Spring 2006 Volume 53 No. 2 USPS 165-700
Welcome to the Penn-Del District quarterly publication of the ConneXions. As you read the various articles, we trust that you will CONNECT with our vision, passion and commitment to win and disciple souls for the Lord Jesus Christ throughout Pennsylvania, Delaware and beyond. We invite you to CONNECT with us through the wide array of ministries available at our camps, conferences, retreats and missions trips. As the body of Christ, the CONNECTIONS we make with each other and with those who have yet to experience God’s love and forgiveness will count for time and eternity. May God grant His favor and blessing as we serve Him together. Pastor Steve
Pennsylvania-Delaware District ConneXions 4651 Westport Drive Mechanicsburg, PA 17055 Editor: Stephen R. Tourville Managing Editor: David Crosby Sr. Associate Editor: Carole Bongiorno Phone (717) 795-5921 Fax (717) 795-5928 E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org WebSite: www.penndel.org
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 Donald Immel, 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.
Circulation stands at approximately 7,500
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8:30AM Registration 9:30AM A Sacred Assembly with PGrabill@aol.com Paul Grabill Prayer and Communion Service
Church Planter’s Luncheon in Youth Center Seniors Fellowship in Women's Plaza 1:30PM Breakout Session 2:45PM Business Session 7:00PM Missions Possible Night with David Mohan
Vision Service with Stephen R. Tourville “Transformation: Seeing Beyond the Horizon”
11:30AM Ladies Luncheon Theatre in Women’s Plaza 1:30PM Breakout Session 2:45PM Business Session 7:00PM Commissioning Celebration with Thomas E. Trask Frequency Youth Service Kids Town Children’s Service
Christian Life Assembly 2645 Lisburn Road
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Pastor Stephen R. Tourville SUPERINTENDENT email@example.com
the Presbytery has prayed, worked and listened to the challenges and potential of our district, God began to form a plan in our hearts that we believe will greatly assist us as a fellowship in fulfilling our three fold purpose of Reproduction, Relationships, and Resources. The effort is to maintain the strength that has been developed through the years while opening the door to significant innovation and creativity for the future. The result is the development of a three-option plan for the ministers of the district. With the Presbytery and geographical sections as the hub or axis of the district structure, flexibility will be provided through three options that are in process of being formed. The Catalyst Groups provide opportunity for significant spiritual relational
mentoring and guidance from ministry father figures across the district. (Please see Paul Grabill’s article for more details.) The Care Groups provide opportunity for peer connectedness and mutual accountability in small groups of 10 to 12 individuals with common interests and strong relationships. (Please see David McGee’s article for more details.) The Cohort Groups provide opportunity for church development through pastoral and lay church leader training across the district. We believe everyone will want to elect one or more of these options that will be of greatest benefit to each individual minister in our fellowship as time and location permits. Let me explain in more detail information concerning the Cohort Groups.
Church Development Leadership Cohorts The fundamental reason church ministry looks so different from years ago is summarized in the words of Kennon Callahan, “The day of the churched culture is over, the day of the mission field has come.” In other words, the culture in America is no longer friendly to the church and we must therefore approach ministry the way a missionary would who travels to some other land that is not a Christian nation. To assist our ministers and churches toward this end, the following information is offered.
Vision To provide effective cutting edge “coaching” and “peer training” for local church leaders who desire to build healthy growing churches that effectively reach the unchurched and develop fully devoted followers of Christ who will use their gifts and abilities to impact others.
What are Church Leadership Development Cohorts? They are groups of pastors and church leaders who meet 5 times per year for personal and church leadership development and growth. The cohorts involve peer mentoring with a coach in a twoyear development cycle.
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Where and when do the cohorts meet? Cohorts meet from 9:00 am until 3:00 pm at various locations around the district. (Start and end times can vary.)
What will be expected of cohort participants? Commit to growing personally and reaching the unchurched in your community. ■ Attend all sessions. ■ Complete assignments on leadership and church development for each session. ■ Read the four or five assigned books per year. ■ Desire the best for every participant in the cohort and do all you can to assure others reach their full potential. ■ Treat all personal information shared by participants as confidential and covenant with the other participants to pray for them and their churches. ■
Who may Attend? ■
Lead pastors who bring at least one additional leader from their church to the cohort. You are encouraged to bring all staff pastors and other church leaders. We have found that the pastors who bring a group to the cohorts have a great advantage. We encourage large churches to bring their entire staff so that the entire team is on the same page. We encourage small and medium sized churches to bring several key church influencers.
Staff pastors and other church leaders may attend only if their senior pastor has also committed to join and these leaders must make the same commitments as the senior pastor. ■ Spouses of all are encouraged to attend with their partner, and are encouraged to make the same commitments. ■
Observations about cohorts: None of us has all the answers. Some of your greatest insights will come directly from the Holy Spirit and from other participants. ■ Personal and congregational transformation is an intentional process that takes time. This is not about quick fixes. ■ Growth and development takes commitment and proactive leadership. ■ Cohort meetings must be safe places where participants can be transparent with their struggles, concerns and needs. ■ The coaches will not do your work for you, but try to share with you skills and insights to help you understand the issues and factors so that you can lead in your church. ■ You will be expected to coach and empower others. ■
Will there be a cost? ■
Yes, there will be a fee set by the district to cover the cost of the books, binders, handouts, and learning resources.
Paul Grabill ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENT
I am so grateful to be serving the Lord in the Penn-Del District. Why? Because, after 90 years, we next few years. They will be led by various leaders haven’t yet lost our sense of adventure. Adventure in a place that is known for tradition? Sure. Why not? After all, William Penn called Pennsylvania a “Holy Experiment.” As outlined in this issue, you have seen that our district is about to unveil a choice of three new and innovative structures for our 900+ ministers in order to achieve a greater level of relationship, personal/ministry/congregational health, and kingdom expansion. I am privileged to be able to lead one of those three options. We are calling it, “Catalyst Groups.” The underlying principle behind the Catalyst Groups is this: The most important things
in life are more caught than taught.
You may find that strange coming from someone who pastors in a university community and has spent half his adult life wondering how he was going to pay off his school loans, yet I think this principle is obvious when we look at the ministry style of Jesus. Kingdom expansion comes from leadership development. Leadership development comes from relationship with proven leaders. And, maybe most importantly, proven leaders need to see one of their primary callings as needing to be spiritual fathers/mothers of emerging leaders, pouring their lives into others and wanting them to go farther than they have themselves (read John 14:12, 1 Cor. 4:15-17 and 2 Tim. 2:2). Therefore, it seems to me, we need a system
that allows people to connect to proven leaders with whom they resonate. Those
proven leaders, in turn, need to provide opportunities for relationship, resource, and reproduction for those who choose to link arms with them. There will be no artificial boundaries, such as geographical lines. At our annual MinistriesSummit in May, we plan to start with at least twelve of these Catalyst Groups, with the expectation that they will reproduce into dozens of such groups in the
in our district who have committed themselves to be spiritual fathers/mothers to others. These groups will not be based on law, but on love. Leadership will be by inspiration and example, not by control. We will seek to
maximize trust, believing in each other, a sense of teamwork, and a mutual commitment to help each other reach our
full potential in Christ. We will seek to minimize bureaucracy and paperwork. And we will ultimately measure our effectiveness by the extent to which we see more church planting and revitalization. When leaders are fully developed, you can’t hold them back. And why should we? Got questions? I trust you will come to the MinistriesSummit where we will seek to answer as many questions as we can. I am grateful to Pastor Steve Tourville for the opportunity to explore this strategy for Kingdom expansion in Penn-Del. He is a courageous man of God and demonstrates the kind of trust that God has in each of us. As I have looked at models around the world where the Kingdom is rapidly expanding, I’ve seen the focus (like with Jesus and the Early Church) being almost always on leadership development. For instance, in the nation of Burkina Faso, the Church is racked with poverty and is faced with stiff opposition from Islam. Yet, with the same population of 13 million as we have in our district, the Assemblies of God is ten times larger there than here. Among their throngs of converts are over 200,000 former Muslims. Why? Well, largely because they lead lives of prayer, humility and holiness that speak volumes to us in the West. But also, the proven leaders make it their business to identify emerging leaders and pour their lives into them.
The underlying principle behind the Catalyst Groups is this: The most important things in life are more caught than taught.
Can we do that here?
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David C. McGee GUEST CONTRIBUTOR Pastor, First Assembly of God Windber, PA
“He that hath an ear let him hear what the spirit saith unto the churches…” Rev. 2:7
Everything we do rises and falls on our ability to communicate. Transferring knowledge, relaying feelings, establishing relations is all done through interaction. A senior couple came to me for marriage counseling. After 50 years the wife decided to leave her husband. It was obvious he did not want to be here. She began with tears explaining how she felt unloved, unappreciated and how he spent all of his time with his hobby. After 20 minutes he ﬁnally erupted, “Woman I told you 50 years ago I loved you and if it changes I’ll let you know!” He felt no change in the relationship; she felt it was over. “We simply assume that the way we see things is the way they should be. Our attitudes and behaviors grow out of those assumptions.” Steven Covey What does it mean to be in ministry? Where & how do we keep perspective? The role of “Minister” “Pastor” “Clergy” etc. differs with each of us. And if you asked a congregation to list what the duty of a Pastor is —? “The Ministry Group is intended to engage, equip and encourage ministering families for a more effective ministry.” AG Ministry Groups Connecting/friendship is often placed in a category of similarities. Similar likes, dislikes, problems, experiences BUT this is not enough. We need someone who will listen “for the emotion” being conveyed in the words, expressions. Listening is not the same as agreeing. Listening to connect. Can we ﬁnd a “non-judge-mental listener?” Relationship is more important than advice or correction. “While we were yet sinners Christ died for us.” We have a relationship with Christ, not because of His instructions but because of His love. This relationship will last an eternity. Jesus desires relationship within His Body. Paul: “Rejoice with those who rejoice and weep with those who weep.” Romans 12:15 Emotionally connected. — David C. McGee
Thursday, June 1st is the date for the fourth annual VFCC Patriot Classic Golf Tournament. Once again we will be meeting at the beautiful Kimberton Golf Course for a day of great sport and fellowship. Registration begins at 10:30 AM at the course followed by lunch and a noon shot gun start. Following play everyone is invited back to campus for dinner, door prizes, and awards. Contact the Advancement Office to receive more information or to be put on our mailing list at 610-917-1406 or by emailing your name, address, phone number and request to firstname.lastname@example.org. Proceeds benefit our student scholarship fund. Come join us for this great event! 6
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In Memoriam Clyde R Jones, age 82, went to be with the Lord on November 9, 2005. He had bypass surgery on October 17 which led to other complications. He pastored several church in New York and PennDel districts. He graduated from Elim Bible Institute in 1945 and was ordained in 1960. He married Phyllis and God blessed their union with seven children. Richard, their son, pastors in Jersey Shore, PA.
Earl H Ford, age 87, went to be with his Lord on Thanksgiving Day, November 24, 2005. Brother Ford received his Exhorters Permit in 1950, upgraded to Licensed Minister in 1952 and became an Ordained Minister in 1956. He pastored First Pentecostal, Wampum, PA; the Assembly of God, Shippensbubrg , PA; the Assembly of God, Lewistown, PA; and Glad Tidings, Reading, PA. Mamie, his wife, preceded him in death.
Linda Whited, age 42, passed away on December 22, 2005. James, her husband, is a Licensed Minister living in Clearfield, PA. Linda’s passing was due to complications from an automobile accident earlier in December.
Martha Underwood, age 84, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, January 8, 2006. Rev Underwood transferred to PennDel in 1985 from the Michigan District when she retired from active missionary appointment in Africa. Her service was held at First Assembly, Erie, PA.
Roscoe Sloyer, age 75, joined the church triumphant on Sunday, January 15, 2006. Rev Sloyer received his Exhorters Permit in 1954, Licensed in 1955 and was Ordained in 1957. He married Grace in 1954 and God blessed them with 2 children. The Sloyers pastored in Hammersley Fork, James City, Houtzdale, Minquadale and Dover, DE, Hamburg, Shamokin, Duquesne, and Red Lion, PA. They also pastored in New Jersey form 64-66 and 88-93. Grace lives at 450 Manor Dr, New Oxford, PA.
David B. Owen, age 87, passed away on January 1, 2006. David was ordained by the British Assemblies in 1939 and transferred to PennDel in 1958. He was involved in ministry for the past 70 years and ended his career by teaching at North Central University. While in PennDel he pastored in Allentown, New Castle and served as Assistant Superintendent. Heather, his wife, is doing as well as can be expected.
Ministers Transferring In: ANDERSON, Robert (Certified): Coming from Southern MO as children’s pastor at Carlisle. Tami (wife).
SEELY, David G., Jr (Licensed): Coming from Minnesota District to become senior pastor at Bethel Assembly of God, Ebensburg, PA. He married to Amy and they have three children: Nicholas, Olivia and Khristian.
SMITH, Walter (Ordained): Coming from the Alabama District to become senior pastor of Abundant Life Assembly of God, Altoona, PA. Walter is married to Belinda Rene’ and they have a son, Walter Scott. We welcome the Smiths.
Ministers Transferring Out: TUCKER, Donald (Ordained): Moves to Chesapeake, VA to join the staff of Regent University. Donald is married to Karen and they have two children. Donald served as Parliamentarian for PennDel for a number of years and was on staff at VFCC.
KRAUSE, David E (Ordained): Transfers to the Appalachian District to be senior pastor of Faith Assembly of God, Petersburg, WV. Jean, his wife, and Andrew, Joanna, and David will be missed in PennDel.
UNDERWOOD, Christopher (Licensed): Transfers to Duluth, MN, to become youth pastor at Gospel Tabernacle. Chris is married to Elizabeth.
Paul Grabill David Crosby Sr. SECRETARY AND TREASURER
NEW AND UPGRADE CREDENTIALS Ordained Minister Eric Miller Christopher Foster Jeffrey Marshall William McCommons George Prior Dawn Kollar Pamela Cox Joshua Fowler
Licensed Minister William Miller Jr Eric Rupert James Whited Sr Carlo Strazzullo Darrin Mitchley Jeffrey Dean Jeffrey Higgins Laurie Lesoon Troy Gauthier Nicholas Pollak
PERRY, Brian K (Licensed): Moves to Sevierville, TN to become a church planter. Lynda is his wife and Brianna and Anthony are his children.
APPLEGARTH, Keith L (Ordained):
Certified Minister Ella Kerstetter Brian Bolt
Transfers from Monroeville, PA to Bowling Green, Ohio as a children’s pastor. Keith is married to June and they have three children
THOMAS, Jack (Licensed): Transfers from New Castle, PA to Winter Haven, FL as youth pastor. Jamie is Jack’s wife.
Pastoral Changes: FOX, Daniel to Fair Ridge Pentecostal, Shade Gap, PA. – senior pastor
COMPTON, Kevin to Trinity Assembly, Nicholson, PA – youth pastor
McCLENITHAN, Cole to Central Assembly, Bethlehem, PA – senior pastor
DI SALVATORE, Albert to New Life, East Berlin, PA – youth pastor
WERKHEISER, Frederick to Faith Assembly, Cressona, PA – senior pastor
SEELEY Jr, David to Bethel Assembly, Ebensburg, PA – senior pastor
SMITH, Walter to Abundant Life, Altoona, PA – senior pastor
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Tom Rees ASSISTANT TO THE SUPERINTENDENT Honor Bound Church Planting and Development email@example.com
At the 2006 Penn-Del MinistrieSummit we will be partnering together to help raise $50,000 for two church planting projects. For every dollar given, the district will be matching it with Keyman Funds for new church plants. You will have an opportunity to hear their story at Sectional Council.
Real Life Community Church, Middletown, Delaware www.rlcchurch.org
We are so excited about all that God is doing here at RLCC. Our Sunday morning attendance is averaging 80, our Wednesday evening programs are expanding and growing, and our people are catching the vision to “be a healthy church which looks outside itself to the needs of our neighbors, community, and world—while becoming fully devoted followers of Christ. As part of the vision, we are looking forward to the opportunity to break ground on the 22 acres we own at the Western edge of town. Over the next seven years there will be 5,000 more new homes built in our community, and we believe the plans to build a 10,000 square foot facility will help us to fulfill the mission God has given us. Thank you for your support and investment in God’s kingdom, and the lives in our community. Pastor Hans Pfadt, RLCC, Middletown, DE
Resurrection Life, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania www.reslifeag.org
The Holy Spirit is helping us to create effective outreaches to the people of the Nicetown section of Philadelphia. Some of our neighbors have told us that they are eager for the pre-school and after-school care, tutoring, and family enrichment services to get started. Single parents make up 68% of Nicetown’s population; 40% of the population lives in poverty. But “the presence of God’s people guarantees the presence of God,” as Otto Wegner, pastor of Philadelphia’s Highway Tabernacle frequently reminds us. As a satellite campus of Highway, we know that Resurrection Life will be filled with God’s community-transforming presence.” Pastor Steve Roser, Resurrection Life, Philadelphia, PA
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Cultivate a healthy masculine spirit in your church.
Preach shorter sermons.
A man must sense, from the moment he walks in, that church is not just for Grandma, it’s something for him. It can’t feel like a ladies’ club. The quilted banners, fresh flowers, and boxes of Kleenex in our sanctuaries make a statement. So do practices such as holding hands with your neighbor, “prayer and share” times, or highly emotional displays. Our goal is not to get men to cry; it’s to get them walking with God, however that may look. Make men feel needed and wanted.
Encourage men to use their gifts, even if they don’t fit traditional models of Christian service. Encourage them to serve the poor by working on cars or fixing up houses. Let men plan adventures and do “guy things” together.
Avoid feminine terminology.
Present Christ’s masculine side.
Pastors often focus on Jesus’ tenderness and empathy. This is a good thing, but presenting soft Jesus week after week runs the risk of turning men off. What man wants to follow Mr. Rogers? Even more bewildering are today’s praise songs – many of which feature lovey-dovey lyrics set to a romantic tune. Guys may feel unnatural singing romantic words to another man. Men want a leader, not a love object.
Souls are at Steak! The District Light-for-the-Lost Steak Wagon is available to you! The steak wagon can prepare a New York strip, BBQ ribs, or any kind of grilled meat at a great price for your Missions Banquet, Men’s Event or Community Outreach. Light for the Lost is committed to the local church and helping you accomplish the Great Commission!
Take advantage of the steak wagon by calling Bob Haggerty, Penn-Del Light-for-the-Lost Director, at (610) 838-1489.
I know pastors will hate this principle, but men say that “long, boring sermons” are the #1 reason they avoid church. Thanks to TV, today’s men have an attention span of six to eight minutes (the length between commercials). Why not use this to your advantage? Break your sermon into six- to eight-minute segments with a song, drama, video clip, or object lesson in between. Remember, Jesus’ most beloved lessons were his parables, none of which takes more than two minutes to teach. His parables survive today because men remembered them.
Christian men use terms such as precious, share, and relationship -- words you’d never hear on the lips of a typical man. We talk a lot about the saved and the lost; men don’t want to be either. And here’s a term that puzzles a lot of guys: a personal relationship with Jesus. Christ’s bold, masculine command, “Follow Me!” is now, “Have a relationship with Me.” We’ve recast Jesus’ offer in feminine terms.
Calvary Assembly of God, Dover, DE Saturday, May 20, 2006 Do you have a vision for the men of your church? Are you passionate about helping men grow in their faith? Are you unsure of what to do next? Bring a group of leaders from your church to this regional training to learn a proven strategy to build disciples in your church. The Essentials of a Sustainable Ministry to Men is a one day course for men’s ministry teams. Bob Keiderling will facilitate this interactive event designed for leaders to develop a common vision and formulate a plan to achieve it. Offered by United Men of Faith, in partnership with HonorBound and Man in the Mirror. For more information contact: Louis Memmolo (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Bob Keiderling (BobK@umof.org) 610.217.1723 CONNEXIONS SPRING 2006
Doug Sayers YOUTH www.penndelyouth.com
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Paul Grabill ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENT
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George Krebs CHRISTIAN EDUCATION email@example.com
Looking for a way to cast the vision?
The Pennsylvania Delaware District Council has partnered with the Purpose Driven Church Group to help churches embrace renewal and transformation. This partnership will allow Penn-Del churches to register in “40 Days of Purpose” and “40 Days of Community” at a greatly reduced rate of $100. This partnership rate will only apply
Now only $100
DAYS OF PURPOSE
June Campaign, '06: June 11–July 23 Registration Deadline: March 31
July Campaign, '06: July 16–August 27 Registration Deadline: May 31 Contact the District Office for the appropriate registration code.
Looking to build real purpose and community in the local church? Look into small groups. Chances are you have small group happening (Sunday School, electives, task groups such as children’s ministry or ushers). Help the groups in your church find purpose and community. They will never be the same after they are empowered to minister. Check out a Small Group Symposium near you this April.
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Small Group Symposium
When is discipleship, training, teaching and equipping most effective? When it’s done in small groups Join us for a time of equipping and refreshing for small group leaders. We will also network on starting and developing small group ministry. This venue will serve Pastor and Lay Leaders.
Monroeville Monroeville Assembly of God: Tuesday, April 18 at 7 PM Camp Hill Christian Life Assembly: Tuesday, April 25 at 7 PM Workshops: • Finding your group purpose • Continual equipping of group leaders • Building community groups • Multiplying small groups • Pastoral care through small groups • Help: I’ve been asked to lead a group?
Paul Grabill ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENT
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Paul Kirschbaum YOUTH ALIVE firstname.lastname@example.org
we sent a challenge out to all youth groups to reach your friends and compete against each other across the Penn–Del District. Well here we go again. Check out the poster above and go on to Penndelyouth.com to get the forms needed to enter your team or teams in this years competition!
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Please remember that Sportsfest is an opportunity to get unchurched students to interact with your youth ministry. If you have 4 or 5 students interested in competing, don’t put them all on one team. Have them each go get an unchurched friend who is into the sport as well. This is the lowest level of evangelism that is available. Literally, every student in our youth group that is into sports can do this. If you have not already done so, please develop a Sportsfest director in your youth ministry. Every church has that “sports nut” who played on ten intramural teams in college or watches way too much ESPN. Get a vision for this ministry and I guarantee you will be blessed and be a blessing to your community. All info needed for getting your team registered is online now waiting for you, don’t miss this great opportunity to reach the lost.
Paul Grabill Harold Crosby WORLD MISSIONS
KEVIN AND ANNIE FOLK received their
visas and after packing, departed for ministry in Spain on January 8th. They raised their budget in record time and want to thank all of our churches. Please remember to pray for them as they settle in to their work. THERON AND ALDONNA ROUSH have had
great support from our churches while on furlough and now they return to their work of planting churches in Colombia. Already they have several new churches being planned along with assisting those newly planted.
ED AND FAITH FERGUSON have completed
their furlough and are ready to depart for new ministry in Germany sometime in the middle of February. They will be stationed at Ramstein Air Force Base where much of their ministry will be to the military. JOSEPH AND HEIDI BARRALE are resident
missionaries at Valley Forge Christian College while home on furlough from their work as missionaries to the university students of Austria. Both daughters are teens and attending high school.
GARRY AND SHERYL MENKE are busy in
ministry in Kiev, Ukraine. Gary is president of Evangel Theological Seminary while Sheryl is teaching English to 10th and 11th graders in the public school. They thank all of our district youth for their Speed-the-Light car. JOHN AND WILMA HALL continue to
evangelize children while distributing Bibles in Nicaragua. They responded to the cry for help after the recent hurricanes and hastened to distribute food and water to the thousands in need. JACK AND GEORGIA BELIN have been
kept extremely busy with all the disasters Convoy of Hope ministers to throughout the world, including Central America, Eastern Europe, Pakistan, Western Africa and many other countries of the world. JIM AND SHERRY SABELLA are home on
furlough from their ministry in Central Europe. Their headquarters are in Prague, Czech Republic. Jim is area director for all of our 155A/G missionaries with their families who serve in Central Europe.
IT IS THAT TIME OF THE YEAR… For reporting, that is. All of us, whether we like it or not, have to review the year just past—2005—and then report how we did. Are you ready for this? Gather up all your receipts and then tell the IRS how much money you made, write a check and pay your taxes. Do you enjoy this exercise? Few do. And how about the ACMR? Did you feel good about reporting what your church accomplished last year? How many missionaries did you host? Did you have a missionary convention? If your answer was “No”, there is still time to make up for it this year. Did I hear you say you couldn’t afford a convention? Not a valid excuse, because we make it easy and inexpensive. We bring in four veteran missionaries, pay their expenses, and have them available to your church. What’s the catch? All you need do is schedule the services with your Sectional Missions Rep, then get excited about reaching out to a lost world. We can supply you with a free “how to” book that will give you step by step details on what to do to have a great convention. Your job is to rally your people, plan the services, then go! We can’t make it any easier for you than that. So far, you haven’t spent a dime, and if you follow instructions, the services will carry your church to a new high and give everyone a fresh vision to win the lost. And – get this – it can provide an increase in your church income you never dreamed possible. Still don’t believe me? Go ask some of the pastors who have an annual missions convention, and see what it does for their churches. Oh, I forgot one thing. Would it be asking too much to take an offering in each service for the missionary?
THE FALL 2006 MISSIONS TOUR IS MADE FOR YOU It will begin on October 8 and end on November 19 and will travel to each of our sections for four days. The visiting missionaries will be: Jeff Dove, Thailand Ken Ferguson – Center for Ministry to Muslims Rick Wislocky – Hungary Dennis Seler – Latin America FACULTAD Here is the travel schedule and sectional dates: SWM – Oct 8 pm–Oct 11 SCW – Oct 12–Oct 15 am SC – Oct 15 pm–Oct 18 SCE – Oct 19–Oct 22 am SE – Oct 22 pm–Oct 25 DEL – Oct 26–Oct 29 am EC – Oct 29 pm–Nov 1 NE – Nov 2–Nov 5 am NC – Nov 5 pm–Nov 8 NCW – Nov 9–Nov 12 am NW – Nov 12 pm–Nov 15 SWS – Nov 16–Nov 19 Call your Sectional Missions Rep and enroll your church today.
AIRFARE FOR OUR MISSIONARIES
You have blessed our missionaries over the years by paying their airfare to the field to minister where God has called them. Once each year we ask you for an offering to cover this expense and you have always responded generously. Thank you. We will receive your offering this year on Tuesday evening, May 2nd at the District Council in Camp Hill Christian Life Assembly. This is one way we can all help in obedience to the Great Commission. Thank you.
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Ruth Puleo WOMEN OF PURPOSE email@example.com
Women of Purpose Conference
November 9–11, 2006 Special Guest Kay Arthur, Precept Ministries Soloists Pam Seaman & Sue Dodge
piritual Transformation is exemplified in nature by the metamorphosis of the caterpillar into the butterfly. The potential for beauty and elevation was always there, but the process is absolutely necessary for this transformation to take place. “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come” 2 Corinthians 5:17. Most of us want to be like Christ, but none of us relish the cocoon experience that enables us to let go of the old and become a completely new person. To be “in the cocoon with Christ” involves saying “yes” to God in every area of our lives and instant obedience to His will. As Matthew 6:33 (Amp) instructs us,
“aim at and strive after His way of doing and being right and then all these things taken together will be given you.” After giving God first place in our lives, we are called to spend time “in the cocoon” with Him through reading the Word and prayer. “…Be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is…” Romans 12:2. We will begin thinking like Christ as we share quality time with Him. The potential for us to exude Jesus Christ and to reach spiritual heights is residing within each of us, simply waiting for us to enter into a daily, intimate relationship with Him.
Dinner Theater Creative Friendzy Comedians
Women of Purpose Scholarships were awarded to Alisha Pugh and Ann Anders
Ladies Leadership Summit... November 10 9:00—11:30 a.m.
Tract One Generations (Cross-generational Ministries) Kay Gross Tract Two Government (Faith Based Initiatives) Cheryl W. Appline Special Feature Garnish (Outreach Opportunity) Mon Ami Ministries
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Alisha—“I would like to express my sincere appreciation for the Penn-Del Women’s Scholarship. This is a great blessing to me as I am completing my final year here at Valley Forge Christian College.” Alisha is a senior, World Missions major, who spent her summer interning in China and is seeking God’s direction for a ministry on the foreign field.
Our name has changed… We are Women of Purpose!
In the past we held the title of…Women’s
Missionary Council. Then it changed to… Women’s Ministries. Most recently we became… Women’s Ministries Unlimited. However, the women of the Penn-Del District have emerged from the cocoon as a vibrant butterfly known as the…Women of Purpose. Our name and logo has been officially registered. Therefore any use of the logo must be within the framework of promotion for ministry and not used for the production of products for sale.
Ann—“Being selected for this scholarship is truly an honor and I am humbled to receive it. This scholarship is a real blessing to me because I wasn’t sure how I was going to financially pay for this semester.” Ann is a senior at Valley Forge Christian College and a Children’s Ministry major with the desire to become a Children’s pastor in the inner city.
Crystal… As a thank you for our contribution of $7,000 to the Book of Hope for the production of the God Man film in the languages of the world, we have received the honor of displaying the Masque de Femme - Lalique Crystal for one year.
Sharon Poole MISSIONETTES
hen my children were infants, my husband and I decided it would be important to begin some family traditions. So every Christmas I would sew special “Christmas jammies” to be given to Nick and Natasha on Christmas Eve. The next morning a breakfast of Belgian waffles with strawberries and whipped cream became our custom. One by one tradition began to fill the holiday season. It became important to make sure that we complied with each “ritual.” It wasn’t Christmas unless each and every rite was carried out. One year after a particularly busy schedule, I decided to forego some of the yearly habits. I gave in to the hustle and bustle of the season and purchased the Christmas jammies. While they did not have the personal TLC that only a mother can give, the thought was still there. I wanted to continue the tradition without the effort. Needless to say, the change in tradition was noticed by both Nick and Natasha. Store-bought jammies were not acceptable. It was important that the tradition continued—for the sake of tradition. What was lost was the thought that we were celebrating Christmas—the birth of our Savior! Often in our local Church we get caught up in the tradition of what we have always done. Gone is the reason for doing it! Jesus Christ came to seek and to save those who are lost. Our efforts need to be in saving those lost for the sake of the Kingdom of God. Are we willing to reach them or to just to carry on tradition? In Missionettes we are learning to adapt the program to meet the needs of our community. At no time do we change the gospel. But the methods of our sharing may need to be adjusted to the community around us.
Information concerning each of these events can be obtained from: Sharon Poole 1309 Darlington Road Beaver Falls, PA 15010 Phone: 724-843-1913 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
“Relevant Without Compromise” is the theme of our Missionettes Magniﬁed Leadership Retreat April 21-23 at the Philip Bongiorno Conference Center in Carlisle, PA. All Coordinators, Sponsors and Helpers are urged to attend this inspirational and educational weekend. Leann Sparks Cherry will be the speaker. The Saturday evening service will include a time to honor Missionettes Sponsors from the 1950’s.
The Friends and Girls Only Retreat will be held June 9-11 at the PBCC in Carlisle, PA. Featured speaker Andy Estrella will minister on the theme “DIVE” encouraging our young ladies to dive in to all that God has for them. Andy is a Missionary Associate with the Thrive Student Centers in Springﬁeld, MO.
“Wellspring – Saturated” will be the theme of the Stars Powette to be held June 15-17 at the PBCC in Carlisle, PA. Jessica Vega, Kid’s Pastor at New Life Assembly of God, Lancaster, PA will be the speaker.
CONNEXIONS SPRING 2006
Greg Scott ROYAL RANGERS
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Royal Ranger Dates for 2006
District Powwow—“Adventures in Time”
District BB Gun Competition April 28-29, 2006
JUNE 23-25, 2006 at Honey Grove Royal Ranger Camp
George Washington Chapter Spring Trace May 5-7, 2006 Junior Leadership Training Camps June 19-22, 2006 District Powwow June 23-25, 2006 National Camporama July 17-21, 2006
District Powwow has moved from the hot days of August to the pleasant days of June. Our special guest speaker will be Rev. Jim Balzano, SCW section presbyter and pastor of Pleasant Valley Assembly in Altoona, PA. Mark you calendar now and make sure that your outpost attends this fun filled and challenging event. This will be the premier district event of the summer. You can learn more about this camping experience by visiting our webpage at www.pdrangers.org.
Fall Camporee West September 22-24, 2006 Fall Camporee East Sept. 29-Oct. 1, 2006
George Washington Chapter Fall Trace October 27-29, 2006
JULY 17-21, 2006 at Camp Eagle Rock, MO
District ROTY Testing November 3-4, 2006
Junior Leadership Training Academy JUNE 19-22, 2006 The Junior Leadership Training Academy is the experience of a lifetime. You will be challenged to give the Master Ranger Lordship over your life. Over the course of your training experience you will develop skills in: camping, backpacking, canoeing, and wilderness survival. You will also enjoy outstanding Christian fellowship with your Ranger brothers in the out-of-doors. The friends, experiences, and knowledge you gain will stay with you for the rest of your life. Check it out and apply today. For more details contact Cmdr. Paul Sheaffer at 717-795-2992.
CONNEXIONS SPRING 2006
Cmdr. Scott gives the Ranger Kids the grand tour at 2005 District Powwow
Once every 4 years our boys have the opportunity to attend National Camporama. During the week of July 17-21, 2006, an estimated 7,500 boys and men from the US and many foreign countries will travel to Eagle Rock, Missouri for this once-in-a-lifetime event. From the dawn of the early morning through the dark star-filled night, many exciting events will capture the attention of the campers. Visit our National website at www.royalrangers.ag.org for more information regarding this exciting event. All registrations must be sent to the district and not directly to National Office. Registration deadline is May 1, 2006. Check for updates regarding this event and information pertaining to our district on our district Royal Ranger website at www.pdrangers.org.
January thru March are chartering months for outposts within our district. If you have not yet chartered, now is the time to take action. Do not send charters to the National office. Send them directly to the district charter secretary, Cmdr. Howard Donze. To charter a Ranger outpost contact your sectional commander or via e-mail to the district commander. Also remember that while chartering, it is a good opportunity to submit the district and sectional Ranger support of $60 each per year. This is also a good time to turn in Commander’s Awards applications for the year 2005.
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Saber Corps Inductees Congratulations to Jordan Craig, Daniel Vozenelik, and Dan Tice! At the District ROTY, November 4-5, 2005, these young men were presented their Sabers as elite Expedition Rangers who have excelled in ministry leadership. Pastor Cole McClenithan Installation at Central Assembly of God, Bethlehem
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Installation at Monroeville, Assembly of God
2006 Youth Winter Retreat
Pastor Frederick Werkheiser Installation at Faith Assembly of God, Cressona
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CONNEXIONS SPRING 2006
Loan Fund Celebrates 25 Years of Service
2006 Philip Bongiorno
Executive Director Denise Folk
marks the twenty-fifth anniversary for the Pennsylvania-Delaware District Loan Fund. The Loan Fund’s slogan is, “An Investment That Works”. You may wonder how the Fund works. First, the Loan Fund works for the Glory of God. It exists to bring glory to the One who is the source of “every good and perfect gift”. Secondly, the Loan Fund works for the Kingdom of God. For twenty-five years, the lending Rates as of March 1, 2006 practice of the Fund has helped many District churches to grow ($500.00 Minimum Investment) and fulfill their mission and ministry. Finally, the Loan Fund works for the people of God by returning a competitive rate of interest Demand Note 3.00% to investors whose concern extends beyond their own personal 6 Month Note 3.50% gain to include souls that are being won to Christ as the Loan Fund 1 Year Note 3.75% partners with local churches and individual investors to carry out 2 1/2 Year Note 4.50% the Great Commission.
4 Year Note
If you’re interested in an investment that works for God’s glory, God’s Kingdom and God’s people, then you’re interested in the Penn-Del Loan Fund. 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 offer ing is made only by the prospectus. These unsecured debt securities are NOT available to residents outside of Pennsylvania or Delaware. The notes are not savings or deposit accounts or other obligations of a bank and are not insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, any state bank insurance fund, the Securities Investor Protection Corporation or any other governmental agency.
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Spring 2006 Volume 53 No. 2 USPS 165-700