New Bible Reading Program for 2018. This year’s Bible Reading Program takes you to four sections of the Bible each day. Robert Murray McCheyne, an early 19th-century pastor and preacher in Scotland, created this well-known reading program. During this year, you will read the Old Testament once and the New Testament and Psalms twice.
Church Office Building Updates. A space on the COGWA Member page has been created to keep everyone appraised of the progress on the New Office Project.
Local Activity Fund. Our local activity fund is in need of replenishment. Funds from this account are used for coffee & potluck supplies, for volleyball practices, and for us to host the regional volleyball weekend. If you would like to make a contribution, please send a check to our church treasurer, Clay Mills. Thank you in advance for your generosity!
Guest Speaker in Austin – March 24, 2018. Tomorrow we look forward to David Johnson visiting our congregation to give the sermon.
Passover – March 29, 2018. Passover will be held at our church hall at 8 p.m. Members need only bring their Bible and a towel for the foot-washing part of the service.
Night to Be Observed – March 30, 2018. If you still need a place to go for this special evening, please let one of our deacons or deaconesses know and we will help you find a location to enjoy this evening with brethren.
First Day of Unleavened Bread – March 31, 2018. On this holy day we will have one service at our church hall at 2:30 p.m.
Feast of Tabernacles Registration begins on Sunday, April 1, 2018, at 10 a.m. Eastern time. We ask that ALL COGWA households please complete the online Festival registration—whether attending in the U.S. or internationally. If adult members in one household are attending different sites, they will need to register individually. We also ask that those NOT attending please register as well—this gives us more accurate figures for planning.
Beginning at 10 a.m. Eastern time on Sunday, April 1, members can begin accessing thehttp://feast.cogwa.org web page for Feast registration. The email address of the registrant will be used to identify that person’s or family’s registration account. After accessing the COGWA Feast web page, simply click on the “REGISTRATION” tab and begin the process. All registrants will receive an email verification immediately after completing the first step of registration. To complete the process, simply access that email, click on the link provided and finish your Festival registration. If you need help registering for the Feast, contact Danny Neal, our Feast Adviser, who will be pleased to assist you.
Last Day of Unleavened Bread – April 6, 2018. On this holy day we will have two services at our church hall—a morning service at 10:30 a.m. and an afternoon service at 2:00 p.m.We will also have a catered meal in the Fellowship Hall between services. The meal will be free of charge, but if you plan to eat the meal, please sign the list on the table in the foyer so we will know how much food to order. If you’d like to make a contribution to help cover the cost of the meal, please make a donation to the Austin Church Activity Fund instead.
Austin Church Campout – June 2-3, 2018. The church campout will be at Buescher State Park. A Bible Study will be held at the camp on the Sabbath at 2:30 p.m. in the recreation hall. After the study, we will have a potluck meal. We will also have our regular church service at Gateway Baptist Church for those who prefer staying in Austin.
If you are planning to camp, you’ll need to make your own reservations. Most of us who are camping will be in the “Oak Haven” section of the park, which has the campsites with water and electricity for $17 per night. These sites can accommodate up to eight people in one to two tents. The sites with water only are in another section of the park.
Daily entrance fees are $5 per person 13 and older. For anyone planning not to camp, but only to attend the Bible study, the entrance fee is $3, but you’ll have to let the front office know that you are with the Church of God group. Please remember to sign the list on the table in the entry to church. This will give us an idea about how many people will be there for the Bible Study and potluck.
2018 Camp Applications - The camp application system is now open. Simply go to your COGWA portal account, look under the Events area on the bottom left of your account main page and click on the “Click Here to Apply.” If you do not already have a COGWA portal account, go to the “Apply” page of the camp website (http://camps.cogwa.org/apply/) and click the link in the second paragraph for instructions on how to set up your portal account. Details about each camp can be found on the individual camp pages of the camp website.
Please note that we need a NEW photo (taken within the three months before an application is submitted) of each person that applies for camp to use in case of a medical emergency. If you need to upload a new photo, go to your portal account home page, find the name of the person applying for camp at the top right of the page under the “Household Members” heading and click the camera icon. Follow the instructions to upload a new photo and make that the default profile image.
We would also like to remind everyone that we want all COGWA attendees who wish to attend camp to have that opportunity. To facilitate this, we offer scholarships (generally a partial tuition scholarship) to those who need it to be sure they can attend one camp this year. Simply contact the camp director to request a scholarship to get the process started.