"God gives the best to those who leave the choice to Him."

February 28, 2008

"God gives the best to those who leave the choice to Him."

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News at a Glance . . .

Mrs. Etta B. McGhee celebrated her 95th birthday on Saturday, February 16, 2008

Special honors are given to our IPHC Air Force chaplains

    Chaplain, Captain, Randy L. Sellers

    Chaplain, Captain, William Jamie Braswell

    Chaplain, Captain, Chad Bellamy

    Chaplain, 1st Lt, John Kwon

Funeral arrangements for the Rev. Mr. John Guthrie, 93, retired IPHC missionary

Funeral arrangements for Rachel Earline Shelton Dantzler, 89, widow of the late Rev. Mr. Kenneth Dantzler 

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Mrs. Etta B. McGhee celebrated her 95th birthday on Saturday, February 16, 2008

Mrs. Etta B. McGhee's family hosted a birthday party for her at the Patrick Springs Pentecostal Holiness Church on Saturday, February 16.

This special birthday celebration was attended by over 200 people and she had a wonderful time. In fact, she enjoyed every moment of it. All of her living children were present and most of her grandchildren. The birth order of her children are as follows: Gerald McGhee, Pearlie Coleman, Elaine Scarlett, Naomi Pilson, Nadine Wilson, David McGhee (deceased), and Tommy McGhee.

Bishop Tommy McGhee, Superintendent of the Cornerstone Conference, said, "We have all been blessed by the Godly heritage that has been handed down to us by our father, the Rev. Mr. Graydon I. McGhee, and our mother, Etta B. McGhee. Their Christian example continues to be a source of inspiration and direction for us all. We all rise up and call her blessed as Proverbs 31 says: 'Her children rise up and call her blessed" (Proverbs 31:28, NKJV).'" 

Special honors are given to our IPHC Air Force chaplains

Chaplain, Captain, Randy L. Sellers selected to be first executive officer for USAFE Command

Chaplain Air Force Chaplain Randy Sellers is the first company grade officer to be selected to be the Executive Officer for the Command Chaplain of the Air Force Europe Command at Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany.

In this new role, Randy will work directly with the command chaplain. He writes, "The new job is labor intensive with prepping for General Officers' visits, manning issues, and various program initiatives for chaplains within the command." He says that he is being exposed to the larger picture of the Air Force, and how the chaplaincy ministers and initiates ministry.

Randy's wife, Sheila, the former Sheila Vavak, is busy finishing a Master's degree program in Human Relations from the University of Oklahoma. She will receive her degree at the Norman, Oklahoma campus in June 2008.

We are proud of Randy and Sheila and their accomplishments. 

Chaplain, Captain, William J. Braswell, USAF, is the winner of the Air Combat Command Outstanding Company Grade Chaplain Award

In a letter from General John D. W. Corley, Commander of Air Combat Command, he wrote the following to Chaplain Braswell:"I am pleased to announce you are the winner of the Air Combat Command Outstanding Company Grade Chaplain Award. Your hard work has demonstrated a commitment to serving others in a way that is inspirational. Thank you for the positive difference you have made in the lives of Airmen and their families.

"We are proud to nominate you for the Air Force's prestigious Edwin R. Chess Award. Congratulations on a job well done! All the best in the Air Force-level competition!"

Chaplain Braswell was selected as the #1 Company Grade Officer (CGO =
1Lt - Capt) chaplain from over 50 other CGO chaplains. There are 18 bases in Air Combat Command and each one nominated one from their staff.

Next he will compete with CGO Chaplains from the other Major Commands in the Air Force for the Edwin R. Chess award which is given to the top CGO chaplain in the Air Force.

We all know that behind every good man, is an outstanding wife. Sandra Starling Braswell is a big supporter of her husband, Jamie. Her father is the pastor of a Pentecostal Holiness Church in the North Carolina Conference. Commanders, chaplains and laymen speak highly of both of these outstanding leaders who are making a difference in the Air Force Chaplaincy.

Chaplain, Captain, Chad Bellamy, USAF is experiencing the favor of God -- "The Lord's assigned advantage in his life and ministry as an Air Force chaplain

First, Chaplain Bellamy has been selected to attend the Squadron Officer School in residence at Maxwell AFB, AL, 25 February -- 29 March. In the Air Force we call this Professional Military Education (PME). Very few Air Force chaplains are selected for this school. He will meet and get to know some of the future leaders in the Air Force. Chad took this course earlier by correspondence which is a prerequisite to being selected for this school in residence.

Second, Chaplain Bellamy was selected as the 50th Space Wing SChriever AFB) Wing Staff Company Grade Officer (CGO) of the Year. The Wing Staff is made up of the agencies that are directly responsible to the Wing Commander. It is the equivalent of his Squadron. Chad was one of four that competed for the Schriever AFB CGO of the Year. He was the representative for Wing Staff and there were representatives from the Operations Group, Network Operations Group and Mission Support Group. The Operations Group CGO was very deserving and was selected as the winner.

Third, Separate from all the above, Chaplain Bellamy found out a few weeks ago that he was selected at the CGO Chaplain of the Year for Air Force Space Command (AFSPC). That was competition between CGO Chaplains of the 8 Wings within AFSPC - Patrick AFB, FE Warren AFB, Los Angeles AFB, Vandenberg AFB, Peterson AFB, Malmstrom AFB, Buckley AFB, and Schriever AFB.

Chad wrote, "It was quite an honor, and I am very humbled."

Fourth, Chad, Jerri, Parker, and Sweet Daisy Bellamy will be PCSing (permanent change of station) to San Antonio, TX, to begin the CPE (Clinical Pastoral Education) program at Brook Army Medical Center (BAMC) at Fort Sam Houston. That will begin sometime in mid June. The program lasts for one year.

In conjunction with that program, Chad has been afforded the opportunity to complete 80% of the work towards accomplishing a D. Min. degree offered through Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio. It will be a couple of classes, and the CPE work at the hospital and a thesis will count toward the awarding of the degree. What a great opportunity -- getting a degree, not separate from, but while doing his job.

Chaplain Chad Bellamy's wife, Jeri, is a great asset to him. She is the former Miss Jeri Welch of Florence, SC. She is a gifted musician and singer. Her father is a pastor of a Pentecostal Holiness Church in the South Carolina Conference.

Reserve Air Force Chaplain, 1Lt, John Kwon has been attached to McGuire AFB, NJ, for Reserve training

Chaplain John Kwon has recently moved from Los Angeles to Wayne, NJ. He graduated from Fuller Theological Seminary last June with the M. Div. degree. For more than 14 years he was on staff at World Agape Mission Church in Los Angeles where Bishop John Kim is the senior pastor and conference superintendent. He was given an opportunity to be the pastor of an English speaking congregation of Korean/Americans in Wayne, NJ, who are all professional people.

He and his wife, Hannah, are pleased with the new and challenging opportunity God has given them. In addition, the Command Chaplain of the Air Force Reserve has attached him to McGuire AFB, for training. He hopes to be called to active duty as a regular Air Force officer when the opportunity is available for him. He has met all the requirements and is waiting to be selected.

John Guthrie, 93, retired missionary to Africa died on Monday, February 25, 2008

The Rev. Mr. John Guthrie, 93, died on Monday, February 25, 2008, at noon at the Hartwell Health Care Facility in Hartwell, GA.

Brother Guthrie was born in South Africa to missionary parents. He served as a missionary of the International Pentecostal Holiness Church in Africa for 47 years. His wife, Helen, passed away nine years ago.

Visitation will be Friday evening, February 29, from 6 to 8 p.m., at Pruitt Funeral Home in Royston, GA.

Visitation will also be on Saturday, March 1, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Franklin Springs Pentecostal Holiness Church in Franklin Spring, GA.

The funeral service will be a 1 p.m. at the church following the visitation.

Burial will be at the Franklin Springs Cemetery following the service.

I know that his daughter, Sheilah Shaw, and her husband, Gilbert, will be delighted to see you. Sheilah's brother, J. Marvin Guthrie will be glad to see you, too. He and his wife have two daughters, Catherine M. Guthrie and Sarah Helen Brooks.

Officiating: Dr. Doug Beacham, Bishop Ronald Q. Moore, Pastor Harrison Lampley, and Pastor Durant Driggers. 

Rachel Earline Shelton Dantzler, 89, died Saturday, January 26, 2008

The family of Mrs. Earline Dantzler will welcome friends during visitation Friday evening, February 29, 2008, from 6 to 8 p. m. at the Pruitt Funeral Home in Royston, GA.

Earline and her husband, the late Rev. Mr. Kenneth Dantzler, had served as missionaries in Alaska when it was under World Missions Ministries.

Barbara and Jack Spence, along with Leta Dantzler will be present to greet their friends at the funeral home.

A graveside service will be conducted on Saturday, March 1, 2008, at the Franklin Springs Cemetery at 11 a. m.

Officiating: Dr. Doug Beacham and Pastor Joel S. McGraw

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Now to Him Who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.


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Hugh Holmes Morgan

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