THE ADVENT CHRISTIAN CHURCH IN BURR OAK, IOWA: 150TH ANNIVERSARY!
In 1868, there were discussions of starting a church. Two years later, the Willsey property was bought (where the church building now stands). The church was built in 1877 and dedicated in 1878 with 95% of the cost paid. In the summer of 1877, revival services were held in a 50-foot round tent to help pay for expenses. The first pastor was John Ridley, who served there until 1901. Twenty-five other pastors also served, but the church ended up closing in 1964.
In 1997, the Laura Ingalls Wilder Park & Museum purchased the church. Laura did not attend, but would have walked by it many times in the years she lived in Burr Oak (1876-1877).
Over the last few years, the AC church building has been restored. It is now available as a setting for weddings, reunions, meetings, or other special events and tours. The church will be open Saturday, June 23, 2018 (LAURA DAYS) in the afternoon. For more information, you may contact the museum at 563-735-5916 or visit them online at https://www.lauraingallswilder.us/.
MINISTRY TRIP TO CHINA
Bethlehem Advent Christian Church (Augusta, Ga.) is planning a ministry trip to China this coming September. The purpose of this trip is to touch base with the Christians who have returned to China from Augusta and to follow up with those who were curious about following Christ. Stops are planned for Beijing, Shanghai, Nanjing, Chongqing, Chengdu and Hong Kong. There will be plenty of opportunities to sightsee with local Christians who speak English as our guides. We are looking for one more female who might be interested in joining the team and sharing expenses with another woman. If interested, or for more details, please contact Rev. Nathan Dean at 706-364-7969.
(Christian flags represent Chinese Christians who were baptized at Bethlehem AC Church. Yellow flags
represent former attenders of Bethlehem but who are not believers yet. Green flags represent Bethlehem
attenders who will return to China in the next six months.)
ADVENTIST HERITAGE SERVICE
The 27th annual Adventist Heritage Service will be held on June 24, 2018, at the William Miller Chapel in Low Hampton, N.Y. The service will begin at 4:00 p.m. This year’s guest speaker will be Justin Nash, Director of Communication for the Advent Christian General Conference. Wes Ross, associate pastor of Hope Church, will be assisting with the music. For more information or directions to the chapel, please contact Rev. Floyd McIntyre by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 802-886-2612.
PASTORAL POSITION AVAILABLE
Prophetstown Advent Christian Church is seeking a pastor. Candidates must have Bible-based sermons and evangelical gifts. The church is located in Prophetstown, Ill., which has a population of 2,000, of which 55 percent are unchurched.
Contact: Prophetstown Advent Christian Church
200 Elm Street
Prophetstown, IL 61277
Larry DeNeve, Chairman of the Board
BRISTOW AC PASTORAL SEARCH
The Bristow Advent Christian Church is looking to hire a full-time senior pastor. Their mission statement is as follows:
To provide support for the church family through preaching, teaching, Bible study, mentoring, pastoral care, as well as articulate the philosophy of ministry and vision of the church.
The Berkshire office has moved to Oxford, Mass. After more than 30 years in Haverhill, the office is now near President Glenn Rice and helpers from Oak Hill Bible Church. Volunteers and good weather helped make for a very smooth move. All correspondence can be sent to the new address at 351 Main St., Suite 100, Oxford, MA, 01540.
The telephone number is: 508-731-6331.
PASTORAL JOB POSTINGS, MORGANTON, N.C.
First Advent Christian Church in Morganton, N.C. is looking to hire a part-time Director of Youth Ministry and a part-time Director of Children’s Ministry.
Hope Christian Church is looking for a pastor to preach and guide us into the future for the work of Christ. The church is located is West Bay, near Panama City, Fla. Parsonage provided. Please mail resumes to:
Board of Directors
6326 Laird Park Dr.
Panama City Beach, Florida.
THE EVANGELICAL COUNCIL FOR FINANCIAL ACCOUNTABILITY
ECFA’s two popular annual tax guides are now available on ChurchEXCEL.org. You are welcome to share the following link and instructions directly with your church:
Follow the three steps below to access your FREE eBooks: Ministers’ Taxes Made Easy and Church Reporting Made Easy.
1. Sign in to ECFA’s FREE resource community at ChurchEXCEL.org.
2. Click the “Electronic Tax Guides” icon on the dashboard.
3. Download your tax guides.
ASSOCIATE PASTOR NEEDED
Nooksack Christian Fellowship Church (Nooksack, Wash.) is seeking an associate pastor to train, learn and transition into the full-time position of senior pastor by May 31, 2019. Qualifications are to have a seminary degree, to be grounded in God’s Word, to preach and teach from the Bible, and to have a Christ-like character. Responsibilities include: pastor-in-training duties, senior pastor primary support, fulfilling Sunday services and sermons, and, depending upon gifting, overseeing the youth and music worship programs.
If interested, please contact Senior Pastor Bob Goodwin at (360) 966-4573.
eBerkshire COURSE OFFERING
Interested in taking a college-level course but don’t have the finances or the time to attend on campus? Berkshire Christian has the answer!
Our Gift to You!
Advent Christian people have faithfully supported the college, and we want to give something back to you. For a limited time we are offering one fully-scholarshipped course to people serving in a local Advent Christian church as a pastor, assistant pastor, youth minister or music minister. We want you to know firsthand what others have already experienced. eBerkshire is a resource you will enjoy and once you have taken a course, we are convinced you will encourage others to do the same! For more information, click here.
ADVENT CHRISTIAN VOICES
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Get into the conversation.
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New Title From Robert J. Mayer “Adventism Confronts Modernity: An Account of the Advent Christian Controversy over the Bible’s Inspiration”
Many restorationist-oriented associations like the Advent Christian Church often embrace two conflicting principles. First, they understand the Bible’s inspiration and authority in a way that minimizes the importance and value of church tradition. Second, they give high value to individual autonomy both in biblical interpretation and in church governance. Adventism Confronts Modernity describes what can happen when these principles conflict and make it difficult to resolve theological conflict.
This work begins by exploring the nineteenth-century historical and theological roots of early Adventism with special attention to William Miller and the theological impact of the Great Disappointment, the failed prediction of the early Adventists that Jesus Christ would return visibly in 1843 or 1844. Subsequent chapters explore the Fundamentalist-Modernist controversies of the early twentieth century and focus on the impact of those events on the two colleges that trained Advent Christian clergy-Aurora College (now Aurora University) and New England School of Theology (later Berkshire Christian College).
After discussing theological reform efforts within the Protestant mainline and fundamentalist coalitions, this book describes the conflicting views regarding the Bible’s inspiration that emerged in the early twentieth century and their impact on the Advent Christian Church during the 1950s and 1960s. It concludes that further reflection is needed on both the doctrine of Holy Scripture and how restorationist movements balance Christian theology with individual and congregational autonomy.
GO RADIO CRISTO SALVA
The Ministry of Cristo Salva in Honduras has recently entered into a great new mission venture – Internet radio. The new radio station is named Go Radio Cristo Salva and features music and teaching 24 hours a day and is available anywhere in the world! You can listen to it on your computer, tablet or smartphone. Go to http://tunein.com/radio/GoRadioCristoSalva-s267954/ to learn more and to enjoy this great ministry.
“LIVING WISDOM” by Rev. Chad C. Fernald
Pastor Chad recently completed his first full length book, “Living Wisdom” (Richter Publishing 2016), a study on developing patterns for living well based on the principles found in the biblical books of Wisdom. “Living Wisdom” is available in paperback for $19.99 and in e-reader forms for $9.99 through major book distributors.
Chad has also authored a devotional e-book, “Reflections on the Cross” (Kindle Direct 2013).
Both of these resources can be obtained by following the links on Chad’s blogsite: comfaithnet.blogspot.com. For a signed copy of “Living Wisdom” send $23.00* directly to Pastor Chad at 1427 Kinsmere Dr. Trinity, FL 34655.
Chad currently serves as the founding minister/lead elder of Community Faith Network – a house-church ministry.
*Price reflects discounted book price and covers the return shipping cost.
DAVID ALVES COLLECTION (3 vols.) for Logos Bible Software
Advent Christian Pastor Dr. David Alves has published a bundled collection of his books now gathering interest at Logos Bible Software. All three books are included in the collection for the pre-publication price of $19.99. Regular price will be $24.00 once published (you are not charged until the collection is published).
Titles Included in the collection are:
• “A Sabbatical Primer for Pastors: How to Initiate and Navigate a Spiritual Renewal Leave”
• “A Sabbatical Primer for Churches: How to Love and Honor the Pastor God Has Given You”
• “We’re the ‘sons of God’ . . . So What?: Believe God About Who You Really Are!”
To learn more, please visit the product page: https://www.logos.com/product/55191/david-alves-collection
To learn more about Dr. Alves and his books, you can visit http://www.sabbaticalprimers.com/home.html.
CAMP CARETAKER NEEDED
Camp ACCOVAC (AC Camp of Virginia Conference) is looking for a full-time caretaker couple to work and live on the grounds. For further information, please call Program Coordinator Josie Denius at 540-862-4904.
Our veterans and their families have sacrificed much for their country, and many continue to pay a great price even when they return from deployment. Many veteran families go through a number of difficulties when they return home. It takes a special church and family to minister to these brave warriors and to walk with them as they seek to heal and readjust to life at home.
We have recently become aware of a website that can help address some these needs. This website shows many of the issues that veterans have. This website is for the veterans, but it could be used by pastors to see what veterans are going through. Pastors can learn so much of life within the military through these videos.
It can also be helpful for pastors to steer veterans to such a website because it shows that they are not alone in their struggle. To find more, please visit http://maketheconnection.net/ .
SAVING WHILE SURFING
Back in September of 2007, we introduced GoodSearch.com as a proven search engine that donates half its revenue, about a penny per search, to the charities its users designate. ACGC has benefited from this service with an average of about $25 being generated per month. When using the Goodsearch tool, be sure to log in before searching or ACGC will not earning anything.
We want to encourage more to use this search engine, as the benefits could only increase for our denomination. It costs you nothing and it costs us nothing. But it pays all of us to use this service. You use it just as you would any search engine, and it’s powered by Yahoo!, so you get great results. Just go to www.goodsearch.com and be sure to enter Advent Christian General Conference as the charity you want to support; then login. You can add GoodSearch.com as a toolbar on your computer or you can attach it as a foot note on your e-mails. Please help us share with others the benefits of this resource.
ACGC MAILING ADDRESS
Please note the mailing address for ACGC is: PO Box 690848, Charlotte, NC 28227. We are still receiving mail at the old PO Box and zip code. At some point the Postal Service will stop passing on mail to us without the correct address. Thank you.
KARMON NORRIS PRAYER CHAIN
If anyone receiving the Karmon Norris prayer requests by email has changed his email address in the last few months, please notify Nancy Brooks at email@example.com with your new address. Thank you.
ASLEEP IN CHRIST
Now located on our website is an “Asleep in Christ” page. As we are made aware of your Advent Christian loved ones who have fallen asleep in the Lord, they will be added to this list. Click HERE to go to this web page. If you wish to have details of your loved one on the website, please send the information via email to firstname.lastname@example.org