State (Jurisdiction) officials converged upon Huntsville to attend the 64rd Spring Workers’ Conference under the guidance of Bishop O.L. Meadows Prelate of Alabama First Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction Church of God in Christ. Districts from the Northern Region of the Jurisdiction which hosted the event included the Huntsville District (Supt. Dr. Terrell Harris Jr.), the Progressive District (Supt. Herman Freeman), Valley District (Supt. Dr. Reginald Roberts) and the W.R. Morrow District (Supt. Dr. Joe Bankhead). Superintendent Dr. Terrell Harris Jr., Pastor of True Light COGIC, spearheaded organizing the event, along with Conference Coordinator Evangelist Carolyn Boswell, and created an atmosphere that people were served in an awesome way.
Civic Night was Tuesday March 4, 2014, coordinated by Evangelist Sonja Leslie was deemed a time set aside to give homage to our Civil Authorities. Likewise our Civic Leaders recognized the event with salutations of gratitude and resolutions. Among those leaders present: representing the Office of the Mayor, Kenny Anderson and Councilman Richard Showers who both addressed the assembly. Commissioner Bob Harrison was not present and Alabama State Representative Laura Hall was in Legislative Session, both sent regards including many other city leaders.
Conference days began with “Morning Manna” (9am worship) daily which included guest speakers among whom were Mother Mary Strong, Evangelist Betty Walton and Superintendent Terry Ellison. Christian Education Classes commenced 11am daily. Special Presentations on Physical Fitness (Melissa Johnson), Stress Management (Ms Elaine Plank), Financial Planning (Michael and Ardella Vance) and Dietary Management (Dr. John Warber) were made during the afternoons. Conference Speakers included Supt. Jimmy Allen, Supt. Michael Robinson, Jurisdictional Supervisor of Women Mother Mattie Taylor, Bishop Dr. Harold Bennett and Bishop Felton Smith. The conference culminated on Official Day: Saturday March 8, 2014 with Bishop O.L. Meadow’s message to the people. He first conveyed that the messages given by the various speakers were consistent and relevant. He highlighted sermons given by Supt Allen “There’s a Treasure”, Supt Robinson “You Can Handle This” Mother Taylor “Wilt Thou be made Whole” and inspirational speakers Elder A.J. Jefferson “Making a Permanent Decision in a Temporary Situation and Pastor Anthony Wheeler “Jesus started His building program with two pieces of wood: The Cross.”
Bishop Meadow’s exhorted, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink” (John 3:7), and spoke on a variety of social relevant topics that Christians face daily. The next state meeting will be held June 16th – 20th the 2014 Jurisdictional A.I.M. (Auxiliaries in Ministry) Convention in Birmingham AL.