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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.  

From the  Super Header Super


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!

G. Twitchell
Wed. 5:30-7pm
G. Twitchell
Wed. 3:30-5pm
R. Brown
Thurs. 3:30-5
Interpreting 1
D. Patterson
Tuesday 2-3:30pm
G. Twitchell
D. Foss/S. Cobb
Sunday 5:30-7pm
Interpreting 2
S. Brown
Thursdays 3:30-5pm
State Road
G. Moody
Tuesdays 6:30pm
Interpreting 1
D. Patterson
F. Jewett
B. Fabian
9/6, 10/4, 11/8, 12/6
B. Fabian
9/13, 10/11, 11/15, 12/13
R. Brown

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


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


Is Your Church Planning a Short Term Mission Trip? palm-tree-silhouette.gif


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:


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 or 
  • Show a video during your service, such as those found at
  • Share a message on adoption.  Example outlines can be found at
  • 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
  • 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
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
32 Four Rod Road
Rochester, New Hampshire 03867

Greg Twitchell


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