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Ohio Messenger                 August 2016
Ohio Ministries monthly newsletter                                                 

Ohio Ministries at Work

August greetings from State Pastor Dr. Esther Cottrell!
Click HERE for video
Large 3C Gathering with Ben Hardman
Tuesday, August 23, 2016 from 10:00am to 3:00pm

REGISTER HERE For the Lima 3C Gathering!!!
Almost two years ago, the state ministries of Ohio, Michigan, and Indiana challenged 50+ churches to flip the question from ‘Should we multiply’ to ‘How will we multiply?’  It’s been exciting to see these Cultivating Congregations in the Midwest region wrestling deeply with the idea of multiplication.  
Annually in August, we bring these Cultivating Congregations together to inspire and resource them as they seek to multiply.  If you have yet to join the conversation, now is the perfect time to connect with this kingdom-impacting initiative. Read More and Register>>>
Demetrius and Doreen at NACOG Centennial Celebration.

It is Finished
by Rev. Demetrius Booker, State Associate Pastor

Wow, what a ride this summer has been if I had to give it a theme, I would say … one theme, Camp meeting, Camp Meeting, Camp Meeting!

I was informed by Esther (Dr. Cottrell), that Ohio Ministries that it is difficult to plan vacations during the summer of July and early August, can you say “witness”! In the last seven weeks to include the Regionals in Anderson and the Centennial Celebrations in West Middlesex, I have traveled over two thousand miles and invested over one hundred thirty-two hours in experiencing the various summer camps.

  Continue Reading>>>

"IMAGINE" is a platform to serve the Church of God.
When: October 10-12, 2016
A Pastoral Leadership Summit for people in ministry. Join David Ferguson (Great Commandment Network) & Jeff Bogue (pastor of Grace Church) as they teach, encourage and provide resources for pastoral leaders who are excited to lead the next generation in a disciple-making movement. Imagine a different world if Jesus' followers were making disciples who were making disciples. 
Where: Grace Church - Bath Campus
754 Ghent Rd., Akron, Ohio 44333
Click this Link to go to the Imagine website and to register.
Adult Retreat/Work Camp
September 25-28

This September, the Senior Adults are inviting adults of ALL ages to attend their retreat/work camp to help prepare Camp Marengo for the winter months.  If you are available and willing to serve the Lord and the camp in this way, please contact Jean Gilley or

2016 Senior Adult Fall Feasts
Join us this year as we gather to fellowship, break bread and worship the Lord through music.
Two dates and locations:
Thursday, October 6 at Der Dutchman, Walnut Creek, Ohio
(cut-off September 22)
Thursday, October 20 at Der Dutchman, Plain City
(cut-off October 6)
Doors will open at each location at 11:30am 
and the meal will begin at noon.
See Church registration form HERE.

Annual Ohio General Assembly
October 27, 2016

Meadow Park Church of God, Columbus OH

Our speaker for the day is Bishop Timothy J. Clarke, Columbus First Church of God. He will be speaking on the topic of Leadership Development.
Ohio State Youth Convention
November 11-13, 2016

Maiden Lane Church of God, Springfield OH

The Ohio State Youth Convention welcomes back the popular Eric Samuel Timm as our speaker and the exciting, break-through band, I Am They, for our 2016 gathering. This year, in an effort to hold down costs while continuing to offer an unequaled experience of excellence and spiritual growth, we will hold the convention in Springfield at the Maiden Lane Church of God. 

Housing Allowance

Housing Allowance information for ministers

Now is a good time to review the 2016 housing or parsonage allowances designated for all ministers on staff. If an allowance designated for 2016 is clearly below actual housing expenses, the church board should consider declaring a larger portion of the minister's remaining compensation as a housing or parsonage allowance. A church can designate any portion of a minister's compensation as a housing allowance, but clergy who own their homes may never claim a housing allowance exclusion greater than the fair rental value of their homes (furnished, including utilities). Providing a minister with a parsonage allowance also must constitute a reasonable, non-excessive amount.

Ohio Missions Team

Click picture above for more information on how you can be a part of a missions trip to Italy and to apply. Dates TBD
Missionary Daniel Kihm introduces Pastor Marcos Lovaglio of Arcos, Italy.
Click HERE to view video.
Looking for 3W-Ohio CHOG Partners 

The State of Ohio Mission Team is thrilled to announce our partnership with the Three Worlds (3W) Europe/Middle East team of Global Strategy of the Church of God, to invest in the Church of God in Arco, Italy! Would you join us in investing in the work that God is doing in the Arco congregation? We are looking for 27 giving units (churches, individuals or groups) who are ready to partner for the next two years to assist in the work of the Arco Church of God, by giving $100 per month.
This investment of $100 per month would cover adequate resources to pay the rent for the Arco pastors, Nicola and Berta Lovaglio, support the move toward the establishment of Trentino Alto Adige Ministry Center (a Christian community youth center), and would support the development of Arco as a hub of youth ministry training for the Church of God in the Europe and Middle East region.


News from Around Ohio

Men's Ox Roast
September 9 & 10, 1016

The Church of God Men's Ox Roast is a two day event, in which Christian men, ages 12 and up, can gather in fellowship with one another. The Ox Roast has many different activities that both younger and older men can enjoy, such as golfing and cornhole. Meals are provided all weekend, including an entertaining pancake breakfast on day two, in addition to the ox roast itself. You will get to hear a great speaker, different every year, speak about life as a Christian man in today's society.
Find Out More>>>
Kingswell & Forge Middletown, a year long training program for missional ministry, graduated 5 Church of God church planters and urban missionaries. Congratulations:
Michael Thompson / New Life Community Church Middletown
Dave Wess / New Life Community Church Middletown
Janet Reese / Breiel Blvd COG
Christopher Short / Breiel Blvd COG
Lindsey Short / Breiel Blvd COG
White Sulphur Spring, WV
Flood Relief provided by Ravenna First Church of God

On June 30th, a team of four men traveled from Ravenna, OH to White Sulphur Springs, WV to help with flood clean up.  The area had been devastated by flood waters, and the White Sulphur Springs First Church of God had been severely damaged.
       “When we arrived at the church it was shocking to see the damage. All of the church furnishings were in piles outside the building. The National Guard was using heavy equipment to haul it all away… 
        We were told we were "Miracles sent from God." 
Read more of their story by Allen Fletcher  Associate Pastor, First Church of God in Ravenna
Have your youth registered for 3SLI?
3SLI is an event that students and churches in your state participate in. The deadline for online registration (cheaper rate!) and for the contracted amount for hotel rooms is September 1st.  
To register click HERE
Cindy Talley
Indiana Ministries of the Church of God, Inc.
13300 Olio Road  #303
Fishers, IN  46037
317-773-6477 Phone
317-773-6570 Fax
Camp Meetings

Esther Cottrell and Pastor Diana Swoope, Arlington Church of God, injoy a few moments at NACOG Centennial Celebration.
Click HERE for a few more pictures from the Payne, Berlin, Springfield and National Association Camp Meetings

Open Churches

For a list of open churches, please click HERE, or go to our website: and click on For Pastors>Resources For Pastors and then scroll down to the "Open Church List.

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Global Church of God

Annual Registration
Both churches and ministers need to register. 
Register online at
Deadline is October 1
or Call (800) 848-2464 ext. 3047

April 24-27, 2017 in Orlando FL

Good News! Healthy Growing Churches has secured a group rate to the conference. Registration will begin TBD

Upcoming Events

Leadership News

Men's Ox Roast 
Camp Marengo OH
  Sept.9-10, 2016
Adult Retreat/Work Camp
Camp Marengo OH
  Sept. 25-28, 2016
Senior Adult Fall Feast
Walnut Creek OH

Oct. 6, 2016

Imagine-Pastoral Leadership Summit
Akron Ohio
  Oct. 10-12, 2016
Senior Adult Fall Feast
Plain City OH
  Oct. 20, 2016
Ohio General Assembly
Meadow Park - Columbus OH
  Oct. 27, 2016
Ohio State Youth Convention
Springfield, OH
  Nov. 11-13, 2016
Next Year Events   2017
Church of God Women's Convention
Daytona Beach, FL
  Oct. 26-29, 2017
Orlando FL
  April 24-27, 2017

  Growth Points
August 2016
  Parish Paper
August 2016

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