East Tennessee Nazarenes to ‘Rejoice’ July 10, 11 and 12
East Tennessee Nazarenes to hold its Annual Assembly and Conventions titled “Rejoice” at Pangle Hall in Cleveland on July 10, 11 and 12.
The East Tennessee District Church of the Nazarene is a group of 76 churches located in an area of Middle and East Tennessee. Dr. Ronald K. McCormack, who is a native of Cleveland, leads the churches.
General superintendent of the Church of the Nazarene, Dr. David Graves, will be speaking in the Tuesday night service as well as in a special Wednesday night ordination service.
McCormack will be giving a report of the work of the District for the 2017-18 church year in the Thursday morning session.
Other highlights will be the reports of the Nazarene Mission International President Teresa Hodge, the Nazarene Youth International President the Rev. B.J. Miller and the Sunday school and Discipleship Director the Rev. Matthew Hastings.
There will be youth and children sessions as well as the business sessions.
Dr. McCormack said there are several reasons to bring the convention to Cleveland.
“First, we like to move it (convention) around so more local Nazarenes can experience this annual district event. We have about a third of our churches within one-hour driving distance of Cleveland. Second, Pangle Hall is a great facility and Lee University has been so open and helpful in our preparations for this event. Third, there is an ample number of motels and restaurants in the area to meet the needs of our almost 500 delegates.
“Finally, in our 71-year history, we have never held a major district event in Cleveland. I wanted to bring the District family to my hometown. I was born in the old Speck Hospital, just a few blocks from Pangle Hall,” McCormack noted.
“I graduated from Bradley Central High School in 1971, which at that time was just a few blocks in the other direction. I grew up worshipping and attending Sunday school at the First Church of the Nazarene on Henderson Avenue and held my first job and met my wife of 45 years (Karla Jones McCormack) at Cooke’s Food Store, which at that time was again, just a few blocks from Pangle Hall. After 45years of ministry, it just feels good to come home to ‘Rejoice.’”
A complete list of times and activities can be found at www.etnazdistrict.org.
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