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Published by FLCOGOP, 2022-01-11 18:59:25

January 2022 Mailing

January 2022 Mailing

Monthly Pastoral
Readings

A resource initiative of Florida Ministries .
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Leesburg, Florida 34748
352.323.1321

Equipping pastors to equip leaders for life.
Encounter & Encourage, Equip & Empower

As I begin a new year of following
Jesus- I renew myself to the high road
journey. A walk as Paul encourages
followers of Jesus by saying, "I,

therefore, the prisoner of the Lord,
beseech you to walk worthy of
your calling" (Ephesians 4:1).

This calling is the high road, the
"straight and narrow way," where one listens to,
relates to, and obeys Jesus. Chapter 5 of Ephesians tells us that the
character of unity mentioned in chapter 4 flows from such a high road journey
that walks in LOVE, LIGHT, and WISDOM then; this walk is illustrated in chapter
6 by your closest relationships.

One of the first measures of walking in love, light, and wisdom will be how you
talk to those closest to you. Your words reveal what's occurring in your heart. So
listen more closely to what you say, how you say, and the reaction of those to
whom you are speaking.

It will tell you a lot about how high your journey is!

The heart loves, and every day the loves of our hearts are intentionally or
unintentionally communicated to God and those nearest us. Words reveal who or
what rules our hearts. They reflect what our hearts have already conceived.

May the seeds of His word planted in our hearts produce loving words filled with
light and wisdom.

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"Therefore be
imitators of God as
dear children. 2 And

walk in love, as
Christ also has
loved us and given
Himself for us, an

offering and a
sacrifice to God

for a sweet-
smelling aroma"
Ephesians 5:1-2,

NKJV).

Paul said to be "imitators of Christ." Today, the word imitator may have a
negative connotation. Paul is not using this word as we might consider a knock-
off being passed off as an original but as a paper with a drawing on it underneath
another piece of paper and traced onto the second piece of paper. Christ is in us,
illustrated by being drawn on the canvas of our body for others to see. And as
they see, they too may come to know that life in Christ is worth living!

This understanding accurately describes what Jesus is in our lives. His life is the
foundation of our life. Our life is a blank page where His life can be seen clearly
in our walk. The life of Christ flowing in and through us becomes the sweet-
smelling aroma, and the Father will be well pleased.

"Let it not even be named among you" But fornication and all
uncleanness or covetousness, let it not even be named among you, as is
fitting for saints; 4 neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor coarse jesting,
which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks. 5 For this you know, that
no fornicator, unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater

As is fitting these activities are not fitting for the saints/followers of Jesus

Please take a moment a consider how you felt when you experienced a
fragrance that was appealing and associate it with how you felt. Then think about
a time you experienced a fragrance that was appalling and the feeling that went
with that.

You will then understand the feeling of the Father when we walk in Love, Light,
and wisdom - moving forward in Florida.

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"For you were once darkness, but now you are light in
the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all
goodness, righteousness, and truth), finding out what is acceptable to the
Lord" (Ephesians 5:8-10, NKJV).

As we walk as children of light, we can come to understand what is acceptable to
the Lord. God's will is not hidden that you might not find it but rather hidden that
He might reveal it at the time we are most ready to listen.

Pain-filled moments give way to better listening, and at times God has to walk us
into pain before revealing His will for our life. But, on the other hand, good times
often give way to complacency and complacency to the dullness of hearing,
denial of our neediness, and ultimate defiance of God by doing things our way.

Today, if Jesus is Light (which He is), look to Him to find light to reveal amid your
pain what is pleasing to Him and do it! Look around you. Jesus is everywhere
working. Jesus is in the middle of your trouble. He wants you to know and not be
in the dark. Remember, you were ONCE in darkness,

BUT NOW, Walk as children of light.

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As we continued our journey on the high road, Paul said, "See then that
you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time,
because the days are evil." Ephesians 5:15-16 NKJV

"Circumspectly" means to walk with great care. Be aware of what's around you.
Understand what might trip you up or become an obstacle to your progress. The
days are filled with the schemes of the "evil one" (Matthew 6:13), and we must
"not be ignorant of his devices" (2 Cor. 2:11).

The word circumspect was used to describe how one would carefully pick out
items needed from the marketplace knowing what was required, then
examining the options and picking what's best to meet the need.

Oh, how that must be our walk. We must carefully select the things that are
helpful, encouraging, and inspiring. Who
we hang out with, what we read, who we
listen to, what we watch - all of these are
important in our high road journey with
Jesus.

Today, walk circumspectly and enjoy your
journey with Jesus!

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PERSONAL
SERMON
NOTES

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We behave what we BELIEVE, and BELIEF is more than January 2022
head knowledge. It's trust. It's committing ourselves to a
philosophy of life that we've so bought into that we must live it If you have not downloaded the Florida APP,
out. To encourage you and further solidify your trust in an all- please do so on your smart phone or device.
powerful God, we invite you to participate in the Saturday At the upcoming conference, QR codes will be
session of the 2022 Leadership Conference, January 28-30, provided that will assist you in conference
designed for the pastor's wife. resources, room locations, and programming.

The Lord willing, lead pastors and their companions will gather
at Rosen Shingle Creek, Orlando, for a weekend of enrichment
and celebration. In our session together, we will focus on
believing God, trusting His Word, and how that is fleshed out
in our personal lives. You will be blessed by the testimonies
shared, the Word of God deposited into your life, and the
refreshment fellowship provides.

We trust that this day of focused attention on BELIEVING
God for whatever your need might be will yield
transformational outcomes. There is a story in progress, and
although you are a character in the narrative, it's not really
about you. It's about God. It's about what God is doing in our
lives, His faithfulness, His provision, His trustworthiness, His
promises, and His unwavering love for us.

The Heart 2 Heart leadership team looks forward to sharing
this day with you. We BELIEVE it will be time well spent.
Reservations may be secured on the state website or the Florida
COGOP APP. Thank you for your prayers for this ministry
event, those in attendance, and program participants.

We do not base our commitment on our In the Saturday afternoon session of the Leadership Conference,
obedience to it. you will have an opportunity to participate in one of three
electives. Note the topics provided to determine
______________________ which elective you will attend.

Mark 9:24 UNITY IN DIVERSITY
I BELIEVE, help thou, my unbelief.
Hazel Williams
Acts 16:31 Diversity is about what makes each of us unique which include
BELIEVE in the Lord Jesus, and you our background, personalities, life experiences, beliefs; also
including respecting and valuing differences based on ethnicity,
and your household shall be saved. gender, race, age, religion, country/state of origin as well as skin
tone and language. Acts 17:26 Paul preached the Sermon on
Mark 5:36
As soon as Jesus heard the word that was and He made
from one, every nation of mankind to live on all the face of
spoken, he saith unto the ruler of the the earth, having determined their appointed times and
synagogue, Be not afraid, only
BELIEVE. Based on this scripture
alone, is enough to let go of any of preconceived notions that
John 20:31
But these are written that you may bears out in numerous passages we all collectively share the
BELIEVE that Jesus is the Messiah, blood of Jesus. John 13:35
the Son of God, and that by believing
love
you may have life in his name. is the pivotal point of worshipping God and fellowship with our
brethren.
Mark 11:24
Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for FROM REJECTION TO RESURRECTION

in prayer, BELIEVE that you have Annette Mirelez
received it, and it will be yours. Rejection is one of the most destructive demonic spirits there is
and I believe the enemy strategically targets women that are
Matthew 21:22 called and anointed to be the wife of a Pastor. He will wear you
If you BELIEVE, you will receive out trying to deal with the fruit of rejection and wear you down
until you reject yourself. But I believe Holy Spirit is exposing
whatever you ask for in prayer. this malicious spirit and uncovering how you can be set free to
restore the broken places in your life, and to walk in the power

CALLED TO BE CRUSHED

Shellie Creasy
Are you spending your time trying to live up to other's
expectations? Do you catch yourself being exhausted trying to
make your husband's ministry successful? Do you struggle with
being everything that everybody thinks you should be? Let's get
down to some real talk as we explore the difference between
being called of God and being puppeted by position

HEART 2 HEART MINISTRIES
Saturday, January 29, 2022
9:30 AM 4:00 PM

LOCATION
Rosen Shingle Creek, 9939 Universal Blvd., Orlando
Please secure your reservations if you have not done so to date.

PROGRAM
QR Codes will provide the following:

H2H SEATING
Please utilize the Morning Session to sit with your Sister 2 Sister.
Please utilize the Afternoon Session to sit by Districts. (Tables will be identified accordingly.)
Complying with our requests will allow participants enriching relational connections.

DRESS ATTIRE
Business Casual

MEALS
Friday, January 28, 12 Noon, Complimentary Lunch
Pastor/Companion Appreciation Luncheon & State Leadership Team/Companion

Saturday, January 29, 12 Noon, Complimentary Lunch
Respective groups will join in one location for lunch.
Pastors/Male Companions will be with Bishop Gillum

State Appointed Student Ministry Team will be with Palma Hutchinson & Joe Dotson

WHAT TO EXPECT during the H2H session Electives
Why I Believe Testimonials Panel Discussion
Table Talks (Round Table Discussion) Speaker:: Gwendolyn Singleton
Ice Breakers, Favors, Door Prizes
Worship
Acknowledgements

Romeika Adderley Frankie Dotson Ivencia Etienne Brenda Gillum Elaine Love Amiel Miller Annette Mirelez

At the upcoming Leadership Conference, each pastoral couple will receive a complimentary devotional book, Called 2
Love Called 2 Love like Jesus
is a simple command but perhaps one of the toughest to follow. Yet, this Christ-like love is the essence of who we are
and what we demonstrate to others. This devotional book is a compilation of devotions designed to help us live out Bibli-
cal love. Each devotion includes inspiring meditations from notable spiritual leaders like Mark Batterson, Gary Chapman,
Joni Eareckson Tada, Tony Evans, Francis Chan, and Sammy Rodriguez. Donnette Neal will assist in facilitating this de-
votional study as we gather weekly to reflect. Together, we will seek to live and love more like Jesus.

DEVOTIONAL READING PLAN AND WEEKLY ZOOM GROUP DISCUSSIONS:

WEEK 1 WHY LOVE LIKE JESUS?
February 1 February 5, Pages 12-36

Monday, February 7, ZOOM Discussion: Pages 37-39

WEEK 2 EMBRACE HIS LOVE
February 6 February 12, Pages 41-68
Tuesday, February 15, ZOOM Discussion: Pages 69-73

WEEK 3 LOVE THE LORD
February 13-19, Pages 75-104

Monday, February 21, ZOOM Discussion: Pages 104-109

WEEK 4 LOVE YOUR NEIGHBORS
February 20-26, Pages 111-136

Monday, February 28, ZOOM Discussion: Pages 137-140

WEEK 5 LOVE IN THE HOUSEHOLD OF FAITH
February 27-March 5, Pages 142-170

Monday, March 7, ZOOM Discussion: Pages 171-174

WEEK 6 LOVE ON MISSION
March 6-12, Pages 176-194

Monday, March 14, ZOOM Study Reflections

Pastoral Care Letter
January 2022
From my heart to yours…
Dear Pastoral Care Leader,


Happy New Year 2022


Well can you believe all the Christmas rush and holiday festivities have once more come
and gone? We are facing a brand new year! It’s with great anticipation that I feel this year

will be one that we need to feel the urgency to do all we can for our pastors. They are
facing so much more than ever before as they offer their best for us, so let us do our very

best to give them the love & appreciation that they so deserve.


Listed below are some suggestions that I hope you can use to bless your pastoral family

each month:


12 MONTHS OF SUGGESTIONS FOR PASTORAL FAMILY:
JANUARY: Chili Supper w/Crackers & Cheese

FEBRUARY: Soup w/Sandwiches/Heart Shaped Cookies or Cake
MARCH: Pot Roast Dinner w/Carrots & Potatoes

APRIL: Ham Dinner w/Potato Salad
MAY: 1 or 2 Dozen Doughnuts & Bag of Coffee

JUNE: Barbecue Night w/Baked Beans & Slaw
JULY: Hot Dogs/Hamburger Night w/Buns/Fries/Chips/Ice Cream

AUGUST: Pizza Night w/Sodas
SEPTEMBER: Baked Chicken Dinner w/Potatoes & Veggies

OCTOBER: Sandwich Platter w/Chips & Slaw
NOVEMBER: Turkey w/Fixings/Pumpkin Pie

DECEMBER: Turkey or Ham w/Fixings/Decorated Cookies or Cake


In addition, you may also find this resource helpful entitled,
“5 Ways to Pray for your Pastor to Start the New Year.”

https://lifewayresearch.com/author/mhenslee/


Wishing you a “Happy New Year” as you continue being a blessing to your pastor and
family.



Psalm 91,
Frankie S. Dotson

State Pastoral Care Director

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Send in your applications now to reserve your spot

GOLDEN AGERS REUNION 2022
Camp Sonshine
April 21-23, 2022

Can’t wait
to see you
there!!

Frankie S. Dotson

Golden Agers Director

Golden Agers Reunion

April 21-23, 2022
Application


Camp Sonshine

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Brooksville, FL 34602
For Directions: 352-323-1321

Registration: Thursday, April 21, 2022 @3:00PM
Tuition: $25.00 Per Single Person $40.00 Per Married Couple
Deposit: $5.00 per person must accompany application (non-refundable)
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