The Church of God prepares for annual general assembly
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The Parade of Nations, shown here in 2012, is the highlight of the Thursday evening program at The Church of God Assembly, which will begin Aug. 20 at Ridgecrest Convention Center in North Carolina.
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Preparations are being completed for The Church of God Annual General Assembly, which will be held at the LifeWay Ridgecrest Conference Center at Black Mountain, N.C., just east of Asheville, N.C. The event will begin on Aug. 20, continuing through Aug. 25. Accommodations for those attending are available on site at Ridgecrest.

General Overseer Stephen E. Smith will officially open the Assembly and welcome delegates on Tuesday. A large Spanish delegation is expected to attend and some 15 translators are in place to make sure they hear everything on program in their language. Luis Bañuelos of New Mexico will preach the first night of the meeting.

On Wednesday, Chantel Kalamba from the Democratic Republic of Congo will speak on “Women, Stand in the Gap for the Church.” A message by Sara Kelly of South Carolina and a progress report on North America and Caribbean Island by General Field Secretary Robert F. Strong Sr. will follow. That afternoon, E. Roger Ammons of Cleveland, general evangelism coordinator, will direct the evangelism program, followed by the Church of Prophecy Marker Association program on Wednesday evening directed by Melvin Byers Jr. of North Carolina, general coordinator.

Ray Dupre, field secretary and general director of Bible Training Institute, will moderate the morning program, which will feature the B.T.I. choir from the Cleveland school this year. Progress reports from Mexico, Central and South America and Puerto Rico will be given by General Field Secretary Donald Acosta on Thursday afternoon and the World Mission Program will be directed by Robert J Hawkins Jr., general coordinator, that evening. Nations represented on program include the Philippines, Indonesia, England and the Spanish work from several countries. The church has congregations in most of the United States and more than 50 countries.

The general overseer’s annual address will be given on Friday morning by Bishop Smith, preceded by “At the Battle’s Front,” led by his wife, Vicki Smith. The annual healing service, organized by James R. Cox, state overseer of Tennessee, will be on Friday evening. Phillip Bennett of England will preach on the subject, “Thy Faith Hath Made Thee Whole.”

Saturday morning will be the time to honor the ministry who have passed on during the year. The ordination service will also be held. The England Choir will render special singing for the service.

World missions will be featured Saturday afternoon with the program led by Betty Bishop of Alabama, general coordinator. The youth of the church, directed by Dustin T. Hays, general coordinator, will be on program Saturday evening with a youth march. Music will be presented by the Assembly Bluegrass Band, directed by Mary Shelton of Tennessee.

The children will take center stage on Sunday morning, directed by Debra Wantulok and family from Arkansas. The Sunday school program will follow, directed by General Coordinator Robert F. Strong Sr. of North Carolina.

The Assembly will conclude Sunday afternoon with committee report and appointments made by the general overseer. David Risch of Tennessee will offer the closing prayer for the appointees as the official closing.