CGG.org Gets More Than a Facelift!

Church of the Great God is pleased to present an all-new CGG.org! Webmaster David Grabbe rolled out the new site this afternoon, Wednesday, July 22, after several years of work of designing and building a new site from the ground up. Kristen Collins assisted him in designing an updated look that is more appealing to the eye.

The new site contains all the information the old site had and retains the tab system of drop-down menus. In that way, it should function like the old website, flattening the learning curve for navigating the new site. Perhaps the most obvious difference is the increase in graphics, especially on the home page, which provides access to the most recent Berean Daily Verse and Comment, sermonette, sermon, commentary, and CGG Weekly essay, as well as the latest Forerunner articles. It has also been optimized to work better on cellphones and tablets.

A new feature is the improved search function, which comes preloaded with CGG titles, topics, and verses that will narrow the search as more is typed. This should make finding that sermon or article that much easier!

The former "Church News" and "Special Announcements" pages have been combined into one called "Announcements." The ministerial traveling schedule has has been moved to a separate page, "Ministerial Visits," under the "Events" tab. The "Bible Hymnal" page can now be found under the "Library" tab as "Hymns."

We sincerely hope you like the look and improved functionality of the new CGG.org!

Death

We are greatly saddened to report the death of James Lamon, 31, of Santa Maria, California, on Friday afternoon, July 17, 2020. An experienced rider, James was involved in an accident while riding his motorcycle near his home. Please pray for the comfort of his wife, Stasia, as she grieves his loss. She thanks those who have prayed, called, and sent messages to her during this time.

Birth

Ryan and Jenny McClure of Indian Land, South Carolina, are excited to announce the birth of Conor Hughes McClure! He was born on Tuesday, July 14, at 11:16 AM, weighing in at 8 pounds and 10 ounces, and measuring 21 inches long. Conor is their third son and fourth child. Both Jenny and baby Conor are doing well! The McClure’s would like to thank you again for all of your prayers and notes throughout the pregnancy and birth. Congratulations!

Conor Hughes McClure

Engagement

Carin Reeter, daughter of Brett and Kathy Reeter of Granby, Colorado, and Mike Sherry announce their engagement to be married. The wedding will be held in Piqua, Ohio, on Friday, August 7, 2020. Due to the current pandemic situation, attendance is limited to mostly immediate family, but the couple hopes to share time with everyone soon.

Birth

Mark and Rebekah Rydholm and Grandma Alma Regan of Columbia, South Carolina, are excited to announce the arrival of their first South Carolinian! Tabitha Anne Rydholm was born at 4:19 AM on Thursday, June 18, 2020. She measured 20 inches long and weighed 9 pounds and 4 ounces. Mom and baby are doing well and looking forward to being with the brethren soon! Congratulations!

Wedding

We are pleased to announce the wedding of Hunter Swanson, son of Will and Sharon Swanson, and Samantha Onisick, daughter of Bill and Sharon Onisick of Indian Land, South Carolina. They were united in marriage before family and friends on Sunday afternoon, May 24, 2020, beside the pool at the Onisick residence. Richard Ritenbaugh officiated. The Swansons will reside in Fort Mill, South Carolina. Congratulations!

Hunter and Samantha Swanson

Back to Church in Fort Mill

We have just recently learned that South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster is leaving the decision to return to church services up to individual congregations across the state, and several large churches across South Carolina, including the Catholic diocese, have already done so. Since we deem the danger of mass coronavirus infection to have passed, Church of the Great God has therefore reopened church services at the church office to all who wish to attend, beginning on Sabbath, May 23, 2020.

We encourage all church members to attend, but the decision is entirely yours. We will do our best to ensure that commonly touched surfaces are clean, and we will attempt to arrange the hall to provide the proper social distancing. However, if you, because of age or pre-existing condition, fall into a category that is more susceptible to COVID-19 and wish to stay home longer, please do so. You will, of course, be welcome when you feel comfortable returning to services.

We look forward to seeing all of you again and hope to have a full house for the Day of Pentecost.

2020 Feast of Tabernacles in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

This week, Martin called the DoubleTree Resort in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, to discuss plans for their complete reopening. They began a multi-phase limited re-opening this week. Only a few guest rooms are available for the public, and more will be available each week. The beach is open, but the pool and restaurant remain closed until sometime in June. The manager expects the hotel to be completely open by July.

Our block of rooms is secure; however, please do not make reservations until we announce that we have activated the reservation link on our website or you receive the Feast letter. We hope to begin making reservations for this year’s Feast starting in June. If you make a reservation before we announce the link is ready, you will not get the church’s negotiated rate.

Please do not try to make reservations until we announce it is time. If you have any questions, please email Martin Collins at mcollins@cgg.org.