Bishop Ted G Thomas Sr

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6th Annual State Music Summit

What – A music department summit for all choir members and musicians. It will include Meet & Greet, Power Workshops, Choir Rehearsals, and a culminating Concert. All songs will be originals written by the participants of the music summit.


Friday night, October 2, 2015

  • Meet & Greet – 6:30pm – 7:45pm
  • Choir Rehearsal – 8:00pm – 10:00pm
  • Musician’s Shed Session – 10:00 – 11:30pm

Saturday, October 3, 2015 – 8:30am – 3:00pm

  • Prayer, PowerShops & Choir rehearsal

Saturday, October 3, 2015 – 6:00pm – Concert

  • Music Summit Choir presenting all original songs
  • Other musical guests

Where – Shiloh COGIC

Currently holding services at:
Harvest Assembly Baptist Church
8008 Fordson Rd.
Alexandria, VA 22306

Who You – everyone is welcome to attend. Focus on music ministry including vocals, music dept. leadership, directors, liturgical praise dancers and musicians.


  1. To enhance/organize and develop your local church music department
  2. To provide a venue where amateur song composers can showcase their gifts and talents
  3. To hone your music related gifts and provide information that will help you in your service in the ministry of music.
  4. To promote fellowship and unity in our Jurisdictional Music Department and beyond.
  5. To provide a means of resources for our Jurisdictional Music Department

More Details

Song Submission – Please submit your original written or arranged song music file, the typed lyrics to the song, a brief bio of you and the inspiration of your song via email to:
Naomi Kim Thomas –
Dianne Minggia –
Reuben Thomas –
James Byrd –

To assist us with planning, if you know you’re submitting a song please let us know that during the week of the Holy Convocation. We’ll still need electronic song submission by the deadline.

Note – If you don’t already have copyright for your song, the fastest way to legally protect the rights of your song is burn it on a CD or tape record it, write the words out and date the copy, then mail the package to yourself. Keep the package sealed and it will hold up in court.

Song Submission deadline – 9/1/2015


Registration fees are not due until the dates of the event (Oct. 3, 4) and include your lunch for Saturday Oct. 4th.
Fee – ages 13 and under – $5
14-17yrs old – $10
18+ yrs old – $25

Hotel Accommodations – Hampton Inn, 8843 Richmond Hwy., Alexandria, VA. 22309. Price is $106.40/night which includes tax and a hot breakfast. Encouraging everyone to reserve your room today! Your card is not charged until the night of the reservation, but we need to know if we need more rooms or if we need to find another hotel to accommodate us ASAP. If everyone waits until the last day, and we run out of rooms, it will be difficult for us to request additional rooms or contact other hotels to ensure rooms at the same rate. Firm cut off is 10 September. New management will not adjust dates due to major event at Fort Belvoir. Please book your room(s) online by clicking HERE.

Public Relations – In addition to the formal public relations efforts that are going forth, here’s what you can do:

  1. If your church have a website and would like to add this event to your calendar or feature pages, feel free to do so.
  2. Add an announcement on your local church’s bulletin board and/or make verbal announcements.
  3. Word of Mouth – Spread the word
  4. Each local church will be sent an official letter concerning this event from our Music Department with more information.

Guest Clinicians “Powershops”

  1. Leadership/ Choir Director – Elder Patrick Riddick, Minister of Music Second Jurisdiction of VA COGIC
  2. Cohesiveness between Musician(s) and the Choir – Andre Jackson, Minister of Music, Oak Grove Baptist Church, Suffolk, VA

Summit Musical – Featuring the Summit Choir, our guest clinicians and more…  More information on “Saturday Night Musical” guest(s) to follow.

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Centennial Banquet Celebration

All year we have been celebrating 100 years of the Church of God In Christ, Inc. in Virginia.  On October 25, 2014 at 3 o’clock in the afternoon, we will continue our year long celebration with our Centennial Celebration Banquet. During the Centennial Celebration Banquet, we are honoring our prelate, General Board Member, Bishop Ted G. Thomas, Sr., on his 78th birthday as well as his 30 years of service at the helm the First Jurisdiction of Virginia.

You do not want to miss this grand occasion. Our special guest speaker will be Elder James Smith, Chief Operations Officer for the Church of God in Christ, Inc.  Tickets are only $100 dollars. Please see your local pastor or his designee to purchase tickets. We can’t wait to see you there!


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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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