More than 70 students received backpacks are they prepared to go back to school for the 2018/2019 school year, during the Church of God of Prophecy (COGOP) Pinedale Back-to-School service on Sunday, August 26 courtesy of the Medical and Dental Association members.
Host pastor Minister Keith B. Palmer and the congregation welcomed the group and guest speaker, Dr. Vincent Burton, who shared a timely word encouraging students and parents to depend on Jesus for all things.
The church’s Public Relations Director, Lakatia Gibson, who is also an educator at Hugh Campbell Primary (HCP), explained that Sunday’s service climaxed the week-long Vacation Bible School (VBS), which was held from August 20 – 24.
“Last week August 20 -24 we held our VBS under the theme, ‘Work your Faith.’ It was an awesome time of sharing the word of God and we climaxed our week with Back-to-School Sunday, today,” she said following the service on Sunday.
“The theme for today was, ‘In it to Win it.’ Students and adults, alike, came dressed in their uniforms representing their schools. We were so delighted to have members of the Medical and Dental Association, who supplied backpacks to our students to help them kick-off a successful 2018-2019 school year.
“Special thanks to our senior pastor Keith Palmer, who supported us and encouraged us to continue to do the work and invited the community to come out to be a part of this event,” said Gibson.
She noted that Lay Minister Kelcey Jones coordinated the VBS nightly sessions, “… We had five classes and averaging 25 students per class. We had an awesome attendance for VBS.”
Gibson said the congregation is gearing up for next year, “and it will be bigger and better.”