We Love God, We Believe in God
We have faith in the love that God has for us. God is love, and everyone who has love is in God, and God is in him. 1 John 4:16
Thank you for taking the time to visit our website. We realize there are many churches in Sacramento. However, Williams Memorial is unique. We believe you will not find a friendlier or more God-Centered house of worship.
Williams Memorial is the First Church of God In Christ (COGIC) in Sacramento. It has survived the test of time. It was established in 1924 on deep COGIC principles. These founding beliefs have not changed. One of the reasons we appeal to so many, it is where you can find your roots and be proud that God is still worshiped like it was when you first found salvation.
At Williams Memorial you find, not only welcoming people, you will experience:
PLEASE COME AND EXPERIENCE THE JOY!
Our Services are weekly and family oriented.
We believe everyone should be praying a minimum of five times a day: when you wake up; breakfast; lunch; dinner; and when you retire at night. We have prayer during the week and any formal service or meeting.
We believe daily bible reading is a must. This is when God speaks to our heart and we are able to reflect how God’s Word applies to our everyday living.
How can the people hear unless there is a preacher? We the preacher must proclaim the Good News. We believe the Word from God should be Inspirational, Spiritual, and Applicable.
We encourage, support, and assist in uniting others in Holy Matrimony. The church is uniquely designed to make weddings desirable.
Our vision statement requires the church to be active in the community. We distribute food to the needy, give clothes to the less fortunate, service the mothers of the unborn, clean the streets, supply jobs for the youth, and whenever possible make a difference in the community.
Below are some of our favorite sermons. All of our previous Sunday Morning services are available on Youtube.
A Basket Case
Are You Ready
In The Fullness of Time
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
Pastor Larry G. Meeks is a humble servant of God. He was raised in Bakersfield, CA and the son of Elder Reuben C. Meeks, the founder 13 churches in the Central Valley of California.
Pastor Larry Meeks was called to the ministry in 1988 and served faithfully in every church capacity. In 2005 he became the 5th Pastor of Williams Memorial Church. Under his leadership the church has grown greatly in numbers and spiritually.
Pastor Meeks is the Former Director of the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development for the State of California. He is a former School Board Member elected to that office for over 13 years. He is a well-known metal artist with many public art creations displayed throughout the city of Sacramento.
From 1990 to 2011, Pastor Meeks was a syndicated columnist with a weekly Q&A column that appeared in many cities across the nation. Pastor Meeks has a Bachelor Degree from University of California at Davis, a Masters of Arts in Administration, another Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology and two honorary Doctorate Degrees. He is married to Dinnie Meeks since 1966. They have two children, Kimberley and Corey, and four grandchildren.
Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:, John 11:25
We believe the Bible to be the inspired and only infallible Word of God.
We believe that there is One God, eternally existent in Three Persons; God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.
We believe in the Blessed Hope, which is the rapture of the Church of God, which is in Christ, at His return.
We believe that the only means of being cleansed from sin is through repentance, faith in the precious Blood of Jesus Christ and accepting the gospel according to Romans 10:9-10.
We believe that regeneration of the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential for personal salvation.
We believe that the redemptive work of Christ on the cross provides healing for the human body in answer to believing prayer.
We believe that the baptism in the Holy Ghost, according to Act 2:4 is given to believers who ask for it.
We believe in the sanctifying power of the Holy Spirit, by Whose indwelling, the Christian is enabled to live a holy and separated life in this present world; Amen.
It is generally admitted that for an ordinance to be valid, it must have been instituted by Christ. When we speak of ordinances of the church, we are speaking of those instituted by Christ, in which by sensible signs the grace of God in Christ, and the benefits of the covenant of grace are represented, sealed, and applied to believers, and these in turn give expression to their faith and allegiance to God. The Church Of God In Christ recognizes three ordinances as having been instituted by Christ himself and therefore, binding upon the church practice.
The Lord's Supper symbolizes the Lord's death and suffering for the benefit and in the place of His people. It also symbolizes the believer's participation in the crucified Christ. It represents not only the death of Christ as the object of faith which unites the believers to Christ, but also the effect of this act as the giving of life, strength, and joy to the soul. The communicant by faith enters into a special spiritual union of his soul with the glorified Christ.
Feet Washing is practiced and recognized as an ordinance in our Church because Christ, by His example, showed that humility characterized greatness in the Kingdom of God, and that service, rendered to others gave evidence that humility, motivated by love, exists. These services are held subsequent to the Lord's Supper; however, its regularity is left to the discretion of the Pastor in charge.
We believe that Water Baptism is necessary as instructed by Christ in St. John 3:5, "UNLESS MAN BE BORN AGAIN OF WATER AND OF THE SPIRIT." However, we do not believe that water baptism alone is a means of salvation, but is an outward demonstration that one has already had a conversion experience and has accepted Christ as his personal Savior. As Pentecostals, we practice immersion in preference to "SPRINKLING" , because immersion corresponds more closely to the death, burial, and resurrection of our Lord (Colossians 2:12). It also symbolizes regeneration and purification more than any other mode. Therefore, we practice immersion as our mode of Baptism. We believe that we should use the Baptismal Formula given us by Christ for all "…IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER , AND OF THE SON, AND OF THE HOLY GHOST." (St. Matthew 28:19)
The Church of God in Christ believes in and practices Divine Healing. It is a commandment of Jesus to the Apostles (St. Mark 16:18). Jesus affirms his teachings on healing by explaining to His disciples, who were to be Apostles, that healing the afflicted is by faith (St. Luke 9:40-41). Therefore, we believe that healing by faith in God has scriptural support and ordained authority. St. James' writings in his epistle encourage Elders to pray for the sick, lay hands upon them and to anoint them with oil, and that prayers with faith shall heal the sick and the Lord shall raise them up. Healing is still practiced widely and frequently in the Church of God in Christ, and testimonies of healing in our Church testify to this fact.
The Church of God in Christ believes that miracles occur to convince men that the Bible is God's Word. A miracle can be defined as an extraordinary visible act of Divine power, wrought by the efficient agency of the will of God, which has as its final cause the vindication of the righteousness of God's word. We believe that the works of God, which were performed during the beginnings of Christianity, do and will occur even today where God is preached, Faith in Christ is exercised, The Holy Ghost is active, and the Gospel is promulgated in the truth (Acts 5:15; 6:8; 9:40; Luke 4:36, 7:14-15; 5:5-6; St. Mark 14:15).