Church of God in Christ #1 is a member of The Church of God in Christ (COGIC). The international headquaters of the church is in Memphis, TN, under the leadership of the Presiding Bishop, Bishop Chandler D. Owens. The international church is composed of jurisdictions, which are composed of districts, which are then composed of local individual churches. COGIC #1 is in the Greater Austin District, under the leadership of the District Superintendant, Supt. Arthur LaDell Thomas, Jr. The Greater Austin District is in the Texas Southeast Second Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction, with headquaters in Waco, TX, under the leadership of the Jurisdictional Prelate, Bishop Arthur LaDell Thomas, Sr. For information on the doctrine of the church please see The Statement of Faith.
(from the April edition of The Beacon Newsletter)
He is risen! This is a message for all generations. Another Easter season is upon us which is another opportunity to tell all who will listen that Jesus was sent here to redeem mankind for our sis. He is the sacrificial lamb. Behold the Lamb. Our Lord and Savior came to fulfill the scripture and died the horrible death that we read and sing about. Just think of the beating he took, the cross he had to bear, the shame and humiliation, the nails in his hands and feet, the crow of thorns on his head, the betrayal, the denial, the doubt: It seems too much for one man to bear. It is no wonder that he became so overcome with grief at the Garden of Gethsemane. The scripture says, "Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me. And he went a little farther, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt." The death of the cross was an awesome act of love by one who could have called down twelve legions of angels to do battle for him, but he suffered, bled and died for you and me. Saints, let's tell it. Easter traditionally brings worshippers to our services that normally won't come at any other time. Let's show them love and say a kind word or do a kind deed just as Jesus did. Amen.
We have just concluded a very busy phase of the year. Certainly, we have been busy working in the vineyard and our calendar yet remains full but I want to thank everyone for their support, their faithfulness, their attendance and hard work. The Ministers and Workers Meeting was a success and we represented wll with our membership dues to the national church. Again, I thatnk you for all who helped with the task of registering each of you with the national church. The Church of God In Christ, Inc. is documented as the fastest growing denomination in the country and paying your annual dues of $12.00 per member is how we are counted.
Now that we have finished the shut-in (the Lord certainly did bless) we are continuing to plan for the homecoming celebration. Be prepared to have your picture taken at some point during your attendace at one of the services. The committee is preparing a church pictorial journal of all the members and auxiliaries and we need everyone's cooperation. Please avail yourself and make sure you are included in the pictorial.
Along with the homecoming celebration, our financial drive continues. Each member has been assigned to a tribe. Please contact your tribe leader to update your records or see me if you are unaware of which tribe you are assigned to.
We will be holding a special Brotherhood program this month, April 26th. We expect to have a wonderful time in the Lord. Our men are diligently planning this event. Please be prepared to support this program.
As I close, I want to also invite you to the YWCC breakfast to be held April 25th at 7:00 a.m. at the church. This is always a blessed event. The food is excellent, the fellowship uplifting, and the service to the Lord is awe-inspiring.
God bless you all.
Pastor Robert A. Davis
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