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.

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

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