Church Of God Of Prophecy Gears Up For 100th Gathering July 18-22 In Chattanooga

Thursday, July 12, 2018
The Church of God of Prophecy, a Pentecostal denomination reporting membership of a million constituents around the globe, will hold its biennial International Assembly in Chattanooga July 18–22. The Assembly expects to draw a capacity crowd of more than 10,000 people from around the globe to celebrate the growth of the Pentecostal denomination.
 
The primary role of the Assembly is to conduct business meetings for the denomination, and those sessions will take place on Wednesday morning and afternoon.
The event also includes nightly worship services, workshops and activities targeted to children, teenagers, mission workers, pastors and members. 
 
Speakers include Bishop Sam N. Clements, general overseer for the COGOP; Dr. Cathy Payne, Global Missions Ministries coordinator; Bishop Jeffery Davis, state overseer for North Carolina; Dr. Tim McCaleb, general presbyter of the Asia/Oceania area; and Bishop Ernesto Velasco, pastor of Centro Cristiano Amor, Fe y Esperanza Church, Greensboro, NC.  Special guests for the event are recording artist Tauren Wells and Dr. Harold Hunter, director of the International Pentecostal Holiness Archives. 
 
Officials said the 2018 Assembly is noteworthy for the following reasons:
-  Historic gathering: The first Assembly of the Church was held outside of Murphy, N.C. in 1906, with 21 in attendance. This year’s event, with a projected attendance of 10,000+, will feature dramatic recreations of that first meeting. 
-  Capacity attendance: This will be the first time returning to the area since 1991 when it was held in nearby Cleveland. They have convened in locations such as Kentucky, Texas, North Carolina and, most recently, Florida. Based on hotel reservations and interest, leaders are projecting an attendance of 10,000+. 
-  Diversity of attendees: With a majority of the denomination’s membership being from outside of the United States, the biennial meeting is marked by strong international representation. Of the 10,000+ expected, leaders estimate more than 2,000 will be of international origin, representing such countries as Australia, Finland, South Korea, Dominican Republic, Nigeria, Egypt, Nepal and the Bahamas.
 
Throughout the week, events will highlight the denomination’s diversity, which was noted in the Encyclopedia Of Religion In The South as the “most racially inclusive at the leadership level in the USA.” It will include a Celebration of Nations on Wednesday evening showcasing all 135 flags of countries the church does ministry in, as well as three new nations (to be revealed on Wednesday evening); a Mission Breakfast on Saturday morning allowing donors to interact with mission workers; and the Mission Encounter on Friday afternoon, which will include 92 booths with cultural artifacts, music and fashion from around the world. 
 
Beyond the onsite activities, the Assembly general sessions will also be broadcast in high definition via an interactive webcast at the church’s site. Based on statistics, the website audience is expected to exceed the in-person attendees.


Young Women Serve As Mormon Missionaries In Hixson, Red Bank, Soddy Daisy

Young women of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (“Mormons”) are serving missions in record numbers, especially since the minimum age was lowered to 19.  Sister Jacqueline Wilson, 19, and Sister Allison Dearden, 20, accepted calls to serve in the Tennessee Knoxville Mission.  They left their families and friends and put their educations on hold ... (click for more)

Nativity Rising Artists Presents Bach and the Spanish Guitar July 29

Nativity Episcopal Church Rising Artists continues a summer of Chattanooga Music Club scholarship winners with grand prize winning guitarist Preston Anastas.  The performance will be on Sunday, July 29 at 10:30 a.m. at Episcopal Church of the Nativity, 1201 Cross St. in Fort Oglethorpe. Mr. Anastas will play selections from J. S. Bach’s 3rd Lute Suite and ‘Misionera’ by ... (click for more)

5 People Shot On Cowart Street Early Sunday Morning

Five people were shot on Cowart Street early Sunday morning.   At approximately 2:55 a.m., Chattanooga Police responded to the area of 1400 Cowart Street on reports of multiple people shot. The shooting was near Coyote Jack's where one person was killed and another injured in a shooting in December 2017.   Upon arrival, police found several ... (click for more)

Body Of Robert Townsend, 60, Found In Dumpster On Laura Street

The body of Robert Townsend, 60, was found on Friday in a dumpster on Laura Street.   At approximately  11:19 a.m. , Chattanooga Police were dispatched to a deceased party in the 2500 block of Laura Street. Upon arrival, officers located the body inside the bin.     Violent Crimes Bureau responded to the scene. The decedent was transported to the ... (click for more)

Here We Go Again With The Same Cummings Highway, 12th Street Flooding

Here we go again with the same pitiful news reports about the Cummings Highway Interstate interchange with I-24 - Flooding yet again after a heavy rain.  TDOT is derelict in not having repaired this years ago.  How hard is it to get some excavators out there to dig up the collapsed drainage pipes which TDOT says are the cause of the flooding and replace them with ... (click for more)

Deal With The Graffiti Vandals

I travel to other neat old cities and don't see nearly the graffiti vandalism as in Chattanooga. Why do we allow one or two or three repeat vandals to mar our venerable Walnut Street Bridge, the pillars to the Holmberg Bridge, the remodeled Chief John Ross Market Street Bridge, the walls along our multi-million-dollar Riverwalk, our sidewalks, street signs and our old limestone ... (click for more)