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Death Notice - Caroline Denton

Caroline Jones Denton

Caroline Gafford Jones Denton, age 89 of Southaven, MS formerly of Dickson County died January 14, 2013 at the Landmark of DeSoto Nursing Home in Hornlake, MS. Memorial services for Mrs. Caroline Jones Denton will be Saturday January 26, 2013 at 1 PM from the Chapel of the Taylor Funeral Home with Rev. Edward Kephart officiating. 

Visitation with the family will be Saturday from 11 AM until time of service.

She was born February 8, 1923 in Dickson County.  She was a Daughter of the late Marshall and Melinda Choma Vangafford.  She formerly attended the Slayden Church of God of Prophecy. 

Mrs. Denton was preceded in death by her Husband, Jesse Denton of Cunningham, TN; and is survived by 2 Sons, Richard H. Jones Jr. of Southaven, MS and Larry Denton of Clarksville, TN; Daughters, Tammy Denton of Orlando, FL; 4 Grandchildren and 2 Great Grandchildren.

Death Notice - Alice Griffin

Alice Griffin, 94, a resident of Cleveland, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, in a local health care facility.

She was a member of the Keith Street Church of God of Prophecy, where she was very active and served on the finance committee. She and her husband, Adrian T. Griffin, served in the ministry for many years at churches in Texas, California and Tennessee.

She retired from the Holiday Inn in Cleveland and was a well- known seamstress for many people in Cleveland. She loved her church and all kinds of needlework and was also loved by many many people.

She was preceded in death by three brothers and three sisters.

She is survived by her son, Tommy W. Griffin and his wife, Laura E. from Bay City, Texas.; daughters: Barbara West and her husband, Lynn, of Ooltewah, and Evelyn Gillum and her husband, Perry, of Elizabethtown, Ky.; five grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

A Remembrance of Life service will be held at noon…


This past week I attended the CREATE conference in Cleveland, Tennessee.  This conference was organized by the Communications Department of the Church of God of Prophecy and hosted at the Peerless Road Church.  This conference focused on the CREATIVE ARTS and their potential use in the local church. While I do not consider myself an expert on technology, I do know that I am not a novice…however, I learned the value of technology and its place in the modern church.  There are new ways of communicating the priceless message of the Gospel in the 21st Century, and we need to prepare ourselves to lead the way. Special thanks to my son, Shaun, the International Communications Director for the Church of God of Prophecy and to his very capable staff.  As each new technology evolves, I will continue to be open to its progress and possibilities.

Death Notice - Rose Gardner

Received from District Presbyter, Bishop Gary Riley

Dear brethren,

Thought I would pass along news of Sis. Rose Gardner that I received from her granddaughter, Angie Woods this evening.

Sis. Rose Gardner passed on to glory around 12:45pm Tuesday at the age of 93. Funeral arrangements are as follows:
Visitation will be Friday, Jan. 25th, from 3pm-5pm at the COGOP in Fredericktown, MO. Graveside service will be Saturday, Jan. 26th, in Dyersburg. More info will follow concerning the cemetery she will be laid to rest in.

Sis. Gardner was a licensed minister along with her husband, Bishop Howard Gardner (deceased) and was the mother of Bishop William "Bob" Gardner (deceased).
God bless!
Bro. Gary Riley

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Death Notice - Sister Griffen

From Bishop Scott Gillum, Overseer of Kentucky:  

Mamaw Griffin followed Jesus since before she was 12 years old. Today at 94 her faith became sight at 8:45 AM. Oh Glorious Day! What an example of a faith filled life she leaves for us as family.

Please join me in prayer for my friends today.

Excellence Training

Mark your calendar now for "Next Level Leadership!"
Saturday April 20, 2013
Restoration Fellowship

Murfreesboro Church of God of Prophecy

A one day seminar is designed for both the emerging and veteran leader.

"The Next Level Leadership" team has a vision to empower, equip, encourage and challenge you and your local ministry team.

Workshop instructors include:
Brian Sutton
June Gordon
Shaun McKinley
Kim Batson
Londa Richardson
Bishop E.C. McKinley

We anticipate a "next level" transformation of leadership through vision,   ministry skill and inspiration.

Continue to check the website for more information regarding registration and workshop schedules.

For more info. contact;
Pastor Todd Turpin
Michelle Brooks-young

Death Notice - Mother of Dr. Freddie Harding, District Presbyter

Nellie Fern HardingOctober 5, 1917 ~ January 10, 2013
Nellie Fern Harding, 95, of Butler, PA. passed away on January 10, 2013 at Newhaven Court at Clearview.

She was born October 5, 1917 in Reva, South Dakota, to the late Rasmus Fredrickson and Carrie (Lowe) Fredrickson.

Mrs. Harding was a homemaker and English Teacher. She enjoyed cooking, sewing, recipes, gardening, writing and also her family. Mrs. Harding was a member of Family Life Ministries Church.

Mrs. Harding is survived by two sons, Dr. Freddie (Juanita) Harding, and Stephen (Dari) Harding; six grandchildren; fifteen great grandchildren; two sisters; and also by a number of nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Roland Harding, who passed away on February 12, 2012; one grandson; four brothers; and six sisters.

Visitation will be Sunday, January 13, 2013 from 5:30 to 7:30 the Thompson - Miller Funeral Home, Inc., 124 East North Street Butler, PA. 16001, where the funeral…
We are looking forward to a wonderful time at the Tennessee School of Practical Ministry this next week, January 17-19, 2013. 

The classes will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday and will conclude around 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, covering three different classes:

General Principles of Pastoral Leadership Development I taught by Bishop Mark Menke

Ecclesial Identity: COGOP History and Polity I taught by Bishop Adrian Varlack

Theology:  Doctrinal Principles of the COGOP taught by Bishop David Bryan

THE COST IS $35, This includes study materials, meals and lodging at the campground.  (Some will be staying off-site and attending classes)

I hope you will make plans now to attend.  You may register by CLICK HERE or copy and paste the following link:

SOPAS II Synopsis

Pastoral Leadership Development II

Hermeneutics and Homiletics

Mark Menke or Elias Rodriguez, CBL Instructors

Jesus called Peter to “feed my sheep” (John 21:16). Christians must be fed God’s Word. This course seeks to equip today’s pastor for the work of understanding what God’s Word means and what it says to God’s people today. This is the task of hermeneutics―Biblical interpretation. Topics included:

•   The Task of Biblical Interpretation
•   The Nature of the Bible
•   General Bible Study
•   Word Study
•   Topical Bible Study
•   Analysis of Biblical Context and Languages
•   Cultural/Historical Analysis
•   Application

From studying God’s Word we move to God’s call to proclaim His Word. This is the study of homiletics – preaching God’s Word. Topics will include:
•   The Preaching Mandate
•   Approaches to Preaching
•   Characteristics of Great Preachers
•   Techniques of Preaching

In studying hermeneutics and homiletics it is our goal to equip pastors to “Study to shew thys…

Death Notice - Fred L. Smith

We are saddened to announce the passing of Fred L. Smith father of Pat Mitchell’ wife of Oakwood  pastor  Jim Mitchell

The family will be receiving friends at Heritage Funeral Homes Home , 3239 Battlefield Parkway
Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia on Saturday, January 5, 2013 from 3-7p.m., with the funeral service at 1:30 p.m. Sunday January 6,2013 with Duke Stone and Doug Stephenson officiating.  The burial will be at Estes Cemetery in Coalfield, Tennessee.