Vernon Advent Christian Church
Tuesday, October 15, 2019
A Unique Church of Understanding People

Eastern Regional News

Eastern Regional News Eastern Regional News

January 2014

Friday, January 31, 2014 View Comments Comments (0)
  

January 2014                                                                                                                           EASTERN REGIONAL ASSOCIATION

A Growing Network of Healthy Churches
 
Dear Lisa,
 

"Do you not know?  Have you not heard?  The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth.

He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom.  He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.  Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord 

will renew their strength.  They will soar on wings like eagles;

they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint."  Isaiah 40:28-31

 

I love this scripture passage!  Especially how verse 28 begins.  "Do you not know?  Have you not heard?"  How sad it would be to not have known of the mighty God; to not have heard of how "he gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak."   I am making this the year that my goal is to live my life so that others will know and hear of our God; what He means to me and how I cannot live without Him giving me strength day by day.  

 

My prayer for you today as you read this that you will be renewed with strength because your hope is in the Lord.

 
 
 
 

Berkshire Institute for Christian  Studies 

at Hope Community Church

 in Dover, NH - February 6

 


The Hope Community Church in Dover, NH located at 197 Sixth Street, Dover, NH will host the students of the Berkshire Institute for Christian Studies during their morning worship service at 9:30 a.m.

 

For more information please contact the church at (603) 749-2646 or by email as pastorchad@hopeindover.org

 
 
 
Church Spotlight - Disciple Tree
Littleton, NH by Pastor Mark Bickford
 

"Then Jesus came to them and said, 'All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.  Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.  And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."  Matthew 28:18-20.  "A new command I give you:  Love one another.  As I have loved you, so you must love one another.  By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another."  John 13:34 & 35.  

 

Disciple Tree, Littleton, is committed to making disciples of Jesus Christ through living life together and learning to love each other as Christ loves us.

 

Disciple Tree, Littleton, launched on October 12, 2013 in borrowed space at 475 Whitefield Road in Bethlehem, NH.  New Life Assembly of God Church has been graciously allowing us to use their facility and we are thankful to them for the provision of the space.  To avoid Sunday morning conflicts we are currently meeting on Saturday evenings at 6PM.  In addition we have three life groups meeting, one in Bethlehem, one in Littleton and one in Whitefield.  Two of these life groups currently have attendees who are not part of our Saturday evening worship and we consider these life groups to be the heartbeat of what the Lord is calling us to do at Disciple Tree.  Each life group is as unique as the individuals who attend it.

 

We desire to be an active part of the "Church, the body of Christ" in the area and focus more on what we share with other believers than on what makes us different.  We desire to see the Church united under the headship and authority of Jesus Christ with all parts working together to accomplish His will and work both here, above the notch, and around the world.  Towards those goals we are working to build deeper relationships with leaders and individuals in other churches and to work with them to make disciples in this area.  We are also working to be a vibrant, active part of our local communities and to build caring relationships with the lost so that we can share the gospel and have the kind of relationships with them that will allow us to continue to help them grow to maturity in Jesus Christ. 

 

In order to help develop those relationships we will be offering Community Chaplaincy courses to believers in the area, starting in March.  When we have set a beginning date we will be sharing information on those courses with other churches in the area and are praying for a variety of people attending. 

 

If you check out our web site www.discipletreelittleton.com, the banner on our opening page reads "Building Disciples of Jesus Christ, one relationship at a time".  Our focus is on relationships over programs.  When we see the relational elements of the early church we desire to have those types of relationships with each other.  We periodically hold prayer services in place of our worship service to seek the Lord's direction for the future of Disciple Tree.  We desire to obey His voice and receive His blessing rather than to ask Him to bless what we are doing.  Come and visit us some Saturday evening. 

 
 
 

Triennial News The 12th triennial and 57th session of the Advent Christian General Conference of America, Inc., will be held in Charlotte, North Carolina, June 21-25, 2014.

 
If you have any questions, please call 1-800-676-0694 or e-mail us at triennial@acgc.us. We hope to see you there!

   
 
 

Calling all Women 

Across the Eastern Region

 
ANNUAL WOMEN'S CONNECTION

SATURDAY, JUNE 14, 2014, 9AM-3PM

ALTON BAY CONFERENCE CENTER

"BE INTENTIONAL"
 

Join with us for a day filled with Connection, Communication and Commitment, as we seek the Lord in ways to "Be Intentional" in our service to Him.

 

Seminars throughout the day:

Be Intentional in Seeking the Lord:  by Jean Beal

Be Intentional in our relationships with one another:  by Deb Rodgers

Be Intentional in Loving the Lost: by Becky Nicoll

 

Each Conference President will host the Annual Meeting for their Conference following the Lunch break.  It is very important for you to be there.  It does not matter if you are a "member" of a WHFMS/ or Women's Ministry in your Church; it is YOU we would love to have come and connect with us! 

 

This is a great day!  So much packed in to one day; but it is a day filled with learning, quite a bit of laughter, and enough love to take you to the RETREAT, which happens to be Sept. 19-21, 2014.

 

Cost is only $30 for the day and it includes lunch.  Overnight accommodations are available to you for Frida  y into Saturday, the cost is only $65.00 (which includes a breakfast, and your lunch)!

 

Please mark your calendars and plan to come and connect with friends; old and new!    "BE INTENTIONAL" and I will see you there!
  Rebecca Nicoll

Becky
 
 
 
From the Super
  

In November I harkened back to my roots as a youth Pastor by attending the National Youth Workers Convention with Brandon Twitchell (Rochester), Andrew Blackstone (State Road), Rebekah Arntsen (Oxford, ME), Ed Cilley (Emmanuel), Alicia & Ashley Szostak (Windham, ME), Josh Brown (Calvary Bible).  While there, we met up with Sam Warren, Matt Larkin, Lana Jernigan, and other AC youth leaders from across the country.

 
 

 In December, I was able to visit Northern Maine and check in with the folks in West Chapman and be present for the first sermon by Nathan Gardiner since his bout with Leukemia.  It was good to see him "back in the saddle" and to visit with the wonderful people in that congregation.  One of whom remembered staying in my Grandmothers house for a WHFMS  meeting 60 years ago!

 
 

 I took part in the installation service for John Walsh on December 8th at the Crouseville, AC Church along with a number of other ministers.  It was a good service and we want to welcome Pastor John to the AC family.

 
   

My family and I were able to attend the One Voice Christmas Musical in Meredith New Hampshire and saw a number of AC ministers there.  Some of us even got together afterwards to compare beards!  Pictured: Ashley Szostak (Windham), Greg Twitchell (Rochester), Heath Keniston (Cross Roads), Josh Brown (Calvary Bible).  

 
  

The month of January has been a time for me to catch up in the office, make plans for the year, organize some Antioch Courses, clean the basement of the Regional Office/Residence.  Please keep Castle Hill and East Norwalk in prayer as they seek out Pastoral Leadership.  

 
Greg 
 
 
 

"Garage Sale"

 

As a suggestion from one of our ERA pastor's we are going to be listing and requesting items to help with costs of our local churches.  I am sure your church has a closet full of old Sunday School material, VBS programs, etc. that are just sitting and waiting to be reused.

 

If you are looking for material, or have material to give-away or sell we would love to list this for you.  Please contact Carolyn  Schaeffner at the Eastern Regional Office by phone (603) 332-1412 or by email at cschaeffner@aceasternregion.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

 
 
In This Issue

Church Spotlight

Triennial News

Calling All Women

From the Super

Garage Sale

Couples Retreat

Attention all Camps and Campmeetings

2014 Dates for your calendar

Responsibility of the Church. Part 1 of 6

 
 
 

Emmanuel Advent Christian Church

 Presents -

The Art of Marriage

 - Getting to the Heart of God's Design

 

 January 31 at 7 p.m. & 

Februry 1 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

 

You won't want to miss this 2-day seminar being held at Emmanual Advent Christian Church located at 34 Eastern Avenue, Rochester, NH.  Or call (603) 332-5355.  Cost is $40 per person.  It is past the deadline but they are still taking reservations.  Call soon!

 

 
 
 
 

Musings by Clayton Blackstone

 Clayton Blackstone

Winter Storm Warnings

 

"No one knows for certain, but pundits have served notice: NewEngland is staring into the teeth of a nor'easter the likes of  which we haven't seen in years.  Not good  news to my bride once scheduled to fly to North Carolina

onSaturday.  The early models project snowfall of 

twelve to eighteen inches with winds gusting to forty miles an hour.  An optimistic forecast given the forty- four

inches one site predicts, causing one Facebook friend to

quip, "Weather forecasting is the only job where one can't

be fired for being wrong."

 

Time will tell.  For now, all is quiet on the north lawn

outside my study window.  The view looks more like late

fall or early Spring-vivid blue sky, bare trees, brown grass

and not a trace of powdery white.  But in 48 hours and 

a single February storm, our twenty-­-inch snow deficit

for the year will all but vanish.
 
Employing computer software, barometers, weather 

balloons, satellites, and radios on des that measure 

atmosphericpressure, temperature, and humidity, 

meteorologists ply their trade to provide often-­-

accurate predictions of precipitation and wind speed.
 

So...unless the models mislead, we will get snow.  The

amount - anybody's guess.  
 

Still, the bare lawn and cloudless blue sky lulls me into compliancy.  I am tempted to remain with my feet up, dreaming of daffodils, flowering crab apples and the smell of new--mown  grass.  Instead, multiple weather postings and a promised fifty minute wait to speak with a United Airlines customer service representative about Hazel's plane reservation prevents me from taking "ease in Zion."

Before the sunsets, I must pick up a prescription at 

the pharmacy, purchase and assemble a soft cab for
the new snowblower, and make certain a topped-off
gas can sits just inside the garage door.
 

In prepping for the storm, my thoughts wander to the 

nor'easters of trial and testing that barrel into my life

with out the advantage of an early warning system.
Peter says, "Friends, when life gets really difficult,

don't jump to the conclusion that God isn't on the job.

Instead,be glad that you are in the very thick of what 

Christ experienced.  This is a spiritual refining process,

with glory just around the corner."1 
 
"Don't be surprised." 
 

Advanced notice enough I suppose, but some days I wish for a little heads-­-up.  An EWS that  sounds mystical sirens when tests threaten.  Seasoned meteorologists of the soul who watch the signs and alert metotrials certain to upset my innerequilibrium.

 

A friend acknowledges angst that threatens to pull him 

under at any moment.  Until a few days ago, the sun was

shining and he had not a care in the world.  A new baby.

A month of paternity leave.  The warmth of  "downunder"

summer.  Days of harvesting the bounty from his "patch."  And then, without warning, slammed with a storm of epic proportions he never saw coming.  

 
"Don't be   surprised."  
 

He knows the text.  He is, after all, a pastor well versed in New Testament studies. 

 

But he was caught off guard as I have been.  

 

I struggle to live with evident joy and freedom when my tendency is to steel myself for future storms.  To brace for the dropping of the next shoe.  To rush like one crazed to prepare for all possible trials and tests so surprise will not catch me napping.

 

And then there's the part about being glad I'm in the thick

of things.  At the heart of a spiritually refining process that

will result in "glory around the corner."  

 

It's one thing to exegete the text, another to live in a storm's center.

 

Two days after resting my feet on my desk and staring at bare grass, I will brave snow driven by high winds to free my driveway of the results of the winter storm.  No glory that I can see, but necessary winter work.

 

Tomorrow's prediction reminds me to not be surprised when  tests and trials strike.  To pray for sustaining faith when doing  the messy and unpleasant work of cleaning up the damage  they leave in their wake.  To ask for faith to believe that when  the snow stops falling and the wind howling, the next day will  dawn glorious with His grace.

 
 1- 1Peter4.12-­-13  TheMessage
 
 
©2013ClaytonBlackstone
 
 
 

ATTENTION ALL CAMPS AND CAMPMEETINGS!

 

Please, please, please help us provide the Eastern Region with your 2014 Camp dates.  We are also in need of your current Board names and or contacts for your camp and campmeetings.

 

You can mail your brochure to the Eastern  Regional Office, Post Office Box 1913, Rochester, NH  03866 or by email to cschaeffner@aceasternregion.org.  Help us, help you in getting the word out for your 2014 dates.

 
 

2014 Dates 

to Mark on Your Calendar

 

New Life Conference - March 8 at Waterbury (New Life Christian Church) 258 Montoe Road, Waterbury, CT

 

Maranatha Conference - April 12 in Bethlehem, NH hosted by Disciple Tree.  The physical address of the building is 475 Whitefield Road, Bethlehem, NH 

 

Heritage ConferenceApril 26, North Scituate Advent Christian Church, 212 Rockland Road, North Scituate, RI

 

Maine State Conference - April 25-26 at Bangor AC Church.  Friday night banquet and hosting Northern Lights Youth Choir and business meeting on Saturday.

2141 Broadway, Bangor, ME
 
New York - TBA
 
Nova Scotia - TBA
 
Pastor's Wives Retreat is May 2-4
 

Eastern Regional Association - Saturday October 4 - place not determined yet.

 
 
 
Responsibility of the Church
Part 1 of 6
 

greg green backgroundI believe that the church today is losing its strength today in part because we have abdicated our responsibilities in so many areas.  When we look in scripture we see that the church is given a number of assignments to fulfill.  Not least of which is to fulfill the Great Commission.  Loving the lost, developing leaders and establishing churches is our primary mission.  Over the next few issues, I'd like to touch on some other areas of responsibility that I feel we need to address.

 

How do most people view Christian Education today?  Whose job is it to teach the Bible to children and youth?  Where does that happen best?  How many of our church programs are geared toward this solution?

 

I'd like to start in Genesis 3, where we see the story of Adam and Eve disobeying God by eating of the unidentified fruit from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.  Afterwards, they realize that they are naked, sewed fig leaves, and hid out when they heard God coming.  Notice in verse 9, that God calls to "the man".  Why doesn't he call to "the woman" who ate of the fruit first?  Or more naturally, why didn't God call to the two of them?  I believe that this is because the man is responsible as the head of the household.  We see this teaching later in scripture, and I believe that this is a foundational teaching, that God looks to the man to be responsible for his wife and children and will be held accountable for them.

 

Eph. 5:21-6:4 builds on this idea when it talks about wives submitting to their husbands.  This passage has been used to treat women unfairly for years, and that is unfortunate, because when this is understood properly, it reinforces the order that God designed for families.  The Greek word for submitting does not refer to being under the absolute control of another but to voluntarily place oneself under the authority of another. That husbands should love and protect their wives and will be held responsible for them.  This love implies a willingness to die to self and lift the wife's needs above our own.  With this understanding, wives should willingly submit to their husband's leadership in the home. 

 

Sometimes I wish we didn't have chapter breaks, because I think they often come in the middle of a continuous thought or message.  I believe that the first part of chapter 6 in Ephesians goes along with the end of chapter 5, concluding with the responsibility of the Father in verse 4.  According to this passage, who's responsibility is it to lead in Children's spiritual development?  The Dad's!  We see this repeated all through scripture:

 

Gen. 18:19, "For I have chosen him, that he may command his children and his household after him to keep the way of the Lord by doing righteousness and justice, so that the Lord may bring to Abraham what he has promised him." [1] 

Deuteronomy 6:7, "You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise." 

Proverbs 22:6, "Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it."

Ephesians 6:4 "Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord."

 

 Men need to step up and not expect this to happen in S.S. or leave it up to the Youth Pastor or even our wives.  The "Church" will only have a limited impact on people.  They are only here a couple hours per week, while parents can model, teach, and instruct all week long.  I believe that we (church's) need to teach the men in our church how to disciple their families and that it is their spiritual responsibility to instruct their family in the Word, instead of having the church continuing to offer programs that do it for them. 

 

How much time and effort and programming does your church spend on teaching men to step up and lead their families well and to take responsibility for the spiritual, emotional and physical well being of their families. Just as he did in Genesis, God will come calling your name someday and will hold you accountable for your family.  This is an important lesson in the Family of Families model.  Fathers have abdicated their responsibility to teach their children/families and the church has neglected her responsibility to teach them.  This is one responsibility that needs to change if we hope to see strong believers and strong churches in the future.

 

"Lord, help me to lead my family well.  Show me the areas of my responsibility and may I take seriously my role as a husband and father.  Help me to faithfully teach others this important lesson and to disciple the men around me to be good heads of their households.  Amen."

 

[1] The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2001). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.

 
 
 
 
 

ERA Board of Directors

 

Rev. Dr. Glenn Rice, President

Rev. Paul Carter, Vice  President

Rev. Allen Latimore, Clerk

Mrs. Karen Emerson,   Treasurer

Rev. Doug Tourgee, Heritage Conference Representative

Rev. Nick Foss, President, Maine State Conference

Mr. Mark Bickford, President, Maranatha Conference

Rev. George Karl, President, New Life Conference

Rev. George Middleton, President, New York Conference

Rev. Ken Perkins, President, Nova Scotia Conference

Mr. Charlie Merrill, ERA Representative to ACGC

  
 

December -2013

Monday, December 16, 2013 View Comments Comments (0)
 

December 2013                                                                                                                           EASTERN REGIONAL ASSOCIATION

A Growing Network of Healthy Churches
 
Dear Lisa,
 

Merry Christmas!  May the Lord bless you as we celebrate the birth of our King!  

 
 
Church Spotlight - Windsor, CT
Faith Community Church
 

Faith Community Church is under revitalizaton!  Working with the Eastern Region they have a team in place. The first team member Jonathan Price was installed in November.  Great things are happening in Connecticut! 

 
 
Sunrise Christian Church, Big Lake Township, ME
 

"NEW POTTIES"

At the Regional Convention an offering was taken up to help the new Church plant in Princeton Maine being Pastored by Ernest Carle.  The Convention attendees contributed $500.00 and this was enough to have the church go ahead with their project before the ground froze.  Here isa picture of the work that is being done.  Praise the Lord for his provision and your generosity!  Praise the Lord for brothers and sisters in Christ helping one another and for a new work being done in the Big Lake area!

 
 
 
 
 
Antioch Banner
Antioch News
 

We are excited to be able to offer 5 Antioch School Courses beginning in January via web-ex.  In the Fall of 2013 we offered 3 courses with 22 students attending weekly courses.

 

"Antioch Courses have allowed me to connect with other Pastors in a way that normally wouldn't happen.  I have enjoyed the accessibility of meeting from my office without having to travel."  Ed Cilley, Rochester, NH

 

 "I believe that this is a great tool for us to use in connecting Pastors all across the Denomination, to unify our ministry philosophies, and prepare us to take this training back to our local churches to develop our lay leaders."  Greg Twitchell, Superintendent

 
 

Leaders                David Patterson       Monday 3-4:30

Pauline                 Greg Moody               Tuesday 6-7:30 Interpreting 2   Greg Twitchell           Wednesdays 3:30-5

Preaching            Roger Brown              Thursdays TBA

Acts                       (pending interest)

 
 
 
 
Convention 2013 Summary
 

The Eastern Regional Convention was held on Oct. 24-26, 

at the Wyndham Boston Andover Hotel in Andover, MA. 

 

By the numbers:                                                                                     

  • 28 Displays
  • 9 Workshops
  • 3 Keynote speakers
  • Over 180 people in attendance

Printed reports available at:

  

A number of people were recognized for their achievements

and service including:

  • Michael Tuttle, for being Ordained
  • Andy Rice, for being Ordained
  • Adam Facteau, Christian Workers License
  • Jonathan Price, for completing Masters Degree
  • Randall Thissell, for completing Masters Degree
  • Glenn Rice, for completing Doctorate Degree
  • Bill Monroe, for completing 50 years of Ministry
 

Convention Videos of all workshops and 3 keynote speakers 

are available through Lion Tracks Ministries:  josh@liontracks.org

 

A Summary of Business Items:

  • 2012 Financial Report with Auditors Report, Accepted
  • 2014 Proposed working budget, Approved
  • Motion to omit the ERA Annual Convention during the year of ACGC Triennial Convention year beginning in 2014 and in its place to call a special one day Annual meeting to conduct necessary Regional Business according to the Constitution, Article VI.  Approved
  • Proposal of Saturday, October 4th as date of Annual Meeting 2014, pending availability.  Approved 
 
 
From the Super
 

greg green backgroundOne of the things that we have been wrestling with in this post-Christian, technological age is the issue of why should people attend church or support institutions.  People can donate to all kinds of good endeavors right from home, like Christian Radio, Compassion International, and the Billy Graham Association to name a few.  They can hear better preaching on the television or internet, read Christian literature, and worship God on the golf course or at their favorite hunting or fishing spot out in God's Creation. 

 

I like to think of these things as snacks.  As a professional "snacker" I know that there are many tasty treats available out there.  I can devour a box of cheez-its on the couch or pick up some donuts on any street corner in New England.  I can even make a meal of snacks as I often do on Sunday night, when my bride doesn't cook and I make a bowl of popcorn and a pan of brownies to sometimes share with the kids.  The problem is that I can't live off of this stuff forever without missing out on the healthy benefits of a balanced diet.  Being involved in a local Church family has the same benefits.

 

Nelson Searcy a Church Planter in New York City has identified 4 benefits to belonging to a spiritual family:

 

1.     You need Healthy Relationships

"Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: if one falls down, his friend can help him up.  But pity the one who falls and has no one to help him up!"  - Ecclesiastes 4:9-10

 

2.    You need a place where you can use your gifts  

"Do not neglect the gift that is in you, which was given to you. . ."  1 Timothy 4:14

 

3.    You need a place where you can grow

"They joined with the other believers and devoted themselves to the apostles teaching and fellowship, sharing in the breaking of bread and prayer." - Acts 2:42

 

4.    You need to belong to something bigger than yourself. 

"Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another. . ."  - Hebrews 10:25

 

These are important points to encourage all of those CEO (Christmas and Easter only) Christians in your communities!  But I would take this list a step further and make the case that it is the same with Churches who don't feel that they need to be connected to a larger organization.  This "Spirit of Independence" is not only affecting individual people but individual churches.  We need to realize that God intends for us to be connected to other churches and that having authority over us is a good thing.  I believe that churches need to be a part of #1 Health Relationships with other churches, because we can help each other up as we live in relationships together.  #2 I believe and have seen Churches exercise gifts that have helped other churches.  Helps, resources, words of encouragement, sharing leadership, wisdom, and teaching which is both healthy to extend and to receive.  I believe that we can fulfill #3 better together than we can individually.  We have opportunities to learn and grow from speakers, workshops, and the insight of leaders that can really help us to go to the next level.  I also believe wholeheartedly that we need to be a part of something bigger than ourselves.  Being part of a larger family and enjoying those relationships is essential for real health and growth. 

 

I am so glad to be part of a greater family with each of you.  I am thrilled to be part of the Evangelical family across the globe, and I am really looking forward to the variety we will find in our Eternal family!  I don't see our Denomination as an Island who have the right answers.  I see us as a family group who overlap and connect with other family groups who, while some may be a little odd, are all part of God's extended family.  There is health in those connections that we need to tap into and appreciate  more and more as we see the final day approaching!

Greg 
 
 
 

ATTENTION ALL CAMPS AND CAMPMEETINGS!

 

Please, please, please help us provide the Eastern Region with your 2014 Camp dates.  We are also in need of your current Board names and or contacts for your camp and campmeetings.

 

You can mail your brochure to the Eastern  Regional Office, Post Office Box 1913, Rochester, NH  03866 or by email to cschaeffner@aceasternregion.org.  Help us, help you in getting the word out for your 2014 dates.

In This Issue

Church Spotlight

Sunrise Christian Church

Antioch News

Convention 2013 Summary

From the Super

Attention all Camps and Campmeetings

2014 Dates for your calendar

 
 
 

ERA Board of Directors

 

Rev. Glenn Rice, 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, President, New Life Conference

Rev. George Middleton, President, New York Conference

Rev. Ken Perkins, President, Nova Scotia Conference

Mr. Charlie Merrill, ERA Representative to ACGC

  
 
 

Musings by Clayton Blackstone

 Clayton Blackstone

On Motives Mixed

 

"But Pam... you're treating God as a means to Michael. But the whole thickening process (the way one becomes a person of substance in this fictional account) is learning to want God for his own sake."  

C.S. Lewis in The Great Divorce


     "So how do I know whether it's me or God," a young co-­-ed asked.  

     After more than four decades of wrestling with the subject, the question remains above my pay grade.

     For a brief moment, I toyed with the notion of responding with the confidence I felt early in my spiritual journey. I wanted to give her a clear path to discernment. I hoped she would return to her friends with word that I hit her question out of the park, wowing her with profound insights into the ways of the Lord. 

     I wanted to but I didn't. I couldn't. 

     It's not that God doesn't find ways of making his point or inching me towards his will. He does. But I'm more cautious these days because my motives have been shown to sometimes muddle my noble aspirations.

     David Brainerd, a, 18th century missionary to the Delaware Native American tribe in New Jersey, wrote, "My heaven is to please God, and to glorify him, and to give all to Him, and to be wholly devoted to His glory... I see nothing else in the world that can yield any satisfaction besides living to God, pleasing Him and doing His whole will." [1]

     Like Brainerd, I might have written those words in my twenties when I took my motives as they presented themselves. Now into my seventh decade, I know enough about myself to be a bit more circumspect.

      I empathize with Henri Nouwen who acknowledged that much of his life had been built around the idea that his value depended on what he did. He made it through school, earned a series of degrees and awards and built a career. With many others, he fought his way up to a little success, a little popularity, and a little power.

     "But...how violent that journey was. So marked by rivalry and competition, so pervaded with compulsion and obsession, so spotted with moments of suspicion, jealousy, resentment and revenge. Oh sure, most of what I did was called ministry, the ministry of justice and peace, the ministry of forgiveness and reconciliation, the ministry of healing and wholeness. But when those who want peace are as interested in success, popularity and power as those who want war, what then is the real difference between war and peace?" [2]

     

Motives mixed: hard to identify, harder to own. Little wonder God warned the people of Israel through his prophet Jeremiah that the heart is "hopelessly dark and deceitful, a puzzle that no one can figure out." [3]

     I covet Brainard's single-­-mindedness but resonate more with another thirty-­- year-­-old who wrote, "It is remarkable that I am never quite clear about the motives for any of my decisions. Is that a sign of confusion, of inner dishonesty, or is it a sign that we are guided without our knowing or is it both? ... The reasons one gives for an action to others and to one's self are certainly inadequate. One can give a reason for everything. In the last resort one acts from a level that remains hidden from us.

     

So one can only ask God to judge us and to forgive us... At the end of the day I can only ask God to give a merciful judgment on today and all its decisions." [4]

     

Because I can never be sure beyond a reasonable doubt that an idea comes from God or me, I trust Him to sort out the mess and redeem my miscues. It's part of the "thickening" process. One day I will want God for his own sake. Until then I "ask Him to give a merciful judgment on today and all its decisions."


[1] Cited in The Life and Diary of David Brainerd. Ed. Jonathan Edwards. (Chicago: Moody Press, 1980). 244, 245.

[2] Henri Nouwen, "Adam's Peace," World Vision. (August/September, 1988). 5,6. [3] Jeremiah 17.9 The Message

[4] Dietrich Bonheoffer cited in Bonheoffer by Eric Metaxas. (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2010). 336.

 
 
 
 

Greeted by Fall flowers & pumpkins at the Convention

 
 
 

Pastoral HealthDisplay at the Convention

 
 
 

Jeff Walsh from ACGC addressing the delegates

 
 
 
Karole-Ann & HeathKeniston.
Many thanks to this hard-working couple.
 
 
 
2014 Dates to Mark on Your Calendar
 

New Life Conference - March 8 at Waterbury (New Life Christian Church)

 

Maranatha Conference - April 12 in Bethlehem, NH hosted by Disciple Tree.  The physical address of the building is 475 Whitefield Road, Bethlehem, NH 

 

Heritage Conference - April 26

 

Maine State Conference - April 25-26 at Bangor AC Church.  Friday night banquet and hosting Northern Lights Youth Choir and business meeting on Saturday.

 
New York - TBA
 
Nova Scotia - TBA
 
Pastor's Wives Retreat is May 2-4
 

Eastern Regional Association - Saturday October 4 - place not determined yet.

 
 

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

 
 
 

December 2013

Monday, December 09, 2013 View Comments Comments (0)
 

Antioch logo 

Antioch School
December 2013
 
 
Antioch Banner
 
 
ANTIOCH UPDATE

This is a monthly update for Advent Christians who are interested in Antioch School.  It will include updates, upcoming opportunities, practical information and stories from students and groups.  I hope you find this useful.

 
 
 
JANUARY COURSE SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED!

Please consider joining us for another round of courses beginning in January.  Our Fall Semester was well-attended and got good reviews by many of the participants.  Web-ex has allowed us to have a way to connect with people from all over New England and beyond in a weekly small group setting right from our offices.  Since I travel regularly and am not able to be in the same church all the time or connect with a Bible study group, I personally have found my Antioch Courses to meet many needs in my life.  I am growing more than I have at any time in my life, I enjoy the fellowship of a small group meeting every week, and I am being forced into the Word on a deeper level all through the week.  I plan to continue in Antioch School long after I have been through all of the courses once through!

 

Ultimately we hope that you will get established in the material and that those of you in remote places will be aided through these groups.  Ultimately, however, we want to keep before you that the goal in all of this is to prepare you to bring this teaching back to your local church to equip and disciple your local church family.  Remember, the facilitators of these courses are not your mentors. 

 

The courses and times for the January Semester are:

 

Leaders                        David  Patterson                 Monday 3-4:30

Pauline                          Greg Moody                        Tuesday 6-7:30

Interpreting 2               Greg Twitchell                     Wednesdays 3:30-5

Preaching                     Roger Brown                      Thursdays TBA

Acts                                pending interest

 
Registration is $10
Course materials $80
 

You can register by contacting the Regional Office and speaking with Carolyn Schaeffner at 603-332-1412 or cschaeffner@aceasternregion.org.  The registration fee is to help with the cost of Web-ex and the Course materials cover your book and shipping.  If you already have a book, it is only $10 to join.  We will need to have a check sent to us before we can order a book for you.  You will need to have a computer with a webcam and high speed Internet to join the online meeting.  The first class will be the week of January 6th for an introduction and equipment test.  Issue 1 of Unit 1 will be due the week of January 13th.  Courses will all finish by the week of April 28th.  In order to get your book to you on time, please register by December 30th!

 
 
 


THE NEW ROMAN ROAD

BILD INTERNTATIONAL SUMMIT 2013

I was blessed to be able to attend the Antioch Leaders Summit in Ames Iowa in November of this year.  I was joined by Jeff Vann, from Virginia who works for the World Outreach Department of ACGC, Dr. Sam Warren from Florida, who also works for ACGC, and Jesse Stevens, from Baraboo, Wisconsin.  The four of us enjoyed learning and growing together over the course of the week. 

 

For the first four days we each attended a variety of classes.  Jeff and Jesse were in Certified Leader Training, while Sam and I took advantage of some of the 2 Day Course Overviews.  Sunday night I attended Steve Kemps house church, which was a real treat.  There was an International flavor as a dozen or more International leaders were there and took part in the worship and sharing time that followed dinner.  Wednesday night I was invited to Sean Barber's home to meet his family along with some other Convention participants.  I had a good time reconnecting with Sean as he came out and brought a teaching on Church Planting for us back in September. 

 

Jeff Reed taught and facilitated others who shared their stories on Thursday and all day Friday.  He helped us to understand the way Paul established the Church in the world of his day by targeting cities and training leaders and that we need to be doing the same thing today.  He gave us copies of his 6th Encyclical entitled, "Shepherding, Counseling and Sustainability, the Importance of a Well-Trained Eldership".  I learned that 3/5 of the people in the world live in Asia and that is why BILD is investing so heavily there as they want to make an impact where the majority of people live.

 

We heard from some of the largest Church Planting Network leaders in the World about how they are using  BILD materials to train their Type I-V leaders for ministry.  I was impressed by the group who is there, and all are working on their Doctorates, to lead the way for the people who they are training (and many of these men already have doctorates in other fields!)  I met the Sr. Pastor of the largest Church in India and how they are de-constructing their traditional church to move to a house church model and are training all of their leaders in preparation for this huge change.  We heard from the leadership team from "The Church Dispersed" out of Orlando, Florida and how they have bought into the Antioch model for training leaders.  They will be the first Mega-Church in North America to completely follow this new paradigm.  We also heard from the vice-president of Wycliff Associates and what they are doing to partner with Antioch School to do translation work and assist in the expansion of the church in Asia.

 

I learned that the goal is to have the entire curriculum available on-line.  You will sign in with your user name and password and be able to see pdf's of all the course materials.  You can even change to any language with the click of a button.  This will transform the ease of use for International students and leaders and cut down on printing and shipping costs in a huge way. 

 

These are exciting developments, and I was amazed to be sitting at the table with men and women of such vision and import.  To be literally reaching the world with the gospel and training up leaders for the establishment of the Church in every Country on the planet! 

 

The Summit ended with a very appropriate appeal to each of us to consider financially supporting this incredible work.  There were a variety of levels for churches and individuals to contribute at.  It is my hope that one day, we Advent Christians may be able to do our part in financially supporting this important work.  It was an incredible Conference and I am hoping that I can return next year to be stretched once again and see what is taking place along this Road to Rome.

 
 
 
 

UNDERSTANDING SERIES II

I must admit that I am still learning as I go.  I have been an AS user for over 3 years now and there is still so much to learn!  I will try to pass things along to you all as I learn them to help bring you all up to speed on how things work.  When I was at the Antioch Summit this Fall, I took two overviews of courses.  These are two-day intensives that give you an idea of what a course is all about before you go through it.  I have done several of these and find them very helpful in getting the big picture of a course. 

 

So I took Theology in Culture and The Law over four days, both with Bill Burns.  Currently I am working on a Masters in Ministry degree and have taken most of the required Series I courses at this point.  So I thought that I may push right on and go for a Doctor of Theology degree next.  This would be the normal thought process at any other Institution of Higher Learning.  But you have to remember that AS is not like any other Institution of Higher Learning.  When I told Bill of my plans, he kind of chuckled and said, "that's not how it works here.  There are 10 Courses in series II, four Old Testament, four New Testament, Culture at the beginning and Civilization at the end.  One time through these courses is considered the equivalent of a Bachelor's Degree, twice all the way through is the equivalent of a Masters and it will take you three times to earn a doctorate in Theology."  

 

After I picked myself up off the floor, I said, "no way!"  A minimum of 12 years to earn a Doctor of Theology?  There's no way I want to go through that!  Then, as I digested what the work was all about and the depth of understanding that goes into developing a Biblical Theology, I realized that I have to do this.  It is what "Lifelong learning is all about!"  I felt and still feel compelled to dedicate my life to this level of understanding God's word.  Whether I earn a piece of paper at the end or not, I want to be a student of the Word, I want to follow through with the discipline of serious ordered learning the rest of my life. 

 

This brief article was not meant to scare you off, but to inspire you.  The more I learn, the more I want to learn and share what I am learning with others.  I am intending to put together a cohort of students to begin Series II in 2015.  You will need to take Interpreting the Word I & II and Covenants as pre-requisites, which will be offered in 2014.  I hope that some of you will feel the call to go deeper and will work toward joining me on this life long adventure!  

 

 
 
UPCOMING EVENTS

I would like to host a live Certified Leader Training in New England in the Spring of 2014.  Since this is available on-line, what I need to know is if there would be any interest in doing a live training?  Please let me know if you or someone you know would be interested in a live Certified Leader Training by e-mailing me at  gtwitchell@aceasternregion.org

 

Another upcoming event that I am not ready to put a date on is that we would like to offer a couple of web-ex discussions just for our group with Steve Kemp.  I would like to do one each year around the Encyclicals that have been written by Jeff Reed and then offer a second one around a another issue that we could spend some time working through as a group.  Please let me know if you have any suggestions or if this idea interests you at all.

 

Please check out: antiochschool.webex.com for more free online trainings. 

           
Your Antioch Representative,

Antioch logo 

Greg Twitchell
 
Superintendent, Eastern Region
603-332-1412
 
 
 
 
 
 

September 2013

Monday, September 23, 2013 View Comments Comments (0)
 
ERA Green logo


September 2013 Newsletter

 
Dear Lisa,
 

Thanks for taking the time to check out our newsletter! There are lot of events happening in the Eastern Region this Fall.  To me that says our people are about doing Kingdom Work!  Hooray for the Victory!  Let's not let the Evil One get any foothold or spirit of discouragement amongst us!  Pray for each other, send encouraging notes, smile, or say to someone you don't know "Good Morning"!  Let the enemy be defeated!

 
Blessings, Carolyn Schaeffner

2013 Convention 

The Way of Christ and the Apostles

October 24-26, 2013

 

The mailings have gone out both by USPS and on-line.  If you have not received any information, just go to the Eastern Regional Website or click on the Register Now link below.  

Register Now!

 
 


Deep Preaching

 

A Conference for Advent Christian Church Leaders

Sponsored by the

Eastern Regional Association

 

November 12-14, 2013

Alton Bay Christian Conference Center

Tuesday 1PM - Thursday 1PM

 

Registration to begin on-line, Monday September 30, 2013

 

Go DEEPER in your preaching!

 

Dr. Edwards is professor of preaching and leadership as well as Director of the Doctor of Ministry program at Talbot School of Theology of Biola University. 

 

Dr. Edwards' ambition is to change people's lives with the Word of God and equip others to do the same.  Known for his passion for preaching, he brings to the classroom more than 30 years of pastoral experience, both as a senior pastor and a church planter and currently serves as the founding/senior pastor of OASIS Community Church in Yorba Linda, California.   

 

In addition to ministering regularly at churches throughout the country, Dr. Edwards is a popular conference and seminar speaker and lectures internationally in academic settings.  Dr. Edwards previously served on the faculty of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.  He has published numerous articles and papers in the area of homiletics and is the author of two award-winning books:  "Effective First-Person Biblical Preaching" (Zondervan, 2005), and "Deep Preaching" (B&H, 2009).  Dr. Edwards serves on the Executive Board of the Association for Doctor of Ministry Education (ADME) and as Editor of their publication, "The Journal of Christian Ministry," and is the past president of the Evangelical Homiletics Society (EHS).  Contemporary issues in preaching, pastoral ministry concerns and leadership development are some of Edwards' professional interests.

 

Schedule   

Tue.   2-3:30        Session 1 - What is the 'Big Idea'? - how to find the main point of a 

                                             biblical passage

          4-5:30        Session 2 - How to sleep Saturday night - how you can know if 

                                             Sunday's sermon is going to work

          7-8:30        Time of worship and a sermon given - Narrative Story-Shaping sermon

 

Wed.   8:30-10     Session 3 - Understanding  God's Stories - how to interpret the stories 

                    of Scripture

         10:30-12      Session 4 - Digging into God's Stories - practicing 

           2-3:30       Session 5 - Digging Deeper into God's stories

            4-5:30      Session 6 - How to preach God's stories

            7-8:30       First-Person sermon Or Q&A session

 

Th.      8:30-10      Session 5 - Deep Preaching - Why Preachers Need the Holy Spirit

         10:30-12      Session 6 - Deep Preaching - How Preachers can work with the Holy Spirit

 

Registration to begin on-line, Monday, September 30, 2013 

  
 
Mission Opportunity
 

The Haverhill Advent Christian Church is sponsoring a mission's team to San Felipe, Mexico beginning the last day of February, 2014. The trip will most likely see us doing construction at the compound or a nearby orphanage. We just added an additional member to the team bringing our tally up to eight persons. Our goal is to have least ten persons which will allow us to take advantage of a round trip ticket to San Diego of just over $300. [The total trip is just under $1000.] You may want to consider joining us on this year's trip as we pray for at least two more of you.

 

I would like to ask for your prayer covering while we prepare our team for this ten day adventure. We are going to cooperate again with 99 Plus 1 Ministries which has a compound in the Baja. [5 hours from San Diego.] They regularly host work teams from the States. Some of the teams Pastor Jewett has led there in the past have actually helped build the dorms we will be staying in. It is possible there may be some more work on the dorms as part of what we will be doing on this trip.

 

Thanks for considering this assignment. If you are interested or feel lead to be a prayer partner or help sponsor a member of the team, please contact, Pastor Frank Jewett at either frankrjewett@gmail.com

or by phone at (978) 374-8878                                  

 
 
Family Builders Ministries Presents . . .
Family Builder poster
 
From the Historical Files . . .
Duane Crabree

 

Berkshire Christian College's Adventual Library at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in honor of Alton Bay's 150th anniversary.

 

Campmeetings are very common at ABCA Tenting postcardthe present day, much more so than a century ago.  It has been only about a hundred years since these open air religious gatherings received the name of campmeetings.  Then there were few and very far between.  Now they are scattered all over the country, and found among many denominations.  In their early history the campers gathered for devotion and wrestled mightily with God for the salvation of perishing men, and God was with them in wonderful power.  For their personal comfort they cared but little, sheltering themselves beneath cloth tents, agonizing for the salvation of lost men.  In later years as campmeetings increased, more care has been taken for personal comfort and ease; fine summer cottages have taken the places of cloth tents and these gatherings have come to be regarded by many as places for rest and recuperation from the toil and noise of city life.

 

In the summer of 1863, Brn. Charles Willey, Eld. Z. Boodey and Eld. J. G. Smith selected a site for an Advent campmeeting on the shore of Lake Winnipesaukee, at a place called Alton Bay at the southern extremity of the charming lake.  Having selected the spot, arrangements were made, and in August of that year the first meeting was held, arrangements were made, which lasted eight days.  Preachers were present at the meeting sounding the solemn note of alarm, who are now sleeping in their graves, awaiting the call of the Master to an unending life.  The first sermon preached at this meeting was by Eld. Albion Ross, from the second Psalm.  The second sermon by Eld. H. L. Hastings.  This was a very successful meeting, and so very prosperous that arrangements were made to hold another the following year.

 

At this first meeting there was only one wooden cottage on the ground except the preachers' stand; and the cloth tents were pitched wherever most convenient without much regard to regularity.  At the next meeting many of the campers found it less expensive to shelter themselves under wooden tents as cotton cloth had become extremely high on account of the Civil War.  And so year after year the cloth tents disappeared, the wooden ones taking their places.  As time rolled on and these meetings were held each succeeding year, these old, rude structures began to rot and rendered the place unhealthy so that more substantial buildings have taken their places, and now it looks more like a city in a forest. 

 

More than five hundred cottages on the different streets and avenues are quite closely packed together, and in the time of the general meeting, as a rule, all well occupied.  Broadway, as seen in the picture on this page, is the widest street on the ground, the others being comparatively narrow.  Some very fine residences are found on Beacon st. and Mt. Pleasant.  One passing among these buildings would hardly realize they were cottages of a campground, and less so if they were to enter them and note the conveniences for housekeeping.  At the other end of the ground may be found a very fine street gradually ascending until it reaches a beautiful, never-failing spring of water, which supplies the whole encampment.  On either side of this street, extending far up the hill are cottages arranged at convenient distances, good enough for a residence the entire year in any of our popular cities.  Every building spot, seemingly, on Broadway, Beacon St., Beacon Ave., Mt. Pleasant, Lake Ave., Lake Shore Ave., Concord Hill, Advent Circle, Manchester Ave., Bay Circle, Lawrence St., Market Sq., Bay St., Boutelle Ave., and some other streets is occupied by a cottage.  Only a few building spots are available, but when these are taken other streets will, doubtless, be opened up.

 

Besides these cottages there are two very large buildings, owned by the Campmeeting Association, one used as a lodging house, containing a goodly number of well-furnished rooms, rented to parties not owning cottages on the ground.  The lower story of the larger of the two buildings is occupied as a dining room and cooking department in which, during the meeting, perhaps thirty hands are employed.  The upper floors contain furnished rooms which are rented like the rooms in the lodging house.  Near this boarding house is another large building used as a store, owned and run by the association, in which are kept groceries, tin ware, crockery, and almost anything campers would be apt to need.  These articles are kept especially for the convenience of the thousands of campers who care for themselves while on the grounds.  A large amount of cooked food is also sold from this store.  From five to seven bushels of dry beans are sometimes cooked at one time, and none left to go into the waste barrel - all eaten at the tables and sold at the store to those who take food to their cottages.

The large building seen in the picture near the group of singers is the Secretary's office where we have spent many busy hours during the campmeetings in years gone by, but from which we are now relieved by a much more able and efficient man.  The lower story is used as an office for the Secretary and a place of meeting for the Board of Managers of thirty or more elected by the Campmeeting Association to transact the business of the campmeeting.  The two floors above contain free, furnished rooms for our ministers who have no cottages of their own on the ground; these ministers , of course, are expected to furnish their own sheets, pillow slips, towels, etc.  There is accommodation in the building to lodge about thirty persons where they are much more comfortably sheltered from than in former years, when they slept under canvass.  The association owns other rooms also for the ministers which have been recently fitted up, so they can furnish free rooms to about forty ministers.

 

Eld. William H. Mitchell, Editor of the World's Crisis

The World's Crisis, 1 Aug 1900, p. 1

 
 

Musings  - "In Hopes of a Ripening Me"

by Clayton Blackstone
 

"...he was living in the past and growing old in it. It is one thing to grow old in the past and quite another to grow old in the present... his heart was growing old, not healthily in the present, which is to ripen, but unwholesomely in the past, which is to consume with dry rot." 

- George MacDonald 
 
 

Clayton Blackstone"Of all the things I miss, I miss my memory most," I've joked more than once since being dragged kicking and screaming into my seventh decade. Ask my wife and children and they would quip, "We don't know why you should miss something you never had." Though not worried about early onset Alzheimer's, some measure of concern exists given my history with car keys, checkbooks and glasses; the diminishing elasticity of my brain; and my preference for preaching without notes.
But on the first day of college classes in the area, I realized I miss the optimism of my youth more.


On the day after Labor Day, I re-­-lived leaving, more than four decades ago, the familiar world of farm and small town Maine to matriculate at a university larger than the town I grew up in. More students sat in on Freshman History of Civilization than attended the high school from which I graduated. But it's not the size of the institution or the quality of cafeteria food I remembered so much as the optimism I felt as I began to prepare for life independent of my parents. I believed the world would be a better place, a safer place, because my generation would succeed where others failed.
It isn't because we didn't.


Though they stretch me, I love spending time with students and young adults. I envy their enthusiasm. Their energy. Their idealism. Their optimism. But in my more world-­-weary moments, I succumb to balloon popping.


Life hasn't turned out the way I planned so I am tempted to remind them it won't turn out the way they plan either. Because disappointment has been a frequent companion on my journey, I anticipate the same for them. God hasn't seen fit to allow me to do the great things I imagined accomplishing so I expect Him to deny them their dreams as well.


On a day when melancholy about my past met up with thoughts of the college students and young adults who grace my life, I remembered a story I learned about my grandfather after his death.
Someone had come to him with a criticism of my preaching style. "You really need to talk to him," they groused. "He preaches way too loud."


"No, he's just fine," Gramp replied. "He'll be just right by the time he hits 40."
In two simple sentences, he affirmed his confidence in my ultimate maturation and declined to dash my youthful enthusiasm.


The way I figure, almost another decade of ministry awaits me though I know better than to say, "'Today - at the latest, tomorrow - I'm off to such and such a city for the year. I'm going to start a business and make a lot of money.' I don't know the first thing about tomorrow... Instead I make a habit of saying 'If the Master wills and I'm still alive, I'll do this or that.'"1


I want to grow old in the present. To resist devolution into a grumpy old man whose derives joy from popping the hope-­-filled balloons of the young folks whose

paths intersect with mine. It's been a couple of years coming, but I realize that though I have lost hope in my generation, I want the young to succeed where we failed.


As Gramp gave me grace to mature without undue pressure, a ripening me hopes to provide them with opportunities to experiment and develop their gifts and talents even if - especially if - their ways are not my ways. To give them freedom to reach their own conclusions on a matter while encouraging them to always remember their Creator.2 To savor their successes without envying the credit that comes their way. To cheer them on as their influence waxes while mine wanes. To delight in any time they give to a man staring at his youth through the rear view mirror.


And when they grow tired and weary, when they stumble and fall, the ripening me prays they will wait upon the Lord to draw fresh strength, confident that with His help they will spread their wings and soar like eagles, run and not get tired, walk and not lag behind.3


Clayton Blackstone

1 James 4.13,15 The Message
2 Ecclesiastes 12.1
3 A paraphrase of Isaiah 40.31   

 
 
From the Super

Greg Blue Shirt 

Highlights from August-September Ministry

 

I visited many camps over the summer and was able to minister and be a part of some great ministry.  Many decisions were made, some were baptized, and several felt called to ministry as a result of their time at camp.  Many thanks to all of you who volunteer and serve to keep these ministries going strong.

 
 
 

Children at Camp Washington

Camp Faithful

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

On August 18th my family and I were able to attend the Northwood AC Church and follow them to a baptism down the road after the service.  Pastor Don Plumber baptized two ladies who had recently committed their lives to Christ.

 
 
 
 

Calvary Bible Church of Meredith held their annual Camp weekend at Mechanic Falls AC Campground.  With about 70 in attendance, they had a great time of fellowship and celebrating life in Christ!

 

Lauren & Missie Twitchell

Roger Brown, Greg Twitchell, &
Matt Larkin (ACGC)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Westfield AC Church held a work day on Saturday, August 31 and over 20 people from 5 States and 7 different Churches showed up to help out.  Roof repairs, painting, and cleaning were all accomplished to help this church body maintain their building for ongoing Kingdom ministry in the Westfield community.  

 
 
 
 

On Saturday, September 7th Alton Bay Camp Meeting celebrated it's 150th Anniversary.  The Governor of New Hampshire, Margaret Wood Hassan, proclaimed the week of September 7-13 as Alton Bay Campmeeting Sesquicentennial Week.   There were various activities, music, food, historical displays, special services, and great fellowship throughout the day.  Praise God for His work on those grounds in winning many Souls for the Kingdom through faithful ministry!  May His work there continue till the day of his return.

 

Sam Warren, Ron Thomas & Greg Twitchell

 

Picnic on the grounds at the ABCA 150th Celebration

 

On September 6-7, we were blessed to have Sean Barber of the Antioch School come and share with us about "Church in the 1st Century".  After studying and learning together a different model for "doing Church" than what we currently use, we were able to ask a lot of tough questions about how this may be applied in new Church Plants as well as existing churches today.  The goal of the Convergence was to expose people to a different model for planting and to begin the conversation of planting.  As Superintendent, I believe that one of our greatest hinderances to planting is that we are comfortable with what we have and most of our Pastors have been inundated with the Mega model that "bigger is better".  Serious planting has not been on the radar for most of us if we are honest.  So how do we even begin moving in that direction?  By starting the conversation, asking tough questions, and studying together.  Thanks to Sean and those who attended, the process has begun!

 
 
 

At the close of the summer, I was able to say "good-bye" to our first Summer Ministry Team as we debriefed during a White water weekend in Jackman, Maine.  Devin Weems, Forrest Grant, Taylor Poli, and Lauren Purdy were a great team who will be long remembered! 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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, President New Life Conference

Rev. George Middleton,  President New York Conference

Rev. Ken Perkins, President Nova Scotia Conference

Mr. Charlie Merrill ERA Representative to ACGC
 
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
 
The Eastern Regional Association Newsletter 

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

  
Rev. Gregory Twitchell, Superintendent
 

Miss Carolyn Schaeffner, Administrative Secretary

August 2013

Thursday, August 01, 2013 View Comments Comments (0)
  
 
ERA Green logo
 
A Growing Network of Healthy Churches
 
July/August 2013
 
 
baptize

Rev. Russell Carle and Supt. Greg Twitchell baptizing a camper at Big Lake 2012.

 
No words!

There are no words to capture the look on this child's face immerging from the waters after being baptised!  We want your pictures and stories of events from your 2013 Campmeeting experiences. 

 

Send your JPEG pictures and write up (to cschaeffner@aceasternregion.org) and we will include these in the next coming months.  You would not believe how much of a blessing it is to folks to read of how the Lord moved!  

 
 
 

The 2013 Eastern Regional Convention is Around the Corner


The heat of summer is finally giving way to the gentle onset of fall, which also means the beginning of getting plans ready for the Eastern Regional Convention.

 

Be looking for a separate mailing in a week or two.  We will be trying a new way to register this year - on-line!  Don't worry, we will still have one mailing by paper too!  

 
"The Way of Christ and the Apostles"
 
 
 
 
Church Planting Convergance

September 6 & 7, 2013 at Emmanuel Church, Rochester, NHconvergance

Join us for a time of teaching and discussion around church planting for the Eastern Region. We will have Sean Barber from the Antioch School leading us in a teaching and discussion around the Biblical model of planting and how we can apply that to our time and place today. 

Please join us for this discussion, which is designed to begin moving us toward a culture of church planting.

 
 
 
 

Happy Birthday - Alton Bay Campmeeting Association

 
ABCA Tenting postcard

You are invited to join us on Saturday, September 7, 2013 for:

 
Happy Birthday Alton Bay Campmeeting Association!
 

Saturday September 7, 2013 will be the 150th Anniversary of what is now the Alton Bay Campmeeting Association (d/b/a the Alton Bay Christian Conference Center).  150 years ago on Monday, September 7, 1863 campmeeting began at Alton Bay and went through the next Sunday.

 

Come celebrate with us if you are someone who has visited the grounds of the Alton Bay Campmeeting Association (ABCA) over the years, some who have always been curious about the ABCA (among the oldest Advent Christian Campmeetings in New England), an ABCA member or friend, a history buff, or just an interested party.

 

Come for the day or just for the 1:30 PM Birthday Party. [Or come for a few days just to enjoy Alton Bay.  Call the ABCA Office at (603) 875-6161 if you desire overnight lodging.]

 

Schedule for September 7, 2013:

 

9:00 AM      Prayer Coffee at the Prayer Altar.

 

10:30 AM    Praise Service with Congregational Singing, Special Music, and the Sharing of 

                  Special Memories in the Tabernacle.

 

12:15 PM    Lunch by Reservation Only in the Lombard Center.  Call (603) 875-6161.

 

1:30 PM      Birthday Party:  Cake, Ice Cream and Beverages.  Everyone is Welcome!!!

                   

There will be historical and other displays available plus a campus wide open house.

 

Look for more detailed event information over the next few weeks.

 

ABCCC Sesquicentennial  -  1863-2013

The summer of 2013 marks the 150th Anniversary of the first Campmeeting that was held on the grounds of what we now know as the Alton Bay Christian Conference Center (ABCCC).  Although there are not detailed records, we know that an announcement for the first Campmeeting was made in the Adventist publication, The World Crisis.  Thousands of people traveled to Alton Bay by horse and buggy, railroad, and steamboat to attend Campmeeting in 1863.

 

In 1863, they no doubt came seeking the type of preaching that gave insight to holy living and could not fail to impress the hearer.  During the last 150 years, countless people have traveled to Alton Bay for a week of campmeeting, a single Sunday service, part (or all) of a summer-long program, or various retreats throughout the year.  Now, as people come to the ABCCC, it continues to be with the expectation that this is a place of spiritual rest and refreshment, a place to develop a closer personal relationship with Jesus Christ, and a place to develop 'forever friends'.

 

We invite and encourage you to join us throughout the summer as we celebrate our heritage, worship together, grow in our faith, and seek to know God's vision and plan for the ongoing ministry and outreach of the ABCCC, both now and in the future, as we await the coming of our Blessed Hope, Jesus Christ.

 
 
 
 

Antioch School Classes beginning September 2013

  

Do you want to keep growing?  

Do you have key leaders you would like to develop for ministry?  

Please consider the following:

 

We will be offering four Antioch School classes this Fall beginning in September. These are available to everyone who would like to learn about ministry and the Word whether you are a degree student or not. The advanced classes do have pre-requisets. The cost is $90 which covers your materials, shipping, and fees. If you already have a book, the cost is $10.

 

The classes will meet weekly for 4 months via Webex which is an Internet based meeting.  You will need to have a computer with a webcam and high speed Internet.

 

You may register by calling the Regional office at (603) 332-1412. The deadline for registering is August 23, by 12 noon.

 

Below you will find a list of courses, facilitators and the times they are being offered. All times are Eastern standard. For a description of the courses, please follow this link.

 

Please contact Superintendent Twitchell if you have any Questions about Antioch School or these offerings. 

 
Class Schedule

Acts   Thursdays 6-7:30   Merle Beal

 

Essentials of Sound Doctrine 

Tuesdays 3-4:30   David Patterson

 
Habits of the Heart 

Wednesdays 3:30-5  Greg Twitchell

 
Interpreting the Word 1 

TBA  Heath Keniston 

 

Antioch Logo

 
 
Women's Retreat - September 20-22, 2013
Legacy - God Is On Your Side
 

There is an old song by David Allen Clark and Mark Harris that goes like this, "When I am gone, what will they say when I am gone? Will I leave behind a witness that will carry on? When all the works and deeds that I have done simply fade into the past, Lord let my fire burn steadfast....when I am gone?" This year we are going to talk about our legacies by looking at some people in the Bible and the things that we remember about them. What is your legacy? We are going to talk about our investment in the lives of others, our own legacies and how we want to be known. Don't miss this time of going "deeper still". Sharon will be speaking on Saturday morning (both sessions) and again on Saturday evening.

 
Sharon VanAmburg McLaughlin

Returning Guest Speaker - Sharon VanAmburg McLaughlin

Friday night: singing, sharing & ice cream!

 

Saturday: prayer and friendship circles, 3 teaching sessions with Sharon McLaughlin and free time

 

Sunday: personal reflection time and sharing, praise and worship with Becky Nicoll wrapping it all up.

 

Lots of activities for free time! Games, crafts (you must sign up on reg. form), hiking, shopping, napping, a visit to the prayer altar and more.

 

Download the Brochure and Registration Form

 
 
Deep Preaching Conference

Deep Preaching


Details coming soon!  Mark your calendar!

 
STAY CONNECTED
Facebook        

July 2013

Thursday, August 01, 2013 View Comments Comments (0)
 

 

ERA Green logo

You're invited to the

Antioch School classes beginning September 2013

 

Do you want to keep growing?  

Do you have key leaders you would like to develop for ministry?  

Please consider the following:

 

We will be offering four Antioch School classes this Fall beginning in September. These are available to everyone who would like to learn about ministry and the Word wether you are a degree student or not. The advanced classes do have pre-requisets. The cost is $90 which covers your materials, shipping, and fees. If you already have a book, the cost is $10.

 

The classes will meet weekly for 4 months via Webex which is an Internet based meeting.  You will need to have a computer with a webcam and high speed Internet.

 

You may register by calling the Regional office at (603) 332-1412.  The deadline for registering is August 23, by 12 noon.

 

Below you will find a list of courses, facilitators and the times they are being offered. All times are Eastern standard. For a description of the courses, please follow this link.

 

Please contact Superintendent Twitchell if you have any Questions about Antioch School or these offerings. 

Antioch Banner 

When

 

Acts   Thursdays 6-7:30   Merle Beal

 

 

Essentials of Sound Doctrine 

Tuesdays 3-4:30   David Patterson

 

 

Habits of the Heart 

Wednesdays 3:30-5  Greg Twitchell

 

I

Interpreting the Word 1 

TBA  Heath Keniston 

 

 

 

 

Forward this email

STAY CONNECTED   

Facebook  
                     

 
Eastern Regional Association
 
Planting Convergance Conference, September 6 & 7, 2013
 

When
Friday September 6, 2013 at 1:00 PM EDT
-to-
Saturday September 7, 2013 at 1:00 PM EDT
Add to Calendar

 
 
Where

Emmanuel Advent Christian Church
24 Eastern Avenue
Rochester, NH 03867
Driving Directions

Hello,

Join us for a time of teaching and discussion around church planting for the Eastern Region.  We will have Sean Barber from the Antioch School leading us in a teaching and discussion around the Biblical model of planting and how we can apply that to our time and place today.  Please join us for this discussion, which is designed to begin moving us toward a culture of church planting.

 

Click on the link below to register.

Register Now!

If you have any questions about the event or how to register please contact Carolyn Schaeffner.  

 

Thank you for your attention and response, and we look forward to seeing you!

 
Sincerely,
 

Carolyn Schaeffner

Eastern Regional Association

603-332-1412
 
 
 

June 2013

Wednesday, June 26, 2013 View Comments Comments (0)
  
Eastern Regional Association

A Growing Network of Healthy Churches                                                       June, 2013

In This Issue

Women's Ministries Fall Retreat

 
Join Our Mailing List!
 

Women's Ministries Fall Retreat
September 20-22, 2013

Rebecca NicollPlease mark your calendars for September 20-22, 2013.  Brochures are being prepared.  We hope to see you ladies in Alton Bay!

 
 

Pastor's Oasis Cottage

Alton Bay Christian Conference Center is offering to our active pastors a one week stay at a cottage on the Conference Center grounds.  This is on a first-come, first-reserved basis, beginning in May through Labor Day.  The week stay begins at noon on Saturday through the following Saturday morning.  For more information, please contact the Eastern Regional Office first either by phone (603) 332-1412 or email.   cschaeffner@aceasternregion.org 

 
2013 ERA Convention
SAVE THE DATE
 
2013 Eastern Regional Convention
October 25-27
at the Wyndham
Boston/Andover Hotel
Andover, MA
 
"The Way of Christ
& The Apostles" 
 
 
REFRESH Conference

Gordon Conwell Header

Greetings from the Ockenga Institute at Gordon-Conwell!

We're teaming up with The Gospel Coalition New England to host REFRESH, a two-day conference designed to encourage, challenge and refresh lay leaders, ministry leaders and the pastors who care for them. Join us!

What: REFRESH Conference


When: 7 p.m. on Friday, August 9 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, August 10


Location: Kaiser Chapel at Gordon-Conwell's Hamilton Campus


Who: Paul David Tripp, author of Dangerous Calling and Instruments in the Redeemer's Hands, and Gordon-Conwell alumni Stephen Um and Jeramie Rinne


Cost (includes lunch on Saturday): $50 per individual; $25 for spouse with regular registration

There is limited space for this event, so  register today!

We hope to see you there,

David Horn, Director of the Harold John Ockenga Institute

130 ESSEX STREET, SOUTH HAMILTON, MA 01982
(978) 468-7111 | EMAIL: | www.gordonconwell.edu

 
 
Congratulations to the Graduate

Randall ThissellCongratulations to Pastor Randall Thissell of the Port Clyde Advent Christian Church graduating from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary with his Masters in Divinity.

 
 
 

Welcome to the June edition of the Eastern Regional Newsletter.  If you have an event or news article about your church or pastor that you would like included, please contact Carolyn Schaeffner at the Regional Office at (603) 332-1412 or by email cschaeffner@aceasternregion.org.

 
Happy Reading!

ERA Green logo

 
 
Planting Convergance - September 6-7, Rochester, NH

Planting ConverganceI

 
 
From the "Super"

Super HeaderI have an 85-year-old Uncle who regularly responds when asked about his age that he is "39 and holding".  Turning 40 recently wasn't a hugely emotional time for me.  No decade crisis or longing to hold onto my 30's.  But I did take a moment to evaluate what have been the things that were truly significant in my life over that amount of time.  I always come back to relationships.  Not the work I've done, shows I've watched, places I've visited, or buffets I've enjoyed, but the people who have blessed me and that I have been some small blessing to.  These are the things that really seem to matter. 

 

In my ministry, I have been blessed by many great relationships.  The ones that are especially significant to me are the ones where I was able to invest in someone and see them go on to serve God in ministry.  Some of the students in my youth ministry who are serving God in missions, churches, or homes.  Some of the interns I've had who are now using what they have learned in other ministry settings.  People like Ben Murray who is now a church planter, Matt Larking who is working in Charlotte in the Department of Nurture at ACGC, and Daniel, Heath, Merle, and others who are serving God in Pastoral Ministry, or Jen, Derek, and Nathan who are working in Youth Ministry.  The greatest impact I may ever have for the Kingdom is to have invested myself in others by mentoring or Discipling them in ministry. 

 

Bob Buford has said, that "my fruit grows on other peoples trees."  His life was spent investing in others.  He has written books on Discipleship and Mentoring and has modeled it himself.  He said that he has always carried a card with seven names on it.  That was his mission statement, to invest in those people who he was mentoring.  Over the years he has had names like Rick Warren and Bill Hybels on his card as he poured his life into them for the Kingdom.  What a great example of someone who saw the potential of investing in others and praying for them to be great for the Glory of God!  His prayer was always that they would have a greater ministry than his.

 

Can we say that about our young people and disciples?   Can you dedicate your life to have that kind of purpose so that the Kingdom may be expanded?  I believe that Leadership Development begins with Church Leaders investing in young people who may have some potential.  Encouraging them, building their character, teaching them the word and pointing them in the right direction.  Leadership development doesn't' start at Christian colleges and Seminaries.  It starts when the pimples are fresh, and the awkwardness and uncertainty of adolescence is staring you in the face.  It begins when someone invests in a kid who won't always make the best choices, or say the right things.  It comes when we think less of ourselves and more about who God would have us invest ourselves in. 

 

Who is in your Spiritual Family Tree?  Who are the Spiritual Ancestors  who played a part in your salvation, growth, discipleship, and ministry preparation?  Think of the significant people who impacted you, and consider, how can I be that person for someone else?  Who are your Spiritual descendants?  This may or may not include your biological children.  But do you have some who you have led to Christ or discipled and nourished along the way?  Where are they at today and what part could or should you still be playing in their lives?  Remember, when it is all said and done, relationships matter.  We won't take anything from this world with us into eternity except relationships!

 

May God raise up an army of young soldiers who are ready to take the world for Christ.  And may he prepare them and call them through you and I.  When we look back on our lives in another 10 years, may we all recall more names of people who are now better Kingdom builders because of our investment in them!   

 
 

Twitchell vacation2Grace,  Greg

 
 
 

Look Out Eastern Region - your 2013 Summer Ministry Team is on the move.

2013 Summer Ministry TeamFrom left to right - Lauren Purdy, Taylor Poli, Devin Weems, and Forrest Grant completed a week of training at Camp Dixie, a week of community service at the CrossRoads Church in Ossipee and are currently on staff at Sports and Music Camp in Alton Bay.  They will then travel to Westfield Advent Christian Church in Westfield, MA helping with VBS, then to Maine at Mechanic Falls Advent Christian Campground for three weeks to be counselors for camp, then up to Camp Washington in Washington, Maine for two weeks.  We are so blessed to have these college students, who have heart for the Lord to dedicate their summer in travelling ministry.  We ask for your prayers for them to keep them healthy, safe, and protected from the evil one while they travel and minister the Gospel.

 
 

Mentoring Antioch Style
 

Antioch Mentoring 

Everybody likes it in theory, but many of us struggle to do mentoring well!  The Antioch School offers great tools for anyone who is serious about helping people grow.  Here are a few quick thoughts about mentoring:

 

"Who should be the mentors of our Antioch School students?" 

Essentially you should think of mentors as the people that God has already put in place for the development of your students.  This includes pastoral staff, elders, other church leaders, students themselves, as well as family and friends of students.  A mentor does not necessarily have to be someone in a formal position of authority over the student.  The main idea in mentoring is to let those whom God has already put in place in your life to speak into your development.

 

"What are the qualifications of a mentor?" 

There are no official Antioch School requirements to be a mentor.  We begin with the theological assumption that God has already put people in churches (and church networks) to help with the development of students.  Church leaders certainly have a special responsibility to be involved in assessment of character, ministry skills, and biblical understanding.  However, others may be particularly well-qualified to help because of their special knowledge of the student or an area of ministry. Often, the best mentoring comes from overlapping assessment as mentors provide insight from different perspectives.

 

"What exactly are mentors supposed to do?"

Mentoring of Antioch School students is intended to support mentoring that already exists and/or help provide a framework and tools for new mentoring that needs to be put in place. 

 

There is only one aspect of mentoring that is "required" by the Antioch School.  Students are expected to meet with mentors at least quarterly to use the Personal Development Assessments (PDA) as points of reference in mentoring.  The six PDA tools are:  Becoming Established, Life and Ministry Assessment, Giftedness, Current Ministry, Ministry Team, and Journal of Mentor). 

 

Additional aspects of mentoring are extremely valuable and recommended, but not required. 

  • *   Mentors can help coach students through the SIMA MAP process (and the annual MAP responses).  Having a mentor involved in this process will greatly help students to understand themselves, their ministries, and how they fit on ministry teams.
  • *   Mentors can help coach students through the Personal Development Plan process (and annual updates).  Having a mentor involved will greatly help students to connect their development process with their life and ministry goals.
  • *   Mentors can guide in the identification of ministry experiences to be used for Ministry Practicum, particularly if the mentor has experience and expertise in ministry areas.  Having a mentor involved helps students set learning goals, prepare for the experience, evaluate the experience, and report on what has been learned.  Similarly, mentors can help greatly in Teaching Practicum to help students learn from their teaching experiences.
  • *   Mentors can check on progress being made in Leadership Series courses.  It is particularly helpful for mentors to review the culminating work from Unit 5 projects and work being submitted in e-Portfolio as evidence of competencies.

Mentoring should not necessarily be thought of as merely an isolated one-on-one relationship.  Mentors may meet with multiple students at one time, such as for the Becoming Established assessment or Ministry Practicums.  This may add efficiency, but also effectiveness because it creates a dimension of mutuality in development. 

 

In conclusion, we hope that you don't view the mentoring dimension of the Antioch School as a "hoop to jump through."  Rather, we hope that you view it as the means by which you are able to accomplish the mentoring that you say is important, but may not be doing very well on your own.

 

We are planning to offer 4 Courses this Fall beginning in September:

-       Acts

-       Leaders in the Early Church

-       Habits of the Heart

-       Interpreting Scripture 1

Please contact the Regional Office to register!

 
 
 
 
2013 Pennsylvania Bus Trip

noah bus trip   We are so excited to present the 2013 Pennsylvania Bus Trip! Each year our group falls in love with the beauty of the Amish farmland, and the powerful re-enactment of the Bible at Sight and Sound Theater. This year we have added an extra day to the trip.  Instead of having just one day to tour the countryside, we will have two full days of sightseeing. We have added some great activities including a full hot breakfast each morning, a ride on the Strasburg Train, and some new restaurants. We think you will find this trip well worth the expense!

    Downloadable brochures and reservation forms are available on this page. Pastors, we have also included a downloadable bulletin insert. It is in full color, but if you set your printer to grayscale, you can make copies for your congregation and save on ink.  Thanks for passing on the word about this great trip. 

    PASTORS - for the first time, we are offering a 10% discount for each Pastor who registers! This discount is only for the Pastor and not for groups or family members.

    To register, fill out the registration form and send it along with your check made out to: Greg Twitchell, 32 Four Rod Rd. Rochester, NH 03867. Please contact us if you have any questions:603-332-0220, gmtwitchell@gmail.com 

Download the brochure by clicking here.

Download the registration form by clicking here. 

Download the bulletin insert by clicking here. 

 
 

Musings by Clayton Blackstone - "Even Though He Knows We Are Dust"

Clayton Blackstone"What moved in you to do such things for us?

Love alone, love unreturned, You have poured out

Your love without my unanswering love."

Scott Cairns in Love's Immensity

 

My grandmother died during my junior year at Bible College. My grandfather, a seasoned pastor and officiant at hundreds of funerals, spent an hour alone with her body the morning of her burial. On the way home, he stopped to visit a family who would, in a few hours, bury their child.

 

"I always thought I understood people's grief," he told me later that day, "but I didn't know nothin'."

If he didn't know nothin', I knew even less in those days when visions of grandeur danced in my head. Today, my brain has forgotten the bump and grind of such dreams of greatness. With decades of pastoral work behind me, I too understand the difference between donning my funeral suit to visit a grieving family and entering into their grief.

 

As I looked into the eyes of a father preparing to bury his son recently, the moment awakened something in me. I wondered what I would do and how I would feel if I were he.

 

A grieving father once told me that "a man prepares himself for the possibility he may bury his wife, but he never considers the possibility he may bury his son."

 

I wished I could have found words sufficient to serve as salve for my friend's pain. Wished my presence could quell the flow of tears. Wished I possessed sufficient insight to provide answers for the "why" questions certain to haunt when the lights go out and night silence settles in.

 

But no genie in a bottle appeared to grant my three wishes.

 

The "God understands" line almost slipped from my lips. Almost because flippant use has robbed it of meaning. But this time the thought took my breath away - He does.

 

The realization told hold in my soul. The realization of the Father's grief. The realization of what he might have felt when Jesus asked why he had been abandoned. The realization of emotion He might have experienced as he turned His face away from his suffering son.

 

How does a father forsake a son, leaving him defenseless?[1] How does a father allow such brutality after promising "to give the nations as his inheritance, the ends of the earth as his possession."[2]

I wondered at the restraint exercised by the One who knew a single heaven-spoken word could halt the tragic scene unfolding on a hill outside Jerusalem, a word to which he would not given voice.

 

What would it have been like, I mused, to watch a blood thirsty crowd clamor for my son's death? I wondered if I could have trusted the care of the body to others when I would have wished to hold the lifeless form I had refused to save. What would it have felt like to know I could have saved my beloved but didn't?

 

I thought about how I would feel towards those who killed my boy. I wondered what forgiveness would cost me. I wondered if I would want to forgive at all.

 

I don't know if this was a Holy Spirit moment - I am never certain - but for a flash my theological mind and my father's heart raised their voices in a duet of praise. "How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!"[3] How great the lavished love though, according to Martin Luther, "we carry in our pockets the nails that killed Jesus."

 

The rush of emotion took my breath away

God turned his face away from Jesus so He could turn it towards me.  

Me and thee.
 

"He knows we are dust.  And he loves this dust - this sweet, contrary, beautiful dust for which his heart longs - these earthen vessels which can be broken that the glory may be of God and not of us."[4] 

 "Amazing love! How can it be?"[5]

 

[1] Mark 15.34
[2] Psalm 2.8
[3] 1 John 3.1

[4] Dr. James Haddix in an unpublished funeral eulogy.

[5] "And Can It Be That I Should Gain." Charles Wesley.

 
 
 
 
Deep Preaching Conference - November 12-14, 2013

Deep Preaching

We are thrilled to annouce the 2nd Pastoral Leadership Conference, "DEEP PREACHING" on Tue, November 12 through Thursday November 14, 2013 to be held at the Alton Bay Christian Conference Center.

 

Using his book, Dr. J. Kent Edwards  will be sharing topics like, "What is the 'Big Idea'? - how to find the main point of a biblical passage", "How to sleep Saturday night - how you can know if Sunday's sermon is going to work", "Understanding  God's Stories - how to interpret the stories of Scripture","

Deep Preaching - Why Preachers Need the Holy Spirit", and more.

 

Mark your calendars, and look for registration information to come soon!

 
 

Email Change

 

Effective June 1, 2013 we will no longer use our AOL emails for Greg Twitchell and Carolyn Schaeffner.

 

We will use the emails associated with the ERA website.

 

Please make this change in your contact list.

 
 
 

Thanks for your help in getting the word out!

  
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
 

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, President New Life Conference

Rev. George Middleton,  President New York Conference

Rev. Ken Perkins, President Nova Scotia Conference

Mr. Charlie Merrill ERA Representative to ACGC

 
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
 

The Eastern Regional Association Newsletter 

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

  

Rev. Gregory Twitchell, Superintendent

 

Miss Carolyn Schaeffner, Administrative Secretary

 
 

Eastern Regional Association | 32 Four Rod Road | Rochester | NH | 03867

 

May 2013

Friday, May 24, 2013 View Comments Comments (0)
  

Eastern Regional Association

A Growing Network of Healthy Churches                                                         May, 2013

 

In This Issue

Church Spotlight - William Miller Chapel

Annual Women's Connection Conference

Pastor's Oasis Cottage

2013 ERA Convention

Willow Creek Global Leadership Summit

2013 Summer Camp & Campmeeting Schedule

From the "Super"

7 Important Policies

2013 Pennsylvania Bus Trip

Musings by Clayton Blackstone

Adventual Librarty

Graduating this year

Deep Preaching Conference

Email change

 

Join Our Mailing List!

 

Church Spotlight - William Miller Chapel, Low Hampton, NY

William Miller Chapel

The 22nd Annual Adventist Heritage Service will be held at the William Miller Chapel in Low Hampton, NY on June 23, 2013.  The service will begin at 4 p.m.  This year's featured speaker will be the Rev. Steve Ludwick, pastor of Family Bible Church in Loudon, NH, and President of the Eastern Regional Association.  Mr. Wes Ross will be assisting with music.  For additional information or directions to the chapel, contact Rev. Floyd McIntyre at (802) 886-2833 or email at nsacc@juno.com

 

 

Annual Women's Connection Conference - June 15, 2013

Rebecca NicollPlease mark your calendars for Saturday June 15, 2013.  This is a brand new type of Conference for the ladies of the Eastern Region.

 

NEW CONCEPT:

Conference Annual Meetings: will now be held in one location, once a year.

 

We will start off in the chapel with speakers, music and vision.

 

In the afternoon, each Conference will break off into a separate conference area with the President of their Conference and conduct their own Annual Meeting!  We will then gather together to close our day. We will be meeting at Alton Bay Conference Center.

 

This is a one day event from 9AM to 3:30 PM  We believe that this is going to actually help us to connect as Conferences and to eliminate all the different meetings throughout the year and bring them under one date.  Therefore, you can mark your calendars now so that you are able to join in with us!

 

Rooms are available to those who will need to arrive on Friday evening.

 

This is a huge different concept and I pray that you keep an open mind, see the vision

 

The WHFMS/Women's Ministry Board has for this plan, and support it! 

 

Click here for a brochure

 

 

Click here for a Registration Form

 

Pastor's Oasis Cottage

Alton Bay Christian Conference Center is offering to our active pastors a one week stay at a cottage on the Conference Center grounds.  This is on a first-come, first-reserved basis, beginning in May through Labor Day.  The week stay begins at noon on Saturday through the following Saturday morning.  For more information, please contact the Eastern Regional Office first either by phone (603) 332-1412 or email.   cschaeffner@aceasternregion.org 

 

2013 ERA Convention

SAVE THE DATE

 

2013 Eastern Regional Convention

October 25-27

at the Wyndham

Boston/Andover Hotel

Andover, MA

 

"The Way of Christ

& The Apostles" 

 

 

Willow Creek Global Leadership Summit

WHY WE DO THE SUMMIT

We're convinced that leadership is critical to church vitality. A church's effectiveness in pursuing its God-given mission is largely dependent on the character, devotion and skill of its leadership core-which can be formal or informal, staff or volunteer, clergy or laity.

The influence and impact of the church is felt most fully when Christ-centered leaders are at the forefront of establishing and growing well-led local churches and organizations...key reasons why The Global Leadership Summit exists.

The church is at its best, as God's love and care inevitably spills out into our neighborhoods, towns and cities through acts of love, justice, mercy, service and restoration. 

 

This will be simulcast at Bethany Church, Rye, NH.

 

Please contact the Eastern Regional Office if you are interested in attending.

 

 
 

 

Welcome to the May edition of the Eastern Regional Newsletter.  If you have an event or news article about your church or pastor that you would like included, please contact Carolyn Schaeffner at the Regional Office at (603) 332-1412 or by email cschaeffner@aceasternregion.org.

 

Happy Reading!

ERA Green logo

 

 

Eastern Region Summer Camp & Campmeeting Schedule

 

 

 

 

 

Beebe Campground

19 Pine Street

Beebe Quebec, Canada JOB 3E5

(819) 876-2689

Family Camp - June 30 - July 7

Evangelist - Pastor Mark Bickford

Bible Teacher - Rev. Ken Perkins

Music Leader - Jeffrey Bickford

 

Lakeside AC Campground

100 Campground Road, Belgrade, ME

www.lakesideaccamp.org 

Family Camp                       July 28 - August 4

Young Peoples Institute        July 28 - August 4

Senior Camp                        July 12 - July 20         Ages 13-18

Intermediate Camp               July 21 - July 27          Ages 8-12

Junior Camp                        July 21 - July 27          Ages 8-12

Vacation Bible School          July 29 - August 2       Ages 4-12

For more information: Contact: David Davis; Phone: 207-348-2620

 

Mechanic Falls

Post Office Box 145

Mechanic Falls, ME

Camp Macc         July 7 - 13           Ages 13-18         

Junior Camp        July 14 - 20          Ages 8-12                            

Senior Camp       July 21 - 27          Ages 13-18                          

Family Week       July 21 - 28                                          

                          Bible Teacher     Mark Bickford                     

                          Evangelist          Greg Twitchell 

For more information:Contact Bernice Allen; Phone: 207-345-9735

 

Camp Washington

20 Dorman Road

Washington, ME 

Junior Camp       July 28 - August 3             Ages 8-12           

Teen Camp         August 4 - August 10       Ages 13-18                

Family Camp      August 3 - August 11                                       

                         Evangelist          John Tate                            

                         Bible Teacher     Barry Tate                           

For more information contact: Greg Twitchell; Phone: (207)-576-9793

 

Camp Nomacca

RR2, Parsons Road

Presque Isle, ME

Summer 2013 TBA          

 

Big Lake

West Street

Princeton, ME

Youth Camp       July 21 - 27          Ages 8-18           

Family Week      July 21 - 28

Worship Services: TBA

Sunday Morning and Evening Services

Adult Bible Study daily at 10AM

Free Daily Vacation Bible School will be held each day for ages 4 to 7 from 9AM to 11AM

Evangelist: TBA

Bible Teacher:  TBA

Youth Director:  TBA

Music:  TBA

For more information Contact: Noelle Carle; Phone: 207-796-2945

                                                                 

Tremont AC Campmeeting Association - Camp Marion

Post Office Box 522

Marion, MA

www.CampMarion.org

Junior Camp 1    Ages 8-11            July 7-12                               

Junior Camp       Ages 10-14          July 14-19                            

Family Camp      All ages              July 21-28           

Senior Camp      Ages 12-17          July 28-August 2              

Drama Cap          Ages 12-17         August 4-17                        

                                                                 

Special Events                                                   

July 13 at 5:30 p.m.          Chicken Barbeque Evening

with concert at 7 p.m. with Four Men For Christ

Tickets available through Camp Office   

August 17 at 5:30 p.m.   International Buffet Pot Luck Supper       

August 24 at 8:00 p.m.   Concert  The Campbells                     August 31 at 7:00 p.m.   Old Fashioned Hymn Sing

Sunday Mornings from July 7 through September 1 - Morning worship service at 9 a.m.  with Coffee Fellowship at private cottages as announced weekly.

 

There may be some additional Saturday night programs added later.  For more information contact:  Pauline Faulkner at paulineflkner@aol.com

 

Camp Faithful

891 Queen Street

Southington, CT

www.campfaithful.org

Junior Youth Camp     July 21-27           Entering Grades 4-8

Senior Youth Camp    July 28 - Aug 3    Entering Grades 8-12

Family Camp             July 27 - Aug 4    All Ages

For more information contact:  Kimberly Malinowski; Phone: (860) 335-4629

 

Bethel Camp

(Green Mountain Bible Conference Center)

110 Campbrook Road, Bethel, VT  05032

Family Camp  -                June 29 - July 6  

Evening Speaker              Rev. Ray Martin

Adult Bible Study             Rev. Chris Poluikis                            

Young Adult Bible Study   Jim Kenny                           

DVBS    Children in grades 1-6                    

Camp begins      Sat, June 29   Registration begins at 1 p.m. 

Camp closes      Sat, July 6 1 p.m.   Communion Service             

For more information contact:  Beth Perry  (802) 247-3451.  Email:  tkcgrandma@yahoo.com

 

Harbinger Bible Conference

378 Mountain Road

Dalton, NH

www.liveforjesus.org/harbinger

Select one of the following links for more information:

Family Camp      May 16 - 19         All Ages 

Speaker Dr. Bruce Fletcher,  

Bible Study Teacher Rev. Irvin Verrill, 

Children's Study Shannon Wotton

Youth Study Brad & Pam Bowden

Family Camp      July 25 - 28          All Ages

Family Camp      Sept. 26 - 29       All Ages

Contact: Jeff Gilman (207) 438-9024

Phone: 207-438-9024      

 

Alton Bay Christian Conference Center

Route 11

Alton Bay, NH

www.altonbay.org

For more information contact: Lori Kline; Phone: (603) 875-6161

 

 

 

From the "Super"

Super Header"One generation will commend you works to another; they will tell of your mighty acts.  They will speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty, and I will meditate on your wonderful works."  -Psalm 145:4-5

 

I am so excited about all that God is doing in our Region this year! 

  • Progress is being made in building a Pastoral Health team
  • Our first Summer ministry team is going out in June for 9 weeks of ministry
  • People have been faithful in financially supporting the ministries of the Region
  • Two of our Revitalization churches are reporting great growth in recent months
  • The Church Plant is Princeton has been averaging 40 people and has seen a number of conversions and baptisms in its first year of existence
  • We have had a lot of good feedback on our training event with Gordon MacDonald
  • There are young people who are passionate about Jesus preparing for ministry
  • Stroudwater Christian Church has reported having its greatest season of short term missions ever
  • We have several people who are interested in planting churches in our Region
  • There is a good spirit of unity among the Conferences and Regional leadership
  • Several Antioch Courses are finishing up and more are planned for the Fall
  • We have great plans for the Regional Convention with 9 workshops and 3 key note speakers already lined up

 God is blessing in amazing ways.  Along with blessings there always seem to be challenges.  Please be praying about the following:

  • Pastor Nathan Gardner who will be having bone marrow surgery and is fightingGreg in Florida cancer
  • Simonds New Brunswick AC Church as they look for a Pastor
  • Churches experiences difficulties
  • Other leadership positions that need to be filled 
  • United Ministries and Penny Crusade giving
  • Issues going on in India among our AC ministries and leaders there 
  • For more people to drop their nets and fish for men.  We need more leaders, planters, and pastors!

There is so much to report that I felt I would just give you these bullet points of what is going on in the Region.  Thanks for being part of our association of churches and our family of families!

 

Grace,  Greg

 

7 Important Policies

The Maine State Conference invited a lawyer  to their meeting this year.  Not because they were fighting a legal battle, but because they wanted to help the Pastors be informed about legal issues regarding same sex marriage and other important legal issues.  The church has gone from being a place that was honored to having a great big target painted on its back.  Some see the church as an institution to be exploited for financial gain, while other see it as a hindrance to their preferred lifestyle.  Either way, the days of being naïve about legal issues are long gone.

 

The Conference is moving to adopt policy that will protect clergy and their churches, a policy that every church should consider adopting.  This document has been reviewed by legal counsel and would help to prevent legal action being taken against your church.

 

The Alliance Defending Freedom would also recommend adopting 6 other policies that will help protect the church from legal trouble.  While none of these are fail-safe, by adopting and following these policies it shows that the church has done due diligence in following the law.  The full list includes:

  1.      Formal membership Policy
  2.      Procedure for member discipline/membership revocation
  3.      Procedure for rescinding membership
  4.      Job descriptions and religious grounds for limiting employment opportunities
  5.      Statement of religious belief regarding marriage
  6.      Identify governing body that is the sole authoritative interpreter of scripture
  7.      Due diligence requirements for all volunteers and staff who work with children.

 You can read more about each of these at: http://oldsite.alliancedefensefund.org/userdocs/SevenChurchBylaws.pdf 

 

You can download, edit and adopt a copy of the marriage Policy by going to: www.aceasternregion.org/Documents.aspx

 

I would strongly encourage all of our churches to revisit this issue and if you do not already have a well defined marriage policy, to consider adopting all or significant parts of this document.

 

 Greg Twitchell

 

 

2013 Pennsylvania Bus Trip

noah bus trip   We are so excited to present the 2013 Pennsylvania Bus Trip! Each year our group falls in love with the beauty of the Amish farmland, and the powerful re-enactment of the Bible at Sight and Sound Theater. This year we have added an extra day to the trip.  Instead of having just one day to tour the countryside, we will have two full days of sightseeing. We have added some great activities including a full hot breakfast each morning, a ride on the Strasburg Train, and some new restaurants. We think you will find this trip well worth the expense!

    Downloadable brochures and reservation forms are available on this page. Pastors, we have also included a downloadable bulletin insert. It is in full color, but if you set your printer to grayscale, you can make copies for your congregation and save on ink.  Thanks for passing on the word about this great trip. 

    PASTORS - for the first time, we are offering a 10% discount for each Pastor who registers! This discount is only for the Pastor and not for groups or family members.

    To register, fill out the registration form and send it along with your check made out to: Greg Twitchell, 32 Four Rod Rd. Rochester, NH 03867. Please contact us if you have any questions:603-332-0220, gmtwitchell@gmail.com 

Download the brochure by clicking here.

Download the registration form by clicking here. 

Download the bulletin insert by clicking here. 

 

 

Musings by Clayton Blackstone - Just a Tractor

Clayton Blackstone"A merry going forth bringeth often a sad returning, and a merry evening maketh a sad morning."  -      Thomas a' Kempis

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Clayton Blackstone

 

1 Psalm 42.1,2 NIV

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

3 Psalm 42.5,11 NIV

 

 

From the Files at the Berkshire Christian College Adventual Library

findagrave.com

 

The above address is one that I have found useful for storing, sharing and adding to our information concerning the graves of our Adventist leaders.  It has long been an interest of mine to locate the graves, photograph the grave stones and record the information found upon them. The sharing portion is important as people discovering these records will often contact me for more information and/or provide information that the Adventual Library does not have.  In the following instance I was contacted for information on this Advent Christian minister, Elder Philander Nokes, as I had posted information on his son, the authori of his father's obituary, Elder Sylvester Nokes.  The family believed that his body had been returned to Arkansas to be buried by his first wife.  This obituary, which I was able to supply, indicates that he was indeed buried in Port Arthur Texas.  Through this exchange a photograph and more biographical material on Eld. Nokes and his family has surfaced.  Hopefully someone eventually may provide a photograph of the son and his grave stone in California.  One can see it all at findagrave.come 

 

NOKES.  At Port Arthur, Texas, Nov. 22, 1901, of congestion of the bowels, Eld. Philander Nokes, aged 63 years, 8 months and 28 days. My father was born in the state of New York, but early in life moved to Sangamon Co., Ill., and with his parents settled on a farm near Springfield, the State capital. In early manhood he married Miss Maria C. Wardwell, the ceremony being performed by our late Bro. D. S. Clark. About thirty years ago he was converted under the preaching of Eld. W. W. Cate, now of Rich Hill, Mo., who also baptized him in Middle River, Iowa. From his conversion father was a strong believer in the Adventist faith, and began to preach it soon after he became a Christian. He was always a great Bible student, and never failed to find time in which to speak a word for the Master. In the state of Arkansas, where he moved soon after his conversion, he organized several Advent Christian churches, and among his first converts were his own children, five in number. He was a strong believer in the "Home Altar," and although a very busy man, having a large farm and a blacksmith shop to run, besides his regular preaching, he always found time to have family worship both night and morning. From our conversion he encouraged us children to follow his example in calling upon God each night and morning in prayer. Those were happy days, never to be forgotten. Father and mother are now both sleeping, the latter having died some nine years ago, but, bless God, I expect to see them in the Kingdom, where sad partings will never come. Lord hasten that glad day! Some time after mother's death father married Mrs. L. P. Gleason, with whom he lived until his death. About two years ago they moved from Stuttgart, Ark., to Port Arthur, Tex., on account of his health, but he grew worse until the last. He leaves a widow, four children by his first wife, and also four step children. The funeral was conducted by the Rev. Mr. Murphy, pastor of the Congregational church of Port Arthur, Tex. He was buried at Port Arthur.

Sylvester D. Nokes

 

Our Hope

18 Dec 1901, p. 13.

 

Transcribed for the Adventual Library by Duane E. Crabtree

 

 

 

Graduating this year - Wishing you all a heart-felt congratulations!  Great work!

2013 Bics\ 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 2013 Graduating class of the Berkshire Institute of Christian Studies.  Deanna Strickland,Jordan Rinaldi, Angela Whitman, Wesley Teague, Emily Faitsch, Claire Cheney, Tara Ramsdell, Taylor Poli,Ellen Degeneres, Haley Dubreuil, Hannah Burgett,Andrew Kofstad and Chase Mendoza.

 

Others graduating from ministry preparation schools. . .

            Jonathan Price - Gordon Conwell

            Dr. Glenn Rice - Gordon Conwell

            Mike Fernley - Kingswood University

            Jordan Towle - Kingswood University

            Danielle Ellis Towle - Kingswood University

            Christina McLaughlin - Lancaster Bible College

            Kelsee (McLaughlin) Perkins - Lancaster Bible College

 

  

One of our graduates is an Advent Christian career minister, Rev. Dr. Glenn M. Rice.  His degree is Doctor of Ministry from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, MA.  His thesis-project title is "Approaching the Midnight Hour: The Impending Pastoral Leadership Crisis in the Advent Christian General Conference of America."  The objective of this thesis-project is stated here in the Abstract: The Advent Christian General Conference of America is facing a pastoral leadership crisis. Threatened  Glenn and Cindy Riceon two fronts, this small denomination faces a severe shortage of pastors in the next decade due to the aging corps of pastors currently serving local Advent Christian churches on the one hand, and the loss of a key source for trained pastors, on the other.

    Set in the historical context of the Advent Christian denomination, this thesis-project uses two primary instruments to assess the potential for a crisis and to consider possible solutions to such a leadership crisis. These instruments include a denomination-wide questionnaire of pastors, and semi-structured interviews with a select group of individuals representing a sampling of denominational leaders, affiliated educational representatives, and newer Advent Christian pastors.

    The biblical foundation for calling to pastoral ministry is addressed, along with competence for ministry and training for pastoral ministry. A comparison of related literature on the subject of leadership development is presented. Recommendations for denominational leadership are also offered.

    This thesis-project is more than an attempt to identify a potential problem; it is also an attempt to address a perceived need as the hands of time wind down to their appointed end. It is an endeavor to generate dialogue on the subject of pastoral leadership for the Advent Christian General Conference of America as the clock approaches the midnight hour.

 

Some Facts:

--    D.Min program at GCTS was from 2010-13.

--    Earned the Master of Arts in Religion (M.A.R.) degree in 2006 from Liberty Theological Seminary.

--    Completed Master of Divinity equivalency at GCTS from 2007-2011.

--    1981 graduate of Berkshire Christian College with Bachelor of Arts in Theology.

--    Sr. Pastor of Oak Hill Bible Church since 1996 and will complete 17 years at the end of June.

--    Previous pastorates at Calvary Bible Church, Meredith, NH for 10 years, and Bangor Advent

      Christian Church, Bangor, ME for 5 years.

--    He and wife Cindy enjoy their four grandchildren and love spending time with them whenever

      possible!

 

 

Deep Preaching Conference - November 12-14, 2013

Deep Preaching

We are thrilled to annouce the 2nd Pastoral Leadership Conference, "DEEP PREACHING" on Tue, November 12 through Thursday November 14, 2013 to be held at the Alton Bay Christian Conference Center.

 

Using his book, Dr. J. Kent Edwards  will be sharing topics like, "What is the 'Big Idea'? - how to find the main point of a biblical passage", "How to sleep Saturday night - how you can know if Sunday's sermon is going to work", "Understanding  God's Stories - how to interpret the stories of Scripture","

Deep Preaching - Why Preachers Need the Holy Spirit", and more.

 

Mark your calendars, and look for registration information to come soon!

 

 

 

Email Change

 

Effective June 1, 2013 we will no longer use our AOL emails for Greg Twitchell and Carolyn Schaeffner.

 

We will use the emails associated with the ERA website.

 

Please make this change in your contact list.

 

Greg -  gtwitchell@aceasternregion.org

 

Carolyn  -  cschaeffner@aceasternregion.org

 

Thanks for your help in getting the word out!

  

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

 

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, President New Life Conference

Rev. George Middleton,  President New York Conference

Rev. Ken Perkins, President Nova Scotia Conference

Mr. Charlie Merrill ERA Representative to ACGC

 

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

 

The Eastern Regional Association Newsletter 

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

  

Rev. Gregory Twitchell, Superintendent

gtwitchell@aceasternregion.org

 

Miss Carolyn Schaeffner, Administrative Secretary

cschaeffner@aceasternregion.org

 

 

 

 

 

April 2013

Saturday, April 27, 2013 View Comments Comments (0)
 

 

A Growing Network 

of Healthy Churches 

 

 

Welcome to Eastern Regional Association

  

 

Welcome to the April issue of the Eastern Regional Association Newsletter.  We are providing the most up-to-date Summer Camp information to you in planning your summer.  Below are the Camps and Campmeetings located in the Eastern Region.

 

Beebe Campground

19 Pine Street

Beebe Quebec, Canada JOB 3E5

(819) 876-2689

 

Summer 2013 TBA          

 

Lakeside AC Campground

100 Campground Road, Belgrade, ME

www.lakesideaccamp.org 

 

Family Camp                      July 28 - August 4

Young Peoples Institute   July 28 - August 4

Senior Camp                      July 12 - July 20        Ages 13-18

Intermediate Camp           July 21 - July 27        Ages 8-12

Junior Camp                      July 21 - July 27         Ages 8-12

Vacation Bible School       July 29 - August 2     Ages 4-12

For more information: Contact: David Davis; Phone: 207-348-2620

 

Mechanic Falls

Post Office Box 145

Mechanic Falls, ME

 

Camp Macc         July 7 - 13            Ages 13-18         

Junior Camp       July 14 - 20          Ages 8-12                            

Senior Camp      July 21 - 27          Ages 13-18                          

Family Week     July 21 - 28                                          

 

Bible Teacher    Mark Bickford                    

Evangelist           Greg Twitchell                  

                                                                 

For more information: Contact: Bernice Allen; Phone: 207-345-9735

 

Camp Washington

20 Dorman Road

Washington, ME 

 

Junior Camp       July 28 - August 3             Ages 8-12           

Teen Camp         August 4 - August 10       Ages 13-18                          

Family Camp      August 3 - August 11                                       

Evangelist           John Tate                            

Bible Teacher    Barry Tate                           

                                                                 

For more information contact: Greg Twitchell; Phone: (207)-576-9793

 

Camp Nomacca

RR2, Parsons Road

Presque Isle, ME

 

Summer 2013 TBA          

 

Big Lake

West Street

Princeton, ME

 

Youth Camp       July 21 - 27          Ages 8-18           

Family Week     July 21 - 28                                                               

Worship Services: TBA

Sunday Morning and Evening Services

Adult Bible Study daily at 10AM

Free Daily Vacation Bible School will be held each day for ages 4 to 7 from 9AM to 11AM

 

Evangelist:  TBA

Bible Teacher:  TBA

Youth Director:  TBA

Music:  TBA

 

For more information Contact: Noelle Carle; Phone: 207-796-2945

                                                                

Tremont AC Campmeeting Association

Post Office Box 522

Marion, MA

www.CampMarion.org

 

Junior Camp 1   Ages 8-11            July 7-12                              

Junior Camp       Ages 10-14          July 14-19                            

Family Camp      All ages                July 21-28           

Senior Camp      Ages 12-17          July 28-August 2              

Drama Cap          Ages 12-17          August 4-17                        

                                                                 

Special Events                                                   

July 13 at 5:30 p.m.          Chicken Barbeque Evening

with concert at 7 p.m. with Four Men For Christ

Tickets available through Camp Office 

                                 

August 17 at 5:30 p.m.   International Buffet Pot Luck Supper                                     

August 24 at 8:00 p.m.   Concert  The Campbells                                

August 31 at 7:00 p.m.   Old Fashioned Hymn Sing                                           

                                                                 

Sunday Mornings from July 7 through September 1 - Morning worship service at 9 a.m.  with Coffee Fellowship at private cottages as announced weekly.

 

 

 There may be some additional Saturday night programs added later.   

For more information contact:  Pauline Faulkner at paulineflkner@aol.com

 

 

Camp Faithful

891 Queen Street

Southington, CT

www.campfaithful.org

 

Junior Youth Camp    July 21-27          Entering Grades 4-8

Senior Youth Camp   July 28 - Aug 3   Entering Grades 8-12

Family Camp               July 27 - Aug 4   All Ages

                                                                 

For more information contact:  Kimberly Malinowski; Phone: (860) 335-4629

 

Bethel Camp

(Green Mountain Bible Conference Center)

241 Van Cortland Road

Brandon, VT

 

Family Camp                    June 29 - July 6 

Evening Speaker              Rev. Ray Martin

Adult Bible Study               Rev. Chris Poluikis                          

Young Adult Bible Study  Jim Kenny                           

 DVBS    Children in grades 1-6                   

Camp begins Saturday, June 29, Registration begins at 1 p.m.                      

Camp closes, Saturday, July 6, 1 p.m. Communion Service                         

For more information contact:  Beth Perry  (802) 247-3451.  Email:  tkcgrandma@yahoo.com

 

Harbinger Bible Conference

378 Mountain Road

Dalton, NH

www.liveforjesus.org/harbinger

 

Select one of the following links for more information:

Family Camp      May 16 - 19         All Ages

Family Camp      July 25 - 28          All Ages

Family Camp      Sept. 26 - 29       All Ages

                                 

Contact: Jeff Gilman

 

Website              

Phone: 207-438-9024      E-Mail

For more information contact: Jeff Gilman; Phone: 207-438-9024

 

Alton Bay Christian Conference Center

Route 11

Alton Bay, NH

www.abccc.org

 

TBA       

 

 For more information contact: Lori Kline; Phone: (603) 875-6161

 

 

Church Spotlight  

Torrington Advent Christian Church, Torrington, CT

The Advent Christian Church of Torrington has a very rich and full heritage that we are proud of.  Our roots can be traced back to the very beginnings of the Advent Christian Church as a group of "advent" believers began meeting in the Torrington area as early as the 1860s.  On April 26, 1886 the church was officially organized as the Advent Christian Church of Torrington with 7 members.  In 1889 the first church building at 59 Barber Street was completed and dedicated to the worship of God.

torrington old

Old Torrington Advent Christian Church 

As we look back at our history one word comes to mind: "faithful."  First and foremost is God's faithfulness.  There is no other way to describe how a church began with 7 people can still be preaching God's Word  and doing His work in Torrington over 125 years later.  Only God can do something like that.  It also takes His people relying on Him and following His leading.  We are so thankful for the faithfulness of those who have come before us.  We know that God has blessed their faithfulness.

 

In 1932-33 there were 23 people baptized.  Also in 1933 the church voted to become a tithing church.  We don't feel it is any coincidence that the church grew and prospered from that point on.  Finally in 1961 the Lord led us to our present property on 217 New Harwinton Road.  In 1972 the church began a building program with $952.42.  Once again God proved faithful as our present sanctuary was built and on our 100th anniversary we were able to have a special mortgage burning celebration.

 

We are so thankful for those who came before us.  We are thankful for the sacrifice, faithfulness and reliance on God.  We are thankful for the many, many godly men who have preached God's Word from our pulpit.

 

As thankful as we are for our past we know that we can't rely on it any longer.  Now it is our turn to be faithful to do what God has called us to do.  We believe that is to share the love and message of Jesus.

torrington new

New Torrington Advent Christian Church 

 Today we continue to preach God's Word.  We are fortunate enough to have our services broadcast on a local cable station.  We continue to try to be a light in our community as we share God's love by supporting many local charities, open our church to many local groups and simply strive to love the lost.

 

Rev. Allen Latimore and his wife Cathy and family have been with us since 2004.  Together we are relying on God as we make prayer a major part of all we do.  We recognize that without Him we are nothing.  Together we also continue to build two important relationships: with God and with each other.  We really are a church family who loves and supports each other.

 

If it is the Lord's will and we are here for another 125 years we want those who come after us to be able to say we were faithful to God's call upon our lives.  If Jesus returns before then we want to be found doing what He has called us to do.

Pastor Allen's email: aclatimore@netzero.net

Church website: www.adventchristianchurch.com

 

cathy and allen latimore

Rev Allen and Cathy Latimore

 

 

 

Berkshire Institute

of Christian Studies 

At the Berkshire Institute for Christian Studies, the Class of 2013 has returned from its studies in Israel and is busily preparing for the end of the school year and commencement exercises.  There are several papers left to write, a number of projects to complete, four Ministry Team tour dates left to travel to, and a host of other opportunities remain for our young men and women to make the most of.  All the excitement is tempered just a bit with the gathering realization that this wonderful adventure is almost over and this unique family that God has brought together is about to part ways.  We are so thankful for the wonderful work that God has done in the hearts, minds, and lives of this year's class - it's been a great year!  If you'd like to join us in a service of celebration for this year at BICS, the service of commencement will be held at Hope Church in Lenox, Massachusetts on Saturday May 18th at 10 o'clock in the morning with a brunch to follow.  The commencement speaker will be Mike Hencher, author and evangelist from Gloucestershire, United Kingdom.  If you are planning on attending, please contact the BICS office at (413) 637-4673 and let us know how many to expect.  We'd love to have you!

 

BIC Clawss of 2013\ 

 

 

 

The Super HeaderColumn

Its hard to believe that there is still snow in our driveway, but it is true!  The last remnants of snowy winter are still hanging on.  Meanwhile, I am preparing for a busy summer of ministry among our Churches and Camps.  Our first Summer Ministry Team is in place with Laurel Pytko (Oakhill), Taylor Poli (Friendship), and Forrest Grant (Windham) , and Devin Weems (Central Region), all planning on being part of the team that will spend 9 weeks of the summer ministering in camps and churches.  We still have a couple of weeks to work out, but they are planning on doing ministry at Camp Washington, Camp MACC, Westfield Advent Christian Church, and CrossRoads Church in Ossipee.  Please be praying for them as they prepare for this great learning experience!

 

We are excited to present the 2013 Pennsylvania Bus  Trip.  Last year we had 92 folks from a number of churches across New England join us on two Coach Busses to travel to Lancaster, PA to visit the Amish Country, and go to Sight and Sound Theater.  This year we will make this a four day trip and take some extra time to sight see.  This years show is "NOAH" and it is spectacular!  Please read more about it and plan to join us, this September, on this highlight of the year trip!  Read more link

ERA Leadership RetreatWe had a great turn out for our first Regional Training Event, Building Below the Waterline with Gordon MacDonald.  Pastor MacDonald shared his heart and ministry with us and really challenged the group to think of their second half of life as the best, and that we need to take care of our bodies and souls to make this happen.  42 People attended and everyone responded very positively.  Please mark your calendars as we are preparing to bring a Preaching Conference to Alton Bay, November 12-14.  More details will be coming soon.

 

ACGC and the Eastern Region are supported by tithes given by local AC churches.  Just as each Church is funded by tithes from the families who attend.  The first quarter is traditionally a difficult time of year.  Please keep us in prayer as we seek to bring valuable ministry and resources to our Pastors, Churches, and future leaders.

 

Grace,

            Greg

Greg 

 

 

 

ACGC Strategic Plan - Part 3

 

The final article in this series is about CHURCH PLANTING.  I praise God that so many of us are finally realizing that without investing in new works, we will not have a future as a network of churches!  I believe that Planting is absolutely necessary for the health and vitality of our Association of Churches.  I also believe that it is Biblical!  I just completed my fourth tour of duty through the Antioch School Course known as ACTS.  This course helps us to understand that the Great Commission that Jesus gave to his disciples was not only a personal mandate but a corporate one.   That his intention was that the followers of Christ corporately would proclaim the gospel, make disciples, raise up other leaders, and engage in ministry across the face of the earth (missions). 

 

This idea is picked up in the book of Acts as Paul begins bringing the gospel to the Gentiles, and we see him establish a pattern of:

1.Commissioning missionaries  Acts 13:1-4; 15:39-40

2.Contacting Audiences            Acts 13:14-16; 14:1

3.Communicating the Gospel     Acts 13:17-41; 16:31

4.Seeing hearers Converted       Acts 13:48; 16:14-1

5.Believers Congregated            Acts 13:43

6.Having their Faith Confirmed    Acts 14:21-22; 15:41

7.Leadership Consecrated         Acts 14:23

8.Believers Commended            Acts 14:23; 16:40

9.Relationships Continued         Acts 15:36; 18:23

10.Sending Churches Convened   Acts 14:26-27; 15:1-4

 

I believe that we need to keep this normative model before us as we raise up leaders in our churches, evaluate how we presently do ministry, and as we consider planting churches in the 21st Century.

 

In the days to come, I would like to challenge our stronger churches to think about multiplying their churches instead of just growing them.  To spend more time fulfilling Ephesians 4 in developing leaders who will do the work of ministry instead of doing it themselves.  And to have the mindset that we are going to be a church that raises up people to send them out and establish new works in neighboring communities.  Pastoring a "mega-church" was once every pastors dream.  But after seeing how this model has kept the leadership in the hands of the few, and has not advanced the kingdom like some thought it would, I hope that we can re-think this approach and dream of being leaders of networks of churches that have been established out of the mother church.

 

This is my understanding of what Paul did and how we need to pattern ourselves in this age at the end of time.  If you would like to learn more about this model, I invite you to dialog with me further or take the Antioch Course ACTS and learn for yourself about God's plan for the church.  The following is the Strategic Plan that was developed by the leaders of our denomination who are hoping to cast a vision for our churches.  It is the role of the Conferences and Regions to come alongside the local church to support them as they carry this out in their own way.

 

Part 3 of our Denominations Strategic Plan states:

III.            CHURCH PLANTING

 

A. Provide the criteria to determine (assess) church/conference health

1. Develop the tools and mechanism for delivery to the local church and conference in the areas of strategic planning

2. Provide leadership resources addressing church administration   and financial management

3. Develop a team of consultants that can help a church in areas such as church administration,  Christian education, body life, strategic planning

 

B. Assist, guide and resource the planting of seven new churches in North America in the next three years 

1.Through partnerships with local churches, conferences and regions, identify potential planting sights 

a) At least two of the new plants are to be in urban centers 

b) Promote the expansion of the Agape House Church network 

2. Identify church planters using Leadership Development criteria 

a) Introduce potential and proven church planters to conferences, seminars, and workshops on church planting 

b)Provide internships for potential church planters in the context of healthy church planting ministries 

c)Introduce potential and proven church planters to our successful international church planting models 

3.The multiplication concept is to be instilled in the planting process - within the minds of the planter and the people

 

 

 

 

 

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, Rep.

   New Life Conference

Rev. George Middleton,  President New York Conference

Rev. Ken Perkins, President

   Nova Scotia Conference

Mr. Charlie Merrill

   ERA Representative to ACGC

April 2013 

 

 

 

In This Issue

Church Spotlight

BICS Update

The Super Column

ACGC Strategic Plan - Part 3

Berkshire Christian College Adventual Library

SAVE THE DATE ... 2013 Eastern Regional Convention

2013 Convention Workshops on YouTube

Antioch School

Featured Article

Oasis Cottage

Save the Date - June 15, 2013

Email Change

Willow Creek Global Leadership Summit

A Pastor's Perspective

 

Join Our Mailing List

 

Berkshire Christian College Adventual Library

 

Berkshire 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.

 

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 Mr. Duane E. Crabtree, Volunteer Curator of the Adventual Library; with the assistance of the Rev. William A. Flewelling and Mr. Stanley 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.-4:00 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 .

 

 

 

SAVE THE DATE

 

2013 Eastern Regional Convention

October 25-27

at the Wyndham

Boston/Andover Hotel

Andover, MA

 

"The Way of Christ

& The Apostles" 

 

 

 

 

 

2013 Convention Workshops on ERA You-Tube 

As you might remember, Josh Duncan of Lion Tracks Ministries video recorded our 8 workshops from the 2013 Convention.  These are now available on Youtube.com/aceasternregion.org

 

 

 

Antioch School Antioch Banner

We are pleased to bring you the opportunity to take a couple of Antioch School Courses this summer (May - Sept) right from your own home or office.  This is open to anyone who wants to learn and grow in their faith and understanding of the purpose of the church.  Register now by calling the Regional Office at 603-332-1412 so we can order you a book for the course.  The cost of the course is $90 which covers you book, shipping, and web-ex fees.  The courses we are offering this summer are:

 

ACTS - The Keys to the Establishment and Expansion of the First Century Church.  This course is being moderated by Missie Twitchell and is primarily for women in ministry.

 

ESSENTIALS - Understanding the Essentials of Sound Doctrine.  This course helps you to know what to believe and why you believe.  It will be moderated by Pastor Greg Moody on Tuesdays from 7-8:30 PM. 

 

Please note that you will need a computer with a webcam and high-speed internet access to utilize the web-ex meetings.  Find out more by clicking here 

 

 

 

Musings

Clayton Blackstone

Hopefully Green

"Let me be taught that the first great business on earth is the sanctification of my own soul."

- Henry Martyn

 

A tree outside the study window caught my eye. In summer, it stood lush and green. Unremarkable as trees go. Undistinguished from the others that border the church lawn.

In the fall, its leaves turned yellow. Or red? Maybe rust? I never noticed.

But for some reason the sight of its limbs stretching towards heaven "naked and unashamed," to borrow a line from the Genesis author, arrested my attention.1 The sight provoked a memory of a favorite children's story.

"The Skin Horse had lived longer in the nursery than any of the others. He was so

old that his brown coat was bald in patches and showed the seams underneath, and most of the hairs in his tail had been pulled out to string bead necklaces. He was wise, for he had seen a long succession of mechanical toys arrive to boast and swagger, and by-­-and-­-by break their mainsprings and pass away, and he knew that they were only toys, and would never turn into anything else. For nursery magic is very strange and wonderful, and only those playthings that are old and wise and experienced like the Skin Horse understand all about it.

"'What is Real?' asked the Rabbit one day, when they were lying side by side near

the nursery fender, before Nana came to tidy the room. "Does it mean having things buzz inside you and a stick-­-out handle?'

"'Real isn't how you are made,' said the Skin Horse. 'It's the thing that happens to

you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but really loves you, then you become Real.'

"'Does it hurt?' asked the Rabbit.

"'Sometimes,' said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. 'When you are Real, you don't mind being hurt.'

"'Does it happen all at once, like being wound up,' he asked, 'or bit by bit?'

"'It doesn't happen all at once,' said the Skin Horse. 'You become. It takes a long time. That's why it doesn't happen to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don't matter at all, because you are Real you can't be ugly, except to people who don't understand.'"2

Skin Horse and the tree reflect my melancholy assessment of the season of life I

find myself in. The tree's glory lies at its base. Skin Horse appears shabby and loose in the joints. And me - the doctor's nurse stuck me with a syringe filled with Shingles vaccine. Shingles. A condition that comes like a plague upon people well beyond my age or so I thought.

I miss the passion of my youth. Like others in my generation, I believed we

would change the world. We did but not in ways we imagined then.

I miss the energy that fueled sixty-­-five hour workweeks, Saturdays at youth soccer and evenings at school functions. These days I fall asleep during the evening news.

 

And I miss eight hours of REM sleep, a body that doesn't ache and a brain that can retain its focus for longer than thirty minutes.

On the morning I noticed the barren tree, the Sovereign One

"...filled my ears with the sounds of promise.

Good people will prosper like palm trees,

Grow tall like Lebanon cedars transplanted to GOD'S courtyard.

They'll grow tall in the presence of God,

lithe and green, virile still in old age."3

A strange juxtaposition to be sure. The Master of the Universe promises suppleness, gracefulness, greenness, strength and energy of his own sort to the righteous even in their old age.

The invocation for the discipline of morning silence - a barren tree and the fear

it served as a metaphor for my remaining years. The benediction - the opening line of the Psalm for the Sabbath Day - "It is good to praise the LORD and make music to your name, O Most High..."3

Unexpected the change of perspective a providentially placed psalm can bring.

Clayton Blackstone

 

Genesis 2.25

Margery Williams. The Velveteen Rabbit. (New York: Doubleday, 1958), 16-­-17. 

3 The Psalm for Sabbath Day - Psalm 92

 

 

 

Oasis Cottage cottage

Alton Bay Christian Conference Center is offering to our active pastors a one week stay at a cottage on the Conference Center grounds.  This is on a first-come, first-reserved basis, beginning in May through Labor Day.  The week stay begins at noon on Saturday through the following Saturday morning.  For more information, please contact the Eastern Regional Office first either by phone (603) 332-1412 or email.  cschaeffner@aceasternregion.org

 

 

 

Save the Date - June 15, 2013 

"ANNUAL WOMEN'S CONNECTION CONFERENCE"

(formally Mission's Conference)

 

Rebecca NicollPlease mark your calendars for Saturday June 15, 2013.  This is a brand new type of Conference for the ladies of the Eastern Region.

 

NEW CONCEPT:

Conference Annual Meetings: will now be held in one location, once a year.

 

We will start off in the chapel with speakers, music and vision.

 

In the afternoon, each Conference will break off into a separate conference area with the President of their Conference and conduct their own Annual Meeting!  We will then gather together to close our day. We will be meeting at Alton Bay Conference Center.

 

This is a one day event from 9AM to 3:30 PM

We believe that this is going to actually help us to connect as Conferences and to eliminate all the different meetings throughout the year and bring them under one date.  Therefore, you can mark your calendars now so that you are able to join in with us!

 

Rooms are available to those who will need to arrive on Friday evening.

 

This is a huge different concept and I pray that you keep an open mind, see the vision

 

The WHFMS/Women's Ministry Board has for this plan, and support it! 

 

Registration forms will be coming to your Church soon.  Please be looking for it. 

 

Again as always Pastors, I very much appreciate your support in encouraging your ladies to attend!

 

Look for it coming on Face book with announcements as things develop and the planning takes shape!

Hope to see you there!

 

Becky Nicoll

President

Women's Ministry & WHFMS

 

 

 

Email Change

 

Effective June 1, 2013 we will no longer use our AOL emails for Greg Twitchell and Carolyn Schaeffner.

 

We will use the emails associated with the ERA website.

 

Please make this change in your contact list.

 

Greg

gtwitchell@aceasternregion.org

 

Carolyn

cschaeffner@aceasternregion.org

 

We will keep this reminder in the newsletter until June.

 

Thanks for your help in getting the word out!

 

 

 

Willow Creek Global Leadership Summit 

WHY WE DO THE SUMMIT

We're convinced that leadership is critical to church vitality. A church's effectiveness in pursuing its God-given mission is largely dependent on the character, devotion and skill of its leadership core-which can be formal or informal, staff or volunteer, clergy or laity.

The influence and impact of the church is felt most fully when Christ-centered leaders are at the forefront of establishing and growing well-led local churches and organizations...key reasons why The Global Leadership Summit exists.

The church is at its best, as God's love and care inevitably spills out into our neighborhoods, towns and cities through acts of love, justice, mercy, service and restoration. 

 

This will be simulcast at Bethany Church, Rye, NH.

 

Please contact the Eastern Regional Office if you are interested in attending.

 

 

 

 

 

A Pastor's Perspective

"I sometimes feel lonely and tired."

 

Most of the pastors I know give generously of their love, time, and resources. I'm not much different. I love the people I serve. It is an honor to have been called by the Lord to bless and serve his precious family, his Bride. As amazing as it may seem, leadership amidst a group--large or small--of people can be lonely and tiring.

 

Leadership can be lonely, because often we must make decisions that are unpopular. No matter which way I choose, I will likely make someone unhappy. That's why it's so important that I hear from the Lord--get His perspective and try to confirm that in the mouths of two or three witnesses. I try to make important decisions in light of love, the best option for the most spiritual growth and the most fair approach given the information on hand. Then I make the best, most biblically and ethically informed decisions of which I'm capable. Once the decision is made, it helps when the congregation or persons involved embrace it willingly, if not wholeheartedly. Please pray for me in this area--that I would be empowered to make good and effective decisions, being led by the Holy Spirit in conjunction with good input from other leaders. Also pray for the sense of lonliness that sometimes comes of my concern for the congregation and my many responsibilities within and without the church and in my family.

 

The wide and heavy demands of ministry easily tire even the young and strong. Though I depend upon the strength that the Lord gives, I can fall short of taking the time I need to rest or be refreshed. The best help you could be would be to ask me if I'm setting aside time to get away from the press of ministry. Pray for me and my family--that we would get the rest and refreshment we need. Please don't be offended if my home is not open every day to every person. We need quiet, peace, and renewal--a secure space--which the Lord brings as we get apart with him. I also need to put those times into my schedule. My advocates have permission to ask me if I'm making enough space for downtime. So do all those who love me as I serve them. I appreciate how they lead the way in granting me, even encouraging me to get time away . . . Often. It makes me more effective and energetic when I'm back in the flow of ministry to each of you.

 

Thanks for your understanding. That makes the loneliness and drain of long-term ministry easier to bear.

 

 

I hope the fictional dialog above helps you always to be a blessing to your pastor(s). Every blessing,

 

Dave David Alves

 

RECOMMENDED RESOURCE:

London, H.B. & Wiseman, Neil B. Pastors at Greater Risk. Ventura, CA: Regal Books, 2003.

 

DISCLAIMER: This column deals with real pastoral issues, but through a fictional voice. The perspective may or may not be shared by your pastor, nor by Dr. Alves. Rather, the issues and realities are familiar to most pastors. It is simply written to give Advocates a window into pastoral ministry-- it's issues, challenges, joys, and struggles. Hopefully it makes you a better advocate and friend to your pastor.

 

 

 

Gordon Conwell Header

Ockenga Institute at Gordon Conwell

Greetings from the Ockenga Institute at Gordon-Conwell!

 

Technology is all around us and seems to affect almost every aspect of our lives. How is technology a gift and in what ways does it present challenges for the church? Spend two days this summer discussing The Promise and Challenge of Technology with today's most thoughtful and respected Christian minds on this topic.

 

What: Summer Conference 2013 - From the Garden to the Sanctuary: The Promise and Challenge of Technology


Who: John Dyer, Arthur Boers, Rosalind Picard, Albert Erisman and David W. Gill

 

When: June 6-7, 2013


Where: Hamilton Campus, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary


Cost (includes conference registration, handouts and meals): $80/early registration (before May 8); $60/spouse and groups; $30/students

 

Register today!

 

We look forward to seeing you,

David Horn, Director of the Harold John Ockenga Institute

130 ESSEX STREET, SOUTH HAMILTON, MA 01982
(978)468-7111 | ockenga@gcts.edu | www.gordonconwell.edu/ockenga

 

 

 

 

Portland Sea DogsPortland Sea Dogs

The Portland Sea Dogs will be hosting Faith & Family Day at the ballpark on Saturday, May 4th.  The day will feature a pre-game concert with Christian Musician Brandon Heath  at 11:45am, followed by the Sea Dogs game at 1:00pm.  Tickets range from $5-$10 and include both the concert and game.  We are also offering group rates for groups of 20 or more people. Group rates are $5 for GA $7 for reserved.

 

You can order individual tickets online by clicking here , or call the Sea Dogs Ticket Office at 879-9500.  To discuss our group ticket options, please contact the Group Sales office at 874-9300.

 

Thank you,

 

Jordan Place

Portland Sea Dogs

207-879-9500

 

 

 

 

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

gtwitchell@aceasternregion.org

 

Miss Carolyn Schaeffner,

Administrative Secretary

cschaeffner@aceasternregion.org

 

www.aceasternregion.org

 

 
 

March 2013

Monday, April 01, 2013 View Comments Comments (0)
 
ERA Green logo
 
A Growing Network 
of Healthy Churches 
 
 
Welcome to Eastern Regional Association
  

 

Welcome to the March issue of the Eastern Regional Association Newsletter.  We begin this month by highlighting the Northern Lights Youth Choir.   

All Things are Possible Tour 2013
 

The choir is going to be on tour in the month of April and we wanted to post it for all to see what churches they will be at.  You won't want to miss one of these performances.  

NLYC Caribou 
 

The History of the Northern Lights Youth Choir

"Praise the Lord, all His heavenly hosts, you His servants who do His will. Praise the Lord, all His works everywhere in His dominion.  Praise the Lord, O my soul."  Hebrews 2:22

The Northern Lights Youth Choir was formed by a group of Christian teens in the greater Presque Isle area of Aroostook County, Maine, in January of 1974. Under the direction of Rev. Dave Ross, the choir presented a musical program each year through 1990. After a brief hiatus, in 1993 under the direction of Mr. Pat Moore, the Northern Lights Youth Choir resumed their music/drama ministry with God's leading. In 1997, the Choir came under and is currently under the direction of Mrs. Bonnee McLaughlin.

The Choir has made over 35 concert tours, traveling over 80,000 miles in over 400 concert presentations in churches, camps, high school assemblies and on college campuses from Northern Maine and the nearby Maritime Provinces of Canada to Texas, Wisconsin and Florida. Also, the Choir has participated in five television specials aired over WAGM Television in Presque Isle. Churches hosting and providing members in the past have included: Advent Christian, Baptist, Brethren, Catholic, Church of Christ, Congregational, Independent, Methodist, Pentecostal, Presbyterian, Reformed and Wesleyan. Well over 500 young people have been a part of this choir ministry over the years.

This year's tour is currently being booked. We conclude our year of ministry with a final concert at our host church, the State Road Advent Christian Church in Mapleton, Maine.

 
Northern Lights Youth Choir
All Things are Possible!
2013 Tour Itinerary
 

 Friday, April 12...Faith Evangelical Church, 7 p.m. Concert

200 Franklin St. Melrose, Ma 02176,c/o Pastor Andy Rice 

(781-662-8226)

                              

Saturday, April 13... Sheffield Chapel,  6 p.m. Concert

1970 North Main St. Sheffield, MA. 01257

c/o Pastor Corey McLaughlin  (978-994-0690 cell)

 

Sunday, April 14...Hope Church,  10:45 a.m. Concert

259 Kemble St., Lenox, MA 01240

c/o Rev. Pastor Wes Ross (413-637-2212 church)

 

Sunday, April 14 ...Blessed Hope AC Church, 5 p.m. Concert

1516 Summer Ave., Springfield, MA 01118

c/o Rev. Steve Baker (413-887-7197 cell)

 

Mon, April 15...Vernon Home, 10:30 a.m.

61 Greenway Drive, Vernon, VT  (802)254-6041

 

Mon, April 15...Furnace Brook Wesleyan Church, 6:30 pm Concert

67 Gecha Lane, Pittsford, VT

c/o Pastor Joel Tate (802-483-2531 office)

 

Tuesday, April 16... Oak Hill Bible Church,  7 p.m. Concert

42 Sacarrappa Rd. Oxford, MA 01540

c/o Rev. Glenn Rice (508-987-0287 office)

 

Wednesday, April 17...Highland Presbyterian Church, 7 p.m. Concert

500 East Roseville Rd., Lancaster, PA 17601

c/o Rev. Ted Mingle (717-569-2651)

 

Thursday, April 18...Faith Fellowship Church, 7 p.m. Concert

647 Douglas St., Uxbridge, MA 01569

c/o Rev. Gil Parmley (508-278-0300)

 

Fri, April 19...First Parish Congregational Church, 7:30 pm Concert

1 Church St. Wakefield, MA  01880

c/o Don Hodgkins (781-245-1539) Church

 

Sun, April 21... State Road Advent Christian Church, 6pm Concert

Mapleton, ME

c/o Rev. Greg Moody (201-764-1331)

 

For more information contact

Pastor George McLaughlin - Tour Coordinator

Northern Lights Youth Choir

1-207-551-4751 cell phone

email address - therevatdt@gmail.com
 
 

Church Spotlight 

by Phil Reynard

  
Grace Advent Christian Church, Bridgton, ME
Grace Christian Church 

Grace Christian Church in Bridgton Maine is the result of the "80's" Church Planting efforts of the Eastern Region along with the Maine State Conference.  Services were first held on September 11, 1983 in what was then the South Bridgton Grange Hall at 11 Pinhook Road in the section of South Bridgton known as "Sandy Creek"

Grace Christian Church is a "family orientated" Church in the Lake Region of Maine. The Church was founded with the people of our Community in mind.  Personal needs are addressed while providing sound spiritual guidance for the entire person. It doesn't take long to feel a part of the Grace Christian Church family. 

 

As best as can be determined, the building was built by the Baptist church in about 1850 as a temporary house of worship while they built their main sanctuary across the street. The Baptist sanctuary has been torn down a long time ago but our building was passed on to the town as a one room school house and then to the South Bridgton Grange and now we  have turned it back into a house of worship... a place of worship.  Since the building was shared with many different groups, Pastor Phil and Faye remember many an early Sunday morning cleaning and scrubbing up after the Saturday night group just to make it presentable as a place of worship.

 

Our renovated historical meeting house connected to our contemporary fellowship hall provides the setting where people can have a family experience and fellowship with God.  Grace Christian Church is built on the principle that the the world is full of christians that have not become Christians yet.  It is better to win one person to the Lord than to entice ten Christians to become a part our church.

 

Pastor Phil is bi-vocational as well as the Chaplain for the Bridgton Fire and Police departments along with the Bridgton Hospital.  There is plenty of opportunity to share the Lord with the community.  Faye is retired from teaching school and is actively leading the Sunday school.  She also does all the footwork for the Fire Department's "Operation Christmas Angel" which gives toys to about 200 young people in Bridgton every Christmas.  Faye heads up the Pastors' Wives Retreat (April 12-13 this year ).  God has truly blessed this ministry.

  Reynards

Our most recent opportunity to minister appears to be  helping others grow their church family.  We have recently officially undertaken being a "sister church" to the Mechanic Falls AC Church.  We don't know everything that that will entail but we are excited at the possibilities.

 

This September we celebrate 30 years of ministry to the Bridgton community.  Please pray for us that our outreach will continue to be fruitful and found acceptable in the eyes of the Lord.  Check out our web site to see our new building and some of the things we are doing.   http://www.grace-christian-church-me.com/.

  Bridgton dedication
 
 

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 Life Conference 
Report of Annual Meeting

  by Clerk, Deborah Reed

 

The 146th Annual Meeting of New Life Conference was held on Saturday, March 2nd at the Community Advent Christian Church in East Norwalk, Conn.  Rev. Robert Story was our host and he shared "music through the bible" with us during worship time. 

 

There were 35 present with a voting strength of 31. Voting in was Rev. George Karl, President, Rev. Robert Miller, Vice President,  Mr. Thomas Zikan, Treasurer, Rev. Bruce Burks, Ministerial Committee Chairman and Rev. Doug Foss, Member at Large. 

Reports from the 11 churches in the conference were shared.  

 

There was a report from Rev. Richard Russell of ACGC, Rev. John Tate of BICS, Mr. Larry Knowles of ACRC, and update on Camp Faithful and a report from Mr. Robert Shriver, delegate to the Eastern Regional Convention.  Mr. Merle Beal was introduced as the new pastor of the Westfield Church.  

 

Prayers were shared for the passing of 3 great ministers who faithfully served our conference, Rev. Charles Lampard, Rev. Dr. Oral Collins and Rev. Dr. Carl F. Ehle. 

 

The meeting adjourned and lunch and fellowship followed.

 
 
 
 
BICS Classroom moved!
BICS Galilee

The BICS class prepares to take a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee

 

For the next two weeks, the Berkshire Institute for Christian Studies has moved its classroom from Lenox, Massachusetts to the Holy Land in Israel.  This year's class, led by Pastors Wes Ross and Michael Tuttle and guided by our long-time friend Andre Shama, are currently touring the places where much of God's recorded interaction with mankind took place.  These young people from places like Presque Isle, Maine; Seattle, Washington; Whitefield, New Hampshire; and Smoaks, South Carolina are able to hike to the headwaters of the Jordan River on the Lebanese border, see the fertile fields of the Jezreel Valley, ascend the rocky pathway to Jerusalem, and have a hundred other opportunities to experience the Bible in a way few are blessed to know.  The group has been busy studying God's word since the start of classes last August and the experience and instruction of the Bible Lands Seminar should be a capstone in their effort to gain Biblical understanding.  The Institute is grateful for the support of so many throughout the Eastern Region - please keep us in your prayers! 

 
BICS Mt. Carmel

Chase Mendoza (West Valley AC Church, Seattle, WA) stands on Mt. Carmel and reads the account of Elijah's victory over the prophets of Baal there.

 
BICS Capernaum

Claire Cheney (State Road Church) gives her site report at Capernaum.

 
 
The Super Header Column

This month I was able to take a vacation with my family in a warmer part of the Country.  Great times were had . . .

twitchellvacation3 

 . . . relationships strengthened . . . 

Twitchell vacation2 

. . . and wonderful memories were created!

 
Twitchel vacation1 

 I hope that you are enjoying the Newsletter as much as I am!  The pictures, articles and wealth of information are great to see.  I regularly get compliments from people as I travel around the Region about how much people enjoy the newsletter.  I tell them that I'm glad they enjoy it and that I can't take any credit, as Carolyn puts it all together and many people contribute to it.  Please forward it on to others in your church and family!

Greg 

 
 

From the Historical Files . . .

 

The picture below surfaced because of our previous article regarding the "Hull Pulpit".  This was taken in 1953 and the pulpit was on a parade float with a lighthouse on the top of the truck cab, a life ring saying "Jesus Saves" and the pulpit from the hull of a boat.  

 

The side of the truck reads:

 "Sins of 1953 (being washed away in the waves)

Our message:

The BOOK, The BLOOD - The Blessed Hope

Advent Christian Church

28 Park Ave. Portland

Sunday School 10:00 a.m.  Services 11:00 a.m. (and the other you cannot read)."

 

Pretty Cool - huh?

 
Hull Pulpit - Portland 1953 

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)

 
 
 

ACGC Strategic Plan - Part 2 

Leadership Development 

 

How many of our churches take leadership development seriously?  For those who do offer some type of Leadership Development beyond Sunday worship and Sunday School, how important is it?  Matthew Keller of Next Level Church in Ft. Myers, Florida said, "We don't think of leadership development as one of the things we do.  It is the most important thing we do.  We don't exist to use people to build services and programs; we use programs and services to build people.  Developing people is the number 1 thing we're doing." 

 

Ephesians 4:11-13 says, " The gifts he gave were that some would be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, 12 to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ."  Paul gives us these instructions about equipping the Saints for a reason.  How do you think he was so successful in spreading the Gospel all over the Roman empire, when he only spent a few months to a couple of years in each place?  Christianity grew by an average of 40% per year for the first 200 years. How does that happen when the founding Pastor keeps taking off?  Aside from the power of the Holy Spirit, Paul was successful because he raised up leaders to take over after he left.  Pastor/leaders like Timothy, Titus, Silas, and John Mark.  As well as Elders/Shepherds in every community.  "This is why I left you in Crete, so that you might put what remained into order, and appoint elders in every town as I directed you"

 

I believe that we all need to do a better job of creating a leadership development plan for every believer in our church.  Everyone has the potential to be a servant leader of Christ.  Every Believer should be Discipled, every teacher, Deacon, and Board member should be trained, and we shold be raising up a future generation to replace us in ministry and take the world for Christ!  This won't happen if we continue to do church as usual and focus more on entertaining people on Sunday mornings than preparing them for leadership. 

 

Ron Thomas, and the Superintendents have recognized the pastoral leadership crisis we are facing. We have made Leadership Development a key part of the strategic plan of our Denomination going forward because we recognize the need.  The question is, will the local church see it, and will the local Pastor be willing to step up and play a key role in developing people, young and old alike within their congregations for ministry in the body and for ministry beyond their church.

 

Part 2 of our Denominations Strategic Plan states:

 

A.  Provide the criteria to determine (assess) leadership health. 

1.  Criteria to be determined by a team of selected consultants

2.  Health to be evaluated in five areas: Spiritually-Mentally

     Emotionally-Physically-Relationally

 

B.  Identify both proven and potential leaders

1.  Compile list in cooperation with Regional Superintendents

     conference leaders and local pastors

2.   Compile list from conference and regional youth events and

      educational institutions' enrollment

3.   Maintain contact with college students attending associated

      institutions

a.   ACGC contact churches and camps for name of high school

      seniors and college age students

b.   ACGC personnel is to make a minimum of three campus visits

      each year

c.   Regional Superintendents are encouraged to make one campus

      visit each year

d.   Contact information to be shared between ACGC and Regions

 

C.   Implement Assessment Plan for leadership health

1.   Employ the developed assessment tools and process

2.   Extend invitations to proven and potential leaders to participate

3.   Tabulate results of the assessment to measure the effectiveness

      of the process

 

D.   Provide resources and methodologies for achieving leadership

      health

1.   Utilize available delivery systems such as LEAD Teams, AIMS,

      partnerships with educational institutions and programs to serve

      our leaders

a.   Through Web Services build an online community site to connect

      leaders

b.   Expand the number of LEAD Teams to 25 by 2014

c.   Provide internship opportunities as part of the evaluation and

      preparation experience

d.   Identify ten to twelve approved sights for AIMS

2.   Collaborate with our educational institutions in the development

      and delivery of learning and enrichment opportunities (Aurora

      University, Berkshire Christian College, Berkshire Institute for

      Christian Studies, Eastern University, Gordon-Conwell

      Theological Seminary, and Oro Bible College)

3.   Create Global Training component for our developing outreach

      ministry sites.

4.   Develop Charlotte campus as a resource/training center

a.   Produce training seminars on DVD-CD-MP3-MOV (Web Format)

b.   Develop a media library and delivery system of leadership training

      material

c.   Develop a "Leadership Periodical" as a compliment to or revision

     of "Henceforth"

d.   Publish ACGC commissioned works related to theology and

      practical ministry.

5.   Groom partnerships with para-church organizations such as

      Intimate Life, World Vision, Denominational Prayer Leaders'

      Network, Sonlife Classic, BILD

6.   Develop adjunct professorships for Oro Bible College and

      Institudo Biblico Jerico

 

E.   Facilitate opportunities for deployment/appointment to positions

      of leadership

1.   Through regional superintendents, area directors and Associate

      Members, identify ministry opportunities

2.   Provide training and equipping events to help leaders mature and

      multiply

3.   Develop scholarship/grants that enable pastors/leaders to attend seminars, workshops and retreats that contribute to their health

 

The Eastern Region is working hard to do its share to help the team reach these goals.  Most of these items fall under our Leadership Development or Pastoral Health ministries of the Region.  We are sharing information, keeping track of developing leaders, doing campus visits, utilizing Antioch School as well as other educational opportunities to see our people trained. As well as working to improve the overall health and assessment of the health of our Pastors.  

 
 

Article Headline

Know your target audience. Who are your most important customers, clients or prospects, and why? Know what is important to them and address their needs in your newsletter each month. Include a photo to make your newsletter even more appealing.

Insert a "read on" link at the bottom of your article to drive traffic to your website. Links are tracked, allowing you to see which articles create the most interest for your readers.

 

March 2013 

 
 

In This Issue

SAVE THE DATE ... 2013 Eastern Regional Convention

 
 

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!

 
 
Join Our Mailing List
 
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, Rep.
   New Life Conference

Rev. George Middleton,  President New York Conference

Rev. Ken Perkins, President

   Nova Scotia Conference

Mr. Charlie Merrill

   ERA Representative to ACGC

 
 

 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" 
 
 
 
 
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.

 
The ONLY camp we heard from is 

Camp Faithful

Southington, CT

 

Jr. Camp July 21 - 27 
 

July 27-  Aug. 4  

Family Camp With adults and teens  
 

July 28 - Aug 3 Teen camp begins on Sunday afternoon and ends on Saturday at noon.

 

Folks, don't miss out on this great opportunity to get your camp and campmeeting dates out to those who want to attend.

 
Give us a call in the ERA office or email.
 
 

2013 Convention Workshops on ERA You-Tube 

As you might remember, Josh Duncan of Lion Tracks Ministries video recorded our 8 workshops from the 2013 Convention.  These are now available on Youtube.com/aceasternregion.org

 
 
 

Musings" by Clayton Blackstone

The Inside Work of Winter

Clayton Blackstone 

"I have been bent and broken, but I hope into a better shape." Estella in Charles Dicken's Great Expectations

Since scrubbing the grout lines between bathroom tiles, I've thought a great deal about the inside work of winter. Because few folks notice the end result of my labors, it's the kind I'd rather not do.

I prefer mowing the lawn and overdosing on the smell of grass clippings while soaking in a healthy dose of Vitamin D. Even deadheading flowers or spreading mulch. But these wait for the resurrection of spring, the glory of summer and the harvest of fall. In winter, I turn my attention to interior chores like maintaining floor tiles, painting trim, cleaning the cellar and replacing smoke alarm batteries.

As the mercury drops, I often experience parallel winter conditions of the soul. Days, weeks or months of falling spiritual temperatures, dull skies, frozen ground, and bone-­-chilling winds.

I accelerate my reading, return to journaling, or resolve to spend an hour praying in hopes of inducing a winter thaw. But, even though it falls into the category of mindless drudgery, winter interior work cannot be rushed.

I dream of escape to anywhere that boasts of weather to warm my spirit. A seminar led by a famous author or a young-­-buck pastor oozing success, or a Caribbean cruise on a floating four-­-star hotel complete with menu choices certain to expand my waistline and with entertainment provided by top Christian recording artists.

I pray conversation with a friend or my spiritual director will result in a change in winter conditions, melting the icicles, improving the state of the roads, and warming the earth enough for the crocus to break through.

I am always disappointed.

Spiritual transformation "can't be hurried, programmed or tinkered with. There are no steroids available for growing up in Christ more quickly. Impatient shortcuts land us in the dead ends of immaturity."1

I lose myself in thoughts of the three seasons of the year when Hazel and I can work together if we choose. Of conversations as we weed a flowerbed or stop for a water break to quench our thirst. But the interior tasks involve solo work.

So, during these bleak seasons of my soul, I allow for healthy chunks of alone time staring out the window at turkeys in parade along the tree line or watching water drip off the roof. Blocks of time where I choose not to be at my cell phone's beck and call or my computer's distracting "You've got mail." Driving from here to there with radio silenced.

"To be in solitude," writes Dallas Willard, " is to choose to do nothing. For extensive periods of time. All accomplishments given up. Silence is required to complete solitude for until we enter quietness, the world still lays hold of us."2

I experience solitude as a severe trial, for it cracks open and bursts apart the shell of my spiritual securities. It opens out to the unknown abyss carried within and discloses the fact that these abysses are haunted.3

Still, I opt for solitude because I must. Here the Spirit of God works in ways wondrous only when seen looking over my shoulder. I follow Him into these winter wastelands, not for joy set before me but because He deems them necessary to my transformation.4

 
Clayton Blackstone
 

1 Eugene Peterson. Practice Resurrection. (Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2010), 133. 

 

2 Dallas Willard in the Foreword to Ruth Haley Barton's Invitation to Solitude and Silence. Downers Grove, IL: IVP, 2010. 12.

 

3 Adapted from Louis Bouyer. The Spirituality of the New Testament and the Fathers. Vol. 1 of A History of Christian Spirituality. (New York: Seabury, 1982), 313. 4 See Luke 4 for role of the Holy Spirit in leading Jesus into the wilderness.

 
 

Oasis Cottagecottage

Alton Bay Christian Conference Center is offering to our active pastors a one week stay at a cottage on the Conference Center grounds.  This is on a first-come, first-reserved basis, beginning in May through Labor Day.  The week stay begins at noon on Saturday through the following Saturday morning.  For more information, please contact the Eastern Regional Office first either by phone (603) 332-1412 or email.  cschaeffner@aceasternregion.org

 
 
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

 
 
 
Save the Date - June 15, 2013 
"ANNUAL WOMEN'S CONNECTION CONFERENCE"
(formally Mission's Conference)
 

Rebecca NicollPlease mark your calendars for Saturday June 15, 2013.  This is a brand new type of Conference for the ladies of the Eastern Region.

 
NEW CONCEPT:

Conference Annual Meetings: will now be held in one location, once a year.

 

We will start off in the chapel with speakers, music and vision.

 

In the afternoon, each Conference will break off into a separate conference area with the President of their Conference and conduct their own Annual Meeting!  We will then gather together to close our day. We will be meeting at Alton Bay Conference Center.

 

This is a one day event from 9AM to 3:30 PM

We believe that this is going to actually help us to connect as Conferences and to eliminate all the different meetings throughout the year and bring them under one date.  Therefore, you can mark your calendars now so that you are able to join in with us!

 

Rooms are available to those who will need to arrive on Friday evening.

 

This is a huge different concept and I pray that you keep an open mind, see the vision

 

The WHFMS/Women's Ministry Board has for this plan, and support it! 

 

Registration forms will be coming to your Church soon.  Please be looking for it. 

 

Again as always Pastors, I very much appreciate your support in encouraging your ladies to attend!

 

Look for it coming on Face book with announcements as things develop and the planning takes shape!

Hope to see you there!

 
Becky Nicoll
President

Women's Ministry & WHFMS

 
 
Email Change
 

Effective June 1, 2013 we will no longer use our AOL emails for Greg Twitchell and Carolyn Schaeffner.

 
We will use the emails associated with the ERA website.
 
Please make this change in your contact list.
 
Greg
 
Carolyn
 
We will keep this reminder in the newsletter until June.
 
Thanks for your help in getting the word out!
 
 

Penny Crusade 2013 Penny Crusade 2013

 
All materials availabe of the ACGC website http://www.pennycrusade.com/
 
 
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