TCOG assembly notes progress in past year

By BETTIE MARLOWE Staff Writer
Posted 9/1/17

Some called it the best assembly they had ever attended. “It seemed like old times in the Cleveland tabernacle,” a delegate from Alabama said. And it was a special blessing to one man who …

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TCOG assembly notes progress in past year

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Some called it the best assembly they had ever attended. “It seemed like old times in the Cleveland tabernacle,” a delegate from Alabama said. And it was a special blessing to one man who came on crutches and left leaping and running after a miracle healing on Friday evening.

The Church of God 112th assembly convened at the Ridgecrest Conference Center from Aug. 22 to Aug. 27 at Black Mountain, N.C. Some 1,200 delegates attended from 45 states and more than 25 countries. The church, which was reorganized in 1993, has congregations in 56 countries. World headquarters for the organization is located in Cleveland, along with three local churches in the area: Athens and Zion Hill and Southside, Cleveland.

Choirs, marches, preaching, music, business and inspiring presentations filled the program for the six-day event, which adjourned on Aug. 27. Many of the delegates from other countries stayed stateside to visit churches and conduct revivals.

The theme for the annual gathering was “This Same Jesus,” which was portrayed throughout the programs by the various auxiliaries and departments.

The annual address was given by General Overseer Oscar Pimentel on Friday morning. He talked about the advance in technology and how it can be and is being used to further the Gospel. He commended the different ministries of the church in their evangelism outreach and offered encouragement to the ministry and members as they faced challenges in today’s society.

On Sunday, before adjournment, the general overseer announced the appointments for the coming year. Relevant to Tennessee and the Cleveland area were: Tennessee state overseer, Harvey Anders; E. Rogers Ammons, general evangelism coordinator; Bible Training Institute director and field secretary, Ray Dupree; General World Missions coordinator, Robert Hawkins; General Sunday School coordinator, Bettie Marlowe; and General Assembly Band Movement coordinator, Allene Cox. Others included Robert F. Strong (N.C), field secretary; James R. Horne (Ala.), The Evening Light editor; Joshua Farthing, General Victory Leaders Band coordinator; and Sharon Griffin, (Ind.) General Womens Missionary Band coordinator. A new appointment was added this year: Walter Lofton (W.Va.), church historian.

The tentative date for the 2018 General Assembly for The Church of God will be Aug. 20-26 at Ridgecrest Conference Center.

Ridgecrest is located just outside of Black Mountain, N.C., just before the ascent of Black Mountain going east. Ridgecrest’s location is less than a day’s drive from more than 15 states, sitting conveniently just off Interstate 40 outside bustling Asheville. Cradled in the spectacular Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina, Ridgecrest’s boasts 1,300 acres and provides meeting and event planners of Christian conferences and retreats — a one-stop shopping and first-class customer service in a Christian environment.

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