NAWCG Virtual Event Updates

Here’s some information about our Preacher:

First Lady Clytemnestra L. Clarke (fondly referred to as Lady “C”) is well-known for her gentle spirit and her love for people. She is a leader who has discovered that the true meaning of living a righteous life is to seek God, not just through prayer or praise, but also through worship.

She is a native of Teaneck, New Jersey, born to Robert L. Lawson and the late Betty G. Lawson. Her parents exposed her and her older brother, Vincente to invaluable knowledge and wisdom raising them with an emphasis on serving God and His people.

She is the First Lady of First Church of God, Columbus, Ohio, and confidently stands cooperatively working with her husband, Bishop Timothy J. Clarke. All who know Lady “C” recognizes that she exemplifies the qualities and characteristics of a Bishop’s wife. After 40 years of marriage, her affection for the love of her life is difficult to overlook and she yet proclaims her devotion as his helpmeet. Lady “C” undoubtedly is an enormous support to her husband, his vision, and her family. She is the mother of two adult daughters, Dionesha Clarke-Logan (Ocie) and Joscelyn Renee Clarke, and two grandchildren, Ryan Joseph and London Yvonne.
Lady “C” is a prayer warrior, who is anointed to speak and share God’s Word with women. It has been her privilege to serve at retreats, conferences, seminars, and worship services. Whether ministering to the members of the body of Christ at First Church or the community at large, her response to the call mandated over her life is a resounding yes! The trademark of her ministry is her knack for the spiritual development of women and families, which she consistently delivers with clarity, power, and anointing under the auspices of the Holy Spirit.

Lady “C” serves as the Director of both the Women’s Ministry and H.O.P.E. Counseling Ministry at First Church. She is a strong example of a virtuous woman with power which challenges, inspires, motivates, and provokes to action the women of FCOG. This ministry has been successful in helping to encourage women in their journey of growth through various outlets which include classes, seminars, retreats, conferences, and many other social and spiritual events. As the Director of H.O.P.E. Counseling, Lady “C” provides emotional and spiritual guidance to the congregation and community through Individual, marital, pre-marital and family counseling. Prior to accepting the call to ministry in a full-time position, she was employed by the State of Ohio Department of Health for 15 years and held various positions.
A distinguished woman in her own right, Lady “C” holds a Master’s Degree in Social Agency Counseling, and is licensed through the State of Ohio as a Professional Clinical Counselor. Because of her desire to provide quality care for the people of God, she is currently continuing her educational pursuit in Formational Counseling. Lady “C” is the founder/owner of Inner Image Counseling Services, LLC.

A gifted writer, Lady “C” released Welcomed Wisdom, which is book one of the Wisdom for Living in Faith and Empowerment Series. The second book, I’m Not Crazy, I’m Courageous, is scheduled to be released in the fall of 2018.

Bishop Clarke often shares that when he first saw Lady “C” her arm was in a cast from an injury she incurred while playing football. Despite her injuries early on in life, she has remained an avid sports fan. Lady “C” is a music lover and can be found listening to music or playing the piano when time permits. In addition, she enjoys travel and shopping with her daughters.

All in all, Lady “C” is a loving and caring First Lady. She is easy to talk with, kind, and fun-loving. Lady “C” frequently quotes Psalm 139, which is one of her favorite Scriptures. She is a woman of God who truly flows in the anointing upon her life.

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Showing Up At Shiloh: Two Women, Two Days, Two Hours with Dr. LaShelle Shields-Johnson

This is Day 1 of the two day NAWCG (National Association Women of the Church of God) workshop at the 2018 National Association of the Church of God Annual Campmeeting, West Middlesex, PA.

Reverend Dr. LaShelle Shields-Johnson, former NAWCG Secretary, recounts her tremendous journey from a perfect fairy tale marriage complete with awesome “Campmeeting” beginning, through the trials and tests that finally lead her to a new beginning with and old friend she had never really noticed before.

Expounding on the story of Hannah, Dr. Shields-Johnson relates her own story of how God answers prayers if we keep, “showing up at Shiloh.”

May 2019 Letter

May 13, 2019

Dear Sisters in Christ,

Greetings to you and thank you for your on-going support of this awesome ministry. We have exciting news for the year of 2019 and beyond!

First, let me invite you to our P.U.S.H. Prayer Ministry where women from across the country come together on a conference line to intercede on behalf of others and join together in corporate prayer. This is a once-per-month call on the 1st Monday that you can join by dialing, (605) 475-4800 Access Code #876820 at 9pm EST/ 8PM CST/ 7PM MST/ 6PM PST.

This is May, and for the first time ever, “The Green Purse” our new annual month-long fundraising campaign is in full swing. This year we are targeting a financial goal of $5,000 to support; New! Missions Scholarship For Young and Adult Women in partnership with Pastor Audrey Boudreaux, Wimbish-Benn Hall Projects – New Stove, New Chairs, Landscaping and etc., our 2020 Convention & Sow-A-Seed Ministry, our New! NAWCG Youth Initiative – Mentorship Program in partnership with Dr. Joyce Terry and others, and the Women’s Prayer Breakfast & Workshops at the 2019 National Camp Meeting in West Middlesex, PA.

I hope you’ve registered for the 2019 Camp Meeting, Sunday, August 4 to Sunday, August 11, 2019. We will be hosting our Annual NAWCG Prayer Breakfast on Tuesday, August 6th with Workshops on Wednesday and Thursday (more information to come). OUR COLORS THIS YEAR ARE: Any combination of Pastel Pink/Pastel Purple and Beige for the Prayer Breakfast and White on Women’s Day Wednesday. I’m excited to annouce that Reverend Libby Lee, Chicago IL and Reverend Lois Alexander, Trenton, NJ will be representing us on Wednesday, please keep them in prayer and plan to come.

Finally, the NAWCG National Convention is on track for 2020! The First Church of God, Columbus, OH will be hosting the convention and we are planning an exciting time in the Lord. The dates are, September 24-27, 2020! Make sure you are on our email (info@nawcg.org) list for the latest updates!

Click here to download a flyer of events which you can share with others in your congregation as well as a form for donations to “The Green Purse” FREE GIFT with a donation of $50 or more, and to renew your yearly registration. You can also register online or make donations online by clicking this link: Donate To The Green Purse.

While on our website check out the “Pearls of Wisdom” Podcast with interviews of Reverend Charlene Aaron from the Christian Broadcast Network, Reverend Patricia Dawkins, Pastor Mary Stephens former Christian Connection officer and more.

If you have any questions or need additional assistance, please feel free to call our toll-free number
1 (844) MYNAWCG/ 1 (844) 696-2924. 

I and the board look forward to serving you.

Madelin Dargan, President
CC: Reverend Roberetta Young, Secretary

Rev. Dr. Joyce Terry – Part 3 of 4 – Boundaries

“If you don’t forsake Lady Wisdom, she will protect you. Love her, and she will faithfully take care of you. Gaining sound judgment is key, so first things first: go after Lady Wisdom! Now, whatever else you do, follow through to understanding.”
Proverbs 4:6-7 (VOICE)

Pearls of Wisdom

In part 3 of this 4 part series entitled, “The Wonder Woman Complex” Reverend Dr. Joyce Terry preaches about BOUNDARIES.

How do we set healthy Christian boundaries?

Did Jesus set boundaries as part of His ministry?

Learn the difference between, “Attachments vs Connections” and 
“Helping vs Enabling.”

Boundaries are important to creating balance in our lives. Learn how you can create boundaries with Reverend Dr. Joyce Terry of T.R.U.S.T. Ministries, New York, NY

Pastor Mary Stephens – 2018 Convention Preacher

Love this Woman of God, she has such a sweet, sweet spirit. You will have an opportunity to meet her at the 2018 NAWCG Saturday Prayer Breakfast!

Rev. Mary Stephens is the Senior Pastor at South Side Church of God in South Bend, Indiana.  With a heart for justice and a call to serve, Mary believes in the importance of being a welcoming presence in world of exclusion, advocating for overlooked and marginalized people, and championing a life of discipleship and holy living that reflects a love for God and neighbor.

Mary grew up in Northwest Ohio and graduated from Adrian College (Adrian, Michigan) with majors in Political Science and Psychology. She earned her Master of Divinity from Anderson University School of Theology and her Master of Business Administration from the Falls School of Business.

An ordained minister in the Church of God, much of Mary’s professional career was spent at Christian Women Connection where she was a Ministry Coordinator for twelve years. She served women in the Church of God through communications, programming, and leadership. In 2012, she was chosen to be a Hunger Justice Leader through Bread for the World, a collective Christian voice striving to end hunger and home and abroad, and in 2016 she was honored as an Agent of Change by Connect Faith Magazine.

Mary lives in Mishawaka, Indiana with her husband Kenneth and son Henry.

2018 NAWCG Camp Meeting Prayer Breakfast Audio

“3 the older women likewise, that they be reverent in behavior, not slanderers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things— that they admonish the young women to love their husbands, to love their children
Titus 2:3-4 NKJV

“Discipled Women, Discipling Women” is the theme for the 2018 NAWCG Prayer Breakfast at West Middlesex, PA. We were tremendously blessed to have representation from our seasoned saints and our youth. Reverend Pearl L Shields, past president of the NAWCG gives an excellent word on the attitude we should have as we disciple others. Minister Kimberly Barnes helps us understand how we should relate to our youth as we disciple.

Both of these women are truly anointed in their ministries, but here another special treat, Pastor Shields’ granddaughter, Alexis Hill sings a beautiful solo that can’t be missed!