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Ohio Messenger               October 2016
Ohio Ministries monthly newsletter                                               

Coming up very soon!

Annual Ohio General Assembly  October 27, 2016,
9 am registration, 10 am First Session, 7 pm Ordination Service

Meadow Park Church of God, Columbus OH
Registration prices and deadlines
$25 - Early Bird (through 10/15)
$35 - Late Registration (10/16-10/25)
$45 - At the Door
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. Speaker: Bishop Timothy J. Clarke, Columbus First Church of God. He will be speaking on the topic of Leadership Development. Our Worship Leader will be Aaron Ferry from BridgeWater Church in Hamilton.

Go to Website to register
Attend the Fall Feast
in Plain City on Thursday, October 20.
Call (740) 747-2916 and give us your church reservation numbers by Monday, October 10 then PRINT the registration form, send it in with your check to:
Ohio Ministries
P O Box 276
Marengo OH 43334
October 2016 Greetings!
 State Pastor Esther Cottrell, "The Value of Appreciation"
~ Click photo for video ~
And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.” Matthew 3:17

Remember your Pastor!

“The elders who direct the affairs of the church well are worthy of double honor, especially those whose work is preaching and teaching.” 1 Timothy 5:17, NIV

See this information for planning suggestions.

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.

Click HERE to go to schedule, flyers, Facebook link and more.

Nurturing the Next Generation

Free Sermon and Small Group Material*
If you are interested in reaching the next generation for Christ, I highly recommend you use the “Free” material offered by Larry Barnett. His written material and CD’s have helped pastors and congregations address the causes of “why we are losing our youth and young adults from being Christ Followers. Through a partnership with Ohio Ministries, for a limited time you can get a 6 Week Sermon and Small Group teaching/preaching plan. Click on this
Link to get started.

           Demetrius Booker             *Free Offer Ends October 31, 2016

Crucial Conversations Two Day Workshops
December 5-6, 2016

With Chris Cottrell at Camp Marengo
HERE for complete information
Please respond no later than November 17th to ensure your place at this exciting event and ensure materials have arrived. 

By Demetrius Booker,

Cultivating Congregations Micro Meetups
Begins November 10th, 2016 at 1 pm

 Micro meet ups are web-based meetings designed to spark an ongoing conversation about the why and how-to's of intentionally making biblical disciples. Join other pastors in the Midwest who are committed to leading their church to grow deeper in Christ as well as wider in community witness. Read More

On the Road Again!
by Rev. Demetrius Booker, State Associate Pastor for Church Health

In 2012 a farmer introduced the Idaho Potato Truck that was to tour the country promoting Russet Potato and Meals On Wheels. He indicated that the promotion was very successful but, if you see the crew, tell them “It’s Time to Come Home!
Last week’s travels were one of those times...Read more HERE

Ohio Missions Team

Coming July 2017
Next summer Ohio Ministries in partnership with 3W Missions is offering a missions experience for youth ages 16-20 who are interested in exploring a call to ministry within the context of a post-Christian, secular culture.
Click picture above for more information to go on this missions trip to Italy.
Marcos in Arcos
Marcos in Arcos
Esther Cottrell interviews Pastor Marcos Lovaglio, church planting pastor in Arcos, Italy, about the evangelistic work of the church in that community.
 Click on picture above to view video.

"Bringing Help, Giving Hope" in West Virginia and beyond

Ohio Disaster Team Year Report

Click HERE for more
Contact: Marvin Schooler, Meadowbrook Church of God

Phone: (740) 859-6511

Print Report

~ News from around Ohio ~

FALL FEAST fun at in Walnut Creek, October 6, 2016!
Ox Roast Review from September 9-10, 2016
We had another great Ox Roast. Thanks goes out to Mitchell Burch for his great messages. Also what a bleeding to have the Townsmen Quartet. Also Ben Liston brought a praise band as we enjoyed some worship together in singing.
    Our attendance was down but we had great weather and our bonfires were terrific as always. Men shared what the Lord had done or was doing in their life. Souls were touched and the Lord was definitely present throughout the weekend. 
    Remember the dates for next year's retreat: September 8th and 9th, 2017.
We have Eric Samuel Timm coming along with music by Soul'd Out Quartet. 
    Rick Dennis 
Thank you!
2016 Camp Marengo Workday & Seniors/Adult Retreat Review
(Photos of lunch time - watch the website for action shots of the work being done)
At our Annual Senior Retreat at Camp Marengo, Sept.25-27th, we enjoyed great fellowship, music and accomplished many tasks to help get the camp ready for winter. Our thanks to; all who attended, Dave and Patty Woodward for all they do for the camp, everyone else involved through the years, also to whomever sent the two mystery gift baskets filled with snacks for us to enjoy. A special thank you to Walt Williams for sharing God’s word through his musical talents again this year. Think about attending next year.  Jim Gilley: or
Meadowbrook Church of God in Rayland, Ohio celebrates!
On Sunday, October 2, with a packed sanctuary, the Meadowbrook Church gathered to celebrate both the Rev. Dr. Marvin Schooler's 25th anniversary as pastor of the congregation and the 75th anniversary of the church. There were multiple stories shared of the power of the church in that community to change lives and encourage faith as well as heart-felt words of appreciation for Pastor Schooler's ministry of excellence and love over the 25 year period. Rev. Vernon Maddox brought greetings from Ohio Ministries and Brother Borman Roy Sohkia, a long-time friend of the Schoolers' and the congregation, brought a challenging message from Mark 10:51 with the questions: "What do you want Jesus to do for you?"
9-11 Prayer at Ledbetter Road-Xenia, OH

9-11 Prayer by Carol Usher

We are very glad the national office suggested that we join the national Cry Out America prayer day yesterday, September 11. Our small church (attendance averages in the mid to upper 50’s) had 100% participation in the service! The only ones who did not read yesterday were our four toddlers, our visitor, and a person who had thought they were not going to be able to attend and their part had been handed off to another person. In other words, we had 48 readers out of 54 in worship!

Read more HERE

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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FREE furniture to a church  1st come 1st serve basis

FREE furniture
Meadow Park Church of God would like to share a few pieces of furniture with a church(s) who could use them: 1-Computer stand, 1-Children’s Ministry desk. For questions and interest please contact Larry Beair:

Global Church of God

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.


April 24-27, 2017 in Orlando FL

Good News! Healthy Growing Churches has secured a group rate to the conference. Registration will begin TBD
Annual Registration
Both churches and ministers need to register. 
Church of God Ministries in Anderson, Indiana have notified Ohio Ministries that several Ohio ministers and churches have either not registered for two or more years or have allowed their annual registration to expireThe annual registration for ministers assures that your credentials as a Church of God minister is maintained. Ministers who have not registered their credentials will be placed in the “unapproved section” by Church of God Ministries.

The annual registration for the church assures that the congregation will continue to remain under the national Church of God 501(c)3 status as a not-for-profit. We have been informed by the Church of God Ministries that if a church fails to register that the IRS will no longer carry your 501(c)3 status.  Please go to and log in to check your status.

Upcoming Events


Coming us this year   2016
Imagine-Pastoral Leadership Summit
Akron Ohio
  Oct. 10-12
Senior Adult Fall Feast   Oct. 20
Ohio General Assembly
Meadow Park - Columbus OH
  Oct. 27
Ohio State Youth Convention
Springfield, OH
  Nov. 11-13
NIYC-National Inspirational Youth Convention   Dec. 27-31
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
October 2016
  Parish Paper
October 2016
Healthy Growing Churches

  Church of God Ministries, Anderson IN
October 2016

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