Prayerful, Prepared, and Positioned Empowerment Update!
Important Updates from our Bishop
September 14, 2020
Revival or Restoration and Reformation
Create in me a clean heart, O God,
and renew a right spirit within me.
11 Cast me not away from your presence,
and take not your Holy Spirit from me.
12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation,
and uphold me with a willing spirit.
13 Then I will teach transgressors your ways,
and sinners will return to you.
14 Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God,
O God of my salvation,
and my tongue will sing aloud of your righteousness.
15 O Lord, open my lips,
and my mouth will declare your praise.
16 For you will not delight in sacrifice, or I would give it;
you will not be pleased with a burnt offering.
17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit;
a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.
18 Do good to Zion in your good pleasure;
build up the walls of Jerusalem;
19 then will you delight in right sacrifices,
in burnt offerings and whole burnt offerings;
then bulls will be offered on your altar.
Grace and Peace be unto you beloved from God the Father and His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.
I pray that you and yours continue to remain encouraged and in health. So much is spoken these days regarding revival. It draws my memory back to the time we had church revivals, usually once or twice a year. It was a time in which the guest evangelist would lead us in a week of prayer, seeking, and ultimately rejoicing. However, the very nature of the term revival suggested that we were desiring a move of God and an experience that revived our hearts. I wonder if indeed we need or should even be seeking revival.
Here me out… Do I believe that revival has its place and is needed within the spiritual lives of our nation and world? Yes! However, I believe that even more needed is a prayer-based encounter with the Holy Spirit that brings about the transformation of our hearts. The elevation of revival is wonderful. Yet, are we truly seeing the transformation that only occurs from being restored in fellowship and reformed in thinking. True reformation and restoration occur on the heels of repentance.
Judson Cornwall stated, “True repentance begins as a work of the Spirit of grace, but it must be released in complete honesty before the throne of God. When we do this, God cuts off the very names of the idols we worshipped and causes the unclean spirits that had enticed us into idolatry to flee from our lives and homes.”
Let us seek the Lord with all of our hearts, not for the enthusiasm and exhilaration of revival. Let us seek the Lord, through His Holy Spirit, for true change. This type of spiritual pursuit will always lead to hearts that are steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord our labor is not in vain (1 Corinthians 15:58).
By His Grace,
Bishop Parnell M. Lovelace, Jr., D.Min.
Founding and Senior Pastor
September 5, 2020
We are Covered by the Blood of Jesus
The blood shall be a sign for you, on the houses where you are. And when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and no plague will befall you to destroy you, when I strike the land of Egypt. Exodus 12:13
Grace and Peace be unto you beloved; from God our Father and His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.
I pray that you and yours are remaining safe and sound. We continue to stay the course of remaining faithful and connected to one another. I am reminded of the power of the Blood of Jesus. I often pray and declare over my life, my family, and our church family, that there is yet authority that is found in the Blood of the lamb. We may receive forgiveness, healing, comfort, and strength as we reference the sacrifice of Jesus for us.
I urge you to incorporate the confessions and declarations of Christ’s sacrifice into your own prayers and worship every day. Also, remember to join us, as we celebrate the Table of the Lord through communion, weekly beginning September 12 and 13. We will begin our weekly online celebrations with the Table of the Lord.
Our viewing times are as follows:
Saturday – 5 p.m.
Sunday – 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m. and 5 p.m. (Pacific Time)
We may be viewed on COP App, YouTube, and Facebook live
Please note that you may have available your own juice and crackers/bread. I encourage you to always have it prepared in advance, prior to the weekly celebrations.
You may also stop by the Cathedral on Thursday September 10 and Friday September 11 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. for curbside pick-up of the communion elements for your household and special prayer by our Congregational Care Team.
Don’t give up beloved! The blood still works.
August 19, 2020
Stay the Course!
Grace and Peace be unto you Beloved from God the Father and His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.
I pray that you and your family are in health and prospering, even as your soul prospers (3 John 1:2). Lady Di and I, along with the entire leadership team are continually praying for you and your family. As many parents are navigating online learning, and elderly members of our church family continue to be sheltered in, we want you to know that your church family is here for you. Please don’t hesitate to let us know how we can serve you. If you need groceries, assistance with medications, or simply a word of encouragement, reach out to our Congregational Care Ministry Team at (916) 441-3305 or you may email . Remember, you are not alone.
We want you to continue logging on to our weekend celebrations Saturdays at 5 p.m., Sundays at 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m., and 11 a.m., and 5 p.m. (Pacific Time). We also have our OmniFactory Production for children of all ages immediately following each worship celebration. You will be strengthened and encouraged by dynamic worship and empowering teaching each week. We also pray together as a church family on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. Last, beginning September 10 we will host our Rhema Word Thursdays (6:30 pm – 7:30 p.m. Pacific Time). This midweek online gathering is designed to study books of the Bible and special empowerment studies led by our Bishop and pastoral team. You may access all of these events through our COP mobile app, YouTube, Facebook or our COP website.
Did you know that COP is sharing weekly on radio and television? Please tune in and share with family and friends that a word of encouragement and empowerment is being presented on Centered Living TV available on Sac Faith TV Wednesdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 11:30 a.m. on Comcast Channel 20, AT&T Channel 14, Surewest Channel 19 and SacramentoFaith.TV. Join us for Centered Living Radio on KDYA Gospel 1190 AM or gospel1190.com Sundays at 9:30 a.m.
Stay the course beloved. This too shall pass and we shall yet be found standing strong.
Love you immeasurably,
Bishop and Lady Di
June 26, 2020
Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love. Ephesians 4:15-16
Grace and Peace be unto you beloved from God the Father and His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.
I pray that you and yours are safe, well, and prospering in the favor of the Lord. We continue to be grateful for the Lord’s protection and strength during this time. I also thank each of you for your continued prayers for me as I seek to lead and navigate us through these uncharted days. I continue to be strengthened and encouraged through the testimonies of salvation, baptism of the Holy Spirit, and healing that is occurring daily within our beloved community. Also, let us remember that we have designated Thursday as our church-wide prayer and fasting day. We are using this prayer period as an opportunity to lift up the various members of our church family and the community. I want to update you on some opportunities to further stay connected with one another.
They are as follows:
1. Sign up for a Connect Group. Our Connect Groups are small intimate groups that are held virtually. It is a time to worship, pray, and share with other friends at COP. To sign up today go to cop.church/FindAGroup or email Pastor Jeffrey Johnson II at .
2. Tuesday Evening Prayer Gathering is a time of powerful intercessory prayer, led by our Online Minister Jackie Crooks and Minister Cindy Cain. Join us Tuesdays @ 7 p.m. on Facebook Live.
3. School of Prayer is held every Thursday at 7 p.m., led by our East Campus Pastor John Black and other members of our pastoral team. You may access this one-hour intensive study and application through our website: cop.church, Facebook Live, YouTube, or our COP Mobile App.
4. On-Demand teachings are available on our website: cop.church, YouTube or the COP Mobile App. You will find the School of Prayer and weekend celebration teachings for your spiritual enrichment and edification.
5.Need prayer? Please send us a request at . We have a team of prayer warriors ready to intercede on your behalf. Also, feel free to send me an email at , and check in. I will pray and drop you a quick reply.
Remember, we are connected as a family. We are never separated. Let’s take advantage of all the aforementioned opportunities, affirming we are indeed one body; never disconnected.
Love you immeasurably.
Bishop Parnell M. Lovelace, Jr., D.Min.
June 18, 2020
I am because you are; and because you are, therefore, I am…
Umbuntu Principle as prescribed by John Mbiti
Grace and Peace be unto you Beloved, God our Father and his Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.
I was blessed to sit with key leaders from our region that visited our church campus this week. Our discussion was frank, direct, and transparent. I am always humbled that leaders would seek out my counsel and guidance with the difficult matters that challenge our society and culture. Before we dealt with the deeper conversation regarding racism and the apathetic constructs of modern-day evangelicalism, one of the leaders asked, “What is Center of Praise Ministries’ stand on church re-openings?” Notwithstanding the fact that Sacramento county has recently had a sharp spike in positive cases, hospitalizations, and deaths; the governor of our state has passed an executive order, requiring the wearing of face mask. My repetitive response remains, we will re-engage for in-person fellowship when EVERYONE will be safe and sound. This includes our children and our elders (senior saints).
Beloved we are a community, village, and family. The presence of our elders, the weak, and the vulnerable is what affirms our vision and mission. WE proclaim Redemption, Justice, and Empowerment. WE worship, WE learn, and WE serve. Our heart will always be to do EVERYTHING together. We will never seek to divide our family and leave anyone out. This is who we are…
Lady Di and I certainly miss you beyond words. Yet, we will sacrifice now, so that that we may ALL reap together in days to come. I again encourage everyone to stay faithful to your virtual Connect Groups. If you are not currently in a Connect Group, please email us at . Our pastoral team will help you find a group of believers, ready to support, love, and care for you and yours.
Thank you for your prayers, care, patience, and ongoing financial support during this opportune time in history and Kingdom ministry.
Love you Immeasurably!
Bishop and Lady Di!
June 11, 2020
1 Corinthians 15:58
Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, be steadfast, immovable, always excelling in the Lord’s work, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.
Grace and Peace be unto you Beloved, from God our Father and His Son, our Lord Jesus Christ.
As we see various communities reopening, I wanted to assure each of you that we are monitoring this very fluid situation daily. Although we have reinforced our advocacy initiatives regarding systemic racism and injustices that have plagued our nation and community, we have not forsaken our responsibilities of strategizing efforts to re-engage in-person gatherings at the Cathedral. Some specifics include the following:
1. Our Administrative staff is now working in the office after two months of serving remotely.
2. Our Facilities Team is working diligently to complete deferred maintenance and prepare the facilities to meet the health standards and protocols required for social distancing and safety.
When we all return, we will find refreshed and safe facilities. Although we are excited about the upgrades and improvements, we remain resolute in assuring the complete safety and welfare of all of our church family. Therefore, until further notice, we continue to be blessed by our online fellowship. The key determining factors will include: 1) the Holy Spirit’s direction 2) herd immunity 3) availability of a vaccine, and 4) a decrease in positive cases within Sacramento County.
We ask that you all remain faithful in your prayers, connected with one another, and through your financial stewardship continue your support of the ministry. Each day brings us closer to the day we shall gather once again in the House of the Lord. Until then… we stay the course!
Bishop and Lady Di!
May 1, 2020
Grace and peace be unto you from God our Father and His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ!
We pray that each of you are strengthened and encouraged, as we continue to fight the good fight of faith. We want you to know that we are so blessed to serve our beloved Center of Praise family during these challenging times. Everyone continues to join together in affirming the strength of fellowship and connection, despite the shelter-in order that has prohibited our coming together at this time.
We want to thank you all for your continual prayers and financial support of the ministry. Your tithes and offerings have allowed us to continue meeting our financial responsibilities of caring for our staff, maintaining our facility mortgages, and other operating expenses. We have conferred with our Church Advisory Team, Administrative Staff, and church leaders on a regular basis during monthly and weekly updates. Pastor Wayne Kirkling, Executive Pastor and our financial team, have maintained prudence and diligence in curtailing our expenses during this period. We are most thankful.
Besides our general expenses of our ministry campuses (Midtown/East) and immediate care and support of our seniors, we have partnered with the following local organizations to assist during the pandemic in our region.
• City of Refuge, Inc. (Women and Children Oak Park outreach)
• 3 Black Chefs (Free weekly meals served in the Meadowview/South Sacramento area)
• Garden of Eats Café (Serving meals to front-liners in the medical venues)
• Vida Church (Pastors Alex and Liz Viaz)
• The Katinas (Music Ministry Outreach)
Globally and nationally we are continuing our monthly support of the following partnerships:
• Center of Praise House of Scholars in South Africa (Dr. Ronn and Aladrian Elmore)
• Yaaka Africa School (Orphaned children in Uganda, Africa, ages birth-18)
• Christlain School (Kindergarten children in Port-au-Prince, Haiti)
• Sierra Leone Outreach
Your continued support and ministry of giving is making a remarkable difference. Please know how much you are appreciated and honored. Please continue your support by giving through the following:
• Online (cop.church/giving)
• COP Mobile App (Available through your app store)
• Text to Give (text the dollar amount to 844.899.7588)
• Mail to: Center of Praise Ministries, 2150 Capitol Ave, Sacramento, CA 95816
If you are in need of self-addressed offering envelopes please call our
Administration Office at (916) 441-3305 Ext 112.
A team member will promptly respond to your request.
Remember, we love you and we look forward to being together soon!
Peace and Blessings Always!
Bishop and Mrs. Parnell M. Lovelace, Jr.
Pastor and Mrs. Wayne Kirkling
Pastor and Mrs. Jeff Johnson
Pastor and Mrs. John Black
April 24, 2020
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RULES & TIPS FOR SUCCESS WHILE WORKING REMOTELY
-Caleb Jobe, Marketing Lead at Brushfire
1. Start your day like you’re heading to the “office”.
2. Video chat when possible. Getting a “face-to-face” connection keeps you sane.
3. Be proud of your workspace and treat it like you would an office.
4. Use a good pair of noise-canceling headphones.
5. Don’t work from a bed, couch, or anything that tells the brain that it’s time to relax.
6. Be strict with your time.
7. Get up, keep your routine, actually wear normal work clothes. 8. Don’t work in what you slept in the night before.
9. Make small checklists.
10. Take a break and walk around the house, just like you would in the office.
11. It’s never a bad idea to step outside for a minute.
12. A clean space is a happy space.
13. Take advantage of the time to eat well and healthy.
14. Seclude yourself from distractions.
15. Structure your day more than you normally would.
16. Take lunch, shut the computer, and come back refreshed.
17. Stay active on Slack or communication tools with your teammates.
18. Set a main task for the day and don’t stop until you get it accomplished.
19. Never multitask with household chores.
20. Always wear shoes.
21. If you don’t need your cell phone, keep it out of sight.
April 1, 2020 (March 28th Update Revised)
Grace and peace be unto you, from God our Father, and from His son the Lord Jesus -Philippians 1:2
I wanted to take this opportunity to reach out to your household and let you know that Lady Dianna and I are holding you close to our hearts and praying for you and yours. We are all aware of the serious challenges we have all faced with the COVID-19 pandemic. Our lives have been altered. However, our faith has been strengthened. I wanted to briefly share a few updates for your prayerful consideration and participation.
FOOD AND SUPPLIES
We are grateful that most of our church family has shared that they are doing fine with food and supplies. We have taken initiative to check on the elders of the church. If there is anyone needing food/supply assistance, please email us at . We have a team of women and men that will provide some assistance (box of food/supplies while available or resources that may be able to assist).
CONTACTING THE CHURCH
Our church administrative office remains closed. However, our very capable staff is working remotely and we are checking emails and voicemail frequently. You may contact us at (916) 441-3305 or email us at . You may email us with prayer requests at . We will respond.
Please visit our website at cop.church, our COP App, and our Facebook page for updates, unemployment information, virtual celebration announcements, and other pertinent information.
It is important to stay connected during this period. You will find that several of our Connect Groups (small home groups) are communicating via media platform and personal contact. If you want to get further information, please contact your Connect Group facilitator directly or you may contact our Assimilation Pastor, Jeff Johnson at .
Please go to your mobile device app store and download our COP app.
VIRTUAL CELEBRATIONS, CHURCH PRAYER, AND SCHOOL OF PRAYER EVENTS
Weekend Celebrations (Sundays) - All of our weekend celebrations occur online via Livestream. You may watch our 35-minute live stream broadcast Saturdays at 5 p.m. and Sundays at 8 a.m., 10:15 a.m., and 5 p.m. (Pacific Standard Time). You will be blessed with powerful worship and a brief teaching from Bishop Lovelace, Pastor Jeff Johnson, and Pastor John Black (COP East). We may be viewed on cop.church, COP App, YouTube, and Facebook live. Previous celebrations are also available on our website (cop.church).
All Church Prayer (Tuesdays) - Join us on Facebook live Tuesday evenings 7 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. on our Facebook live.
All Church Fasting and Prayer (Thursdays) – Join us as we fast and pray according to James 5:16 every Thursday as a church family. We encourage you to join us as we pray collectively for our world, nation, community, church, and families.
School of Prayer Midweek Teaching on Zoom (Beginning Thursday, April 9 @ 7 p.m PDT) – Join our Bishop as he leads us in the study of prayer. We will learn how to pray effectively, fervently, and with expectancy. Visit cop.church/events and our Facebook page for more information on how to join the virtual teaching.
Please make plans to join us for the following special events:
Palm Sunday Weekend Virtual Celebrations (April 4th and 5th) – Special Virtual Celebrations Saturday, April 4th at 5 p.m. and Sunday, April 5th at 8 a.m., 10:15 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Good Friday Virtual Worship (April 10th) - Our Arise Resurrection Weekend Celebrations begin with Good Friday Worship. Bishop will be joined by the award-winning musical group, the Katinas. Join us for a time of worship, reflection and a word of encouragement from our pastor Friday, April 10th at 7 p.m. on cop.church, Facebook Live, YouTube and our COP Mobile App.
Resurrection Virtual Celebrations (April 11th and 12th) - Our special online celebrations will be held Saturday, April 11th at 5 p.m. and Sunday, April 12th at 8 a.m., 10:15 a.m., and 5 p.m. (cop.church, Facebook Live, YouTube, COP Mobile App). Our renowned COP Worship Teams will be sharing special music and the Bishop will present a word of encouragement for everyone. Please invite your friends and family to watch and be blessed.
OmniFactory Production (April 11th and 12th) - Then immediately following our Resurrection Celebrations stay tuned for a special online OmniFactory Production presentation for our children. We have planned a fast-paced, fun-filled, Livestream experience for our little disciples; immediately following each celebration. You won’t want to miss this exciting weekend of celebrating our Lord’s resurrection and our abundant life in Him!
Virtual Healing and Praise Celebrations (April 18 and 19) – In order to allow more time to gather your communion elements and notify friends and family to join us for our Virtual Healing and Praise Celebration we will celebrate on Saturday, April 18th at 5 p.m. and Sunday, April 19th at 8 a.m., 10:15 a.m. and 5 p.m. Bishop will be teaching and our renowned Worship Team and the Voices of Praise Choir will be leading us in praise and worship. Please prepare to have your communion elements and anointing oil ready for this special service. Be sure to join us on cop.church, Facebook Live, YouTube and our COP Mobile App and let’s experience the healing power of our mighty God together!
HOW YOU CAN HELP!
There are four ways everyone can immediately help:
- PRAY and PARTICIPATE with us during this season. Matthew 6:9-13 provides the pattern of prayer for believers. Join us by praying the Scriptures (available on cop.church updates page). Also, make every effort to join us during the aforementioned weekend and special event celebrations.
- SERVE -Please contact our Compassionate Care Ministry at , if you have any food or supply donations. We will make arrangements to receive them and distribute them to those that have need.
- CARE – Please contact the elderly, singles, and students that may need to be checked on and encouraged during this time.
- GIVE – Please continue to be faithful stewards in your tithes and offerings. We want to ensure that our church family remains strong and that the infrastructure is miraculously sustained and supported during this season, by the gifts and obedience of God’s people (See 2 Corinthians chapter 9). We know that with the Lord working with and through us all we will be just fine. You may send your gifts directly through our website at cop.church, the COP APP, text to give 844-899-7588, or mail directly to the Administration Office, 2150 Capitol Ave, Sacramento, CA 95816
If you have any further questions regarding how you may facilitate your stewardship, please contact Yvette Swafford at . Again, thank you for sowing your finances into the kingdom of God.
Remember, we love you all and miss you immeasurably. We strongly stand together! We can’t wait to be back in physical fellowship again. Meanwhile, we remain thankful, faithful, and encouraged as we Worship, Learn, and Serve!
Love you enthusiastically and immeasurably!
March 17, 2020
Grace and Peace Beloved, from God our Father and His Son, Jesus Christ!
These indeed are challenging times for all of us. However, we are assured that the Lord continues to be gracious and recent events presented by the COVID-19 virus pandemic will usher a season of revival, reformation, and Kingdom increase. The sharing of the gospel is our foremost directive, even during perilous seasons. Please note the following update effective immediately:
- All activities, on-site worship celebrations (Saturdays and Sundays), on-site bible studies, meetings, and other gatherings are suspended until further notice at our Midtown and East Campuses. Those facilitating our virtual celebrations will receive directives from your ministry coach.
- Our weekly in-home Connect Groups, School of Prayer and Bi-weekly School of the Local Church have been suspended until further notice.
- Our entire Executive/Administrative team will be working remotely. Therefore, the Church Administrative Office will be closed effective 3/18. We will announce when we will reopen.
In this rapidly escalating COVID-19 environment, our desire is to stay ahead of where we see the situation moving. Therefore, we will seek to provide updated information as it becomes available. Meanwhile, here is what you can do to support your church family during this season:
- Please remain prayerful and diligent in adhering to the recommendations of practicing frequent handwashing, social distancing, and self-isolation.
- Please watch our weekly updates via Facebook and YouTube.
- Please enjoy watching and participating in our weekly virtual worship celebration on Sundays at 8 a.m. and the rebroadcasting at 10:15 a.m. and 5 p.m. (via our cop.church website, COP Mobile App, Facebook, or YouTube).
- Please maintain our values of redemption, justice, and empowerment, by serving others during this time with loving and caring support. Please check on and support the elderly and those most vulnerable during this season.
- Please continue to be faithful in your giving and stewardship support of the ministry. We must keep the church sustainable and free of any burdensome circumstances. You may give online at cop.church, or you may mail your tithe and offerings to: Center of Praise Ministries, ATTN: Yvette Swafford, 2150 Capitol Ave., Sacramento, CA 95816.
- Please download the COP mobile app to your mobile device (available on all app store platforms).
We miss you all so very much. Please know that we love you and together we will get through this victoriously. Stay encouraged and joyful. The Lord is with us, and we have each other as family. We will stay in touch, and we can’t wait to hug you again.