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Assemblies of God General Superintendent George O. Wood will be participating in a Network for Women in Ministry (WIM) Town Hall on Wednesday, September 24, at the Cardone Media Center in Springfield, Missouri.

The WIM Town Hall begins at 2:30 p.m. (CDT) before a live audience of Assemblies of God female credential holders. The event will also be live-streamed, with Dr. Wood fielding questions from the live audience as well as the online audience.

Judy Rachels, the chairperson for the Network for Women in Ministry, is hosting the Town Hall and will also moderate the event, which will be an open-topic forum.

"Few leaders in recent history have been as instrumental in lifting the awareness of Women in Ministry as our current general superintendent, Dr. George O. Wood," Rachels says. "On Wednesday he will focus his attention — ear, heart and voice — on Women in Ministry. We want our credentialed women to set aside this time to ask questions, give their perspective, and give ear to Dr. Wood's prophetic voice. Be there!"

Judy Rachels
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"We want to especially encourage female lead pastors to log on and watch the event," explains Stephanie Nance, communications strategist for WIM. "Of the 8,132 female credential holders, 528 of them serve as lead pastors, and that number is growing. We ask that they participate, voicing their questions and unique insights. Dr. Wood wants to hear their voices in the discussions."

"I'm genuinely looking forward to participating in the Women in Ministry Town Hall," Dr. Wood states. "Interacting with AG female pastors, hearing their hearts and concerns, and exploring questions and solutions that other pastors and leaders can benefit from are some of the key purposes of this live event."

For more information about the Network for Women in Ministry Town Hall, see the WIM Facebook page. To watch the live-stream on September 24, click here. For those unable to view the live-stream, the event will be recorded and posted to the WIM Facebook page within a few days.


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Celebration Service wraps up Louisville 2012

Mon, 13 Aug 2012 - 4:20 PM CST

Celebration Service 2012
Steve Pulis, student outreach director, and Chet Caudill, student missions director, announce presentations during the Celebration Service held Friday in Louisville.

Approximately 13,000 students attended the National Youth Convention and the 50th National Fine Arts Festival in Louisville from August 6-10. Friday evening, after three and a half days of presentations, evaluations and callbacks, the week culminated with the Celebration Service.

"We saw some incredible student talent as they exalted Jesus through their gifts Friday night," says Rod Whitlock, student discipleship director.

Winners of the Assemblies of God National Award of Merit, Award of Excellence and Honorable Mention trophies in 96 Fine Arts and Kappa Tau categories were announced and many of the students were able to deliver their presentations on the KFC Yum! Center stage Friday night.

Excitement and anticipation naturally filled the air as students learned if they had placed in the top three or even won the category — and would be performing center stage. Yet, despite the months of hard work and drive for excellence, those chosen as Award of Merit winners Friday evening, presented with humbleness and grace.

Rhea Williams from Valley Christian Center in Dublin, California, received Award of Merit in Piano Solo and was the first to perform on stage.

When asked how students can develop their ministry gifts, Williams says, "Honestly, this is not really a performance for anybody. I always think of this as only worship. We're only worshiping our God. In everything you do, whether it's playing an instrument, whether it's singing, whether it's speaking, whether it's dancing, always do it in excellence because our God is such an amazing God. He will be so pleased if you do it in excellence."

Fifteen-year-old Yanelly Terrazas, the Vocal Solo, Spanish Female Award of Merit recipient from Living Water Christian Center in El Paso, Texas, says "[Fine Arts] means a lot to me. God has blessed me with so many blessings because when I was little the doctor told me, ‘this girl is not going to be able to sing because she cannot reach notes.' I had asthma and with asthma you cannot do that. When I sang to him he was like, ‘Wow, wow, this girl can sing.' I started praying. I went through some stuff and God really blessed me. I don't have asthma anymore. It has been seven years since God cured me. I'm able to sing up here and present Fine Arts to the church and people of God."

Student presentations worshipped God and their words spoke to their peers. After delivering his award-winning sermon, Austin Beshuk from First Assembly of God in Jefferson City, Missouri, told the audience why he loves Fine Arts.

"I first did Fine Arts when I saw two people from my youth group do Fine Arts and come back on fire for God, it was amazing and I wanted that," he says. "So I came to Fine Arts and I learned to love God and it was awesome way to serve Him and worship Him." Beshuk is the 2012 Award of Merit recipient for Short Sermon Senior.

Two students received special honors in addition to winning a National Award of Merit in their categories. Lucas Menzies from Eden Prairie (Minnesota) Assembly of God won the National Award of Merit in Songwriting. He also received a  scholarship to sarahkellymusicschool.com and a fully produced demo. Alex Pylypiv from Bethel Temple in Parma, Ohio, won the National Award of Merit in Guitar Solo as well as a custom-made guitar from Noel Rosa and New Sound Acoustics.

For a full list of the National Fine Arts Festival results including the Top 10 in each category, click here.

Authors: Jennifer Taylor

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