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Ohio Messenger            September 2016
Ohio Ministries monthly newsletter                                                 

Ohio Ministries at Work

September 2016 Messenger Greeting
September 2016 greetings from State Pastor Dr. Esther Cottrell!
~ Click photo for video ~

Back To School
by Rev. Demetrius Booker, State Associate Pastor

If you are a parent or perhaps work the morning shift, you will have noticed the school buses and increased morning and afternoon traffic flow. Perhaps you have seen youth walking with back packs around their shoulders, it’s that time of year again: Back To School! Read more HERE

2016 Camp Marengo Workday & Seniors/Adult Retreat
September 25-27

Food and lodging is provided free.
Sunday - Arrive late afternoon/evening camp fire
Monday - Day work team and dedicated prayer team, evening worship
Tuesday - ending at noon 

Seniors and Adults please join us and ask others! Your Brothers and Sisters need your fellowship and testimonies.
 If you are available and willing to serve the Lord and the camp in this way, please contact Jim Gilley: or
Click HERE for more details.

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, Ohio
(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.

"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.
Annual Ohio General Assembly
October 27, 2016

Meadow Park Church of God, Columbus OH

Registration  9 am
First Session 10 am

The General Assembly is an annual meeting of  Ohio Church of God Ministers and appointed lay leaders. The purpose is to conduct the business of State Ministries, ordain new ministers, and equip church leaders for ministry. 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.
Go to Website to register
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. 

Ohio Missions Team

July 2017
Click picture above for more information to go on this missions trip to Italy and apply.
Looking for 3W-Ohio CHOG Partners 

The State of Ohio Mission Team announces 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

from Meadow Park
Church of God

By Lee Brown, Discipleship Pastor

The Dollar Club is designed to bless people outside of our church in the community, as well as ministries in the city that are making an impact…”Every single one dollar bill that comes into the offering plate is taken out and made a part of the Dollar Club every week of the year”

Read more HERE
Unity Fellowship Revival – North East Ohio
September 14-16, 2016
7:00 pm
    The Fall Revival of the Unity Pastors’ Fellowship will be held Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, September 14, 15, and 16, at Northeast Church of God, located at 8108 Pulaski AvenueCleveland where the host is Senior Pastor Joyce J. McIntyre.
The services will begin each evening at 7:00 p.m. 

The evangelist for the Revival is the Reverend Kevin M. Goode, Senior Pastor of the Church of the Harvest Church of God in Middleburg Heights.

All are invited to attend these special services.

From Berlin Center, OH
September 17, 2016

11 am - 2 pm

Where:  NEO Retreat Center, Jennings Pavillion, 16278 Shilling Rd., Berlin Center, OH  44401

Award Ceremony: 2:00 pm
There will be prizes for the Best Overall Chili, People’s Choice, and Best Presentation

"Bringing Help, Giving Hope"

Ohio Disaster Team Trip
to West Virginia

September 25-30, 2016

Contact: Marvin Schooler, Meadowbrook Church of God
Phone: (740) 859-6511
WORK CAMP OPPORTUNITY! The opportunity to serve some of our neighbors in West Virginia who were affected by the early summer floods is upon us. In a few days a number of us will be "guests" of the Church of God leadership in their state to serve those who have lost so much! Our chair, Marvin Schooler, is working with Thom Pratt in the setting up of a work camp (September 25th - 30th). Work campers may come for a couple of days or for the full week. (The plan is arrive at the location on Sunday afternoon and ready to go to work Monday morning.)
If you are interested please contact Jim Kyle at Phone (330) 240-4579 or Vernon Maddox at Phone (740) 815-5517
      Bringing Help, Giving Hope
      Marvin Schooler, Chair
Click HERE for more information
3SLI -  A Student Leadership Weekend Event
Sept. 23-25, 2016
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
Crucial Conversations Two Day Workshops
September 29-30, 2016

With Chris Cottrell at Camp Marengo
HERE for complete information
Prayer Rally with Franklin Graham
October 6, 2016
12:00 p.m.

“There is no greater—or more urgent—task than sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ with those around you.” —Franklin Graham 

Capitol West Plaza, E State St
Columbus, OH 43215

Click HERE for more information

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

"We are each the average of the people we hang out with and the experiences we choose." – Seth Godin


Click HERE to learn how to join the Thursday, September 15 at 2 ET, on-line webinar.

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

Coming us this year   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
NIYC-National Inspirational Youth Convention   Dec. 27-31, 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
September 2016
  Parish Paper
September 2016
Healthy Growing Churches

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