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May 2015                                                                                                                                    EASTERN REGIONAL ASSOCIATION

 
A Growing Network of Healthy Churches

Dear Lisa,

 

    This past Convention we introduced a fund raising campaign to raise money for the re-shingling of the ERA residence and office this Spring.  

    Our goal was to get 70 gifts of $100 each for the purchasing of materials for this project.  If every church in our Region was able to give a one-time $100 gift we would reach our goal. 

    Currently, we are at $1400 and the planned date for re-shingling is fast approaching; May 28 - 30.

    Would you be willing to present this fund raising project to your church board and help us attain our goal for $7000 to purchase the materials?

    We are also looking for volunteer manpower for this event.  Any help you could provide us with would be so appreciated.  

    If you have questions, please contact Greg Twitchell at the ERA Office.  (603) 332-1412 or by email gtwitchell@aceasternregion.org.

 
 
 
 
Designated Giving

from StartCHURCH.com

 

IRS regulation states that in order for a contribution to be tax deductible, the giver must relinquish control of the funds given.  This means that if the giver requires a particular offering to be used a certain way, it must be returned and is no longer a tax deductible contribution.  This does not mean that givers cannot designate their giving.  For example:

 

John Doe makes a contribution to his church and writes on the memo line or checks off on the tithing envelope that he wishes for the funds to be designated to the building project.  John's contribution is tax deductible since he did not state a refund condition requesting that if his contribution was not used as he directed, he would like it to be returned.

 

In order to create proof of contributions received, the church should create and encourage the use of envelopes for the tithes and offerings.  This also allows the church an opportunity to print on the envelope a sentence that gives the church full control of the funds donated.  The sentence should read as follows:

 

This church is a qualified section 501(c)(3) organization.  All tithes, offerings, or donations of any kind are tax deductible under section 170(c)(2)  Using this envelope constitutes your agreement to relinquish control in accordance with IRS regulation. 

 
  
 
 

PARADIGM SHIFTS - "Plurality in Leadership"

By Greg Twitchell

 

Coming Soon to a Pastor near you will be another installment of our Paradigm Shift Study.  I would like to have us look at the issue of Church leadership and consider how we should structure our churches today.  Most of our churches are quite comfortable with our professional pastor, church board and congregational vote.  But is this the best way for us to continue to be structured?

 

In the Gospels, Jesus sends out the 72 Disciples two by two (Lk. 10),  and this pattern of having a partner in ministry is continued all through the New Testament as we see Paul and the other Apostles constantly being paired with another brother in Christ.  These pairings come with many benefits.  We see them encouraging one another, praying together, holding one another accountable, and bringing different gifts and talents to their combined ministry. 

 

Paul talks about several different types of leadership positions in Ephesians 4:11 where he says, "It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God's people for works of service so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature., attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ."  According to this text there are 5 different types of leaders over churches who all work together to develop the rest of the members of the body into ministers themselves!  They clearly embraced the concept of "Every member a Minister"! 

 

In other places Paul instructs Timothy and Titus to "appoint elders in every town" (Titus 1:5) The term is always used in the plural sense indicating that there were to be more than one leader in each church (Acts 14:23; Acts 20:17; Phil. 1:1; James 5:14; 1 Pt. 5:1), and that the leadership of the church was to be made up of this team of spiritual leaders who had oversight of the flock.

 

One of the big problems with church boards and congregational voting is that they are made up of people who are not all spiritually mature.  When we begin operating based on business models or the popular vote of the majority, we may not be in the best position to listen to Holy Spirit, through prayer and fasting and make the tough decisions that God gives to those in leadership. 

 

I wish that all of our churches could afford to call 2 or more full time ministers, but that is not very likely in our present situations.  But we could put together teams of Godly men who could minister alongside the pastor in an Elder capacity.  Adding their gifts and abilities to the team to assist the lead elder in the work of the church.  Entrusting these men with the leadership of the church and relinquishing control may be a difficult step for many in our churches who are used to having a say in every decision, but isn't this the step that God would have us make as we put our faith and trust in him and his sovereignty? 

 

There is a lot more to be said, taught, and discussed on this subject and that is why we are introducing this topic as one of our Paradigm Shift discussions.  Should more of our AC Churches embrace an Eldership style of governance?  What does the Bible say about the five fold Leadership positions  found in Ephesians 4 and what would they look like in operation today?  Where did our congregational style of leadership come from and is it what God intends for us?  All of these questions and more are going to be explored in the coming weeks.  I hope that you will weigh in and keep the conversation going by logging onto the Facebook and "liking" our Paradigm Facebook page 

https://www.facebook.com/paradigmshiftsdiscussion?ref=hl to engaging in conversation posting your questions, comments, links and concerns for all to see and engage with.  In all of our interaction, please be civil, loving and impersonal in your remarks.

 

Grace & Peace to you all!

 
Greg
 
 
 
 
Alton  Bay Christian Conference  Center
2015 Summer  Schedule
 

The Summer of 2015 looks to be an event packed summer at the Alton Bay Christian Conference Center.  Speakers for the summer on Sundays starting June 28 are:  Rev. John Fogell, Rev. Ken Steigler, Dr. Sean McDonough, Dr. Jeffrey Arthurs, Pastor Tyler Thompson, Dr. Nick Perrin, Rev. Dave Siriano, Rev. John Tate, Rev. John Rankin, Rev. Huntley Brown, and Rev. Jim Johnson.  Concerts on Saturday evenings starting July 4 are:  ABCCC Patriotic Concert, Strafford Wind Symphony Concert, Michael Boggs Concert, Brad Stine Show, Lindsay Graham Concert, The Hyssongs Concert, Mark 209 Concert, Adam's Call Concert, Huntley Brown Concert, and The Blackwood Brothers Concert.  We are also offering a weekly Alpha class, a weekly Men's and Women's Bible study, Vacation Bible School, a family week with Wonders of Science in the evening, a seniors week, weekly workshops, weekly potluck dinners and movie night.  Please check our website at altonbay.org for dates and times.

 

Click here to go to the ABCCC website to view and download the schedule


 


 

 
 
 
 

From The  Super Headeruper 

 

March 28-30 I was able to spend some time in Rhode Island & Massachusetts, connecting with some of our Pastors and Leaders there.  I attended the North Scituate, Rhode Island AC Church on Sunday morning and was blessed to hear one of our youngest ministers giving the message that morning.  Tom (pictured here with his wife Sarah) is serving at the church while working on his Masters Degree at Gordon Conwell Seminary.  It was a pleasure to hear him preach and meet so many of the people following the service.  

 

Sarah and Tom Loghry

North Scituate Church, RI

  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

I also visited with Pastors and Leaders from the Riverpoint AC Church, Fall River AC Church and the Hope Evangelical Community Church in North Dartmouth.  It was a pleasure as always to connect with our people and hear about all the good things that God is doing in our churches.  

 

 

I was able to worship with my family at the State Street Church in Portsmouth, NH and enjoyed hearing Pastor Nate Hasty bring his first message to the congregation as their new Pastor.  It was an exciting day and it was good to see the seats filled up.  I have heard many good reports from many of our churches about how their Resurrection Sunday services and outreaches went.  I pray that you had a wonderful time celebrating Jesus in your local church as well.

 
 

The Twitchell Family, Easter 2015


I took my family to Mechanic Falls, ME to attend the BICS Ministry program.  Pastor Wes, President Steve and the students blessed everyone in attendance as they share testimonies, songs, skits, some personal history, and a very motivating message on the pursuit of wisdom and how BICS equips students to do this for all of life.  There were people there from Mechanic Falls, Auburn, Oxford, and Friendship. 


 

2015 BICS Students with Wes Ross


The winter was a busy season for me with a lot going on in a variety of ministry areas.  I praise God for safe travel over many thousands of miles and several winter storms.  One great piece of technology that I have benefited from is online meetings through a service called Webex.  With this program I have been able to meet with people across the Region and across the country.  This has saved us thousands of dollars, lots of travel time and has increased our communication ten fold.  We have made a lot of use of this service through our Antioch Classes this Winter.  We have had 6 classes meeting at various times of the day and evening and have had dozens of people take advantage of the leadership development opportunities these courses have provided.  As we are wrapping up some of the classes even now, I have many people already asking if they will be able to go on and take the next course in the fall.  I'm pleased to announce that we will have a full slate of courses available beginning in September and will let everyone know how they can join.  

 

  Grace,  Greg

 
 
Berkshire Institute of Christian Studies Graduation
May 16, 2015 at 10 a.m.
 

You are invited to BICS' 27th Commencement on Saturday, May 16 at 10:00 AM at Hope Church in Lenox. Rev. Chris Raker, BICS Bible instructor, will deliver the address. Following the program you are invited to remain for the traditional brunch and final prayer with the students. Call the BICS office to let us know if you plan to attend (413-637-4673). There is no charge for the meal, but donations will be appreciated.

 
 
 
 

Get your calendar ready!

 

2015  ERA Meetings Schedule

 

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

 

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

Guest Speaker:  Sam Warren

 

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

 
 

2015 Retreats and Conference Schedule


 

"Seek My Face" Prayer Summit       May 11 0- 12                       Charlotte, NC


 

Region Roof Shingling Project         May 28-30                          Rochester, NH


 

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

 

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


 

Antioch Certified Leader Training   July 6-8                              Camp Beebe

 

Global Leadership Summit                August 6-7                         Alton Bay Christian Conf. Center

 

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

                                                                                                              

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

 
 
 
 

New England Expository Preaching Institute

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

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

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

 

Click here for more information 

and to sign up for a regional event near you!

 
 
 
Word of Life Christian Leadership
 

  
 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

Designated Giving

Plurality in Leadership

Alton Bay Christian Conference Center

From the Super

Berkshire Institute of Christian Studies

Get Your Calendar Ready!

New England Expository Preaching Institute

Word of Life Christian Leadership

Annual Women's Connection

Advent Christian Prayer Summit

Antioch School Testimony

Book Review by Dr. Sam Warren

The Forgotten Initiative

2015 Summer Camp Schedule

2015 Shingle Project

Attention Church Clerks!

SAVE THE DATE!

 
 
 

June 13, 2015

Women's Connection

 
Our New Journey
 
 

To be held at the State Street (Advent Christian) Church, Portsmouth,NH,  (634 State Street)

 

Registration begins at 9:30  AM

 

10AM         Welcome andspeakers

11AM          Morningbreak

11:15           Business Session 

12:15           Lunch in ParmleyHall

1:15             Conference breakaways

2:15             Time to celebrate!!

 

11 For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosperyouand not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 12 Then you willcall  on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek meand find me when you seek me with all your heart.  

Jeremiah 29:11-13(NIV)

 

Registrations will be arriving at your Churches soon.   Pastors please be on the look-out for them. 


 There will be a block of rooms at an area Hotel for your convenience if you would like to come in on Friday night.  The link will be added on the registration for your convenience.

 

Information on the program will also be coming soon.  Check my Group Page on Facebook, called Women's Connection-2015.  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Womens-Annual-Connection/216465365228671?fref=ts

 

I can't guarantee much in life; but I can guarantee that if you plan to join us on June 13th; you will not regret it!

 

Registration and Credential forms can be downloaded from: www.aceasternregion.org or by clicking below:

 
 
 

All Reservations must be in by June 1, 2015. Each person attending needsto fill out a form. 


 

This Annual Women's Connection Conference is for all women!

 
 
Advent Christian Prayer Summit
 
 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

The registration deadline is April 27. 
 

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

 
 
 
 
 
Antioch School - Testimony
 

By David Patterson, Pastor of the Highland Cliff Advent Christian Church, Windham, MA

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      "Was this worth the sacrifice of your time?"  That was the question I asked of a small group of pastors and lay leaders who were participating in a course entitled "Belonging to a Family of Families".  This course looked at what the Bible has for instruction for our families and our church family.  We had finished the first session, which took 90 minutes of their time plus some study and reading time, and I wanted to know if what we were doing was beneficial and worth their investment of time.  So I bluntly asked "Was this worth the sacrifice of your time?"  They all quickly responded "Yes".

 

      We were doing the 2nd book in a series of books entitled The First Principles published by BILD International.  They also publish a series of college level courses entitled The Leadership Series which they administer through Antioch School of Church Planting and Leadership Development.  In six weeks when we finished the course I asked the question again.  Again, they all replied "Yes".  We all agreed that this is a very much needed discussion and this is one of many critical subjects affecting the church today.  They all expressed a desire to continue these classes and discussions.  (A new slate of classes will be offered through Eastern Region in the fall.)


       This common response I have seen repeatedly.  I confess I was originally very skeptical of this material.  The last thing I needed was another repackaged way to do church with a slick new cover.  With a little encouragement from people I trusted, I investigated a little further.  That was 6 years ago and I am now thoroughly invested. 


       In those six years I have seen pastors work closer together sharing time and resources with each other and sister churches.  I have seen members of my church engage more in ministry and sharing their witness.  I have seen members of my church growing in confidence at handling and teaching the Word.  Some who were timid at first are now leading Bible studies confidently.  And I have seen believers grow and mature in their walk with Christ and their fellowship and participation within the Body of Christ.

 

      Please note this is not another slick ad campaign to "fix" all your churches problems overnight.  But it is an invitation for a serious investment together to learn and discern how Christ intended to establish His church and to develop leaders for church expansion. 

 

      "Is this worth the sacrifice of your time?" This is always a good question to consider in any endeavor that asks us to invest of ourselves.  For me it is a resounding "Yes".

 
 
 
Book Review by Dr. Sam Warren

 

Over the past few years, the ministry of Peter and Geri Scazzero has made a tremendous impact on my life and ministry.  This book, his first, will set you on a path toward healthy spirituality and hunger for more in this important area of life and ministry. I hope you enjoy it!

 


Peter Scazzero learned the hard way: you can't be spiritually mature while remaining emotionally immature. Even though he was a pastor of a growing church, he did what most people do:

  • Avoid conflict in the name of Christianity, Ignore his anger, sadness, and fear, Use God to run from God Live without boundaries

Eventually God awakened him to a biblical integration of emotional health, a relationship with Jesus, and the classic practices of contemplative spirituality. It created nothing short of a spiritual revolution, utterly transforming him and his church.


 

In this best-selling book Scazzero outlines his journey and the signs of emotionally unhealthy spirituality. Then he provides seven biblical, reality-tested ways to break through to the revolutionary life Christ meant for you. "The combination of emotional health and contemplative spirituality," he says, "unleashes the Holy Spirit inside us so that we might experientially know the power of an authentic life in Christ.

 

Dr. Sam Warren | Director of Nurture

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

 
 
 
 
The Forgotten Initiative

By Phil Dubois

 

Spring has finally sprung!  May is just around the corner, which is National Foster Care Month.  This is a good time to recognize and support those families and professionals who labor to assist children and families in foster care.  

 

The Forgotten Initiative (http://www.theforgotteninitiative.org/) is an evangelical Christian organization that assists the church to support the foster care system.  They offer many ideas for providing this support, such as equipping the visitation rooms at the offices of the Department of Health and Human Services, collecting diapers and formula for families with young children, providing college care packages for foster children who have aged out of the system, providing first aid kits and care kits for state caseworkers to carry in their cars, collecting teddy bears to give to children when they first enter foster care, and many others.  

 

Cherish Kids is a state-faith partnership in Missouri aimed at supporting the state foster care system.  One of their ideas was to host a 5K fun run.  They partnered with Walmart, who offered $25 gift cards for $20.  Participants collected pledges from donors who pledged Walmart gift cards.  These cards were then given to caseworkers to provide to foster parents when a child first enters their home.  Often these children arrive with few possessions, so the foster families could use these cards to buy needed items.  

 

In my local area of Maine last year, state funding for their annual Foster Parent Appreciation Banquet was lost.  The staff desperately wanted to express their appreciation.  A local Baptist church offered to host a dinner.  Various community resources offered door prizes.  It was a fun, relaxing, and delicious dinner.  The church is now planning this year's dinner.  

 

What can you, or your church, do?  Contact your local office of the Department of Health and Human Services or the Division of Child and Family Services.  Ask how you can support their efforts.  Pray for foster families, birth families, children in foster care, and child services professionals.  Foster parents offer innumerable hours of heart-wrenching work with children who have been abused or neglected.  The pay is paltry, the work is difficult, and appreciation is seldom heard.  If you would like to brainstorm ideas, feel free to contact me at pdubois1108@gmail.com or 207-890-0726.  

  
 
 
 
2015 Summer Camp Schedule
 

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

 

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

 
 
 
 

ERA Regional Residence

Shingle Project 2015

May 28-30, 2015

 

 

GOAL: 70 gifts @ $100 each

GOAL:  $7000 for materials

GOAL:  Volunteer Manpower                

 
 
Attention Church Clerks
 

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

 

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

 
 

SAVE THE DATE

 

Black logoThe Annual Eastern Regional Convention Date has been set!

 

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

 
 
ERA Board of Directors
 
 
Rev. Dr. Glenn Rice, President
Rev. Paul Carter, Vice  President
Rev. Allen Latimore, Clerk

Rev. Steve Baker, Heritage Conference Representative

Rev. Nick Foss, President, Maine State Conference

Rev. Chris Barton, 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

 
 

March 2015

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A Growing Network of Healthy Churches
Dear Lisa,
 

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

 
 
 

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

 
 
Affordable Care Act
 

From ACGC - February 25, 2015

By: Justin Nash


 

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

 

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

 

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


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


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


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

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


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

 

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

Posted in: A Word From Our Executive Director 

 
 
 
 
 

Northern Lights Youth Choir Tour

 

 
 
 
 
 

"Family of Families"


 

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

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

Implications for the Twenty-First-Century Home:

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

Links to other Paradigm #2 resources.

 
 
 
 
 

From The  Super Headeruper 

 

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

 

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

 

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


 


 

 

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


 

 

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


 


 

 
 Grace,  Greg
 
 

Pastor's Wives Appreciation Month

Suggestions for appreciating your pastor's wife.

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

About The Pastor's Wife

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


 

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

 
Endorsements

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

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

 
 
 

Get your calendar ready!

 

2015 Meetings Schedule

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

Guest Speaker:  Greg Twitchell

 

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

Guest Speaker:  Walid Shoebat


 

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

 

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

 

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

Guest Speaker:  Sam Warren

 

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

 
 

2015 Retreats and Conference Schedule

 

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

 

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

 

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

                                                                                                                Alton Bay, NH

 

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

                                                                                                              Alton Bay, NH

 

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

 
 
 
 

New England Expository Preaching Institute

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

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

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

 

Click here for more information 

and to sign up for a regional event near you!

 
 
Word of Life Christian Leadership
 

  
 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

Affordable Care Act

Northern Lights Youth Choir Tour

Family of Families

From the Super

Pastor's Wives Appreciation Month

Get Your Calendar Ready!

New England Expository Preaching Institute

Word of Life Christian Leadership

Vision New England

2015 Penny Crusade

Advent Christian Prayer Summit

Musing -by Rev. Clayton Blackstone

Book Review by Dr. Sam Warren

Minister to Those Who Minister

2015 Summer Camp Schedule

2015 Shingle Project

Attention Church Clerks!

SAVE THE DATE!

Early Adventist - Organization of the State of Maine

 
 
 
Vision New England Brings
Leadership Workshop to ABCCC
 

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

 

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

 

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

"Hard-Fought Leadership Lessons I have Learned".

 

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

1.  All Leadership in Intensely Spiritual

2.  Great Leadership is Relentlessly Developmental

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

DATE:  April 21, 2015

TIME:   1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Registration Fee:  $25.00

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 
 
2015 Penny Crusade
 

News from our Asia Pacific Area Director Jeff and Penny Vann

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 
 
 
 
Advent Christian Prayer Summit
 
 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

The registration deadline is April 27. 
 

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

 
 
 
 
 
Just A Tractor
 

Clayton BlackstoneMusing - Rev. Clayton Blackstone

 

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

-      Thomas a' Kempis

 

I broke a man's tractor on Tuesday.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

1 Psalm 42.1,2 NIV

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

3 Psalm 42.5,11 NIV

 
 
 
Book Review by Dr. Sam Warren

 

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

                                                              

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

 

Dr. Sam Warren | Director of Nurture

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

 
 
 
Minister to Those Who Minister

By Phil Dubois

 

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

 

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

 

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

 
 
 
2015 Summer Camp Schedule
 

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

 

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

 
 
 
 

ERA Regional Residence

Shingle Project 2015

May 28-30, 2015

 

 

GOAL: 70 gifts @ $100 each

GOAL:  $7000 for materials

GOAL:  Volunteer Manpower                

 
 
Attention Church Clerks
 

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

 

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

 
 

SAVE THE DATE

 

Black logoThe Annual Eastern Regional Convention Date has been set!

 

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

 
 

Early Adventist organization in the state of Maine.

 

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

 

Click here to view the two articles in one document.

1.  ADVENT  HERALD

     09 Mar 1850, p. 47

     Conference At South China, ME

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

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

  

Rev. Gregory Twitchell, Superintendent

 

Miss Carolyn Schaeffner, Administrative Secretary

 

January/February 2015

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January/February 2015
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A Growing Network of Healthy Churches
 
Dear Lisa,
 

If you are reading this newsletter, you are probably part of a church.  And most of these churches have pastor's wives.  We would like to encourage you all receiving this newsletter to encourage your Pastor's wife to consider attending the Pastors' Wives Retreat - held on April 10-12, 2015.


 

This will be held at the Anchorage Inn (265 Long Beach Avenue, York Beach, ME.)  


 

This is a fun-filled weekend where relationships are built while basking in the Lord and the fellowship of small groups.  This year's theme is "The Year of the Unexpected"  


 

For more information contact Faye Reynard at pwretreat@myfairpoint.net or by phone (207) 647-8418.

 

Why not give your pastor's wife a treat and pay her way!  Scholarships are available as well.

 

Cut-off date for registration is March 27, 2015

 
 
 

Church Based Theological Education

 

Paradigm Shifts - (2 of 12)

 

We will continue to explore new ideas in this series on Paradigm Shifts. 

 

We sent out an e-mail to all of our Pastors with material on the topic of Church Based Theological Education.  This subject is near and dear to my heart as I believe that Leadership Development is crucial to the future of our churches.  There is a lot of great content in the articles and video that we have sent out and that are available here.

 

Join President Steve Brown, Dr. Steve Kemp, Dr. Sam Warren and Greg Twitchell as they discuss leadership development, training planters in the third world, theological education, and First Principals.  See if you agree with their assessment that every church and Pastor needs to consider how they can be involved in training people locally.

 

ARTICLES BY JEFF REED

 We also want to provide you with some reading that will explain further the history of education and why this shift is important today.  Jeff Reed is the founder of BILD International and is the Producer of the Antioch School Courses and First Principles booklets.  These articles were written to help us rethink our current model of education and to champion the idea that every believer should be discipled, taught theology, and equipped for ministry, not just those who can afford to go to Bible Colleges and Seminaries.  While he believes that there is still an important place for these institutions of higher learning, he would argue that they aren't the only way to accomplish education.  Please take some time to read through these articles and consider how God may use this model in our context in the future.

 

Church Based Theological Education: Creating a New Paradigm
Church Based Theological Education: Creating a New Paradigm describes the shifts taking place in formal education, reviews the biblical principles of theological education, and proposes a new model of theological education rooted in the local church and shepherded by a qualified leadership team of elders and ministers of the gospel.
 http://www.antiochschool.edu/download/general/1_Creating%20a%20New%20Paradigm.pdf

 

Church-Based Theology: Creating a New Paradigm
Church Based Theology: Creating a New Paradigm addresses the fragmented, scientific approach taught today in formal institutions and proposes a new model of theology that is rooted in wisdom and whose focus is the strength and shepherding of local churches.
http://www.bild.org/download/paradigmPapers/5_Church%20Based%20Theology.pdf

 

Church-Based Hermeneutics: Creating a New Paradigm
Church Based Hermeneutics: Creating a New Paradigm proposes a model of interpreting and using the Scriptures in local churches that replaces the act of interpreting as a strictly individualistic endeavor, with an endeavor that is shared by a local church functioning as a critical-thinking learning community.
http://www.bild.org/download/paradigmPapers/6_Church%20Based%20Herm.pdf

 

Church-Based Ministry Training Which is Truly Church-Based
Church-Based Ministry Training Which is Truly Church-Based tackles the complex issue and question: "What makes a training program truly church based, rather than institutionally or organizationally based?"
 http://www.bild.org/download/paradigmPapers/Truly_Church_Based.pdf


 

In the New Testament we see Paul making statements about everyone being a mature follower of Christ, (Hebrews 6:1; Colossians 1:28).  In our culture today, we seem to be content to just have the pews full on Sunday.  Apparently believing that simply by getting people to sit through our preaching from week to week we will produce mature disciples.  I believe that it requires a much more intentional effort to make disciples, that includes mentoring for character development, ministry involvement for development of spiritual gifts, and study to be Biblically literate and able to apply theology to our cultural setting. 

 

For a long time the church has assumed that this level of development was the responsibility of the Bible Colleges and Seminaries and that the local church was not equipped to prepare people for ministry.  I would disagree.  I believe that Paul created a model in the New Testament whereby people could be developed in the local church for ministry and that we can still do this today.  The local church is uniquely situated and gifted to equip believers.  Eph. 4:11-16 teaches us that the role of Pastors is to equip the believers for ministry.  And that they should work at it till "we all attain to the unity of the faith and knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood."  This tells me that we can equip people through the local church in every way to provide the faith and knowledge they need to be mature in Christ. 

 

It's time that the church began equipping the saints, instead of attracting spectators.  I believe that this is a very important topic and that we can all learn a lot more about taking our churches to the next level of leader development.  I hope that you will check out these free resources, and sign up for one of the online discussion groups we will have on the following dates:

 

Discussion Group

Do you agree or disagree?  Or perhaps you have further questions?  Either way, we would like to invite you to participate in the discussion group that we are scheduling.  Please click the link below to register for this free discussion groups.  This group is not intended to be a lecture, nor are we expecting to come out with a plan to change the world.  We are anticipating some good times of discussion.  Members of the Panel Discussion will host the group.  We will utilize a program called Web Ex to host these online videoconferences.  You will need a computer with a web-cam and high speed Internet to participate. 

Friday February 13, at 7 p.m.
Group Leaders:  Steve Brown and Steve Kemp 

 
 
 
 

From The  Super Headeruper 

 

As always I want to Praise the Lord in this mini report to you all for God's goodness and provision!  I am pleased to announce that God provided for our financial needs through your generous giving.  We ended the year $700 above expenses and spent less than we had budgeted. 

 

We are working on plans for recruiting and training leadership to plant and pastor in Canada.  Please join us in praying for God to move in our Sister Country. 

 

I was pleased to be able to attend the Faith Community Church in Windsor, CT as Pastor Jonathan Price, Pastor Joel Peck and his wife Jennifer were all given the right hand of fellowship as new members.  Their annual meeting was held and we were able to celebrate God's provision in this Revitalization Church.

 

I was able to visit with Merle Beal and see the completed chimney work that many of you donated toward.  Praise God that the funds came in and the work was completed before winter.

 

I participated in the Ordination and Installation service for Pastor Ed Cilley in Dover, New Hampshire.  It was a wonderful celebration with a full house made up of family, and members of the Emmanuel and Dover churches.  Art Stone brought the message and many others participated.  

 
 

I praise God for how He is at work in so many places.  Praise God for new leadership, new plant possibilities, and developing leaders!  God is good!  All the time!

 
 
 Grace,  Greg
 
 

2015 Financial Partners Needed

 

New ERA VisionMonthly Ministry Partners

Monthly Ministry Partners are people who share our passion to reach a lost world with the message of a soon returning Savior.  As a result, they have committed to join with us by giving to the work of the ERA on a monthly basis.  You can join this group of highly motivated, dedicated workers who are committed to helping us underwrite our various regional ministries listed above by giving a set gift each month.


 

Why is it important?

Everything we do at the Eastern Regional Association is possible because of your financial support.  ERA isn't built on huge gifts; it's the collective power of many gifts that drives us.  Please know that any amount is appreciated and will make an eternal impact and will help us to plan for and sustain future ministry.  We are so appreciative of the many people who are dedicated to God's Word and to faithfully partnering with this ministry. 


 

Everything we do at the ERA is possible because of your partnership.  United with us to reach the world with the gospel of Jesus Christ.


 

Why invest in the ERA?

¨ Providing resources and services that equip, empower, and encourage our churches and those they serve to love God with all their heart, soul, mind, and strength.

¨ Pastors and their families throughout the Region are spiritually and emotionally healthier because of the resources and services made available through the Regional Ministries.

¨ New church leaders and pastors are being cultivated around the Region through educational partnerships and ERA training events .

¨ The future of our Association of churches/ministries in the Eastern Region is dependent upon the decisions and investments that we make today.

 

Click here for a 2015 Eastern Regional Ministries Brochure

 
 
 
 

SAVE THE DATE

 

Black logoThe Annual Eastern Regional Convention Date has been set!

 

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

 
 

ERA Regional Residence

Shingle Project 2015

May 28-30, 2015

 

 

GOAL: 70 gifts @ $100 each

GOAL:  $7000 for materials

GOAL:  Volunteer Manpower                

 
 
Attention Church Clerks
 

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

 

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

 
 
2014 Apportionment Giving
 

Black logoBy clicking on the document below you will see the 2014 Apportionment Giving.

 

Thank you for your continued financial support.  May you be richly blessed for your commitment.

 
 
 

Get your calendar ready!

 

2015 Meetings Schedule

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

Guest Speaker:  Greg Twitchell

 

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

Guest Speaker:  Walid Shoebat

 

Heritage Conference                      TBA                                        TBA

 

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

 

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

Guest Speaker:  Sam Warren

 

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

 
 

2015 Retreats and Conference Schedule

 

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

 

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

 

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

                                                                                                                Alton Bay, NH

 

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

                                                                                                              Alton Bay, NH

 

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

 
 
In This Issue

Paradigm Shifts

From the Super

2015 Financial Parnters Needed

SAVE THE DATE!

2015 Shingle Project

Attention Church Clerks!

2014 Apportionment Giving

Get Your Calendar Ready!

Musing -by Rev. Clayton Blackstone

Book Review by Dr. Sam Warren

Winter 2015 Antioch Course Offerings

2015 Summer Camp Schedule

 
 
 
We Shall Get There Some Day
 

Clayton BlackstoneMusing - Rev. Clayton Blackstone

 

Rivers know this: there is no hurry.

We shall get there some day.

-    Winnie the Pooh

 

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


 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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


 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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


 

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

Easier said than done.

 

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


 

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

 

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


 

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

"If you want to live life free;

"Take your time, go slowly,

"Do few things, but do them well,

"Heart felt joys are Holy."[vi]


 

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

 

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

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

[iii] Exodus 14.14 NIV

[iv] Psalm 37.1,7 NIV

[v] Psalm 46.10 NIV

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

 

© 2013 Clayton Blackstone

 
 
 
 
Book Review by Dr. Sam Warren

 

I recently read J.D. Greear's book concerning the Holy Spirit and it made a significant impact on my life.  In this month's newsletter, I am happy to recommend it as your next book! 

 

Here's what others say...

Why does God often feel more like a doctrine we know about than a Person we know? Why do so many of us think of Christianity as a lifestyle to which we conform, rather than a God with whom we commune?

Jesus gave his disciples the audacious promise that it was to their advantage he go back to heaven because the Holy Spirit could then come to live inside of them. How many of us consider our connection to the Holy Spirit so strong and so real that we would call his presence in us better than Jesus beside us?


 

Author J.D. Greear asks those questions because throughout his Christian life he felt disconnected to God and unsure about how to interact with him. Although he had learned a lot of truths about God, he sensed very little relationship with him-at least, not the dynamic, two-way relationship he really wanted. He tried to have such a relationship, but all of God's work seemed stockpiled in the past: he created the world, died on a cross, and left a Bible. God seemed like a busy teacher who had given an assignment and then stepped out of the room, leaving students to get the work done on their own.

 

But Greear discovered it doesn't have to be like that. Not at all. In clear and practical language, he explains how any follower of Jesus can have a satisfying, powerful relationship with God through the Holy Spirit.

While many books about the Holy Spirit get stuck in secondary questions that divide believers, The God Factor focuses on a central, truth that unites us: God wants to be vitally present in and through his people. This truth, though central, is sadly neglected. This generation of Christians-mission-driven but burned out, weary, and longing for joy-desperately needs to recover the dynamic presence of God. And the good news is that God wants us to have exactly that.

 

Dr. Sam Warren | Director of Nurture

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

 
 
 

Winter 2015 Antioch Course Offerings

Antioch Banner

 

Leadership Development 

For Everyone In Your Church

 

I am pleased to report that we have the following number of people taking Antioch Courses this Winter:

 
Acts 7 participants
 
Pauline (afternoon) 4 participants
 
Pauline (evening) 6 participants
 
Leaders  5 participants
 
Preaching 7 participants
 
Interpreting 2   3 participants
 

Besides these folks, we also have groups in other Regions and many local churches offering live classes as well, including: Windham, State Road, Meredith, Haverhill, Lennox, and Charlton.  Praise God for this expanding ministry of equipping leaders for ministry!

 

 
 
 
2015 Summer Camp Schedule
 

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

 

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

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

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

  

Rev. Gregory Twitchell, Superintendent

 

Miss Carolyn Schaeffner, Administrative Secretary

 

December 2014

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December 2014                                                                                                           EASTERN REGIONAL ASSOCIATION

 
A Growing Network of Healthy Churches
 
 
 

We pray that you and your family are exceedingly, abundantly blessed and highly favored by our Father in Heaven.  Christmas provides an excellent opportunity for us to thank Him for his wonderful Son, and the fulfillment of the Promise that we see all through Scripture, as well as to thank him for one another.  We truly appreciate you and your life and ministry and we pray that God will continue to bless you and use you till the day He calls us home.  May we each be salt and light in this dark world, making a difference one disciple at a time by fulfilling His great mission for us.

 

May the Father of Lights who came in the form of a man and lived among us, make your CHRISTmas season a bright and joyous time!  

 
 

Paradigm Shifts - Introduction (1 of 12)

 

In the coming months we are planning to provide a series of follow up resources and discussions around some of the specific Paradigm Shrifts that we feel are important.  Rev. Steve Brown launched this series of study in his excellent address on the subject at the 2014 Convention.  The emphasis of his message was for us to, "Let us commit ourselves to embrace the project of reading Luke and the Apostles to validate the presence of a paradigm philosophy of church planting and expansion."  He encouraged us to look to scripture to find the answers to the changes that are necessary in our approach to missions, theological education, planting, leadership development, and even our church models and practice. 

 

I would like to have us study and discuss together 5 Key paradigm shifts that I believe are crucial for the church today.  Here is the line up and what we have planned:

 

1.  Church based Theological Education (November)

a.  Paradigm Papers by Jeff Reed

b.  Panel discussion between Steve Brown, Steve    Kemp, and Sam Warren

2.   Family of Families (February)

a.  Provide study guide

b.  WebEx multiple small groups for 6 week study

3.   Plurality of Elders (March/April)

a.  Provide book "Church Elders" by Rinne

b.  Discussion groups held around Region

4.   Spontaneous Expansion (Planting) (May/June)

a.  Provide Encyclical on "Spontaneous Expansion"

b.  Video provided
c.  Speaker lined up

5.   Church Gatherings (September/October)

a.  Provide Encyclical on "Churches of the 1st Century"

b.  Discussion Groups
 

 Along with providing these resources, creating videos, holding discussion groups, and bringing in a speaker, I hope to speak to the issues through this column each month in the Regional Newsletter.  I hope that we will be able to learn, grow, discuss, and become stronger leaders through all of this. 

 

A friend of mine says, "I'm not a one time learner!"  Meaning that it's okay to hear things twice, or that it may take more than one message to really get it.  I hope that through all of these different approaches we can all learn and apply something to our ministries that will prepare us for the important shifts that lie ahead.  

 
 
 
From The  Super Headeruper 
 

I would like address an important study in my column this month.  I learned about a study that was commissioned by Ligonier Ministries and carried out by LifeWay Research.  They conducted a survey of Americans from all walks of life, asking them questions about what they believe regarding Heaven, Hell, Jesus, and Scripture.  Here is an info graphic with some of the results that they found:  

 

 

According to this, only 48% believe that "the Bible is the Word of God" and 45% believe that there are "many ways to heaven".  I'm not overly alarmed by what Americans in general believe, because we know that relatively few Americans are biblically literate or have a relationship with Jesus.  What I do find alarming is the statistics on Evangelicals.  While they answered more closely to what we believe scripture teaches, I do find it disconcerting that half of all believers believe that we are "by nature good", or that 24% believe that the Bible isn't always accurate in what it teaches.  Can we trust that these views are held by people in someone else's church?  Certainly no one who has sat under our teaching ministry would hold these views, right?  This link will provide you with a questionnaire that I have created using the same questions that LifeWay research used.  I would encourage you to print this out and give it to your congregation and see what the results are.  This could provide for an excellent teaching series for you this winter!  

 Grace,  Greg

 
 
Report on 2014 Annual Convention
 

The 2014 Eastern Regional Convention was held on October 18th in a one day format at the State Street Church in Portsmouth, NH.  A one-day Convention was held to encourage leaders to attend the Triennial Convention held in June in Charlotte by ACGC.  We anticipated reduced numbers due to the change but had basically the same turnout as we have had for the past several years.  

 
State Street Church Worship Team and attendees!
 

Our business session was led by President Rice, and all the reports and business were conducted in a timely manner.  Reports were given by BICS, Vernon Homes, Berkshire, Director of Nurture Sam Warren, Director of Outreach Jeff Walsh, and Superintendent Twitchell, as well as the Regional Officers.  

ERA President, Rev. Dr. Glenn Rice
 

Our music was led by Ms. Jean Eisenstatt with several hymns on the keyboard and by the State Street Church worship team.  

Ms. Jean Eisenstaff leading in worship
 

The Keynote address was brought by Rev. Steve Brown of BICS.  His message was on Paradigm Shifts and a copy of it can be downloaded here.  A series of specific Paradigm Shifts will be looked at by our leaders in the coming months.

 

The Keynote address was brought by Rev. Steve Brown of BICS.  His message was on Paradigm Shifts and a copy of it can be downloaded here.  A series of specific Paradigm Shifts will be looked at by our leaders in the coming months.  Also, below

is the link for the video of Rev. Brown's presentation.

ERA Convention 2014 SteveBrown
ERA Convention 2014 SteveBrown
 
 

Prayer of blessing over Superintendent Greg Twitchell
and his wife Missy

 

Praise God for a good time of gathering, business, and preparation for future ministry!

 
 
 

Convention Reports are available for printing from our website.

 
 
 
 

SAVE THE DATE

 

Black logoThe Annual Eastern Regional Convention Date has been set!

 

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

 
 

ERA Regional Residence

Shingle Project 2015

 

 

GOAL: 70 gifts @ $100 each

GOAL:  $7000 for materials

GOAL:  Volunteer Manpower                  Spring 2015

 
 
Attention Church Clerks
 

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

 

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

In This Issue

Paradigm Shifts

From the Super

Report of the 2014 Annual Convention

SAVE THE DATE!

2015 Shingle Project

Attention Church Clerks!

Musing -by Rev. Clayton Blackstone

Is Your Church Reaching Out to Orphans this Christmas?

Book Review by Dr. Sam Warren

Winter 2015 Antioch Course Offerings

2015 Financial Parnters Needed

 
 
 
A Lesson in Power-Looking
 

Clayton BlackstoneMusing - Rev. Clayton Blackstone

 

"If you want to make God laugh, tell him about your plans."  - Woody Allen

 

After the fiasco that was our last wedding anniversary celebration, God and Hazel are now amused by similar things.

 

Sometimes these commemorations border on the predictable - dinner out, sometimes even on the actual wedding date. But on occasion I outdo myself and God and Hazel laugh.

 

I planned for our thirty-ninth year of marriage to begin at a Bed and Breakfast a few miles up the road from Acadia National Park. I paid a premium for a room from which we could hear, see and smell the ocean. The prospect of walking through the advertised English gardens hand in hand with my bride added a romantic touch to an evening that included a spare-no-expense dinner over leisured conversation. On Saturday we would explore a section of the Maine coast we had never visited.

 

"But Mousie, you are not alone / In proving that foresight may be vain" wrote 18th century poet, Robert Burns. "The best laid schemes of mice and men / Go oft astray / And leave us nothing but grief and pain / Instead of promised joy." [1]

 

On Friday it rained - not just a little shower but a downpour that scuttled walking in the English gardens. The fog rolled in so thick we could not make out the ocean on the other side of the highway. The B&B turned out to be a somewhat restored old farmhouse with a postage stamp bathroom and a mattress better suited for Motel 6. And our dinner entertainment  - a party of twelve whose voices, loosed by multiple beverages of choice, made dinner conversation impossible.

 

We went to bed hoping the fog would go out with the tide, but Saturday dawned a carbon copy of Friday. We drove the shoreline with our windows down to smell the ocean we couldn't see.

Maybe God was enjoying a good laugh, but I'd spent too much money to see the humor. We stopped for coffee at a shop promising great pastries and gifts in abundance. Just to the left of the men's room door, a collection of stunning photos of moose, deer, coastal scenes and spectacular New England fall colors caught Hazel's eye.

 

I feigned interest until three pictures taken in the fog drew my attention: a bull moose obscured by vapor and underbrush, two young calf moose staring into the camera, and waves crashing against the rock, the spray melting into the mist.

 

The hours past flashed before me as I mused about what I might have missed because I allowed frustration with failed plans to sour my soul.

 

The world looks different to a photographer than it does to me. I see an image that may freeze the moment in a way that screams "Boring!" while the eye of a photographer apprehends light, details, shadows, highlights, shapes and how they interact with each other.

 

But I don't just miss beauty in the fog; I miss it in the sunlight. I miss it as I try to keep pace with a world harried by the notion that the more we know the better we will be. I interact with others through blogs, emails, texts and tweets that promote haste instead of patient attentiveness and leisured conversation.

 

As a result, "I don't see things clearly. I'm squinting in a fog, peering through a mist. But it won't be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright! I'll see it all then, see it all as clearly as God sees me, knowing him directly just as he knows me!" [2]

 

Like Robert Waldron, I love the idea of leisured walks "...quiet enough for me to be attentive to spring's first beauty... Few of the joggers and walkers take notice of what is around them, intent only on their physical regime. I say the hell with flat stomach and rock-hard calves. I'd rather be a sponge absorbing spring's loveliness, which whispers, 'look now.' Instead of power-walking, I power-look." [3]

 

I wish I loved the practice of power-looking as much as I love the idea. Maybe then I'd see more of what the Master Photographer sees in the fog.

 

[1] Robert Burns. "To a Mouse On Turning Up Her Nest with the Plough"

[2] a personalization of 1 Corinthians 13.12 The Message

[3] Robert Waldron. Walking with Kathleen Norris. (New York; Paulist Press, 2007), 13.

 
 
 
Is Your Church Reaching Out to Orphans this Christmas?
 

Merry Christmas!  What a joyous, wonderful season!  Yet every year, the Christmas season also reminds us of those less-fortunate around us.  People are at their finest when they are supporting one another incharity and compassion.

The Christmas season can also bring a great deal of stress.  In some families, stress can build up to dangerous levels.  Homes that have been on the verge of abuse may cross that line.  Many times, Christmas is the season when children come into foster care.  Imagine what should be a joyful occasion, suddenly turning into a time when you're homeless, without familiar belongings, powerless, confused, angry, and alone.  Although children are in foster care through no fault of their own, they often take the blame upon themselves, adding to their emotional burden.

 

Why do we give gifts at Christmas?  We emulate the first Christmas in two ways.  First, God recognized the hopeless and helpless condition of mankind, and provided the gift of eternal life through His Son, Jesus Christ.  In the same way, we give gifts to those who are in need; we bless because we are blessed.  Secondly, the Wise Men brought gifts to the Christ-child as an act of worship.  Likewise, we give gifts to those we love. 

 

Is your church reaching out to orphans this Christmas?  Children in the foster care system are often overlooked.  State budgets rarely have money available for gifts for children in foster care.  Reach out to your local Child Protective Agency and ask how you can help a child with Christmas gifts.  In this way, you can be demonstrating God's love, both for us and through us. 

 

On another note, how did you observe Orphan Sunday?  Christian Alliance for Orphans is the international organization that coordinates Orphan Sunday.  In their December blog post, they profiled the successes in Maine!  Read the blog here:  http://www.christianalliancefororphans.org/blog/2014/12/09/orphan-sunday-reaches-every-corner-of-the-u-s/

 

Merry Christmas to all!

 
 
 
 
Book Review by Dr. Sam Warren
 

Recently, I had the opportunity and privilege to visit the Brooklyn Tabernacle in New York City.  It was an incredible blessing.  Not only did I get a chance the hear their famous choir but I was there on the day that Pastor Jim Cymbala's new book, "The Storm" was released.  I have now read the book and found it to be very good.  In fact, the Lead Team SE is now reading as our book of choice.  Below you find a description of this new book. Enjoy


 

Storm: What Jesus Is Saying to His Church is a book for every Christian who is concerned about the challenges that face believers today. Using powerful stories of people who have been transformed by Christ, it will strike a note of encouragement and hope, helping Christians to remember that a life surrendered to Christ in the midst of a church transformed by his presence cannot be defeated. No amount of spiritual darkness or cultural pressure can drown out the life-giving power of the gospel.


 

Jim Cymbala believes that the church in America is in the middle of a powerful storm, the intensity of which is likely to increase in coming months and years. Many Christians are bewildered, disheartened, and concerned by what they see-a culture that's become increasingly hostile to biblical Christianity and a church whose vital signs are quickly waning. Like the storm surge that overtook lower Manhattan during Hurricane Sandy, powerful forces have come together to create a surge that's threatening the health of the church.


 

 Storm will talk about the tendency on the right and on the left to conflate the kingdom of God with a particular political party. Many conservative Christians have made the mistake of substituting America for the Israel of the Old Testament, failing to realize the danger of adopting Old Testament principles that were never affirmed in the New Testament. Their message has sometimes been harsh and legalistic, making it difficult for them to proclaim a gospel of grace. Even though there is a great deal of emphasis on the Bible in such churches, it can often be the wrong emphasis.


 

Jim Cymbala will explore the importance of preaching a gospel of grace rather than a gospel of mixed messages, so common in the church today. He will speak of our need to understand spiritual battles and for total dependence on the Holy Spirit, and he will discuss the importance of prayer. He will also explore the motivational atmosphere of the early church which flourished despite far worse conditions than those we face today. We don't need more church growth programs to turn the church around. What's needed is a transformation at the heart of the church so that the gospel is preached, the Holy Spirit is allowed to lead, and lives are transformed.


 

 
 

Winter 2015 Antioch Course Offerings

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Leadership Development 

For Everyone In Your Church

 

We would like to encourage all of our churches to take a group of current or potential leaders through one of these classes.

 

Classes begin the 3rd week of January and run for about 16 weeks for 1.5 hours weekly.

 

Internet connection and computer with web-cam required.

 
UpComing Courses:
1.  Acts

2.  Pauline Epistles

3.  Leaders in the Early Church

4.  Preaching/Teaching & Worship in the Early Church

5.  Interpreting the Word 2

 

$30 cost of course (after $60 scholarship which is available to the first 100 people who register)

 
Registration Deadline - January 9
 

To Register - Click here

 
 

2015 Financial Partners Needed

 

New ERA VisionMonthly Ministry Partners

Monthly Ministry Partners are people who share our passion to reach a lost world with the message of a soon returning Savior.  As a result, they have committed to join with us by giving to the work of the ERA on a monthly basis.  You can join this group of highly motivated, dedicated workers who are committed to helping us underwrite our various regional ministries listed above by giving a set gift each month.


 

Why is it important?

Everything we do at the Eastern Regional Association is possible because of your financial support.  ERA isn't built on huge gifts; it's the collective power of many gifts that drives us.  Please know that any amount is appreciated and will make an eternal impact and will help us to plan for and sustain future ministry.  We are so appreciative of the many people who are dedicated to God's Word and to faithfully partnering with this ministry. 


 

Everything we do at the ERA is possible because of your partnership.  United with us to reach the world with the gospel of Jesus Christ.


 

Why invest in the ERA?

¨ Providing resources and services that equip, empower, and encourage our churches and those they serve to love God with all their heart, soul, mind, and strength.

¨ Pastors and their families throughout the Region are spiritually and emotionally healthier because of the resources and services made available through the Regional Ministries.

¨ New church leaders and pastors are being cultivated around the Region through educational partnerships and ERA training events .

¨ The future of our Association of churches/ministries in the Eastern Region is dependent upon the decisions and investments that we make today.

 

Click here for a 2015 Eastern Regional Ministries Brochure

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

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

  

Rev. Gregory Twitchell, Superintendent

 

Miss Carolyn Schaeffner, Administrative Secretary

 

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October 2014



A Growing Network of Healthy Churches



Dear Lisa,

Eastern Regional Association

Annual Meeting

Saturday, October 18, 2014

 

Eastern Regional Association ONE DAY annual meeting * on Saturday, October 18, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.  Held at the State Street Advent Christian  Church, Portsmouth, NH 03801 (634 State Street). You can register on-line.  Click here

 
Deadline for registering is October 10.
 

Our speaker for the day will be Rev. Steve Brown, President of Berkshire Institute of Christian Studies.  

 

*Our annual meeting this year will not be a convention due to the ACGC Triennial  Convention happening in June.  We would like to encourage you to attend this event happening every three years for our denomination.

 
 
 

October is Pastor Appreciation Month

 
By Diana Davis
 
 

Clueless! That's how many churches feel as they contemplate how to express gratitude to their cherished leaders for Pastor Appreciation Month each October. Here are 10 suggestions to get the creative juices flowing.

 
1. Lots of Letters

On Sunday before Pastor Appreciation Day, distribute stamped envelopes addressed to the pastor. An instruction note invites each church member to write and mail a personal note of encouragement and appreciation to the pastor during the week.

 
2. Award T-shirt

Special order a "Best Pastor in _______" T-shirt, cap, or plaque, and present it with flourish.

 
3. Original Art

Laminate bookmarks created by the children in your church, featuring their art and signatures. Allow kids to present the bookmarks to the pastor personally.

 

4. Church in a Frame

Prepare a beautifully framed photo or painting of the church building. Even better: take a group photo of church members in front of the building. Use extra wide matting and ask every church member to sign the mat before adding glass.

 

5. Helpful Commentaries

Purchase a full set of Bible commentaries. Allow various groups, such as Bible classes, committees or church organizations, to present one book of the set, individually wrapped with their personal notes of appreciation on the inside pages.

 

6. Video Presentation

Create a presentation of photos and video of the pastor(s) in action during the past year. Set it to music, and play it as a pre-service video.

 
7. Public Thanks

Take out a full-page ad in your local newspaper, featuring a photo of your pastor and a declaration of your church's love and appreciation. Even better: Add every member's signature on the ad.

 
8. Office Makeover

Do a surprise office makeover, with the pastor's wife's input, of course. Consider fresh paint, updated décor, new furniture, and even a computer or technology upgrade.

 
9. Favorite Things

Think of one small thing your pastor enjoys, such as M&Ms, fishing lures, coffee, etc. Ask each member to bring that item on Sunday, i.e. one bag, any size, of M&Ms. Supply extras for guests or forgetful members.

 

10. 30 Days of Appreciation

Use an October calendar to schedule volunteers for a month-long schedule of surprise treats. Each day of the month, the pastor will receive a surprise token of appreciation from a church member, committee or group within the church. The tributes can vary widely. Some ideas include: a balloon delivery, a shoe shine, an apple pie, or a gift certificate. After a whole month of pleasant surprises, won't your pastor feel appreciated?

 

And won't God be honored by your acts of love for His servant? Don't forget to include a sincere note with specific reasons you appreciate the minister's spiritual leadership, dedication, time and commitment.

 

Honor God by honoring His servants, with a thoughtful, personalized encouragement that fits your unique church and pastor.

 
 
 
Voddie Bauchman at Hope Church
Lenox Nov. 8-9
 

Family Shepherd Conference

 

Two Day Conference Schedule

 
Saturday, November 8
 

            9:00 - 10:15 AM                     Session One

            10:45 - Noon                          Session Two

            Noon - 1:30 PM                     * Lunch

            1:30 - 2:45 PM                       Session Three

 
Sunday, November 9
 

            9:30-10:30 AM                       Session Four

            10:45 - 12:15 PM                   Worship/Session Five

 

 Lunch will not be served.  There are numerous area restaurants for lunch options or you may bring a bag lunch.
 

  #Limited seating

  #Free will offering

  #Child care not provided

 

  Hosted by

  Hope Church

  249 Kemble Street

  Lenox, MA

  (413) 637-2212

 
 
 

Ordination of Rev. Joshua Brown

 

We would like to share that the blessing to be able to participate in the Ordination service for Josh Brown at Calvary Bible Church in Meredith, NH.  It was a wonderful service and celebration of God's work in Josh and a blessing on his life, ministry, and family.  Pictured here are the Elder and Pastors who laid hands on Josh and Kristin and prayed for them.

 

Josh is currently serving the body of Christ as associate pastor, worship leader, and youth director at Calvary Bible Church in Meredith, NH.  He and his wife Kristin have five children, Jessalyn, Ethan, Luke, Owen, and Truett.  Josh brings training from The Berkshire Institute for Christian Studies, Lancaster Bible College, and the Antioch School of Church Planting and Leadership Development.  

 
 
 
 
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September 24-27 Missie and I led our 7th  bus trip to Pennsylvania.  We had 93 people on 2 busses this year.  We had one bus from New England and one from Florida and North Carolina, with people coming from all across the U.S. and Canada.  It was a wonderful trip that included an incredibly funny comedy show at Hershey Farm, a hymn sing with Bruce and Sharon Marshall, sight seeing, shopping, and an amazing portrayal of the story of Moses at Sight and Sound Theater.  See more pictures and information at "Lancaster Trip ERA" on facebook.

 
 
 
 

In my role as Superintendent I have been very involved in helping several churches to find Pastoral Leadership and supply speakers for those churches in recent weeks.  I have been serving Emmanuel Church in Rochester, Hope Church in Dover, State Street Church in Portsmouth and Oxford AC Church in Oxford, ME.  Please keep these churches in your prayers as the listen for the Lord's leading in filling these important positions.  I would like to announce that Rev. John Tate has accepted the call to come to Emmanuel Church to serve as their Sr. Pastor.  John is pictured here preaching at Mechanic Falls Camp-meeting, one of the many camps he ministered at over the past summer.  

 

 
 

We have a large number of classes and learners taking part in Antioch School courses this Fall.  I am so pleased to see this level of engagement by our people as I believe that the health of our churches will be determined in part by the leaders who serve them.  Developing people needs to become the rallying cry of our churches.  Loving the lost - discipling every believer - and developing leaders should be the thrust of our ministries!  Check out the list of courses going on in the Eastern Region!

 
 
Acts
Web-ex
G. Twitchell
Wed. 5:30-7pm
Essentials
Web-ex
G. Twitchell
Wed. 3:30-5pm
Shepherding
Web-ex
R. Brown
Thurs. 3:30-5
Interpreting 1
Web-ex
D. Patterson
Tuesday 2-3:30pm
 
 
 
Fall
Pauline
Dover
G. Twitchell
Fall
Pauline
Lennox
D. Foss/S. Cobb
Sunday 5:30-7pm
Interpreting 2
Lennox
S. Brown
Thursdays 3:30-5pm
Leaders
State Road
G. Moody
Tuesdays 6:30pm
Interpreting 1
Windham
D. Patterson
TBA
Essentials
Haverhill
F. Jewett
TBA
Pauline
Charlton
B. Fabian
9/6, 10/4, 11/8, 12/6
Evangelism
Charlton
B. Fabian
9/13, 10/11, 11/15, 12/13
Essentials
Meredith
R. Brown
Fall
 
 
 
 
 

Buy a Brick Campaign - Westfield Advent 

Christian Church, Westfield, MA

 

Our church chimney needs to be brought down to roof level and rebuilt before winter sets in this year.  We have scheduled the work to be done in September, which will cost

about $3,000.
 
 
  
 
 

Here's how YOU can help us raise the $3,000:

Buy a brick (or more) for $10 each!**

 

It would take 300 people purchasing one brick each to reach $3,000

 
 

 It would take 150 people purchasing two bricks each to reach $3,000

All checks should be made payable to the church and mailed to:

 

Westfield Advent Christian Church

11 Washington Street
Westfield, MA 01085
 

Contributions are tax deductible to the fullest extent permitted by law.

 

For more information, contact Pastor Merle Beal at 413-485-8459 or merlebeal@gmail.com

 
 

Building our chimney ... brick by brick

Building God's church ... person by person

  

**You won't actually be purchasing a brick, but donating to the campaign to pay for the whole chimney rebuilding project.

 
 
 
 

Book Review by Dr. Sam Warren

 

The Grave Robber

By Mark Batterson
 

In the twentieth century, Rudolf Karl Bultmann, a German theologian popularized a belief that the miraculous should not be included in the Scriptures. It was known as demythologizing.  This view led many to adopt a limited view of inerrancy

 

Today, I am thankful for those who champion the miraculous in the Scriptures.  One such person is Mark Batterson.  In his new book, The Grave Robber Mark helps the reader to appreciate more than ever the miraculous nature of the Bible.  In this book the reader is encouraged to believe that the miraculous power of God can be and should active in the life of the believer and it all begins with our belief and relationship with Christ.

 

God is a miraculous God and he wants to be alive in the life and ministry of every believer.  Perhaps the best way to sum up the message of The Grave Robber is this:

 

Don't seek miracles

Follow Jesus

And if you follow Jesus long enough and far enough, you'll eventually find yourself in the middle of some miracles.

 

Book Review by Dr. Sam Warren

 

Sam is the Director of Nuture for the Advent Christian General Conference

 
 
 

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We would love to help promote your mission trip.  Contact the Eastern Regional Office (603) 332-1412 to provide information or if you have any questions.  

 
 
 
 
Profiles In Grace
 

Watch, for inspiration     

The original video series Profiles in Grace profiles 14 residents of Advent Christian Retirement Communities who, in their own words, provide snapshots of their quietly remarkable lives. Everyone involved in the video production has felt blessed to get to know these elders. 

 

You're invited to get to know them too by visiting the ACRC YouTube channel:  youtube.com/user/AdventChristianRC

 
 
 
 
 

Summer Ministry 2014 Reflection

By Tiffany Carter
 
Summer Ministry 2014 Reflection by Tiffany Carter

Summer Ministry 2014 Reflection by Tiffany Carter

 
 
 

ACGC Orphan Sunday -November 2

 

How will your church be observing Orphan Sunday?

 

Here are a few simple, practical ideas to highlight the needs of orphans in your church:

  • Post on your church's sign the verse from Psalm 68:5
  • Use a bulletin insert, such as the ones found at  http://www.bethany.org/main/national-adoption-month or http://orphansunday.org/osresources/posters-and-flyers/ 
  • Show a video during your service, such as those found at https://vimeo.com/channels/593323
  • Share a message on adoption.  Example outlines can be found at http://orphansunday.org/osresources/sermon-notes-and-resources/
  • Invite a guest speaker on the topic of adoption, either to deliver a sermon or to share a short message
  • Collect supplies needed by foster families.  (Hint: gift cards to Walmart are always welcome!)
  • Contact your local office of the Department of Health and Human Services.  Ask if you could host an appreciation lunch for foster/adoptive parents.
  • Show the live international webcast for Orphan Sunday.  Details can be found at http://orphansunday.org/guatemala/
  • Show an adoption-related, family-friendly movie and invite the community.  Include popcorn and drinks.
  • Host a prayer service specifically related to adoption issues and needs.
  • Host someone from an adoption agency for an informal information session for those who may be interested in foster/adoption care.
  • Contact DHHS staff about holding a collection campaign.  Items they often need:  suitcases, backpacks, teddy bears.  They may even provide Christmas wish lists for children in foster care.
Phil DuBois

Phone 207-890-0726

 
 
 
 
 
 

Berkshire Institute for Christian Studies

Class of 2014
 
 
 

BICS on the Kennebec River in Jackman, Maine--August 28,2014

PICTURED (l. to r.): Standing: Jake Pickens (residence staff), Nathan Smith, Live Oak, FL; Kristen Booth, Pittsfield, MA; Graham Hughey, Westminster, MD;  Nathan Smith, Live Oak, FL; Edwin Martinez, Pacoima, CA; Jaymeele Thomas, Norway, ME; 

Kneeling: Hannah Pickens (residence staff); Mike Tuttle, Director of Student Life; Abbey Dalzell, Norway, ME; Katherine Saunders (BICS staff); 

Sam Cobb (residence staff).

 
 

 
For more information go to BerkshireInstitute.org
 
 
 
Eastern Regional Association 
Fall Women's  Retreat
 

What an incredible turn-out for the annual Fall Women's Retreat held at Alton Bay Christian Conference Center on September 19-21.  115 women of all ages attended. Below are some pictures from the weekend.

Sharon VanAmburg McLaughlin was the speaker for the weekend.  Becky Taber Nicoll, President of the Eastern Regional Women's Home & Foreign Missions coordinator for the retreat.

Cousins by blood and by love
 

A group of girls climbed Mt.Major overlooking
Lake Winnipesaukee

 

 

 
 
 
A Sunday Driver Out Looking for Saturday

Musings by Clayton  Blackstone Clayton Blackstone

 

A month before Thanksgiving, my annual physical, the final lawn mowing of the season, and pants that don't button call for reruns of Perry Mason and Ben Matlock episodes as the endless belt of the treadmill turns. I've watched them enough to know basic story lines and that Matlock and Mason will uncover some piece of evidence missed by luckless police investigators and district attorneys so as to never lose a case.

Some days I'm racing ahead to the next scene or trying to figure out what the master attorneys noticed that I missed. On occasion I catch a line that didn't pop out first or second time through - a line like "These are the good old days." I don't remember why Ben said it and I don't remember what he said before or afterwards.

 

But the line stuck.

 

As I turned it over in my head, I remembered visiting senior saints as a wet-behind-the-ears pastor. They told me of their good old days. Of victories won, successes realized, joys savored, children raised, and houses built. Maybe I read something into them that wasn't there, but their speech seemed always tinted with overtones of sadness.

 

Somewhere along the way, I became them. I've overdosed on nostalgia enough to know I don't remember things as they were. My perception of events seldom matches the memory of others who lived them with me. The pleasantness with which I recall them borders on illusion.

 

Matlock brought me up short. One day I will refer to today as a "good old day." Sometime in the future I will wish I lived in today's today instead of tomorrow's today.

 

I can't think of a Bible verse that echoes this theme though there probably is one. It's one of those "if it isn't in the Bible it should be" statements - true and to the point even if I can't offer up chapter and verse.

 

In elementary school, I couldn't wait until high school. In high school, I rode a slow train to college. In college, I endured the drip of History of Civilization, Freshman English, Speech, Greek, Pastoral Theology and a slew of Old and New Testament courses. Sermons to preach, marriages to be mended and souls to be saved waited my liberation from the educational system that enslaved me. After graduation, I heeded my leadership mentors' challenge to chart one, five, ten and lifetime goals.

 

The apostle James warned about "...brashly announcing, 'Today-at the latest, tomorrow - we're off to such and such a city for the year. We're going to start a business and make a lot of money.' You don't know the first thing about tomorrow. You're nothing but a wisp of fog, catching a brief bit of sun before disappearing. Instead, make it a habit to say, 'If the Master wills it and we're still alive, we'll do this or that.'"[1]

 

There's a place for prayerful planning but not at the expense of picking our pockets of today's grace.

 

Horace, the leading Roman lyric poet during the time of Augustus, has risen to folklore fame with his line, "Carpe diem quam minimum credula postero - "Seize the Day, putting as little trust as possible in the future."

 

God graces me with today. A different today than the one He gifted me with at 7 or 18 or 50 but a today's today. A today I will one day look back on as a good old day. I best pay attention.

"After it's over, of course, you want to kick yourself for all the things you didn't see at the time. The Had-I-But-Known School of Private Investigation," Kinsey Milhorne, Sue Grafton's master detective once said. [2]

 

I've done enough kicking myself. These days, I want to see more than I've seen and miss less than I've missed. The next time I go for a Sunday drive, I think I'll listen for the sounds, look for the sights, and savor the smells of Today. A fresh Sunday trumps a stale Saturday any day.

 
[1] James 4.13-15 The Message

[2] Sue Grafton. "B" is for Burglar. (New York: Bantam, 1985), p.1.

 
 
 
 
 
ERA Board of Directors
 
Rev. Dr. Glenn Rice, President
Rev. Paul Carter, Vice  President
Rev. Allen Latimore, Clerk
Mrs. Karen Emerson,   Treasurer

Rev. Doug Tourgee, Heritage Conference Representative

Rev. Nick Foss, President, Maine State Conference

Rev. Dr. David Alves, President, Maranatha Conference

Rev. George Karl, President, New Life Conference

Rev. George Middleton, President, New York Conference

Rev. Ken Perkins, President, Nova Scotia Conference

Mr. Charlie Merrill, ERA Representative to ACGC

  
 

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

  

Rev. Gregory Twitchell, Superintendent

 

Miss Carolyn Schaeffner, Administrative Secretary

 

Eastern Regional Association
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When
Saturday October 18, 2014 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM EDT
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Where

State Street Church
634 State Street
Portsmouth, NH 03801
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Dear Lisa,

We would like to invite you to attend the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Regional Association.  This one day meeting will be held at the State Street Church in Portsmouth, NH.

 

Click on the link below to get more information or Register.

If you have any questions about the event or how to register please do not hesitate to contact the Eastern Regional Office.

 

Thank you for your attention and response, and I look forward to seeing you at the Annual Meeting.

 
Sincerely,
 

Carolyn  Schaeffner

Administrative Secretary

(603) 332-1412


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State Street Church
634 State Street
Portsmouth, NH 03801
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Dear Lisa,

We would like to invite you to attend the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Regional Association.  This one day meeting will be held at the State Street Church in Portsmouth, NH.

 

Click on the link below to get more information or Register.

If you have any questions about the event or how to register please do not hesitate to contact the Eastern Regional Office.

 

Thank you for your attention and response, and I look forward to seeing you at the Annual Meeting.

 
Sincerely,
 

Carolyn  Schaeffner

Administrative Secretary

(603) 332-1412

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September 2014
 
 
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.

 
 
 
Pastor Jesse Stevens
 

I recently began my involvement with Antioch classes and materials. In fact, it has been just over a year since I started. My introduction began with involvement in a small group, as a group in our church started with the First Principles Series book "Becoming a Disciple". The format of the study was a little bit different than pretty much every study I had previously done. There was more note taking, more reflection, and more discussion and probing questions in the class. It took a while to get used to that, but, once we did I realized that there was a benefit to the study format. It forced participants to really think through and process their conclusions, as well as apply the biblical truths to their setting. In fact, the last study of the six sessions, gives the group and participants a chance to review, summarize, and commit to some future action steps regarding some of the main points one had learned during the study. That first study, and the next two we completed within the course of the following year (Becoming a Family of Families, and Participating in the Mission of the Church), has really been challenging. As we completed each study lesson, and moved into the next studies, leaders have become more adept at facilitating the Socratic discussions, participants have gotten used to the nature of the study, and, we have made seen greater results coming out of the studies. I want to also point out, it isn't just the content of the study that one grows in. It is the method of study, and the development of critical biblical thinking that is a result of the studies that is of equal value to the participants.

 

I also had the opportunity to take the first four Leadership Series Classes with some other pastors via WebEx. It was great getting to know some of the pastors in the Northeast as we learned and were challenged together. It was not uncommon to for us pastors (some of which were veteran pastors of over 30 years) to say, "This has challenged my thinking". Or, "I haven't been focusing on that aspect in ministry in the past". These leadership Series Courses take students to a greater depth of study, address issues of church planting and multiplication on the local Church level, forces one to look at a systematic discipleship development process, and develops leaders of local churches by focusing on discipling individual household leaders to lead their families. This is not a comprehensive list, but some of the areas that we were challenged in the courses and seem to be catalytic types of issues.

 

Some of the positive results that I see that can be brought about using the Antioch School and BILD resources include: 1) Resources that are available to a local church that address discipleship and leadership development at any level. In other words, if a church only wanted to utilize small group materials, they could do that. If they only wanted to work on some leadership development with leaders within the church they could do that through the Leaders Series. But, they could work with some leaders that they have identified as gifted and called to ministry, and help prepare them for ministry be providing the context at a local Church for earning a degree - A B.S, a Master's, or a D.Min. Imagine that, church raising up and training their own leaders and pastors. Or, training and raising up pastors to be sent out to plant churches.

 

Antioch isn't just about offering degrees or materials either. The reality is, the nature of the Leaders Series, and First Principle Series cause participants to work through some foundational biblical issues in way that builds on each other. They continue to cause participants to recall previous conclusions, helping participants to develop biblically accurate understandings and processes to address various issues in the life of the Christian and the life of the local Church. It really is about a multi-pronged approach to disciple-making. The groups and classes address believers at any level of maturity, from "infants in Christ" to those who are "teachers". Anyone can benefit, and it can be used in a variety of settings.

 

Finally, as you go through the classes and/or studies, there are some "threads" that are included in each study that continue to help the participant see a bigger picture to local church life. Things like: What it means to live in a Christian household; How the local church parallels the Christian household; Church growth and church planting as a natural part of a cycle within a local church; The need for the local Church to establish believers, families and households in the faith, so the church is positioned for long-term, multigenerational impact. These are issues that are not necessarily included in other materials as you go from class to class, or group to group.

 

Throughout the course of study over this past 12 plus months, I have talked with numerous pastors and leaders. Some have been utilizing the Antioch and BILD resources for several years, while others are just becoming exposed to them. There are some concerns or potential pitfalls that are worth mentioning. First, sometimes as study goes on, the focus of the study can become very systematic and programmatic driven. Some of the courses do focus students on discovering some prescribed order to ministry. However, because each church, group leader, and group setting is different, there is latitude in the application of various conclusions. Another concern to address is the role of the facilitator. The facilitator of The First Principle and Leader Series Courses is crucial. They set the course of study. They force the participants to dig deeper. They help the class to discover and define biblical truth and develop biblical thinking. It is paramount that facilitators have some type of preparation for leading these groups/classes. At the very least there is a 6 session facilitators study available through Bild resources that every leader should go through before facilitating a class or group. Also beneficial would be to participate in a class or study. And finally, going through the Antioch Leadership Certification training helps to get an overview of some studies, Socratic process, and a bigger picture of more than just a few Bible studies or classes.

 

I want to conclude with this. While Antioch / BILD resources may not "The" solution to church discipleship, church leadership development, church planting, and church multiplication, it does offer some tested and biblically accurate solutions. In fact, they address issues in such a way that are inclusive of several ideas and concepts not included in other study / leadership development materials. In addition, the availability of the materials to the local church, the transferability to various church and cultural settings, the availability of the degree programs to students at the locale of the local church, and the affordability of different materials ($7 per Small group guide; $55-$75 per leaders course; and only $7,200 for tuition for each degree program - B.S., M.Div, or D.Min) make utilizing these resources something that should be looked at and tried by any church. It seems that instituting any leadership development or disciple-making process at a local church is lots of work. But personally, I would argue that utilizing the Antioch / BILD resources are well worth the effort that it would take to utilize any resource. And this particular resource encompasses many other areas not included in others. In fact, it has been my experience that Antioch could not only have a benefit at a local church level and within the lives of individuals in our local churches, but could also greatly benefit in helping our local churches be involved in the global expansion of the Kingdom.  

 
 
 

  

 

Larry Kreider writes: "American Christians have been conditioned to believe in what I call the "holy man" and "holy building" myths. Every Sunday morning, they expect to find the holy man in a holy building who will minister to their needs. The holy man must be the counselor and teacher and must be available twenty-four hours a day. Rather than becoming disciples and ministers, these well meaning Christians are merely consumers of ministry."     


 

 
 
 

Fall Courses

The goal for this Fall is for there to be an ACTS course being offered in all 5 regions of the country.  We have identified leaders who will offer the courses and are presently recruiting Pastors and Leaders in each Region to meet together for 15 weeks to gain an understanding of the value of leadership development through Antioch.  There are also local groups who will be meeting this fall to equip those in the local church/area, as well as online courses being offered in the Eastern Region to facilitate those who are ready for other courses.  The goal in all of this is for us to train Pastors in the material so that they can raise up a whole generation of actively engaged ministry leaders.  Contact the Regional office to register or for more info.  603-332-1412

 
 
 
 
 

Would you like to learn more about leading a Socratic Discussion?  Or how about designing a practicum?  There are various online meetings almost daily that are designed to help educate you about the way Antioch works.  You can become a certified leader, get immersed in a 2 day version of a course, or attend an e-luncheon and ask all of your burning questions.  Please click this link and check out all the helps that are available to you.

 
 
 
 
 
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Eastern Regional Annual Meeting
October 18, 2014 
State Street Church, Portsmouth NH


 

Guest Speaker:  Rev. Steve Brown, President Berkshire Institute of Christian Studies


 

We are pleased to announce that our guest speaker this year will be Rev. Steve Brown.  Steve has served as the President of BICS for over 20 years and as an educator, has been an advocate of Church based Theological education for some time.  Steve will be sharing with us on Paradigm Shifts that are transforming the church today and will continue to challenge our thinking in the days to come.  


 

For more information and to REGISTER ON LINE - Click here

 

 

 
 
 
HOPE CHURCH
November 8-9th
259 Kemble St., Lenox, MA


 

Will have Rev. Voddie Bauchman speaking on Saturday and Sunday.  Voddie is the author of a number of books including Family Driven Faith, and Family Shepherds.  He will be addressing the issue of being a family of families and what it means to have an integrated family ministry versus age segregated ministry.  He is the father of 9 children and has been married to Bridget since 1989.  He currently serves as Pastor of Preaching at Grace Family Baptist Church in Spring,Texas.  Please consider attending this event that fits so well with what we have learned through the Antioch School.  You can contact the church office for more information.  (413) 617-2212.  

 
 
 

August 2014

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