UPDATE THE CHURCH OF GOD OF PROPHECY
JULY & AUGUST 2017
Achievements, Accomplishments, & Awards 2016 – 2017
Gadsden- Living Waters April Washburn § Graduated from Jacksonville State University with her Master’s Degree in Elementary Education
Gordo Caden Barringer § Promoted to the 2nd Grade, A/B Honor Roll Ashton Brown § Promoted to the 2nd Grade, Excellence Award AJ Burns § Promoted to the 9th Grade, Area 2017 Special Olympics Tuscaloosa, AL, 1st Place in Long Jump, 1st Place in 100-yard dash Callie Mae Burns § Promoted to the 3rd Grade, Accelerated Reader Award, Dibbles Award Trey Burns § Promoted to 7th Grade, Graduated DARE Program Kera Craig § Promoted to the 3rd Grade, Advance Reader Program/Remarkable Reader, Leadership & Math Award Chasity Hughes § Promoted to the 5th Grade, All A’s for the year in Science & English Chloe Lois Pickrell § A Honor Roll for the entire year, Student of the month for May Kennedy Prickrell § A Honor Roll for the entire year
Green Pond Cooper Bowen § Promoted to 7th Grade, A/B Honor Roll, Middle School Basketball, Chosen for All-Stars for Baseball
Harris Chapel Jessica Blankenship § Graduated from Lawrence County High School, Offered Scholarships to Auburn and UAB, Accepted UAB Scholarship, Received the Caitlin Martin Scholarship; Jessica is planning to become a Doctor. Gracie Bolan § Graduated from Hatton High School as Valedictorian, SUMA CUM LAUDE, Scholarship from University of Alabama in Huntsville, Received a Chemical Engineer Scholarship from UAH, $500 Scholarship from Joe Wheeler Youth Tour, $600 for First Runner Up Lawrence Co. Distinguished Young Woman, Gracie was a Bryant/Jordan HHS Nominee, Voted Most Likely To Succeed, Sr. Vice President, Girls State Nominee, HHS Varsity Cheer Captain, BETA Club Officer, LEO Club Officer, Offered academic and engineering scholarships to UA, UAH, and Northwest Community College, She will be perusing a major in Chemical Engineering and a minor in Economics.
Sheffield- Cliff Haven Nicole Borden § Ranked Fifth in Senior Class and Voted Most Outstanding Student, Given a Full Academic Applied Technical Scholarship
Sarah Reeves § Graduated from Hatton High School, Member of BETA Club and FBLA, Treasurer of Senior Class, Member of the HHS Band serving as Drum Major 2015-2016, Member of LEO Club and Big Brothers/Sisters, plans to attend NWSCC majoring in Sonography.
Moody-Trinity Worship Center Evin Richardson § Graduated from the University of Georgia with her Doctorate in Philosophy
Odenville Hannah Harris § Graduated from High School Makenzie Howard § Promoted to 9th Grade, A Honor Roll Ethan Hubbert § Promoted to 9th Grade (St. Clair High School)
Samantha Jo Hodges § Graduated from Muscle Shoals High School, $11,000 Drama Scholarship to Sanford University Mckinley Lovette § Graduated from Muscle Shoals High School, Technology Certifications in Auto Desk Inventor, Microsoft, and PC Pro Anna Montgomery § Graduated from UNA with B.A. Ed. Lyndsey Williams Wiginton § Graduated from UNA with 4.0 GPA with M.A. Ed. Logan Williams § Graduated from Covenant Christian School, Was the Scholar Dollar Representative and Student of the Year, Full Scholarship to NWSCC and 2 Year Scholarship to UNA Kara Wright § Graduated from Muscle Shoals High School with Shoals Scholar Dollar Scholarship
Mulga- Shortcreek Justin Blackwell § Promoted to 8th Grade Ashlyn Buchanan § Promoted to 8th Grade
Kayla Needham § 2nd Alternate and Most Photogenic, Parade of Roses Pageant
Greyson Buchanan § Promoted to 9th Grade
Peyton Needham § A/B Honor Roll
Dylan Carisle § Promoted to 8th Grade
Summer Alexys Swindall § Promoted to 5th Grade, Highest Grade of 97.6, Top 1 Student, A Honor Roll, Good Citizenship Award, Miss Little Rose Princess in Beauty Pageant, 3rd Place in Alabama Farmers Poster Contest
Morgan Carisle § Promoted to 8th Grade Blake Dean § Promoted to 11th Grade Ciara Glaze § Promoted to 7th Grade Keith Glaze § Promoted to 5th Grade
Beth Green § Promoted to 9th Grade Chris Green § Promoted to 12th Grade, Drum Line Section Leader, ACT Prep Award Christian Green § Promoted to 10th Grade, Academic Achievement Award Rachel Green § A/B Honor Roll, Principal Honor Award, Glee Award Blake Moreland § Promoted to 3rd Grade, A/B Honor Roll Bentley Parr § Promoted to 5th Year Kindergarden
Sereniti Beddingfield § A/B Honor Roll Bailey Engle § Graduated from Falkville High School, Highest Math Grade, Received scholarships from UNA and Valley Rubber, She will be studying Secondary Education. Sky Engle § In Nursing Program at Wallace State Haley Jarrett § Took 2nd Place at State in Esthetics Class Cameron Leeth § Graduated from Priceville High School, GPA 3.5, won a Medical Auxiliary Scholarship, Played Football, Basketball, and Ran Track, Ambassador for Three Years, Highest Grade in Algebra 2, Will be pursuing a career as a Nurse Practitioner and a Youth Pastor.
Kinslea Parr § Promoted to 5th Grade, Good Citizenship Award, A/B Honor Roll
Eli Moore § Golf Team Award
Emily Windham § Promoted to 10th Grade, A Honor Roll
Matt Moore § Promoted to the 5th Grade
Haley Windham § Promoted to 11th Grade, A Honor Roll
Khloe Patterson § Learned her ABCs, Reading and Writing
Joshua Windham § Graduated High School
Alexis Shadden § Promoted to 10th Grade
Steven Windham § Graduated High School, Honor Student
Andy Wilson § 2nd Place Baseball Tournament, Won a Championship Ring
Emma Wilson § 2nd Place Baseball Tournament, Won a Trophy
Allison Barber § A/B Honor Roll
Ali Wimberly § Studying General Education at Calhoun College
Avri Barber § Graduated from McAdory High School with honors, GPA 3.97, Received scholarship from UAB, received the President Award, She will be pursuing a career as a Crime Scene Investigator
Cody Wimberly § Graduated Wallace State with Honors w/ GPA of 3.8, received a degree in Diesel Mechanics, Won 1st Place in State in Skills and went to Nationals.
Karley Barber § A/B Honor Roll Keegan Barber § Physical Fitness Award
Tarrant City Aaron Lyles § Promoted to 1st Grade Andrew Lyles § Promoted to 7th Grade Chad Lyles § Promoted to 6th Grade Savannah Roseberry § Graduated High School, Attending UAB
Winfield Lucas Atkins § Promoted to 10th Grade Jonathan Barnes § Graduated High School Zander Barnes § Promoted to 11th Grade Travis Channell § Graduated High School Nikki Cummings § Promoted to 7th Grade, Highest Academic Average Life Science, Classworks Top 500 Nationwide, Musicianship 7th Grade Band, Most Outstanding 7th Grade Wind Instrument Erin Gilreath § Promoted to 9th Grade Anna Hubbert § Promoted to 9th Grade, Basketball Award Zach Hubbert § Promoted to 11th Grade, A/B Honor Roll, 4H Picture Award, Iron Bunch Award, Basketball Award, Football Award, Baseball Award Deejah Lockhart § Promoted to 11th Grade, A/B Honor Roll Natalie Shrake § Promoted to 7th Grade, A/B Honor Roll Emily Smith § Promoted to 12th Grade, Summer Honors Scholarship Recipient
Zoe Smith § Promoted to 11th Grade Harmony Thomas § Promoted to 10th Grade
Sunday morning worship and Mother’s Day program was attended by 76. On May 21 st, we honored four young ladies from our congregation who were graduating high school with outstanding accomplishments. Congratulations to Gracie B o l a n , C l a s s V a le d ic to ria n , J e ssica B lankenship , N icole Borden and Sarah Reeves.
Anniston-Praise & W orship: W e are thanking God for a soul saved in June! Browntown: First Sunday Paige M cElroy and Janine Rigstad lead us to the throne room and Brother Tanner brought the Word. W e had a great time in the Lord. Mother’s Day Brunch was hoisted by Sister Chris Tanner and Sister Ryan Hawkins. W e had a great time of fun, fellowship and food. Thank you God for Godly mothers. After 42 years of dedicated service, Sister Merlene Harris retired as our church secretary, clerk and treasurer. W e thank you for your sacrifice and service. Thank you to the workers that are coming together on Thursday nights to make Kids Church possible. W e have 8 kids learning about the Lord. Chickasaw: God is always blessing us! May God bless all the graduates throughout the state. The Lord has blessed us even though we have trials but God has more than restored what we lost. God is always with us and so very good. Citronelle: baptism.
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East Lake: W e thank the Lord for the great things that He is doing. God has blessed us with a new musician and what a blessing he has been. W e had Friend and Family Day the second Sunday with a great attendance. God really blessed the service with so many family members. God is so Good. Fayette: W e received a new member, Patricia Ingram into our local fellowship. Also, Brother Smalley ministered at Pea Ridge Community Church in Berry, Alabama...a small church that had been closed but a few members wanted to open it back up. Brother Smalley preached an awesome message on Sunday and had several in the altar praying. North Pointe sponsored four youth for camp this year. The Youth Department worked hard for this fundraising. Thank the Lord for three new covenant members this month. To God be the glory! Fort Payne: W e are rejoicing for our newest member, Darwin W ells. Gadsden: Praising God for two souls saved. W e are now looking forward to Vacation
Huntsville-M astin Lake: Mastin Lake had Brother Mike W illingham for a revival April 23-26.
Bible School. Green Pond: God bless the USA. A special thanks to all the Veterans that are serving or have served our country. A special tribute to all veterans that have given the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. They are truly heroes. The M other’s Day program was outstanding. All mothers were honored. The oldest, youngest and the special mother of our church, Sister Noe, were presented gifts. The Pride and Joy Learning Center graduation was adorable. It is a blessing to see the graduates reciting Bible verses and sharing what they have learned in their short life. The Children’s Ministry enjoyed a trip to Tannehill and the youth enjoyed a fishing trip. W e welcome two new members, George and Gail Donahoo. They are a blessing to our church. Sylvia Speilman was the speaker at our Ladies’ Day. She spoke on, “Ladder of Our Latter Life.” Many needs were met and the singing was outstanding. Twenty-one fathers were honored on Fathers’ Day. The father has such an important role in the family. A God fearing father is a blessing to his family. Eleven of our youth attended Camp Boothe. Many of our leaders today are rewards from Camp Boothe. The Seniors enjoyed a day of fun at Lake Jorman. The food was great and the fellowship was fantastic. The weather could not have been any better for all forty-six that attended. Harris Chapel: The mothers of Harris Chapel were treated to a Breakfast Brunch, “Muffins and M oms” hosted by Vickie Scoggins and her “Kids for Christ” Sunday School class. The event was greatly enjoyed by an attendance of 70. The
Jasper-Airport R oad: The Spirit of God is alive and well at Airport Road Church of God of Prophecy. W e have finished one side of our church parking lot project. God truly blessed us. W e were able to pay for it as the work progressed. Now we are in the process of collecting money to finish the other side. W e have no doubt that God will provide the funds. W e are praising God for all blessings. It is truly God at work, “To God be the glory!” Thank God for two souls saved and one receiving the Holy Ghost! M entone: W e had special speakers, Vickie and Steve Pochop, on the 1 st Sunday. They had an awesome testimony. Van Battles was baptized during the month of June. Robertsdale: Our church had The Galactic Starveyors at Vacation Bible School June 2630. W e had an average of twenty-four children nightly and one was saved on the last night of this event. Praise God!! Short Creek: May has been a busy month with Memorials and Graduations. W e had two to graduate from high school, Steven and Joshua W indham. Steven is pursuing a ministry degree and Joshua will be entering the Army to further his education. W e had a Celebration Party in their honor. W e have two that will be attending Collegiate Camp. Praise the Lord for His miracle working power. Our pastor had an arteriogram which revealed that he had been working and preaching with a 99% blockage in one of his arteries. Only by the grace of God that he didn’t have a heart attack during this time. They were able to put in a stint and he is still recuperating. Please keep Brother and Sister Green in your prayers. Tarrant: May ...what a joy it was as we honored our Children/Youth for a year of
completion of their school year which ended with a pizza party. One of our youth, Savannah Roseberry graduated the 12 th grade with high honors and will be going to UAB. W e ended our month with the Ladies Ministries going to Deacon Joe and Jean W ideman’s home for Bible Study. Tarrant honored fifteen fathers on Fathers Day. W e ended our month with Jimmy and Ligaya Hodges renewing their wedding vows of 10 years of marriage and provided Sunday lunch for everyone.
comes when we are connected to the vine. Imagine what is possible when you simply ask the God of the Universe, who owns it all, to multiply His Spirit in your life! He is faithful – if only we ask. God, place Your blessing on every area of my life. Almighty God pouring His blessing on all of your life! Unlimited possibilities! This request, however, requires that you surrender every area of your life to Him. One of the greatest blessings after full surrender is the peace that passes all understanding. Ahhhh . . .
my life. Almighty God who created the heavens, the earth and every creature. How is that creativity released into you expressed? Will it show up in the form of art, music, poetry? Maybe new inventions or solutions to problems? Possibly creative new ways to inspire others? God, release Your creative nature into
Tarrant, Pinson and the Pinson Spanish Ministry joined together for a trip to Fields of the W ood June 18 th. W e had an awesome day with 51 going and in attendance. W e ended the day having a joint service with 3 different languages (English, Spanish, and Philippine). God is so good.
Tips For Abundant Life Carolyn Guyton
Our Heavenly Father is the Sovereign Ruler of the Universe. He created and rules over every creature. That includes you! W hat does God’s rule in your life look like? Is He Lord of all? Have you invited Him to shine His light into your life and to multiply the fruit of the Holy Spirit in your walk? Have you asked Him to put His blessing on every area of your life? Has He released His creative God, multiply the fruit of the Holy Spirit in my life. You were created to bring forth fruit unto the Lord. That is what God wants from you and it is what you want as well. Fruit
Your Heavenly Father wants more for you than you are currently experiencing. Ask Him and you will find the abundant life He has planned for you.
Family? The Bible tells us we are to love and care for our family. That is an important responsibility which we treasure. However, with all the day-to-day busyness it is easy to allow that to dominate. W e feel safe with family and can find ourselves leaning on them instead of the Lord. I recently had an eye-opening experience. I was under stress in a situation. Even though God was clearly dropping assurances of His Presence into my day, I still felt concerned. I kept feeling the desire to contact my prayer warrior sister to pray. That is when I heard it. God asking me if I was going to trust her or Him. Ouch. I chose God and He came through in an amazing way. W here is your security really coming from? I invite you to sing with me, “Jesus, be the center. It’s all about You.” He is where your abundant life is found.
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AUGUST Stephen Covey states in his popular book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, “W hatever is at the center of our life will be the source of our security, guidance, wisdom and power.” W hat is truly at the center of your life? Jesus? My first thought is that Jesus is the center of it all for me. I love the song that says “Jesus at the center of it all. Jesus at the center of it all. From beginning to the end, it will always be, it's always been You Jesus. Jesus.” W hen Jesus is truly the center of our life and everything about us, He is our security, guidance, wisdom and power. This realization is a comfort and joy. However, I invite you to evaluate yourself and be sure that this is true of your life. Ministry? In all of our efforts to do God’s work, that can subtly move into the central location of our life. W e are trying to follow God’s leading and obey Him, but somewhere along the path what we are doing gently slips into first place. It’s all about Him, but is He truly your security or is it in what you do?
A Fiery Church Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor. Romans 12:11 God Himself is all fire; and His church, if it is to be like Him, must also be like white heat. God expects to be represented by a fiery church. The only things that His church can afford to be on fire about are the great, eternal interests of God-given faith. Our Lord was the incarnate opposite of intolerant and noisy speech. Yet the zeal of God’s house consumed Him. And the world is still feeling the glow of His consuming flame. They are responding to it with an ever-increasing readiness and an even large response. Lord I want to be part of a church on fire for You. Help me to ever be lacking and zeal but glowing with passion for You.
ANNOUNCEMENTS Prayer Line with Dr. Wessly Saturdays 9:00 - 10:00 AM Dial 712-432-1690 Access Code: 650786# Alton COGOP is interviewing for a Youth Pastor. “We are looking for someone called by God to the Youth Ministry”. Contact: Pastor, Daniel Stronge, Alton Church, 2305 Old Alton Road, Birmingham, AL 35210, 2 0 5 - 2 3 3 - 0 0 1 3 , email@example.com Pinson Valley: Seeking a Youth Minister, call 470-9591. Commentary on Book of Revelation John K. George—Author Amazon.com—$9.95 Also.... U-Tube Heart Attack–Dr. Kurian Maliel STATE WEB SITES Alabama Update Blog: WWW.alabamaupdate.blogspot.c om Alabama Web Site: alcogop.org Youth-Tim Beck Web: www.experiencehydrate.com www.hydrateministries.com AVAILABLE FOR REVIVALS Earlean Emerson, P O Box 1863, Hamilton, AL 35570. Telephone (205) 921-5637. Brenda Kay Pate, P O Box 156 Woodstock, AL 35188; 205-3881087 or 388-3129. Fill in for pastors also. Steve Puckett, 471 Co Rd 275, Arley, Al, 35541, Home: 205-2955117; cell 864-385-0626. Doug Tyler: 8165 Hopewell Road, Bessemer, AL 35022, 205-9196025: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ken Donaldson: 13589 Telmar Lane, Northport, AL 35415; 2053 1 0 - 1 6 8 6 ; email@example.com. SPEAKING AND SPECIAL PROGRAMS: Anita Falkner Parker, 3615 Moody Pkwy, Moody, AL 35004. Telephone (205) 640-6207. Brenda Kay Pate, P O Box 156; Woodstock, AL, 35188; 205-3881087 or 388-3129. MUSICAL MINISTRY Breaking Chains, Elliot: 2 5 1 - 4 5 4 - 8 9 4 6 , firstname.lastname@example.org nature into every part of you? What would that look like? BIRTHS East Lake: Gary Archie 3rd was born June 16th to his parents, Gary Archie Jr. And Shanae Archie.
JULY PASTORS/WIVES BIRTHDAYS Wayne Christmas Darlene Craig Walter DeGeer Sheila Dilbeck Carol Henderson Pam Martin Clifton Pate Patsy Pritchett Brent Smalley Beecher Tanner Linda Whitaker Neal Wright ANNIVERSARIES Mark and Angela Fell Terry and Patsy Gann
AUGUST BIRTHDAYS Annzella Abernathy Trisha Browder Janice Butler LaVonda Curtis A. L. Henderson Kenneth Humphris Robet Lyles Glen McCord Bobby Ray Patterson Chris Tanner ANNIVERSARIES Gary & Freda Archie T.J. & Wendy Armstrong Wayne & Amy Christmas Leslie & LaVonda Curtis Ben & Donna Howard Joshua & Crissy Lynn Bobby & Connie Patterson Neal & Neva Wrigh
September 23 Camp Reunion-Camp Boothe–10am-4 pm 27-29 North America Pastor’s Conference & ......... Youth Leader/Youth Pastors Training Conference Chattanooga, TN Convention Center November 02-05 Gordon Conwell Masters Program Camp Boothe July 2018 18-22 100th International Assembly Convention Center, Chatt, TN Pre-Assembly at Fields of the Wood
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Patricia Jones July 25, 2017 Garry (Becky) Lovetteâ€™s Sister
Bishop Gerome Key July 27, 2017
Velma King August 5, 2017 Widow of deceased Bishop Paul King
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Published on Aug 11, 2017