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March 2015                                                                                                                                             EASTERN REGIONAL ASSOCIATION

 
A Growing Network of Healthy Churches
Dear Lisa,
 

In the Eastern Region of the Advent Christian Churches we are declaring the month of April to be Pastor's Wives Appreciation Month.  We would like to encourage your church and congregation to recognize this precious woman of faith in your church.  

 
 
 

See the article below to discover different ways to show her appreciation.

 
 
Affordable Care Act
 

From ACGC - February 25, 2015

By: Justin Nash


 

By now, most smaller churches and ministries across America are probably aware they are exempt from the employer mandate of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) because they have fewer than 50 full-time equivalent employees (FTEs). That's the good news.

 

The bad news: Without even knowing it, many of these same organizations may be subjecting themselves to penalties of up to $100 per employee, per day for making voluntary healthcare payments on behalf of employees (i.e., for individual policy premiums or other out-of-pocket medical costs) that do not comply with ACA market reforms. These onerous penalties became effective for health plan years beginning on or after January 1, 2014, so care must be taken now to understand and follow the existing guidance.

 

Unless your church employees are on a GROUP plan, any payments by the church toward health insurance premiums must be paid in taxable dollars. So as of last year, pastors were taxed for any payments made by the church toward their health insurance, or reimbursed medical expenses.


The government issued additional guidance "clarifying" (changing its position) such that an employer is actually NOT permitted to reimburse individual healthcare insurance premiums on EITHER a pre- or post-tax basis. If your church continues to do this, the church is required to pay a fine of $100 per day per employee! To avoid the fine, you must stop doing that within 30-days.


 In summary, if your church has no group insurance plan, but has any sort of reimbursement for individual premiums or medical expenses, whether before- or after-tax, stop it. Instead, give your employees a raise. To make it clear that the raise is not tied to health reimbursement, we recommend that you make the raise an even number, larger than what the church would otherwise pay (even by a dollar), not exactly the same amount.


 Remember that if you have a bona fide GROUP insurance plan you need make no changes. You can continue to pay the premiums in pre-tax dollars and you're not subject to any penalties.

A handy guidebook from the E.C.F.A. with more details is available. Click here to download a copy.


 This article is for general information only and should not be considered legal or tax advice for your exact situation. Please consult a qualified legal or financial expert regarding your specific situation.

 

(This article was compiled using resources from the Free Methodist Church USA www.fmcusa.org and the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability www.efca.org)

Posted in: A Word From Our Executive Director 

 
 
 
 
 

Northern Lights Youth Choir Tour

 

 
 
 
 
 

"Family of Families"


 

We are currently studying together about what it means to be a Family of Families.  Hopefully you have had opportunity to read through some of the material that was mailed out to the Pastors or made available in the last Newsletter.  If not, you can download the articles below.  I would like to take some time this month to share a list of Theological Concepts on the "Relationship of the Home to the Household of God" found in the Antioch School Course "The Family and the Early Church" compiled by Jeff Reed.

 
Theological Concepts:
  1. The local church is to be viewed as an extended family not merely a social organization to be joined and served (1 Tim. 3:14-15).
  2. Members of the local church are to be viewed as fathers, mothers, brothers, and sisters and treated with similar respect and support as one would his own immediate family (1 Tim. 5:1-2).
  3. Only heads of households who do a good job of managing their own immediate family are qualified to help lead the extended family, the local household of God (1 Tim. 3:4-5; Titus 1:6).
  4. Older women are to help the younger women in building godly homes: loving their husbands and children, responding to their husbands, and managing their home responsibilities (Titus 2:3-5).
  5. As part of the local household of God, we have responsibility to live in a harmonious and godly manner in our individual households, as well as to pattern our relationships after a divinely appointed order (Eph. 2:11-22; 5:22-6:9; Col. 3:12-4:1; Titus 2:3-5).
  6. Our commitment to the local church as an extended family has implications for older members who are not able to provide for themselves.  Widows who have served both households are to be financially supported if their immediate families cannot support them (1 Tim. 5:3-16).

Implications for the Twenty-First-Century Home:

  1. Building a godly home should not be looked at only from the importance to the immediate family but from our responsibility to have a good testimony, which will reflect positively on the local household of God.
  2. We must place high priority on involvement in a local church and must guard against community and social organizations taking priority.  Otherwise, God's household will become weak and our kids will come to view the church as one among several good social networks.
  3. We must share in the financial needs of the extended family as we would in our own family.
  4. We must not order our homes after contemporary models of our society, but on the instructions of God, as well as helping younger homes get properly established. 

Building a Strong Family in Community (A guide for Household Heads)

 

Make a clear decision to become part of a local church committed to following biblical principles, and join the family under the assumption that this is now your extended family.

  1. This decision may need to be preceded by studying the biblical passages on the family and the church as a family (the household texts) with your wife, if she is not one-minded with you as you make such a decision.
  2. Clearly communicate your decision to the church leadership, and ask them what they expect of household heads and families who are part of this community.

Lead your family in becoming a vital part of the community (the local church).

  1. Become involved in the lives of the people in the church, "practicing hospitality and contributing to the needs of the saints."
  2. Help each member of the family over the hump of becoming involved in the life of the church and in trusting the leadership God has placed over you and your family.
  3. As a family, faithfully assemble together with the church and faithfully give toward the needs in the church and the church's plans for the progress of the gospel in the community and around the world.

Assume responsibility for your household and its ministry in your community (i.e. neighborhood and city).

  1. Be responsible in loving and leading your wife, maintaining careful communication and solving problems together, as well doing all you can to help her become complete in Christ.
  2. Design a plan, together with your wife, for training and disciplining your children, as well as guiding them through the transition into adulthood.
  3. Design an outreach strategy, including your neighborhood, workplace, and the kids' school, which will engage your whole family in ministry together to the non-believing world, in which you all rub shoulders daily. 

I would encourage you to use this material to create a sermon series, a bible study series, or to redo your church membership material.  What does it mean to "belong" to your church in light of this study?  How can we better prepare our people to fulfill their obligations at home and how will that bless our churches in return?

 

Lord, I believe that Satan has been attacking the family for a long time and we have seen the deterioration of families and the corruption of lives that has come as a result.  I pray that you will lead us to a point of really strengthening the family unit and as a result our local churches.  Amen.

 

Links to other Paradigm #2 resources.

 
 
 
 
 

From The  Super Headeruper 

 

In recent weeks I have traveled from Connecticut to New Brunswick and several places in between.  I was involved in Annual meetings at Windsor, CT., Westfield,  MA., Mechanic Falls, ME. 

 

I was granted the honor of speaking at the New Life Conference in Bristol, Ct and was able to offer prayer for the Pastors in the Conference.

 

  It was a wonderful day where many leaders gathered and reported on the good work God is doing in their churches.  The Bristol church provided an excellent breakfast and lunch. 


 


 

 

I traveled to St. John, New Burnswick and picked up Pastor Ken Perkins from the Ferry terminal.  He traveled 3 hours by boat from Bear River, Nova Scotia to travel with me to visit some Canadian Bible Colleges where we met with professors, Presidents, staff, and students in an effort to recruit young ministers to plant and pastor our Canadian ministries.  Ken and I will work together to visit:  St. Stephen's University, Kingswood University, Crandall University, and Acadia Divinity School.  Here is a picture of Ken in front of the new beautiful chapel on the campus of Kingswood. 


 

 

As a father, I was pleased to be home to celebrate my oldest son's 16th birthday and to attend church with the family at State Street Church in Portsmouth, NH where my three sons all joined the worship team and played for the first time together in front of a live audience.  Praise the Lord for family and how He is growing the next generation!


 


 

 
 Grace,  Greg
 
 

Pastor's Wives Appreciation Month

Suggestions for appreciating your pastor's wife.

 
  • Take her out to lunch or coffee
  • Treat her to a mani-pedi
  • Offer to babysit so she can go on a date with her husband
  • Take a meal to her for her family so she gets a night off from cooking
  • Gift cards for the family to go out together
  • Gift card to the local Christian Bookstore or CBD
 

About The Pastor's Wife

In this encouraging and often humorous book, Gloria Furman offers pastors' wives a breath of fresh air, reminding readers that Christ stands ready to help regardless of the circumstance-whether it's late-night counseling sessions, unrealistic expectations about how they spend their time, or complaints about their husbands' preaching.


 

Filled with life-giving truth from God's Word, this book will help pastors' wives joyfully treasure their Savior, love their husbands, and serve their churches.

 
Endorsements

"This book is a breath of fresh air, not because it's personal (which it is), or because it's practical (which it is), but because it is profoundly biblical. We found Gloria's Scripture-saturated counsel to be eminently realistic and deeply encouraging. Her wit and wisdom will be good for the pastor and good for the pastor's wife, which is good news for those in ministry and good news for the church."
-Kevin and Trisha DeYoung, Senior Pastor, University Reformed Church, East Lansing, Michigan. Kevin and Trisha have been married for 12 years and have six children.

"Pastor's wives are deep in the trenches of gospel work. We need biblical truths that meet us there and help us joyfully persevere. Gloria Furman has given us a rich, gospel-saturated resource, drawing our eyes away from any prescribed role and setting them on the one who really does the work."
-Christine Hoover, author, The Church Planting Wife and From Good to Grace

 
 
 

Get your calendar ready!

 

2015 Meetings Schedule

New Life Conference                     Saturday, March 7            Calvary ACC, Bristol, CT

Guest Speaker:  Greg Twitchell

 

Maranatha Conference                 Saturday, April 18            Calvary Bible Church, Meredith, NH

Guest Speaker:  Walid Shoebat


 

Heritage Conference                      Saturday, April 25             Attleboro ACC, Attleboro, MA

 

Maine State Conference              Fri-Sat, May 1 & 2                Bangor ACC, Bangor, ME

 

Nova Scotia                                        Sat-Sun, June 6 & 7         Bear River ACC, Nova Scotia

Guest Speaker:  Sam Warren

 

Eastern Regional Convention      Fri-Sat, Oct 23 & 24          Emmanuel Church, Rochester, NH

 
 

2015 Retreats and Conference Schedule

 

Pastors' Wives Retreat                  Fri-Sun, April 10-12          Anchorage Inn, York Beach, ME

 

WH&FMS Annual Connection   Sat, June 13                         State Street Church, Portsmouth, NH

 

Sports & Music Camp                    Sun, June 28- Fri, July 3 Alton Bay Christian Conf. Ctr, 

                                                                                                                Alton Bay, NH

 

Women's Retreat                            Fri-Sun, Sept 18-20          Alton Bay Christian Conf. Center, 

                                                                                                              Alton Bay, NH

 

If your church would like to add to this calendar of event - please contact the Eastern Regional Office or email:  cschaeffner@aceasternregion.org

 
 
 
 

New England Expository Preaching Institute

Beginning in May of 2015, the New England Expository Preaching Institute will launch a series of two-day regional training events.  Partnering with the Stephen Olford Center for Preaching, we'll be offering:

 
  • Regional locations - we're locating the two-day Institutes throughout New England, close enough for any pastor or preacher to attend without having to travel great distances, especially due to the importance and design of the cohort follow-up
  • Excellence in teaching - we've partnered with notably the best expository preaching organizations in the United States along with some accomplished preaching instructors for training at each two-day event.
  • Cohort Groups - every participant in a two-day training event will be expectedto enroll in a cohort for continuing preaching education and encouragement.
  • Preaching Resources - we'll connect you with the best tools for bible exposition available today through our network of partners.
  • Affordability - we've arranged for all of this to be provided for under $55.00.  This covers the cost of the event, lunches and study materials.  There is no charge to belong to a cohort for the first year. 

How about you?   Would you like to sharpen your preaching skills?  Whether you've been preaching for decades or just starting out, you will gain valuable insights and encouragement from joining with fellow preachers at NEEPI!  

 

Click here for more information 

and to sign up for a regional event near you!

 
 
Word of Life Christian Leadership
 

  
 

Pastor Duke Hergate, the founder and now   pastor emeritus  of Temple Baptist Church in Half Moon, NY says, "This conference is perhaps the most meaningful conference for the Christian leaders of our churches that Word of Life has ever put on. I am about "conferenced-out," but I am truly excited about this special conference for us pastors AND people in the pews. Our church will doubtless register all of our first AND second tier leadership, including small groups leaders." 

 

One of the host church pastors, Will Barbarczy of Grace Fellowship Church in Watervilet, NY reports they "plan to register one person from every small group in our church."

I want to urge the MEN OF INFLUENCE who receive this email to forward these INFORMATION BULLETINS to your entire network of leaders and friends. As the word gets out through the network of churches, this conference will have significant impact.

REMEMBER...The conference speakers will explain discipleship that builds churches, based on years of practical experience. Attorney David C. Gibbs III will address current issues facing the local church, including the homosexual agenda, and give an overview of things happening in Washington and in State and Local governments that affect the church.   

This is a conference for church leaders at various levels of leadership that will make a difference in their ministry.
 

  
Price: $25
$40 after April 5th
 
  
 
In This Issue

Affordable Care Act

Northern Lights Youth Choir Tour

Family of Families

From the Super

Pastor's Wives Appreciation Month

Get Your Calendar Ready!

New England Expository Preaching Institute

Word of Life Christian Leadership

Vision New England

2015 Penny Crusade

Advent Christian Prayer Summit

Musing -by Rev. Clayton Blackstone

Book Review by Dr. Sam Warren

Minister to Those Who Minister

2015 Summer Camp Schedule

2015 Shingle Project

Attention Church Clerks!

SAVE THE DATE!

Early Adventist - Organization of the State of Maine

 
 
 
Vision New England Brings
Leadership Workshop to ABCCC
 

For the past 6 years, Vision New England has been offering workshops on "Leadership", specifically tailored to the expressed needs of the pastors and leaders of New England.  These workshops are based on the presentations of the Global Leadership Summit (GLS) held each year by the  Willow Creek Association.

 

The AltonBay Christian  Conference Center is please to offer these workshops to the pastors and church leaders of Southern New Hampshire.  On April 21, Jack Richardson, Director of the Strategic Leadership Network of Vision New England is presenting the first of the workshops through the AltonBay Christian Conference Center.

 

At the recend Global Leadership Summit (GLS 2014), the attendees ranked as #1, Bill Hybel's presentation entitled:  

"Hard-Fought Leadership Lessons I have Learned".

 

We are offering a 3 hour, in-depth interactive workshop, followed by dinner at the Conference Center, covering two of his topics in that presentation:

1.  All Leadership in Intensely Spiritual

2.  Great Leadership is Relentlessly Developmental

When you finish the workshop, and have had the benefit of the conversation over dinner, you will possess a detailed leadership plan - written by you - based on the needs of you and/or the leaders of your church.  Upon returning to your church, you will have enough information at your fingertips to immediately begin implementing the ideas of your plan - based on Bill Hybel's presentation but specifically tailored by you for your environment.

DATE:  April 21, 2015

TIME:   1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Registration Fee:  $25.00

 

You are then invited and encouraged to take advantage of a free overnight stay at ABCCC so that you can find some rest and refreshment though

Worship and Prayer, on April 22 from 9:00 am - noon.  

 

Reservations for Leadership Workshop and the Wednesday Breakfast and lunch need to be made no later that April 15 to renewnheal@gmail.com.  The cost for meals is:  Breakfast $7.00 and Lunch $9.00.    Payable by cash or check only at the door.

 

This is a great opportunity and it is our prayer that you will take advantage of this.  We look forward to hearing from you.

 
 
2015 Penny Crusade
 

News from our Asia Pacific Area Director Jeff and Penny Vann

 

Many of our AC churches are in the middle of their 2015 Penny Crusade campaign to support our outreach ministries around the world. Often jars to collect pennies are placed in the churches during their crusade. So, here's a bit of trivia for you.

Having been missionaries to the Philippines, and now currently living in New Zealand while working with our New Zealand Conference, we have found that neither of these countries have pennies. Some countries have gotten rid of one cent pieces with the cost being more to make than they are now worth. In these countries, costs are rounded up or down. In other countries, change is given in candy.

 

Penny Crusade is ACGC World Outreach's chief way to raise funds for missions. One hundred percent of this year's contributions will go to support our mission outreaches. A part of these contributions support the salaries of the world outreach area directors. Your church's support to Penny Crusade also provides your ACGC directors with travel to other countries to facilitate teaching seminars, building of stronger relations between our conferences, and to be able to have an assessment of their ministry needs. This past year, training seminars were provided to our AC mission conferences in Myanmar, Democratic Republic of Congo and Mozambique. Your support of our mission ministries provided teaching and training for young men and women overseas in discipleship skills for Christ, enabling many more to be brought to him. Our worldwide mission work has done much, but there is more to do! There are so many who do not know the gift of life that Jesus offers. With his help, we can do it.

 

So, I did some calculations - for a little more trivia. If every Advent Christian in North America were to give up buying one bottle of Coke or one cup of coffee a week and pledge that money toward Penny Crusade, it would double the Penny Crusade fund's total. This would translate into more missionaries going out, more trips to the fields to train AC pastors and church leaders, and, Lord willing, more people coming to Jesus.

 

If your church did not receive their 2015 Penny Crusade material, or as an individual you would like to learn more about our overseas ministries, please contact our mission office at worldoutreach@acgc.us.

 
 
 
 
Advent Christian Prayer Summit
 
 

For the first time, we are coming together for what is being called the Advent Christian Prayer Summit. Our theme, "Seek My Face" is based on Psalm 27:7-9a. During these two days, scheduled for May 11 - 12, 2015, Advent Christian pastors, church leaders and concerned laity will seek God's face as we join together for prayer and some strategic teaching on the subject.

 

The Advent Christian Prayer Summit will take place in Charlotte, N.C., at the Dulins Grove Advent Christian Church (11200 Arlington Church Road, Charlotte, NC 28227), directly across the street from the ACGC denominational offices. It will be a great time of teaching, intentional prayer and incredible fellowship for all who attend. The summit will begin with registration on Monday, May 11 at 12:15 p.m. and conclude on Tuesday the 12th at 1:00 p.m. We are offering this event to you at no cost. You will be responsible just for your travel and lodging. Monday evening dinner will be provided.

 

We want to encourage you to think and pray about attending and participating in this important event. These are strategic times in the life of the Advent Christian denomination, and we must come together to seek the face of the Lord for the work he has called us to do. Pastors, church leaders, prayer coordinators and anyone interested in praying for the work of all Advent Christians should come. God is calling us to seek his face together. We are continuing to work on the details of this great and exciting event and will let you know everything about the Prayer Summit as we get closer to the date. Be sure to check the ACGC website for up-to-date information on the Summit.

 

If you have questions, please contact us at 704-545-6161 or blarkin@acgc.us . In the meantime, please pray about making plans to be with us. 

The registration deadline is April 27. 
 

You can register at: http://conta.cc/1G7woVb or by calling 704-545-6161. You will not want to miss this unbelievable opportunity to shape the direction of our denomination through prayer.

 
 
 
 
 
Just A Tractor
 

Clayton BlackstoneMusing - Rev. Clayton Blackstone

 

"A merry going forth bringeth often a sad returning, and a merry evening maketh a sad morning."

-      Thomas a' Kempis

 

I broke a man's tractor on Tuesday.

 

Not a model tractor like the ones a toddler retrieves from my study on Sunday mornings, but the kind that evokes nostalgic memories of growing up on the Blackstone Homestead. The kind where pushing on a lever revs the engine to 2200 RPMs. The kind where pulling a knob engages the PTO. The kind with a three-point hitch and a bucket on the front. The kind I want but will never own.

 

I covet the delight children express at simple things. I watch a little boy's eyes light up when he sees donuts as he enters the church building or a seven-year old girl's as she twirls in her new dress. I listen to the excitement in their voices as they describe a new hiding place discovered at Grandma's house or a new game invented when Mom ordered them outside to play.

 

Few things excite me like that. But on Monday, I was a kid in an adult body riding a tractor and salivating with delight as the bush hog chewed up and spit out tall grass and an occasional bush. I worked until dark and began soon after daylight on Tuesday. Adrenaline replaced caffeine as my preferred drug of choice.

 

Mid-morning one side of the bush hog stayed down when it should have risen. I powered down the PTO, turned off the key and climbed from the tractor to inspect. The spring pin that once held the lift arm in place had fallen out. Worse - the detached arm had punctured a hole in the reservoir for hydraulic fluid housed in the rear axle. In an instant, my merry going forth brought a sad returning. Bad enough to break something of my own, worse to damage the possession of another.

 

I fretted into the afternoon. A more seasoned operator would have noticed something amiss before the damage had been done. I had failed to maintain due diligence.

 

Sometime during my assault on myself, the focus shifted from worry about the tractor to reflection about how quickly the giddiness of Monday spiraled into Tuesday's despair. About when my hunger for happiness had passed from childhood wonder to a grown-up's attraction to power, glitz and glamor. About what delights me these days.

 

I was ruminating at the kitchen window when I saw two doe feasting on young grass accessible now that the bush hog had laid low the five-foot weeds that had hidden it. One looked in my direction as if it sensed a spy afoot. As they ate, I was a child again, watching deer as if for the first time.

Then, like a Holy Spirit arrow shot at random - "As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God.  My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God?" 1

"Blessed are the ears that catch the pulses of the Divine whisper," Thomas a' Kempis wrote.2 I listened as I watched.

"Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me?"3

 

"I broke a man's tractor," I answered though he would say to me a day later, 'it's just a tractor. It can be fixed.'" Unlike the marriage of a friend, broken, it seems, beyond repair. Unlike the brain of a three year old who fell out a second story window. Unlike the soul of a once passionate follower of Jesus now disillusioned because of more heartache than he thought his share.

 

The ears of the deer stood straight up. One nibbled while the other kept watch. As they moved closer to the stand of trees, the nibbler assumed the alert position as if familiar with a' Kempis's comment about blessed ears and divine whispers.

"At this stage in your life, what brings you joy," a friend asked a few weeks back. On my good days I would like to answer "God." On my bad days, one thing I know for certain - it's not a tractor.

 

1 Psalm 42.1,2 NIV

2 Thomas a' Kempis. The Imitation of Christ. (New York: Grosset & Dunlap), 119.

3 Psalm 42.5,11 NIV

 
 
 
Book Review by Dr. Sam Warren

 

I am always on the lookout for books that get into the nitty gritty of a subject but keeps it simple and clear.  The book Protégé is such a book.  If you will take the time to dive into the meat of this book you will find a great treasure.  I hope you enjoy it!

                                                              

 Have you as a leader ever wished for more hands-on development and mentoring from a ministry veteran? Wouldn't that kind of investment accelerate, deepen and intensify your leadership skills and impact? God is raising up a generation of young ministry leaders-protégés--who need guidance in their calling to serve and lead people in the pursuit of God. These protégés need our help. Steve Saccone has a history of being part of this calling to help the called. With over a decade of leadership development experience, he has, through God's help, catalyzed the growth and character of proteges around the globe. In this book Saccone shows how you can raise up leaders from within your own community and develop them into passionate, faithful servants of God. You will be personally challenged to grow as you discover how to cultivate a culture of leadership development in your ministry. In a sense we are all protégés who have much to learn and much to teach--and we can either help those who are behind us or seek help from those who are ahead of us. Along the way, we'll watch the kingdom grow in our midst.

 

Dr. Sam Warren | Director of Nurture

Advent Christian General Conference
swarren@acgc.us | www.acgc.us

 
 
 
Minister to Those Who Minister

By Phil Dubois

 

I recently read a blog post by Jason Johnson entitled "The Best Thing You Can Do for Your Marriage in Foster Care."  (http://jasonjohnsonblog.com/blog/the-best-thing-you-can-do-for-your-marriage-in-foster-care#.VNu1psbXCtw=)  He brought up a critical point: "Foster care is spiritual warfare. It is a very real battle against an enemy who is unequivocally committed to seeking, stealing and destroying that which is good (John 10:10). His schemes are evidenced in the lives of struggling families and marginalized children and extend themselves even towards those who work to put an end to his destructive ambitions - namely, you. Your obedience to God does not insulate you from the attack of the enemy, it actually paints a bigger bullseye on your back and exposes you to his schemes all the more. Foster care is nothing if not the call to purposefully, willingly, sacrificially and joyously position yourself and your marriage in the crosshairs of the enemy's attack."

 

Do you know families in your church or community who are facing these challenges?  How can you be an encouragement to them?  Could you provide child care so the couple can have a date night?  Could you arrange for them to attend a weekend marriage conference?  Can you bring over dinner, flowers, or a special treat?  Sometimes the greatest encouragement comes from the smallest gesture.  A friend recently offered to watch our children so my wife could do anything she wanted for a few hours; her choice was to take a nap!  I am overjoyed when someone tells me sincerely, "I am praying for you;" my joy is multiplied when the person asks to pray with me.

 

Foster parents often feel isolated and alone.  They face unusual challenges, steering a ship in uncharted waters.  They can't go home to relax after 8 hours on the job.  You can be the cheerleader to give them the strength they need.  You can also be a minister of grace to unchurched foster families.  Pray for wisdom to know how you can minister to those who minister to foster children.

 
 
 
2015 Summer Camp Schedule
 

goggles-pool-girls.jpgOnce again, we are gearing up for an very busy summer with our Camps and Conferences in the Eastern Region.

 

We have compliled our camp schedules with contact person information.  If you are in leadership and there needs to be corrections for the your schedule or contact information, please contact the Eastern Regional Office and we will make sure your information is corrected.

 
 
 
 

ERA Regional Residence

Shingle Project 2015

May 28-30, 2015

 

 

GOAL: 70 gifts @ $100 each

GOAL:  $7000 for materials

GOAL:  Volunteer Manpower                

 
 
Attention Church Clerks
 

1.  When preparing your annual church reports, please don't forget to send a copy to the Eastern  Regional Office either by mail or email!  Thanks!

 

2.  Beginning January 1, 2015 we will officially be cancelling our Post Office Box.  Please send all mail to the physical address of 32 Four Rod Road, Rochester, NH  03867

 
 

SAVE THE DATE

 

Black logoThe Annual Eastern Regional Convention Date has been set!

 

Mark your calendars for October 23-24, 2015.  Held at Emmanual Advent Christian Church, Rochester, NH.  Featuring worship, workshops, fellowship, and convention business!

 
 

Early Adventist organization in the state of Maine.

 

From the files of Berkshire Christian College's Adventual Library, housed in Goddard Library at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.

 

Click here to view the two articles in one document.

1.  ADVENT  HERALD

     09 Mar 1850, p. 47

     Conference At South China, ME

 
2.  AN ADDRESS TO ADVENTISTS IN MAINE
     By I. C. Wellcome
 
 
ERA Board of Directors
 
 
Rev. Dr. Glenn Rice, President
Rev. Paul Carter, Vice  President
Rev. Allen Latimore, Clerk
Mrs. Karen Emerson,   Treasurer
Rev. Doug Tourgee, Heritage Conference Representative
Rev. Nick Foss, President, Maine State Conference
Rev. Dr. David Alves, President, Maranatha Conference
Rev. George Karl, President, New Life Conference
Rev. George Middleton, President, New York Conference
Rev. Ken Perkins, President, Nova Scotia Conference
Mr. Charlie Merrill, ERA Representative to ACGC
  
 

The Eastern Regional Association Newsletter is published as a ministry of the Eastern Regional Association of the Advent Christian General Conference.

  

Rev. Gregory Twitchell, Superintendent

 

Miss Carolyn Schaeffner, Administrative Secretary

 

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