Chief Apostle's Message Board

Transition of Bishop Raymond Marion, Jr.

 

To the saints of the Most High God, it is with a saddened heart that I announce that the Lord has deemed it fitting and necessary to call our beloved Bishop Raymond, Jr. from earthly labor to his eternal home in glory.  Bishop Marion served as the First Assistant Senior Bishop of the Church of God in Christ, International with distinction and a keen foresight for the church.  He was also our historian.

 

Bishop Marion endured a lengthy illness, but he remained faithfully committed to his calling.  I ask that we all remember his family and the Jurisdictions he served in our prayers.  Because of this pandemic which seems to have the world in its grip, we are aware that traveling to be with his family or to attend any Celebration of Life services is not feasible at this time.  However, I will remain in contact with his family as to any arrangements they may have.  I ask that we respect the family and not bombard them with calls; they may need some time to themselves to grieve and process things as they adjust to life without their beloved father.

 

Again, I ask that we keep his family and Jurisdictions he served in our prayers to God that He will grant them comfort during this most difficult time.  As his friend, I ask that you keep me in your prayers as well.  I will be in communication with our National General Secretary, Bishop Matthew Lloyd, Jr., with updates and he, in turn, will keep you informed.

 

In His service,

Dr. J. C. Watford

Senior Bishop & Chief Apostle

Dear saints of the Church of God in Christ, International:

 

During these times in which we live and because of the COVID-19 pandemic that's currently present, I strongly adjure each of you to be safe and follow all the guidelines issued by local, state and national governments.  Be vigilant to observe social distancing rules and practice the hygiene recommendations as set forth by the World Health Organization (WHO) and/or the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC).  Wear face masks when you have to out in public and around people and use rubber or latex gloves when having to touch things such as shopping carts, touching and opening doors, operating gas pumps and the like.

 

While some governors are opening states, seemingly too soon, for various reasons with limited restrictions, I ask that you continue to follow the "stay at home" rules as much as possible.  DO NOT GO OUT TOO SOON!  When in gatherings and large crowds, refrain from shaking hands and hugging--"fist-bumping" and "forearm" or "shoulder-bumping" seem to be safe.  As people of God, it is our nature to greet one  another with hugs and/or kisses, please refrain from these as well.

 

Let us continue to pray for one another and for those who may have lost loved ones from complications brought on by COVID-19.  As well, we shall be steadfast in prayer for our first responders and health care personnel who put their own lives on the line daily while caring for those who have been affected by this virus -- an "unseen enemy"'!

 

I share this with you:  It is said an Eastern monarch once charged his wise men to invent him a sentence, to be ever in view, and which should be true and appropriate in all times and situations.  They presented him the words:  "And this, also, shall pass."  As we continue to pray, trust and depend on God concerning this pandemic, I say, "And this, also, shall pass".

 

In His service,

 

Dr. J. C. Watford

Senior Bishop & Chief Apostle