It has been several weeks since my last blog, so this will be a general update of ministry events and highlights so far during the summer.
One of the productive and life changing ministries of the Church of God in Virginia is our summer youth camp program. We are in our second week (0f four) of youth camp. Each day as I drive onto the campus, I am reminded of the blessing of having a place that Virginia COG youth can come to receive ministry.
Over this four week period hundreds of youth will be ministered to, many will accept Christ, others will make a renewal of spiritual commitment, and many will be Spirit baptized; but all will be impacted for the Kingdom’s sake.
I am already hearing testimonies of how lives are being changed. I appreciate our State Director, Chris Music; the Youth Board; and all the staff for excellence in ministry.
Summer Camp Meeting
The summer camp meeting was held in two locations: Roanoke and Richmond.
Both meetings were a significant time of fellowship, worship, and ministry. Dr. Oliver McMahan did an outstanding job teaching the Word. Bishop Tim Nuckles preached two powerful messages. And Virginia pastors, Bishop Wayne Powell and Bishop Wayne Daniels both preached very anointed and timely messages.
We had different night speakers in Roanoke and Pastor Tim Olfield was the night speaker in Richmond. Each evening speaker edified, challenged, and blessed those in attendance.
We had outstanding attendance in the Roanoke meeting which was highlighted by our 100 Year Celebration Tuesday night. Danny Murray and the Voices of Lee did an excellent job leading us in worship. Our General Overseer, Dr. Raymond Culpepper preached a powerful message.
Centennial Library Collection
There are two items that make up this collection:
1. A Digital Library containing:
- 4 gigabytes of archived photos and multimedia files.
- Over 300 editions of The Virginian dating back to 1960.
- All six volumes of the Heritage collection.
- Video clips that feature vintage youth camp and camp meeting footage.
2. A Sermon Library containing 5 CDs of the following sermons:
- 1977 Camp Meeting – Dr. Wade Horton
- 1988 Prayer Conference – Dr. Ray Hughes
- 1997 Camp Meeting – Rev. Bill Lee
- 2007 Camp Meeting – Dr. Tim Hill
- 2011 Camp Meeting – Dr. Raymond Culpepper
These products are still available for $30.00 each or $50.00 for the set. I want to encourage you to purchase these two items that highlight the ministry of the Church of God in Virginia.
Finally, there is one up-coming event I want to tell you about:
Hispanic Camp Meeting
We are hosting the first annual Hispanic Camp Meeting August 26th and 27th. This meeting will be held at the Alfa Y Omega Church in Chesterfield (Richmond), Virginia. Dr. Carlos Moran, the International Hispanic Director will be the evening speaker.
I know this blog may have seemed like a commercial but it gives you an overview and an insight to a small portion of what our ministry partnership is doing and accomplishing.
What makes Virginia special is its people. I appreciate you and believe in you. Thank you for your ministry partnership.
P.S. Next week’s blog will deal with 5 Major Trends for the American Church.