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Weekly Update from the Eastern PA District Office

September 6, 2017

Did you know that The Alliance publishes weekly prayer requests? Please consider praying through these needs and encouraging your people to do the same.

Churches in Transition Across the District

It is our practice to share with you once a month the list of churches in transition so that you may keep these congregations, their search committees, and District leadership in prayer as they seek God to identify His person for each open position.

• Country Alliance, Clarks Summit (Glen Bayly serving as regular pulpit fill.)

• Daybreak Church, Mechanicsburg

• Harrisburg Chinese (Art Dunn serving as regular pulpit fill.)

• Moosic Alliance (Don Weidman serving as regular pulpit fill.)

• Mountain View Alliance, Jersey Shore (Nathan King serving as regular pulpit fill.)

Heart of Harrisburg Prayer Walk

From Church Planter Ricardo Volcy. A video invitation to this prayer walk can be found on the Eastern PA Church Planting Facebook page.

District family: We would love to have you join us at The Hill Church on Saturday, Sept. 16 at 10:30 a.m. for another prayer walk. It was so amazing to have so many of you and your congregation with us at our last prayer walk and we want to have even more of you join us to pray for and with many in the Allison Hill Community.

If you're able and planning to join us, please let me know. I hope to see many of you on Sept. 16!

Men’s Work and Worship Weekend

The Men’s Work and Worship Weekend is scheduled for Oct. 19-21 at Summit Grove Camp in New Freedom, PA. We would love to see teams of men from churches across the District join together for a weekend of service to Summit Grove and spiritual rejuvenation through worship and preaching of the Word. Please make the attached brochure available to the men in your church, and feel free to use the attached half-sheet promotional piece in your bulletin. Questions can be directed to Duane Stine at duane.stine@epdcma.org or 717-985-9240.

Cultural Intelligence Training for Kingdom Impact

On October 21, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., you are invited to attend a training event designed to help churches grow in cultural intelligence for kingdom impact. “Cultural Intelligence Training for Kingdom Impact” is hosted by True Vine Community Church and costs only $10 if you register prior to Oct. 1. ($20 if you register after Oct. 1.) Register at http://bit.ly//CQTraining.

Rev. Yeathus Johnson—Urban Region Superintendent of the Metro District—is the primary speaker. Yeathus is a certified cultural intelligence trainer and coach with The Cultural Intelligence Center where he facilitates CQ for organizations and churches. He oversees more than 40 urban churches in the Greater NYC area.

Questions can be directed to Alan Rathbun at alan.rathbun@epdcma.org or 717-985-9240. Here is a flyer you can post in your church.

Peacemaking Level 2 in October

Glenview Alliance Church (10037 Susquehanna Trail South) will host Level 2 Peacemakers Training October 19 and 20 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. each day. You can register online. Summit Grove Camp, just eight miles from the church, has 10 rooms available. The cost is $50 for the overnight Oct. 19 and includes breakfast. An additional $5 charge applies for extra people in any room. To reserve a room, call the Summit Grove office at 717-235-3656.

Also, Peacemakers have offered this generous discount: if a husband and wife want to attend the training, the spouse can register for half price.

Questions about the training can be directed to Sunshine at 719-265-2017.


Sept. 7 Coaching Day

Sept. 18-20 District Conference, Bear Creek Mountain Resort

Oct. 8 John Stumbo—Valley Alliance Church, West Pittston, 6 p.m.

Oct. 9 John Stumbo—Pastors and Wives Lunch, Fairlawn Community Church, 11:30 a.m. (register to beth.lorow@epdcma.org)

John Stumbo—Lewistown Alliance Church, 7 p.m.

Oct. 10 John Stumbo—Pastors and Wives Brunch, District Office, 10 a.m. (register to beth.lorow@epdcma.org)

Oct. 17 RPM Leaders Meeting, District Office

Oct. 19-20 Peacemaker, Level Two Training, Glenview Alliance Church

Oct. 19-21 Men’s Work and Worship Weekend, Summit Grove (please note date change)

Oct. 27-29 Ministry Wives Retreat, Lewisburg

Oct. 31 LO&CC, District Office


Sept. 6 Williamsport RPM Group—Alan

Lancaster RPM Group—Terry

Sept. 7 Coaching, District Office—Terry, Alan, and Duane

Roundtable*: Mount Vernon—Terry, Alan, and Duane

Sept. 10 Penns Valley Community Church—Terry

Centre Church Pleasant Gap Worship Launch—Alan

Perry Community Church—Terry

Sept. 11 Shamokin Dam—Terry and Duane

Sept. 12 Philadelphia area—Alan

*The District team is hosting “roundtable” meetings across the District. These meetings provide an opportunity for District leadership to connect with local church leadership to build rapport and share resources.

“The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom from the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion—to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor.”—Isaiah 61:1-3

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