Archive January 2017

Tuesday Think Tanks

Join us tonight at COTR for Tuesday Think Tanks from 6:30 – 8PM when we’ll discuss Typology and Covenants in the Bible. It’s a relaxed yet exciting evening of fellowship and open discussion of faith topics.

Tuesday Think Tanks for Jan. 31st and Feb. 2nd will focus on The Decalogue (The Ten Commandments). Join us at COTR Tuesday nights from6:30 – 8PM, and bring a friend!!



Tuesday Think Tanks

Join us for Tuesday Think Tanks, a fun and relaxed yet exciting evening of fellowship and open discussion of faith topics. Every Tuesday evening from 6:30 – 8PM we’ll tackle a topic of faith that touches our lives and influences our thinking as Christians.

Tuesday Think Tanks are conducted in a “socratic” style in which participants are encouraged to do just that, participate, in a free-flowing dialogue about the topic of the week. Participants will be able to present information they have studied and discovered, with passion, as together we explore and debate the material. The next Tuesday Think Tank will be January 24th from 6:30-8PM at COTR where we’ll be discussing the topic of Typology and Covenants – How do the Old Testament and New Testament relate to one another and what’s my role in God’s Covenant, how do I live faithfully within it? If you’ve ever had these questions or any others, come and let’s discuss it! Bring a friend too!!


A Letter from the Patriarch Craig Bates

The Feast of the Lord and Giver of Life

The murder of pre-born children is the moral issue of our generation.  It is not the only moral issue of our times.  There remains issues of poverty, hunger, lack of medical care for the poor, the refugee crisis, sex trade industry, sexual slavery, the use of children as soldiers in war, consumerism, and the care of the elderly are all life issues.  But the murder of 5,000 children every day in America, and over 150,000 children world wide far out weighs these other issues.  Abortion is the tip of the spear of the culture of death.  And, the church can not declare an end to the “cultural wars” until abortion is illegal and we have a generation that can not imagine that we committed such a genocide and holocaust.

CEC for Life is part of the Patriarch’s Office and is funded by Churches around the world to lead us in our Pro life efforts and to raise up a generation in our Church that is Pro Life.  Fr. Terry Gensemer, along with Sarah Howell, and others are doing just that and have done a phenomenal job.  Fr. Terry is perhaps one of he most respected leaders in the Pro Life community.  He is a man who is loved around the world.  Every where I travel young men and women ask me “how is Father Terry?” Or, they ask me to tell Father Terry they love him.  

It brings joy to my heart when I see young people praying at abortion clinics in the countries of Europe or marching and praying with “All Life is Sacred” tee shirts on the streets of the Philippines.  When I go to Brazil, it is the young men and women who will ask me to bring Fr. Terry with me.  He is reaching, we are reaching, that Pro Life Generation.

How is this funded?  Of course by God!  God, however, calls us to be generous in our giving.  In fact, God calls us to be sacrificial in our giving.  On the Feast of the Lord and Giver of Life every Church in the ICCEC is to take a special offering for CEC for Life.  WE are also asked to have our churches join CEC for Life and for us to encourage others to become members of CEC for Life.

What do you get for you offering?  I could be very practical.  I could talk about the Pro life leadership training of young men and women, or the closing of abortion clinics in places like Birmingham or Selma, or the prayer efforts at abortion mills around the world, or the representation that CEC gives us in the Pro Life community.  But the real reward is that through our efforts babies are being saved and rescued.  How much would you give to save even one  life of a precious baby who otherwise would be brutally murdered?  Ten dollars, twenty dollars, thirty dollars, or how much?

Please give and give generously.  We are at a critical time in the movement.  We put our trust in God.  But there is opportunity to defund Planned Parenthood, appoint over 1,000 Pro life judges, to appoint at least one Pro Life Supreme Court justice, and to get laws that restrict abortion particularly late term abortion.  Abortion most likely will not end in the next four years but we will make major advances in winning the hearts of people for Christ.

Under His mercy,

The Most Rev. Craig W. Bates,

Patriarch, ICCEC

Birmingham March for Life 2017

We are fast approaching one of the most meaningful opportunities for the entire community to gather and proclaim publicly the sanctity of every human life from the moment of conception to natural death. The annual Birmingham Rally and March takes place Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017, at 10:45 am in Brother Bryan Park. People from all walks of life including church members, youth groups, pastors, doctors, nurses, lawyers, families and friends will gather Saturday morning, (rain, snow, or shine) to pray and hear testimonies of how God is working in our community through culture of life organizations and individuals. Following the gathering in Brother Bryan Park, there is a silent, prayerful walk around the Five Points South area of Birmingham. Families with children, elderly, and even the handicapped are encouraged to attend to show support for the least and the voiceless in our community, especially the unborn. Call 205-705-9158 for more information.