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I Want My Daddy

I was ten years old when a knock on our door came that would change our family life forever. Opening the door my mother and I saw messengers who came to deliver the kind of message of which nightmares are made. Those uninvited guests shared the horrific news that my father had been killed in an accident the night before while we slept. An aunt used to tell me that on that first night after the news I was so distraught that she offered to sleep in the bed with me. According to her, before going to bed I took the picture of my father from the wall over my mother’s bed, clutched it to my chest and cried myself to sleep muttering, “I want my daddy. I want my daddy.”

While I have no active memory of that incident, I know what was going on in this little boy’s heart and mind. More than anything I wanted my daddy to step out of that picture frame and back into our lives to live with us once again making us a whole and complete family.

During this past Christmas season as I was reflecting on this time in my life, I affirmed that when God sent Jesus into the world on that first Christmas that is precisely what He did. The creator God who is above and beyond time and space chose to step out of the cosmic picture frame to come to live among us as one of us. As John so eloquently states it, “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth; we have beheld his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father.” (John 1:14)

As we move into this new year, may the One who came to live among us and to die on a cross for us be with you and give you His peace. Your staff at Ohio Ministries wishes you a Christ-filled and happy new year.

Randy Spence

Ohio Ministries at Work

Ohio Ministries Closed

The Ohio Ministries Office will be closed Monday, January 19, 2015 in observance of Martin Luther Kings, Jr Day.

Cultivating Congregations

January 30-31, 2015

Are you looking for practical tools that you and key staff and lay leaders can use in the next 2 years to multiply your church through campuses or new church plants?  Do you want to develop a network with like-minded pastors and lay leaders?  Then register TODAY for the next Cultivating Congregations event sponsored and underwritten by the Ohio, Indiana, and Michigan Ministries.  Read More and Register>>

OM Disaster Relief Team In Detroit

Ohio Ministries Disaster Relief Team Member Dean Butts joined Dan Von Bargen and 15-18 individuals in December of 2014 to help clean out residential basements that were hit during August flooding in Detroit, MI. The group worked with Mennonite Disaster Services and All Hands Volunteers. Read more and view pictures here>>

It's a girl!!!

Congratulations to Ryan and Samantha Garnes on the birth of their beautiful baby girl!  Rose Garnes was born New Year's Eve. She is 19 inches long 6 lbs 5 oz. and has lots of beautiful hair. 

News from Around Ohio

New Boston Baptism Service

On December 21, New Boston First Church of God held a baptism service and baptized 10 people! Rev. Donny McKenzie said that God is really blessing and moving in their part of the state.

Connection Point Church Celebrates Growth

Three years ago Ohio Ministries was invited to work with the Sidney First Church of God to help the church address the need for turnaround. This began a journey toward a new future. Then Pastor Alan Leach began feeling the stirring of the Holy Spirit to leave his growing church and take on the challenge of pastoring a turnaround church. Read More>>

Risingsun Church on Mission

When Pastor Robin Hindall accepted the call to pastor Risingsun Church of God in Girton, OH, there were 12 folks in the church. Four months later the church is experiencing a growth period and is averaging over 40 persons in worship and needing to start a youth ministry to serve the needs of new families.  Read and See More>>

Two Ohio Pastors Honored for Martial Arts Abilities

Pastor Lynn Summers (left) of Circleville First Church of God and Pastor Jim Roma (right) of Akron Wintergreen Ledges were both recently honored at the 27th Annual Awards Program of the Eastern United States of America International Martial Arts Association.  Read More>>
Churches Seeking Pastors
Ohio Ministries keeps a list of all churches who are currently seeking pastors and/or associate pastors.  If you, or someone you know are looking for a position, you can click here to go to our website and view the current open church list.

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North American Church of God

Church of God Plant Sees Momentum in Chicagoland

Starting a church from the ground up was the farthest thing from their minds, for these two whose previous church experience once turned them away from the faith. Find out why, & also how God is using them today in Chicagoland!  Read More>>

Freedom Sunday
February 22, 2015

Please take two minutes to check out this video from Jim Lyon and his executive team as they introduce Freedom Sunday.  Resources for you and your church are available by clicking here.

Healthy Growing Churches Leadership Network Gathering
March 11-13, 2015

Have you ever found yourself in the tug of war between the Call of God and your own feelings of inadequacy?  Then welcome to leadership!!  The world we live in as leaders is one that is filled with incredible moments of exhilaration and glory and horrible moments of stress and struggle.  It challenges the BEST that is in us, and, at times, brings out the WORST that is in us!  And we're always painfully aware that God has called us to a place where we are in over our heads.  If you can relate to this then we invite you to the HGC 2015 Leadership Network Gathering called "Dare To Lead!"  Read more about the conference HERE.

38th Annual Pastors' Institute
January 26-28, 2015

In the past few years we have focused on improving our preaching and outreach. This year we will focus on our personal and congregation’s spiritual life. James Bryan Smith is known around the world for his leadership in the area of Spiritual Formation. We have asked him to address the Pastor’s spiritual life
and that of the congregation.   Read more »

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Cultivating Congregations   January 20-31, 2015
Healthy Growing Churches   March 11-13, 2015
Senior Adults Spring Fling   March 12, 2015
Spring Refresher
-Location: Meadow Park
-Speaker: Rev. Bob Moss-Chief
Advancement Officer
for Church of God Ministries
  March 19, 2015
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January 2015

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