Posts Tagged ‘Historic First Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction of Virginia’
Church of the Month – June 2012
Tuesday, June 26th, 2012
Assistant Superintendent Timothy D. White, Sr.
Born to Deacon William and Mother Laura White, Elder Timothy White grew up in the Church Of God in Christ since birth. As a young man, Elder White received the Lord in his heart and was called to the ministry in 1991.
Elder White served under Pastor James Gatlin, Sr., Pastor Charlie Newby and Pastor Samuel Hassell and was actively involved in ministry throughout the years.
In the Eastern District of the Historic First Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction of Virginia, he served in different areas: Eastern District Youth Group Member, District Sunday School Superintendent, District Finance Committee, Prayer Warrior and Assistant Superintendent to Superintendent William H. Perry.
During the 80th Holy Convocation, Bishop Ted G. Thomas, Sr. appointed Elder Timothy D. White, Sr. as pastor of the Calvary Church of God in Christ. Under the leadership of Bishop Thomas, Elder White serves as Chairman of Elders’ Council and Trustee Board.
Pastor Timothy D. White, Sr. loves God, the Lord’s people and respects leadership. He is a family man. Pastor Timothy White is married to “His Jewel” Lady Doreatha Marie White. They have four dear children.
Calvary COGIC is a “Life Changing Ministry” where the Holy Ghost moves!
Church Outreach: Street Witnessing, Street Preaching, Clothes Closet and Holiday Food Baskets
The Jurisdiction Exceeds Expectations at the 2012 Prayer Breakfast and Baby Contest
Monday, March 12th, 2012
Written by Evangelist Irether Sanford
In the words of Jurisdictional Supervisor of the Historic First Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction of Virginia, Mother Nellie M. Townes, “To God be the glory for the great things He is doing among and through us!”
On Saturday, February 11, the Thelma G. Vaughan Memorial Annual Prayer Breakfast and Baby Contest took place in the grand ballroom of the Richmond Marriott hotel. Saints from every district came out in large numbers to show their support for the event.
The ballroom was quickly converted into a house of worship as the Jurisdictional Choir set the atmosphere with their renditions of Jesus is the Light and There’s No One Like You. Next came a season of sanctified prayer as various district superintendents declared blessings upon the Jurisdiction, the nation, the babies, and the sick and shut-in.
Evangelist Missionary Vivian Pruitte gave a special presentation to our Elect Lady, Mother Charletta Thomas, providing a single rose to the rose of our Jurisdiction. With her usual elegance, Mother Thomas followed with greetings to the church body.
Soon after it was time for the Word. Superintendent John H. Lyon of the Danville Virginia introduced the speaker of the hour, Pastor James A. Williams of Holy Temple COGIC.
“Now don’t you let any of those forks and knives come flying this way,” Elder Williams began with a smile, noting that the waiters had not removed all of the eating utensils and glasses from the table. An anointed man of God, Elder Williams preached the unadulterated Word with conviction and boldness, focusing on the topic “God, Who Has Allowed Us.”
The service could not end without remarks from Bishop Ted Thomas Sr., prelate of the Jurisdiction. Bishop Thomas exhorted the people of God to stir up the gift that God had placed within them and reminded the Jurisdiction to remember the old landmarks – our theme for 2012.
Before long, the entire house was on its feet as Bishop Thomas reiterated his decision to run for the 2012 General Board of the Church Of God In Christ.
“It’s time to pass the mantle!” he echoed throughout the ballroom to cheers and applause.
Finally, it was time to announce the winner of the baby contest. The contest is a fun way for the districts to support the ministry of the Jurisdiction. Through friendly competition, each district sponsors a baby to see who can raise the most.
A hush filled the room as people waited to hear the outcome of a long-standing competition between the two reigning districts – the Great Northern District, who has taken home the prize for the last several years, and the Central District who often places just behind them. With cheers and excitement, Missionary Judy Little announced William Marson Simuel Thomas, son of Elder Marc and Missionary Kim Thomas, as the winning baby – with the Central District raising just over $8,500 for his district!
The adorable faces of cute little ones in their outfits far exceed expectations as the contestants provoked each other to good works – surpassing the previous year’s benchmark and making everyone winners.
In closing, Mother Townes reiterated her elation at the success of the benefit. “Let’s keep this love,” she expressed. For indeed, that is how the First Jurisdiction of Virginia operates together – in love!
97th Holy Convocation Recap
Thursday, September 1st, 2011
Written by Elder Eddie B Pruitte, Jr.
Perhaps you’re too young, but are you familiar with the song / lyrics "Put your mind on Jesus, we’re going to have a time? Well if you are, there is a verse that says when the saints get together; we’re going to have a time. ‘Talkin bout’ a good time, we’re going to have a time. Well that pretty much sums up the First Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction of Virginia Church Of God In Christ – 97th Annual Holy Convocation.
We began Sunday – August 21st with a 40 hour shut in. In a day when people are committing less time to the essential ingredients, Bishop Thomas and the saints of Virginia #1 gathered for prayer and fasting for forty consecutive hours: Sunday night (11:30 P.M.) until Tuesday afternoon (3:30 P.M.). One of the most memorable events occurred on Monday afternoon while Bishop Thomas was teaching the saints about holy / godly living – we experienced an earthquake! Even as the floor shook and the walls wavered, the saints continued to worship.
Tuesday evening was another historic service. An 87 voice male chorus marched in and worshiped the Lord in song – it was awesome. As I glanced around the choir (I participated as well) I noticed men from all over the state of Virginia singing praises unto God! It was awesome and my heart was made glad. I was made proud even more when Bishop Thomas stood and beamed as he took pictures. When he addressed the congregants, he informed us he was inspired to grant the go ahead for the idea after visiting one of the local churches in the Great Northern District and hearing their male chorus. Praise be to God. Just when we thought it couldn’t get any better, Dr. Rance Allen delivered an anointed Word from the Lord – "Let’s pull it together."
The following days and nights the Lord blessed us over and over again through Evangelist Joyce Rodgers and Bishop Prince Bryant, Superintendents William Perry and Earnest Whitehead, pastors Clifton Cooley and Friday morning the Women’s Department led the services. We were blessed as our own Jurisdictional Supervisor – Mother Nellie Towns – blessed our souls with some good old fashioned teaching. To demonstrate their support, several supervisors and bishop’s wives from neighboring jurisdictions were in attendance. At the conclusion of the service, Mother Townes laid hands on and anointed several ladies as they received their deaconess and evangelist missionary licenses from the Church. What a blessing to see these holy women being elevated into the ministry. There was more to come.
Sometime during Friday night, hurricane Irene visited. The rain fell and the wind blew. Most of the Tidewater region lost electrical power, but that did not deter the saints of Virginia First. We gathered bright and early Saturday morning for our communion and ordination services. Pastor Stephen Thomas of the South Norfolk District stirred our souls with a message admonishing us to take ministry seriously. The saints worshiped and blessed the Lord fervently – without lights or air conditioning!! We then celebrated the Lord’s Supper and witnessed three brothers being ordained into the office of “Elder”. We left the church looking forward to Official Day.
Sunday Morning found the saints gathering again to praise God without electricity in the building – it seemed to encourage us to worship God even more fervently. The Jurisdictional choir sang under the anointing and Bishop Thomas preached a powerful Word. From Matthew chapter 6 we were encouraged to get to know Jesus by taking up His yoke. The saints worshiped God so mightily the building seemed to rock again, but it wasn’t an earthquake, it wasn’t a hurricane, it was to power of God! Bishop Joseph Clemens – a visiting speaker summed it up best when he gave closing remarks. “ It seems as though the Lord allowed the power to remain off, so that the real Power would be poured out.” Yes – we had a hand clappin, foot stompin good time at the 97th Annual Holy Convocation!! I left feeling empowered and favored of God. I knew this would be a Holy Convocation we would never forget. I imagined this was how the saints of old worshipped God. This was how they gained power with the Lord. They were not focused on the comforts of life; they were not concerned about the best restaurants to dine in, they had a hunger and thirst for God that only sincere worship would satisfy. As I left to return home, it made me proud to serve under a dynamic and anointed leader – Bishop Thomas. I was proud to serve in an anointed jurisdiction – Virginia first. I was glad and grateful I was in attendance at the 97th Annual Holy Convocation. History was made; souls were saved; saints were healed; yokes were destroyed; the anointing was poured out; because the saints refused to yield to weather and conditions. Yes, I wish you could have been there when we had CHURCH!!
96th Annual Holy Convocation
Monday, July 12th, 2010
Join us August 16-22, 2010 as the Historic First Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction of Virginia celebrates its 96th Holy Convocation at New Community Temple Church Of God In Christ located at 3615 Tyre Neck Road, Portsmouth, VA 23703. Click HERE for directions.
Below are highlights of the upcoming celebration!
Shut-In | Top:
The opening 40 hour period of Fasting and Praying will begin Sunday, August 15th at 10 pm. Prayer Warriors will be praying continuously at New Community Temple until Tuesday, August 17th at 3 pm. All are welcomed to participate!
Day Sessions | Top:
Services are held at New Community Temple daily at 12 pm and will begin on Tuesday, August 17th.
Evening Speakers | Top:
Evening Services are held at New Community Temple daily at 7 pm.
Official Day | Top:
Sunday, August 22, 2010 at 11:00 am
Bishop Ted G. Thomas, Sr