The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

July 26, 2013

97th Church of God Campground week nears


SHENANGO TOWNSHIP — The 97th Annual National Association of the Church of God Campground will convene from 10 a.m. Aug. 4 to 2 p.m. Aug. 11 on Zion’s Hill, 410 Campground Road, Shenango Township. The theme is “Advancing the Kingdom Through Holiness & Humility.”

Growth in visitors has led to the grand opening of the Hospitality Center/Internet Cafe and a new medical center which will provide first aid services along with screenings and medical information. For convenience, staff will inaugurate the campground shuttle service to enjoy the newly expanded and enhanced Pearl’s Prayer Garden.

Also new will be luncheon roundtable discussions on relevant topics.

In-Service Training Institute mini classes will be provided, in conjunction with ISTI, the educational arm of the National Association sponsored by the Leadership Development Board of NACOG. Featured will be a “train the trainers” session for persons wishing to become presenters for its “Culture Tour.”

On Aug. 7 and 8, the General Assembly will present  morning programs with ongoing strategies to serve the church; inform and involve the leadership; and align with innovative approaches to achieve greater collective impact.

Ministers’ Day, set for Aug. 8, will feature a ministers’ consecration/footwashing service followed by the annual photograph session and march. An evening reception will be held for all new ordinates and newly installed pastors.

Special youth programming will be provided by the mini-Youth Excellence Performance Arts Workshop (YEPAW) and NIYC (National Inspirational Youth Convention) ministries.

The women’s and men’s ministries and Children’s Corner will provide weeklong programs.

An awards banquet, honoring Bishop Robert S. Davis Sr., the outgoing presiding elder, is slated for 2 p.m. Aug. 9, followed by a mini-YEPAW drum line processional up Zion’s Hill into the sanctuary for a youth presentation.

On Aug. 10, a cookout will be shared and later that evening, a concert, “The Gospel According to Arts!” presenting nationally renowned Church of God artists specializing in drama, dance, storytelling, rap, visual arts, spirituals, instrumentals and mime.

Events on Aug. 11 will include the installation ceremony for incoming presiding elder, the Rev. Miki Merritt, and vice presiding elder, the Rev. Clifton McDowell. Campmeeting will conclude with a Holy Communion service.

Daily services and speakers are as follows:

• Aug. 4 – 10:30 a.m., the Rev. Maxwell Ware; and 7 p.m., the Rev. Jeffery Johnson.

• Aug. 5 – 10:30 a.m., the Rev. Arthur Grier; and 7 p.m., the Rev. Carlos Sanchez.

• Aug. 6 – 10:30 a.m., the Rev. Steve Terry; and 7 p.m., the Rev. David Grubbs.

• Aug. 7 – 10:30 a.m., the Rev. Roberetta Young; and 7 p.m., the Rev. Evelyn Carswell

• Aug. 8 – 10:30 a.m., the Rev. Sylvia Reid; and 7 p.m., Rev. Merritt.

• Aug. 9 – 10:30 a.m., the Rev. Tim Quainoo; and 7 p.m., the Rev. Greg Skinner.

• Aug. 10 – 10:30 a.m., the Rev. Milton Grannum.

• Aug. 11 – 10:30 a.m., the Rev. James Massey.

Throughout the weekend, staff will film “The NACOG Story.” In preparing for the 100th anniversary celebration, those interested may bring photos, articles, program booklets or written stories that tell of NACOG history and heritage. All items will be scanned and returned if requested.

Further information on programs, services and housing is available at