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Third Quarter 2005 Volume 51 No. 3 USPS 165-700






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Consider these building blocks of a solid estate plan. JOINT OWNERSHIP PLANNING—When an asset is held in joint names as “joint tenants with right of survivorship” or as “tenants by the entirety” (husband and wife), upon the death of a named joint tenant, the asset passes to the survivor free of probate and without regard to what your will or trust might say.

BENEFICIARY DESIGNATION AGREEMENTS—Certain written agreements or contracts are authorized by law to transfer an asset at death with a “beneficiary designation.” This includes “payable on death” designations at financial institutions or beneficiary designations in IRAs, other retirement accounts, life insurance policies, etc. The asset transfers at the owner’s death (free of probate) to the named beneficiary(ies). LIVING TRUST —A living trust is a private agreement that provides for asset management and avoids probate of assets titled in the trust’s name. Assets not transferred to a trust are usually controlled by a will. A trust usually contains the estate distribution plan and provides “lifetime” direction and protection for assets if incapacity occurs.

WILL —A will takes effect on death and directs how assets you own are distributed. A will must be probated, requires public scrutiny, and must meet formal requirements of state law. Assets not passing through joint ownership planning, beneficiary designation agreements, or a trust usually pass by will through probate.

DURABLE POWER OF ATTORNEY-FINANCIAL—A durable power of attorney usually takes effect if you can no longer handle your financial affairs because of illness, sickness, or incompetence. Without this document, family or friends may have to visit court, sometimes requiring adversarial litigation, just to help you. DURABLE POWER OF ATTORNEY—HEALTH AND PERSONAL CARE —Individuals often appoint a different person to help with personal matters, such as health care, medical attention, or personal care. This document empowers someone to help you with these vital matters.

LIVING WILL —A living will states that if you have an incurable injury, illness, or disease certified terminal and applying life-sustaining procedures only prolongs your death, you don’t want to be kept alive at great expense. There are many factors to prayerfully consider. This article does not constitute legal or financial advice and is not a substitute for obtaining professional counsel.

THIRD QUARTER 2005 Pennsylvania-Delaware District ConneXions 4651 Westport Drive Mechanicsburg, PA 17055 Editor: Stephen R. Tourville Managing Editor: David Crosby Sr. Associate Editors: Karin Baker Carole Bongiorno Phone (717) 795-5921 Fax (717) 795-5928 E-Mail WebSite:

EXECUTIVE PRESBYTERY Stephen R. Tourville, Superintendent Paul Grabill, Assistant Superintendent David Crosby Sr., Secretary-Treasurer HONORARY GENERAL PRESBYTERS Philip Bongiorno James E. Morris PRESBYTERS James Rugg, NE Section Jonathan Baker, NC Section Kenneth Martin, NW Section David Selleck, NCW Section Jeffrey Kettering, SC Section James Balzano, SCW Section Randall Rhoads, SCE Section Larry Weed, SE Section Bryan Koch, EC Section Mike Hampton, SWS Section William Ellis, SWM Section Timothy Satryan, DEL Section Contributions of articles are accepted. Please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope for return. We reserve the right to reject articles not consistent with the magazine’s objectives.

ConneXions ConneXions (USPS 165-700) is the official periodical published quarterly by the Pennsylvania-Delaware District Council of the Assemblies of God. Periodical postage paid at Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania.

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Keys to Tomorrow


t our recent MinistrieSummit we were reminded that there are only two things that live forever: the souls of men and the

Pastor Stephen R. Tourville SUPERINTENDENT

Our children and grandchildren are our greatest asset! The little one in the picture (my granddaughter) was born May 12, 2005 at 11:00 AM. Who can tell what

District Council Elections

Word of God. Many of you may be weary

potential may be wrapped up in this little

of my emphasis on the importance of

person? She may be a great musician,

ministers financial planning for retire-

speaker, minister, missionary, or perhaps

ment. Every church board and congrega-

the first female President of the United

Congratulations to Rev. David

tion should be very diligent with regard

States. The keys to tomorrow can only be

Crosby, Sr. on his re-election as

to this matter. Many of our pastors are

invested when careful thought is given to

the Penn-Del District Secretary-

uncomfortable asking for a raise or

how she will be treated, the opportunities

Treasurer. The General Presbyters

request financial remuneration unless

that will be offered, and the choices she

will once again be Rev. Stephen

offered by the church. As a result, such

makes to pursue the will of God for her life.

Tourville, Rev. Paul Grabill,

concerns as health care insurance, retire-

and Rev. David Crosby, Sr.

ment benefits, cost of living increases, etc.

The nominees for Non-resident

may go unevaluated for years at a time.

Executive Presbyters are

Many churches understand their responsi-

Rev. Stephen Tourville and

bility toward their leadership, but others

Rev. Paul Grabill.

are negligent in their duties to care for their care giver. The Apostle Paul’s instruction to Timothy is appropriate to consider, “The elders who direct the affairs of the church well are worthy of

Emma Kylie

double honor, especially those whose

I never cease to be amazed that some

work is in preaching and teaching” (I

believers are willing to forfeit their

Timothy 5:17). Likewise, evangelists and

testimony to the lost and sacrifice the

missionaries should be treated generously

souls of their children by creating division

and according to the ability of each

within the body of Christ for the sake of

church where ministry occurs. The words

personal preferences and non-critical

of our Lord are fitting that state, “Give

issues. The key to tomorrow is not only

and it shall be given to you . . .” (Luke

financial planning and wise investments

6:38). The key to your ministers financial

of funds, but investing in Christ like

tomorrow may rest with you. I am confi-

character and a godly lifestyle. The keys

dent each church will do their best as

to tomorrow are held in our hands.

unto the Lord.

What will we do with those keys?

“Give and it shall be given to you . . .”

Marjie Tourville

2005 Ministers’ Wives Retreat September 23–25, 2005 Manicures, facials, hair styling, holiday decorating ideas and more will be featured Saturday afternoon. Makeovers in our attitudes, ministry and marriage will be discussed in our plenary sessions. Mark your calendars for a fun weekend at PBCC! Register by September 1, 2005.

Call 717-697-3096 or 717-795-5921 (ask for Trish).






t was not until J. Clayton Sheridan came to our church ten years ago with the A/Gsponsored will-planning clinic that I realized how spiritual the matter of wills truly is. “Keys to Tomorrow” is the name of the seminar, but it could also be called, “Responsibilities of Today.” I then came to realize that just as I must decide today what I’m preaching on this Sunday, when the car is going to be worked on, where we are going on vacation, and where I am going to stay at General Council, how much more important it is that I decide who would raise our children in the event of Arline’s and my death and how whatever net worth we have acquired would be distributed. At its core, it’s a spiritual stewardship decision. Sure, we need to be laying up as much treasure as possible in heaven, but we will all leave behind some degree of treasure on earth, whether material goods or relationships. I believe this same principle applies to living wills. Scripture tells us that we are stewards of our own bodies, and it helps our family when we make it explicit how, informed by the Word and our conscience, we wish our body to be treated in the event of severe incapacity. Remembering that we are not our own (no, not even our bodies), what we leave behind is still God’s. That is one reason why the ancient Christians took such care of the physical body, even after death. They spent untold hours carving out the catacombs for the remains of their loved ones (when the Romans practiced cremation). Your loved ones need to know your wishes. Besides, who do we want to make the decision regarding God’s property? The courts or us? I think you’ll agree we should. I believe this, too, is part of our reasonable service.

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Michael J. Erdel, Licensed Minister, is the new pastor at the Village Church, Bedford, PA. Michael transfers from the Ohio District. He is married to Kimberly and they have three children, Samantha, Michael and Abagail.

Larrie Deering, Ordained Minister, has returned to PennDel District to reside in Dover, DE. Larrie is married to Elizabeth and they have ministered in South Carolina and Georgia since 1996.

Jeremy and Christine Sweeten announce the birth of their first-born, a son, Carter Jerrett. Carter weighed in at 7 pound 13 ounces. We congratulate the Sweetens!

Richard Impellizzeri, Ordained Minister, has transferred from the South Carolina District to reside in Penn Hills, PA. Richard is married to Roseanne.

Brandon and Ashley Watkiss announce the birth of Luke Brandon, born on Friday, April 8, 2005 at 8:36 PM. Vital statistics: Luke weighed 6 pounds 15 ounces and was 20.5 inches long.

Eric J. Diehl, Licensed Minister, has transferred to Venice FL to become youth pastor at New Life Assembly of God. Eric is married to Mary and they have two children, Noah and Hannah. Frederick Zufall, Ordained Minister, and Joyce, his wife, have retired to Lakeland, FL. Fred gave almost 40 years of his ministry to churches here in PennDel. We wish Fred and Joyce well in their retirement. Pamela J. Fincher, Licensed Minister, has transferred to the Potomac District where she will work with Operation Blessing of CBN, Virginia Beach, VA. Russell C. Pratt, Licensed Minister, has returned to PennDel from the Tennessee District to reside in Carmichaels, PA. Chaplain Charles W. Marvin USN, Ordained Minister, and Beverly, his wife, have retired to San Diego, CA. Charles has been a member of the PennDel District since 1964. We will miss his fellowship with us. Mark Hammaker, Ordained Minister, and Suzanne, his wife, have transferred to the Potomac District to reside in Salisbury, MD. Ronald Boyd, Ordained Minister, is the new senior pastor at Glendale Assembly of God, Coalport, PA. Ron is married to Rebecca. Joseph Hollen, Ordained Minister, is the new senior pastor at Lock Haven Assembly of God. Joseph is married to Rebecca. Joe replaces Wayne H. Hixson who has honorably retired after 25 years of ministry at Lock Haven. W. Thomas Lasure, Certified Minister, is the new senior pastor at Sunshine Full Gospel, Shickshinny, PA. Tom replaces Kenneth Boston who has honorably retired.



Steven Wiedenheft, Certified Minister, has relocated to Warrensburg, MO in the Southern Missouri District where he serves as youth pastor. Steven is married to Amanda.

Peter Conforti, Ordained Minister, has relocated to King Beach, NY to become the senior pastor at Full Gospel Church of Island Park. Peter is married to Lilly and they have two daughters, Emily and Margaret.

David Crosby Sr.

In Memoriam Frank Yarnal, age 82, went to be with the Lord on March 16th. Frank is survived by Louise, his wife, and three children. It was in March 1957 that Frank became a Licensed Minister with the PennDel District and then Ordained in 1959. He pastored the Hillsdale Assembly of God until 1979 and was the founder and administrator of a nursing home in Hillsdale. He also served as Manager for Living Waters Camp in Cherry Tree, PA. Marian Olson, age 81, went to be with the Lord on March 11th. Marian was credentialed here in PennDel (formerly known as the Eastern District) in 1948. In 1950 she boarded a freighter and headed for India where she met Calvin Olson and they were married there in 1955. They served as AG missionaries in Bangladesh from 1954 to 1989 and Calvin pastored the AG church in Dhaka for 21 years. Marian was an alumna of Valley Forge Christian College. It has been said that if there ever was a saint, Marian Olson was a saint who lived by the motto: “Our lives are God’s gift to us. What we do with them is our gift to God.” Paul Parrish, age 85, joined the church triumphant on May 17, 2005. Brother Parrish pastored churches in Lititz, Marietta, Duncannon and Doyles Mills. He was a Marine Corps Veteran of World War II. He was preceded in death by his wife, Nancy. He is survived by his 4 children, 22 grandchildren, and 37 great-grandchildren. His service was held in the Duncannon Assembly with Rev. Philip Bongiorno officiating. Burial was in Port Royal with full military honors.

NEW AND UPGRADE CREDENTIALS Licensed Minister Joel R. Di Angi Carrie Bailey (Specialized) Jessica Betlow Matthew Betlow Milton Buitron Ryan Carpenter William Clemens Simone Da Cunha Scott Dorn Clarence Fuller Jon Giunta Maribel Gonzales Joshua Hartman Wayne Heckman Aaron Kohler Christopher Massey Alexander Ortiz Brian Perry Adam Smith Aaron Sorg Patricia Strella Roger Trowbridge Jeffrey Wiles Brandi Yommer Certified Minister Samuel Campbell Jr. Justin Dishon Robert Fletcher Kenneth Frye Lewis Hayden Christine Heller Jerry Ireland John M. Johnson Peter Korones Michael Outrich Denise Paganelli John Talcott Steven Trader



Honor Bound Church Planting and Development

Orchard Springs Construction In north Adams County, retired senior citizens lead the project to build a church. Even the engineering consultant for the project, Vince Johnson, from Shrewsbury Assembly of God, is retired, but has donated hundreds of hours in the planning of this project. Other retired tradesmen have traveled hundreds of miles in their recreational vehicles to arrive in Aspers on divine appointment. A carpenter from Ohio, another one from Maine, an electrician from Louisiana, another one from Florida and others park on the church site. Plans have been drawn, materials have been purchased, and the volunteers are busy day in and day out with construction. The local church volunteers have come along side the senior citizens and together they build. It is incredible to see the Orchard Springs Fellowship church going up with volunteers from Adams County, Cumberland County and numerous places from around the United States. Come on out to 2140 Carlisle Road in Aspers to see the volunteer recreational vehicles all lined up in the church parking lot. These senior citizens only return home several times a year to see their families. When the church is completed here in Aspers they will move on to another site to bless another congregation. A couple from Orchard Springs Fellowship, Larry and Kathy Swartz, have been so inspired by RV Maps that they have become members of RV Maps National Ministry, bought a motor vehicle, and will move on to a new site once the church building is completed. To God be the glory!







Great things are happening as we partner to plant churches in Penn-Del. Churches planted by a mothering church started with a committed core group and resources. We celebrate the opening of all of these churches: Family Life of Penns Valley (K.R. Mele). . . . . . . . . . . . Planted by State College Freedom Valley, Hanover (Gerry Stoltzfoos) . . . . . . . . . Cathedral Plant by FV Gettysburg Journey Church, Bridgeville (Butch Wise) . . . . . . . . . . Planted/Adopted by Oakmont & SWM Milltown Community, DE (Bruce Cox). . . . . . . . . . . . Planted by First AG, Wilmington Morningstar, Quakertown ( John Decker) . . . . . . . . . . . Planted by Morningstar, Bechtelsville New Harvest, Blandon (Ken Frye) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Planted by Hamburg & GT Reading New Passion Church, Pottstown (Don Cloen) . . . . . . . Planted/Adopted by MF, Bechtelsville The Power Place, Kennett Square (Greg Hollis). . . . . . Planted by Trinity, West Chester Victory Christian Life, Pottstown (Steve DeFrain). . . . Cathedral Plant by MF, Bechtelsville Smethport Bible Fellowship ( Jim Line) International AG, Phila. (Nazir Bacchus)

BOOT CAMP IS LIFE CHANGING! As you plug away trying to build your church or plan to plant a church, here is a great opportunity to strategize and refocus . . .

PENN-DEL LEADERSHIP BOOT CAMP This training is intense! Boot Camp is an effective, adult-based form of learning. Sessions include group activities, reflection, planning, skill-building and vision-developing exercises. BootCamp includes strategic components for training Presbyters, Sectional Committee Leaders, Apostolic and Mother Church Pastors, New Church Planters, Home Missions Pastors and Sovereign Church Pastors, Staff and Board Members. Ministers can now apply the Continuing Education Grant to Penn-Del BootCamp.

November 7–10, 2005 Phillip Bongiorno Conference Center Carlisle, PA

For more information contact or call 717.580.8188.

John Bevere is leads a multi-faceted international outreach that includes a weekly television program, The Messenger, which broadcasts in 214 nations. He has authored numerous books including The Bait of Satan, The Fear of the Lord, and Under Cover. He will be with us to do two sessions this year on Friday night and Saturday morning. Terry is the composer of “I Sing Praises” and has become one of the most well-known and respected worship leaders of today. Terry’s heart is to see the body of Christ come to know the Father in a deeper way through intimate worship. Terry will be ministering on Saturday morning of the conference. Dr. Mark Rutland is the president of Southeastern College in Lakeland, Florida, and the founder and president of Global Servants, an international missions ministry to provide training and support to national pastors and leaders. He is the author of Character Matters, Nevertheless, and Hanging by a Thread. Dr. Rutland will be speaking on Saturday afternoon.

Deep in his heart, every man dreams for “an adventure to live, the love of their Father and the admiration of their family.” That is how he bears the image of God; that is what God made him to be.

Forever Young A Retreat for Senior Adults over 50 September 19–21 Location: Phillip Bongiorno Conference Center Do you wish you could be young forever? In our mind we’re still in our 20’s, our body tries to tell us something else. We invite you to spend 3 days with friends who are as young as they feel, and you think. Tuesday, September 20 • Senior Adult Day Workshops Evening Concert Ice Cream Social Great Food Games and Activities

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Left: Jubilarians honored for 50 years of ministry Right: Presbyter Larry Weed Ordains Rev George Mathew Below: State College Choir

Above: Ordination Service Left: Recessional Right: Presbyter Randy Rhoads Ordains Rev Gary Bellis



Left: Communion Service Below: Rev Stephanie Peters Leads Worship Right: Robert and Louise Costello

Center left: County Prayer Center above: Prayer for York County Center right: Rev Paul Grabill

Left: Missions Worship Above: Rev H. B. London Right: Rev Alton Garrison



✭ ✭ JUBILARIANS ✭ ✭ 10





Rev Brian and Kelly Swan

Rev Christopher and Maria Gibbs

Rev Curtis and Eileen Stitt

Rev Daniel and Cristen Bridges Jr





Rev David and Amy Korman

Rev Dawn and James Edwards

Rev Gary and Mary Bellis

Rev Gary and Cindy Saul

Rev David and Dorothy Selleck

Rev Edward and Dorothy Menaldino






Rev George and Susan Mathew

Rev Jamie and Jacinda Smith

Rev Jeremy and Christine Sweeten

Rev John and Patricia Blake

Rev Harold Ladd

JUBILARIAN Rev Reuben and Thelma Hartwick





Rev Melissa McSurdy

Rev Paul and Elizabeth Lynn

Rev Paul Springer Jr

Rev Samuel and Esther Konteh CONNEXIONS THIRD QUARTER 2005





Join This Elite Group Nearly 1,000 Assembly of God churches will join together in a world-wide 2005 AGWM prayer meeting on Wednesday, July 13th, which will be held in conjunction with the annual School of Missions now in session at our headquarters in Springfield, MO. For more information and registration to be able to participate call 1 (417) 8622781 Ext. 5011. You will receive their list of prayer requests to facilitate your participation. This is a great opportunity to join hands in prayer around the world. Do it NOW!

YOU HAVE MADE OUR MISSIONARIES HAPPY Thank you for your generosity. You all responded with your offerings to the Fares For Missionaries program that we exceeded our goal of $25,000. The total was well over $27,000 and all the missionaries join me in saying “thank you.” May God be praised.

DID YOU KNOW? There are 4,050 missionaries from foreign fellowships in 23 different countries who work alongside our 2,590 U.S. missionaries in the countries of the world. These wonderful people have heard the call of God and have responded, “Here am I” and they are mostly from developing countries that have few resources. Also, they are fully supported by their sending fellowships.



MARTIN AND CATHY RODGERS have had a very enthusiastic response from first semester video production students in Mattersey Hall Bible College, England. Eight countries were represented among the 33 students.

MARGE AND ERNIE JONES (retired) still spend much of their time in Congo, Africa. While Marge teaches the pastors Ernie works with authorities to secure property and build churches.

SAM AND NAOMI BRELO have concluded their furlough and will shortly return to their ministry among the people of the Middle East. They solicit your prayers.

FRED AND BETTY HOWSARE recently concluded services in northern Burma where they report a massive response to the gospel with thousands being saved. Attention is now directed to the Bible school for training pastors.

JOANN BUTRIN ministered to over 1,500 student leaders and delegates from around the world at a convention in Buenos Aires, Argentina. These students were brought in to taste the Pentecostal revival fires now burning in Argentina.

New Missions Theme for 2005–2006

DENNY AND DEBBIE SELER report added responsibilities as Seminar Administrator in Denny’s role at Facultad. This is a roving school among 21 nations in Latin America for training pastors and leaders in our churches. STEVE AND LINDA LILLY report some incredible answers to prayer as they labor in a very sensitive country. They want to thank you for standing with them in prayer.

Have You Checked Our District Website? It’s easy. It’s right at your fingertips. It’s informative. It’s current. Type in: That’s all there is to it. When the opening page comes up on your screen click on “Missions–World.” Here you will find the names and addresses of our district missionaries who are home on furlough. Interested in planning a convention for the spring of 2006? Complete dates for our annual District Missions Tour are listed here, along with the names of the missionaries who will be participating. Want to know which missionaries from other districts are approved to visit our churches? You will find them listed here. All this information, and more, is found here to assist you without hassle or delay. Is your computer booted up right now? Why not connect with the internet and check our website right now? You will be glad you did.


It’s time to gear up for one of the most life changing 2005 – 2006 Schedule ministries your children can be involved in. Junior Meet #1 . . . . . . . . . October 15 Bible Quiz ( JBQ) is looking for new teams to Meet #2 . . . . . . . November 12 include in the 2005–2006 season. We will help Meet #3 . . . . . . . . . . January 14 you every step of the way. We have JBQ representatives in every section of the state who are willing Semi-finals . . . . . . . January 28 to help you get started. We offer training, resources, Finals . . . . . . . February 10–11 and a fun environment for kids to take God’s Word in their heart forever (Only God’s word can bring about lasting life change). If you would like to talk about starting JBQ in your church, just contact Pastor Trish Gunn at or call 302-547-2302.

New JBQ teams need to register by August 1, 2005.



Do Your Children Have A Heart For Missions?

An Unforgettable, Outrageous, Family, Fun-filled Weekend


This is a chance for your family to re-connect. Join our survivor theme as we play and pray in the same service.

Children, like adults have that selfish sinful nature. Is it any wonder that some of the first words we hear from preschoolers are mine, mine, and mine. We need to teach and train children to be givers. Boys and Girls Missionary Crusade (BGMC) does just that. Every month churches are given true life mission’s adventures, both foreign and home mission stories. Children have opportunities to recognize the needs of others and respond to that need and become givers. BGMC provides funds that meet a great number of needs; everything from beds for orphanages, to clothes, food and even radio towers. If you would like help in training children to have a heart for missions, contact Pastor Ray Zimmerman, District BGMC Coordinator at or call 724-658-5611. Jesus will be glad you did.


JULY 29–31

What is there to do you ask? Water Flume River Tubing Swimming Game Room Tennis & Basketball Shuffleboard Volley Ball The Inflatables Rock Climbing Wall New Cobra Water Slide A family of four for as little as $360 for he entire weekend. With services targeted at parents and kids.

Equipping Teachers to Make Disciples

September 24 West—Monroeville Assembly of God, Monroeville October 1 East—Glad Tidings Assembly of God, Reading Training Tracks: Preschool, Elementary, Youth, Adult, Administration We will offer more interaction and more workshops. This will be an opportunity to interact with teachers who have the same passion to make disciples. Early registration: Postmarked one week prior—$20.00 per person Home Missions & Ministerial Students (Full-time): Register through Registering one-week prior—$15.00 per person your church office Registration at door—$25.00 per person or contact Sue at Senior Pastor or Group Leader—one per church FREE 717-795-5921 or Pay for 10 teachers and the rest are FREE

Call 717-795-5921 for more details.

Getaway 56 A retreat that helps 5th and 6th graders navigate those pre-teen years

November 4–6 Our goal is to help kids guard their hearts, and develop leadership skills before their teen years. This is a great opportunity for middle school leaders and upper elementary Sunday School teachers to connect with their students.

The most fun you can have in 3 days. CONNEXIONS THIRD QUARTER 2005


CONGRATULATIONS to the 2005 District Youth Scholarship Recipients Doug Sayers YOUTH

YOUTH ADVANCE This four-day backto-school retreat will be held over Labor Day weekend, September 2–5, 2005, at the Philip Bongiorno Conference Center. This retreat is designed to equip teenagers to reach their “Mission Field,” “The High School Campus.” Our guest speaker is Randy DonGiovanni. The cost for Youth Advance is $88 per person. If your group has camping equipment, consider using the RV Site for only $72 per person. Only group reservations will be accepted. You will want to register as early as possible to secure your reservation.

FIRST PLACE WINNER Jessica McKenzie from Salisbury, PA. Jessica attends Cornerstone A/G in Boynton, PA. This fall Jessica will attend Valley Forge Christian College. She received a $1,000.00 scholarship.

SECOND PLACE WINNER Nathan Rosswog from Verona, PA. Nathan attends Monroeville A/G in Monroeville, PA. This fall Nathan will attend Southeastern College. He received a $750.00 scholarship.

THIRD PLACE WINNER Tim Heist from Harrisburg, PA. Tim attends River of God A/G in Enola, PA. This fall Tim will attend Valley Forge Christian College. He received a $500.00 scholarship.

Discount Hersheypark Tickets Available Whether you need one ticket for yourself, your family, or one hundred Hersheypark tickets for your group, you can purchase them for $25.00 (ages 9–54) and $22.00 (ages 3–8 and 55+) each from the District Office until our discounted supply is gone. Please send a check (made payable to Penn-Del District Council) for the full payment along with a selfaddressed stamped envelope to: Park Days 2005, 4651 Westport Dr., Mechanicsburg, PA, 17055.

SEE YOU AT THE POLE Wednesday, September 21, 2005 September 21st, millions of students around the United States will gather around their flagpoles to ask the Lord to touch their cities and school campuses. You don’t want to miss out on this chance to impact your community! My prayer is that you would live your life with clean hands and a pure heart and that you would be praying for a revolution on your school campus! For more information contact “See You At The Pole” at 817/HIS-PLAN (447-7526) or check out the website at 14


Christian Music Day Saturday, September 17, 2005 Hersheypark, Hershey, PA

BIBLE QUIZ TRAINING CAMP This year the Bible Quiz Training Camp is August 18–20, 2005, at the Philip Bongiorno Conference Center in Carlisle, PA. We are studying Romans and James this year. This three-day camp, with practical hands-on experiences, will prepare veteran quizzers for the new season, as well as, help train first time quizzers and coaches. For $72, both teens and adults will receive, along with their housing and meals, instruction on Bible Quiz techniques, quizzing, coaching, officiating and more. Whether your church has a Bible Quiz team, is planning to start a quiz ministry, or is only thinking about Bible Quizzing, you will benefit from the experience of BQ Camp!! The deadline is August 8 and this camp is limited to 225 people—send in your registration now!

2006 DISTRICT YOUTH MINISTRIES CALENDAR The 2006 Penn-Del District Youth Ministries Calendar is now available at under the calendar page.

WELL, AS THE SAYING GOES, “All good things must come to an end.” The end for us, is the end of the school year. Never before in my life did I believe that I would be lamenting the end of a school year, but believe it or not here I am doing just that. The reason for this obscure lamentation is because we had such a great year reaching students for Christ! Through the ministry of the Seven Project we were able to speak to over 18,000 students in 24 assemblies across the Penn-Del district. Many of those students would come back at night and hear the gospel presented to them in a very clear, practical way. At the end of that presentation we saw teenagers get up out of their seats and come forward to accept Christ. It was an incredible sight to see them come forward in droves of 200–400 at a time! The final count on students who accepted Christ out of public school systems is well over 1,300! I can not give enough thanks to God for the harvest He brought in and to you who were faithful to support this ministry and to buy in to the vision of reaching students. We are now meeting with youth pastors from all over the District who are now gearing up to bring the Seven Project to their schools and we anticipate even greater results for the 2005–2006 school year. Thank you for making this possible.

Paul Kirschbaum YOUTH ALIVE

One of the reason why our Seven Project outreaches were so successful was because of some of the awesome demonstrations that we did. Perhaps the most dynamic was our skateboard demos. In our skateboard demonstrations, we pull our skaters behind a four wheeler quad and send them careening over a ramp so they can do some of their awesome stunts. This was a crowd favorite with many of the students, whether they were in to skateboarding or not. We would like to bring that same demo to your church this summer and help you reach the students in your area. If you would be interested in booking the Seven Project give Paul Kirschbaum a call @ 717.795.5921. this demo can be done inside or outside (if pavement is smooth) and is a great addition to your summer outreach! We are now setting up Seven Project outreaches for the Fall! If you would like to host one for your local schools we would love to hear from you. Act now, because slots are filling up fast. If you would like more information check out our website You can also go to and click on the Seven Project page which will have the downloadable community planner guide. This is the most comprehensive manual there is for giving you a step by step approach for campus outreaches. If you need more information send me an email with your request to




Hershey Lodge and Convention Center Hershey, Pennsylvania

“…working together with one heart and purpose” Philippians 2:2 (NLT)

Dr. Don Meyer with scholarship recipients Julia Alday (l) and Joni Wilt (r).



November 11, 2005 9:00 a.m. thru 11:30 a.m.

Summit sessions: Lillian is an ordained minister, internationally known speaker, former national director of the Assemblies of God Women’s Ministries Department, was the editor-in-chief of Woman’s Touch, has ministered in 45 states and 30 countries, served as the Pennsylvania-Delaware District Women’s Ministries director, was a pastor’s wife, Christian Education director, college music professor, kindergarten teacher, and retreat and seminar speaker. Most recently, she has been contracted to write for 211Network, a global resource network for Christian leaders in all nations. Lillian is the author of Tough Cookie, Parents Cry Too, and recently released, Don’t Cry for Me. They tell the story of her eldest son, Bryon, and his lifelong battle with a rare skin disease. Bryon went to be with the Lord in 1995 at the age of 21. Lillian and her husband, the Rev. Stephen Sparks, have three children and one son-in-law. The family resides in Springfield, Missouri, where her husband Stephen serves as national director of the Senior Adult Ministries for the Assemblies of God. She will have a product table at the Women of Purpose Conference.

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Determine your Place and Purpose Define your God-given Gifts and Roles Develop a Purposeful Ministry Design an Effective Team

Pre-Registration - $10.00* (Postmarked by October 21) After October 21, please register at the On-Site desk for $15.00* *This price will include a mid-morning snack & leadership materials

Registration forms are available at or 724-654-2258.

THE GODMAN FILM PREVIEW Hershey Lodge and Convention Center November 10, 2005 at 7:30 p.m. in Cocoa Suites 4 & 5 Project Offering 2005 is for the production of the film The GodMan under the direction of the Book of Hope ministry. This 52-minute film will break the illiteracy barrier that has kept the Book of Hope Ministries from reaching the entire world with the gospel of Jesus Christ. You will experience firsthand the powerful message of the cross through the film media. Please come prepared with your offering to bless this ministry in the Friday evening session of our conference.




Hot Spring, AK

Goal $15,000

Susan introduces our guest speaker, our National Missionettes Coordinator, Debby Seler.

Restoring America’s Broken Children ♥ Home for the Homeless ♥ Love for the Unloved ♥ Security for the Neglected


ome arrive frightened and frustrated; others undernourished and neglected. They have been removed from home because of derelict parents, or have suffered the heartbreak of a home shattered by divorce, or have tragically lost one or both parents. These are the children who come to Hillcrest Children’s Home. It takes time, good care, and warm Christian love to erase the effects of these tragic experiences. The majority of referrals come from pastors, friends of Hillcrest, and relatives of hurting children. Boys and girls come to Hillcrest having experienced abuse, neglect, abandonment, or the divorce or death of their parents. The caring environment at Hillcrest is designed to demonstrate love to these broken children. Children, grouped by age and gender, are provided a homelike atmosphere with balanced diets, proper clothing, and medical and dental checkups to ensure their physical well-being. Daily devotions, chapel services, and regular church attendance minister to their spiritual needs. _____________________________________________________________________ Project offerings were collected at to the Friends & Girls Only Retreat and the Stars Powette, but there is still time to bless this precious ministry with your gift. Please send all project offerings to the Penn-Missionettes office at P.O. Box 398, Nicholson, PA 18446. Please make all checks payable to Penn-Del WM’s.

The ladies are enjoying the wonderful worship. The sweet presence of God is an awesome place to be.

Debby is a very powerful preacher! We are looking forward to seeing all of our local Missionettes leaders at our

Missionettes Magnified 2006 CONNEXIONS THIRD QUARTER 2005



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FEATURED PHOTO: Senior Commander Bryan Hackett from First Assembly of Waynesburg Outpost #296, Southwest Suburban Section and his boys checking out the new “Zip Zap” race cars that will be used at this years Royal Rangers Big Event the District Powwow August 5-7, 2005 at the Royal Rangers Camp in Honey Grove PA. Our boys are as excited as the commanders about competition racing at Powwow; we expect that this challenge to be a crowd pleaser. Zip Zap radio controlled miniature race cars can be seen and purchased at your local Radio Shack electronics store.

JUNIOR TRAINING CAMPS Graduates 2005, adventure Training Camp, Junior Training Camp, and Advanced Junior Training Camp at Honey Grove RR Camp will have the opportunity to come to Powwow to participate in the PDHC (Penn Del Honor Corp) if they so desire and serve on the Powwow Staff; boys ttending previous camps also eligible. For more details contact Cmdr. Shaffer at 724-846-7424.



ALL AMERICAN SPORTS AND COMPETITION POWWOW featuring Tournament of Champions activities beginning with a sports field that will feature some challenging events to test your skills and abilities. Achievement Awards presented to all age groups including Ranger Kids participants on Saturday August 6 RK DAY. Weekend campers Discovery age boys and up:

August 5–7, 2005 Special Guest presenter Freddie & Company, a seasoned Gospel Illusionist, ventriloquist and puppeteer seen on many Christian TV networks. He has presented the gospel throughout the United States and in nine foreign countries. Pre-registration due by July 8, 2005 cost is $25.00 per weekend camper, Ranger Kids registration is $12.00, it includes PW patch, lunch, awards and activities Saturday only event. Outposts can register via the Penn Del web site ( No cancelations after July 28. Registrations for weekend campers after the July 8 deadline is $30.00 offering family discounts for this event.

Purpose Driven ministry. . . growing people’s lives On May 20, 2005, David Crosby Jr., Senior Pastor of Pocono

Community Church (PCC), was honored, along with representatives from eighty other congregations, at the 2005 Purpose Driven Church conference in Lake Forest, California. Saddleback Community Church, which hosted the conference, recognizes congregations like PCC for having successfully integrated the principles of the Purpose Driven Church model of ministry. “Purpose Driven has made a huge difference,” says Crosby. “I like it because it’s not just a program that you just kind of plug and play. It is really a philosophy of ministry, which is built on biblical principles that transcend time and culture. . . . It gives us focus not just to grow a crowd, but to grow people’s lives.” Crosby first encountered the highly successful model in 1996 as a seminarian at the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary, having read The Purpose Driven Church, authored by Rick Warren, the senior pastor of Saddleback Community Church. Borne of a prayer meeting, PCC held its first Sunday service Christmas Day 2002. Today, two and a half years later, Sunday morning attendance averages 550 individuals. “I just never imagined that I’d ever be able to be a part of something like this. . . . It’s very humbling to see what God does every weekend,” says Crosby. On Easter 2005, over 700 worshippers filled the auditorium at Pocono Mountain West High School, the location where the church holds its services. In the last two years, the church has witnessed close to 400 salvations and is finalizing plans to purchase a 50-acre tract of land for its first ministry facility.

Rick Warren presenting 2005 Church Health Award to David and Rebekah Crosby

Testamentary Services


W H E N Y O U B E L I E V E that every possession you’ve acquired is a gift

from God, then you’re committed to stewardship: the effective management J. Clayton Sheridan of your possessions during your lifetime, and maximum preservation upon your death. When you think of stewardship of your possessions, you may want to consider the help of the Testamentary Services program of the Assemblies of God Foundation. PennDel Certified Stewardship Representatives can assist you with these tools for estate planning: Will Forms for the disposition of your estate; Personal Care Forms (durable power or attorney, living wills, stewardship trusts) to help you prepare for the possibility of temporary or long-term incompetence. Call a representative at 717-795-5921.

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David Crosby Sr.



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Philip Bongiorno

Chairman Michael Bongiorno

Executive Director Denise Folk

Administrative Assistant

s of April 30, 2005, the Loan Fund had 87 outstanding loans totaling over $19.7 million. Total deposits in the Fund amounted to $41.99 million. Because of God’s blessing and the loyalty of many investors throughout its years of operation, the Fund has provided financing to enable many District churches to open new chapters in their exciting stories. The Fund recently approved a loan in the amount of $410,000.00 for Christian Life Church to purchase land on which to build a Rates as of June 1, 2005 worship facility in Harleysville, Montgomery County, PA. Pastored by Rich Fogel ($500.00 Minimum Investment) Jr., Christian Life Church has been meeting in a private high school for two years. Quoting Pastor Fogel in a recent letter addressed to the Loan Fund Committee, Demand Note 3.00% “I know it is time for us to begin to move toward our own worship facility. I 6 Month Note 3.25% feel this will better enable this church to reach its full potential in this exciting 1 Year Note 3.50% community. . . . we have found a piece of land that I believe will meet our needs, provide good exposure, and can be bought at a good price, especially in 2 1/2 Year Note 4.25% this expensive area. With your help, we can acquire it and open a new chapter 4 Year Note 5.00% in this church’s exciting story.” If you want to help churches throughout our District “open a new chapter,” there’s no better way than the Penn-Del Loan Fund. Investing in the Loan Fund is easy. If you’d like to know more, contact us today for information and a prospectus. The initial interest rate on all Notes will depend on the effective interest rates at the time of purchase. Terms Notes pay interest at a rate fixed at the time of issuance. Once fixed, the interest rate on a Term Note will not be changed until the Note matures. At least thirty (30) days prior to any decrease in the interest rate on a Demand Note, the Loan Fund will notify the holder of such change. This information is neither an offer to sell nor a solicitation of an offer to buy these securities. The offering is made only by the prospectus. These unsecured debt securities are NOT available to residents outside of Pennsylvania or Delaware. Loan Fund securities are not savings or deposit accounts or other obligations of a bank and are not insured by the FDIC, any state bank insurance fund, the SIPC or any other government agency.

YES! I would like to receive a prospectus ✓YES! ❑ I would like to receive a prospectus describing the Loan Fund describing the Loan Fund and the securiand the securities offered by the District Council. ties offered by the District Council. Name _______________________________________________ Address _____________________________________________


Phone 717-795-5921 E-mail MAIL TO:

City _________________________________________________ State ______________________________ Zip __________________________

4651 Westport Drive Mechanicsburg, PA 17055-4887 Address Service Requested

Pennsylvania-Delaware District Loan Fund 4651 Westport Drive Mechanicsburg, PA 17055


LEAVING A Third Quarter 2005 Volume 51 No. 3 USPS 165-700