Monday, October 30, 2017

AGC Heritage Day 2017

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AGC Heritage Day 2017
By: Elisha Jane Wells

       Sunday, October 29th, was what Pastor Coffey always refers to as his favorite service of the year at AGC. Once again we celebrated Heritage Day. This is a day we at AGC set aside each year to honor those who have fought the fight and finished the race and left a legacy of Apostolic heritage for those of us who remain. We remember their lives and their examples and we honor their memory. We take time to be thankful for the milestones they achieved and the progress they made. We also make a point of taking the time to honor the living legacies we are still blessed to have among us. There is special music and singing and a fellowship dinner to follow the service.

Pastor Robert Coffey III

We started our morning with the teaching of Pastor Coffey in an expedited Sunday School service. Then, after a short break, we came back together in the sanctuary to kick off this years Heritage Day celebration with the vocal stylings of a very unique, and somewhat unexpected group of singers. This group brought a special southern gospel flare to some of the old songs and truly led in a wonderful time of worship. The group was made up of Pastor Robert Coffey III, his daughter and AGC's music department leader Sister Bethany Wise, and Sister Julie Hatfield, with Sister Wilma Coffey on piano, Sister Beth Colley on bass, and Brother Corey Wise on drums.

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Sister Barbara Bentley Wells

     This year we honored the legacy of former AGC member, Sister Barbara Bentley Wells. We were blessed to be joined by Sister Wells' niece who spoke about her aunt's many talents and accomplishments and the lasting impressions she had left upon the family. It truly was a lovely tribute to the life she lived and the memory that lives on in those she loved.

  
Roses presented to seniors 70+.

We were also thrilled to be able to honor the living legacies among us. A single long stemmed red rose was presented to all those over the age of 70. Their faith and dedication is the example we strive to maintain and even exceed in these last days. We are truly thankful for these pillars of the faith.



  
Pastor & Sister Coffey with Pastor & Sister Jud Sears & Brother Ben Sears

  
Pastor Jud Sears delivering the word of the Lord.

Guest speaker, Pastor Jud Sears of Bloomington, IN brought the word. He spoke on the topic "God is Faithful". God truly has been faithful to those who have paved the way before us and will continue to be faithful to see us through to the end. No matter what we may face, what trials or situations or milestones we may encounter, no matter what storms we may find ourselves in the midst of, God is faithful.

"These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world." John 16:33 KJV

Despite anything we may face, we can be of good cheer because God has already overcome anything this world can throw our way. 

Immediately following the service we made our way to the fellowship center to partake of a delicious meal prepared by the ladies of the church and a great time of fellowship.

Heritage Day 2017 was a great time filled with a great presence of the spirit and wonderful fellowship. We were blessed to be able to take some time out to look back at where our Apostolic heritage came from as we press forward toward the high calling of Christ. Should the Lord tarry, cherishing the legacy that has been left to us is what will inspire us to leave a legacy of our own to those who come up behind us.

"A good man leaveth an inheritance to his children's children:" Proverbs 13:22 KJV

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Freedom From Complacency


Freedom From Complacency
By: Sister Elisha Wells



Today I received a new list of prayer topics from Pastor for our weekly ladies prayer meeting. On the list was "freedom from complacency". Upon reading those words, as you likely did, I had an idea in mind of what this meant. To me, when I hear "complacency" I think of being content with the status quo, unconcerned with any need for change or growth. But something compelled me to look up the word today when I read it. So, as we are often want to do, I googled it.

complacency:
a feeling of smug or uncritical satisfaction with oneself or one's achievements.

synonyms:
smugness, self-satisfaction, self-congratulation, self-regard; 
gloating, triumph, pride;
satisfaction, contentment

I was immediately struck with the fact that complacency was far more than my very basic definition would have me accept. Yes, it does mean all that I thought it did. It does refer to contentment. But, it also extends to smugness and pride and self-satisfaction.

Conviction flooded my heart as I processed this new way of looking at this prayer topic. It was no longer just about those who were content with the status quo. Now it applied to those who had grown, had reached a new place in God. If those individuals were to become satisfied and proud of the growth they had attained instead of seeking to grow further they too were complacent. Now this could potentially apply to me.

I never want to become complacent. I believe that I have been growing in God, that I have reached new levels in Him, but I do not want to be stuck there. I don't want to become smug or self-satisfied with where I am. I don't want to become content with this much God in my life, with this level of worship.

No matter how far I grow in God, it's never far enough. No matter how deep I get, I need to be deeper. No matter what height I reach, I need to go higher in Him. No matter how close I get, I need to be closer. No matter how much I know Him, I need to know Him more. I need more of His glory, more of His power, more of His spirit in me. I need to worship harder, free-er, truer.


So, I pray not only for freedom from complacency in our church, but in my own heart, mind, and spirit. I want to always seek more, more, more of God. I want to always seek to serve Him better, praise Him better, and worship Him better.


Welcome


Welcome to the AGC Ministry Team Blog!


The AGC ministry team includes:

Robert Coffey III … Pastor
Tim Loper……….... Outreach Director
Corey Wise ………. Youth Leader
Bethany Wise ……. Praise Team Leader
Beth Colley ………. Sunday School Director
Elisha Wells ……… Kidz Ministries Director
Cindy Feeman …… Women’s Esprit

This is a place where these team members can share the things that are on their hearts. 
Please check back often to see who may have posted and what they have shared.

AGC Heritage Day 2017

AGC Heritage Day 2017 By: Elisha Jane Wells        Sunday, October 29th, was what Pastor Coffey always refers to as his favorite ...