The annual General Assembly of The Church of God began Tuesday at Ridgecrest Conference Center near Black Mountain, N.C. More than 1,200 delegates are expected to attend, including representatives …
The annual General Assembly of The Church of God began Tuesday at Ridgecrest Conference Center near Black Mountain, N.C. More than 1,200 delegates are expected to attend, including representatives from 30 countries.
General Overseer Bishop Oscar Pimentel officially opened the 112th Annual General Assembly Tuesday evening The six-day conference will include business, preaching, singing, worship and auxiliary programs. The international gathering was streamed on the internet (www.thechurchofgod.org/assembly). Messages and reports will be given bilingually throughout the sessions.
The Aug. 22 opening featured music and singing by Janet Talley of Cleveland, and a message by Danilo Orcino of the Philippines. An hour of prayer by all assembly delegates closed the first session.
Messages by Timothy Strong of North Carolina, Gary Barker of Arkansas and Kris Newberry of Crossville highlighted the morning program on Wednesday. The afternoon session included the report of the Ways & Means Committee and a message by Brian O’Dell. The Wednesday evening session featured the Church of Prophecy Marker Association.
The morning session on Thursday had progress reports from Central and South America countries. The Bible Training Institute program was led by Ray Dupree, director.
The Questions and Subjects Committee report was given on Thursday afternoon. A special highlight of the afternoon was a message by Walter Lofton of West Virginia.
The World Mission program directed by General Coordinator Robert J. Hawkins Jr. with the annual Parade of Nations — an assembly favorite event — was presented on Thursday evening. The Spanish delegation provided preliminary music and singing directed by Johanna Jovel of California.
Retired minister David Risch of Cleveland will preach this morning before the General Overseer’s annual address. Friday has been the traditional time for this. The address will be preceded by songs by his daughter, Yadira Pimentel and Tori Denny of Kentucky.
E. Roger Ammons, general director of evangelism and pastor of The Church of God, Southside, will be in charge of the evangelism program on Friday afternoon.
Harvey Anders, state overseer of Tennessee and pastor of the Zion Hill church in Cleveland, will preach the message on healing Friday evening and the annual healing service will conclude the evening session.
On Saturday, Allene Cox of Cleveland, the Assembly Band Movement coordinator, will direct the program, which will include a moment of silence for ministers who have passed this past year.
The ordination service for newly licensed deacons and bishops will also be held in the morning session.
The Women’s Missionary Band program directed by Sharon Griffin will be held on Saturday afternoon.
On Saturday evening, the young people will march into the auditorium under the direction of Joshua Farthing, general Victory Leaders Band coordinator.
Amy Anders will present preliminary music and singing on Sunday, as the final day of the assembly begins.
The last two sessions will include the Sunday school program directed by Bettie Marlowe of Cleveland and the Children’s Assembly Program directed by Deborah Wantlok of Arkansas on Sunday morning, followed by a message by Daniel Martinez Navarro of Costa Rica.
Following a message by Michael Jernigan of Arkansas, appointments for the coming church year will be made by the general overseer, who will then officially close the 2017 General Assembly.
The Church of God, which was reorganized in 1993, has 819 churches in 53 countries with membership of some 28,000. Ministers total 1,131. Worldwide headquarters for the church is in Cleveland. Two churches are located in Cleveland — Zion Hill and Southside. Visit website: www.thechurchofgod.com, which reaches into 219 islands and countries.
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