In Loving Memory
March 23, 2007
To our Church Of God In Christ Family:
It is with deep sadness and sorrow that the General Board of the Church Of God In Christ informs you of the passing of our Presiding Bishop Gilbert Earl Patterson. The entire Church and World mourns the loss of our leader. He was the leader of our International Church, a leader in the Memphis Community and a leader of the Christian Community. At this time we will continue to pray for the Patterson family and our great Church as we honor the life of our leader. We are declaring a period of mourning for our Church and we are requesting that all members observe this time as we pray during this time of grief.
All services for Church Of God In Christ Presiding Bishop G.E. Patterson have been finalized.
The body of Bishop Patterson will lie in state at Mason Temple, 930 Mason Street in Memphis , Tennessee on Wednesday, March 28 from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and at Temple of Deliverance Church of God in Christ at 369 G.E. Patterson Ave. on Thursday, March 29 and Friday, March 30 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. and Saturday, March 31 from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
The memorial and funeral services will be held at:
Temple of Deliverance Church of God In Christ
369 G.E. Patterson Avenue
Memphis, TN 38126
THURSDAY, MARCH 29, 2007 • 7 PM
(Local) TEMPLE OF DELIVERANCE MEMORIAL SERVICE
FRIDAY, MARCH 30, 2007 • 7 PM
TENNESSEE 4th JURISDICTION MEMORIAL SERVICE
SATURDAY, MARCH 31, 2007 • 10 AM
CHURCH OF GOD IN CHRIST INTERNATIONAL HOMEGOING SERVICE
Please pray that the Lord will anoint me as I present the Eulogy on that day. All Cards and Condolences for Mother Louise Patterson and Family may be sent to Temple of Deliverance at the above address.
On behalf of the General Board, the Board of Bishops, our National Supervisor of Women, Nationally Elected Officers and Credential Holders we pray for a spirit of unity for our Great Church recognizing that “We are better together”.
Yours in Christ,
Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr.
Interim Presiding Bishop