Pilgrimage To Pentecost

On behalf of Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr. God has placed it upon his heart to call the Church Of God In Christ annually to a 50 day consecration of fasting and prayer, called the C. H. MASON PILGRIMAGE TO PENTECOST. Our desire is for God to fill His people with the Holy Ghost and to continue the revival that He started on the Day of Pentecost!

Over 2.9 billion people on the face of the Earth have NEVER heard the Gospel preached!
We need the power of the Holy Ghost to reach the world for Christ!

This consecration is NOT a departmental event or activity; this is a call for the ENTIRE CHURCH to seek the LORD. C. H. MASON PILGRIMAGE TO PENTECOST starts Sunday, April 5, 2015 (Resurrection Sunday) through Sunday May 24, 2015 (Pentecost Sunday).  Attached are the 11 prayer requests that our leader desires for us to focus on during the 50 day consecration; so that we may have some type of unity, structure and strategy in our prayers.

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You are NOT asked to read or recite these; but to catch the heart and spirit of the prayer requests and allow the Lord to use YOU to cover these (or similar) needs in prayer for at least 11 minutes of your prayer time every day for 50 days. This is why the consecration is also called 11/11/50.

You are requested to fast on Tuesdays and Fridays (COGIC’s traditional fast days) from Midnight to at least 12 Noon. Again, this is at the request of our Presiding Bishop and how the Lord is leading him. Your participation would be greatly appreciated!

We need your help:

  1. Please print off this letter and the 11 prayer requests and announce at all of your church, district, jurisdictional and departmental events.
  2. Also, please share this info on your social media, television and radio broadcasts.
  3. Please also resend this email to your distribution list.
  4. Please plan on having a huge Day of Pentecost celebration on Sunday, May 24, 2015!!!

Available is a 2015 Guidebook that will answer questions and provide ideas for the consecration; which you can receive by clicking here. Hard copies will be available at the April Call Meeting. 

The Presiding Bishop is requesting saints of ALL NATIONS to participate and also believers from other denominations are welcomed to join us, as we seek the face of God.

May God richly bless you as your participate in the mighty move of God!

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Ferguson Missouri Statement

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Statement on Ferguson Police Shooting

We were saddened to hear of the shooting of two police officers in Ferguson, Missouri.  All around the world, we are praying for their full recovery.   We are also praying for their families and their colleagues.

Law enforcement is absolutely necessary to preserve the peace throughout our nation.  As an organization, we strongly support the many men and women of high integrity who valiantly place their lives on the line each day in an effort to secure the public safety.

As events unfold in Ferguson, we continue to pray for the peace of that city.  Our fervent hope is that ultimately a strong and compassionate community will arise.

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.

 

 

 

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Missions President Selected

SOUTH AFRICAN BISHOP NAMED NEW COGIC INTERNATIONAL MISSIONS PRESIDENT

February 25, 2015 (Memphis, TN) Bishop Vincent Mathews, Jr. has been chosen to lead the International Missions Department of the Church of God in Christ (COGIC).

pict-matthewsPresiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr. has, with the approval of the General Board of the Church of God in Christ, selected Bishop Vincent Mathews, Jr. to be the new president of the International Missions Department. Bishop Mathews succeeds Bishop Carlis Moody who served admirably as president for over forty years.

Bishop Mathews is the jurisdictional prelate of the South African First Jurisdiction and the pastor of Tabernacle COGIC in Ivory Park, Johannesburg. 

Presiding Bishop Blake says, “Bishop Vincent Mathews, Jr. has a heart for missions.  His desire to reach those men and women in the countries around the globe where the Church of God in Christ is located, and beyond, will continue our church’s long tradition of empowering people to transform their communities.”

For the past 10 ½ years, Bishop Mathews and his devoted wife, Sharon Mathews, have served as full-time COGIC missionaries in South Africa. They have been married for 21 years and have 10 children.

Bishop Mathews says, “I'm honored that Presiding Bishop Charles E.  Blake, Sr. and the General Board have afforded me the opportunity to serve as International Missions President.  I am confident that thousands of saints of the Church of God in Christ will join me and answer the call to extreme commitment to The Great Commission through radical, relevant and innovative worldwide ministry.” 

Bishop Matthews was born in the United States and left a lucrative career in education to go on the mission field. He received a BA from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, an MA from the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana and a Doctorate of Theology from North Carolina College of Theology. He has authored six books and loves the ministry of worldwide missions.  

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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.

Pentecostal Leaders Summit

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PENTECOSTAL LEADERS REPRESENTING MILLIONS MEET TO DISCUSS CRITICAL TOPICS

February 23, 2015 (Los Angeles, CA) Leaders from six global Pentecostal denominations, representing over 90 million members combined, recently met in Los Angeles to discuss a wide range of international and domestic topics.

The Pentecostal Leaders Summit convened for three days last week in Los Angeles, California to discuss a number of topics including the effects of terrorism, the church’s role in racial harmony, religious freedom, and same-sex issues facing the church just to name a few.

The leaders in attendance included Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr., Presiding Bishop, Church of God in Christ; Dr. George O. Wood, General Superintendent, Assemblies of God; Dr. Glenn C. Burris President, International Church of the Foursquare Gospel; Bishop Doug Beacham, General Superintendent/Presiding Bishop, International Pentecostal Holiness Church; Dr. Mark Williams, General Overseer, Church of God; Rev. Randall A. Bach, President, Open Bible Churches and Dr. Jack W. Hayford, Former President, International Church of the Foursquare Gospel. Additional persons in attendance included other elected officials from each organization.

A goal of the summit was to provide an opportunity for each leader to listen and discuss the various national and international crisis-facing Christians around the globe, while also seeking to help bring unity to the Body of Christ globally.

Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr. says, “This gathering of Pentecostal leaders has provided each person with a unique opportunity to come to Los Angeles and dialogue with their contemporaries in other denominations, with similar beliefs, about issues that are confronting us all.” He further states, “This summit has shown us what we, as Christian leaders, have said and known for some time now: We are all better when we come together as one.”

Dr. George O. Wood states, “This was truly an historical meeting.  We are all the grandsons and granddaughters of the Azusa Street revival, and in these days, the Holy Spirit is drawing us together in united witness, fulfilling the prayer of Jesus that the world would know us by our love for one another.”

Dr. Glen Burris emphasized, "There is a strong sense that the conversations among us have resonated much like the early church, that experienced a 'one accord' dynamic.  An African proverb says, 'If you want to go fast, go alone.  If you want to go far, go together.'  Finishing the Great Commission will require all of us.”

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The last discussion topic of the summit was how the six denominations can continue in dialog with one another and provide opportunities to include additional Pentecostal denominations and enlarge the representation from each group.

Bishop Doug Beacham shares, “People are so thankful that we are meeting like this. Whatever steps we take are important for us, for our country and for revival . . .”

Dr. Mark L. Williams declares, “Our shared history along with the collegiality and genuine respect we have for one another holds great promise and unlimited potential for fulfilling the mission for which Jesus died.  Only a united church can reach a divided world.  We must be one.”

Rev. Randall A. Bach explains, “It is always meaningful to gather with leaders of like faith. It is particularly joyful, however, to fellowship and collaborate with leaders of like experience, who love and pursue the fullness of the Holy Spirit. Our family of ministers and churches embrace and value our sister fellowships with love and respect. Unity in the Spirit glorifies the Lord.”

This is the first time in history a conference of this kind, with these leaders representing such a large and diverse membership, has ever taken place.

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Letter from George O. Wood, General Superintendent – Assemlies of God

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Nominations for COGIC's 150 Influential Women are open from Feb. 15 – apr. 30.

COGIC History: William J. Seymour

William J. Seymour: #BlackHistory #COGICHistory #OurStory

William J. Seymour relocated from Houston, TX to Los Angeles, California. He began preaching from his base on Azusa Street. Seymour rejected the existing racial barriers in favor of “Unity in Christ” and he also rejected the then almost-universal barriers to women in any form of church leadership. This movement became known as the Azusa Street Revival. This street revival is where our founder, Bishop C.H. Mason, received the Holy Spirit. It is amazing to know that the obedience of one man, William J. Seymour, to start this revival and the obedience of Bishop Mason to attend the revival could change to course of the church as we know it and spurred the movement of Pentecostalism that we know and cherish today.

COGIC History: Amanda Berry Smith

Amanda Berry Smith: #BlackHistory #COGICHistory #OurStory

Amanda Berry Smith was an Evangelist in the Methodist church who traveled around the world spreading the Gospel of Christ. Her autobiography entitled, "An Autobiography The Story of the Lord's Dealings with Mrs. Amanda Smith the Colored Evangelist" discussed her conviction regarding the doctrine of sanctification. Her teachings and writings greatly influenced Bishop C.H. Mason's beliefs regarding the works of grace. He began preaching on sanctification and holiness even before being filled with the Holy Spirit at the Azusa Street Revival. The life and ministry of this remarkable woman left an indelible mark on our Founder and the Church of God in Christ.

COGIC History: Mason Temple

 

Mason Temple: #BlackHistory #COGICHistory #OurStory

Today, Mason Temple, located at 930 Mason Street Memphis, TN, still serves as a beacon of hope and inspiration. This building is so much more than mere brick and mortar; it is a manifestation of a God-given vision, and the majestic headquarters of the Church of God in Christ. In its sacred halls, many souls are yet being healed, delivered and set free. It held the service where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his famous "I've Been To The Mountaintop" speech on the eve of his assassination and provided the host venue for former President Bill Clinton to address the Saints. But more importantly, Mason Temple holds the heart of the members of the Church of God in Christ, as we look on it with pride, nostalgia and reverence, celebrating the heritage of our glorious past while embracing a most promising future. We stand united and look forward to the "Greater Works" that God has in store for this "The Grand Ole Church of God in Christ."

If you would like to learn more about the History of Mason Temple, the COGIC Publishing House has an excellent resource called "Facts About the Temple." Click here for more information.

I am #StoppingEbola

 

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Church of God in Christ And U.S. Fund for UNICEF Join Together to Help Stop Ebola During Black History Month
Fundraising initiative to support UNICEF’s lifesaving work in West Africa launches during Black History Month

 

Memphis, TN (February 2, 2015) – The Church of God in Christ (COGIC) and The U.S. Fund for UNICEF are proud to announce a new collaboration to combat Ebola The joint initiative, I AM #STOPPINGEBOLA, will launch during Black History Month and aims to raise funds in support of UNICEF’s work to halt the spread of Ebola in Liberia, one of the West African countries hardest hit by the virus.

“We are thrilled to join forces with Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake Sr., First Assistant Presiding Bishop PA Brooks, of the Church of God in Christ in the fight against Ebola. These leaders have stepped up to the plate at just the right time. Global attention on the crisis is fading, but children and their families in West Africa still need our support,” said Caryl Stern, president and CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF.

Bishop Brooks says, “In November, 2014 COGIC Charities, the benevolent arm of the Church of God in Christ started a ‘Hand Washing Challenge’ for our 53 churches in Liberia. Joining this collaborative effort with UNICEF allows us to continue our efforts with this worldwide organization.”

“Every donation, no matter the size, helps save lives. We are grateful to everyone who donates and shares the message that with enough resources, Ebola can be stopped,” added Edward G. Lloyd, chief operating officer and chief financial officer of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF.

From February 1, 2015 through the end of the month, faith leaders representing churches with more than 11 million members will encourage their congregations to donate toward the purchase of hygiene kits critical to protecting children and families from Ebola. Each hygiene kit costs $43 and contains soap, chlorine, gloves, buckets and instructions for usage, among other much-needed items.

The hygiene kits will be distributed to households and schools in communities across Liberia that are affected by Ebola. The disease has infected more than 21,000 people and claimed over 8,000 lives in West Africa. More than 11,000 children have lost one or both parents due to the virus. To learn more about I AM #STOPPINGEBOLA, please visit http://www.unicefusa.org/churchofgodinchrist 

Members of the Faith-Based Leadership Consortium include Bishop P.A. Brooks, First Assistant Presiding Bishop of the Church of God in Christ, Inc.; Bishop Charles H. Ellis, III, Presiding Prelate of the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World, Inc.; Dr. Williams B. Moore Chairman, Chair of the Foreign Relations Committee, National Baptist Convention USA; Dr. James C Perkins, 20th President of the Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc. and Dr. Calvin Butts, the Pastor of the Abyssinian Baptist Church in the City of New York and the President of the State University of New York College at Old Westbury.

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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.

About UNICEF:
The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) works in more than 190 countries and territories to put children first. UNICEF has helped save more children’s lives than any other humanitarian organization, by providing health care and immunizations, clean water and sanitation, nutrition, education, emergency relief and more. The U.S. Fund for UNICEF supports UNICEF's work through fundraising, advocacy and education in the United States. Together, we are working toward the day when no children die from preventable causes and every child has a safe and healthy childhood. For more information, visit 
www.unicefusa.org.

For more information, contact:

Susannah Masur, U.S. Fund for UNICEF, 212.880.9146, [email protected]

 
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