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COGIC Laity Yes Lord Initiative

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92nd Annual Worker’s Conference

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2013 State AIM Convention

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June 11, 2013

The AIM Conference is goign to be held in Portsmouth, VA at the New Community Temple COGIC at 3615 Tyre Neck Road on July 22-26, 2013.  The church phone number is 757.484.8903.  In order to prepare for this upcoming event, please attend to the following:

No churches are to send children without transportation or chaperones for the entirety of their stay at the conference.  Please pay attention to the AIM Rules.


BW Plus Portsmouth-Chesapeake
3235 Western Branch Blvd.
Portsmouth, VA
Phone: 757.484.5800

Rooms cost: $69+tax/night, up to 4 person in a room.  Ask for room block New Community COGIC.

Deposit needed by 7/12.


Registration is $25/person.

Tour days tours may have additional fees for entrance.

To the Superintendents, we need your district reports for Sunday School, YPWW, Missions, Music, and Evangelism departments.

To the Pastors, we need you have delivered to your local AIM representative that is coming to the conference, $100 food money to help feed the young people for the week.  Make sure you get a receipt.

Make all checks or money orders out to AIM VA #1.  We need to insure that we have food to open the conference on Monday.  I am looking forward to seeing you and all of your delegates there.


Supt. William T. Coles
AIM Chairman

General Board Inaugural Banquet

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Join the Historic First Jurisdiction of Virgina
as we celebrate the elevation of

Bishop Ted G. Thomas, Sr.

to the General Board of the
Church Of God In Christ, Inc.

The Celebration will be held at

Chesapeake Conference Center
900 Greenbrier Cir, Chesapeake, VA

Hotel accommodations have been made at:

Marriott Chesapeake Norfolk

Norfolk Waterside Marriott

COGIC Radio Interview: General Board Candidate, Bishop Ted Thomas

On Friday September 28, 2012 at 12 PM MST, tune in for an and host host Pastor Julius Koonce will stream an exclusive interview with Bishop Ted G. Thomas, Sr., Candidate for General Board of the Church Of God In Christ.

Ted G. Thomas, Sr. was appointed seventh in succession as prelate of the Historic First Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction of Virginia of the Church Of God In Christ in 1984 and has served in this position for more than 27 years. Under his leadership, the Jurisdiction has enjoyed tremendous growth only a few short years.

Most recently, in 2009 Bishop Ted Thomas was appointed as an Associate Justice of the National Judiciary Board and Assistant Dean of the Presiding Bishop’s Episcopal Leadership Academy. Bishop Ted Thomas has also served as Commissioner of Operations for the International Holy Convocation, member of the National Publishing Board and member of the Committee to renovate the Lelia Mason Home.

Always a strong supporter of his leader, in an unprecedented and historic show of support for the non-profit organization Save Africa’s Children, Bishop Thomas presented Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake with $50,000 during his own 25th Silver Anniversary Celebration in 2009.

Bishop Ted Thomas has been anointed by God for such a time as this. He brings an experienced voice and real solutions to the challenges facing the Church Of God In Christ today. He has a record of producing lasting results in his community, his jurisdiction and our national Church – a testament to his capable leadership. More importantly, Bishop Ted Thomas has a record of accountability and is a strong and vocal supporter of our Presiding Bishop. Coupled with his love for our Church and its doctrine, Bishop Ted Thomas has the vision to see the Church Of God In Christ return to its glory as the leader of the Pentecostal Movement.

It’s time to usher our Church into her glorious future. It's time to pass the mantle to Bishop Ted G. Thomas, Sr. for the General Board.

COGIC 11/40 Prayer Wall

As the Church of God in Christ approaches HOLY CONVOCATION, the need to INTERCEDE and SEEK the will of God for Revival, Renewal, Breakthrough, Excellence in Ministry, during the HOLY CONVOCATION is VITAL, CENTRAL, AND URGENT.

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98th Annual Holy Convocation

Hotel Accommodations Shut-In Daily Sessions Evening Speakers Official Day Registration

Join us August 19-26, 2012 as the Historic First Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction of Virginia celebrates its 98th Holy Convocation at New Community Temple Church Of God In Christ located at 3615 Tyre Neck Road, Portsmouth, VA 23703.  Click HERE for directions. 

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Below are highlights of the upcoming celebration!

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Hampton Inn Hotel
3235 Western Branch Boulevard
Chesapeake, VA 23321
(757) 484-5800
Code: 0002733201

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The opening 40 hour period of Fasting and Praying will begin Sunday, August 19th at 10 pm.  Prayer Warriors will be praying continuously at New Community Temple until Tuesday, August 21st at 3 pm.  All are welcomed to participate!

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Services are held at New Community Temple daily at 12 pm and will begin on Tuesday, August 21st.

Friday, August 24, 2012 ~ 12 noon

Supervisor Mother Nellie Townes
Supervisor of Women, Historic First Jurisdiction of Virginia

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Evening Services are held at New Community Temple daily at 7 pm.

Bishop Samuel CarruthMonday, August 20, 2012

Bishop Samuel L. Carruth
Holy Light Church Of Deliverance
Portsmouth, Virginia

Bishop Rance AllenTuesday, August 21, 2012

Bishop Rance Allen
Michigan Northwestern Harvest Jurisdiction COGIC
New Bethel Bountiful Blessings Ministries
Toledo, Ohio


Bishop Jewel WithersWednesday, August 22, 2012

Bishop Jewel Withers
Arkansas First Jurisdiction COGIC

Bishop Charles E. BlakeThursday, August 23, 2012

Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake
Presiding Bishop, Church Of God In Christ
West Angeles Church Of God In Christ
Los Angeles, California

Bishop Frank O. WhiteFriday, August 24, 2012

Bishop Frank O. White
General Board Member, Church Of God In Christ
Eastern New York Third Jurisdiction COGIC
Zion Cathedral Church Of God In Christ
Freeport, New York

Supt. Dwight Walls
Sunday, August 26, 2012

Supt. Dwight Walls
Trustee Board Member, Church Of God In Christ
Greater Shiloh Church Of God In Christ
Ypsilanti, Michigan

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Sunday, August 26, 2012 at 11:00 am

Bishop Ted G. Thomas, Sr
Chief Celebrant and Jurisdictional Bishop


The Official Day services will be at New Community Temple beginning at 11:00 AM.  Join us as we celebrate our leader!

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Pre-registration will be available on-site at New Community Temple COGIC during the 2012 AIM Convention.  Please see Min. Eugene McCown or contact him at or 703-829-6746 for more information.  Click HERE to download the Registration Sheet.

Registration Packages

Package #1 – $55 Includes registration packet, light meals after service Tuesday through Friday, and dinner on Sunday afternoon.
Package #2 – $45 Includes registration packet and dinner on Sunday afternoon.


2nd Annual Leadership Summit

Plan Now to Attend the First Jurisdiction of Virginia’s 2nd Annual Leadership Summit

Bishop Ted Thomas, Sr. welcomes you to the 2nd Annual Leadership Summit of Historic First Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction of Virginia!

Schedule: Friday, April 27 at 7:00 p.m.
  Saturday, April 28 at 8:00 a.m.
Location: New Community Temple COGIC
  3615 Tyre Neck Road
  Portsmouth, VA 23703

Registration:  The cost of registration is $60 and includes all summit materials.                 

Overview: Through anointed guidance, it is Bishop Ted Thomas’ endeavor that all leaders under his jurisdiction understand the responsibility, and accountability, of effective leadership in all areas of ministry and witness. Given this charge, he has taken up the mantle to lead by example and equip the leadership of our church during a dynamic, powerful and anointed two-day leadership summit.

Training sessions will motivate, fortify and consecrate leaders in this current dispensation to go forward endowed with assurance. Classes are designed to grow leaders, individuals and congregations so that effective ministries are developed to the edification of the body of Christ.  Leaders will leave this summit empowered and well prepared in the work of the Lord.   

Fully supporting the work of the ministry, Mother Nellie Townes does her part to motivate women in ministry to the same level of effective witness in love, unity, godliness and faithful service. The women’s work develops leaders while giving spiritual guidance for maintaining salvation, prayer for discernment, good decision making and upholding the landmarks of holiness.   

So join us for the Virginia One 2nd Annual Leadership Summit and be endowed with knowledge from on high! This will be a training session you will not soon forget! 

For more information, please contact New Community Temple COGIC at 757-484-8903.

90th Annual Minister’s and Worker’s Conference Recap

by Asst. Supt. Eddie B Pruitte, Jr.

Come Over Here Where the Table is Spread and the Feast of the Lord is Going On!

I searched through Google to find the origin of this phrase. Oddly enough, while the result of my inquiry only gave a couple of gospel artist’s names, none were credited with authoring these lyrics. Therefore I will claim the title for the Historic First Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction’s 90th Annual Minister’s and Workers’ Conference that was held in Richmond during the week of March 19 – 25. What an awesome display of the Lord’s power and glory!

The saints of the jurisdiction enjoyed powerful and anointed preaching, singing and worship as we gathered in the presence of the Lord. We heard messages from several of our local pastors and superintendents including,  Pastor William Cornick (Body of Believers COGIC), Superintendent John Lyon (Danville District), Elder Victor Thompson (New Community Temple COGIC), Pastor Walter Harold (Sheep Gate COGIC), and Pastor Floyd Hawkins (Shiloh COGIC).  We were also blessed to hear soul stirring sermons from several of our national church leaders – Bishop P. A. Brooks, 1st Assistant Presiding Bishop COGIC; Bishop Joel Lyles, General Secretary COGIC; and Superintendent Dickerson Wells, National Trustee Board member.

We celebrated with our State Supervisor, Mother Nellie Townes, worshipped with our dynamic Jurisdictional Choir under the direction of Evangelist Missionary N. Kimberly Thomas, had a night of elegance with an operatic performance featuring Sister Dei Ashlei Nikoi, and kicked off our bishop’s campaign for the General Board.  Having said all of this – I still have not mentioned the highlight of the meeting.

The saints gathered Sunday morning at the Richmond Convention Center, anxious to hear from our beloved leader, Bishop Thomas.  The Word of the Lord was presented from I Kings 19 and the theme was, “When Strong Men are Discouraged.”  Bishop Thomas expounded on Elijah’s great victory on Mount Carmel (against 850 prophets) – only to flee from Queen Jezebel and ask God to take his life. Bishop Thomas encouraged the saints to trust the Lord and never become puffed up or full of pride – lest we find ourselves in a state like Elijah. As the message concluded, the Spirit of the Lord descended in the auditorium and the saints went forth in praise. As Bishop Thomas prayed and ministered on the altar (yes – dozens of souls responded to the call to discipleship) a mighty Spirit of deliverance swept through the room. How I wish you could have been there!

I trust that you are enjoying your walk in Christ. I pray that you are living victoriously. I pray that you are walking in the greatness the Lord has called us unto and you have not fallen victim to discouragement. However, just in case you need a little help or word of encouragement – come over here where the table is spread, and the feast of the Lord is going on!  There’s joy over here, there’s peace over here!


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The Historic First Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction of Virginia consists of churches throughout the state of Virginia and a few churches in Northern North Carolina. Virginia First is led by General Board Member Bishop Ted G. Thomas, Sr.

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