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ALABAMA

UPDATE THE CHURCH OF GOD OF PROPHECY

OCTOBER 2016


Greetings Brothers! Men's Conference 2016 is only 5 weeks away (October 28-29)! I hope you are making plans to be with us for this powerful weekend designed JUST FOR MEN! I fully believe that this will be our greatest Men's Conference ever! Men's Conference will be held at Camp Boothe in Green Pond, AL. Let this letter be your personal invitation to join us and don't forget to bring a friend, and rally the men in your church to join you. Men's Conference is for men, ages 16 and up. Bishop Sam Clements, the General Overseer for the Churches of God of Prophecy, will be out special guest speaker on Friday night. He will also close out our conference with a challenging word on Saturday afternoon (right after lunch). You will also find attached to this letter a sign-up form for a special Men's Conference Four-Man Golf Scramble that will take place at 9:30 a.m. at Woodward Golf and Country Club in Bessemer (2141 Wheel Dr., Bessemer, AL 35020) on Friday morning (October 28th). Price is $40 per player with prizes given to the Top team, Closest to the pin, and Longest drive. To sign up a team or individually, contact Dan Pierce @ (256) 762-2133 or by email @ piercenevd@aol.com or Neal Wright @ (256) 443-3739 or by email @ cnealwright@aol.com. Deadline to register is October 23rd. I'm also excited about our class options that will address various "hot topics" that men are currently dealing with in their lives on Purity, Purpose, and Legacy. Our teachers for those will be Bishop L.V. Jones, Jr., Pastor Terry Gann, and our Director of Youth Ministries, Reverend Tim Beck. Considering our teachers, I'd like to personally extend an invitation to all our pastors and ministers across the state, as well as young men, ages 16 and up, to join us for this life-changing weekend of ministry and fellowship! As always, we will have powerful worship times together with Pastor Nic Jackson and his worship team. This year, the Lord has laid a special message on my heart that I will be sharing with you on Saturday morning. There will be activities and opportunities for wonderful fellowship at this year's Men's Conference, and I can't wait to see you at Camp Boothe in Green Pond, AL on October 28-29! What can you do now? Send in your Men's Conference Application as soon as possible (by October 24th). Have your pastor encourage the men of your church to join you, and have them fill out an application and mail them in at the same time. Don't forget to let us know ASAP about the Golf Scramble (by Oct. 23rd). This is our time men! It's time to Rise Up! I can't wait to see you October 28-29 at the Rise Up Men's Conference 2016!

Pastor Neal Wright Men's Conference Director


Men’s Conference Annual Golf Scramble 2016 Date: Friday, October 28, 2016 Tee Time: 9:30 a.m.

Woodward Golf & Country Club 2141 Wheel Drive Bessemer Alabama 35020

Format: 4 Man Scramble, Price: $40 per player Prizes Given to the Top team, Closest to the pin, & Longest drive

To Sign up a team or individually contact Dan Pierce @ (256) 762-2133or by email @ piercenevd@aol.com Or

Neal Wright @ (256) 443-3739 or by email @ cnealwright@aol.com Deadline to register is 10/23/16


Lifting Up God’s servants as they: Love neighbors through doing life with other Jesus followers

Lifting Up God’s servants as they: Lovingly witness through imparting their very lives and the gospel

John 13:34–35; 2 Timothy 2:2

1 Thessalonians 2:7–8; Acts 4:13

„„ Provide appropriate time off and finances for conventions, seminars, conferences, and continuing education—separate from vacations. „„ Encourage and support involvement in men’s and women’s activities—without pressure to lead them. „„ Encourage and support participation in a community- wide pastor’s covenant group where peer encourage- ment and accountability are available. „„ Encourage your pastor’s wife to establish friendships both in the church and in the broader Kingdom community. „„ Invite your pastor along on fun outings—fishing, hunting, sailing, or golf. Don’t talk about church, just relax. „„ Invite your pastor or pastor’s spouse out for lunch—not to talk about church—but to relate. „„ Allow for and support reasonable time away to serve other churches, previous ministries, or Kingdom initiatives. „„ Invite your ministry couple or family to enjoy a favorite vacation spot, community celebration, or sporting event. „„ Initiate caring involvement when your ministry family faces life-challenges, like sickness or death. Celebrate with them in the joys of life—such as new baby, graduations, weddings, etc. „„ Encourage your ministry leaders to find their own mentors in the faith. Support your leaders as they disciple others, both inside and outside your church.

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Encourage your pastor’s involvement in activities, hobbies, sports, and events which provide opportunities for outreach. Celebrate and affirm your pastor when he shares the gospel in the everyday rhythms of life. Support and encourage your ministry family’s involvement in their neighborhood and community as they do life with unchurched people. Celebrate and affirm ministry family involvement in Kingdom works of compassion and justice. Initiate strategies which connect ministers with the marketplace as Kingdom principles are applied to work, business, school, and community. Celebrate and affirm whole-life discipleship where the Good News is lived and shared as a part of the pastor’s identity, not merely a job on Sunday. Affirm the Concentric Circles of Leader Care as pastors disciple their own families, mentor others, and reach and disciple the unchurched. Encourage and celebrate a lifestyle of prayer for the unreached—through prayer lists, prayer walks, and prayer gatherings. Encourage and celebrate a lifestyle of caring for the unreached—through compassion and love as one who “has been with Jesus” (Acts 4:13). Encourage and celebrate a lifestyle of sharing with the unreached—through listening to their story, sharing our story, and imparting His story.

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Lifting Up God’s Servants

Pastor Appreciation But you yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts…

2 Corinthians 3:2

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WAYS TO BLESS YOUR PASTOR Lifting Up God’s servants as they „„ Love the Lord „„ Love their spouse „„ Love their children and family „„ Love neighbors through doing life with other Jesus-followers „„ Lovingly witness through imparting their very lives and the gospel


Lifting Up God’s servants as they: Love the Lord

Lifting Up God’s servants as they: Love their spouse

Lifting Up God’s servants as they: Love their children and family

1 John 4:19; Matthew 22:37–38

1 Peter 3:7; Matthew 22:39

Psalm 127:3; Proverbs 22:6

„„ Pray regularly for your ministers and their families. „„ Form a covenant group who is committed to praying daily for your ministers; seven members praying one day a week. „„ Offer prayer for your pastor before worship services. „„ Encourage and support at least one day of “Sabbath rest”; lovingly insist that your pastor take off at least one day each week. „„ Encourage and support an annual spiritual renewal retreat to refresh your pastor’s intimacy with the Lord. „„ Send notes of encouragement that affirm your pastor’s Christ-like character—their compassion, integrity, courage, dependability, etc. „„ Resist any negative comments or comparisons related to your pastor; talk to your pastor directly if you have any concerns. „„ Care for your pastor’s health by providing or encouraging annual check-ups, wellness plans, health club memberships and insurance. „„ Vulnerably and specifically share how God has used your pastor to challenge, enrich, and encourage your walk with Jesus. „„ Most pastors resist “receiving” so ASK, ASK, and ASK again, “How can I serve you? Support you? Help you?”

„„ Provide more than adequate, even generous salary, insurance, and retirement compensation. „„ Give a gift card to a favorite restaurant for the ministry couple’s date night. „„ Allow your pastor’s wife to “be herself” and to be as involved in ministry as the couple discerns is best. „„ Encourage and financially support your pastor and wife as they attend marriage-strengthening events and getaways. „„ Remember birthdays and wedding anniversaries with appropriate recognition, gifts, cards and blessings. „„ Celebrate Pastor Appreciation each year with notes, cards, and gifts. It is very important to honor your pastor’s spouse as well! „„ Encourage and support an appropriate sabbatical from ministry after 5, 10, and 15+ years of ministry. „„ Provide creative childcare options in order to support couple date nights and getaways. „„ Offer a church member’s vehicle, camper, cabin or time share so that your pastor and spouse can more easily get away for times of renewal. „„ Surprise your ministry couple with an unexpected note, card, email, or text just to communicate, “We’re thinking of you and praying for God’s blessing”.

GREAT COMMISSION LIVING Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. (Matthew 28: 19–20)

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Allow your pastor’s children to just be kids. Encourage them to be as involved in church activities as the family discerns is best. Give unused sports or concert tickets to your pastor’s family. They make great gifts! Provide adequate and appropriate paid vacation—and lovingly insist on it being used. Provide for and protect your ministry family’s privacy, days off, and vacation time. Be intentional about getting to know your pastor’s children—their interests, hobbies, and activities. Then be sure to ask about and support those interests. Encourage your ministry family to have family friends in the church—without jealousy, pressure or expectations. Acknowledge and celebrate ministry children’s birthdays, accomplishments and victories. Surprise your ministry family with an appreciative card and an appropriate, family-friendly gift. Bless your ministry family with a special Christmas or anniversary gift to communicate that, “We’re excited that the Lord has blessed us with each of you!” Gift cards or service coupons are always a blessing— family restaurants, grocery stores, water parks, housecleaning, yard work, tree trimming, babysitting, or coupons for car repairs.

GREAT COMMANDMENT LOVE Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind… and love your neighbor as yourself. (Matthew 22:37–39)


God’s Pioneer—A. J. Tomlinson Our Constructive Program Must Be Continued Put all of our hidden energy into action THE RESULTS WILL BE MARVELOUS It has been previously announced that our work was constructive rather than destructive. It is our purpose to build men–lift them up to a higher plane of living and happiness. They sometimes have to be rebuilt. There is rebuilt machinery that does good service for a long time. One of the main objects in building and rebuilding men is to get their service. The Master needs the very best service of all the men and women we can get. His object is to save men. W e must get them for Him. It takes real energy of the kinetic type to engage in the constructive work marked out for us by our program. But our constructive program must be continued without the least bit of abatement. It just will not do to let the work drag or even slow down to the very least degree. How many would have a tendency to be like a bullet shot upward out of a gun? It is making the greatest speed as it leaves the muzzle of the gun. The further it mounts upward the slower it rises. It finally reaches a height that it stops completely. Then it is designated as a spent bullet. Its force is all gone. I am afraid too many who have been mighty workers are spent. They have gone to their limit and then began to get slower and slower. W e want that kind of energy that gathers speed as it goes and it is never spent. W e must not be like the bow that is bent and is never let go to send the arrow to its mark. Doubtless many of our own people have energy that has never been set in motion. Our women of the church are an example. Previous to 1938 when the W . M. B. was instituted our women had just as much energy, perhaps, as they have now, but it was of the potential type. It was like a spring that was clamped down so its force could not do anything. W hen the clamp was blasted from the women in 1928 by the institution of the W omen’s Missionary Band they became, as a whole, a mighty factor in raising missionary money, besides the many other ways they have served for the Master. It is my purpose to stir into action every bit of energy that lies dormant in every member. Look at the water as it has made its way down the winding rivers for centuries. Its energy was wasted and even caused much destruction during floods. But now, since the dams and machinery have been constructed and the water pours down through the channels made for it, see how that once-lazy water is revolutionizing the whole world. The multiplied millions of spindles are whirling at lightning speed in manufacturing the commodities of life. The energy that once operated the old spinning wheel can now be turned into service for God in sending forth the every-creature message to the very creature instead of being spent at the wheel and loom. I am sure there is enough energy lying dormant in God’s people to revolutionize the whole world in a day if it were only put into operation in systematic order so the very best could be expected to effect the greatest amount of good. Leaving out of the picture all but our own Church of God members I do not hesitate to make the statement that with all of our hidden energy put into action the results will be marvelous. This is like another locomotive hooked on to the loaded train; or another team of horses hitched to a loaded wagon, to our policy of every member a worker. This train must hasten on up the grade. This wagon must go on up to the top of the hill. It must! It must! I mean the every-member-a-worker policy must not only win but rush on at ever-increasing speed. Let me repeat that, WITH ALL OF OUR HIDDEN ENERGY PUT INTO ACTION THE RESULTS W ILL BE M ARVELOUS as we pursue our constructive program. I have often made the statement in the conventions, that I never expected to stop until every member is a worker. I am still full of that determination. M en of the world are harnessing the waters so very drop of water is a worker to furnish its energy and power to move the mighty machinery. Instead of the water flowing down the stream almost like it was useless it can now boast of its usefulness in that respect as well as many others. Instead of our women just going to the house of worship for a few hours each week with no special work marked out for them to do, as they used to do, they are now a thousand times happier with the big responsibility of raising money with which to gain souls. And they are not as a bullet that is spent, but they are gathering speed as they rush on toward the goal, which is the salvation of the lost souls. There are no dams and power plants on the little branches and creeks, except it might be for the running of a little water power grist mill. But when the water from these smaller rivulets, branches, creeks and streams flows together and forms a big river, there are the mighty dams and power plants. Just so is the mighty Church of God. There are the small local churches that furnish some of the membership and means. W hen this means flows together it creates a power that is starting its march to move the world. Every member a worker and a special work for every one. This is the slogan! All of this is just a little way up the roads toward the realization and fulfillment of the prayer of our Lord and confirmed by Paul’s call to prayer for all men. And if such can never be, why did Jesus pray such a prayer? And if such can never be, why did Paul tell us to pray for all men? I do not believe in men of authority that would mock us like that— tell us to pray for all men and at the same time tell us they won’t be saved. Then in Jesus’ prayer He shows that the only way to get the world stirred is for all of His own people to become one, and He also shows by His prayer that that is the way to get the balance of the world saved. I say, I don’t believe in men of authority that would put us into a job that could not be performed. But, thank heaven, Jesus and Paul mean just what they say and I am working at our constructive program with perfect assurance that we will win. And all of the energy of every member as every member becomes a worker will perform that task and win the victory.


Please don’t think I’m exaggerating just because I have leaped over the bounds of traditions and quote from two men that have far greater authority than traditions ever had or ever will have. I tell you, when all the energy that is now lying dormant in even our own members is stirred up and put into operation under systematic guidance, like the drops of water are guided through the channels that lead to the water wheel, mighty work will be done in a very short period of time. W ith all of our activities in operation and all of our energies at work, nothing but success can crown our efforts. As we make the long hard dash after the souls of men we cannot think of coming back without them. Enthused? I guess I am! W hy shouldn’t I be enthused? And why shouldn’t all of our ministers and members be enthused? I can hardly think of any one being a member of this great wonderful institution which is unctionized by God Himself and not be enthused. If they are not, then I would naturally think their energies are of the potential type. That is, they are like the bow that is bent but locked down so the arrow cannot speed away. They are like the waters of the little rill that soak into the ground before they get to the rivers into which they would flow if they should keep on flowing down the stream. W ho would want his energies to lie silent as the grave, unused and motionless? Not I, O, not I! I hope every member of the Church of God will join me in this and let loose the string that is holding the bow bent and let the arrow fly to its mark–the salvation of souls and the full preparation for the coming of the Lord. It will take all of our energy in action to accomplish the will of God and carry out His eternal program. Men who are in business keep their nerves strained to the limit almost all the time. They do it to succeed in business and make money. Since men can use such a vast amount of energy to succeed in business, how much more should we put into action all of our energy to save souls! Souls are of vast value and will continue on in eternity, while wealth is to use and satisfy a longing for it for only a short period of time. In order to accomplish the greatest good all of our programmed activities must be kept in operation. It will take energy in operation to accomplish this, I believe it is going to take more of a display of God’s power, and a greater display of energy to finish up our part of God’s program than has been displayed for any purpose since the world was. I feel sometimes like I would like to have a connecting rod that would reach every minister so I might check upon their work and service every day. I would call their attention to their activities about every three hours. If they had not done anything for the Master for the first three hours I would urge them to make up for the lost time the next three hours. I would keep their nerves tightened the whole day through. I would want each one to get a soul a day, then later I would call for a soul every half day and keep gaining in skill, wisdom, energy and the power of God until they could report at least a soul an hour. Now this is the way I feel about it. And if I can become so enthusiastically interested, how much more is God interested when it is said of Him that He is not willing for any to perish, but that all should come to repentance. Since He is not willing for any to be lost and we are His dependence to get them saved through Christ, I think He may be prompting every minister by way of His connecting rod. I am afraid some have been prompted to stir themselves to a greater speed but they have not heeded the call. I feel they must, and that is the reason I want to help in the prompting and encouraging. I say, O God teach me how to do it so we can get two to one or even more. There are so many souls dropping out in the darkness, and the time is galloping on at such a rapid rate of speed that I feel the very fastest that we can work at our job of soul saving is too slow. There they go like a million a day before we can get to them. How to speed up the operation of our machinery is the puzzling question— how to cut loose the band that holds the bow bent to let the arrow fly–how to break the chain that holds the spring that cannot operate as long as it is bound–how to cut the bands that are preventing some of our members so we cannot yet declare ourselves “every member a worker.” W e must know how to operate the floodgates so the flood waters can rush down the channel and whirl the wheels a little faster. Oh, I feel that we must make one long hard dash after the souls of men and get them, and never stop till the work is completed. This can be done with every member a worker and all of our machinery in perfect operation at high speed. I want to urge the pastors to keep on stirring up their members until they will know they are all putting their energy into operation to keep all of the Church activities in constant operation. Pastors should keep the W . M. B. Sisters encouraged to put their very best into their work. They should also keep vigil over the V. L. B. Young people so they can raise the free literature fund to an abounding height. There is scarcely any limit to the energy there is in young people. All of it should be harnessed up for use in our Church activities. I feel like this must be done. Men have succeeded in harnessing steam, water, electricity, and gasoline so they are mighty forces to carry on business in the world. W e must succeed in harnessing all the energy there is in every member of the Church and millions more that are to become members. I believe God is going to help us do it. It is too much for millions of heathen and sinners to be lost just because so much powerful energy is lying dormant instead of being in action. I say, O God give us wisdom and the favor of men in our efforts to gain souls. I wish everyone of our members, and especially the ministers, could read and comprehend this statement. I am afraid sometimes, as I review the situation, that our people do not realize the value of every minute. Every minute spent in some other way different from God’s way as marked out by the Bible is not only lost to the one who does it, but how many souls are lost because these minutes are not used as they should or could be? Is this view too close? Does it put the pressure on too tight? How can it when souls are so valuable and so many are dropping into hell because so many of our minutes are lost?


Alexander City: The church at Alex City hosted “Back to School Night” on the last Sunday of August. The children were thrilled with the puppets and “Jingles” the clown. After the program several children came to the front and asked Jesus into their hearts. We had approximately 60 to 70 people in attendance. We sincerely appreciate Bro t he r and Sister Browder and Siva and their helpers for making this a great success. We are seeing a rise in the Sunday attendance into the high 30's and to 40. Alexander City is on the move forward. Altoona: Our new church building is progressing very good. Chickasaw:

We took our regular harvest offering to receive a loving offering for the Baton Rouge COGOP. God truly blessed with

our offering of $597.65. God is blessing our weekly services. We are praying for the Louisiana Flood victims. Cunningham Bridge: We are praising the Lord at Cunningham Bridge for giving us the funds to renovate our sanctuary. Our grandsons, Adam and Brad, painted the ceiling and walls. Home Depot put in our new carpet and Brother Jason and Brad got the remainder of our church chairs put together. We praise the Lord for the modern look of our church. Gadsden: Thank God for the move of His mighty hand! This month our Men’s Ministry enjoyed their monthly fellowship breakfast at Western Sizzlin in Rainbow City. On the 4th Sunday, our youth held a youth night at Morange Park. It was a great time of fun, food and fellowship. Hackleburg: We had a revival with Clay Nash and received one new covenant member, Tabitha Jones. Haleyville-Pathway: Thank God for 6 getting saved in some wonderful and exciting services. God has been moving in a mighty way, altars full with people crying out for their families. Also, people being touched, healed, and delivered. Praise the Lord! Harris Chapel: We were happy to have 5 revival services with Evangelist Tim Brannon. Leesburg: We thank God for one being baptized this month.

M e nt o ne: Hannah Filmore became our newest covenanted member this month. Praise God! Munford-Silver Run: Thank God for a new soul saved. Robertsdale: Thank God for our two new members that took the covenant July 24th. We welcome Susan Temple and Katie McMeans into our fellowship and body. Tarrant: We treated the kids with a back to school celebration with a fun trip to Pell City’s Splash Pad. We participated in “Tarrant Goes Blue” as several churches gathered at the police station with Mayor Tuck and the Council to show our support for our policemen by covering them with prayer. Several attended the Birmingham Revival with Tim Beck at Woodland Hills. We ended our month by celebrating our pastor and her husband’s birthdays. God is good. Trinity: Our Sunday mornings services are filled with the presence of God. I saw one Lady who had never been saved to my knowledge, came for prayer, and she was changed before our eyes. Another two ladies were praying at their pews, when asked about their needs, they said they had been changed. Also, two youth received Christ as their Savior. Praise God! Winfield City Family: We are sanding and painting in the new building. Keep us in your prayers. ********************************* October W orld M ission M onth Limited vision hinders the work of the harvest, Jesus said, “Say not ye there are four months and then comes the harvest?”(John 4:35a) But, ...lift up your eyes and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest (John 4:35b). United we must get the most Gospel to the most people in the shortest amount of time possible! Let us pray and go boldly into the harvest Sam N. Clements, General Overseer


ANNOUNCEM ENTS Prayer Line with Dr. W essly Saturdays 9:00 - 10:00 AM Dial 712-432-1690 Access Code: 650786# Alton COGOP is interviewing for a Youth Pastor. “W e are looking for someone called by God to the Youth Ministry”. Contact: Pastor, Daniel Stronge, Alton C hurc h, 2 3 0 5 O ld A lto n R o a d , Birmingham, AL 35210, 2 0 5 - 2 3 3 - 0 0 1 3 , blendedminstries@yahoo.com Pinson Valley: Seeking a Youth Minister, call 470-9591. Haleyville-Pathway: Homcoming will be the third week of October. W e would love to see you all there. STATE W EB SITES Alabama Update Blog: W W W .alabamaupd ate.blogspot.com Alabama W eb Site: alcogop.org Y outh-T im B eck W eb : 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 W oodstock, AL 35188; 205-388-1087 or 388-3129. Fill in for pastors also. Steve Puckett, 471 Co Rd 275, Arley, Al, 35541, Home: 205-295-5117; cell 864385-0626. SPEAKING AND SPECIAL PROGRAM S: Anita Falkner Parker, 3615 Moody Pkwy, Moody, AL 35004. Telephone (205) 640-6207. Brenda Kay Pate, P O Box 156; W oodstock, AL, 35188; 205-388-1087 or 388-3129. M USICAL M INISTRY Breaking Chains, Elliot:251-454-8946, breakingchainsworship@yahoo.com BIRTHS Emma Grace was born to her parents, Daniel and Alli Piper, on August 10 th. BABY DEDICATION Anniston-Praise and W orship: Austin Jean was born to his parents, Kayla and Ricky W ard, on August 21 st.

Carbon Hill: W ard Haynes Prescott was dedicated August 28 th. His parents are Brandon and Rachel Prescott.

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DEATHS Hackleburg: Linda W ars went home August 15 th. She will be missed.

OCTOBER PASTORS/W IVES BIRTHDAYS E. L. Croyle Patsy Gann Billie Ann Humphries Patsy Price W ilton Price James Simpson ANNIVERSARIES Odell and Pat Green Sylvester and Bobbie Smith

October Clergy Appreciation Month If October does not work for you, sometime during the year remember to honor your clergy.

Future Events October 28-29 Men’s conference Camp Boothe November 3-6 Gordon-Conwell Camp Boothe “Old Testament Studies–Isaiah” December 30-Jan 2 W inter Conference Camp Boothe 2017 July 20-23 Alabama State Convention Embassy Suite Hoover, Alabama September 27-29 N o r t h America P astor’s Conference Chattanooga, TN Convention Center 2018 July 18-22 100 th International Assembly Convention Center, Chatt, TN Pre-Assembly at Fields of W ood

Tips For Abundant Life Carolyn Guyton Caring. There seems to be so much sickness and trouble in the lives of people close to me right now. Several in our local church are dealing with serious illness or loss of loved ones. M any others throughout the state are asking for prayer for serious needs as well. W hat can we do to make a difference when life is painful? Show that we care. W hat do we do when we receive prayer requests for others? W hether it is at prayer time in a service or prayer meeting, on a prayer line call or email list, or a post on facebook, we need to take the time to reach out in love to those who are in need. It is comforting to see the posts, receive an email, text or phone call, or get that caring hug at church when we are in need. Support through prayer. Prayer requests are not made just for informational purposes. W hen someone shares a request, we should sincerely take that need to God in prayer. Prayer is such a beautiful gift that I think we often forget to treasure. Our Heavenly Father is always there waiting for us to talk to Him. He cares and wants to help. Let us continually commune with Him and take specific requests to Him in faith. Follow God’s leading. Sometimes God will call us to special intercession times with Him for the needs of others. He sometimes leads us to go the extra mile and do that out-of-the box deed for someone else. I have learned that when I feel a strong urge to contact a person with a particular message, pray in a specific manner, or go out of my way to do something different, that it can result in a life-changing experience for that person. God knows all and we need to trust His leading. You may be the answer to someone’s greatest need. Be there . . . so you can live the abundant life God desires for you. Carolyn Guyton, Speaker and Life Purpose Coach


August Statistics

2016

CHURCH

SM

TITHES

CHURCH

SM

TITHES

Alexander City Aliceville Alton Altoona Anniston Praise Worship Bayou La Batre Bessemer Hopewell Rd Woodland Hills Boaz Boldo Brown’s Chapel Browntown Calera Harvest Chapel Carbon Hill Chickasaw Citronelle Clanton Collinsville Harvest Center Cordova Cottondale Cunningham Bridge Decatur Dothan Dry Valley East Lake Highlands Elba Elkmont Eoline Fayette-North Pointe Fort Payne Gadsden Living Waters Goodwater Joyful Praise Gordo Grant-Sanctuary Greenpond Grove Hill Hackleburg Haleyville Pathway Hamilton New Heights Happy Hill Harris Chapel Hartselle Hazel Green

25 10 49 28

2316.35 2831.54 --2513.00

53 7

5985.55 120.00

Huntsville Mastin Lake Bell Road Jasper Leesburg Lincoln Mentone Montgomery Moulton Munford Silver Run Odenville Parrish Pelham Pinson Parkway Poarch Red Bay Robertsdale Rock Cliff Sheffield Cliff Haven Short Creek Sterrett Summerbrook Tannehill Mission Tarrant City Trinity Worship Twilleytown West Blocton Winfield Family World Outreach

83 13 38 146 24 --9 17 18 51 No Report 30 32 9 24 26 No Report 125 29 79 40 --37 67 43 19 58 ---

--1341.00 4923.82 7809.90 1564.80 1675.00 642.00 2155.80 1546.00 5065.68

70 103 8 40 No Report 33

9154.15 16474.40 1876.20 --2322.00

78 106 20 16 19

--7125.54 2113.00 1413.00 3131.00

38 No Report 95 15 37 8 14 42 11 No Report 27 95 10

4238.00

38

4883.05

15 40 24 70 5 146 50 No Report 60 51 7 80

--994.00 2797.50 1347.00 --2123.30 --2929.76 2677.25 572.01

1062.10 6560.07 --6687.75 628.00 23089.17 3903.97 8290.59 6212.57 -----

3312.74 2700.00 --2270.00 1557.96 20379.00 3920.25 4462.68 4131.80 --1962.30 17021.05 5264.00 --4974.55 ---

THE ABOVE STATISTICS WERE TAKEN FROM TREASURERS’ REPORTS RECEIVED IN STATE OFFICE AS OF SEPT 2016

Reports from Previous Months JULY East Lake Grove Hill Huntsville, Bell Rd Robertsdale JUNE East Lake Grove Hill Huntsville, Bell Rd

44 3 12 29

2085.30 2374.00 2231.00 2825.20

44 3 13

2165.30 --1510.15


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Our Sympathy to our Ministers Families

Rosita Edwards October 3, 2016 Deceased and form er Overseer, Bishop Hugh R. Edward’s wife

Bishop Curtis L. Englebert September 25, 2016

Larry Hocutt September 12, 2016 Joyce, head cook at cam p, husband

Oliver McCurdy October 1, 2016 Deceased and form er State Artist Grace McCurdy’s husband

Shirley Stanton September 29, 2016 Don (Johnnie Ruth) Stanton’s sister

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Alabama Update October 2016  

This is the October 2016 Alabama Update for the Alabama Churches of God of Prophecy.