May 23, 2018
Seek – June 1-2 – REGISTER NOW!
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.
FAMILY/CHURCH NEWS & PRAYER REQUESTS
Greenview Alliance of Williamsport recently held a CELEBRATION SUNDAY service on May 6th. During this time they added four new members, dedicated two babies, baptized four people and enjoyed communion together! There was a lot of rejoicing that Sunday and we are truly blessed to serve such a wonderful King.
Bruce and Sheryl Overstreet, former pastoral couple at Pine Glen Alliance Church, report that they have moved to North Dakota to serve as an interim pastor with Interim Pastor Ministries for the next 12-18 months.
Pastor Nestor Soto of Peckville Alliance Church shares: It had come into our hearts a few months ago to hold a special service in conjunction with National Police Week, to recognize and express appreciation to our local law enforcement officers. We invited our Blakely Borough Chief of Police and the other 15 officers on the force, and we extended our invitation to the Blakely Borough Mayor as well. We ordered personalized Law Enforcement bibles for each officer, and put gift bags together for them along with home baked cookies. We also contacted local businesses, informing them of the event and inviting them to partner with us with their own donations to the police department.
The outpouring of support from the community was outstanding, with about 3 dozen businesses participating. And although we did not know how many officers would actually be joining us on Sunday, we were delighted when 5 of our local police officers came, along with their families, as well as the Chief and Mayor. It was a wonderful service, and our guests were genuinely moved by the show of love and support from our congregation and the community. We also took the opportunity to lay hands on and pray for each officer in turn, and for the mayor as well, for God's protection and provision and wisdom. It was a great event, and we are grateful to the Lord for His presence and guidance in blessing our community in this way :-)
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Memorial Day Weekend
This coming Monday is Memorial Day, one of our nation’s patriotic holidays. In the last several decades, the holiday has become identified as a day to honor all those have passed on into eternity. Many of us decorate the graves of loved ones with flowers. We remember parents and siblings and others who have gone on before us. We remember their contribution to our lives, what we received from them.
Originally, Memorial Day honored those who died in our Civil War. Now Memorial Day is set aside as a day to honor all who gave their lives in the various wars we have fought throughout our history as a nation. We honor the commissioned and non-commissioned officers, warrant officers and enlisted men. Military services are held around the country. Flowers and flags are placed on the graves of those who served in our armed forces.
In the arena of Christian service, we are all commissioned officers. Our commission is not signed by the President but by our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. We are commissioned to be engaged in the spiritual battle to win the world for Christ, bring peace to hearts and lives, and prepare people for eternity.
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations … (Mt. 28:19-20).
THE GREAT COMMISSION - Thank you for serving the King and the Kingdom!
Interim District Superintendent
Great Commission Day Offering
Pastors, please remember to use your packet of GC Day 2018 material 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.
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.
Crossroads: where stories intersect – June 9
Once upon a time… I bet that got your attention, stories do that. A story is a powerful thing. All children love having a bedtime story read to them. The Bible has been called “the greatest story ever told.” Every story has a beginning, an ending point, and a series of crossroads along the way. Crossroads are where another’s story, your story and God’s story intersect. The Crossroads workshop is designed to help you unearth the power of story by engaging in three key practices: listening to others story, telling your story and re-telling God’s story. In our time together, you will learn how to listen well, tell your story succinctly in 100 words and re-tell God’s story in a simple yet engaging way. You can register for the Crossroads workshop by clicking on this link [put registration link here]. Here is the thumbnail of the workshop:
- Location: Milroy Alliance Church
- Date: June 9th
- Time: 9:30AM to 3:30 PM
- Lunch: Included
- Content: 3 sessions (listening, telling and re-telling)
- Trainer: Pastor Joel A. Smith
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 email@example.com. (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.
Pure Freedom Master Class - June 14-17
Are you eager to impact the formation of sexual values in your own community? Are you in a place of influence to help others heal from sexual pain? Then we would like to invite you to the Pure Freedom Master Class either June 14-17 in State College (or January 17-20 in Atlanta) where you will gain confidence to answer today’s questions about sexuality and gender. Visit PureFreedom.org/masterclass or email firstname.lastname@example.org for an application today.
Here also is a link to a short video on the Class: https://vimeo.com/271329099
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 email@example.com .
You may also register/contact Alan on the District Website under Church Planting.
Resonate 2018 is for all new official workers in their first year of service or those who have not yet attended Resonate. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 719-265-2056
New LEAD Program for Ministry Training - An alternative to the MSP Program
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 email@example.com.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spring Grove Area C&MA Church has 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.
I have a number of books available to give away, including the 12-book Mastering Ministry series written by key Christian leaders and covering various areas of pastoral ministry – the pastoral role, preaching, teaching, worship, outreach and evangelism, church finances, church management, conflict and controversy, pastoral care, pastoral counseling, personal growth, and transitions. Stop by the office when you are in the area to check out other possibilities or contact me at email@example.com
FREE WINTER BRAND PIANO TO ANYONE. FUNCTIONAL BUT NEEDS TUNED. If interested, contact JR Irving at 717-856-0098 or email him at: firstname.lastname@example.org. You must make arrangements to move it.
EASTERN PA DISTRICT - GREAT COMMISSION FUND GIVING
2017 2018 % Change
Month $139,606 $158,046 13.21%
Year-to-Date $657,074 $674,587 2.67%
EASTERN PA - DISTRICT CHURCH PLANTING GIVING
2017 2018 % Change
Month $14,325 $17,800 24.26%
Year-to-Date $70,085 $74,646 6.51%
includes general and partnership giving
Dates to Remember
- 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 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
- June 10 The Common Place, Lock Haven, Alan
- June 17 Philadelphia International Alliance Church, Upper Darby, Stan
- June 24 The Common Place, Lock Haven, Stan
DISTRICT OFFICE HOURS: 8 – 5 Monday through Thursday
STAFF MEETINGS, Mondays 9:00 - Noon
By wisdom the Lord laid the earth’s foundations, by understanding he set the heavens in place;
by his knowledge the watery depths were divided, and the clouds let drop the dew.
Proverbs 3:19, 20