Eastern Regional Conference    900 South Arlington Ave.    Room 120 B     Harrisburg, PA 17109
Phone: (717) 652-0255    Fax: (717) 652-1134    info@erccog.org

Welcome to the website of the Eastern Regional Conference, Churches of God. We are a movement of God involving 140 churches in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. Our purpose is to grow healthy churches. We are trusting God for the starting of 20 new churches by 2020 (See our 20/20 initiative). Our membership exceeds 14,000 and we have nearly 300 pastors who are committed to serving Christ and His Church. If we can be of further help to you, please contact our regional office at 717-652-0255.

Dr. Kevin E. Richardson, Executive Director
Eastern Regional Conference, Churches of God

Handbook for Local Church Operations

This is a manual for the governance and structure of local churches of the Eastern Regional Conference. It was approved by the Administrative Council at their meeting on July 9, 2014. There is a wide variety of information in this manual such as, Organizational Structure, Policy and Procedures, Church Membership, Property Issues, etc. If you have questions, please contact Dr. Kevin Richardson at kevin@erccog.org or (717) 652-0255. Click here to download the manual for your perusal.

Vacation Bible School Project for 2014

The Eastern Regional Conference Commission on Missions VBS conference-wide mission project is Kenyan student scholarships and school desks for Haiti. Our goal for this year's project is $10,000.00. Please download the poster and place it on your church's bulletin board for all to see. Send contributions to the ERC Office at 900 South Arlington Avenue, Suite 120B, Harrisburg, PA 17109. Thanking you in advance for your support.

Camp YoliJwa Youth Day — September 7, 2014

Spend a day at church camp and enjoy the company of other youth from area churches around the ERC. Just like last year, various activities (swimming, hiking, volleyball, basketball, etc.) will be available for the kids to do, but we will need adults who are willing to chaperone these activities too. There will be an evening meal provided at 5:00 p.m. of hotdogs cooked on the fire. We will conclude our day with a time of worship at Breneman Chapel. This event is sponsored by the Commission on Youth and Family Life. Registration deadline is August 31, 2014. Click here to download the flyer for more information.

Fall Theological Study Day – 9/30/14 –
"The Image of God: Theological & Ethics in the Bible" with Dr. Ben Witherington, III

Please mark your calendar for September 30th as Bible scholar Dr. Ben Witherington, III will be presenting "The Image of God: Theology and Ethics in the Bible". Dr. Witherington is Amos Professor of New Testament for Doctoral Studies at Asbury Theological Seminary and on the doctoral faculty at St. Andrews University in Scotland. He is now considered one of the top evangelical scholars in the world and is an elected member of the prestigious SNTS, a society dedicated to New Testament studies.

I was privileged to hear Dr. Witherington’s presentation on “The Image of God” in April. His sessions on the archeological evidence and on the biblical evidence for “The Image of God” were outstanding. Dr. Witherington is a brilliant biblical scholar and you will be blessed by his presentation.

— ERC Executive Director, Dr. Kevin Richardson

The event will take place at the Middletown Church of God, 245 W. High St., Middletown from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Please click here to learn more about this exciting opportunity!

CGWM Fall Retreat – October 17-18, 2014

This year's theme is Stretching Out... What's Your Story? Each of us has a story. One that is unique, specially written into the very fiber of your being by the God of the universe. Together we share in the journey of becoming more like Him and helping others to know Him.

You're invited Friday, October 17 & Saturday, October 18 to take 21 hours to reflect, relax and refill. Prepare to join in [His] story, reaching out from right where you live.

This year, Robyn Dykstra will be sharing her amazing story. Combined with quiet time, times of laughter, and times of prayer you're sure to enjoy. And did we mention that fabulous food? Join us as we celebrate and stretch in the Word!

Our retreat will once again take place at beautiful Doubling Gap Center in Newville, Pennsylvania. Please click here to download the flyer and registration form.

Pastors' Prayer Retreat — October 27-28, 2014

Do you feel dry? Do you sense a need to get away from the strain of ministry to be with God? Do you long to be with fellow pastors on a journey to be with Christ? Do you hunger for a fresh filling of the Holy Spirit? Do you desire a renewed power for ministry. May I recommend the Pastor's Prayer Retreat.

The retreat starts at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, October 27, and concludes with lunch on Tuesday, October 28. You can come for the whole time or part of the time. It's a time of prayer, NOT teaching on prayer, but ACTUAL Prayer. Come away and pray with us! Click here to download the flyer.

New York City Bus Trip to See Broadway Show Les Misérables — November 7, 2014

This year's trip is on November 7th and the Broadway Show will be Les Misérables. Seen by more than 65 million people in 42 countries and in 22 languages around the globe, it is still breaking box-office records everywhere in its 29th year.

Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, Les Misérables tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption – a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit.

The cost of the trip will be $197.00 per person which includes transportation and admission to the Broadway Show. Please fill out the registration form and send it along with your check made payable to the Eastern Regional Conference, Churches of God. If you have questions, contact Barbara Harris at the (717.652.0255) conference office or email: barb@erccog.org. All monies are due by September 1, 2014 to get the best seats. Click here to download the flyer.

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