry, Computer & Creative Writing Competition and the “Smart Money Matters” Financial District Program.

While in Kansas City during AIM 2014, visit the SMM Village @ the Marriot Hotel (2nd & 3rd Floor Meeting Rooms). We look to see you there!!!!

For more information on Scholastic Motivation Ministries (SMM), please visit the SMM webpage @ cogic.org/smm/ or email us directly at davidwhittley@sbcglobal.net.

Superintendent David Todd Whittley, National Director

Chicago, IL

50 Day Devotional Available for Pilgrimage to Pentecost



The COGIC Pilgrimage to Pentecost Devotional Prayer Book has been specifically designed to enrich your prayer life by giving you additional help in being able to flow in your prayer time. This devotional book will help jog your memory in asking the things of God that you have placed on the back burner. It will also expand your prayer life by giving you additional options that most Christians are either too afraid of or just do not even think to ask God about.

As we journey towards our Pentecost, we must remember that the disciples were already mirror images of Christ; just lacking the anointing until they were all on one accord.

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New COGIC Partnerships

We are pleased to announce the following new partnerships…

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Vendor Opportunity for Holy Convocation 2014



The Church of God in Christ, Inc. (COGIC) will hosting its 107th annual Holy Convocation in November 2014. This is the largest in-gathering of the saints of the Church of God in Christ and an excellent opportunity for businesses to showcase their goods and services in the Vendor Halls. The Vendor Halls are conveniently located where businesses see continual traffic and experience numerous opportunities for sales.

If you are interested in obtaining a Vendor Booth for your business, please email plewis@cogic.org.

Take some time to watch this video about last year's convocation. What a time we had in fellowship together!



C.H. Mason Pilgrimage to Pentecost

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This Sunday starts Pilgrimage to Pentecost which is an initiative of our Presiding Bishop that sets aside time for members of the Church of God in Christ, Inc. (COGIC) to come together in a time of consecration. This year Pilgrimage to Pentecost starts April 20, 2014 and will continue through June 8, 2014. Please take time to be part of this awesome time and spread the news to all of the local churches.

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Father of Many Nations

Celebrating 40 Years of Service To The International Community

Bishop Carlis L. Moody, Sr.

Bishop Carlis L. Moody, Sr.

Celebrating 40 Years of Service To The International Community

Bishop Charles E. Blake, Presiding Bishop, Board of Bishops, Ministers and others will honor Bishop Carlis L. Moody, Sr., President of the International Missions Department, Church of God In Christ for his 40 years of service in the International Community. This event will occur at the Holy Convocation in St Louis, MO on November 7, 2014.

Mark your calendar, you don’t want to miss this memorable event! Stay tuned for updates.

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Attention Choir Members – Mother Kelly’s Appreciate Service

Happy Birthday, Mother Kelly!

Please take some time to wish Mother Frances Kelly a very Happy and Blessed Birthday in the comments section below.

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.


Mandatory Forgiveness

Forgiveness is a central part of Christianity. Christ's forgiveness extended to us and our forgiveness extended to ourselves and others. The grace and forgiveness we find in Christ is incomprehensible and unparallelled. 1 John 1:9 states, "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness." The word "sins" is not qualified. Whatever the sins, however reprehensible they may be – we can find forgiveness through the shed blood of Christ Jesus.

Although we may have trouble understanding the grace and forgiveness extended to us through Christ, we have come to accept this truth. However, it seems that we may struggle with extending forgiveness to ourselves and others. There are times, in this Christian walk, where we can become so frustrated with choices that we make, hurtful words that we say which can never be unsaid, and many other sins we commit – that is may seem we hold a grudge against ourselves. We must understand that if Christ has forgiven us for the sin we committed and we refuse to forgive ourselves, we are implying that our standards are more holy and right than Christ's standards – which is definitely not the case. If we refuse to accept forgiveness and allow that forgiveness to internalize, then we are refusing to walk in the freedom which Christ gave His life for us to have. Let us not allow His dying to be in vain in our lives, but may we accept the gifts of grace, forgiveness and love He has afforded us.

Lastly, we must forgive others. This is not optional. The mandatory forgiveness we must extend to others is not based on the severity of the sin, the number of times someone hurt us, how bad it hurt us or the people we love, or even if the offender has asked for forgiveness. In Matthew 6: 14 & 15 we are told, "If you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins." The forgiveness we extend others is a requirement of God's forgiveness to be extended to us. God has grace, mercy and forgiveness that are ours for the taking, but He will not indulge our hypocrisy if we refuse to forgive others as He so graciously forgives us.

Take a moment to read this awe-inspiring story about forgiveness in the aftermath of South African apartheid, as related by Desmond Tutu and his daughter Mpho in The Book of Forgiving:


“He had many wounds.” She spoke with the precision of a coroner. “In the upper abdomen were five wounds. These wounds indicated that different weapons were used to stab him, or a group of people stabbed him.” Mrs. Mhlawuli continued her harrowing testimony to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. She spoke about the disappearance and murder of her husband, Sicelo. “In the lower part, he also had wounds. In total, there were forty-three. They poured acid on his face. They chopped off his right hand just below the wrist. I don’t know what they did with that hand.” A wave of horror and nausea rose in me.

Now it was nineteen-year-old Babalwa’s turn to speak. She was eight when her father died. Her brother was only three. She described the grief, police harassment, and hardship in the years since her father’s death. And then she said, “I would love to know who killed my father. So would my brother.” Her next words stunned me and left me breathless. “We want to forgive them. We want to forgive, but we don’t know who to forgive.”


Such powerful words from such a young soul. Bottomline is this: We must forgive others regardless of the offense and only when we do will we find freedom from the unforgiveness which has us bound.

 
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