MACEDONIA COGIC
 
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Macedonia History

     In 1961 Superintendent Dave Jones, Jr. was commanded by God to go into his vineyard of souls and to work. Believing God and in obedience to the voice of God, he moved out and started his ministry as a pastor. In search of a name for the ministry, he was led to Acts 16:9 (And a vision appeared to Paul in the night; There stood a man of Macedonia, and prayed him, saying, Come over into Macedonia, and help us) and the Macedonia Church of God in Christ was birthed. Macedonia's first house of worship was an apartment on France and North Roman in the lower ninth ward of New Orleans.

     As the Lord blessed the ministry, it was evident that a move must be made, in 1962 Macedonia moved to a theater on Dauphine Street. There was no doubt that Macedonia, under the leadershop of this praying, anointed man of God, was on its way to a fruitful ministry.

     In August 1963, Pastor Jones was lead to a house located at 3015 Louisa Street, New Orleans, Louisiana. Once standing on the grounds at this location, he was convinced in his spirit, this would be a "BLESSED SPOT" for the Macedonia Church of God in Christ Ministry. Following the vision that God had given him, he proceeded to purchase this property. Once purchasing the house and converting it into a church, God begin to show himself mightily in the Desire area through the "LITTLE MAN, WITH THE BIG HANDS". People began to come, come and come and filled this house where the power of God was falling upon all how entered. Macedonia became known as the Rocking Little House on Louisa Street.

     Macedonia remained in the rocking "LITTLE HOUSE" until 1965.  After Hurricane Betsy, a larger Macedonia was built on the same spot of "blessed ground and again the house began to fill up.  The members saw the need for a larger edifice and began to work, work and work.  The property directly behind the church at 3015 Piety Street was purchased.  A few years later the property adjacent to the church at 3015 Louisa Street was purchased from Deacon Lester and the late Georgina Ratliff.  With the purchase of these two (2) pieces of property, the Pastor had a vision and the members wanted to see the Pastor's vision become a reality.  With a united force, and all with the same mind, plans were made to expand as people were once again standing around the walls of Macedonia for Worship Service.

     In 1979, Macedonia began to rebuild and during this rebuilding, the Saints worshiped at the Metropolitan Church of God in Christ with the late Elder Julius Burrell until completion.

     In 1980, with the help of loyal, committed and dedicated SAINTS, the second Macedonia Church of God in Christ was built and dedicated to the Lord for the work of the ministry.

    In 1989, following the vision of Sis Edna Beach-Jordan and Elder Lee Franklin, Macedonia held it's first "Annual Homecoming. Macedonians came from far and near to be a part of this "Spiritual Family Reunion and Blessed Celebration. This became a highlight for the Family of Macedonia every year in April.      In 1992, the late Sis. Pamela Moten Badon, was inspired and used by God to plan and oversee a fundraiser to burn the mortgage. God brought her vision to reality in 1993 when the mortgage was PAID IN FULL.

     Once the mortgage was burnt, Macedonia begain planning for future projects for the "EXPANSION OF THE VISION" of Pastor Jones for this neighborhood and community. God blessed Macedonia to purchase property at 3018-3020 eity Street, 3001 Louisa Street and 2945 Louisa Street.

     Being a community church, Macedonia has become the Headquarters of Neighborhood Watch, a Food Distribution Center for Seniors, a Tutoring Center and a Clothing Shelter for the homeless.

    In 2005, Macedonia faced an unexpected and devastating challenge - Hurricane Katrina, that completely destroyed the church and relocated the membership all over the country, inclding Pastor Jones living in Texas, but God said he would never leave or forsake his people.

    As the things began to settle down after Katrina, Church Administrator, District Missionary Gwendolyn Bell-Badon and Sister Cynthia Morris begin the task of locating the members that had returned to the area so that arrangements could be made to meet for services on Sunday. With the assistance of Bro. Chris Turgen, serval churches in the uptown area opened their doors (Christ Church Cathedral and Trinity Episopal Church). In search of a permanent temporary place of worship, in November of 2005 God led the Church Administrator to Overseer Tom Watson of Watson Memorial Teaching Ministries. After discussing with Pastor Jones, he gave her permission to contact him, and God opened the door at Watson Memorial Ministries from 2005-2007.

    In the spirit of brotherly love an support, many churches opened their doors to Macedonia when the need arose: Thompson Temple COGIC, Mount Calvary COGIC, New Dimension COGIC, Fifth African Baptish Church, Deliverance Missionary Baptist Church, Praise Temple Ministries, Carver Desire Baptist Church, Household of Faith and others.

    In June of 2007, Macedonia moved back to Louisa Street holding services under a tent until Hurricane Gastav blew it down and destroyed it. Not ready yet to start the re-building process, Macedonia leased a modular building frm 2007-2011. While in the tent and modular building, God continued to bless so that "BLESSED SPOT OF GROUND."

    In the fall of 2011 the re-building of Macedonia began and the SAINTS became to glorify and magnify the LORD for his blessings. Many challenges faced the Macedonia Family during this time, but God said peace be still, it shall come to pass and it did. On Sunday June 10, 2012, seven years after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina the members of Macedonia praised and worshipped God in “dedication” of the new and beautiful edifice at 3015 Louisa (the blessed spot of ground).

    This church will be dedicated as a "HOUSE of PRAYER and REFUGE".

    God has proven that he is not finished with Pastor Jones and the Macedonia Ministry and is moving it into a new era.

“LOOK WHERE GOD HAS BROUGHT US FROM”

"TO GOD BE THE CLORY,

THE HONOR,

and

THE PRAISE"

  

Macedonia Church of God in Christ
3015 Louisa St. New Orleans, LA 70126



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