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A Word From Our Executive Director - November 19, 2014
One of the responsibilities that come with the office of Executive Director is to sit at the table as an ex-officio member of several boards throughout the denomination. Just recently, I joined the Board of Trustees of Berkshire Christian College as they assembled in Haverhill, Mass., for their fall board meetings. (Pictured: left to right, back row: Nate Dean, Bob Price, Julie Morse, David Bohy; middle row: Steve Spearing, Tracy Ainsworth, Pam Gardner; front row: Ron Thomas, Lee Welkley, John Guess, Bob Hughes. 

Along with all the business, the Trustees set aside an evening to honor Lois Hutchinson, as she has announced her retirement after serving the college for nearly 27 years. 
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A Word From Our Executive Director - November 12, 2014
This past weekend was spent in New Albany, Ind. Jan and I were invited to participate in a "Coming Home" celebration. The New Albany Advent Christian Church was established 123 years ago and has been a contributing congregation throughout its history. It has served its community well and has provided strong denominational leaders who have served on the conference, region and General Conference levels. Rev. Nolan Leavitt has been the pastor for the last 10 years. He and his wife, Linda, along with the members of the church, gave us a very warm welcome.
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A Word From Our Executive Director - November 5, 2014
Hopefully, your church has received the recent mailing that explains how we have used our Hunger/Emergency Relief Fund this year. We have helped people whose lives had been devastated by drought, floods, earthquakes, fire and hurricanes. So far this year, we have released nearly $17,000 to assist families and communities in times of crisis. It has been delivered in the form of food, medicine, supplies and finances as the immediate and lingering needs disrupt the lives of our brothers and sisters around the world. 

Emergencies are not scheduled. At any time we could hear the urgent cry of those in need. Because catastrophic occurrences and human tragedies can hit anytime, we want to be ready to respond quickly.
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A Word From Our Executive Director - October 29, 2014
It was an impressive visit to the Midwest this past weekend. The two main responsibilities were to attend the Board of Trustees meetings for Aurora University and to worship with the congregation at Hope Community Church in Chicago. We also had the opportunity to spend some time with family as well. 

The board meetings were held on the George Williams campus in Williams Bay, Wis. While the college is a part of Aurora University, it provides additional academic disciplines that are unique because of its environmental setting by Lake Geneva. The business sessions offered many signs of health and growth for the University.
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A Word From Our Executive Director - October 22, 2014

It is my displeasure of having to report to you that Rev. Richard Russell has informed us of his plans to retire at the end of this calendar year. He has announced that his last day of employment as our Director of Operations for ACGC will be December 31, 2014. For 18 ½ years he has served us well.

Richard was born in Charleston, W.Va., and grew up in Pinch, W.Va., attending the Blue Creek AC Church. He went to Berkshire Christian College in Lenox, Mass., where he graduated with a B.A. Degree in Theology. It was there that he met Linda Rand, and the two were married in 1969. They have raised two sons, both very active in the Hope Community Church in Charlotte, N.C. Linda and Richard have also been blessed with four beautiful grandchildren. 

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