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Memorial Day Weekend

A special thanks to all veterans of military service, and to those who gave their lives in defense of freedom. We are a blessed nation, may we never forget the sacrifice of our fallen heroes, and may we remember to say thank you to those serving today.

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Death Notice - Caroline Ledbetter

Dear Overseer,

Sister Caroline Ledbetter, former appointee of the International Offices passed away early this morning in a Chattanooga health care facility. Among Sister Caroline’s ministries at the IO she served as General Sunday School Secretary and also Children’s Ministries Director.

Visitation and the service will be held at the Peerless Road Church on Saturday, May 29th. Visitation is at 10:00 A.M. and the service is at 11:00 A.M. (EST). Graveside services will be conducted at the Robbins Cemetery in the Oak Grove Community near Livingston, Tennessee at 4:00 (CST).

For those desiring to send cards of condolence our suggestion would be to her brother, the only survivor of the immediate family and his wife:

Jim & Mary Ledbetter
9023 N. Pointe Drive
Beach City, TX 77523-8305

For some time now Caroline’s request has been that in lieu of flowers monetary remembrances could be made to the Peerless Road Children’s Ministries, 3301 Peerless Road, Cleveland, TN 37312.

Jim Rush Funeral H…


Youth Camps are just around the corner. For the latest information, go to the camping ministries website at:

Chester Lee Green Visitation

Last night I visited the funeral home in charge of the arrangements for Deacon Chester Lee Green. It was a wonderful blessing to hear all of the good stories about Deacon Green's character and his love for the church.

It was also a blessing to see so many caring, loving people at the visitation. Deacon Green has reached his reward; the same one all of those who love the Lord will receive.

Please continue to join me in prayer for this precious family.

Funeral Services for Deacon Chester Green

Greetings Everyone,

Funeral arrangements for Bro. Chester Lee Green Deacon at the Crab Orchard Church of God of Prophecy.

Visitation Wednesday evening 6:00pm until 8:00pm
Funeral is Thursday at 10:00am
Bilbrey Funeral Home in Crossville

All Church services at Crab Orchard will be canceled Wednesday.

Please keep the family In your prayers

In Christ
Pastor Terry Swaw

Funeral Services-Chester Lee Green

Greetings Everyone,

Funeral arrangements for Bro. Chester Lee Green Deacon at the Crab Orchard Church of God of Prophecy.

Visitation Wednesday evening 6:00pm until 8:00pm
Funeral is Thursday at 10:00am
Bilbrey Funeral Home in Crossville

All Church services at Crab Orchard will be canceled Wednesday.

Please keep the family In your prayers

In Christ
Pastor Terry Swaw

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Death Notice - Chester Green

Greetings Bishop McKinley,

This afternoon around the 5:00pm hour after a lengthy illness Bro. Chester Green a Deacon at the Crab Orchard Church went to be with the Lord. Bilbrey Funeral Home in Crossville will be in charge of the arrangements. Arrangements are incomplete at this time. Please keep this family in your prayers.

In Christ
Pastor Terry Swaw

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Revival at Greenbrier

Dear Bishop McKinley,

Greenbrier Chapel GOGOP is having revival May 23rd - May 26th. Sunday 11:00 and 5:00, Monday - Wednesday 7:00pm. Bishop Luther Messingale is the guest speaker. Spread the word around. Thank you and God BLESS.

Pastor Richard D. Lovvorn Sr.
Greenbrier Chapel COGOP

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Continued Communication Difficulties

Dear Friends,

We are now in our second day of interruption to our office telephone systems. A repairman has been dispatched to examine our system and get us back online. I am posting this message for those of you who may have tried to contact the state office without success.

We anticipate the restoration of service by 3:00 p.m. today. If you need to contact us, please email me at:

I apologize for any inconvenience.

E.C. McKinley

Intensive Schedule

Ministerial Development Intensive
May 21-22, 2010
Tentative Outline

Material: “The 10” (Cornerstone Institute of Ethics)

6:00 p.m. Registration/ Settle into dorms

MDI Sessions (to be held in bottom classroom of Gym)

(Friday evening) 7:00 p.m.

*Opening comments and Devotional – Londa Richardson

7:15 – 8:20 p.m.​Instructor, Presiding Bishop E.C. McKinley

1- Submit to a Higher Authority
2- Live with Purpose

8:30 – 9:35 p.m.​Instructor, Terry Barnwell

3- Interact with Integrity
4- Fulfill your roles with time for renewal

*Evening reception with Nexus/Dining Hall

(Saturday morning)

7:00 a.m.​Continental Breakfast (Juice, Coffee, Danish)

*First Saturday Morning session​8:30 a.m.​

Devotional or Video clip

8:45 - 9:30 a.m.​Instructor, Terry Swaw

5- Care about People
*Morning Brunch with “Nexus”

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon

Session with Bishop Adrian Varlack​


*Saturday Afternoon​1:00 p.m.

1:00 p.m.​(Group interaction)

1:30 – 2:00 p.m.​Instructor, Terry Swaw

6- Fulfill your roles with time for renewal
2:00 –…

Ministerial Intensive Is Almost Here

The Ministerial Development Intensive is upon us (May 21-22, 2010 at the state campground in Dickson) In the past, these Intensives have made a very positive impact on the ministry of those attending. You are invited to participate.

Please note that the intensive will end at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, however, if you desire to stay over for Bishop Adrian Varlack's ministry, you are more than welcome, and we know it will be a blessing to you.

Cost for first-time attendees is FREE. Registration for returning participants is $25.00
Please make plans to join us. You may click this link to register online.

God bless you!

Funeral Arrangements

From Pastor Richard Neal

I am sorry this is so far for most of you, but we needed to help Dad's family out. So, even though he will be buried in Madison his funeral will be in his home town of Smithville. Viewing will be from 11am till 9pm Thursday and 9am until 10am Friday, with the funeral at 10am Friday. We will meet the Funeral Directors at Springhill Cemetery on Gallatin Rd. in Madison at 12:30 pm for the burial.

He is in the Dekalb Funeral Chapel
863 South Congress Blvd. (that is highway 56 going toward McMinnville) It is only ½ mile after you turn off of 70.
Smithville, Tennessee 37166
Phone: 615-597-9400.

Thanks for your prayers.

Richard A. Neal, Sr. - Pastor
119 Clearview Drive
Lebanon TN 37087
Church: 615-443-4878

I know the plans that I have for you, declares the Lord. They are plans for peace and not disaster, plans to give you a future filled with hope. Jer. 29:11 (GW)

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Update on Donna Barrett (Pastor's wife from McMinnville-West Riverside)

Greetings in Jesus name.

Update on my wife Donna. Donna had a small set back Monday night, her sodium was low, her oxygen
count was low and she was confused. Donna was given increase in oxygen and sodium. Donna
is still weak, cannot talk or swallow yet, throat is still very sore, she is still being fed by feeding tube.
Donna is still in Critical care unit (cardiac care unit) room CC-1 at Centennial Hospital. Doctor say
she is improving daily and her heart is doing good, vital signs are good. Doctor also say that her
recovery will be one day at a time.

Our family certainly appreciate your prayers, we love all of you, GOD richly bless you.

Brother Jimmy Barrett

Prayer Request - Pastor Richard Neal family

I received this news from Pastor Richard Neal:

"My Dad passed away this morning. I want to thank everyone who has prayed for him, and us. We will make the arrangements this morning and I will post them when I return.

We are going ahead with the Revival service tonight and I will post the decision about the rest of the week then as well. Thanks again and may God Bless each of you."

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Minister's Intensive Registration

Minister's Intensive RegistrationMay 21-23, 2010Author: Londa Richardson
The Ministerial Development Intensive is only two weeks away. (May 21-23, 2010 at the state campground in Dickson) In the past, these Intensives have made a very positive impact on the ministry of those attending. You are invited to participate.
Cost for first-time attendees is FREE. Registration for returning participants is $25.00 Please make plans to join us. You may click this link to register online.
God bless you!

Mission Encounter 2010

You are invited to the Mission Encounter 2010 at the International Assembly of the Church of God of Prophecy.
Please click on the image to the left to see a larger view, and please print and post at your church or share with your friends.
Thank you so much. We hope to see you there!

Donna Barrett Update

Brother McKinley

Donna let us know how much she really did appreciate you & Sister McKinley's visit the other day by nodding her head and giving the ok sign with her hands, when you prayed
she closed her eyes in prayer also.

Donna has been moved back up on the fifth floor at Centennial Hospital in room CC-1 Doctor Drinkwater thought she needed a little more closer care for a few days in cardiac care ICU. She is still very weak, she still cannot swallow, they are still tube
feeding her. Doctor says her heart is doing good, vital signs are good, she is still off the respirator and looks like she is on her way to recovery.

Visiting hours for the Cardiac Care ICU on fifth floor are 10am to 1pm, 3pm to 6pm, 8pm to 9pm.

Thank-you for your prayers, our family certainly do appreciate you & Sister McKinley and all who are praying for Donna & our family

GOD Bless You
Brother Jimmy Barrett

Photos from Pastor Mike Burton (Ashland City)


We are looking forward to the Young Harvest Leadership meeting planned for later this year in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
Please click on the image to the let to increase the size, then print it and share it with your church and friends.
We anticipate the Lord's blessing at this event, and trust the Lord for a great turn out as we seek a "revival in North American through the young harvest."
Make plans now to attend.

National Day of Prayer

Tomorrow, May 6, 2010 is the National Day of Prayer, and if there ever was a time when the people of God should bind together and seek the favor of His divine favor it is now.
The Scripture promises, "if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land." (2 Chronicles 7:14)
If we still believe in the validity and efficacy of the Scriptures, then we must hold on to this promise.
I encourage you to participate tomorrow in prayer for our nation. Pray at home in private, pray in public, pray with purpose, pray with faith!
We are a people of prayer. Our land is in trouble, our nation is rocking and reeling, we are a divided people, who will fall apart from the inside if we don't have a real revival come from God. That revival will not come unless we pray, believe and trust.
Truth has become relative to so many people, and and i…

First Day in South America

After an all-night flight from Atlanta, Georgia to Buenos Aries, Argentina, Debra and I arrived to find a cool, crisp morning. Because of the earth rotation, South America is starting into their fall of the year. After meeting with the National Overseer, Bishop Lopez, we left to visit two of our churches.
As you can see in the photo to the left, this area of the city is very poor, and it is at times challenging to get around the city. When we arrived at the first church, the pastor and his family were happy to show us their church, and they were proud of the improvements they had made to the building, and spoke of the good things happening around them. It was o bvious they had a great love for the Lord and have a desire to reach their city for Christ.
In this photo, you see Debra with the pastor and his family. After visiting the church, they invited us to their home for a nice breakfast of salami, different types of bread, and hot tea. We were so thankful for their hospitality,and f…

Argentina Visit

Earlier this month, Debra and I left the United States to visit the countries of Argentina and Uruguay in South America with the Church of God of Prophecy World Language Director, Bishop Gabriel Vidal.
We left the Nashville airport in mid-afternoon on a Thursday, and flew to Atlanta, where we traveled all night (leaving at 8:30 p.m.) for our destination of Buenos Aries, Argentina. We were excited to make the trip, as this was the first time to South America for either of us. We had great anticipation of what we would see, of the people we would meet and sensed the Lord had opened a door of ministry for us. It would be a great time to see a few old friends, and make some new ones.
When we arrived the next morning at about 8:30 a.m., we were met at the airport by the National Overseer of Argentina, Bishop Francisco Lopez. We were blessed to visit two churches on the first day, and meet the very special pastors. After the visits (which I will describe later) we returned to Bishop Lop…


By now, I am sure you have heard the continuing coverage of the flooding in the middle Tennessee area, and that we had to evacuate around 300 ladies from the campground. While some were stranded because of closed interstates, our staff has continued to check on them.

Special thanks to those who helped in the rapid departure, which was necessary to avoid a potential disaster at the campground.

To our understanding, there was no major damage to the campground, so our scheduled events are still planned, with the next event being our NEXUS retreat and Ministerial Development Institute, May 21-23, 2010.

The Ladies day was quite an adventure, and we are thankful for those who made it a success. Special kudos are in order to Londa Richardson and her staff.

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Please pray for the Nashville area

It is 8:00 p.m., (CST) as I write. The flooding in the Nashville has become much worse. The Cumberland river continues to rise, and as of a moment ago, the waters are beginning to flood the Opryland Hotel area, I understand a levee near metro center is stressed. Please pray for the people of this area of Tennessee.

Update from Erin

One church family's home had about 6 inches of water and mud in it. I've been over there today helping them get everything out of the house and cleaning up. I haven't been able to get up with the other family but their home looks like a total lost. I did speak with a family member and they are all safe. The water came up near our house. It came within a few inches of flooding the church. Another family's store had about an inch of water in it and they've been drying it out today
--Pastor Sammy Allen

Lenox Revival

Come one and all, The congregation at Lenox,Tn. welcomes each and every one to join us in REVIVAL SERVICES MAY 2nd - MAY 6th - 7pm I am thrilled to announce that the Lenox, Church of God Of Prophecy will be in Revival begining Sunday Night the 2nd of May and running through Thursday Night the 6th, There will be a different minister speaking the {Word Of God} to us each evening. I want to encourage each and everyone to come out and see what Jesus has in store for you. Sunday Night {Bro. Joe Watson} Harvest Fellowship, Jackson,Tn. Monday Night {Bro. Vernon Alexander} C.O.G.O.P. Union City, Tn. Tuesday Night {Bro. Troy Redmond} C.O.G.O.P. Trenton, Tn. Wensday Night {Bro. David Prince} C.O.G.O.P. Ridgely, Tn. Thursday Night {Special Healing Service} {District Overseer Bro. Clayton Mahan} C.O.G.O.P. Ridgely,Tn. The Ridgely Worship Team will be leading our worship on certain nights to the Lord All services start at 7pm, {Come expecting a Blessing} We look forward to see…

Update on Donna Barrett

Brother McKinley Donna did not have surgery the other day because she had a fever. The past two days her temp has been 98. She is still in critical care at Centennial Hospital, same room, and still on respirator. She has been taken off some of her medicines and been taken of the heart pump. Her vital signs have been doing good. Nurse informed us that if Donna keeps improving the doctors will do the surgery this Monday. The surgery will be on her heart to replace heart valve on the inside of the heart on the left side. She is alert and understands what everyone is saying and she is wearing her glasses and waves her hands and nods her head to let you know she hears and understands. Please keep her and our family in your prayers. GOD Bless you & sister McKinley Brother Jimmy S. Barrett