May 16, 2108                                                                  


Columbia Christian Fellowship recently held a baptism service. Eleven folks were baptized, ranging in age from 17-50. Some of them have come to know the Lord recently, others simply had never been baptized. It was a wonderful service.

Joseph Moussa gives praise for the hand of the Lord working greatly in both of the York and Harrisburg Arabic ministries.  They saw around 60 people attended the special meetings at York and 55 people at Harrisburg.  Joseph and Thana visited four families with the guest speaker.  One man got saved in one of the visits, and he attended the Harrisburg church on May 6.  Five other people were saved during the revival meetings and have attended services. They also had three baby dedications during the last month.

Glen Bayly reports the Lord blessed the recent Widows Banquet hosted by the Country Alliance Church.  It was attended by 53 widows, ten of whom made a first time commit and eleven rededicated their lives to the Lord.  Twenty-three churches were represented.  Contact Glen to find out more about how to host such an event.

Feel free to share Family News for publication in the Epad by writing to raynea.whitehead@epdcmalliance.org

The Great Commission is the Everyday Commission

Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.  And surely I will be with you always, to the very end of the age. - Matthew 28:19-20 (The Great Commission)

 We often think about the Great Commission in terms of world missions, and rightfully so.  In fact, several of the items mentioned in this E-pad have to do with our international work.  Great Commission ministry is also seen in our “Judea and Samaria.”  This week’s E-pad article about Greenhouse Church Training relates to an aspect of that regional ministry involving multiplying disciples and planting churches. 

The Great Commission also has application closer to home.  The beginning of the Great Commission could be translated, “as you go, make disciples ...”!    As we go about our daily life, we are to share the Gospel and make disciples of Jesus Christ.  We are to win the lost and build up believers.  We win the lost by living an authentic Christian lifestyle and sharing the Good News with those who do not yet know Christ as Savior.  We make disciples by teaching people to grow in their commitment to Christ and in their walk of faith.

We all know this, but do we live it.  Do we equip others in our congregation to make the Great Commission the Everyday Commission in their lives?

Something to think about and to act upon,


Stan Sanger

Interim District Superintendent


May DEXCOM Summary

  • The Special District Conference to elect a new district superintendent was set to begin at 1:00 p.m. on June 1st at Community Fellowship Church, 200 Bethel Road, Lancaster, PA.
  • The chairman of the Nominating Committee reported that Rev. Nathan Howard will be the only name on the ballot for district superintendent as no other nominee have been presented. Election will require a two-thirds affirmative vote of accredited delegates present.
  • The policies governing the shared building use arrangement between Philadelphia International Alliance Church and the Ethiopian Evangelical Church of Philadelphia were revised.
  • Appointments were made to the 2018 District and Prayer Conference committees.
  • Grants and subsidy packages were approved for churches going through pastoral transition or engaged in ministry initiatives.
  • Approval was given to a plan for district superintendent transition.

Special Election District Superintendent – June 1

The Special District Conference for the election of the District Superintendent will be Friday, June 1, 2018 at Community Fellowship Church, 200 Bethel Drive, Lancaster, PA, at 1:00pm.

Great Commission Day Offering

Pastors, by now you have received your packet of GC Day 2018 materials.  As a church leaders committed to the Church and the Cause of Christ, be sure to plan a Sunday to give your congregation an opportunity to participate in this special offering. It could be the difference made that brings a lost and wandering soul - or an entire village - to the redeeming love of Jesus! This is what GC Day is all about!  We come together in the task Jesus has invited us to carry out and commit ourselves wholeheartedly to it.  Choose any Sunday in May or June to present the offering, perhaps introducing it one or more Sundays and then taking it on a particular Sunday.  For more information or to download additional resources, including graphics, pre-service slide templates, factoids, headlines, and bulletin, visit www.cmalliance.org/gcday.

Seek – June 1-2

SEEK, our Alliance family deeper life and missions’ event in Lancaster is just around the corner on June 1-2.  Christ has invited us to embrace Him and His mission.  SEEK will inspire you and your people to joyfully accept His invitation.   We will have the opportunity to hear Alliance President John Stumbo, VP for International Ministries Tim Crouch, and Sunder Krishnan.  The worship team from Community Alliance Church in Butler, PA will be leading us in worship.  Child care with special programming will be available for ages 5-10 for the first 50 children that register.

 View John Stumbo’s personal invitation to SEEK here.    Here is the registration link.

See You at Knoebels for Family Day – June 15

The District will hold its fourth annual Family Day at Knoebels on Friday, June 15! We invite you to join us for a free picnic in pavilion Q at 5 p.m. The picnic dinner will include a hamburger, hot dog, macaroni and cheese, coleslaw, and ice cream. Please register by June 8 at www.epdalliance.org to help us get an accurate count. Questions can be directed to Raynea at raynea.whitehead@epdalliance.org. (You’re on your own for ride tickets; they can be purchased at the park or at your local Weis Markets. The park will be open on June 15 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. with special bargain night pricing from 6-10 p.m.) By the way, while we love meeting your congregants, this event is just for District workers and their families, so we ask that you do not promote it within your church.

Greenhouse Church Training – June 19 in Danville

Are you ready to learn how your church can be more fruitful in multiplying disciples and become a Greenhouse Church that prepares a church planter?  If so, Greenhouse Church training is for you.  We are offering this training FOR FREE on June 19 at Iron Mill Church in Danville from 9:00am-3:30pm and lunch is included.  The trainer for this event will be Rob Parker, Northeast Regional Church Planting Coordinator for the Alliance. 

Please reply to this email to register for this event or send a separate email to Alan Rathbun at alan.rathbun@epdalliance.org .

You may also contact/register Alan on the District Website under Church Planting.

 Resonate 2018

  • Resonate 2018 e-mail invitations (for all new official workers in their first year of service or those who have not yet attended Resonate) were sent earlier this week. All attendees must register.
  • Date: August 13-16, 2018
  • Location:
    Colorado Springs Marriott
     5580 Tech Center Dr., Colorado Springs, CO 80919
  • Cost:
    Regular Registration (May 1-June 30) $109          Late Registration (July 1-July 13) $139

Church Ministries will provide registered invitees with a hotel room (based upon double occupancy from August 13 through 15) and meals. Each attendee is responsible for his/her own travel arrangements and travel costs.

Questions: Contact Kathy Taubeneck at taubeneck@cmalliance.org, or call 719-265-2056

New LEAD Program for Ministry Training

An alternative to the MSP: The New LEAD Program for ministry training for non-traditional students

The LEAD program is preparing to have our first launch in the Eastern PA District this summer!  This program is designed to equip men and women for ministry without leaving their current church setting.  Throughout the two-and-a-half year program, students will have monthly cohort and coaching meetings that will equip them for leading in ministry and by completing the assigned work they will fulfill all educational requirements for accreditation in the Eastern Pennsylvania District.  If there are people in your church that have a desire to grow in their ministry leadership, or a desire to be accredited for ministry without uprooting their life, please consider introducing them to the LEAD program.  We are currently enrolling students for the 2018-20 cohorts that will begin this July. 

  • If you are interested in learning more information or applying to the LEAD Program, please visit leadcma.org
  • If you have any questions please feel free to contact Scott Kelly at (724) 612-4548 or scott.th.kelly@gmail.com

ATS Scholarships

The Alliance Theological Seminary offers scholarships of 50% off tuition for C&MA accredited workers enrolled in any Master’s level program.  The Master of Divinity and Master of Biblical Studies are offered completely online as well.

Chapel Pointe Seeks Your Prayer Support

Chapel Pointe, the C&MA’s local continuing care retirement community, covets your congregation’s prayers as we break ground on a 12-townhome community in Carlisle, called Pointe Place. Pointe Place residents will have access to Chapel Pointe’s amenities, events, and full continuum of care, but live in a neighborhood of single-story townhomes that are larger than our current apartments.

We believe God has called Chapel Pointe to build this community to help meet the changing needs of local seniors. Please pray that two more people will reserve townhomes by mid-June so we can begin construction with the full backing of our bank. In addition, please pray for endurance for staff as they work hard to see this project come to fruition.

If you know someone who could benefit from this C&MA resource, invite them to visit www.ChapelPointe.org or call 717-249-1363. We’d love to treat them to lunch and a tour.

Get Your Kids Involved in Alliance Missions!

Materials for this year's VBS or other children's programs are now available. The resources may be reviewed and downloaded.

Churches are encouraged to adopt one of these projects to promote missions awareness in 2018:

  • Schooling for Children of Women Prisoners in the Philippines
  • A Library for Students at Alliance Academy in Jordan
  • Help for Orphaned Children in Vietnam

Materials are available online for each project.

Printed brochures and prayer postcards may be requested from the Alliance National Office while supplies last. (Send inquiries to wicksd@cmalliance.org.)

Thank you for cultivating God's love for the nations in the hearts of your children!

Missions Tour Signup

Your church should have received an email with the instructions for booking an International Worker for your Fall, Winter or Spring Missions tour.  If you did not receive that email or have any questions, please contact Duane at 717-985-9240 or duane.stine@epdalliance.org.

Missionary Wheels

This past week, the Spring Grove Area C&MA Church added one more car to our missionary fleet of vehicles. This will then increase our fleet to 7. This coming year we will minister to IW from Thailand, Israel, Chile, Creative Access, Russia, Germany, Envision-Miami, & Guinea. Our ministry extends to many mission organizations: C&MA, Envision(C&MA), Markeplace ministries (C&MA) & ABWE. If you have a vehicle that an IW would be honored to drive and you wish to donate it, purchase one for this ministry, or give a donation for please contact Pastor Nate Conklin 717-225-0343. 

 Summit Grove Fundamentals First Summer Soccer Camp

The Complete Soccer Camp Fundamentals First Camp offers the best technical training in a competitive yet fun environment.  Under the guidance of outstanding coaches, camp participants are led through a complete soccer program including stretching, technical training, rules of the game, and games approach sessions. Players are grouped according to age and ability level during the first camp session and are challenged to improve their level of play.

  • Who Should Attend: The camp is designed for both male and female soccer players of all ability levels, grades K - 8. Players should arrive at camp each day dressed to play soccer. 
  • Camp Soccer Ball and Shirt: All campers will receive a camp T‐shirt.
  • Time: The camp will be conducted July 30 – August 3, 2018 from 9am – 3pm.

FREE WINTER BRAND PIANO TO ANYONE. FUNCTIONAL BUT NEEDS TUNED. If interested, contact JR Irving at 717-856-0098 or email him at: fullquiver3@gmail.com. You must make arrangements to move it.


Dates to Remember

  • May 17           Shamokin RPM
  • May 19           Chaplains Luncheon
  • May 23           Harrisburg East RPM
  • May 28           Memorial Day, District Office closed
  • May 29           Youth Leaders Meeting, District Office
  • June 1            Special District Conference
  • June 1-2         SEEK Conference
  • June 6            Coaching training, District Office
  • June 15          Family Day at Knoebels

 EPAD Team Travel Schedules

  • May 17       Shamokin RPM, Stan
  • May 20      The Common Place, Lock Haven, Alan
    • Mountain View, Jersey Shore, Duane
    • Countryside Allianc e, Brodheadsville, Stan
  • May 21       Shamokin Dam, Duane
  • May 23       Harrisburg East, RPM, Stan
  • May 30       Dillsburg, Alan, Duane
  • June 1        Special District Conference, Alan, Duane, Stan
  • June 1-2     SEEK Conference, Alan, Duane, Stan
  • June 3        Andrew Rudisill Installation Service, Perry Community Church, Stan


Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

Hebrews 13:20, 21