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West 7th Street First Church of God

Rev. Carl & Mary Howard


 of the non-denominational

 West 7th St First Church of God, Newport, Kentucky

Founded in 1968


If you read the Bible  you will see it indicates that there is

One Lord, One Faith, and One Baptism. 


The Church of God is the only institution on earth that is of heavenly origin.  It is the only institution on the shores of time that will continue to exist eternally.  All else will pass away  with the closing of tie.  The glory of empires, the  magnificence of civilization, the grandeur of monarchies of time, will have no reflection admid the glories of Heaven. The splendor of earth's fortunes, the renown, of eloquence and  oratory, the famed schools  of learning, the enchantments of beautiful forms and cermonies and  creeds will find any imprint, will have no representation in that land beyond the grave.  Only the Church of God will shine there.  It came down from Heaven and will return to Heaven.

The Church of God is God's body, not only on earth, but also through all eternity, the Church is God's habitation now and forever. God will dwell in His people and His people dwell in Him, while the cycles of eternity roll on unending.  The Church of God on earth is God's incarnation among men.  As men read in the history of the true Church, they will read the biography of God.  The life of the church is His life.  The world is God's creation as a Creator, the Church is His creation as a Life Giver.  It is His own life.  It lives in  Him and He in it.  The church is a mere creative act, but by being born of God.  The church is born of God in Christ and is the offspring of God.  God loves the world as His creation.  He loves the church as the life of His life. 

The Church of God on earth, contains heavenly elements and nothing that is not heavenly.  The Church bears God's name, and  image, God's views, His own likeness in His church.  The church is a mirror which reflects all the Divine perfections.  The Church of God is a living body.  It lives upon the life of God.  God life flows through its veins.  The life of Christ circulates freely through His church, as freely as the blood circulates through the human body- the church is His body.  It feeds on heavenly food.  It breathes the atmosphere of Heaven.  God and man united in Christ is the church.  In the Church of God, is the uniting of all saints with God and with each other.  The manifold wisdom of God the mysteries, of God, the character of God is revealed through his church.  God in His beauty, shines out of the church.   She is all fair; there is not spot in her.  God made the sun, the moon, and all the shining stars, but He does not make them His dwelling place.  When He built His church, He said,"This is my rest; here I will dwell and multiply Myself;  here I have found such beauty and worth as to call out the fullest capability of My love; here I find the fullet complacency of My being; here I see of the travail of My soul and I am satisfied."

The Church of God is attended by the ministry of angels.  It is the only institution on earth that angels desire to look into.  They pass every other thing by, but stop at the church to admire her beauty  and to bestow their ministr.  It is theo nly institution on earth that affords joy to the angels.  It is the only Institution over which they sing,"Glory to God in the highest, and on earth, peace good will toward men."  All of the conquests of the church on earth bring joy to the angels.

The Church of God is the only instrution on earth that can worship God.  God is to be worshipped, must be worshipped, in the Spirit and in Truth, and nothing but the church has the Spirit and the Truth.  The Church is full of heavenly instincts.  God gives instinct to the bird and this instinct teaches it to do things and it survives.  Heavenly instincts fill the church, teaching it to do heavenly things so it is alive.  Its life is heavenly life.  It lives by heavenly things, and divine things are wrought out by her activities. The Church is Holy Spirit filled and Holy Spirit governed.  The church is in the world, but the world is not in the church.  IThe Church is filled with divine things.  The fish is in the salty ocean, but the fish is not salty.  If you die in the Church, you cannot go out of it; if you die out of it, you can never  get in it.  There is no sin in the Church.  Her law is the law of holiness.  All honor in the Church is given to the Trinity.  Some day the Church of God is going to be caught up to Heaven and receive a faultless presentation into the immediate presence of Cod's glory and the joys of Heaven will be full and complete and be undiminished while eternity rolls on forever. -------------Charles E. Orr


Rev Carl Howard with his favorite Bluegrass group -  Pine Mountain Railroad!

Rev Howard thanks PMRR for allowing him to sing

Father's Table Grace with their accompaniment!



Rest in peace, our beloved Pastor of 43 yrs

Rev Carl I Howard, a student of God's Word


  West 7th Street First Church of God 

312 W 7th St Newport Ky 41071 

 Attn: Pastor, Rev. Carl I.  Howard


1 Corinthians 1:18 -

"For the preaching of the cross is to

them that perish, foolishness;

 but unto us which are saved it is the power of God."

                           IN THE HEART OF NEWPORT KENTUCKY                                                   



Since the passing of my dad, the founder and pastor of the West 7th St Church of God, the building has been closed, and opened only ocassionally for

a wedding or social function.  This is not the intention of the work of our parents, who built the church from their basement, to the building

on West 7th & Isabella Sts., the people of Newport deserve more.

Even this little building, deserves the Word of God to be preached from it's sacred pulpit for which it was intendly built.

It is our prayer, that God is not finished with this little work yet.

Please contact the church if you have questions by writing them at

312 W 7th St Newport Ky 41071


United State of America .. Established as a Christian allow everyone their freedom of worship.

We, as Americans, having established our Nation as a Christian Principled nation, have opened our land and hearts to people wanted to share in our country's richness and live in peace.  To say we were not founded on God's principles, our birth given unalienable rights, and that document known as the Constitution of the United States, written by the majority of Christian men, protected those rights, would be to rewrite history.  Do not allow the new history books to be written for our children and grand children and great grand children, leaving out the real true history of our nation.  See


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Our congregation of God's children, ask that you pray each day and evening for our soldiers in Afghanistan, Iraq and wherever they may be.  They are the backbone of this great nation, as well as,  our Veterans.  It is through their sacrifices, that we are free.    By  God's Grace,  we continue to be free, and let us not consider, not defending that freedom, ever. 

Honor and respect our soldiers.  They are true heroes.  They give so much. God bless each and every one of them, as well as those that wait at home for their return.


Pastor Carl I. Howard;;