All who would come to be blessed by the ministry are welcome to attend and take part of our services. St. Louis has been chosen to remain the host city of the annual Church of God in Christ, Holy Convocation by Bishop Charles E. Blake, who wants to include the residents of the city to take part in the Holy Convocation, as our presence in the community will clearly make an impact. As a directive from Presiding Bishop Blake, the former Bishop of Mexico, Bishop Bob Jackson was given the task of coordinating troops to evangelize the city and to invite local residents to our 104th Holy Convocation, which will convene October 31-November 9, 2011. Bishop Jackson will lead a contingent of 18 troops from Oakland, California into North St. Louis neighborhoods; placing Christ-centered door hangers on doors and inviting residents to the Convocation.
Bishop Robert J. Ward, Jurisdictional Prelate of Eastern Missouri 1st will host training sessions at Kennerly Temple, 4307 Kennerly Ave. St. Louis MO. 63113, Thursday & Friday, October 20-21, 7pm-9pm; and Saturday, October 22,9am-11am. Many of the participants are local residents returning for a refresher course in Street Evangelism. Last year, together with the combined efforts of experienced Oakland Troops and St. Louis residents, 307 souls were recorded as being won to Christ. The Troops from Oakland are slated to arrive on October 24, 2011 to join forces with Local Troops rallied by Bishop Ward, Bishop Lawrence Wooten (Eastern Missouri/Western Illinois) and Bishop William Scott (Southeast Illinois). The number of local participants is hopeful to exceed three hundred, as more area can be covered with more troops in a shorter period of time.
All Troops will meet at Kennerly Temple, October 25-27, for Street Evangelism to take place during the hours from 9am to 4pm. Lunch will be provided each day and on October 27, Troops will convene down town (after meeting at Kennerly Temple) across the street from the convention area for a final phase of Evangelism. A warm fellowship is expected to take place in a welcoming environment as members encourage residents to take part in our services and into the fellowship with us and our Lord and Savior Christ Jesus.
I think you have done a marvelous job on this story. You are truly gifted. God Bless.
Bishop Bob Jackson
Christmas in August is a COGIC concept that was originally called Christmas in November.
Alabama First Jurisdictional Prelate, Bishop Oscar Louis Meadows, reinvigorated this concept during the 88TH Annual Holy Convocation, held August 15-21, 2011, in response partly to “April’s Fury”, where tornadoes and high winds affected 42 counties in Alabama, causing billions in property damage. Millions were affected, having regions of the state without electricity for over a week, loss of work, and in the most severe cases, the loss of life, on April 27, 2011.
Bishop Meadows stated that in his neighborhood of four square blocks only five houses remained. He said, “God got me out of my comfort zone; midnight is on its way and whatever we are going to do we have to hurry up and do it. We must pray for others and testify outside of the church for the purpose of winning souls”. To help families affected by the storm and other families in need in the Birmingham area, Saturday, August 20, 2011 was declared Christmas in August. Bishop Meadows had a dual mission of feeding the natural and spiritual man. Third Administrative Assistant and Dean of Institute, Wiley C. Neal said “Bishop Meadows is a generous man and such a kind man, let us support his programs”.
The Church assembled at the Jurisdictional COGIC Temple, ‘Holy Hill’ in Bessemer, AL to give clothing, cleaning supplies, food items, work gloves, ice coolers, etc. to over 1400 people representing even more households, serving over six hundred vehicles and other ‘walk-ups’. Mission minded volunteers fell in line to lend support, wearing red tee-shirts symbolizing the blood of Jesus, spearheaded by Selma Superintendent John E. Grayson, and Jurisdictional Evangelism Elect-Lady, Glenda Mason. Mason prayed for a miracle when given the time of less than a month to organize an urban initiative to serve a demographic having less than adequate means. Missions and Evangelism volunteers adopted Joshua 24: 24 as the motto, “And the people said unto Joshua, the Lord our God will we serve, and His voice will we obey”. Jurisdiction Officials quickly responded, like Missions Vice President, Jane Wright who acted as conduit collecting various items and making several trips from the Huntsville area to give.
Surrounded by decorative poinsettias and Christmas trees, Christmas in August, was a “huge collaborative success and I was proud to be involved” according to Jurisdictional AIM Missions’ President, Bobby Sledge. Evangelism President, Terry Ball stated that it was an effort of “neighbors helping neighbors”. WAGG FM in Birmingham gave free advertisement leading up to the event. Among the contributors were: church members from across the state, Family Dollar and Wal-mart, who assisted in monetary relief for the event. An anonymous donor gave over 50,000 lbs. of dry goods worth over $130,000.
Even in the midst of the Alabama summer heat of 90o plus temperature, with fans blowing under tents, volunteers cheerfully sweated and hustled, giving away a record amount of goods in a 3 hour period of time. ‘God did it’ as the Church became the hands of God this day, adding great substance to the Holy Convocation that concluded the next day on Sunday, August 21, 2011, where “God’s Itinerary for His Church and His People” was the theme reflecting the 2011 theme laid by COGIC Presiding Prelate Bishop Charles E. Blake, “God’s Agenda, God’s Church and God’s People”, Bishop Meadows preached and taught from the scripture, I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work. As long as I am in world, I am the light of the world (John 9:4, 5).