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Parents of septuplets to speak at Sunday School luncheon

Fri, 16 Feb 2007 - 2:08 PM CST

"Train Up a Child," is this year's theme for the General Council Christian Education and Sunday School Luncheon. Highlighting the theme will be special guest speakers Kenneth and Bobbi McCaughey, parents of the first surviving healthy septuplets in recorded history.

With eight children (septuplets plus an older sibling), the McCaugheys (pronounced "McCoys") have learned to rely on God to meet their family's needs, and when asked about their challenges, the McCaugheys are quick to give God credit for their success.

"Their testimony as Christian believers is such an amazing and strong story," says Wes Bartel, director of the Assemblies of God national Sunday School Department. Bartel recalls seeing the media coverage after the septuplets birth and being amazed by the way the McCaugheys testified of God's grace, committing to raise their children in such a way that would glorify God.

The McCaugheys have been living in the media spotlight since the birth of their septuplets in November 1997. This extraordinary event has allowed the McCaugheys to publicly attest to God's faithfulness, making headlines in media such as "Newsweek," "LIFE Magazine" and "CNN.com" and appearances on "Dateline NBC," and "Oprah."

Together the McCaugheys have written a book entitled "Seven from Heaven," which appeared on the New York Times Bestseller list, and Bobbi has also written a second book, "Celebrating the Wonders of Motherhood."

This year's Christian Education and Sunday School Luncheon will also honor the 2007 National Sunday School Teacher of the Year Carol McKernan from Evangel Assembly in Evart, Michigan.

The luncheon will be held in the Wabash Ballroom of the Indiana Convention Center on Thursday, August 9, from 12-1:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 and are available on the General Council order form.

To register for General Council or for event tickets, see http://ag.org/. More information about Sunday School can be found at http://sundayschool.ag.org/.


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"Train Up a Child," is this year's theme for the General Council Christian Education and Sunday School Luncheon. Highlighting the theme will be special guest speakers Kenneth and Bobbi McCaughey, parents of the first surviving healthy septuplets in recorded history.

With eight children (septuplets plus an older sibling), the McCaugheys (pronounced "McCoys") have learned to rely on God to meet their family's needs, and when asked about their challenges, the McCaugheys are quick to give God credit for their success.

"Their testimony as Christian believers is such an amazing and strong story," says Wes Bartel, director of the Assemblies of God national Sunday School Department. Bartel recalls seeing the media coverage after the septuplets birth and being amazed by the way the McCaugheys testified of God's grace, committing to raise their children in such a way that would glorify God.

The McCaugheys have been living in the media spotlight since the birth of their septuplets in November 1997. This extraordinary event has allowed the McCaugheys to publicly attest to God's faithfulness, making headlines in media such as "Newsweek," "LIFE Magazine" and "CNN.com" and appearances on "Dateline NBC," and "Oprah."

Together the McCaugheys have written a book entitled "Seven from Heaven," which appeared on the New York Times Bestseller list, and Bobbi has also written a second book, "Celebrating the Wonders of Motherhood."

This year's Christian Education and Sunday School Luncheon will also honor the 2007 National Sunday School Teacher of the Year Carol McKernan from Evangel Assembly in Evart, Michigan.

The luncheon will be held in the Wabash Ballroom of the Indiana Convention Center on Thursday, August 9, from 12-1:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 and are available on the General Council order form.

To register for General Council or for event tickets, see http://ag.org/. More information about Sunday School can be found at http://sundayschool.ag.org/.


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Centennial Event Services Reach Millions; Thousands More Still Viewing Archived Messages

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 - 2:35 PM CST

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The popularity of the Assemblies of God Centennial services, held August 5-10, were unprecedented for any U.S. Assemblies of God event. Through broadcast, live-stream and simulcast, millions of people tuned in to view the services.

According to Africa's LMTV, more than 40 million viewers tuned in to watch its Centennial broadcasts, while the Spanish network, Unsión, broadcast reached viewers throughout Central and South America. The viewership of the Centennial special on TBN is not known, but TBN reaches millions of viewers each week.

In an effort to join AG churches thorughout the U.S. to the Sunday evening celebration, the Centennial finale featured a live simulcast. 

"We had more than 1,000 simulcast sites signed up to participate in Sunday evening's celebration service," Dr. George O. Wood, AG general superintendent, says. "This represented an estimated 50,000 participants in addition to the thousands in attendance and those watching by live-stream online."

And the popularity of the services continues. Since the conclusion of the Centennial, thousands of people have viewed or downloaded the services from the archived collection found on the 100.ag.org website.

"There has been a great interest in the archived messages," states Lucas Cornwell, media technology analyst at the AG national offices. "If people want to watch or share these videos, they can do so via the 100.ag.org website." 

Cornwell says that a few of the messages receiving strong interest include Sunday evening's concluding service with Dick Brogden, the presentation of The Human Right movement, and the message from South Korea General Superintendent Yong Mok Cho.

For news stories, in both English and Spanish, see the Centennial website and click on the "News" tab or click on "Español" at the top of the page for the news tab in Spanish. In addition, the Jason Frenn and Juan Carlos Escobar services, feature translation, in Spanish and English.

Authors: Dan Van Veen

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