ALERT: Affordable Care Act Reimbursement Info

“July 1 is the deadline for compliance for small employers regarding individual health insurance.
You possibly have seen information of changes that have been imposed on the long-standing practice of small employers in which they have reimbursed premiums for individual health insurance policies (termed “Employer Payment Plans” or EPPS by the IRS). Many churches follow this practice as they were unable to obtain or provide group health insurance for their pastor(s) or other staff.
Through a progression of Notices, the IRS informed employers that EPPs cannot be compliant with the Affordable Care Act requirements and therefore cannot be paid as nontaxable benefits. Furthermore, if an amount is added to salaries so that employees can buy health insurance, the employer cannot require those employees to use the increase for health care. Any violation of these guidelines is subject to stiff penalties up to $100 per affected employee per day.
In February, the IRS announce “relief” from the penalties until July 1, 2015. Employers not complying by that date will be subject to the penalty and to self-reporting their violation.”

2015 Youth Camps Begin Today

There is an air of excitement at Camp Hickory Hills today, as campers and staff arrived for the first of the summer camps.  This week is Senior Camp hosting the upper-teen age group.  Please join us in prayer for each and everyone.

Our goal is to provide a safe and loving environment for all of those participating, and that they will be spiritually enriched.  The record reflects that in this past year, more people were converted in the camps than in all of our local churches combined.  What does this say?  It says that these camps are invaluable tools that will help increase the Kingdom of God.

Thank you for your prayers, we look forward to a great summer.

To learn more about our Camping Ministry go to


Death Notice – Woodrow Forsythe

Bishop Woodrow Forsythe 08/20/1938 - 04/21/2015

Bishop Woodrow Forsythe 08/20/1938 – 04/21/2015

Bishop Forsythe was a long-serving pastor at the Mayland Church of God of Prophecy (just outside Crossville), at the time of his retirement he had served the Mayland Church for 31 years.  The Pikeville church for 10 years before that and Sparta for 9 years. His arrangements are as follows:
Friday, April 24, 2015

Visitation is 11:00 a.m. at the Hood Funeral Home

Services at 2:00 p.m. at the Hood Funeral Home
Hood Funeral Home
2371 Highway 127 South
Crossville, TN 38572

2015Momentum Retreat

Campers and Staff from the 2015 Momentum Retreat

Campers and Staff from the 2015 Momentum Retreat

From Jeff Jones, State Youth Camp Director

Hearing some incredible reviews coming out of Momentum this weekend!

Special “Thank You” to Bishop Larry D. Meadors, Jr. for going above and beyond. He has been key in helping putting this together and on very short notice, ended up speaking and directing it.

Thank you to Adam Jones, Darren Schalk and Bishop E.C. McKinley for being our guest speakers. I have heard incredible things about what you guys shared and how it connected.

Thank you to the original planning committee:  Jay Johnson, Jay Johnson, Tyler Massengill and Brandon Parker. Thank you guys for an initial meeting that I don’t think any of us will forget.

Thank you to all of the volunteers that made this weekend happen. Thank you parents, pastors and youth leaders for getting them there. And thank you guys for showing up.

Create Conference

We invite you to attend the in Cleveland, Tennessee. You will not be disappointed.

Death Notice – Frances C. Hale

Funeral services for Frances C. Hale age 85 of Crossville, TN will be held Saturday April 4, 2015 at 1pm from the Chapel of Hood Funeral Home. The family will receive friends on Friday April 3, 2015 from 6-9pm at Hood Funeral Home. Burial will be in Crossville City Cemetery. She is survived by her sons– Wayne, Donald, Dexter and Merrill Hale, daughter– Sharon Hale, brothers– James, Wilburn, Coplin and Wendell Curtis and sisters– Kathleen Creason and Margaret Isham.

Please join us in prayer for the Hale family.


2015 State Convention Hotel Information.

We have released hotel information at the State Convention Blog.  You can find the information at:


Hotel Information for Tennessee State Convention

We are trying to gather all the information possible for hotels at the upcoming Tennessee State Convention in Cleveland.  Please note that all the information will be released on the Convention blogsite:

Creation or Evolution?

Instructor for State CBL class, Creation Vs. Evolution

Instructor for State CBL class, Creation Vs. Evolution

Beginning on March 2, 2015 at Crossroads COGOP in White Bluff TN starting at 6:00 pm and ending at 9:00 pm, TN COGOP will be offering a six week class discussing and comparing the beliefs and facts concerning the creation account of God and the naturalistic man-made view of evolution.  In this study, the class will explore the creation and flood accounts of the Bible as described in the KJV and compare that account to the current curriculum taught in our public school system.

This class will delve into various topics such as the scope and duration of the Noah’s flood.   In this study we will explore how Noah’s Flood has affected the current geologic condition of the earth and if evolution is a viable alternative to the study of geology and biology.  This class will include a brief overview of the Gilgamesh Epic and whether or not this Epic is more viable than the biblical flood account as described in Genesis.  As this class progresses, we will review the various ancestors of mankind; the various testimonies’ of both creationist and evolutionist as they have come to us through the last several centuries; the geologic time scale; the various age dating methods; the two belief systems in the world and many other ideas and opinions of man as compared against the Word of God.

There are many of you who may have grappled with the ideas of science and how those ideas measure up to the Bible the Word of God.  Hopefully this course will give you a foundation and a basis from which you can discuss intelligently the questions you may not have had the answers to in the past as described in this course.  Please join us in this study of God’s word as compare to the man’s naturalistic view of the world.  We challenge you to come to see that the Lord is good.  Come and allow this class to give you a deeper walk with the Lord as it relates to His word.


Bishop Mike Burton is well-known as a pastor in Tennessee and has served along with his wife Kathy as Youth Camp Coordinators.  Mike has earned a Bachelor os Science, Geology; 1984 from University of Tennessee at Martin, as well, he holds a Master of Science, Geology; 1987 from the University of Memphis.  Mike’s professional work includes a career as a Geologist for the State of Tennessee.

Death Notice – Bishop Richard Davis

Richard-Davis-1423418348Obituary for Bishop Richard Eugene “Gene” Davis

Jim Rush Funeral Homes
220 Wildwood Avenue, S.E.
2600 North Ocoee Street
Cleveland, TN 37311
Phone 423-472-4555
Fax 423-472-2012

February 8, 2015

Bishop Richard Eugene “Gene” Davis, age 82, a resident of Cleveland, passed away Saturday evening in a local hospital. Bishop Davis was the son of the late Gladys Mae Ivy Davis and Clarence R. Davis Sr. His brother, Clarence R. Davis Jr. also preceded him in death. He was a U. S. Navy Veteran serving in the Korean Conflict. He was a retired minister with the Church of God of Prophecy with over 45 years of Service. He pastored in Mississippi, Oklahoma and Tennessee. Bishop Davis served as State Overseer for Eastern Canada, Ohio, South Carolina and Florida. He also served as Regional Overseer for the State of Tennessee. Later on he worked at the General Headquarters for the Church of God of Prophecy serving as Sunday School Literature Editor and the White Wing Messenger Editor. He also served as Administrative Assistant to the General Overseer under Bishop Billy Murray. Bishop Davis enjoyed writing Poetry, playing his banjo and guitar but more than anything he enjoyed personal evangelism! He was a member of the Keith Street Church of God of Prophecy.

Survivors include his wife of 61 years, LaVerne Davis of Cleveland, his daughter, Susie Fuerst and her husband Kevin of Ooltewah, Tennessee, his son, Rick Davis and his wife Lisa of Fort Worth, Texas, his grandchildren, Andi Hull and her husband Chris of San Antonio, Texas, Steven Fuerst and his fiancé Lindsay Genter of Ooltewah, Matthew Davis and Jonathan Davis both of Fort Worth, Texas and several nieces and nephews also survive.

The Remembrance of Life Service will be conducted Thursday February 12, 2015 at 7:00 P. M. from the Keith Street Church of God of Prophecy with Bishop Adrian Varlack officiating. Graveside Services and Interment will be held Friday February 13, 2015 at 10:30 A. M. at the U. S. National Cemetery in Chattanooga with family and friends serving as casket bearers. Military honors will be given. A Dove release will conclude the service. The family will receive friends from 5:00 until 7:00 P. M. Thursday at the Keith Street Church of God of Prophecy just before the service at 7:00. The family request that in lieu of flowers, Memorials be made to Global Missions, Ukraine Crisis Relief, C/O International Offices Church of God of Prophecy, 3720 Keith Street N. W. Cleveland, Tennessee 37312. Jim Rush Funeral Homes has charge of the arrangements. You may share your condolences and your memories with the Davis family at