Vol. 14 Issue 2
Behold What Manner of LOVE
Peace begins with God and is one of His special gifts to all those who believe in Him, accept salvation through His beloved only begotten Son, and obey His perfect will.
Editor’s Corner… “Our 20th Year”
While NFCOG is turning 20 this year, NFCOGnews celebrates its 14th consecutive year of quarterly publication. As an outgrowth of a publication that retraced the ministry travels of revivals that were conducted in churches along the east coast, our focus was broadened to promote Christian growth and exhortation. The Bishop’s Travel Corner, as it was thus named, became what is now known as NFCOGnews.
We have been blessed with a dedicated team of contributing editors who untiringly volunteer their time and talents. Over the years, in response to our reader interest, we’ve proudly featured a variety of devotional topics, famous quotes, recipes, and a calendar of NFCOG events. Last year we added to this menu our “Member Spotlight” feature.
This issue includes yet another feature known as “Health News”. Be sure to check-out the bio of this creditable contributing editor, Tracy McClain, LPN RAC-CT, and join us as we welcome her to our team of writers.
New Year, New NFCOG Calendar
New timelines for NFCOG gatherings beginning 2016.
The Board of Pastors review of NFCOG’s scheduled gatherings resulted in the following changes.
Our Annual Holy Convocation and Uth4Christ Summer Camp have moved to the month of JULY. Meeting the needs of parents and children who are realizing the reopening of schools and shorter summer breaks and still gathering during the vacation season, we will now meet in JULY. Mark your calendar, plan your time, note earlier deadlines for registrations, renewals, and enrollments (A convenient cut-out calendar on back cover).
New, beginning in 2016, are our Regional Day of Assembly gatherings. Fifth (5th) Sundays now afford our Northern and Southern Region Churches to come together in worship and fellowship. We will still unite as a Nation for our National Day of Assembly as designated.
NFCOG Bible Institute website, www.blbleinstitute.nfcog.org, up and running with increased site improvements. Check us out.
The love of God, as described by the Apostle Paul in his letter to the Corinthians, is quoted universally as we express our depth of feeling through cards and letters, cite vows of commitment, and set our devotion to music. God’s love is recognized as the optimum form of the purest love that can ever be shared for another so we have come to use its unlimited parameters as our model to express the fondness we feel. Yet, it cannot be fully appreciated, understood, or emulated without one having experienced deliverance from the hopelessness and despair realized from the void, pain, and torment of sin that separated us from God. Even then, how God could love His creation without a reciprocal commitment so as to give His only begotten Son for a ransom and forgive our sin purely out of His depth of love remains a mystery. It is to be feared that we will spend a lifetime trying to embrace that Agape love extended toward us that alone causes us to unselfishly love God and extend it genuinely to others.
Introducing NFCOG’s Board of Christian Education
In 2015 NFCOG launched its Board of Christian Education. As such, it operates under the Board of Presbytery with direct responsibilities identifying, developing, and maintaining documented literature and resources needed to educate and foster spiritual growth within the Nation of NFCOG. Among the broad spectrum of subjects, that both meet the believer’s Christian core value of education and personal needs are such subjects geared to address life issues specific to age, gender, and life station. Such topics include health and wellness, missions and stewardship, senior living, care giving, nutrition, time management, etc. all aimed to serve as tools that help one align their life decisions with Biblical standards.
While its formal educational arm, the NFCOG Bible Institute, was launched in 2006 and remains in full operation, and its Sunday School/ Devotional teaching materials began circulation in 2009, the need to establish fully operational resource libraries in each of our churches remained an untouched part of our vision.
We proudly acknowledge that in October 2015 the Board realized a milestone with the appointment of Board Members and Departmental/Committee Chairs.
Join us as we formally welcome the following departmental chairs and members to our staff of dedicated workers:
Board of Christian Education
- Iris E. Grant, Chair
- Edith Smith
- Lisa Wright
- Victoria Nance, Chair
- Gail Comer
- Landzaat Wright
Health & Wellness
- Tracy McClain, Chair
- Sarah Brown
Youth/Young Adult Issues
- Valerie Harmon
- Iris Simmons
…Introducing our Health News Editor Tracy McClain, LPN RAC-CT
Tracy McClain was born in Douglas, Arizona. She graduated from Tombstone High School in 1984. Shortly after she graduated, she married and started a family of her own. She has two children. She and her husband relocated to the east coast in 1987, where she worked as a pharmacy technician.
She pursued her education to become a nurse and graduated from the T.C. Williams School of Practical Nursing in 1991.
She has served her community well with her dedication to providing care to patients in need of long term care services. She worked as a medical surgical nurse at Mary Washington Hospital. Most of her career has been based in long term care facilities, where she has worked as a unit manager. Tracy currently works as a Resident Assessment Coordinator for Commonwealth Care in Fredericksburg Virginia. She participates annually to raise Alzheimer’s awareness within the community.
In 2011, Tracy enrolled in the National Fellowship Churches of God Bible Institute. She obtained a Baccalaureate Degree in Bible and Theology in August 2013. She graduated with Magna Cum Laude and departmental honors in Outreach Skills in 2014 in Orange Park, Florida.
Tracy enjoys cooking and is affectionately known to her family as “Brown Betty” for her phenomenal cooking skills. She also enjoys western movies. She is most passionate about her family and Faith Temple (church) in Warsaw Virginia. She has been a devoted wife, mother, sister, aunt but most importantly grandmother. She is most fond of her grandson, whom she refers to as, “her little piece of heaven”.
Joshua Nance… as interviewed and submitted by Missionary Edith Smith
Joshua Nance is a member of Faith Temple Church in Warsaw, VA, where his grandfather, Bishop Forrest Nance, Jr. is the Pastor. Joshua is a member of the King George High School JROTC. He is the son of Duane and Ange Nance. Joshua has one sister and two brothers. Joshua is 14 years old, and he accepted Christ in his life at the age of 12.
Anyone who spends time talking with Joshua, quickly learns that he is a unique young man who loves the Lord Jesus Christ. When asked about his faith, Joshua stated that he learned about Jesus from “Papa” (Bishop Nance) and “Nana” (First Lady Vicky Nance), who took him to church where he developed a hunger and thirst for God. Joshua says that God gave him a gift to see visions at a young age which frightened him and he did not understand, at first. It was through the teaching of his grandfather that he learned how to live in the Word. He said that his father, Duane also helped him to understand what was happening to him. Joshua stated that as he learned about God, the fear of what he was seeing left him. He now knows that he has power in God over evil, and he also knows that he has to be dedicated to God and willing to obey Him, or he could become a target. He likes to read the Word of God and he has testified to the fact that he sometimes reads his Bible during breaks at school.
Joshua is currently in the ninth grade and his goal is to go into the military and be an Army ranger. He described the motto that he has on the wall in his bedroom, which is “God first, country second and family always”, and he said that he strives to live with honor, courage and commitment. Like other young people his age, Joshua enjoys sports, biking, hunting and fishing. He is also a hard worker who cuts grass in the summer, shovels snow in the winter, and likes helping in the neighborhood. A statement that Joshua made in this interview provided a window, for this interviewer, into this young man’s soul. He said, “God Chose Me; He Chose This Family and He Chose This Church”, and For That, He Is Grateful!