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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

How then shall we respondÖ.Full of Grace and Truth

LGBTQ Community

We were pleased to have Dr. Alan Robinson, The National Director of the Brethren in Christ, speak at our annual conference on ministry to the with same-sex attraction and lifestyle. As I mentioned in my introduction of Dr. Robinson, I attended a one-day seminar presented by Dr. Robinson and others that addressed this very issue from a grace and truth perspective. Dr. Robinson has agreed to allow me to share the BIC information that was included with that workshop. Please note the following:

The materials include positions on this issue with which you may differ. I feel that you are better served to hear the position of those who are in support of same-sex marriage. This material is from the Brethren in Christ and used with their permission. The point of the exhaustive reading is to spark conversation. I would highly encourage you to consider the glossary which should be included as well as the scenarios. I would encourage pastors and leadership to work through the scenarios to determine how you would respond with grace and truth. I would also encourage you, particularly if you work with young people to watch the 45 minute video entitled "Through My Eyes" which is available free on www.gaychristian.net. I am not endorsing the message of the video but I think you will better understand the complexity of the issue.

This fall we are hoping that we can have Dr. Robinson, or others, continue the dialogue that began at Conference. It is our desire that we can be compelled by the love of Christ to minister with grace and truth to the LGBTQ community.

Yours and HIS!

The Nehemiah Project

Do you ever feel like you are just winging? Are you seeking a direction for the ministry you lead? Do you feel like there are so many opportunities, but you donít know in which ones you should participate? You know you are to make disciples, but how do we do that in todayís hectic fractured world? Itís a different world out there, but what can you do about it?

The Nehemiah Project was formed to help you wrestle through such questions as these and many others.

What is the Nehemiah Project? Itís a nine session journey developed by the Renewal Commission to guide churches into a renewal process. We sought input from 25 pastors. From their input we developed these nine sessions to address the top topics they requested help in overcoming.

Check out the brochure for more information.

Pastorsí Wives Care Team Ministry

It was back in February, 2015 when Pastor Charlie Steinmann mailed a letter to all pastorís wives stating that he knew ďof the stress and pain that pastors and wives experience while serving in ministry.Ē At that time he was interested in publishing a list of pastorsí wives who would be willing to talk and listen to those who were going through a tough season of life/ministry.

In March of 2015 he had been contacted by several pastorsí wives that were willing to be a part of this ministry. Charlie had vision for this ministry that he shared with those who had notified him, and was planning to meet at the Eastern Regional Conference that year. Charlie was called to his eternal home before conference and was not able to complete the vision he had for this ministry. He received a much greater reward!

Click here to continue the article and find a list of the Care Ministry Team. Please feel free to call any one of them when you feel alone, when the enemy strikes relationships in your own family or the church family, when your marriage (yes, the relationship with the pastor) is struggling, health concerns or any other time you just need someone to care and pray with you. This Team has a heart to serve and encourage. — Elaine Good and Jean Koontz

Fall Theological Study Day Ė November 14, 2016

Please join the Commission on Church Vocations as they present the Fall Theological Study Day on Monday, November 14, 2016 from 8:15 a.m. (Registration) to 3:00 p.m. at Winebrennerís Scotland Campus, 3583 Scotland Road, Scotland, Pennsylvania.

Dr. Robert Smith, Professor of Christian Preaching and holds the Charles T. Carter, Baptist Chair of Divinity at Beeson Divinity School will be the presenter for the day. He will speak on Doctrine That Dances: Bringing Doctrinal Preaching and Teaching to Life.

Registration fee is $40.00 per person and includes lunch. Contact Pastor Mark Hosler with any questions at mark@hoslers.com.

New York City Bus Trip – SCHOOL OF ROCK – November 18, 2016

Andrew Lloyd Webber, the man who brought rock and romance to Broadway, is back with a new heart-stirring hit. School of Rocki> is a New York Times Critics' Pick and "An inspiring jolt of energy, joy and mad skillz!" (Entertainment Weekly). Reuters raves "Andrew Lloyd Webber has Broadway rocking again!"

Based on the hit film, this hilarious new musical follows Dewey Finn, a failed, wannabe rock star who decides to earn a few extra bucks by posing as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school. There he turns a class of straight-A students into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing rock band. While teaching these pint-sized prodigies what it means to truly rock, Dewey falls for the schoolís beautiful, but uptight headmistress, helping her rediscover the wild child within. (The New York Times says, "Be warned! Thereís a love story in this one.")

Featuring 14 new songs from Andrew Lloyd Webber and all the original songs from the movie, this high-octane smash delivers face-melting guitar riffs and touching romance in equally awesome doses! The Daily News cheers, Andrew Lloyd Webber "Awakens the empowering message of rock!" and Time Out New York raves, "Schoolís in – forever!"

The cost of the trip will be $195.00 per person which includes transportation and admission to the Broadway Show. Please click here for the registration form and send it along with your check made payable to the Eastern Regional Conference, Churches of God. Seats will be assigned as checks are received. Seating preferences will be honored as much as possible. 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, 2016 to get the best seats.

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