3RD QTR 2012 | VOLUME 59 NO. 3 | USPS 165-700
District Calendar AUGUST 4 6-8 6-10 17-19 11 31 – Sept 3
RR District Leaders Conference General Presbytery – Louisville, KY National Youth Convention/FineArts Festival Bible Quiz Training Camp – BCC RR BB Gun Shooting Competition Advance Back to School Retreat – BCC
SEPTEMBER 1-3 3 7-9 10 11 14-16 16 21-23 23 26 29
Advance Back to School Retreat – BCC Labor Day – Ministries Center Closed RR East Division Fall Camporee Executive Presbytery – Fall Session Credential Interviews RR West Division Fall Camporee Campus Awareness Day Ministers’ Wives Retreat – BCC PennDel Charities Offering See You at the Pole CE Equip Conference – West (Monroeville A/G)
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
North Central - NC
Greater Phila Area - GPA
North Central West - NCW
East Central - EC
North East - NE
South West Metro - SWM
1 1-3 7 6 6 12-14 13 19-20 20-22 21 29 30 30-31
Youth Committee Meeting Ministers’ Enrichment – BCC Ministers’ Appreciation Day Bible Quiz Meet #1 CE Equip Conference – East (GT/Reading) RR George Washington FCF Fall Trace Junior Bible Quiz Meet #1 Honor Bound Men’s Conference (CLA/Camp Hill) PK/MK Retreat – BCC National STL Day STL Tour – SCE STL Tour – NC 501 Coaching – BCC
Delmarva - DEL
South West Suburban - SWS
South Central East - SCE
South Central West - SCW
South Central - SC
North West - NW
General Presbyters Stephen R. Tourville David Crosby Sr Bryan Koch Honorary General Presbyters Philip Bongiorno
PennDel Superintendent Emeritus
ConneXions - 3RD QTR 2012 - (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
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Pastor Stephen Tourville, D.Min. Superintendent 717.795.5921 firstname.lastname@example.org
The old Gospel song expressed it well… “Deeper, deeper in the love of Jesus, daily let me go; Higher, higher in the school of wisdom, more of grace to know.”
Our culture emphasizes bigger, greater, stronger, etc. Jesus told the story of the one who built on the sand compared to the one who built on the rock. No matter what we attempt in life, whether in business, church, or life in general, the surface “stuff” may only be a facade if the hidden, under the surface preparation is not diligently developed prior to the superstructure’s construction. A bridge carries us from one side of the river to the other. We give little thought to what is under the surface of the water, but someone did or the bridge would not stand the test of time or traffic. The analogy is obvious! The question is simple! The work is difficult. Building life and ministry on a support structure that will endure is critical for any follower of Jesus and especially for the ministers of Jesus Christ. While the structure above the surface is important, the private, hidden, under the surface, and private life of the individual is even more critical. “But each one should be careful how he builds.” (I Corinthians 3:10) Gordon MacDonald states in his book, Building Below the Waterline, ”Leaders blessed with great natural skills and charisma may be vulnerable to collapse in their character, their key relationships and their center of belief because they never learned that one cannot (or should not) build above the waterline until there is a substantial foundation below it.” We are excited that Gordon will be this year’s Ministers’ Enrichment speaker. Together we will “shore up the foundation of leadership” in the inner life and outer life of us as leaders.
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Going Deeper with
Gordon MacDonald DNF—Did Not Finish: this is among the saddest of all epitaphs for a leader. Moral failure: this is among the most serious and tragic of the reasons. You would think we would talk more about this and what can be done to prevent it.
In my book, Rebuilding Your Broken World, I told the story of a man I met at a conference. I could tell he was trying to create conversation as he asked: “How do you think Satan could blow you out of the water?” I was a younger man at the time and had no quick answer. So I said, “I’m not sure, but I am confident that he could never get at me by undermining my personal relationships.” I could hardly have said a more foolish thing. A few years later, I was a potential DNF, and it was reasonable to ask if I would ever “race” again. Why? For a moment, I had failed in the one human relationship most important to me. As pastoral life grows more intense with greater demands and expectations, I do not believe the so-called moral failures of leaders will subside. I fear they will increase, and we will hear of more good leaders with DNF by their names. Just writing this makes me sad.
Stemming the Tide Let’s stop beating around the bush
about moral temptations and talk about them in the same way a commanding officer talks about the dangers of going into battle. The officer does not assume that anyone is exempt from taking a bullet, so all are forewarned.
Let’s require that every man and woman
in Christian leadership belong to a peer-oriented group that creates covenants of behavior, such as no casual dining with a member of the opposite sex, no travel of any kind with colleagues of the opposite sex, and no team relationships unless three or more people are involved.
Let’s make sure every pastor and spouse
has a mentoring couple who keeps an inquiring eye upon family and marital life and steps in if they believe that systems of healthy relationships are breaking down.
Let’s be more honest about the high-risk
effects of ministry in large churches: what happens to marriages, mental and emotional health, and spiritual vitality. We’re doing great in teaching about vision-casting, outreach, management, and leadership. But—I’ll be as blunt as I can—we are failing miserably to help young men and women form the necessary soul-power to undergird those efforts.
Let’s frankly admit the fact that, in
our contemporary Christian culture, we are—most of us—starved for healthy intimacy at every level and, when we do not experience it, we are likely to turn toward the sexual to find it. We need to bring this to the surface, find ways to identify the drives and desires, and then talk about how to prevent it.
Bryan Koch Assistant Superintendent
610-678-0266 ext. 224 email@example.com
As I first considered the theme “Go Deeper,” my mind immediately went to going deeper spiritually and creating a more meaningful intimacy with God. To go anywhere with anyone, including God, each of us must take a step of faith. Yet sometimes, after we have taken a step of faith, we don’t find ourselves in a “deeper” place with God; but rather, we’re just in the “deep.” We see this in the life of the Apostle Paul who obviously had depth in his relationship with God. 2 Corinthians 12:7 To keep me from becoming conceited because of these surpassingly great revelations, there was given me a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me.
This passage indicates that as deeper revelations were given to Paul, they came with some demonic hindrances. The devil will do his best to hinder what God puts in your heart because he doesn’t want God’s will to be accomplished through your life. There is no question that if we retreat every time we are thrown a roadblock, we will spend our entire ministry in retreat. Whether or not circumstances are the way you’d like them to be, you have to take hold of God’s power and move ahead. In 2 Cor. 11:25, Paul tells us about several horrible situations that arose as he served Jesus. He writes, “Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was stoned, three times I was shipwrecked, I spent a night and a day in the open sea…” The New King James version reads, “...was shipwrecked; a night and a day I have been in the deep.” We all know the difference between “going deeper” and being in the “deep.” The Greek word for deep here is “bathus” it refers to the deepest part of the sea. Traveling by sea was an effective means of transportation to far off lands, but it was a risky undertaking. Ships were not always reliable, and routes were often treacherous. Paul says he was shipwrecked on three different occasions! We read of one in Acts 27:14-44, but can you imagine two more? What are the odds? This would be the equivalent of a person surviving three different plane crashes. These events were definitely setbacks, but they were unable to permanently stop Paul from getting to his God-given destination. Paul spent 24 hours treading water in the deepest part of the sea. Yet it didn’t keep Paul from getting on the next available ship to go where God needed him. Have you made an effort to “go deeper” only to find yourself treading water in the “deep?” This verse helps remind us that we cannot afford to let bad experiences in ministry determine our future actions. Paul put away his thoughts of fear and boarded the next ship. We all need to do that as well. Let us ask the Holy Spirit to help us see our past bad experiences in light of God’s goodness and faithfulness. Pray that we will continue to be faithful, no matter what opposition may come our way, as we “go deeper!”
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Church Planting 717.795.5921 firstname.lastname@example.org
The MCM Network is hosting a Church Planter’s Strategy Seminar. When: October 8-12 Where: Allison Park Church, Allison Park, PA Registration: The cost is $180 for Lead Planters and $100 for each additional team member. Team members are encouraged to come. Lunch each day and training materials are included in the cost. Pre-work: Assessment and pre-work must be completed prior to seminar. Deadline: September 1, 2012. If you are interested in attending or would like more information contact Alissa Leake at email@example.com.
Daniel McNaughton Lead Faciliator Church Planting Director, MCM Network Allison Park Church
Jack Thomas Church Planter and Lead Pastor LifeStone Church, Pittsburgh
John Shaffer Church Planter and Lead Pastor City Reach Church, Braddock
Brad Leach Church Planter and Lead Pastor City Life Church, Philadelphia
Church planting is like surfing...
We cannot create the waves, but you can learn how to ride them. Strategy week will help you get up on your board, maintain your balance, ride the waves and “Hang Ten!” - Tom Rees
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About People ///
Ministers Transferring Out: New and Upgraded Credentials: CLAESSENS, Terrence (Ordained) – To Southern Missouri FISCHL, Matthew J (Licensed) – To Potomac HIGGINS, Gary (Ordained) – To Southern Missouri LEHMANN, Andrew (Licensed) – To Peninsular-Florida LYNCH, Eric C (Licensed) – To Appalachian
Ministers Transferring In: D’AMBROSIA, Christopher J (Licensed) – From Southern New England HILL, Larry C (Ordained) – From Southern Missouri MORANDI, Kathie (Certified) – From New York NAGLE, Scott (Licensed) – From Ohio ORTISI, Anthony R (Certified) – From Michigan ROSA, Daniel (Certified) – From Peninsular-Florida ROSA, Irene E (Certified) – From Peninsular-Florida
Certified Minister Charles Brown Matthew Davies Shannon Nass Catherine Prichard Michael Strickland Licensed Minister Stephen Barnett Jeffrey Beauvais Andrea Bello Christopher Bright Annette Finelle-Brush Roy Campbell Anita Cardoza Sue Cluck Jonathan Costa Hahmeed Darham Deann Dirkx Christian Garlitz Whitney Geesaman Iosif Hoca Adessa Holden Jennifer Jackson David Jensen Brice Karper Robin Kettering Joseph Kivala, III
With the Lord:
Edward J. Hatchner, 93, of Lancaster, PA, went home to be with the Lord on May 16, 2012. Edward was the husband of Alma L. (Linz) Hatchner with whom he celebrated 66 years of marriage last June. Edward was ordained with the Assembly of God Church in 1948 and began his ministry at Calvary Assembly of God in Connellsville, PA from 1948-1965. His calling then led him to Trinity Assembly of God in Huntingdon, PA where he pastored from 1965-1979. He then served as a Chaplain for the Huntingdon State Prison and also held worship services at the Outdoor Cathedral he built at Raystown Lake in Huntingdon until his retirement in 1985. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, woodworking, and most of all, spending time with his family. His life was an example to all, of his love and faithfulness to his family and to his Lord. Pauline Valimont, age 85, of Mansfield, PA, entered her eternal rest on May 20, 2012. She was predeceased by her husband, Rev. Raymond E. Valimont in 1996, founding pastor of Church of the New Covenant. Prior to her retirement, Pauline was employed with Troy Community Hospital as an ER clerk. She was a member of the Church of the New Covenant and enjoyed gardening and spending time with her family. Pauline is survived by one son, four
Eric Lynch, II Yasmin Martinez Blake Matthews Benjamin May Kristen McKeag Justin Megna R. Sean Noble Cesar Ortega Leah Setliff Corinne Smith Melissa Timony George Toquee, Jr Heather Twiss Lisa Williams John Willis, Jr Rhea Wolf Adam Yaros Leah Yingling ORDAINED MINISTER James Herbert Mickeal Pugh, Sr CREDENTIAL REINSTATED Peter S Bjornstad Clarence Fuller, Jr
General Council Affiliated: Element Church – Pittsburgh, PA Richard Jones Jr, Pastor Brookline Assembly of God – Pittsburgh, PA Michael Russell, Pastor Living Water Christian Outreach – Three Springs, PA Dennis Hunsinger, Pastor District Council Affiliated: Gethsemane Assembly of God – Upper Darby, PA Dharamcharge Mattai, Pastor Echo Hope Assembly – Mill Hall, PA Edwin Claybaugh Jr, Pastor Parent Affiliated Assembly: The Meeting Place – York PA. Gerry Stoltzfoos, Parent Church Lead Pastor Rick Roth, PAC Leader Victory Christian Fellowship – Newtown Square, PA Ed Crenshaw, Parent Church Lead Pastor Dennis Duncan, PAC Leader Cooperative Church: Living Waters Community Church – Butler, PA Tom Ferris, Pastor Pastoral Transitions: Larry Hill to Glad Tidings Assembly of God, Clearfield, PA Dennis Campbell to Assembly of God, Duncannon, PA Gregory Sinclair to First Assembly of God, Greencastle, PA Glen Burridge to First Assembly of God, Brookville, PA Vern Annis to Calvary Assembly of God, Hanover, PA
daughters, one brother, 8 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and 3 great great-grandchildren. Mark Baumgartner, age 50, entered his eternal rest with the Lord on June 8, 2012. Mark served as pastor of Hope Assembly of God, Aliquippa, PA since June 2010. He transferred from the Southern Pacific District in 2010 where he served as an evangelist and author. Mark was ordained at the 2011 District Council in Reading, PA. He is survived by Judith, his wife of 29 years, and Nathaniel, his son. He was laid to rest in the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies. Thomas L Carter, M.D., of Gladwyne, PA died on June 8, 2012 at the age of 82. Beloved husband of Lenora Carter (pastor of Main Line Assembly of God) and devoted father of Thomas L. Carter, Jr., W. Bradford Carter, Stephen L. Carter and David L. Carter; also survived by eight loving grandchildren. LaVerne L. Clute, age 81, passed away Monday, June 11, 2012 at his home in Springfield, MO. He was born August 6, 1930 in Oil City, PA, graduated from Cranberry High School in Oil City in 1948, married Beverly Ann Vehmier in 1951 and graduated from Northwest Bible College in Seattle, Washington in 1955. He became an Ordained Minister in the
Assemblies of God in 1958 and served as a pastor in Pennsylvania for 41 years in Tunkhannock, Shamokin, Lewistown, Jeannette and Beaver Falls, and retired in 1997. He was a United States Army Veteran. LaVerne is survived by his wife Beverly; three sons, Daryl Clute and his wife Becky, Randy Clute and his wife Rebekah and Gary Clute of Ft. Myers, Florida; one daughter Darlene Clute of Freeport, Maine; six grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren. James Edward Morris, 87, joined the Church Triumphant on Monday, July 2nd. Rev. Morris served his country in both the Army and Navy. He served as Professor at Southeastern University from 1952 through 1960 and at Valley Forge Christian College from 1960 to 1967. He pastored the First Assembly of God, Lancaster, PA from 1966 to 1978 and First Assembly of God, Harrisburg, PA from 1978 to 2000. Rev. Morris also held positions as Assistant Superintendent of the PennDel District Council and General Presbyter of the General Council from 1980 through 2000. He enjoyed spending time with his family, teaching, reading and walking. James is survived by four daughters, ten grandchildren and six great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Ruth E. Morris. Burial with full military honors was in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery.
David Crosby Sr.
World Missions ///
Secretary / Treasurer World Missions 717.795.5921 firstname.lastname@example.org
Penndel’s Newest Missionaries SERVING IN NAMIBIA
Jeffrey & Melissa Beauvais
SERVING IN MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA
Paul & Kristin Mathias
Jeffrey and Melissa will work with the national church in Namibia to reach the nation with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Their prayer is that many will come to the Lord as they minister through music, testimony, prayer, evangelism and preaching of the Word. Through teaching, they will disciple new believers, and through compassion ministries, they will give a message of hope to those who are hurting.
Paul and Kristin will participate in a church planting initiative in Eurasia. They will study the language, develop teams and engage in church planting in one of the largest cities of North Africa. The goal of this initiative is to create teams that will be deployed into 33 gateway cities of Eurasia. PREVIOUS MINISTRY
• Jeffrey, a musician, has ministered through leading worship and in concerts. He has recorded several rap albums and one acoustic album. His vision is to use his music around the world to reach people for Christ. • Melissa has participated in various short-term missions trips since 2000 and was a missionary to Namibia from 2006-2009.
Paul and Kristin are both missionary kids from Europe. Throughout their adult lives, they have participated in multiple short-term endeavors. Most recently, they have served in the library and the classroom at Valley Forge Christian College in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania.
UPDATE: LIVE DEAD DREAM TEAM
It all started with a challenge from Omar Beiler! Omar challenged our PennDel World Missions Committee to consider developing a Live Dead Dream Team to plant the church in one of 33 gateway cities in the Arab world. Let me share with you what God is doing. In the last 8 months the response to our Live Dead challenge can only be described as miraculous. 21 individuals have made application for missionary appointment: 6 couples and 9 singles! 16 individuals are joining the Live Dead initiative and 5 individuals are answering a specific call to other people groups. As a fellowship of churches we have a great responsibility to get these new missionaries to the least reached people of the world.
• Sam and Naomi Brelo have been approved for a change of field to Europe with an assignment in the Continental Theological Seminary, Belgium. Sam will teach in the seminary and also do an outreach to the Arabic speaking community. • Rob and Ireida Grabill (Missionary Associates) have returned to Rajasthan, India to complete a second year of missionary work in Jaipur. • Mike and Debbie Hampton have returned from Grand Cayman for a year of itineration. • Tony and Jamie Sebastian have returned from Greece for a year of itineration. •D ennis and Debby Seler return stateside this summer and will serve as Missionaries in Residence at VFCC during their furlough. • Shahan and Tyra Teberian have reached the 90% benchmark for their support budget with a goal of a September departure for Armenia. • Jeff and Rebecca Wiles have reached 90% of their support budget and will be departing for the Dominican Republic as soon as possible. • Rick and Lori Wislocky are coming to the end of their itineration and need to raise an additional $1000 in monthly support before departure to Hungary.
COMPELLED A REVOLUTION OF COMPASSION I am pleased to report that our new district world missions project – Jacob’s Hope – has reached $180,000 in cash and commitments! Thank you for your love for Israel and your partnership with Rabbi Jeff Friedman to show God’s love to Israel in a tangible way. Our goal is to raise $500,000 to purchase and remodel a warehouse for distribution of food and clothing, for a job training center, for a sanctuary for local Messianic communities, and a coffee house to reach youth with a presentation of the gospel.
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2012 Ordination Class
50 Years of Ordained Ministry
Gerald Olshevski, John Castellani, Ralph Volpe Sr., Paul Wislocky 10
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compelled to serve. 2012 PENNDEL DISTRICT COUNCIL Seth & Katie Booher
Joseph & Lori Cullen
James & Julie Dinger
Beverly & John Fekula
John & Loretta Gibbons
Robert & Kara Gillen
James & Jill Herbert
Kristopher & Danielle Lewis
Mickeal & Daphne Pugh
Kathy & James Salerno
Joel & Nichole Schreiber
Shahan & Tyra Teberian
William & Sherry Whisel CONNEXIONS 3RD QTR 2012
Valley Forge Christian College Announces New VP of Academic Affairs
alley Forge Christian College (VFCC) welcomes Dr. Kevin Beery as the new Vice President of Academic Affairs. Dr. Beery has an impressive resume that includes serving as the President of Sofia Pentecostal Bible College in Sofia, Bulgaria, for 15 years. He more recently was the AG World Missions Southeastern Europe Area Director in which he oversaw over 70 AG Missionaries and their children in 11 countries and directed interactions with the Pentecostal leaders in these countries. Dr. Beery earned his Doctorate of Strategic Leadership from Regent University. In addition to his service to VFCC, his wife, Wendy, will be assisting as a part-time Campus Director. VFCC feels privileged to have Dr. Beery and his family join them in their mission to prepare students for a life of service and leadership in the church and in the world.
August 17-19, 2012
Bible Quiz Training Camp is a three-day camp offers practical handson experiences that will prepare veteran quizzers and coaches for the new season, as well as help train first time quizzers and coaches. For $89, both teens and adults will receive 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 wants to learn more about Bible Quizzing, you will benefit from the experience of BQ Camp! The deadline is August 10th and space is limited, so send in your registration today! Please contact Pastor Bernie Elliot at email@example.com for further information, or call 412-469-3959
Doug Sayers Youth Ministries 717.795.5921 firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
September 26th, 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 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 syatp.com
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Campus Missionaries of the Year
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Going Deeper in God Through the Premier Mentoring Ministry
Have you ever thought or questioned God – “What would you have me to do?” “Where can I be used?” Have you prayed “Here am I Lord send me!” Why not explore the Royal Ranger ministry. Royal Rangers ministers to boys, kindergarten through 12th grade and needs both men and women, young and old.
Greg Scott Royal Rangers
302.697.2313 firstname.lastname@example.org www.pdrangers.org
So, welcome to Royal Rangers 2.0! Perhaps you heard that Royal Rangers is only a camping ministry. Not true and not anymore! Rangers not only gives you the option of camping, it also provides activities and teaching in sports, arts, technology, trades, and much more, as these are just some of the avenues to mentor your boys in the areas that best suit your skills and the interests of your boys. Through the Royal Ranger ministry, you have the opportunity to mentor a young man into the kingdom & manhood; while teaching him life changing principles and skills. You can make an eternal difference in a young mans life and lead him to the ways of the Lord. You might say “I don’t have the skills to teach boys”, but if God is tugging on your heart He will supply the skills and open the doors. You may know that God created you with great potential, but you can’t stop there. You have to develop your potential. We often think we need to have this or that completed or out of the way, or when things settle down I will do it. If you want to see your potential developed to its fullest and go deeper in God, don’t wait until everything is perfect. Do it now while the opportunity presents itself, God knows the future he has for you. If He calls, He will equip! Royal Rangers offer training such as Ranger Basics & Ranger Essentials as well as numerous national training camps that will prepare you to reach the boys on their level with proven skills and leadership. As you study to teach the boys, you in turn will grow both spiritually and skillfully by using the merits and the weekly lesson plans.
Coming Events in 2012: District Family Camp Penn-Del RR Camp Berry August 17-19
NRMC Training Camp Whiteford, MD September 13-16
East Division Fall Camporee Camp Bashore, PA September 21-23
West Division Fall Camporee Yellow Creek Lake Indiana, PA September 28-30
FCF Fall Trace Penn-Del RR Camp Berry October 12-14
Take a leap of faith, talk to your pastor or Ranger leader, see where you can grow and go deeper in the Lord. At the same time you will be doing the same for the young men whose lives you will impact by serving in the Royal Ranger ministry. CONNEXIONS 3RD QTR 2012
Sharon Poole Girls Ministries
As I write this, I am basking in the battles fought and the victories won at our Girls Ministries Retreats in June. God is so good! The theme for each Retreat was ffl: friendships for life! God proved once again to be the Friend who sticks closer than a sister! At the Stars Retreat, Crosswalk with Linda Stevens ministered to third through fifth grade girls in a powerful way. Twenty-one girls came to Jesus Christ and twenty were filled with the Holy Spirit! Gayle Brostowski ministered to sixth through twelfth grade students through humor and straight forward preaching. Not only did five students come to Christ, but also there were 14 girls and Sponsors who were filled with the Holy Spirit! While I am ecstatic by what God chose to do, I know that God is not done! It is His desire for each student and Sponsor to continue in His presence and leading! The baptism in the Holy Spirit was never meant to be an event but an entrance into an intimate relationship. It is a daily journey in which each must choose to participate â€“ an active participation. A choice to go deep in God! . Morris Gospel Honor Stars from Mt , PA . Tabernacle, Mt Morris
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Teen Challenge Training Center Upcoming Events 23rd Annual Golf Tournament
50th Anniversary Jubilee
Teen Challenge Sunday
September 20, 2012 7:30 AM Tee Off 1PM Steak Lunch $90 per Golfer
November 1, 2012 5:30 PM $40 Per Person
New Date For many years it has been the first Sunday in December. But starting this year it will be the fourth Sunday of September.
Lebanon Valley Golf Course & Blue Mountain Golf Course
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Guest Speaker: Rev. Don Wilkerson Concert by: The Original Couriers Shady Maple Smorgasbord 129 Toddy Dr., East Earl, PA
Please contact Kristina Whiddon at 717-933-4181 or email@example.com for more information or to register.
India 2013 Missions Trip Ministry Focus: • Women’s & Children’s Conferences • Pastors’ and Wives’ Conference • Leadership Training & Outreach • Redemption Home Visitation • Sponsored Child Visit Trip Cost: $2,900 (covers) • Airline Ticket • Hotel and Meals • Transportation in India • Team T-shirt • Ministry Expenses (Passport, Indian Visa, Travel Meds & Taj Mahal tour are extra)
Women of Purpose 570.424.3275 firstname.lastname@example.org www.penndelwomenofpurpose.org
Mark your calendar 2013 India Missions Trip February 18 – March 1 (Delhi) Spring Events March & April Restoration Retreat May 31 – June 2 (BCC) Hershey Conference November 15 & 16
Deposit: $500 (non-refundable) • Plus three payments of $800 • Final payment due by January 18 • Airline tickets non-refundable, but transferable • Pay by check, money order or credit card Requirements: • Maturity, Flexibility, Servant Heart, Team Spirit • Team is open to women and men over 18 • Pastors are welcome to join our team Forms: www.penndelwomenofpurpose.org or 570.424.3275
Prepare to give in the Saturday session, November 10 A Partnership for Hope Convoy of Hope is partnering with the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc. and the National Women’s Department of the Assemblies of God to embark upon a 24-month Compassion Tour. All across the country, we will mobilize thousands of volunteers and serve over 250,000 people in need. Information: www.loveinmotion.net CONNEXIONS 3RD QTR 2012
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OFFERED INTEREST RATES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE. PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBSITE OR CALL FOR CURRENT RATES. THE INITIAL INTEREST RATE ON ALL NOTES WILL DEPEND ON THE EFFECTIVE INTEREST RATES AT THE TIME OF PURCHASE. TERM 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. DEMAND NOTES PAY INTEREST AT A VARIABLE INTEREST RATE. AT LEAST THIRTY (30) DAYS PRIOR TO ANY DECREASE IN THE INTEREST RATE ON A DEMAND NOTE, HIS FUND WILL NOTIFY THE INVESTOR OF SUCH CHANGE.
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