PODCAST: COGIC Holds Virtual Thanksgiving Celebration (BCNN1 11.27.20)

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According to Christian Post, A two-day, nearly four-hour virtual celebration of Thanksgiving by the predominantly African American Church of God in Christ remembered the lives of three General Board members claimed by COVID-19 and was also filled with shouts of praise and teaching lessons on thankfulness. “This season of Thanksgiving is especially important because all of us have learned this year to fervently trust in God as so many obstacles have come our way,” Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake Sr. said. The disease took Bishops Nathaniel Wells, Ted Thomas and Phillip Aquilla Brooks, all longtime figures in the denomination of more than 6 million faithful. Wells was one of the best-known COGIC leaders of the last generation. He headed a congregation and region of Michigan for the body as well as a nonprofit producing more than 1,500 affordable housing units across three states. “He loved his children. He was an encourager to his children,” daughter Tiffany Wells Alexander remembered as “COGIC Family Thanksgiving” featured talks with relatives of the deceased who sat on the 12-member ruling panel of the church. Wells died on March 24 at age 78. In honor of his legacy, Muskegon City Commissioners voted to rename a street to Bishop Nathaniel Wells Jr. Way. Thomas died on June 24 at age 84 and Brooks died on April 9 at 88. Brooks was the longest serving General Board member, serving over 40 years.

According to Daily Mail, Police officers were caught on camera savagely beating a black music producer after they accused him of not wearing a face mask. A criminal inquiry has been launched following the 13-minute attack on the head of Black Gold Studios – who asked to be identified only by his first name Michel. Police originally arrested Michel for not wearing a coronavirus face mask, and he faced assault charges. Michel spent 48 hours in police custody before doctors were able to examine. He suffered a torn tendon and a gash on his head that needed to be secured by two staples, among other wounds. Charges against him were only reversed when footage of the attack appeared. Michel believes that without the clip, he would be ‘in prison’. The attack was captured on both CCTV and by local residents recording on cameraphones. Michel told French news outlet Loopsider: ‘I didn’t understand what was going on. ‘People were walking by, and I was trying to call out to everyone. ‘I was yelling for help. Frankly, it all went so quickly, I even wondered if they were real police officers. ‘The one who grabbed me from behind was in civilian clothes, he was violent straight away. They closed the door and beat me up.’ Michel added that numerous racist insults and threats were shouted at him.

According to Daily Mail, A beloved North Texas nurse who came out of retirement to help teach aspiring frontline workers in the midst of the pandemic has died from the coronavirus. In September, Iris Meda began teaching Nursing Skills for Collin College at Anna High School and Allen High School. She had retired from the North Texas Job Corps in January after more than 30 years. The 70-year-old nurse contracted COVID-19 while teaching in a class, tested positive for the virus on October 14 and was hospitalized just three days later. She died on November 14, her family shared in a GoFundMe for the nurse’s medical bills and funeral expenses. Her family takes comfort in knowing the loving nurse – who dropped out of high school before getting her GED and degree from New York City College in 1984 – was helping others in her final months. ‘She was doing what she loved,’ Selene Meda-Schlamel, Meda’s daughter, said to NBC DFW. ‘Despite the risks, she was living life to the fullest. On her own terms at the time. Trying to prepare future nurses for this country.’ Meda-Schlamel added: ‘One of the reasons she wanted to be an educator, specifically in nursing at this time, the reason she came out of retirement to pursue it was because of the pandemic. She wanted to train other frontline workers to help in this crisis. Just to see this amazing, vivacious woman… so willing to put her life on the line to help others so they could then help others, to see her languishing there,’ said Meda-Schlamel. ‘It was such a tragedy.’ Meda-Schlamel stressed that people should be prepared for the worst if they go to the hospital. ‘Just because you make it into the hospital in time doesn’t mean that you’re going to immediately get all of the treatment because of the hospital’s own protocol, plus the overcrowding and shortness of staff,’ she said.

According to the Associated Press, The former actress Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, has revealed that she had a miscarriage in July, giving a personal account of the traumatic experience in hope of helping others. Markle described the miscarriage in an opinion piece in the New York Times on Wednesday. She wrote: “I knew, as I clutched my firstborn child, that I was losing my second.” Markle and her husband, Britain’s Prince Harry, have an 18-month-old son, Archie. The former “Suits” star said she was sharing her story to help break the silence around an all-too-common tragedy. She wrote: “Losing a child means carrying an almost unbearable grief, experienced by many but talked about by few. In being invited to share our pain, together we take the first steps toward healing.” Buckingham Palace said it was “a deeply personal matter we would not comment on.” Sophie King, a midwife at U.K. child-loss charity Tommy’s, said miscarriage and stillbirth remain “a real taboo in society, so mothers like Meghan sharing their stories is a vital step in breaking down that stigma and shame.

According to Daily Mail, NASA astronaut Victor Glover shared his first video from space as he and three other astronauts soared above the Earth while traveling to the International Space Station. Glover is part of the Crew-1 mission that launched aboard the SpaceX‘s Crew Dragon capsule, nicknamed ‘Dragon Resilience,’ on November 15. This is Glover’s first trip to space and in the video shares the excitement – ‘the video doesn’t do it justice,’ Glover says wide-eyed and smiling as he looked down at Earth. The short clip, shared on Twitter, is just a few seconds long but shows the curve of our planet, the stunning blue sky and thing clouds spread out in the atmosphere. ‘Looking at the Earth through the window of Dragon Resilience,’ Glover wrote in the tweet. ‘The scale of detail and sensory inputs made this a breathtaking perspective!’ Glover fell in love with space when he was in middle school and decades later is living out that dream 250 miles above Earth’s surface. Crew-1 mission docked with the ISS around 11pm ET Monday, November 16 and emerged from the capsule about two hours after completing necessary checks to ensure the capsule and the ISS had an air-tight seal – and were greeted by the other residence of the ship.

According to ESPN, Dallas Cowboys strength and conditioning coordinator Markus Paul, who was rushed to the hospital Tuesday morning after experiencing a medical emergency, has died, the team announced Wednesday. He was 54. Surrounded by family, Paul died Wednesday evening at Plano Presbyterian Hospital. The cause of death was not announced. Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones said in a statement: “The loss of a family member is a tragedy, and Markus Paul was a loved and valued member of our family. He was a pleasant and calming influence in our strength room and throughout The Star. His passion for his work and his enthusiasm for life earned him great respect and admiration from all our players and the entire organization. We offer our love and support to his family in this very difficult time. Our hearts are broken for his family and all of the individuals whose lives he touched and made better.” The Cowboys will recognize and remember Paul before their Thanksgiving Day matchup against the Washington Football Team at AT&T Stadium.

According to the ESPN, Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday, sources confirmed to ESPN. The reigning NFL MVP is the biggest star player to become infected in what has become one of the largest outbreaks in the NFL. Jackson is among the four latest Ravens players and one staff member to test positive on Thursday, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter. The Ravens now have had at least a dozen players test positive for the coronavirus this week. This latest round of positive tests could threaten Sunday’s game between the Ravens and the undefeated Pittsburgh Steelers, which already was postponed from Thursday night. Ravens coach John Harbaugh told players that they would not be allowed back to the team facility until Monday at the earliest in the interest of safety, a source said. Baltimore is down to two healthy quarterbacks: backup Robert Griffin III and practice squad player Tyler Huntley. No. 3 quarterback Trace McSorley is currently on the reserve/COVID-19 list. With Jackson quarantining for 10 days, Griffin would start the next two games, if Sunday’s game in Pittsburgh is played. Baltimore then faces the Dallas Cowboys on Thursday night. Griffin, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2012 draft, has made only one start in the past four seasons. “Praying for my brother [Jackson] and every player, staff member and their families dealing with COVID-19,” Griffin said in a tweet Thursday. “Ensuring the safety of the entire organization is important. Handling this outbreak within the team is bigger than football.”

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In closing, remember, God loves you. He always has and He always will. John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” If you don’t know Jesus as your Saviour, today is a good day to get to know Him. Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died, was buried, and rose from the dead for you. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart and He will. Romans 10:13 says, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

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