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Wishing for This A Christmas Wish Craig & Cindy Lauterbach, our guest contributors, share their Christmas Wish (see page 4).

4TH QTR 2011 | VOLUME 58 NO. 4 | USPS 165-700

Marjie Tourville

Guest Contributor

“my times are in your hands…”

My wish for Christmas is to be with family!! My attempt to provide “hands-on” fun with our 6 grandchildren developed into another pageant!!! Psalm 31:15 says “my times are in your hands…” What a perfect theme to testify of ways God’s hand has directed us in 2011! Let’s develop this theme… Food • Finger food and cookies made with a hand-shaped cookie cutter Decorations • Mittens, gloves, nail polish, blow up disposable gloves Pageant ideas • Puppet show of Jesus healing man with withered hand • Each person reads a scripture referring to “the hand of God” (I have them electronically • Sing “O Be Careful Little Hands” or “He’s Got the Whole World” Activities • Using scrapbook paper, trace & cut out your hand. Each family uses a different color, paste them to a cardboard wreath and give to someone in nursing home • Play paper, rock, scissors • Have “show and tell” with handcraft projects as simple as a coloring page or complex as a sewing project or woodworking creation Ecclesiastes 9:10 says “Whatever your hand finds to do – do it with all your might.”Let your imagination run wild – let this Christmas be “hands-on.” Your wish for a family fun Christmas is just around the corner! Let’s testify of our “hands-on” God to the next generation! With Love, Happy Mamaw

What would you like to give to Jesus for Christmas...

From th e Tourville grandchildren

Josia (age 12): Since God has everything, maybe we can give something to the poor in His name Daniel (age 11): Our hearts, or perhaps write him a song Kyle (age 9):  I would do the best that I could in school and stuff Lydia (age 8):  Jesus would want our praise, or maybe he would really like a Jewish person to believe in Him, since they are his “special people” Emma (age 6): Something really a golden heart. The golden heart would be really really big!! Or a silver smile. Or lots and lots of red hearts Sarah (age 4):  I would wrap him up a Bible, cause that’s what I would like                 2


Pastor Stephen Tourville, D.Min. Superintendent 717.795.5921

Wishing for This

The excitement of a wrapped gift for birthday or Christmas can be difficult to contain for a three year old. As we age, we attempt to control our emotional reaction. The more times we have circled the sun (to use Dick Foth’s terminology) the more difficult it is for us to be wowed. We become harder to impress and, at least for men, it is difficult to find just the right gift. However, speaking for myself, the little boy inside really does enjoy gifts, especially surprises! What are we “wishing for” this Christmas? Perhaps you are “wishing” (hoping, praying) for a job or perhaps some down time away from the pressure or stress of the job. Perhaps you wish to see the loved one who has been unavailable for so long. Ultimately, there is only one who can satisfy the longing inside. He is the “friend who sticks closer than a brother.” He is the one who “became flesh and dwelt among us.” The Apostle Paul penned these profound words of gratitude; “Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift.” (2 Corinthians 9:15) Jesus is the greatest gift we could wish for!

Merry Christmas ~ The Tourvilles



Pastor Craig & Cindy Lauterbach Guest Contributors River of Life Church Doylestown, PA

A Christmas Wish By Craig & Cindy Lauterbach

Take a moment to read Luke 2:25-32 – "And behold, there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon, and this man was just and devout, waiting for the Consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. So he came by the Spirit into the temple. And when the parents brought in the Child Jesus, to do for Him according to the custom of the law, he took Him up in his arms and blessed God and said: Lord, now You are letting Your servant depart in peace, according to Your word; For my eyes have seen Your salvation which You have prepared before the face of all peoples, a light to bring revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of Your people Israel."




hat are you wishing for today? What is it your heart longs for? We remember celebrating Christmas as a family when our daughters were young. Once summer had come to an end and school was back in session, there was one question our children would ask us at least once a week. “Mommy and daddy, how many more days is it until Christmas?” Our four little girls could not wait for December 25. On Christmas Eve it was all we could do to get them in bed and asleep. At the crack of Laura Lauterbach dawn we would hear the sound of tiny feet running into the living room and shouting, “Wake up, wake up, it’s Christmas! Get out of bed so we can open the presents.” This was the day they had waited and longed for. Nothing was going to keep them away from opening the gifts placed under the Christmas tree. We will never forget those years. They are precious memories we’ll carry into eternity. In the scripture above, Joseph and Mary had brought the child, Jesus, to the temple for consecration and while entering the temple, they were met by a man whose name is Simeon. Years prior God promised Simeon he would not see death until he first saw the Messiah. Year after year, month after month, week after week, and day after day, he had come to the temple to pray and worship. Hundreds of families had brought their children to the temple, not to mention countless false prophets proclaiming to be Messiah. Simeon had seen his share of imposters while waiting for the fulfillment of God’s promise. So what was it that caused him to take notice of Jesus? Our text says it was revealed to him by the Holy Spirit. WOW! This is what we need as Christians. Like Simeon, if we take time to get alone with the Lord, the Holy Spirit will strengthen, sustain and direct us. Spending quality time with Him enables us to see, hear, and understand things the way He does. When this happens, it will change the way we think, the way we speak, and even the way we see things. No one had to convince Simeon about Jesus. Mary and Joseph didn’t share about her supernatural conception, angelic visitation, or Joseph’s dreams. When Simeon saw Jesus, he knew. This same knowing is what enabled us to walk through the most difficult time in our lives. When our youngest daughter Laura lost her life in a tragic auto accident in 2007, we were devastated but not destroyed. We learned from the life of Simeon and allowed the Holy Spirit to reveal Jesus to us. Jesus is the reason for our hope and faith. Even though there will be one less gift to wrap and one less seat at the dinner table, we have hope. Like Simeon, we have seen Jesus. Our Christmas wish is that the Holy Spirit will reveal the Messiah to you as He did for Simeon.

You can shed tears that she is gone

Or you can smile because she has lived.

You can close your eyes and pray that she'll come back,


 you can open your eyes and see all she's left. Your heart can be empty because you can't see her

Or you can be full of the love you shared.

You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday.


 you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday. You can remember her and only that she's gone


you can cherish her memory and let it live on. You can cry and close your mind, be empty and turn your back

Or you can do what she'd want:

smile, open your eyes, love and go on.

~ Author Unknown

COPING WITH GRIEF AT CHRISTMAS • Don’t put excessive expectations on yourself. Don’t expect the holidays to be the same. • Rearrange furniture to reduce “absence” reminders. • Avoid sugar highs and lows because they naturally induce emotional lows. • Reach out to the more burdened. Ask Jesus to love through you. • Release everything to the Lord, including any so-called regrets. • Give yourself permission to cry. Jesus wept. Weeping releases excessive tension. • Remember: Trials don’t indicate a reduction in God’s love for you. “He is ready to…stand in the gap between you and the pain, and to be your constant companion in the dark hours. He loves you.” - Loved by Rebecca St. James Adapted from by Stacie Ruth Stoelting


Bryan Koch Assistant Superintendent

610-678-0266 ext. 224

But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, (Galatians 4:4 NIV). Our prayer for each minister and family in PennDel is that you will have a blessed and fruitful Christmas!

e Brett, Lynn, Bryan, Ben, Bryc

MARK YOUR CALENDAR NOW FOR FUTURE REGIONAL EVENTS FOR CATALYST! The PRIMARY AIM of the PennDel Catalyst Network is to plant and re-launch churches in Pennsylvania and Delaware. CENTRAL REGION EVENT “Imagine Leadership Event” Thursday March 15, 2012 • 9 am - 7 pm IMAGINE is a one day event at Freedom Valley Worship Center for pastors, children’s ministry, youth ministry, and worship teams to sharpen their skills and imagine the future.

About People ///

David Crosby Sr. Secretary / Treasurer World Missions

Ministers Transferring Out: ANDERSON, Andre (Certified) – To Illinois BEER, Melissa (Licensed) – To North Dakota BOYCE, John (Ordained) – To South Carolina BUCCI, Joseph (Ordained) – To Potomac BURTRAN, Ashley (Ordained) – To Ohio BURTRAN, Joshua (Licensed) – To Ohio CAMPBELL, Dwayne (Ordained) – To Northern New England CLUCK, Justin (Licensed) – To Ohio CRAWFORD, Edward (Ordained) – To North Dakota DIPIETRO Jr, David (Ordained) – To Pen Florida GALINDO, Jennifer (Ordained) – To Michigan HOMEIER, James (Licensed) – To Northern Cal/Nevada KOZAK, Jonathan (Licensed) – To New York MATTOCKS, Heather (Licensed) – To New York MATTOCKS, Isaiah (Licensed) – To New York MICHAUX, Timothy D (Licensed) – To South Texas ROBINSON, Timothy (Ordained) – To Potomac SCOTTON, Jeffrey (Licensed) – To Ohio WORHACH, Jason (Licensed) – To New Jersey

Ministers Transferring In: ARCINIEGA, Osvaldo (Licensed) – From Pen Florida BEADLE, Joshua (Licensed) – From New Jersey BENSON, Ronald (Licensed) – From Minnesota CLARKSON, William (Licensed) – From Michigan CRUM, Benjamin (Licensed) – From Pen Florida GREGORY, Tiffany (Certified) – From Georgia JABLONSKI, Jason (Certified) – From Ohio MARSHALL, J. Micah (Licensed) – From Potomac MCNAUGHTON, Cherisse (Licensed) – From Northwest RICHTER, Marvin (Ordained) – From New Jersey SPULER, Jeff (Ordained) – From New Jersey WOLFRATH, Douglas (Licensed) – From South Carolina ZURRICA, Kevin (Licensed) – From Southern Missouri

717.795.5921 New and Upgraded Credentials: Certified Minister Armstrong, Christine Bishop, Darlene Maxwell, David Schneeberger, Charity Schneeberger, Joshua Scott, Jeanette Suhovsky, Joan Suhovsky, Kenneth Teter, Catherine VanHouten, John Weisensale, Izetta Licensed Minister Acevedo, Nicholas Becker, Chad Chapman II, P. Douglas Courtney, Jennifer Craig, Michael Funk IV, Edward Gruber, Justin Harvey, Lyndsi Johnson, Craig Knapp, Jeremy Kranjec, Alex Little, Joshua Mathias, Kristin Michalowski, Stephen Rosenblum, David Rousselle, Glenn Tomes, Robert VanLuven, Aaron Williams, Sharon

Pastoral Transitions: Mark Boucher to Highway Mission Tabernacle, Philadelphia, PA Edward Carocci to New Beginnings AG, Kane, PA Peter Milosky to Bristol AG, Bristol, PA Thomas Plunkett, Jr to Beaver Assembly of God, Beaver, PA Nicholas Poole to Calvary AG, Irwin, PA Joseph Terreri to Spring Valley Community Church, Royersford, PA Milford Watters to Emmanuel AG, Allentown, PA

CHURCH STATUS CHANGES: District Council Affiliated Deep Water Church Dover, DE Jeffrey Dyer, Pastor Freedom Life Church Lewisburg, PA Tony Cruz, Pastor New Life Assembly of God Philadelphia, PA Woubshet Humaso, Pastor

General Council Affiliated City Reach Church Pittsburgh, PA Brian Bolt, Pastor Lifestone Church Pittsburgh, PA Jack Thomas, Pastor Parent Affiliated Church (PAC) City Life Church Philadelphia, PA Brad Leach, Pastor Parent: Allison Park Church City Reach Church Reading PA Parent: Pittsburgh City Outreach Skypointe Church Wilmington, DE Daniel Day, Pastor Parent: Wilmington First AG Sparrow Fellowship Waterford, PA Scott Crowell, Pastor Parent: Erie First AG

With the Lord: Paul E. Grabill, 56, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, August 11, 2011 after battling cancer for many years. Pastor Grabill is survived by his loving wife, Arline; two sons, Rob and Ryan; daughter-in-love, Ireida (Rob’s wife); and a countless local, national and international family in Christ. He will be incredibly missed by his family, local church family and so many people across the world, few will ever forget the wisdom, compassion and legacy that defined Pastor Paul E. Grabill. Edith A. Miles, 85, entered her final rest on Saturday, August 27, 2011. She was a retired Ordained Minister and Professor. She served as an English Professor at Eastern Bible Institute and Central Bible College; Staff Writer, Gospel

Publishing House, Editor of CBC Alumni News; News Editor of Pentecostal Evangel, and a freelance author. Edith was the widow of Rev. Leon Miles, former secretary-treasurer of the NY District.

God, Harrisburg. She also traveled extensively with her husband, who served as the District Superintendent of the Pennsylvania-Delaware District Council of the Assemblies of God, for twenty-four years.

Janette E. Bongiorno, 81, of Mechanicsburg, went home to be with her Lord, on Saturday, September 3, 2011. Janette is survived by her loving husband of 59 years, Rev. Philip Bongiorno; three sons, Michael, John, and Philip; one daughter, Jenna, seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Anthony R. Mayeski, 93, went home to be with his Lord on Saturday, September 17, 2011, at his home. For fifty years he pastored churches at Steelton, Reading, East Greenville, Strausburg, and Shickshinny. Pastor Mayeski was preceded in death by his wife Catherine. He is survived by his wife Ruby, daughter Dolores, sons Samuel and Phillip, and stepdaughters Rita Brinkman and Rhonda Shaffer, nine grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

Janette served with her husband as a partner in ministry in four churches; Milesburg, Punxsutawney, Sarver, and First Assembly of



World Missions ///

Christmas Traditions Around the World Bolivia – Steve and Lori Potutschnig The main decorative focus is the presebre, or nativity scene. Due to summertime, cold drinks are served and the tables are often decorated with blooming flowers. On Christmas Eve, families go to church for the Misa Del Gallo (Midnight Mass). Families return home to share a traditional meal, Picana, a stew of chicken, beef, lamb, corn, carrots, peas, potatoes and seasonings. Paneton (big bread) is also served and exchanged when visiting friends and family. It is tall and large, made with raisins, other dried fruits and nuts. Dominican Republic – Joseph and Ellen Anonby Since pears are not a locally-grown fruit, they enjoy a lot of this “exotic” fruit with their festive dinners. There aren’t too many evergreens locally so families often decorate a large bare branch tree with lights.


India – John and Faith Higgins A 44 year tradition, Calcutta Assembly of God is known city-wide as ushering in the holiday with a week of spectacular drama and music, “Songs of the Season.” In this religiously pluralistic nation, it draws thousands from the Christian community, as well as Hindus, Muslims, government and police officials, business leaders, and members of the media from other religions. It has even been broadcast on national TV! Hong Kong – Steve Lilly The skyline at Hong Kong harbor during December is a tourist attraction and an exciting display as their massive skyscrapers are covered with Christmas lights. Christmas is very popular in Hong Kong, but on any given Sunday morning, only 2% of the population is in church.

Swaziland – Michael and Darlene Goodling Sadly, Christmas is vastly overlooked here. There are very few decorations even in the stores. If any gifts will be given at all, they will be gifts of food. With 70% of the population living on $1 or less per day, there is no money for extras. The focus is simply on survival from day to day.

Jewish Community – Jeff and Vicki Friedman Jewish people celebrate Hannukah, the Festival of Dedication. It commemorates the victory over the Hellenists and king Antiochus Ephiphanes and the rededication of the temple which we read about in the book of Maccabees. Y’shua celebrated this festival in John, chapter 10.

Botswana – Pat and Brenda Mahar One of our cultural Christmas traditions is that pastors of all our AG churches in Botswana go on vacation (true, but this may not work in the U.S.). Many others go to their cattle posts to tend to their cows. They will slaughter and kill one of their choice beasts for their entire family on Christmas day.

Mexico – Art and Joyce Stoneking The celebration lasts long into the night with church on Christmas Eve and a big family meal. The season continues through January 6 which is the Dia de los Reyes (Day of the Kings). A special treat served on that day is Rosca de Reyes (crown-shaped sweet bread decorated with candied fruits). A tiny figure of a baby is hidden in the dough before baking. The recipient of the piece containing the baby is obliged to host another party serving tamales before February 2 when the family Nativity scene is put away and the holiday season ends.


Czech Republic – Jim and Sherry Sabella Christmas Eve is celebrated with a feast. Carp is purchased prior and kept alive in the bathtub until ready to cook. Fish head soup, potato salad, special cookies and sweet breads are also served. Baby Jesus (Ježíšek), brings children presents on Christmas Eve. Children leave the Christmas tree room until they hear the bell (rung by parents) indicating that Baby Jesus has come with gifts. St. Mikulas (St. Nicholas) also brings gifts, on St. Mikulas Day in early December and is dressed like a bishop in white clothing rather than the red Santa suit.

Christmas Greetings

Eurasia – Omar and Pat Beiler In Lithuania on Christmas Eve, they drink poppy seed milk with a traditional meal of 12 items without meat representing the 12 apostles. The poppy seed milk drink is made from poppy seeds and sugar in water and left to stand and be stirred all day to thicken. They sleep well that night. In Bangladesh there is caroling among believers. They sing, dance, and beat a large drum. It is extremely loud and joyous. The host/hostess is expected to give tea and biscuits to the carolers and an offering to the church. On Christmas day churches provide a love feast of rice, curry, vegetables and sweetened yogurt, to share before going home. In Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, Bahrain and the UAE there are no Christmas decorations or carols being sung in the hundreds of malls. There are only a handful of local believers who celebrate Christmas. It really is more about Jesus than the holiday. This represents the face of the church among UPGs (Unreached People Groups). Jamaica – Denny and Debby Seler Christmas is a day of church and family. Service is always at 6:00 am, then family gathers for a special meal of curried goat, pork, fish, goat head soup, sorrel (which is a drink made from the sorrel plant) and Christmas cake. Interestingly, the grandparent is the one that makes the cake. They do not exchange gifts but sometimes will exchange a card.

May the spirit of Christmas bring you peace, The gladness of Christmas give you hope, The warmth of Christmas grant you love.

Dave & Betty Crosby

Greece – Tony and Jamie Sebastian Children carol on Christmas Eve and receive candy and coins. It would be as popular as Halloween in America. Parents give presents to the children on Jan 1st. They eat a New Year's cake which has a coin baked into it and whoever gets that piece has good luck.



Tom Rees

Assistant to the Superintendent Church Planting

12 Things to Do in 2012 Through the eyes of the Rees Family…


TARGET AREAS FOR CHURCH PLANTING • Bethany Beach/Ocean View, DE (Tim Satryan)

Enjoy a Banana Split

Share Holiday Cheer

• Canton (Richard Earl) • Cranberry, Venango County (Ken Martin) • Drums (Rodney Murphy) *In Process with Al DiSalvatore • DuBois (Chris Clark)

Make Time for Tea

• Elsmere Hispanic, DE (Tim Satryan) • Fogalsville (Mark Caston) *In Process with Rich Fogal • Frackville (Richard Earl)

Catch a Butterfly

• Hanover (Gerry Stoltzfoos) • Inner city Wilmington, DE (Tim Satryan) * Daniel Day Launched! • Jackson Township/Zielonople (Paul Poole) • Lewisburg (Jon Baker) * Tony Cruz Lauched! • Lower Burrell (Lance Lecocq)

Make New Friends

Savor an Antipasto

• Marshall’s Creek (Jim Rugg) • Milford, DE (Steve Miller) • Milton (Jon Baker) • New Castle/Minquadale, DE (Tim Satryan) • Norristown (Ed Crenshaw) • North Dover, DE (Roland Coon) *In Process with Jeff Dyer • Philadelphia (Dan Clark) *In Process with Doug Black

Take More Pictures

Go South of the Border

• Plum Boro (Lance Lecocq) • Plymouth Meeting (Ed Crenshaw)

Visit a Volcano

• Pottstown (Steve DeFrain) *In Process with Dustin Kipe • Selinsgrove (Richard Earl) • Smyrna, DE (Steve Miller)

Take Time for Family

• Snow Shoe (Bill Smith) • South Philly (Jeff Leake) * Brad Leach Launched! • Waymart (Jim Rugg) • Wilkes University (Dan Miller) • Wilkins Township/Churchill (Lance Lecocq) • York (Gerry Stoltzfoos) 10


Go Snorkeling

Merry Christmas

from all of us at the Bongiorno Conference Center CONNEXIONS 4TH QTR 2011


From all of us to all With Love, Pastor Steve & Marjie



ll of you


ord became flesh and blood, and moved

nto the neighborhood, we aw the glory with our own eyes, the one-of-a-kind glory, like Father, like Son, generous inside and out. e is true from start to finish. John 1:14 MSG CONNEXIONS 4TH QTR 2011


George Krebs Christian Education


012 2 , 9 1 y Ma 3 Locations: Monroeville, York, Hazleton An Opportunity for children (grades 3-6) to showcase their ministry gifts. • Stress free • Non-competitive • Human video, puppetry, vocals, instrumentals, art, poetry and more • Registration information coming soon For more information email


Emmanuel: God with us.

Christmas reminds me that God is with us. I want to thank all who have lifted my family up in prayer this past year. God has given us hope in the midst of difficulty. We celebrated the birth of our second granddaughter in October. May God bless you with a brighter future this Christmas. Have a blessed holiday from the Christian Education Department. Or as Stella and Luna, my granddaughters, would say, “Merry Christmas from Poppa G.”

George Krebs

Children’s Ministry Leadership Summit Reaching the Summit is a Team Effort We are Better togeth er


$145 per person (single occupancy) $130 per person (double occupancy) (add $10 late fee after 1/16/12) Registration includes one night’s lodging, one BGMC banquet, one breakfast, one lunch and $40 in Children’s ministry Resources. An equipping and connecting event for Children’s Pastors/ Leaders, especially the key leaders who make children’s ministry happen in the local church. See you there.

January 23-24 Bongiorno Conference Center CONNEXIONS 4TH QTR 2011


Around the District ///

100th Anniversary Emmanuel AG • Allentown, PA Rev. Eber Reitzel, Rev. Milford Watters, & Rev. Stephen Tourville Pastor Commissioning Pastor Ron & Nancy Korzeniowski Glendale AG • Coalport, PA

75th Anniversary Windsor AG Pastor James & Deborah Levkulich

Pastoral Commissioning Pastor Joe and Cheryl Terreri Spring Valley Community Church Royersford, PA 16


Pastor Commissioning Pastor Milford & Linda Watters Emmanuel AG • Allentown, PA Pastor Commissioning Pastor Jason & Jodi Lamer Faith AG • Uniontown, PA

5th Anniversary River of Life Church • Doylestown, PA Pastor Craig & Cindy Lauterbach, Senator Stewart Greenleaf

Dedication Heritage Investment Services Fund Mechanicsburg, PA

Youth Alive ///

Lee Rogers

Youth Alive Missionary 717.795.9780

What an honor it is to celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ! We love Christmas and look forward to a great time with friends and family. May the love of God and the peace that passes our understanding be pre-eminent in your home this season. God bless you and Merry Christmas!

Lee & Kiki Rogers and Jim, Eleanor, and Betty (not pictured) Kristian Walker Worship & Music 717.795.5921

The Greatest Gift...

I am so thankful that God has given us the incredible gift of music and worship. The gift of worship all began with the gift of Jesus... One of the best expressions of worship through music comes from our beloved Christmas Carols. Can you imagine Christmas without music? Here are our family's favorites, what are yours?

Kristian... O Come, O Come Emmanuel Shannon... O Holy Night Aria... It Came Upon A Midnight Clear Elise... It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas CONNEXIONS 4TH QTR 2011


national Fine arts award oF merit winners from the PennDel


Fine Arts Festival is a discipleship tool of the Assemblies of God youth ministries that is designed to “help students discover and develop their ministry gifts.” More than 70,000 students participated in fine arts nationwide. Of those, less then 7,000 participated at the national festival. On Friday, August 5, 2011, the National Fine Arts Festival announced the Top Ten from each category. Thousands of students, parents, friends and relatives gathered for this National Fine Arts Festival Celebration Service.



“Ignite” Team – Small Vocal Ensemble (New Life Assembly of God, Lancaster, PA) (a) Braxton McCollum – Children’s Lesson Solo (Mount Morris Gospel Tabernacle, Mount Morris, PA) (b) “HM Inaudible Mathematics” Team – Contemporary Instrumental Ensemble (Glad Tidings, Reading, PA) “The Power of Love” Team – Short Film Group (Glad Tidings, Reading, PA) Eduardo Nieto – Spanish Short Sermon Award of Merit (Victory Christian Fellowship, Norristown, PA) (c) “Saved by the Bells” Team – Traditional Percussion Ensemble (Shrewsbury AG, Shrewsbury, PA) (d)



Congratulations to the students who plaCed in the top ten in their Category! partiCipant/group

2011 Fine arts season seCtional Fine arts February 18, 2012

distriCt Fine arts April 4-6, 2012

national Fine arts August 6-10, 2012



In Awe Revolution The Silly Puddies Lost and Found Good Hearts Puppet Group Desiree Bonitz Trinity Bells Kaitlyn Essig Jorge Mendez Emily Tambellini Crosstown Group Christian Laliberte Brandon Jordan Patience Ekuta The Chromatic Wakeup Julia Manges Caitlin Wallace The Transit Light Group Helen Tafesse Eric Maust Eric Connolly Café Con Leche Group Andrew Arcangeli The Pinky Toes Corrine Twigg Andrew Maust 220 Group Audrey Birkhimer Moving On Joshua Naehr Emily Rhoades Sing for Joy Christ’s Crescendo Sky Bound


Allison Park Church, Allison Park Glad Tidings AG, Reading First AG, Greencastle Fair Ridge Pentecostal a/g, Shade Gap Shrewsbury AG, Shrewsbury Shrewsbury AG, Shrewsbury Glad Tidings AG, Reading Central Assembly, Bethlehem Allison Park Church, Allison Park Allison Park Church, Allison Park Allison Park Church, Allison Park Faith AG, Uniontown Victory Christian Fellowship, Norristown Glad Tidings AG, Reading Glad Tidings AG, Bloomsburg El Shaddai AG, Nazareth Victory Christian Fellowship, Norristown First AG, York Allison Park Church, Allison Park Allison Park Church, Allison Park Christian Life Center, Bensalem Christian Life Center, Bensalem Glad Tidings AG, Reading Grace AG, Spring City Allison Park Church, Allison Park Allison Park Church, Allison Park First AG, Greencastle Christian Life Center, Bensalem Christian Life Center, Bensalem Praise AG, North Versailles Allison Park Church, Allison Park El Shaddai AG, Nazareth Christian Life Center, Bensalem



Worship Team Children’s Lesson Group American Sign Language Group Puppetry Group Traditional Percussion Solo Traditional Percussion Ensemble Songwriting Solo Guitar Solo Three-Dimensional Visual Art Children’s Lesson Group Traditional Percussion Solo Graphic Design First Person Essay Christian Band String Solo Three-Dimensional Visual Art Christian Band Female Vocal Solo, Jr. Guitar Solo Rap Solo Rap Group Rap Solo Large Vocal Ensemble Children’s Lesson Solo Keyboard Solo Choir Group American Sign Language Solo Large Drama Ensemble Short Sermon, Sr. Puppetry Solo Large Vocal Ensemble Traditional Instrumental Ensemble Christian Band

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Ruth Puleo

Women of Purpose 570.424.3275

At this Christmas Season, we are in awe of the priceless gift of salvation that has been so freely given to us. We reflect on the gift of family and the joy we share when we gather with all of our children and grandchildren. As our family gathered in June, we celebrated John’s graduation with an MA in counseling and 40 years of ministry on the eve of his 60th birthday. We are blessed with many wonderful friends and colleagues in the ministry. As we recall these most precious gifts, we are also extremely thankful for the privilege of serving the PennDel Ministry Network through Women of Purpose and for opportunities to make a difference in lives such as the 2011 project of the Redemption Home changing the lives of girls in Delhi, India. With our fondest appreciation for each one of you and a prayer that you will be blessed this year with the gifts in life that count the most for eternity.

Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year, John and Ruth Puleo

For ALl Women ///

Sharon Poole

This Christmas Season, please enjoy the words to my favorite Christmas carol, “Joy to the World�.

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Girls Ministries

Joy to the world, the Lord is come! Let earth receive her KING! Let every heart prepare Him room, And heaven and nature sing, and heaven and nature sing, And heaven, and heaven and nature sing! No more let sins and sorrows grow, Nor thorns infest the ground. He comes to make His blessings flow, Far as the curse is found, far as the curse is found, Far as, far as the curse is found! He rules the world with truth and grace, And makes the nations prove The glories of His righteousness, And wonders of His love, and wonders of His love, And wonders, and wonders of His love! ~Isaac Watts

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Royal Rangers /// Christmas comes and goes so quickly, but the love of Christ is here forever. Be sure to take time during the busy holiday season to celebrate what Christmas is all about.

Greg Scott Royal Rangers


“I will bless the Lord and not forget the glorious things He does for me…He fills my life with good things!”

Psalm 103:2, 5.

Coming Events in 2012:

Junior Leader Training Academy Junior Winter Camp Altoona, PA • January 27-29 Northeast Region Leaders Conference Willow Valley Resort Lancaster, PA • February 10-11 Penn-Del District Leaders Conference Location TBA • March 31st Penn-Del RR Camp Work Day Honey Grove, PA • April 7th

Greg & Carol Scott Merry Christmas from ers. el District Royal Rang and all of the Penn-D iest of holidays We wish you the happ r the New Year. and many blessings fo w! May your joy overflo t ot Sc l ro Greg and Ca

Valley Forge Christian College’s brand new Mobile Media Command Center, a 48-foot semitrailer outfitted with state-of-the-art digital recording equipment and instructional space, was revealed this summer at the 2011 General Council of the Assemblies of God in Phoenix, AZ. While at General Council, the Mobile Media Command Center operated in place of VFCC’s customary Fine Arts music recording studio. It provided more space for larger instruments and ensemble, and offered an incomparable experience for musicians. The unit will also be used for VFCC’s Summer Technology Tour, which will make its debut in the summer of 2012. A very special thank you goes out to the small team of dedicated faculty, staff, students, and a special retired volunteer - Don Lippman - who made the transformation of the empty white trailer into a one-of-a-kind space filled with opportunity!

All of us here at Valley Forge Christian College thank you for your wonderful partnership during this past year. And, may God's richest blessings be upon you, your family and your ministry during the Christmas season and throughout the New Year. ~ Dr. Meyer, President

Pennsylvania-Delaware Ministry Network 4651 Westport Drive Mechanicsburg, PA 17055

Editor: . . . . . . . . . . . . Stephen R. Tourville Managing Editor: . . . . . . Carole Bongiorno Executive Presbytery Superintendent . . . . . . . Stephen R. Tourville Assistant Superintendent . . . Bryan Koch Secretary/Treasurer . . . . . . David Crosby Sr Jonathan Baker

Donald Immel

North Central - NC

South West Suburban - SWS

Walter Smith

Jeffrey Kettering

South Central West - SCW

Christopher Clark

South Central - SC

Kenneth Martin

North Central West - NCW

Daniel Clark Sr

North West - NW

Randall Rhoads

Greater Phila Area - GPA

Steven DeFrain

South Central East - SCE

James Rugg

East Central - EC

North East - NE

Stephen Getchell

Timothy Satryan

South West Metro - SWM

Delmarva - DEL

General Presbyters Stephen R. Tourville David Crosby Sr Bryan Koch Honorary General Presbyters Philip Bongiorno

PennDel Superintendent Emeritus

James E. Morris PennDel Assistant Superintendent (Retired)

District Calendar DECEMBER

3 Bible Quiz Meet #2 25 Christmas 26 Ministries Center Closed 31 Credential Renewal Due


1 New Years Day 1-7 Week of Prayer 2 New Years Day Observance Ministries Center Closed 7 Bible Quiz Meet #3 9 Executive Presbytery – Winter Session 10 Credential Interviews 13-15 Winter Retreat #1 – BCC 14 Junior Bible Quiz Meet #3 20-22 Winter Retreat #2 – BCC 23-24 Children’s Ministry Leadership Summit 27-29 Winter Retreat #3 – BCC 28 Junior Bible Quiz Semi-Finals 31 Annual Church Ministries Report Due


3, 4 RR Regional Leaders Conference 10-12 Junior Bible Quiz Finals 18 Sectional Fine Arts 18-Mar 25 World Missions Spring Tour 20 Presidents Day – Ministries Center Closed 24-26 Kids’ Breakaway #1 – BCC 25 Bible Quiz Meet #4 26 National Women’s Day 27 SWS – Monroeville 9:30 am NW – New Castle First 2:00 pm 28 SWM – Pittsburgh Mills Mall 9:30 am SCW – Bedford 2:00 pm

ConneXions - 4TH QTR 2011 - (USPS 165-700) is the official periodical published quarterly by the Pennsylvaina-Delaware District Council of the Assemblies of God. Periodical postage paid at Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. Circulation Stands at Approximately 7,500 POSTMASTER: Send address changes to: Pennsylvania-Delaware District Council 4651 Westport Drive Mechanicsburg, PA 17055-4887



Pennsylvania-Delaware Ministry Network 4651 Westport Drive Mechanicsburg, PA 17055

Dear Friends, This Christmas season may you experience the joy, peace and happiness that comes from knowing our Savior came to bring us salvation and eternal life. This is the Good News; it meets the deepest needs of the human heart. As we open our gifts this Christmas and enjoy dinner with our family and friends, let us celebrate the Good News the angels announced on that first Christmas, “Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you, He is Christ the Lord.” The Board of Directors and staff of HIS Fund thank you for your investment of finances to advance the Church of our Lord. May you and your families have a blessed Christmas and a prosperous New Year. Philip Bongiorno Chairman and President My family and I want to thank you for the kindness you showed to us during the home-going of my wife Janet. The cards, messages and flowers were very encouraging and appreciated. 

Michael T. Bongiorno Chief Executive Officer

In His love, The Philip Bongiorno Family

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