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Welcome to the February 2013 Eastern Regional Newsletter.  There is a lot happening here in the Eastern Region among our Advent Christian Churches.  The big event is "Building Below the Water Line" happening on Monday and Tuesday, March 25 & 26, 2013 at Alton Bay Christian Conference Center.

 

This event is geared toward Pastors and church leadership; made affordable by the generousity of Alton Bay Christian Conference Center.  To register click on this link.  Question?  Please contact the Eastern Regional Office at (603) 332-1412 or email: cschaeffner@aceasternregion.org.

  
 

Church Spotlight 

by Judy Underwood and Pastor Bruce Burks

  
Vernon 2

Pond Road Chapel

The Advent Christian Church of Vernon, Vermont
 

From the first teachings of William Miller in 1840 until the present day, teaching the soon return of Jesus Christ and glorifying Him has been the goal of the Advent Christian Church in Vernon, VT.  The initial small group built a chapel, very similar to William Miller's in White Hall, NY, with D. L. Moody, Ira Sanky and many of our denominational "greats" speaking in that pulpit. By 1909 the congregation had outgrown the "Pond Road Chapel" and then built the current building on Route 142.  A basement was dug out (by hand) in the 1950's for added Sunday School rooms and a kitchen. 

Vernon Advent Christian Church 1909

A new sanctuary and fellowship hall were added in the 1990's along with two new parking lots.  The original building was then remodeled and updated which added a modern new kitchen, a youth room and an excellent library. This new facility now meets the needs of an average attendance of over 90 people as well as ministering to the community.  

 
Vernon
New Sanctuary and Fellowship Hall

The old Pond Road Chapel is now a historical site and is maintained by the historical society of Vernon.The focus has always been on teaching scripture as the inerrant word of God and supporting missions.  There are five on-going Bible studies for ages teens to Seniors.  One group is studying 1st Principles from BILD International and two others may begin that series in the near future.  Rev. Hal Patterson initiated mission conferences in 1981 which have continued every year, and Penny Crusade is also a highlight in the Spring.  Five missionaries are supported monthly, other donations given as the need arises, and faithful support is given to A. C. missions through United Ministries.  Members give generously in times of crisis, such as following the tsunami in Japan.  Several short-term mission trips have been taken to Mexico, one to Memphis, plus, individuals have been assisted by the church in their own mission trips.  These trips are a great blessing for those donating as well as for those traveling.  An added blessing is having retired missionaries, pastors and long-time faithful Christians living at the A. C. Retirement Home in Vernon.

 
 

The associate pastor, Tom Johnson, leads an active youth group. Two of their favorite outings are the Word of Life SuperBowl and Soul Fest.  The Social Committee is an ambitious group who prepare a delicious coffee or luncheon at least once a month.  The Diaconate oversee the benevolent fund and the service bank which are needed from time to time from within the congregation and in the greater community.  Members often anonymously donate meals and assist others as they see a need.   Another blessing is that we are one of three evangelical churches in this small town which join together on Good Friday and Thanksgiving Eve to share talents and jointly give praise and honor to our Savior.

 

Rev. Bruce Burks has lovingly and patiently shepherded the Vernon church for almost 27 years, with his helpmate, Andi.  His daughters, Beth and Blythe, have grown up here and are now married with careers as a bakery chef and a counselor, respectively. 

 

Our Statement of Purpose reads, "We purpose as a church to glorify God, promote the Gospel of Christ, and make disciples as directed in God's Holy word."  We pray that we and all Advent Christian churches will pursue this purpose until the return of our Savior and Lord.  Maranatha!

 

To contact us, e-mail accvern@together.net

or go to our website at www.vernonadventchristianchurch.com

 
 

  Vernon 1

 
 
 
 

Musings" by Clayton Blackstone

Clayton Blackstone 

On Seasons


"For everything there is a season and a time for every matter under heaven. 

Ecclesiastes 3.1 NRSV


I will remember December 14, 2010 for years to come.


Not because on this date in 1988, the Miami Heat won their first game as a National Basketball Association team. Not because on this date in 1969 the Jackson Five appeared for the first time on the Ed Sullivan Show. And not because on this date in 1819, Alabama was admitted to the Union as the 22nd State.


I will remember this December 14 as the latest date ever on which I mowed the lawn.


I will also remember December 15, 2010 for years to come.


Not because on this date in 1973, the University of Tennessee beat Temple by a score of 11-6 in a NCAA basketball game. Not because on this date in 1967, the Beatles released "Christmas Time Is Here Again." And not because on this date in 1593, the State of Holland granted a patent on the first windmill with a crankshaft.


I will remember this December 15 as the day I blew six inches of snow from the driveway after mowing the lawn on the day before.


According to some in the family, I mowed the lawn on such a late date just to say I had done it. While the thought crossed my mind, I'll spare you the fuller rationale for this winter lawn care decision.


One day the sun shone and the temps climbed into the 50s. On the next the mercury hovered in the low 20s as snow covered evidence of the prior day's labor. The dramatic shift in seasons caught my attention.  

 

"For everything there is a season and a time for every matter under heaven," said the Preacher. He followed that poetic line with fourteen a time for this and a time for thats.  

 

"A time to live and a time to die." "A time to love and a time to hate." "A time to be born and a time to die." "A time to search and a time to give up."1


"Praise be to the name of God for ever and ever; wisdom and power are his. He changes times and seasons," Daniel told King Nebuchadnezzar.2 Everything in its season and God establishes them all.  

 

I get the part about winter and summer, fall and spring. Changes in temperature, types of moisture, and length of days govern my outdoor activities. I plant a garden in spring, cultivate it during summer, harvest its fruits in fall and wait as the land lies dormant in winter.


As long as I can remember, this rhythm has ordered my life. On the farm, we planted potatoes in May, baled hay in July, dug the crop in September and built tunnels in the snowdrifts in January.


As I approach my seventh decade, the calendar provides me with a metaphor of life. A metaphor of my walk with God. A metaphor of my vocation. A metaphor of my relationships. A metaphor of my fruitfulness. 

 

Spring. Summer. Fall. Winter.  

 

The season when earth dons its new clothes, grass greens, and air warms.  

 

The season when the sun shines hot, flowers bloom and light lingers well into the

evening.  
 

The season when the air turns crisp, fruit ripens on the vine and leaves turn blazing shades of yellow, red and orange.  

 

The season when days grow short and nights long, bodies crave comfort food, and children rejoice with the twin prospects of fresh snow and the announcement of "No school today."


The older I get, the more I dread the coming of cold, darkness, ice and snow. It wasn't always so. When I was a child, I found delight in every season - even winter. We built snow tunnels tall enough to stand in, created jumps for our Flying Saucers and played basketball in barns with frost-lined walls.  

 

These days, I discern a diminished child-likeness that saddens me. I am less likely to glory in the season in which I find myself. More inclined towards discontent. More apt to look for a way of escape from that which I no longer enjoy. 

 

Staring into the face of dissatisfaction, I long to sing with David confidence, "I trust in you, O LORD. You are my God. My times are in your hands; deliver me from my enemies and from those who pursue me. Let your face shine on your servant; save me in your unfailing love."3


Spring. Summer. Fall. Winter.


"My times - our times - are in your hands."

 
1 Ecclesiastes 3:1-8
2 Daniel 2:21
3 Psalm 31:14-16 NIV
 
 

From the Historical Files . . .

 

The Boston Globe, 23 May 1931.

A special memorial service will be held tomorrow in Roxbury, at Advent Christian Church, at 10:30 a.m.  At that time a national flag and a church flag will be dedicated to the memory of Rev. I. M. Blanchard, who recently passed away after serving this church eight years.  Dr. H. E. Thompson, a life-long friend of Mr. Blanchard, will participate in the service, with Rev. J. A. Nichols, Jr., instructor of the New England School of Theology.  Dr. Thompson will deliver a tribute to the memory of Mr. Blanchard.

 

The Rev. Isaac Millard Blanchard, pastored the Boston Church and taught classes at N. E. S. T., until his untimely death on the streets of Boston, for he was run down by an automobile.

 

Wouldn't it be wonderful if we had a copy of Dr. Thompson's tribute!

 

Some time ago, Rev. George Karl brought to the Adventual Library these two flags with their stands.  When the New England School of Theology moved from Brookline, Mass. to Lenox, Mass. in 1958, the core group of the Boston Advent Christian Church moved as well and some of the "furniture" of the old Boston Church went with them to Chadsey Chapel on the new Berkshire Christian College campus.  Apparently these two flags went and must have been the ones that I remember from my student days as standing on either side of the front of the chapel and now reside in the Adventual Library.

 
Chadsey Hall

Chadsey Hall - Dining Room, Chapel, Classrooms & Student Lounge
Berkshire Christian College, Lenox, MA

  

Berkshire Christian College's Adventual Library at the Center for Advent Christian Studies

Goddard Library

Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

130 Essex Street

South Hamilton, MA  01982

978-468-7111
 

Remember The Adventual Library when you are looking for a new home for all types of Adventual related materials.

 

We are here to serve you.  How may we help?

 

Duane E. Crabtree, Volunteer Curator

255 Washington St.

Arlington, MA 02474-1501

781-646-5288 (house)

781-646-5288 (fax)

617-417-9339 (cell)

 
 
 
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Greetings brothers and sisters in Christ,

 

LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT

There are many great things happening all across the Region.   I have taken on a new Antioch Student this winter named Dustin Delano from Friendship Maine.  He is serving as an intern as I mentor him in ministry.  I am also excited about the number of students that we have considering ministry and I have really enjoyed visiting students at Toccoa Falls, and Gordon Conwell in the past couple of weeks.  I am also trying to stay in touch with college students by e-mail, phone, and Facebook.  Dustin is trying to create a group on Facebook made up of college age people who are connected to the Advent Christians.  Our hope is that we can keep these bonds alive and see many of our young people coming back to work in our local churches. 

 
REVITALIZATION

We have just added another church to the list of those seeking to be "Revitalized".  On Sunday the 17th, the Mechanic Falls AC church voted to work with the Region and Maine State Conference to seek some assistance in becoming a stronger and healthier church.   The Bridgton AC Church has offered to serve as a "Sister Church" to them while they go through this process.  Similarly, the Friendship AC Church has decided to partner with Merle and Jean Beal as they send them out to do ministry in the Westfield AC Church and have adopted that church as a "Sister Church" and will be seeking to help and encourage them as they go through this revitalization process.  Across the board we are seeing a great sense of unity and cooperation among our churches and leaders which is very refreshing. 

 

Antioch School

We have new information on the Regional Website about Antioch courses being offered in the Region.  We now have 21 students seeking degrees through the Antioch school within the Region and it is beginning to take off in other Regions as well.  I would encourage you all to consider how this program might be used to:

-          Disciple believers

-          Train Lay Leaders

-          Prepare ministry leaders

-          Educate Theologians

 
TRAINING

We are gearing up for our first big training event in the Region called, "Building Below the Waterline".  I have been reading Gordon MacDonalds book this week and have really been challenged by many of the Soul Care issues that he has uncovered in his book.  I'm believing that this will be one of those events that will transform the lives, health, and longevity of many of our Pastors and leaders.  I hope that many of you will make an effort to attend. 

 

There are certainly many challenges in ministry in our time, but Praise God for all of the good things that are going on!  I regularly get reports about churches helping one another and leaders being encouraged.  I know of one Pastor who needed a new computer and toilet in the parsonage.  The church lacked the money to take care of these needs, but individuals stepped up and helped out.  I know of a church in Maine who felt compelled to reach out to some area churches and invite them to a day of ice fishing.  This church was a big encouragement to the others who attended.  Praise God for all the ways that the body of Christ functions as a family to love on one another!

Greg Blue Shirt 

 

Greg 

 
 

United Ministries of the Advent Christian General Conference 

Every ministry requires funding of some sort to carry out the work that it has been called to do.  Even Jesus was supported by wealthy benefactors and the generous contributions of faithful people.  We know that Judas was the treasurer and his job was to take care of the needs of the group and give to the poor as they were able.  Similarly, the Advent Christian Denomination is only able to function as churches and individuals faithfully contribute toward the ministry they perform.

 

The recommended formula for support of our denominational mission is for a local church to tithe its income from tithes and offerings, sending 3% to the Eastern Region and the other 7% to the Advent Christian General Conference (ACGC).  ACGC is an extension of the Eastern Region helping the local church fulfill its global mission. 

 

From these funds we are able to pool our resources to provide oversight of our global missions, leadership development, church planting, disaster relief, publications, credentialing, training, Urban ministries, Internships, Lead teams, strategic planning, revitalization for struggling churches, and a host of other services to churches and individuals. Below you will find a list of churches who contributed in United Ministries in 2012.  Please contact us if there is an error in our records.

 
 
CHURCH
TOTAL
RANK

HOPE CHURCH - LENOX, MA

   21,565.00
1
STATE ROAD
   21,405.03
2
VERNON
   20,863.16
3
SUNSHINE DEER ISLE
   18,323.25
4

EMMANUAL - ROCHESTER, NH

   17,065.60
5
FRIENDSHIP
   15,694.06
6
MELROSE, FAITH EVAN
   14,829.92
7
MEREDITH, CALVARY
   14,048.99
8
HOPE EVAN DART
   12,730.34
9
OAK HILL, OXFORD
   11,041.09
10
ASHLAND

     9,635.34

11
GOODWINS MILLS

     8,515.13

12
FALL RIVER

     8,377.00

13
NEWPORT CENTER

     8,289.62

14
CROUSEVILLE

     8,000.00

15
RIVERPOINT RI

     7,820.26

16
MIDDLE SIMONDS

     7,168.64

17
TORRINGTON

     6,306.91

18
OXFORD

     6,200.00

19
HAVERHILL, MA

     5,999.05

20
BETHEL- HOOKSETT

     4,931.73

21
N SPRINGFIELD VT

     4,879.96

22
DOVER, HOPE COMM

     4,296.75

23

HOPE CHRIST CHARLTON MA

     4,050.11

24
CHRIST CHPL RAYMOND

     3,831.00

25
LOUDON RIDGE FAMILY

     3,775.00

26

FAITH COMM - WINDSOR, CT

     3,709.25

27
PORT CLYDE

     3,481.86

28
N SCITUATE RI

     3,163.27

29
FARMINGTON NG

     2,870.78

30
LIGHT - LITTLETON

     2,860.46

31
W CHAPMAN

     2,709.55

32

SWANS ISL - MINTURN, ME

     2,667.00

33
CALVARY - BRISTOL, CT

     2,551.13

34
BANGOR

     2,500.00

35
PORTSMOUTH

     2,404.75

36
ATTLEBORO, MA

     2,367.50

37

COMMUNITY - NORWALK, CT

     2,340.00

38
SEA ROAD - KENNEBUNK

     2,250.00

39
MASSENA NY

     2,137.55

40

BLESSED HOPE - WATERVILLE, ME

     2,016.22

41
NORTHWOOD

     1,636.00

42
WESTFIELD, MA

     1,595.12

43
CHELSEA

     1,592.72

44
CONCORD, NEW LIFE

     1,537.50

45
ROCKY BROOK RI

     1,516.36

46
OSSIPEE VALLEY

     1,465.46

47
DUNNTOWN

     1,355.00

48
WINDHAM

     1,344.54

49
BEALS

     1,042.00

50
WHITEFIELD NH

     1,000.00

51
CASTLE HILL

       900.00

52
S.  ELIOT

       880.46

53
BEEBE, QU

       800.00

54
NEWPORT, VT

       707.54

55
TURNER STREET, AUBURN

       500.00

56
STROUDWATER, PORTLAND

       337.50

57
LAFAYETTE RI

       281.48

58

FAITH BIBLE - PLAINVILLE, CT

       275.00

59
MECHANIC FALLS

       254.65

60
PITTSFIELD

       250.00

61
FOUR CORNER - SEABROOK

       200.00

62
SUNRISE CHRISTIAN

       110.00

63
 
 
 

February 2013 

 
 

In This Issue

SAVE THE DATE ... 2013 Eastern Regional Convention

 
New E-Book Available by Rev. Chad Fernald
C Fernald Book Cover
 

I wanted to let you all know that I have broken new ground in my life!  I have published an e-book through Amazon entitled 'Reflections on the Cross'.  This is a 40 day devotional on the centrality of the cross of Jesus Christ. 

 

I originally put this together back in 2006 and have used it in different formats, such as on our church website a couple years ago.  I finally decided to get off the fence, tighten it up and put it out there. 

 

It is on Amazon.com  for $2.99.  I would appreciate your support not only in purchasing the book, but also in spreading the word.  It is a dream of mine to write for publication and I am hopeing the Lord allows this to be the first step. 

 

-  Chad Fernald is the Pastor at the Hope Community Church in Dover, NH

 
 

Exciting Summer Ministry News   

We would like to annouce our plans to have

a Summer Ministry Team or teams that will travel around New England for 8 weeks of the summer doing ministry in Camps and Revitalization Churches.  We are looking for young people 19+ who are mature in their faith and would like to grow in their leadership development and walk with the Lord.  If you or someone you know would be interested, please direct them to our website at www.aceasternregion.org/ and click the "Summer Ministry" tab.  On this page you can read all about the program and download the brochure and application forms.  Please be praying that God will raise up a group of young people who will have a powerful ministry experience this summer!

 
 
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Rev. Nick Foss, President

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Mr. Mark Bickford, President
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Rev. George Karl, Rep.
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Rev. George Middleton,  President New York Conference

Rev. Ken Perkins, President

   Nova Scotia Conference

Mr. Charlie Merrill

   ERA Representative to ACGC

 
 

Pastor's Wives Retreat

 
April 12-14, 2013
Ramada Saco Inn
Saco, Maine
 

For the past 10 years the wives of pastors from all over New England have been gathering for a weekend of encouragement, rest and lots of chocolate.  "This is my favorite and most beneficial conference of the year."  "God was glorified and we enjoyed Him and each other!"  "It was restful, exciting and encouraging."

 

This year's theme is Spring Clean Up for the Heart and Soul.  We are pleased to have Sandy Flewelling as our key speaker.  Sandy has a longing to help women grow in a relationship with God that is marked by His grace, freedom and power.  Her talks are sure to be challenging, affirming and fun!

Sandy Flewelling

Sandy Flewelling
Guest Speaker

 

We would love to see you there this year!  To register or for more information please contact Faye Reynard at  pwretreat@myfairpoint.net  The cost for the weekend is $200 and scholarships are available for anyone.

 

"Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me." Psalm 51:10

 
 
 
 

 New England Center 

for Expository Preaching 

Annual Pastors' Conference

 

April 23-24, 2013 in Hampstead, NH

Speaker:  Dr. Steven J. Lawson

Theme: "Expository Preaching:  Its Mandate, Meaning, Marks, Models, and Mechanics"

 

With a special pre-conference session with Dr. Lawson on April 22 entitled "Martin Luther - The Protestant Recovery of the True Gospel." 

 

Registration and further information (including location and pricing) can be found at by Clicking here

 
 
 

SAVE THE DATE

 
2013 Eastern Regional Convention
October 25-27
at the Wyndham
Boston/Andover Hotel
Andover, MA
 
"The Way of Christ
& The Apostles" 
 
 
 
 
Advent Christian
Strategic Plan
 

In 2012 the Executive Council approved a plan that was created by Executive Vice President Ron Thomas, President Brent Ross and the Regional Superintendents.  The purpose of this plan was to narrow the focus of what is really important for us as a network of churches in this era of ministry.  There are many good ministries, programs, and work to be done, but we may spend all of our time busy doing what is good instead of focusing on what is crucial. 

 

Initially the Strategic Plan had 2 points, Leadership Development and Church Planting.  This being my first meeting in Charlotte with this group, I was pleased to hear that this was the focal points that they had come up with.  I agree that these 2 areas are absolutely critical to our survivability in this post-Christian age.  Then Western Superintendent Jim Crouse said that there needs to be one more.  That we need to include "Loving the Lost".  At first, I was hesitant.  If we add this one in, how many more good points will need to be added as well, and thus will water down the laser like intensity of this focus.  My second thought was, doesn't this go without saying?  Do we really need to state that we are going to love the lost?  Doesn't every Christian know this automatically? 

 

After hearing Jim passionately defend his reasons and dwelling on it for a moment, I came to realize that it isn't a given.  Christians are notorious for being cliquish.    More than once they have been called legalistic and a group where "sinners" would not be welcome.  Sunday morning is the most segregated hour of the week.  People of various races can work together Monday through Friday to make a buck, but we will not reach across racial barriers to worship together on Sunday.  I have two born-again Christian friends who have recently gone through moral failings in their lives and have repented and taken steps toward reconciling their issues with God and man, but they report being ostracized, verbally abused, ignored in public, and generally the brunt of much gossip by fellow believers.  It has been said that Christians are the only group who "shoot their wounded". 

 

If any of this is true of us, God, please forgive us!  Maybe we do need to look at the need for loving the lost.  Maybe we do need to hear over and over again about grace and reconciliation.  Perhaps we need to train our people and our leaders how to get outside of the four walls of our buildings (we call them churches) and be missional in our communities.  Loving the lost, least, and lonely who are beyond most of our comfort zones.  This is not an easy mandate, it is heartbreaking, dirty, inglorious, and time consuming.  But isn't it the example that our Savior established?

 

We need to visit this subject and revisit it time and again, till we all begin to change not only in our mindset on this issue, but in our daily living out of this part of the strategic plan.  Below you will find the strategic plan that has been adopted by our Denominational leaders.  This plan is not something that we can accomplish from the top down.  If it will have any success whatsoever, it will come as Pastors and local families of believers begin to put some of this into practice.  Over the next two months, I will continue this three part series by introducing the other 2 components of the strategic plan.

 
LOVING THE LOST

A. Encourage the development of intentional relationships with the people in the communities surrounding our churches and membership.

a. Assess programs to determine the focus as being inward or outward directed

 

b.  Assess the communities around the church to identify needs and opportunities  

c. Use our giftedness to penetrate our communities

 

B. Prepare the churches for the reception of the lost

 

a. Educate and engage boards to embrace Loving the Lost

 

b. Use gatherings of pastor/leaders to introduce and promote Loving the Lost through Denomination communications-spoken and printed

 

c. Provide resources such as CE material, books publications, bibliographies and training events for local churches, conferences and regions

 
 
 
 
2013 
Camp Dates? 

Next month we would love to be able to provide the Eastern Regional Camps and Campmeeting Dates.

Our publication goes out to over 450 emails, and all the 75 churches in the Eastern Region.  This is a great way to get your camp and campmeeting dates out to the Region and the denomination.

We are also going to post these to our website which even more, broadens the the outreach for your programs.

So calling all camps and campmeeting officers, please contact Carolyn Schaeffner at your earliest convenience to give us the scoop on your summer programs. 

 

We hope to hear from you soon.

 
 

VBS Needs

From the Oxford, ME Advent Christian Church
 

We are planning to re-use Group's 2009, "Rome: Paul and the Underground Church" VBS Program this summer.  We are looking for extra material connected with this particular theme.

 

Did your church use this program?  Do you still have bits and pieces in your storage closet?

 
If you can help us out, please contact Marion Guyette.
(207) 743-7310 or email at office@oaccmaine.org.
  
 
 
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
 
 

January 30, 2013

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Dear Lisa,

Welcome to the January 2013 Eastern Regional Newsletter.  There is a lot happening here in the Eastern Region among our Advent Christian Churches.  The big event is "Building Below the Water Line" happening on Monday and Tuesday, March 25 & 26, 2013 at Alton Bay Christian Conference Center.

 

This event is geared toward Pastors and church leadership; made affordable by the generousity of Alton Bay Christian Conference Center.  To register click on this link.  Question?  Please contact the Eastern Regional Office at (603) 332-1412 or email: cschaeffner@aceasternregion.org.

  
 

Exciting Summer Ministry News   

We would like to annouce our plans to have

a Summer Ministry Team or teams that will travel around New England for 8 weeks of the summer doing ministry in Camps and Revitalization Churches.  We are looking for young people 19+ who are mature in their faith and would like to grow in their leadership development and walk with the Lord.  If you or someone you know would be interested, please direct them to our website at www.aceasternregion.org/ and click the "Summer Ministry" tab.  On this page you can read all about the program and download the brochure and application forms.  Please be praying that God will raise up a group of young people who will have a powerful ministry experience this summer!

 
 

Church Spotlight 

by Marian Facteau
 

Northside CommunityThe Northside Community Advent Christian Church of Massena, New York, seeds of faith were sown by William Miller and Joshua Himes in the 1830's who preached throughout New England and Central New York at camp and tent meetings.  By the 1840's missionaries were preaching the second coming of our Lord Jesus Christ in the Massena, NY and Ontario, Canada areas where a group of about 30 persons were converted to Christ.  Royal Polley & James Danforth were chosen as deacons and the church was formed.  Services were held in a building at Massena Center which was shared by several denominations. 

  

In 1874 a piece of property was purchased on the northern end of Massena at the top of the hill on North Main Street (hence the nickname "Light on the Hill") and the church, which is still being used for services, was completely erected for $3600 and dedicated to the glory of God.  One year later a parsonage was built and dedicated with a church membership of 60 persons.  A baptistry was installed in 1924; prior to this time baptisms took place at the foot of George Street in the Grass River.  During the winter holes were chopped in the ice and it is recorded that no ill effects occurred during these river baptisms.  Sunday School rooms were built in the back of the church in 1926 and in 1929 eleven of the most beautiful stained glass windows were installed by the an Ogdensburg craftsman, Harry Harwood.  These windows were presented by various members of the congregation in loving memory of family members.  They survived the 1944 earthquake, a magnitude 5.8, while the plaster on the walls and ceiling of the church came crashing down.

 

In 1974 digging began for the foundation of the soon to be Fellowship Hall.  This basement would consist of 5 Sunday School classrooms.  Later that summer a pre-engineered unit, which would make up the Fellowship Hall over the Sunday School rooms, was put into place in one day.  The interior finishing and furnishings are the result of the entire congregation coming together, giving up their time, energies, money and support to accomplish this project. 

 

The church's creed was established and signed by the membership and is still being used to guide the present membership; "to maintain the public worship of God according to the example and teaching of the Bible; to promote living piety in experience and practice among its members; to emphasize the message of prophecy, the near coming of Christ, the resurrection of the body and life everlasting through Christ only; to labor for the salvation of the lost and the betterment of society."

 

Our church is best known for its love of God and for each other and the community; our covered dish dinners; our service in the local nursing homes, hospital, schools; our outreach along with the other churches of the area as we strive to make our community a better place to live and raise our families; the volunteerism of our members in local organizations, rescue squad, hospital, serving on agency's board of directors.

 
Window in Northside Community Church

As a congregation we strive to following the teachings of our Lord, Jesus Christ, study scriptures to better understand what God's will is for our lives, and follow Christ's command to love God with our whole being and our neighbors as ourselves.  Though we are small in numbers, our love for the Lord can be seen not only on Sundays but throughout the week as we live our lives as a witness to His calling.  We labor with the other evangelical congregations in the village to bring the love of God and Christ to the residents.  Our present pastor, Reverend George Middleton and his wife Leslie, have served with us since August 1994, George being the 29th pastor to lead the church.  During that time, the church has watched as their 2 sons grew, married, had their own children and are actively serving their churches in Virginia.

 

Fellowship is an important component of our congregation's lives.  We meet monthly for covered dish dinners, have an active Sunday School for all ages, Men's Discipleship Class, Women's Bible Study, Dart Baseball night, Saturday morning breakfast, in the spring and fall clean up our 2-mile stretch of highway along the St. Lawrence River, summer Bible classes for children during August, supply scholarships to send children to camp, Easter breakfast, Ice Cream Socials, Trunk or Treat, Thanksgiving dinner for family and friends, filling shoe boxes to send to Operation Christmas Child (this year we filled 56) just to name a few of these opportunities to come together in a Christian setting to encourage each other.  We also broadcast our services live during the months of January, May and September via WMSA 1340 Radio Station here in Massena (if you go to their website, you can hear our services live through their streaming feature).

George and Leslie Middleton
George & Leslie Middleton
 
 

"Musings" by Clayton Blackstone

Clayton Blackstone 

We shall get there some day

 

Rivers know this: there is no hurry.

We shall get there some day.

-    Winnie the Pooh

 

The field mouse zigged then zagged from one side of the snow-blown path to the other then from the dead end near the foundation of the house to the bend in the road that had become its prison. I thought it free when it scaled the snow cliff at the edge of the lane. But, instead of whistling a happy tune and strolling off to wherever field mice live in the winter, it tumbled back into a rodent's Grand Canyon.

I caught the unfolding drama from the bathroom window as I shaved. Though not a fan of the tiny creature, I didn't want it to die. I willed it to slow down. To stop on top of the snow line and think ahead to its next steps.

I missed the ending. I had places to go and people to see.

Later, in a pause-to-catch-my-breath moment, I heard God chuckle. OK, not so much heard as sensed. My over-active imagination kicked in as I "saw" God looking down on me running hither and yon as I tried to extricate myself from my dilemma of the moment.

The visual image reinforced something I read a decade earlier. "We string ourselves out, expending all our time and energy, adding our will to God's, trying to do extremely well at what he never intended us to do at all."[1] Read but not heeded, I might add.

Eugene Peterson refers to busyness as "an illness of the spirit, a rush from one thing to another because...there is no confidence in the primacy of grace."[2]

I grew up on a farm mentored by a dad who believed that if he could keep his five sons busy enough, he would hold trouble at bay. And his sons thought that if we could hurry and complete the jobs he laid out for us, we would have time to play. Years later, I continue to hear those whispers still in my ear.

 "Much harm comes of the impatience that outstrips guidance," George MacDonald wrote. "People are too ready to think something must be done and forget the time for action may not have arrived."

Unlike me, God never hurries. He works always, or at least most often, in quiet and stillness.

While pondering this collusion of memories, I remembered a field mouse moment in the life of the people of Israel. They had been singing, "Free at last, free at last, thank God Almighty (we're) free at last" for a few days when they found themselves staring at the Red Sea through their windshield and the Egyptian army through their rear view mirror.

Moses answered the people's cry with, "Don't be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the LORD will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still."[3]

Be still. Don't move or make a sound. Enter into deep silence and calm.

Easier said than done.

"Don't fret," David begins one of his psalms. "Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; don't fret when men succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes."[4]

Don't move or make a sound. Enter into deep silence and calm even then.

"Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth."[5]

Don't move or make a sound. Enter into deep silence and calm.

"If you want to live life free;

"Take your time, go slowly,

"Do few things, but do them well,

"Heart felt joys are Holy."[6]

I wish I could have whispered those words to the field mouse that cold winter day in the same way God whispers them to me. Then again, I'm not certain it would have understood any better than I do. But I can hope - for both of us.

Clayton Blackstone

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[1] David Roper. Seeing Through. (Sisters, OR: Multnomah Books, 1995), 162.

[2] Eugene Peterson. Five Smooth Stones for Pastoral Ministry. (Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1980), 61.

[3] Exodus 14.14 NIV

[4] Psalm 37.1,7 NIV

[5] Psalm 46.10 NIV

[6] Francis of Assisi, from the soundtrack from Brother Sun and Sister Moon © 1972 Euro International Films, S.P.A. Original screen play by Suo Cecchi D'Amico, Kenneth Ross, Lina Wertmuller, Franco Zeffirelli, music by Donovan.

 

© 2013 Clayton Blackstone

 
 

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February 26-28, 2013

 

Do you need to develop leaders? Are you interested in learning how to proclaim the gospel more effectively in today's world? Then, the 2013 AC Leaders' Conference is for you. 

 

Plan now to join us at the beautiful Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove in Asheville, NC on February 26-28th for the AC Leaders Conference. The theme of "Commending God's Works, One Generation to the Next" will be the focus of our gathering together. Join us as we hear from Dr. Tim Laniak (Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary, Charlotte, NC), Dr. J. Kent Edwards (Talbot School of Theology) and Dr. Thomas S. Warren (Advent Christian General Conference) as they speak to us on this important topic.

 

This conference is not just for pastors. There's something here for church leaders on all levels. Workshops tracks will be offered in the areas of preaching, discipleship ministries and outreach/evangelism. Your registration fee will include the conference, lodging, meals, snacks and all this amazing facility has to offer.  We look forward to this time of great fellowship and learning together and we hope that you will all be part of this very important meeting for Advent Christian leaders.

Click here for more information and Registration.   

 
 

From the Historical Files . . .

Edwin Ufford 

Hymnist's Pulpit Given to Marblehead Church

 

Marblehead, July 19-A pulpit formerly used by the author of the hymn, "Throw out the Life Line," was presented today to the Advent Christian Church by Dr. Guy Linwood Vannah, President of the New England School of Theology and former pastor of the church.

 

The pulpit is constructed to resemble the bow of a vessel.  Rev. Mr. Ufford, the hymnist, formerly used it in a mission at Rockland, Me.

 

The Boston Globe, 20 Jul 1934 (with slight corrections)

 

The Rev. Edwin Smith Ufford's mission (Galilee Temple) in Rockland, Me. closed at some point and the building became the property of the Advent Christian Church, which later closed and apparently the pulpit went to the Vannahs and from them to the Marblehead, Mass. Advent Christian Church.  More recently, according to the Rev. William A. Flewelling, it went to the Portland, Me. Advent Christian Church and then was given to what is now the Adventual Library.  According to my understanding it is now in storage in Northwood Narrows, NH

 

Rev. Edwin Smith Ufford, 1851-1929.

 

Throw out the life line across the dark wave;

There is a brother whom someone should save;

Somebody's brother! O who then will dare

To throw out the life line, his peril to share?

 
Refrain

Throwout the life line! Throw out the life line!

Someone is drifting away;

Throw out the life line! Throw out the life line!

Someone is sinking today.  1888.

 

These words were written during an earlier parish ministry (Hull, Mass.?) where having observed life saving drills at the Point Allerton Life Saving Station the words came to mind.

 

Berkshire Christian College's Adventual Library at the Center for Advent Christian Studies

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Remember The Adventual Library when you are looking for a new home for all types of Adventual related materials.

 

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VBS Needs

From the Oxford, ME Advent Christian Church
 

We are planning to re-use Group's 2009, "Rome: Paul and the Underground Church" VBS Program this summer.  We are looking for extra material connected with this particular theme.

 

Did your church use this program?  Do you still have bits and pieces in your storage closet?

 
If you can help us out, please contact Marion Guyette.
(207) 743-7310 or email at office@oaccmaine.org.
  
 
 
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 "From everlasting to everlasting the Lord's love is with those who fear him."  - Psalm 103:17

  

I hope that you are enjoying this Newsletter from the Regional Office.  It is our goal to provide you with information on what is going on around the Region.  This month we are excited to bring you a new column by Rev. Clayton Blackstone from Bangor, Maine.  Clayton has been writing these devotional thoughts for several years now and has been sharing them with friends and has even collected many of them into a book called, "Meet Me For Breakfast."  We are pleased to be able to share them with this larger audience around the Region. I'm sure you will be blessed as you see Claytons creative writing style bring forth truths from God's word each month.

 

We have had several changes take place in recent weeks that I will try to recap for you.  Bill Chadwick has resigned as the Regional Representative to the Board of Berkshire Christian College after 5 years of service.  Andy Rice and Tom Peers have resigned as Regional Ministry Directors due to the amount of time it was requiring.   These guys are very sharp thinkers and their contributions will be greatly missed. 

 

Attleboro, MA. Advent Christian Church has announced the calling of Nathaniel Bickford as their new Pastor.  Nathaniel grew up in Waterville, ME. attended BICS, Lancaster Bible College, and Westminster Seminary.  He will begin his ministry there in February.

 

I am beginning two new Antioch classes this month, one on Acts, and one on Shepherding.  There are also courses being offered in Haverill, Lenox, State Road, Windham, and Charlton.  According to my records there are 21 Degree Students and 29 Certified Leaders in our Region.  I'd like to welcome Dustin Delano, and Jake Pickens as the newest students who have been admitted into the degree program.  Greg Blue Shirt

 
 

Greg 

January 2013 

 
 

In This Issue

Exciting Summer Ministry News

Church Spotlight

"Musings"

ACGC Leadership Conference

From the Historical Files . . .

VBS Needs

The Super Column

Antioch School Testimony

Women's Ministries in the ERA

The New ERA Vision

ACGC 2012 Year End Giving Report

 

Antioch School Testimony of Heath Keniston
Keniston Family

I have to admit that when I first heard of the Antioch School and its degree granting program I thought that this would be the quickest and easiest way possible to finally finish my Bachelors degree and that I would blow through the material quickly. Honestly, my hope was to just get my degree so that people would take me seriously as a pastor and that I would be seen as a qualified candidate for future positions in vocational ministry. I wanted to get my degree but with a full time job and a family I had no hope of ever being able to do it. A mentor of mine that was using Antioch School material for his own doctoral work suggested that I look into the Antioch School because I fit my life situation and my ministry goals - balancing family, school and ministry. I didn't count on my entire outlook on life and ministry to be completely changed! Church planting and leadership development have become tools for evangelism and disciple making instead of competing ideas or ministry themes. The church itself became the training ground for ministry and for emerging leaders instead of the university. I am now part of a church re-planting work that I never would have considered in my old way of thinking. I praise God for the Antioch School and how He used it to change my view of the purpose of the church and rescue me from the "professional ministry" mindset. Pastor Heath Keniston CrossRoads Church - West Ossipee, NH www.CrossRoadsOssipee.com 

 
 
 
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Rev. Nick Foss, President

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Women's Ministries in the ERA
by Rebecca Nicoll
 

Becky Nicoll accepted the presidency of the Eastern Region WH&FMS in June, 2004.  Becky serves the women in the region faithfully and has started many programs. Her main desire is to help women connect with other women in ministry opportunities.

 

One of the programs she has developed is "Mary's Heart", a ministry to connect women in the local churches who needed prayer with other women who would pray for them.  

 

Her desire to support the young women that were entering BICS was the beginning of a scholarship program that has assisted several young ladies as they studied to become future leaders by relieving some of their financial needs and stress.  If you are interested in supporting this Scholarship please contact Becky and she will guide you where to send your contribution.

 

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There is much work to be done, and along with Becky is an incredible group of ladies that make up the Eastern Regional Board. The President of Maine State WHFMS is Ruth Smith, Vice President is Pat Towne.   The President of Heritage Conference is Naveen Baker, Vice President is Sandy Taber.

The President of New Life is Cheryl Matos and Vice President is Debbie Reed.  Co-Presidents of Maratha are Sharon Haire and Melanie Barton.  Treasurer of Eastern Region WHFMS is Cynthia Rice, our Secretary is Eleanor Chew and our Spiritual Care giver is Michele Kanash.

 

We are all working as a team to implement some new and exciting programs!  Be looking for our Annual Women's Connection coming in June! 

 

Please be in prayer for Becky and the team as they listen to the voice of the Savior, and love His ladies!

You can reach Becky on Facebook or by email: rnicoll@charter.net 

 

Rebecca Nicoll

  
 
 

 New England Center 

for Expository Preaching 

Annual Pastors' Conference

 

April 23-24, 2013 in Hampstead, NH

Speaker:  Dr. Steven J. Lawson

Theme: "Expository Preaching:  Its Mandate, Meaning, Marks, Models, and Mechanics"

 

With a special pre-conference session with Dr. Lawson on April 22 entitled "Martin Luther - The Protestant Recovery of the True Gospel." 

 

Registration and further information (including location and pricing) can be found at by Clicking here

 
 
 
The New ERA Vision
 

At the 2012 Eastern Regional Convention, Superintendent

New ERA Vision Twitchell shared with us his Vision for the Region, which is summed up in the new purpose statement, "Our Goal is to become A Growing Network of Healthy Churches."  This sums up three important points.

1.     That we need to be growing.  Living things grow!  If the church of Jesus Christ is to be alive and well, then we need to be growing!  We should be growing in the number and size of our ministries and churches.

2.     We need to think of ourselves as a network of churches who are all on the same team, working together to accomplish the same goals.  Historically we have been independent, but we need to be more interconnected.

3.     We also need to work toward better health.  Instead of abandoning the wounded and tired among us, we need to come alongside and help Pastors who need rest and care, and we need to help Churches that are in need of revitalizing. 

 

Rev. Twitchell shared that he realized that if we are going to reach these goals, we will need to create a team of gifted people who can spearhead each area of ministry.  The Superintendent will work with this team to use the resources of the Region to help facilitate growth and health in the following 7 areas:

1. Leadership Development

2. Church Planting

3. Church Revitalization

4. Pastoral Health

5. Training Events

6. Regional Missions

7. Student Ministry

 

Along with this fresh vision and these gifted volunteers, we will need resources to fund these new ministries.  Since the Region does not have the ability to fund these important ministries, we are asking you to prayerfully consider what you can do to help.  We are trying to raise $1000 per month to provide a budget for these directors to have for operating expenses. Since November, we have received $1000 in one-time gifts and $125 in monthly pledges.  We would really like to see this base of support from churches and individuals increase so that we can fully fund each of these ministries.  Will you help us, as we strive to bring health and growth to our network of churches?

 
 
 
 

ACGC 2012 Year End Giving Report 

A big round of applause to our Eastern Regional churches for their giving in 2012.  The top 10 from the Eastern Region are:

Hope Church, Lenox, MA 
State Road Church,   
    Presque Isle, ME 
Vernon ACC, Vernon, VT 
Sunshine ACC, Deer Isle,
    ME
Emmanuel ACC, Rochester,
    NH
Friendship ACC, Friendship,
    ME
Faith Evangelical, Melrose,
    MA
Calvary Bible Church,  
    Meredith,NH
Hope Evangelical Church, 
   N. Dartmouth, MA
Oak Hill Bible Church, 
    Oxford, MA
 

December 2012

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December 2012                        A Growing Network of Healthy Churchs
In This Issue
Pastors Advocate
Church Spotlight
Training Events
Antioch School
The Super Column
 
ERA Board of Directors
Rev. Steve Ludwick, President
Rev. Paul Carter, Vice President
Rev. Allen Latimore, Clerk
Mrs. Karen Emerson, Treasurer
Rev. Robert Fabian, President
   Heritage Conference
Rev. Nick Foss, President
   Maine State Conference
Mr. Mark Bickford, President
   Maranatha Conference
Rev. George Karl, Representative
   New Life Conference
Rev. George Middleton, President
   New York Conference
Rev. Ken Perkins, President
   Nova Scotia Conference
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Rev. Gregory Twitchell,
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Miss Carolyn Schaeffner,
Administrative Secretary
 
Pastors Advocate
One of the greatest things about my job is the wonderful opportunities I get to interact with other Pastors.  One of the Pastors who has been a huge blessing to me is David Alves.  He has a wonderful heart for people and especially other Pastors.  We have a wonderful  gift in this man leading our Pastoral Health Team. 
 
One of the goals of this ministry is to find ways to encourage Pastors from within their local church and from without.  They way we are trying to bring encouragement from within the church is through the Advocate program.  Advocates are people whom the Pastor appoints (one or more) who will receive quarterly newsletters, a 30 day prayer guide to praying for your Pastor and invitations to attend events that will increase awareness of Pastoral Health and longevity. 
 
Unfortunately, many Pastors still haven't taken advantage of this opportunity by identifying advocates and sending their contact information to the Regional Office.  If  you have questions or reservations, please let us know.  If you have just not made this a priority, please take the time to "git-er done!"  We believe that our churches will be strongest when we have healthy Pastors serving out of the overflow of God's blessing in their lives.
Dave Alves
David Alves
ERA Director of Pastoral Health
 
building below
Pastors, Church Leaders, and Pastor's Advocates are invited to attend our Spring 2013 Regional Training Event Building Below the Waterline with Dr. Gordon MacDonald.  Based on his recent book by the same title, this 24-hour getaway for pastors will feature customized teaching by Dr. MacDonald for our Advent Christian church leaders on the subject of pastoral and church health.  With the goal of ministering to both the pastor's head and the pastor's heart, we'll also include times for corporate worship and private reflection. 
 
The cost for this conference is only $50 if you register before February 15, and $60 thereafter.  If you or your church cannot afford the conference please contact us regarding scholarship assistance.  The cost includes all expenses, including lodging and meals. 
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Do you need to develop leaders? Are you interested in learning how to proclaim the gospel more effectively in today's world? Then, the 2013 AC Leaders' Conferenceis for you. Plan now to join us at the beautiful Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove in Asheville, NC on February 26-28th for the AC Leaders Conference. The theme of "Commending God's Works, One Generation to the Next" will be the focus of our gathering together. Join us as we hear from Dr. Tim Laniak (Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary, Charlotte, NC), Dr. J. Kent Edwards (Talbot School of Theology) and Dr. Thomas S. Warren (Advent Christian General Conference) as they speak to us on this important topic.
This conference is not just for pastors. There's something here for church leaders on all levels. Workshops tracks will be offered in the areas of preaching, discipleship ministries and outreach/evangelism. Your registration fee will include the conference, lodging, meals, snacks and all this amazing facility has to offer.  We look forward to this time of great fellowship and learning together and we hope that you will all be part of this very important meeting for Advent Christian leaders.

Please Note: The Cove Training Center and Inns are adult facilities and are limited to adult events. All programs and lodging are open to adults ages 18 and over. In order to facilitate a spiritually reflective environment, we are not able to accommodate children under the age noted above for our meeting or in the lodging facilities.
 
 
 
 
Church Spotlight  
Riverpoint Advent Christian Church
      The Riverpoint Advent Christian Church is an account of the blessings of the Lord in response to vision, faith and involvement on the part of is people through the years. 
     It all began when a small group of believers met together to hold Gospel meetings at the Odd Fellows Hall in a village call Arctic in Warwick, RI (now West Warwick).  The year of incorporation was 1858 under the name Riverpoint and Arctic Second Advent Church Society.  The reality of a land purchase and the building of a House of Worship began in March of 1860. 
     The meetings along with the people started like a seed planted by God, developed firm and deep roots in the Lord Jesus Christ.  Though the building itself has changed through the years, the dedication and total commitment to Jesus Christ is steadfast. 
       The purpose of the Church is to teach the whole Word of God (The Holy Bible) and to impact its saving truth to the lost.  It will provide a community for the saved, in which to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
       Our church has been known for its love.  It is a caring church that has always ministered to the poor and needy in our vicinity.  We are also a mission minded people giving support both to home and foreign missions. 
     There has been an emphasis in preaching that Jesus is coming again and we as Christians must be an example to the community in Christian living as we await His return.  With that in mind over the years we have served in the Rhode Island and Eastern Connecticut Conference and now the Heritage Conference.  We are active in our giving to the General Conference and Eastern Region.  It is a joy for us to give to Penny Crusade, Christmas in October and other denominational outreaches.   
     Right here in our home town we are involved with the Artic Mission which is a faith-based mission to help the under resourced in our community.  We have been involved in the development and implementation of the Galatians 6:10 Project which offers a central location for those in the body of Christ to come in times of emergencies for a warm meal and shelter.  Our church has been involved in the Shepherd's Table Soup Kitchen for many years with 4 other churches in the community.  United in Faith is a festival of music and the Word to reach our community for Christ in which we have participated.
     There is a clothing closet in the basement of our church which serves many people each month.  We also have an outreach to the homeless where we provide, warm clothing, food and tarps.  Our church is also open in the morning to provide a warm cup of coffee to the homeless who choose to come.
     As we try to be examples of His love we bath all we do in prayer.  There is a prayer meeting Monday through Friday at the church at 10 a.m.  This fuels our desire to see people come to Jesus Christ and leads us to very exciting and vibrant worship services. 
     We thank the Lord for all who have labored and still labor for the cause of Jesus Christ, and we are prepared to face the future with courage and zeal.  Our pastor, Rev. Douglas W. Tourgee, has been at the church for 20 years now and we are grateful to the Lord for his tender heart and love for the Lord.  It is through his surrender to the Holy Spirit that we have prayed and believe that Luke 4:18 & 19 can be a reality in this body and to the community around us.    "The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me (the Anointed One, the Messiah) to preach the good news (the Gospel) to the poor; He has sent me to announce release to the captives, and recover of sight to the blind; to send forth delivered those who are oppressed - who are downtrodden, bruised, crushed and broken down by calamity; to proclaim the accepted and acceptable year of the Lord - the day when salvation and the free favors of God profusely abound." 
     Then with the above scripture in practice we pray that our church is a place of love and warmth as described below.
     "People warmth" is that sense of comfort and joy that comes from being near loved ones and knowing that someone cares.  Part of God's purpose in creating this church is to provide this kind o f warmth for you.  The Bible calls it fellowship - a supernatural closeness that exists between believers because God himself is in their midst.  God has put us here so we can enjoy and benefit from this fellowship.  And each church member supplies part of that warmth.
     You are part of the fellowship of this church!  Each time you attend, encourage someone, or join in the singing, you are building the warmth that makes our church special.  Enjoy this warmth, which God has provided.  Warm your hearts with the love of God's people."  (author unknown)
Riverpoint church 
 
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Greetings from the Ockenga Institute at Gordon-Conwell!
Pastors, take some time away in the New Year-join us for the Brown Bag Sabbatical. You'll have a chance to utilize our campus resources to plan for the church year, spend time in fellowship with pastors from around the country, study and relax in our newly renovated Great Room and enjoy conversation with Gordon-Conwell faculty!
 
What: Brown Bag Sabbatical
When: January 14-18, 2013
Where: South Hamilton Campus, Gordon-Conwell Theological             Seminary
Cost: $375, if registered by December 7 (includes lunch on campus as well as breakfast and a single room in a local                     hotel)
REGISTER today!
We look forward to seeing you in the New Year,
David Horn, Director of the Ockenga Institute
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for Expository Preaching 
Annual Pastors' Conference
April 23-24, 2013 - Hampstead, NH
Speaker:  Dr. Steven J. Lawson
Theme: "Expository Preaching:  Its Mandate, Meaning, Marks, Models, and Mechanics"
 
With a special pre-conference session with Dr. Lawson on April 22 entitled "Martin Luther - 
The Protestant Recovery of the True Gospel." 
 
Registration and further information (including location and pricing) can be found at by Clicking here.
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The Antioch School was accredited by The Accrediting Commission of DETC (Distance Education and Training Council) which is recognized by  the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) in 2010.  Even with this status, the tuition is still low for the Antioch School. And it seems even lower when compared to traditional higher education. The Chronicle of Higher Education recently reported that the average cost of tuition and fees for private 4-year colleges is now $28,500 per year or $114,000 representing an increase of 6.7% (Almanac, Aug. 29, 2008, p. 29). Tuition for Antioch School programs remains at $7200 per degree program, not per year or even per semester.  And we still allow you to pay over four years with no interest charged.  Once you enroll, your tuition level is frozen so you don't have to worry about tuition increases. . This is only 7% of the national average. 
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On average, training with the Antioch School costs 80% less when compared with the cost of campus-based programs.
Students in the Antioch School are not paying for ivy-covered walls on elaborate campuses or expensive faculty research unrelated to ministry. Much of the cost of education for Antioch School programs is built into its unique relationship with churches. Tuition primarily supports the mechanisms necessary to sustain assessment and validation of academic quality in order to ensure that Antioch School degrees are trustworthy. This includes costs associated with accreditation and other innovative assessment tools, such as the e-portfolio.
The Eastern Region would like to recognize the following people who have recently completed their Certified Leader Training:
 
Rev. Bruce Burks                           Tom Johnson
Rev. George Karl                            Rev. Greg Moody
 
We currently have 4 individuals applying for enrollment into Antioch School Degree Programs who will be getting started in 2013.  This is good news for the Eastern Region as we have a great need for new leaders to be entering the ministry.  Please give serious consideration to pointing your young people toward the Antioch School.  Imagine graduating from college with no debt!  Young people could go wherever the Lord directs with no worries about paying college bills.  This is a great opportunity for people of all ages.
 
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Merry CHRISTmas!  It truly is the "most wonderful time of the year".  The lights remind us that Jesus is the light of the world.  The greens remind us of new life in Christ, and Manger scenes remind us of the greatest gift ever given, that God sent his Son as a gift to all of mankind who would receive him.  May He be truly welcome in each of our hearts this Christmas season!
In recent weeks I have had the opportunity to visit Westfield MA, Seabrook NH, and Simonds NB.  It is wonderful to worship with brothers and sisters all over the Region.  I also had opportunity to visit with students at Lancaster Bible College and BICS.  While at LBC I met with one Pastoral candidate, and one student going on an AIMS internship next year to the Philippines.  At BICs I had opportunity to speak in Chapel and go into New York City for a day to build relationships with the students. 
 
We currently have 4 churches that I am assisting with Pastoral searches.  God has provided some very good candidates for these churches and one has already accepted the call to ministry.  I am pleased to announce that Westfield AC Church has called Mr. Merle Beal of Friendship, Maine as their Pastor.  Merle has been a student in the Antioch School for 2 years, working toward a Bachelors of Ministry.  He has sensed a call to ministry later in life and has been growing in ministry through directing two weeks of summer camp at Camp Washington, serving as worship leader, Deacon and small group leader at his home church in Friendship.  We are praying that Merle and Jean will have a smooth transition and a powerful ministry there in Westfield. 
 
Leadership Development, Church Revitalization, and filling pulpits will continue to be a priority for me in the days to come.  Please pray with me for God to raise up a generation of leaders who are called to Pastoral Ministry.
 
I am saddened to announce the resignation of Nate Hasty from the position of Youth Pastor at the State Road AC Church.  Nate has served the church for the past 6 1/2 years.  He will continue to serve as one of the Directors of the SPAM camp.  He will continue serving the Lord by taking a position at Yellow Breeches Education Center in Pennsylvania.  He and his family will be greatly missed in the County!
 
May God richly bless each of you as you walk daily in relationship with Emmanuel, God with us.
 
Greg
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November 2012

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Reflecting on all the Thanksgiving celebrations we truly have so much to be thankful for.  In preparing for the Advent season, may you be blessed as we celebrate the birth of our Savior.  For unto us a child is born!  Hallelujah! 

 
 
Church Spotlight
 Faith Evangelical Church, Melrose, MA

Faith EvangelicalLike many Advent Christian Churches, Faith Evangelical Church (formerly called Melrose Advent Christian Church) traces its roots to the budding of the Adventist movement in the late 19th century.  After several years of house meetings, followed by a decade of meeting in borrowed spaces (including an old school house), the Melrose Advent Christian Church finally incorporated with the Advent Christian denomination in 1906.  Six years later in 1912 this small congregation purchased the Franklin Street building it currently occupies.  Throughout the next century both the building and the people would undergo significant changes, but the church's commitment to and faithful proclamation of the gospel of Jesus Christ has remained unchanged. 

 

The faithfulness of the people of Faith Evangelical Church can be demonstrated by the numerous pastors, missionaries, and lay leaders who have come out of this congregation.  Among the names on that list are:  Mr. Harold L. Wilson, Rev. Marion Damon, Rev. Paul Vannah, Rev. George McLaughlin, Mr. Jerry Dean, and Rev. Kimon Nicolaides.  The church has also been faithfully served by distinguished men of God over the years including: Dr. Guy Vannah, Dr. Edwin K. Gedney, Rev. Raymond Penney, Rev. George Karl, Jr., and Rev. Warren Conary. 

 

Though over its century long history Faith Church has experienced both ups and downs, growth and decline, God continues to use his people as ambassadors for Christ in the Melrose community.  In recent years the church has begun to see the Lord's blessing in several ways, including in the implementation of a revitalized vision "to worship God, show his love to others, and develop dedicated followers of Jesus Christ."  To that end the people of Faith Church are a community which is centered on the good news of Jesus Christ, committed to one another, and connected to the world by sharing and showing God's love.  Thanks be to God that the fruit of this revitalization is beginning to be seen at Faith Church even in recent months.

 

One of the significant avenues of ministry for Faith Church is A Servant's Heart Food Pantry, which serves food to nearly 200 individuals and families on a regular basis.  This ministry not only enables the church to serve and to show the love of Jesus, but also provides significant reach and familiarity in the community.  Other aspects of ministry include an active youth group and children's ministry, a developing music ministry, substantial Penny Crusade giving, and service as an Operation Christmas Child Relay Center.  

 

Currently serving full-time at the church are Pastor Andy Rice and his wife, Carrie, and Pastor Joshua Duncan and his wife, Melanie, but their efforts are multiplied by their fellow elders and the faithfulness of the entire flock. 

 

"Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful." (Hebrews 10:23)

 
 
Rice Family
Andy,Carrie,
Jadon & Madelynn Rice
Duncan Family

Joshua, Melanie & Sam Duncan

 
 
 
 

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GTT ConventionThe Eastern Regional Convention was held at the Wyndham Boston Andover Hotel in Andover, MA on October 25-27. This years Convention was highlighted by a singspiration led by Wes Ross, a dramatic Preaching from the life of Judas by Art Stone, 8 different workshops, and the new vision being presented at the Friday night Banquet.  There were 140 delegates seated at this 60th Annual Convention.  Business was abbreviated to make time for the workshops, and we were dismissed by 10am on Saturday morning.

 

73 Evaluations were received back and I wanted to take some time to share those results with you and speak to them briefly.

 
REGISTRATION

2.  Was the publicity sufficient?  Yes 60 / No 3

We send out a paper mailing 8 weeks prior to the Convention with usually 3 envelopes going to each church.  1 to the Pastor; 1 to the clerk; 1 to the treasurer.  Rather than doing the 2 additional paper mailings, I chose to do 2 subsequent e-mails, I made a bulletin insert available, included it on our website, and had write ups in 3 monthly Newsletters.  We are trying to do a good job of promoting while cutting expenses.

 

5.  Did the packet of information contain all the details you needed?  Yes 47 / No 5

There were some significant changes to the menu and schedule of the Convention this year.  We will try to do a better job of clearly communicating the details of the Convention in the future.  Some commented that they wanted the business meeting agenda in advance.  Unfortunately this is difficult as the President sets the agenda and makes adjustments right up till Thursday when the Regional Board meets. 

 
HOTEL
  1. Please rate your room.  (avg. 9.18)
  2. Please rate the hotel staff.  (avg. 9.48)
  3. Please rate the meals.  (avg. 7.49)
  4. Please rate the facility.  (avg. 9.14)

Overall people seemed to be pleased with the Wyndham.  The biggest disappointment seemed to be with the Continental Breakfast.  Meals in hotels are not inexpensive and I negotiated the best I could for a reasonable price.  Breakfast in the hotel restaurant is $16 per person.  I arranged to have the Continental Breakfast for $8 per person.  Many wanted juice, but the cost was an additional $4 per person.  I chose to keep the prices as low as possible.  We will look at improving this in the future. 

 
PROGRAMMING
  1. How would you rate the displays? (avg. 8.78)
  2. How would you rate the condensed business? (avg. 9.02)
  3. How would you rate the workshops? (avg. 7-9)
  4. How would you rate the Thursday night program?  (avg. 9.3)
  5. How would you rate the Friday night Program?  (8.4)
  6. Did you find the Prayer Meetings to be spiritually beneficial?  (Yes-25/No-2)
 

The condensed business and reporting seemed to be the biggest hit of the Convention!  The workshops were well received with over 9.0 participants in each time block spread between the 4 workshops.  We decided to go with local musicians, speakers, and workshop leaders since many of our people have great things to share and we were able to offer a great program at a significantly lower price.  The Vision Casting on Friday night did go long and was a lot of content for people to absorb.  This will not be an every year event, but we wanted to share the new direction of the Region with the most people present.  Many noted, "it was encouraging to see young people enthusiastic about ministry.  It gives us new hope."

 

This was my first Convention to plan and lead, and I am amazed at the amount of work it takes to pull one off.  It is a great event, and a valuable tool in connecting us across so many States and many miles.  I believe that it is worth the time and effort to continue offering an annual convention.  I pray that those of you who attended were blessed, that this summary of the Convention was helpful, and that others of you will consider attending in the future.

 

Grace,  Greg

 
 
 
Church Planting
 

AngelaCalling Prayer Warriors

 

Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, "Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?" And I said, "Here am I.  Send me!" Isaiah 6:8

 

Did you know that Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine and Massachusetts are the LEAST religious states in America?  This means we live right in the middle of the biggest mission field in the US.  I can't think of a better place to start planting churches!

 

What is absolutely the most essential element in starting a new church and growing it in a healthy and Godly way?  Prayer.   We need to start with prayer and continue with prayer.  New church plants will not happen without it. 

I am putting out a challenge.  I would like to find 100 people  willing to pray daily for our church planters in New England.  For the planters who have already started a church, those considering it and those who are yet to come.  This is a very real and important way you can be part of planting a church in the least religious region in our country.  Help us reach the lost for Christ through prayer.

If you are interested in being a Planter Prayer Warrior, please contact me at astibitz@aceasternregion.org

God Bless!
 
Angela Stibitz
 
 

building below

 

Pastors, Church Leaders, and Pastor's Advocates are invited to attend our Spring 2013 Regional Training Event Building Below the Waterline with Dr. Gordon MacDonald.  Based on his recent book by the same title, this 24-hour getaway for pastors will feature customized teaching by Dr. MacDonald for our Advent Christian church leaders on the subject of pastoral and church health.  With the goal of ministering to both the pastor's head and the pastor's heart, we'll also include times for corporate worship and private reflection. 

 

The cost for this conference is only $50 if you register before February 15, and $60 thereafter.  If you or your church cannot afford the conference please contact us regarding scholarship assistance.  The cost includes all expenses, including lodging and meals. 

 

Registration details will be forthcoming.  If you'd like to be added to an email list announcing when registration opens, please email  arice@aceasternregion.org.  

 
 
 
Pastor's Perspective
 

David Alves"I love it when you bless my family."

"(If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God's church?)" (1 Timothy 3:5, NIV)

 "But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever." (1 Timothy 5:8, ESV)  

My first call is to Jesus. Before anything and anyone, He is first.

 

Immediately next in line is my family. They are my second priority as far as the Lord is concerned. If I do not provide the love and attention they need, Scripture says that I would be "worse than an unbeliever." That would not make me a very good pastor.

 

I try to give to my family as much time as I can. Often, the demands of ministry take me away from my family at inopportune times though. This is especially true around the approaching holiday seasons. Many in the church struggle during this time and I often have to care through a ministry of presence. If I am present with others, I can't be present with my family.

 

My ministry to you and your family flows from the way I care for my family. It's a trickle-down thing. Legitimacy in ministry issues from modeling the Life. I'm always blessed when you understand and encourage me to put my children and wife first after Jesus. Thank you for allowing me extra time with them. You can help me in another way.

 

I love it when you encourage one of my kids or my wife. I love it when you invite them to participate in something edifying or uplifting OUTISDE of church activities. Including them in your lives demonstrates love for them and for me. Living in close community lifts my load too--to know that they are valued and considered. Your love and care helps me to fulfill my third calling--to equip the brothers and sisters for the work of ministry.

 

Thank you for caring for your pastors. Have a blessed Christmas and Jesus-filled New Year.

 
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Recommended Resource:
 

After reading the post at the link below, pass the link on to your pastor to bless him.  Engage him in conversation to see what kind of family traditions he has established. 

Always encourage your pastor to consider things you think would bless him and his family. Never demand.

 

Family Fridays: Creating traditions for the Pastor's Familyby John M. De Marco

 

Some believe the unwritten rule that pastors' families simply must settle for less quality time than other families. Unhealthy marriages and parent-child relationships result and, ultimately, unfulfilling ministries is the natural byproduct.

 
  
 
In This Issue

Church Spotlight

The Super Column

Calling Prayer Warriors

Training Events

Pastor's Perspective

Antioch School Testimony

Treat Ideas for Pastors

 
 
 

Rev. Steve Ludwick, President

Rev. Paul Carter, Vicer President

Rev. Allen Latimore, Clerk

Mrs. Karen Emerson, Treasurer

Rev. Robert Fabian, President

   Heritage Conference

Rev. Nick Foss, President

   Maine State Conference

Mr. Mark Bickford, President

   Maranatha Conference

Rev. George Karl, Representative

   New Life Conference

Rev. George Middleton, President

   New York Conference

Rev. Ken Perkins, President

   Nova Scotia Conference

 
 

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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Testimony of Merle Beal
 

This is my second year enrolled in the Antioch School, with the end result being a degree in Ministry. What I like about the school is how the education is a "church based education." The Antioch School lays down the foundation and you are taught by a "leader" in your church or denomination. Your leader being an Advent Christian means that you are taught from an Advent Christian perspective and theology. 

 

I also like that the focus of the Antioch School is leadership and the planting of churches. My education so far has consisted of a good knowledge of the expansion of the church through past history and how it pertains to the church today. You learn how the early church was taught sound doctrine, how they developed leadership, and how they planted and maintained new churches. This education is especially helpful to pastors, elders, deacons and teachers, giving them more tools to work with in developing new future leaders and workers within the local church.

 

I also like the ease of attending classes. Right now I am attending classes over the Internet every other week, which gives me time to work a full-time job and get an education in a timely fashion. The cost is highly affordable as well. You can also take classes for your own enjoyment and just pay for the cost of material. You can earn a certificate after completing a certain number of the books in the series or plunge right in and work toward getting your bachelors degree.

 

To God be the glory and honor,

 
Merle Beal
 
 

Convention Pictures

Clayton Blackstone

Clayton Blackstone leading Saturday devotions

   
Wes Ross
Wes Ross leading music
 
Floyd McIntyre

Floyd and Linda McIntyre enjoying a meal

 
Joshua Duncan

Joshua Duncan of Lion Track Ministries video recording our sessions.

If you are interested in ordering a copy of any of our sessions, please email Josh at 

 
meal time
"Fellowshipping"
 
Kara Lee Giasson

Karalee Giasson sharing her
musical talent

 

Reading List
(Click here)

 

 
 

 

 
 

Training Events

 

February 26-28, 2013
ACGC Leaders Conference


March 25-26, 2013
Building Below the Waterline


Other training events in New England (Click here)

 
 
 
 
 








 
Treat Ideas for Pastors
 

Treat Ideas: a bag of his favorite jelly beans (brand & flavor); a coupon to a car wash; a pound of his favorite coffee; a couple of cans of new tennis balls (if he likes tennis); a certificate for two at his favorite Chinese (or Indian) restaurant; a coupon for a haircut with his barber (his wife can tell you who that is); one-half of a fifty-dollar bill, with a small treasure map indicating where to find the other half (believe me, he'll go looking for it!); a six-pack of his preferred soft drink; the newest Kindle book by his favorite author (his wife knows who it is or you can check his Amazon.com wish list)--you get the idea.

 

These ideas can also be used for Christmas or Pastor Appreciation.

 

Adapted from Support Your Local Pastor, by Wes Roberts, p. 56-57

 
 
 
 

October 2012

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Church Spotlight - Dunntown Advent Christian Church

 

The Dunntown Advent Christian Church, the most northern AC Church on the east coast, began back in 1898 as a group of believers meeting in local homes and the local one room school house. In 1905 the original church building was erected with a number of renovations and additions throughout the years.

 

Numerous pastors, pastor's wives and lay leaders have come out of this church over the years with many currently serving in vocational ministry. Some names familiar to many here in the Eastern Region are Rev. Kenneth & Verdella Fox, Rev. Ronald Walton, Rev. Clayton Blackstone, Jr., Rev. Jeff & Darilynn Tarbox, Rev. Steve Baker, Rev. Alan Chamberlin, Cheryl Blackstone Bonville, Pastor Joshua Blackstone, Carrie McLaughlin Rice and Bonnee Hews McLaughlin. Pastor Read Blackstone served the Dunntown Church as pastor for 43 years.

 

Over the years the church has had an effective ministry to youth, which has kept an influx of young families in this small, yet multigenerational church. In addition to the ministries of the church, many of the youth are very involved in ministries and youth activities outside the church including Camp Nomacca, Sports and Music Camp and the Northern Lights Youth Choir. The youth choir is a music ministry started by by Pastor Dave Ross back in the early 70's during his tenure as pastor at the State Road Advent Christian Church. This ministry has been continued through the years by leadership from both the State Road and Dunntown Churches.

 

The Dunntown Church has an active laity that faithfully use their gifts and talents for the Lord in the ministries within the church and outreach into the community. Current outreach ministries include an active food pantry, a fuel assistance program (oil and firewood) for those in need and coordinated efforts to support many local mission and ministry projects in their community.

 

"Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously."

2 Corinthians 9:6
Dunntown old
1905 One Room School House
 
Dunntown new
The Dunntown Church today
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

ERA Student Ministries

 

Joshua Brown
ERA Director of Student Ministries

Over the summer, I was blessed with the opportunity to lead worship and speak at a couple of different youth camps.  During those weeks, I was able to hear the heart of some of the youth workers in our region.  The themes that kept coming up in conversation were the need for community, mentoring, and resource sharing.  Since then I've been praying about ways in which we can assist our churches in this critical area of youth ministry.  I am in the process of developing a team of youth leaders from each conference so we can assess and address the needs in each context. 

                Many times youth workers get burned out or quit because they feel like they don't have any support or direction.  We want to be a community for them, not just for supplies and resources, but for prayer, mentoring, and sharing our lives together.  Please pray for Eastern Region Student Ministries as we strive to serve Jesus and His church.  

 
Joshua
 
 
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We recently completed a study in the Regional Office on the average attendance in each of our churches in the Region.  This report was based on the last reported attendance figures, which for some is a bit out of date, but it still gives us a pretty good picture of where we are at.

 

I should preface my comments by saying that numbers are not the only indicator of church health.  I know of some numerically large churches that are far from healthy, and I know some small churches that are doing a lot of things right.  But there are some things that we can glean from looking at average attendance figures.

In the Eastern Region we currently have 74 Churches:
  • 36 who average 40 or fewer in weekly attendance
  • 28 who average between 41 and 100 in weekly attendance
  • 10 who average 101 or more in weekly attendance

This means that half of the churches that make up the Region have an average attendance of 40 or less.  Many of these churches are struggling to keep the doors open with a weak economy and an aging congregation.  Some have no Pastor because of financial shortcomings.  This doesn't mean that these are bad churches; it does mean that we have some work to do to bring about Revitalization and health to some sister congregations that are struggling. 

 

Here is a brief set of questions to ask yourself about your congregation to see if you may need to consider Revitalization in your Church:

 

- When was the last time someone accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior in your church?

- When was the last time someone was baptized in your church?

- How many visitors have you had in the past year?

- How many new members have you taken in, the past few years?

- How well balanced are the different generations in your church?

- Are your services, programs, and facilities relevant to the community you are trying to

      reach?
 

Notice that I didn't ask any spiritual questions.  This is because I am assuming that you have people who love Jesus, love each other, and preach the gospel.  If not you have a different set of problems!  But I believe that most of our churches do these things well.  What we don't do well is have a system (plan) in place to do outreach.  We don't have a system (plan) in place to help visitors to come back and lead them to becoming members (assimilation). 

 

Somehow we have to address some of these issues of health and growth if we are going to keep from closing more churches in the future.  If you would like more information, resources, books, or training in Church Revitalization, or creating Outreach and Assimilation systems, please contact the Regional Office.   I would also encourage you to consider attending the Ockenga training event at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary on Nov. 7, 2012 for $35 with Ed Stetzer addressing his book "Comeback Churches"

 
Greg
 
 

ADVENTUAL LIBRARY at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

 

Paul in LibraryBerkshire Christian College's Adventual Library at the Center for Advent Christian Studies,  Goddard Library

Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
South Hamilton, Massachusetts
 

The Adventual Library was established at the New England School of Theology, Brookline, MA. The School and the Adventual Library relocated to Lenox, MA in 1958. With the name change of the College in the fall of 1958, the Adventual Library became a part of the Linden J. Carter Library of Berkshire Christian College.

 

At the closing of the Lenox campus in 1987 arrangements were made with Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary to place the holdings of the Adventual Library on the South Hamilton campus on the fourth floor of the Kerr Administration Building. Dr. David A. Dean with some volunteer help physically set up the room. There it remained until February of 2005 when, under the direction of Dr. Freeman Barton, the collection was moved into a basement room of the Goddard Library.

 


William Miller 

The room is a 12 feet by 44 feet, windowless, well-lighted facility with almost twice the space of the former room. There are two workstations, one with a pc with internet access. The collection consists of a core collection of Millerite/Adventist periodicals; a collection of prophetic charts; a book library of 2,500+ volumes pertaining to all phases of the Advent movement and its particular doctrines: the Second Advent, Conditional Immortality, the intermediate state, etc.; six legal size file cabinets containing material on all phases of the Adventist movement as well as an extensive collection of biographical material; a card catalog index of the World's Crisis/Advent Christian Witness, which continues in electronic format. On loan, we have an every name index of A.C. Johnson's Advent Christian history plus extensive indices of World's Crisis and other Adventist materials with an illustration index as well. The Collection includes the records of many Advent Christian churches and institutions as well as the Berkshire Christian College archives. Since the opening of the Library in South Hamilton in 1991, several thousand volumes have been cataloged and added.

 

The current staff consists of  Duane E. Crabtree, Volunteer Curator of the Adventual Library; with the assistance of the Rev. William A. Flewelling. Dr. Gordon L. Isaac is the Berkshire Assistant Professor of Advent Christian Studies.

 
Library Hours:

Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m.-11:00 p.m. with permission of a Librarian.

 

The Collection is generally staffed by the Curator on Wednesdays from 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Please write, email or call in advance to ensure access to and assistance with the Collection.

 

Please remember the Adventual Library when you are looking for a new home for any Adventist related material of all sorts.

 

Should you wish to be notified of the times when the Collection is staffed by Advent Christians please send an email to Duane Crabtree at dcrabtree@gordonconwell.edu or dcrabtree@rcn.com .

 
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Antioch - What's in a name?
 

Antioch School"Antioch"

Our approach to theological education is rooted in the Antioch tradition, which was the dominant expression of how to do church and develop leaders in the first three centuries of the Church. Roland Allen refers to this as "the way of Christ and His Apostles" (in Missionary Methods: St. Paul's or Ours?). It means that we affirm the biblical pattern known as the Pauline Cycle of evangelizing strategic cities, establishing local churches, and entrusting the churches to faithful men. We recognize Paul's letters as establishing tools to use in the process of building strong churches. "The teaching" or "sound doctrine" is not cold, abstract theological knowledge, but woven naturally into Paul's letters, which address the family and community situations of churches. Lastly, theological education itself is seen as fundamentally church-based according to the model of Paul and Timothy, whereby leaders develop through real ministry experiences and mentoring in the context of churches.

"School"

When most people think about school, they think of campuses, classrooms, credits, exams, etc. However, these are the common attributes of the schooling paradigm, not necessarily school itself. It is the academic credentials granted by these institutions that distinguish them from other institutions that also have training and development missions. The Antioch School is not a school in terms of the schooling paradigm, but it is a school because it grants academic credentials.

 

We continue to see this as an incredibly great opportunity for us to train up leaders for ministry, both pastors and lay people within our local churches.  I will be taking on a full time student, beginning in January who I will be mentoring along his educational journey.  Dustin Delano is from Friendship, Maine and is sensing a call to ministry.  He literally dropped his fishing nets (lobster traps), and has followed the Lord in pursuing an education and training for ministry preparation.  I am excited about this opportunity to work with Dustin and hope that we will have others who will pursue an education with the Antioch school through the Regional office or within their local churches.


 
Church Needs
 

 

We are looking for some help with some projects at the Westfield MA. AC Church.  If you feel led to help in some way with these projects, please contact the Regional office.

  •      $1500 for new carpet in the fellowship hall that       they will use for services this winter to save          heating oil costs
  •       Keurig machine
  •       Someone with carpentry skills to build a "coffee bar"


 
 
Training Events
 

Ed SetzerEd Stetzer Training at Gordon Conwell

 

How can churches bring vitality back to their churches? Ed Stetzer will draw from his own experience transistioning multiple churchers and two distinct research projects on church revitalization and transformation to give practical direction for pastors seeking to lead their churches to more effective missional ministry.

Sessions include:
  • Leadership in Transformational Revitalization
  • Changes Churches Make to Move to Health and Mission
  • Characteristics of Transformational Churches
  • Engaging More of Your Church People in Transformational Ministry and Mission

 Ed Stetzer (Ph.D., The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) has planted, revitalized, and pastored churches.  He has trained pastors and church planters on five continents, holds two masters degrees and two doctorates, and has written dozens of articles and books. Ed is a contributing editor for Christianity Today, a columnist for Outreach Magazine and Catalyst Monthly, serves on the advisory council of Sermon Central andChristianity Today's Building Church Leaders, and is frequently cited or interviewed in news outlets such as USA Today and CNN.

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September 2012

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September 2012

A Growing Network of Healthy Churches
 
 
Church Spotlight

Newport Center Advent Christian Church, Newport Center, VT

 

      Advent meetings began being held in a school house in Newport Center in the spring of 1864, and the group officially incorporated on May 31, 1892.  The current church building was completed on November 5, 1892.  God richly blessed us with our facilities and the means to keep them, but they are not the church- the fellowship of believers are the church. 

       The members of the Newport Center Church over its history have modeled love, nurture, and disciple making.  Many pastors started their ministries under the patient love of the members of this church including Rev. Ronald Walton, Rev. Bryce Whiting, and Rev. Chris Barton.  This congregation has exhibited an amazing blend of guidance, patience, and respect for Biblical pastoral authority over the years.

        Throughout the church's history the preaching of the Gospel, the proclamation of the eminent return of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, the making of disciples, devotion to prayer,  and the teaching of Advent Christian distinctives, by the power of the Holy Spirit, have driven the members of this church to serve faithfully.  May the Lord allow us to continue to do so until the Master comes.

         Lastly, the members of this church exemplify Christian generosity.  We view it a privilege to be able to give to the Gospel work in many ways.  The church faithfully and fully gives all requested apportionments to the Maranatha Conference, Eastern Region and ACGC, giving to Vernon Home, Christmas in October, helping to support a missionary couple, sending funds to World Vision & Samaritans Purse, and last year raising over $5,500 for Penny Crusade (with a church membership of 25 people in rural VT).  All Praise to our Lord who blesses us so we can bless others in the name of Jesus. Chris and Mel BartonNewport Center Church

 
 
 
Annual Convention - October 25-27, 2012
 

Wyndham AndoverTime is running out to get registered and get your hotel reservations made before we meet at the Wyndham Boston Andover Hotel in Andover, MA.  Registration is open to all and if you would like to register you can either go on the Eastern Regional website and print off the Registration Form, Information Form and New Release regarding details, or you can call the office at (603) 332-1412 and speak with Carolyn and she will provide you with the necessary information to register.  We have some exciting changes this year and on Friday night, Superintendent Twitchell along with the new directors will be sharing their vision for the region.  

 

Reports - Attention to all Camp, Conference Centers, Conference Presidents and Affiliate Organizations.   Your reports are due!  Please email these to Carolyn at eracarolyns@aol.com.  If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to call us.

 
 

Annual Convention Schedule

 
The New ERA
A Growing Network of Healthy Churches
 
"Where there is no vision the people perish."
Proverbs 29:18
 
  
EASTERN REGIONAL ASSOCIATION
ANNUAL CONVENTION PROGRAM
 
October 25-27, 2012
Wyndham Boston Andover Hotel, Andover, MA
 
 

Thursday - October 24 - Pre-Convention Activities    

   10:00 - 5:00 p.m.             Regional Board Meeting

    2:00 p.m.                       Early Bird Convention Registration begins

    3:00 p.m.                       Display area opens

    7:00 p.m.                       Worship Service (Singspiration & drama presentation by  

Rev. Art Stone)
 

Friday - October 26

     7:00-8:30 a.m.               Breakfast served

     7:30-8:30 a.m.               Prayer Meeting with Bryce Whiting

     8:30-9:00 a.m.               Devotional with Wes Ross & Ron Walton

     9:00 a.m.                      Convention Business & Reports

   12:00 p.m.                      LUNCH

     1:00-1:30 p.m.               Networking & Displays *

     1:45-3:00 p.m.               Workshop 1 *

     3:15-4:30 p.m.               Workshop 2 *

     4:30-6:00 p.m.               Break

     6:30 p.m.                      Banquet (Music, Message-Superintendent's Vision)

                                                               

Saturday - October 27

     7:00-8:30 a.m.               Breakfast Served

     7:30-8:30 a.m.               Prayer Meeting with Mark Bickford

     8:30-9:00 a.m.               Devotional with Wes Ross & Clayton Blackstone

     9:00-11:00 a.m.             Convention Business & Reports

   11:00-12:00 p.m.              Dismissal (No lunch served)

 * Schedule details on back   

 
Networking & Displays 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

       Networking Options:            1:00 - 2:00 p.m.                           Room              

       WH&FMS/Women's Ministry Meeting with Becky Nicoll           Characters Pub

       Antioch "Users Group" meeting with Greg Twitchell                   Ball Room

       Student Ministry meeting with Josh Brown & Sam Warren         GTT Suite

       Church Planting meeting with Angela Stibitz & Ron Thomas      Board Room

 
Workshops 2:15 - 4:30 p.m.

Workshop 1 Choices  2:15 - 3:15 p.m.                                      Room            

       1.  Building True Community with Mark Bickford                         Ball Room 1

       2.  Church Planting with Angela Stibitz                                      Ball Room 2

       3.  Leadership Development with Steve Brown                            Ball Room 3

       4.  Church Revitalization with Tom Peers                                   Characters Pub

 

Workshop 2 Choices  3:30 - 4:30 p.m.                                      Room           

       5.  The Family Focused Church with Mike Tuttle                        Ball Room 1

       6.  Pastoral Health & Sabbatical with David Alves                       Ball Room 2

       7.  Church Finances with Steve Cole                                         Characters Pub

       8.  Technology & Social Media with Justin Nash                         Ball Room 3

 
 
About Our Presenters:  (in order of presentation)

Mrs. Rebecca Nicoll, President of Women's Home & Foreign Mission Society of the

      Eastern Region Association

Rev. Greg Twitchell, Superintendent, Eastern Regional Association

Pastor Joshua Brown, Director of Student Ministries, Eastern Regional Association and

      Youth Pastor at Calvary Bible Church, Meredith, NH

Rev. Dr. Thomas S (Sam) Warren, II , Director of Department of Nuture, Advent Christian

      General Conference

Rev. Angela Stibitz, Director of Church Planting, Eastern Regional Association

Rev. Dr. Ron Thomas, Executive Director, Advent Christian General Conference

Pastor Mark Bickford, President of Maranatha Conference and Pastor at Light of Christ

      Fellowship, Littleton, NH

Rev. Dr. Stephen Brown, President, Berkshire Institute of Christian Studies, Lenox, MA

Pastor Tom Peers, Director of Revitalization, Eastern Regional Association and Pastor at

      State Street Church, Portsmouth, NH

Rev. Dr. David Alves, Director of Pastoral Health, Eastern Regional Association and

      Pastor of New Life Fellowship, Concord, NH

Mr. Steve Cole, Certified Public Accountant & member of Goodwins Mills Advent 

      Christian Church

Mr. Justin Nash, Director of Communications, Advent Christian General Conference

 
  
 
 
Training Opportunities
 

The Ockenga Institute at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary is presenting a great Fall series of lectures from the Shoemaker Center for Church Renewal.  

 

Daniel Taylor - Creating Spiritual Legacies - Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Ed Setzer - Leading Comeback Churches to Transformational Ministry - Wed., Nov.7, 2012


Andy Rice, Director of Regional Training
Arice@aceasternregion.org

 
 
Leadership Development
 

greg green backgroundEphesians 4:11-12

"It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, 12 to prepare God's people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up[1]"

Developing leaders needs to be the heartbeat of every pastor and each church!  I believe this with my whole heart and have made it the main focus of my ministry within the Region.  Without mature disciples who are willing to follow the Lord in various ministries, we will not be able to continue as an association of churches in the days to come.

It is my desire to see our leadership base enlarged by:

  • Encouraging Pastors to develop leaders within their churches and empower them to do ministry.  We need to let go of control and empower others.
  • Tracking with students
  • Encouraging higher education at denomination affiliated schools (BICS, Berkshire, Gordon Conwell)
  • Encouraging people to pursue growth through the Antioch School
    • Planters, Elders, Deacons, Ministry Leaders encouraged to pursue a     Certificate Program (4 courses)
    • Pastors encouraged to pursue advanced degrees to sharpen their Biblical understanding and ministry skills
  • Creating internship opportunities through AIMS in partnership with ACGC
  • Creating more training opportunities in churches
  • Designing a training program for Planters
  • Providing scholarships through our capital campaign
  • Offering 3-4 training events for our Pastors and leaders annually and encouraging them to bring young leaders with them
  • Encouraging preaching in churches and camps that calls people to consider vocational ministry.  Especially pastoring, planting, and missions.

Paul's ministry on his missionary journeys wasn't just to make converts.  His goal was to make disciples, and of those he spent extra time with some who became ministry partners (Timothy, Silas, Luke, and others.  Plus all of the elders, who he left in charge of the planted churches.)  We seem to be stuck with a model in our churches where the Pastor is paid to do the entire ministry and the people come and participate as spectators.  We need to reverse this thinking and equip the saints for the work of ministry, and raise up a generation of leaders who are called and equipped to serve in ministry as the current generation begins to retire.

Please join with me in praying for a movement of workers who will step up to work in the harvest fields.

 

Greg Twitchell, Director of Leadership Development

 

[1] The Holy Bible: New International Version. 1984 (Eph 4:11-12). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

 

 
 

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What if you were involved in one of our smaller AC churches and wanted to go on a short term missions trip, but your church wasn't able to offer a trip?  There are plenty of organizations that offer missions trips, but why can't we partner with other churches within the Region to make people aware of open spots on teams from other AC churches with in the Region already planning trips?

What if you are a church who is planning on going to a foreign country to work on an orphanage.  The Orphanage needs electrical and plumbing work done, but no one in your church has those skills.  What will you do?  Certainly there must be people in our Region who have those skills, but how do we get the word out about this need?

In the Regional Office we would like to create a website where all of our churches who are doing mission trips would have their information listed, including:

  • Where they are going
  • When they are going
  • What is the focus of the trip
  • What does the trip cost
  • What skills are needed
  • Donations that could be used (ie. VBS materials, toiletries for children, tools, etc.)
  • Paperwork needed (posted online)
  • How many open spots are available
  • Group leader & church contact information

We have many other ideas that we are working on for the future and look forward to partnering with  local churches and finding ways to enhance, support, and increase our unified missions efforts in the world.

If you have a trip coming up, please send us the above information and we will add it to our website!

Cory Harrill, Director of Missions  

 
 
 
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     I had a sneaking suspicion before I began, but when I found out that 50% of the Pastors in the Eastern Region were 60+ and that 75% of our Pastors are 50+, I realized that I would have a huge task in front of me during my tenure as Superintendent. 

I have talked about this in a lot of churches and Conference meetings and will continue to bring it up as Leadership Development is going to be an incredibly important focus for all of us in the coming days.  (See article above)

     One of the things that may be helpful to me in my role as Superintendent would be to have some idea what Pastors are planning.  This may involve:

  1. Sharing with me in confidence their retirement plans and timeline
  2. Work with church leadership to develop a succession plan in preparation for the Pastors departure.

    I understand that some Pastors don't want to share their departure plans with the leadership for very good reasons.  Others may have a good relationship with their leaders and may want to consider working on such a plan in advance.

     I currently have several good men to recommend to churches for Pastoral roles and we have 20+ young leaders who we are tracking with and are hoping to see plugged into ministry roles in the future. 

     While education, experience, calling, and gifts are wonderful things for young leaders to have; it is sometimes difficult to step into a Pastoral position that has been held by a seasoned leader for many years.  A succession plan may allow for some overlap and preparation of the body for the changes involved in changing leadership. 

     My desire is to see healthy, well prepared leaders placed in churches where they will be loved and encouraged as they lead people in being followers of Jesus.  Prayer, planning, and open discussion will be key in making all of these transitions as smooth as possible. 

 

Greg Twitchell, Superintendent

 
 
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August Newsletter

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August 2012 Vol 1, Issue 4
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August Newsletter   
Dear Lisa,
Summer is almost over and everyone is gearing up for the new school year.  The are many events happening in the Eastern Region this Fall and we are excited about sharing these with you in this issue of the Eastern Regional Newsletter.  
 
We would love for you to share this Newsletter with a friend, or even your congregation.  There is a link to the right to join our mailing list when you forward.  Thanks for getting the news out for the Eastern Regional Association.
From the Director of Church Planting
Angela
    Patience has never been my virtue.  I simply don't like waiting for anything, period.  Unfortunately for me, most good things in life take time.  It's the weeds that sprout up overnight, not the gorgeous rose bushes.  And when we are thinking about planting churches, we have to keep this concept in mind.  A good friend of mine commented on how appropriate it was that I was going to start working with church planters because of how much I enjoy planting things.  I love gardens and flowers make me very happy.  As I reflected on his comment I realized just how very similar the two endeavors could be.  You have to start out knowing your soil and preparing it.  You do research to find out what type of plants will thrive in your specific environment and how to care for them.  You need to figure out how and when to actually plant each one.  And don't forget the long term care; weeding, watering and dividing the big plants.  This is very much what we will be doing with our church planting initiative for the Eastern Region. 
     I  am very proud to continue the legacy of planting churches that has been part of our Advent Christian denomination from the beginning.  Many dedicated men and women have answered God's call to both plant churches and help those who do.  I have the honor of standing on the shoulders of those who have gone before me.  In the more recent past, the Eastern Region has had varying levels of involvement in starting churches throughout New England.  As I start this new position of Director of Church Planting I, and the regional team Greg is creating, will be developing a systematic approach to grow new church plants in a healthy and sustainable way.  We are working to coordinate plans and strategies with the state conferences within the region as well as with the other regions across the country.  Make sure to attend the Eastern Region Conference October 25-27 to get more detailed plans.
     I attended a church planting conference in Florida this past April with Executive Director Ron Thomas, Sam Warren and all the regional superintendents.  It was a wonderful start to open communication and cooperation surrounding the topic of planting churches within the AC denomination.  My sincere hope is that we can all work together as a unified team to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ as we advance His Kingdom by growing His Church.  "From Him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work." Eph. 4:16   
     In the weeks and years to come, you will each have a part to play as we grow new churches.  The first thing I will ask each of you to do is pray for the individuals and couples out there who are already planning on starting a church as well as for those who have yet to be called.  Pray for them daily.  And pray for me, my team, the state conferences, the regional superintendents and those in leadership in the General Conference.  Satan will not be happy with us starting new churches and he will do what he can to divide and discourage us.  Pray he will fail and that Christ will receive the glory in all we try to do.
God Bless,
Rev. Angela Stibitz
Director of Church Planting
 
In This Issue
Church Planting
From the Director of Regional Training
Antioch School
The Super Column
UpComing Events
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     As pastors and church leaders we know well that God has called us to proclaim his gospel and teach his Word faithfully to both the sheep entrusted to our care and the world around us.  The apostle Paul portrays this calling when he instructs Timothy to be a "workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth," (2 Timothy 2:15).  But note well the beginning words of that particular instruction:  "Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman..." The command here for Timothy, and for all who engage in ministry, is to pursue - eagerly, zealously, diligently - all that is required to be an "approved" and "unashamed" workman.  God calls us to "present" our whole selves - mind, body, and soul - to him (cf. Romans 12:1), which evidences itself through a diligent and lifelong pursuit of godly wisdom.  By the inspiration of the Spirit Paul knew that one of the greatest threats to effective ministry is church leaders who give up on this lifelong pursuit, and thus says to Timothy:  be diligent in your ministry preparation! 
     For us today one of the greatest threats to effective ministry continues to be ministry leaders who have every reason to be "ashamed workmen."  If we have failed to give ourselves to lifelong ministry training; or if we have pursued head knowledge at the expense of our own spiritual health; or if we have spent more time learning the latest business model than we have studying the truths of Scripture; or if a decrease in the consistent and thorough study of God's Word has led to an increase in fluffy sermons; then we have also failed to be diligent, approved, and unashamed ambassadors for Christ!  For all of the times and ways we have failed to eagerly pursue godly wisdom for our lives and ministry, we must repent.  But we must also commit anew to that pursuit!                                                                    
     To that end, one of the aspects of Regional ministry is to provide resources and training for pastors and church leaders.  Future Regional training events, currently in the planning stages, will afford ministry leaders the opportunity to be both equipped and encouraged.  In the mean time we'll be making you aware of external training opportunities and conferences that we find beneficial for your life and ministry.  As we begin to map out future plans for Regional training events we are open to your suggestions and feedback.  A helpful way to offer feedback is to finish this sentence:  "The topic/speaker/format that I would definitely sign up to study/hear/participate in would be...."  If you have a suggestion or particular area of interest please don't hesitate to email me (arice@aceasternregion.org). 
 
Andy Rice
Director of Regional Training
 
Upcoming Conferences and Training Events

Below you will find information and links to training events in the New England area.
 
When:  September 6-7
Where:  South Hamilton, MA
Speakers:  Walter Kaiser, Haddon Robinson, David Wells, Kevin DeYoung, and more.
Cost:  $145
Theme:  Sufficiency of Christ/Preaching with practical workshops
  
 
Training Event 1  
When:  September 21-22
Where:  Portland, ME 
Speakers:  Scotty Smith and Caesar Kalinowski
Cost:  $49
Theme: Gospel-Centered Community/Missional Living/Church Planting with practical workshops 
 
 
Training Event 2  
*This conference is highly recommended and we would love to see a large contingency of AC pastors!
When:  October 19-20
Where:  Boston, MA
Speakers:  Tim Keller, D.A. Carson, John Piper and more! 
Cost:  $100
Theme:  Gospel-centered ministry and living with many workshop options
 
 
 When:  November 7-8
Where:  Barrington, RI
Speakers:  Tony Payne and Marty Sweeney
Cost:  $120
Theme:  Practical training for Gospel ministry and discipleship based on the book.
 
Recommended Reading
Nine Marks
  
What makes for a healthy church? A large congregation? Plentiful parking? Vibrant music?
You may have read books on this topic before-but not like this one. This new expanded edition of Nine Marks of a Healthy Church is not an instruction manual for church growth. It is a pastor's recommendation of how to assess the health of your church using nine crucial qualities that are neglected by many of today's churches.
Whether you're a church leader or an involved member of your congregation, you can help cultivate these elements in your church, bringing it new life and health for God's glory.
 
"I want God's word about the church. I turn with hope and confidence to Mark Dever's radically biblical commitment. Few people today have thought more or better about what makes a church biblical and healthy."
-John Piper, Pastor for Preaching and Vision, Bethlehem Baptist Church, Twin Cities, Minnesota



Trellis VineThe Trellis and the Vine by Colin Marshall and Tony Payne 
 
All Christian ministry is a mixture of trellis and vine. There is vine work: the prayerful preaching and teaching of the word of God to see people converted and grow to maturity as disciples of Christ. Vine work is the Great Commission. And there is trellis work: creating and maintaining the physical and organizational structures and programs that support vine work and its growth. What's the state of the trellis and the vine in your part of the world? Has trellis work taken over, as it has a habit of doing? Is the vine work being done by very few (perhaps only the pastor and only on Sundays)? And is the vine starting to wilt as a result? The image of the trellis and the vine raises all the fundamental questions of Christian ministry: * What is the vine for? * How does the vine grow? * How does the vine relate to my church? * What is vine work and what is trellis work, and how can we tell the difference? * What part do different people play in growing the vine? * How can we get more people involved in vine work? In The Trellis and the Vine, Colin Marshall and Tony Payne answer these urgent questions afresh. They dig back into the Bible's view of Christian ministry, and argue that a major mind-shift is required if we are to fulfill the Great Commission of Christ, and see the vine flourish again.
 
"The Trellis and the Vine is a superb guide to preparing pastors and ministers for Christ's church. The wisdom in this little book is invaluable. My advice: Keep a good stack on hand at all times, and put this book to good use. "
- R. Albert Mohler, Jr., President, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY.
Antioch School Tuition is Less than 7% of the U.S. Average
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Antioch School Tuition is Less than 7% of the U.S. Average.  Here's the bad news: Costs of higher education are escalating.  Average tuition and fees (not including books, room/board, or transportation) for private colleges in the United States is $28,500 per year for a total of $114,000 for a traditional four-year undergraduate program (Chronicle of Higher Education, November 4, 2011, p. A24).  Tuition at popular evangelical seminaries (not including books, room/board, transportation, or other social costs) is more than $25,000 for an M.A. degree and more than $37,000 for an M.Div.
  
Here's the good news:    Tuition in the Antioch School has not changed in nearly two years and is still just a fraction of what other institutions charge. Tuition in the Antioch School's B.Min. program is less than 7% of the U.S. average for private colleges.  Tuition in the Antioch School's M.Min. program is only 28% of a common M.A. and 19% of a common M.Div.  Tuition for the Antioch School remains $7200 per degree program, not per year or even per semester.  And we still allow you to pay over four years with no interest charged.  Once you enroll, your tuition level is frozen so you don't have to worry about tuition increases.  
 
The cost of education just keeps skyrocketing in schools across the country.  It is becoming harder and harder for our churches to attract college educated, or seminary educated, students to our AC churches because of the amount of money they need to earn to pay off school loans.  This is another reason why I believe that the Antioch school is such a GREAT opportunity for us as a denomination.  Students can earn a complete, accredited Bachelors, or Masters degree for $7200 and not have any debt when they finish!  What a great opportunity for our young people especially to be able to avoid starting life with huge indebtedness.  Please join me in advocating the Antioch school to all of our people, young and old as a good choice for their education.  As always, I am happy to answer any questions about Antioch or provide help in setting up a program at your church.
 
Grace, Greg
 
The Super Column
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Summer Camps have mostly wrapped up for the summer as students are beginning to head back to school.  I was pleased to be able to visit and participate in several of our camps this summer including:  Harbinger, Sports & Music Camp, Alton Bay, Big Lake, Mechanic Falls, Lakeside, and Washington.  Every camp I visited was bustling with activity and reporting lives transformed in Christ Jesus!  I am so grateful to everyone who gives of their time and resources to deep these ministry centers alive.
 
When I was a child, I grew up attending Mechanic Falls AC Camp and had opportunity to counsel at Lakeside and Washington with John Soucy Directing.  I gave my heart to Jesus at a campmeeting, and was regularly convicted and called to a stronger walk with the Lord through great preaching by men like Ron Walton, Art Stone, Russell Carl, David and Brent Ross, and others.  My calling to ministry was confirmed at camp, and some of the best memories of my life come from ministering to young people while serving at camps. 
Some have questioned whether camp meetings are still a relevant form of ministry today.  People don't come and stay like they used to.  Some of our camps that once drew thousands to hear Second Coming preaching are now happy to see a few hundred.  I have recognized the decline myself and have wrestled with this question until I had a young person come up to me recently and thank me for spending my week being the Bible Teacher.  This summer I had the opportunity to preach the gospel to 21 young people at Big Lake and several of those made first time decisions.  I was blessed to have the opportunity to baptize 4 children and 1 adult at the end of the week.  I also taught daily Bible lessons on Jesus in the Old Testament to 47 teens at Camp Washington.  What a great opportunity to share the word of God in an incredible environment where the world is kept at bay for one week out of 52.  This is what makes it worth continuing to invest in our camps for me.  The fact that over the years, Advent Christians have had a dynamic camp ministry in New England where tens of thousands of lives have been touched for Christ over the past 100 years and continue to be impacted for him! 
 
Camps are a lot of work and money, usually carried forward by a minority percentage of those who attend, but I believe that it's worth it.  I believe that the Holy Spirit still shows up at camp meetings, I believe that relationships are strengthened 100 times better through a week of camp than by saying hi in passing each Sunday at Church.  I believe that God still speaks to young hearts at crackling campfires.  I praise God for all those who gave of themselves so that I could grow in the Lord when I was a camper, and I pray that others will still have the passion and vision to invest in camps for the next generation!
 
Greg Twitchell
Eastern Regional Superintendent
Jonah Pennsylvania Bus Trip - September 27-29, 2012
Jonah
 
Just 10 spots left!  90 already registered.  
 
If you are interested in going on this fun trip to Lancaster, PA., please contact Greg or Missie at (603) 332-0220 or by email at gmwitchell@gmail.com
 
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Haverhill Advent Christian Church is offering the Antioch School course called ACTS beginning Sat. Sept. 8, 2012 at 9:30 AM  Lunch provided.  Contact Rev. Frank Jewett for more details.  
 
Women's Fall Retreat - September 14 - 16, 2012 at Alton Bay Christian Conference Center.  For a brochure and more details please contact Rebecca Nicoll.  The Saturday speaker will be Mrs. Sharon McLaughlin.  Singing, crafts, prayer groups, worship and lots of laughing is the agenda for the weekend.  
  
Antioch Summit - Ames, IA.  Nov. 5-9
 
National Youth Workers Convention - Dallas, TX.  Nov. 16-18
 
 2012 ACGC Leaders Conference at the Cove by ACGC Feb. 26-28 2013
The Annual Eastern Regional Convention
October 25 - 27, 2012
Wyndham Andover Boston Hotel, Andover, MA

Look for details coming in the mail next week.

All details to be posted on the
Eastern Regional website by September 7.
 

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Every month there are a number of great things to report that God is doing in our Churches, camp and ministries around the Region. I hope that this brief glimpse will give you an idea of some of the things that are going on in our Association of Churches.

 

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I think that one of the misunderstandings that people have about the Antioch School is that it is just a Seminary type education, and it doesn't apply to them or their church.  I have found that it is much more than an academic, degree oriented program.  It is a way to develop leaders at all levels of your church, and I believe that this is what all of our churches need so vitally!  We don't need more bench warmers, we need leaders who will use their gifts in ministry to strengthen the church.  Please take a look at the four ways Antioch School can help you raise up leaders for Jesus Christ.  If you are interested in learning more, please give me a call at the Regional Office.  603-332-1412

 
 
 
 
 

Port Clyde Church Church Spotlight

 Port Clyde Advent Christian Church 

 

The Port Clyde AC Church has been in existence for over 130 years in the little fishing village of Port Clyde in the town of St. George, Maine.  This building sits at the end of the peninsula and has a wonderful ocean view.  The parsonage is across the street, and it is older than the church.  The Parsonage was donated by Dr. Vannah who had a home in the area.  The church has had bi-vocational pastors for much of its history as attendance has fluctuated between 15 and 75 people over the years.  Today the church is vibrant with people of all ages in attendance and a strong leadership core.  They participate in Camp Washington, and annually have a song service on the water with boats from Friendship, Cushing, Owls Head, and Port Clyde participating.  They have a strong mens ministry led by Elder Doug Anderson Jr.   Please pray for them as they are currently looking for a new Pastor.

Annual Dockside Worship Service

 
 

Training Events 

Below you will find information and links to training events in the New England area.

 
Training Event 1
 

LNTD Conference:  Cultivating Gospel Mission.  It's on September 21-22 in Portland, ME and all of the details can be found here:  http://www.conference.plntd.com/.  The cost is only $39 (not counting lodging) until June 30.  After that it's $49. 

  
  

Training Event 2 

 

New England Gospel Coalition Conference on October 19-20 in Boston.  The speakers will include DA Carson, John Piper and others.  Further details are forthcoming, but the website is http://tgcnewengland.com/or they can be followed on Twitter at https://twitter.com/#tgcne.

 
 
 
Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary

 It's the Gordon-Conwell preaching conference in South Hamilton on September 6-7. Here is the info: http://www.gordonconwell.edu/resources/National-Preaching-Conference.cfm. Speakers include Walter Kaiser, Haddon Robinson and Kevin Deyoung.

 
 

JonahEvent Opportunities

I'd like to invite all of you to join Missie and I on our fourth Bus Trip to Sight and Sound Theater in Beautiful Lancaster, Pennsylvania.  We have led three bus trips previously to see other performances and have never been disappointed.  The meals are excellent, the fellowship is sweet, and the live drama is one of the most incredible things I have ever seen!  The highlight of the trip is our visit to Sight and Sound Theater.  This is a Christian owned Company that puts on Broadway style re-enactments of the Bible.  Utilizing state of the art sound and lighting, an enormous theater, live animals, and a casts of over 100 people, they bring the Bible to life!  They will run two shows a day and three on the weekends for sold out audiences.  In each performance they present the gospel of Jesus Christ in a very clear and powerful way.  Brochures have been mailed to each of the churches, or you can call us and have us send you one. (603)332-0220.

The trip includes:  Coach bus ride, sight seeing in Amish Country, 2 nights Hotel stay, 2 continental breakfasts, 2 buffet suppers, 1 ticket to the show "Jonah" at Sight and Sound.

Costs are as follows:   Adults $280                 Teens $250                  Children $140Sight and Sound 

 
 

The "Super" Column

 As I began this job, I quickly realized that it is too big for one person.  Then I began dreaming of all that we could be as an Association of Churches if we worked together and God began forming a Vision for the Region in my heart and mind.  While I have tweaked many of the goals that I set early on, with the wisdom and insight of my counselors and Board of Directors, the original Vision hasn't faded or changed a bit.  When we gather at the Regional Convention in October I will have opportunity to share with all the delegates in detail what I believe God is calling us toward.  I hope that many of you will be there for that exciting time of vision casting.

As I continued to formulate this vision in my mind, I kept coming back to the realization that I can never do all of that myself.  The job is already tremendous, and if I add more to it, I will be overwhelmed.  Then God spoke to me and said, "build a team", "build a team!"  You don't have to do this on your own, nor do I want you to do this on your own.  Paul didn't establish churches on his own, he had a team.  Jesus chose 12 disciples to carry out his ministry.  So I have pursued the idea of creating a team of gifted individuals who have expertise and passion in various areas of ministry that fit the vision the Lord has given to me.  I would like to introduce some of those team members to you now, to wet your appetite for what is to come as God accomplishes great and mighty things among us.

Tom Peers

Tom Peers - Director of Revitalization           

634 State St. Portsmouth, NH 03801
(207) 899-8184  (cell)
David Alves
David Alves - Director of Pastoral Health
125 Borough Rd.  Penacook, NH 03303
(603) 753-1061
Andy Rice
Andy Rice - Director of Regional Training
200 Franklin St. Melrose, MA 02176
(781) 662-8226 (work)  (508) 335-5072 (cell)
Angela Stibtz
Angela Stibitz - Director of Church Planting
Gorham, ME
Cory Harrill
Cory Harrill - Director of Regional Missions

 Portland, ME

(207) 632-8567

Greg Blue Shirt
Greg Twitchell - Superintendent,
Directorof Leadership Development
32 Four Rod Road, Rochester, NH 03867
(603) 332-1412 (Office) (207)576-9793 (Cell)
 
   

I am really excited about what each of these people brings to the table.  Please pray for us as we work to serve our churches and our Savior in a way that will bring greater health to our Pastors and Churches and Growth to our Region.

 

 All of this new ministry has the potential to greatly impact our future as an Association of Churches!  Creating this team increases the ministry output of the Region by ten fold.  While most of these leaders are donating their time, ministry takes money.  I pray that you will join me in recognizing the great potential we have for future health and growth and continue your giving to the Region.  April was the lowest month for church giving we have seen in a long time.  Please make a point to keep up with your commitments, and even prayerfully consider how you might give extra to give us a boost in getting these ministries off the ground. 

 
 
 

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