From ACGC – April 19, 2017

It is hard to believe that April is over halfway gone and June will be here before you know it. We are all working hard to prepare for the Triennial Convention coming up June 24 – 28 at the Renaissance Charlotte Suites Hotel. Our registrations are coming in at about the same rate as 2014 but we are hoping for many more of you to plan to join us for this Triennial Convention! Our theme this year is “That the World May Know,” our featured verse is John 17:23 and our keynote speakers will be Advent Christian pastors sharing from Christ’s prayer for himself and his disciples. Our seminars and workshops center on our need to gain unity and vision as we move forward, both individually in our churches and denominationally as we reach out around the world. Please go to our website at www.acgctriennial.com to register for the convention and to reserve your room at the Renaissance Hotel. A special ACGC block rate of $120.00 plus tax has been negotiated for all suites until May 30, 2017. This is on a first come, first serve basis. Reservations after this date will be at the prevailing rate. Please make your hotel reservations by clicking on the hotel reservation link on our website or by calling Marriott Central Reservations, at (877) 212-5752. Ask for the Advent Christian room block. If you are flying in, a complimentary shuttle service is provided by the hotel from the Charlotte airport (CLT). For extended stay, these rates are offered to Advent Christians for three days before and after the convention, based on availability.

From ACGC – April 12, 2017

Yesterday in our church service at Dulin’s Grove, we were lead in worship by our children, celebrating the excitement of Palm Sunday. It was great to see their excitement passing out palm branches, standing in front together singing praises to God and reading scriptures about Jesus. I thought about that first Palm Sunday when Jesus entered Jerusalem and the excitement that filled the streets – it must have been contagious, just like it was watching these children. As we all stood around the sanctuary waving palm branches singing “Ha Ha Hallejah” every face had a smile, from the youngest to the oldest, just like those who lined the streets putting palm branches on the road before him crying out:

“Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord; Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David; Hosanna in the highest” Mark 11:9-10.

From ACGC – April 5, 2017

                 Steve Lawson

This week I am in Eastern North Carolina for SACA board meetings. It is always good to hear about what God is doing through our churches and to plan for the future with our regional conference presidents. I am thankful for our leaders who work with these boards and our representatives that are on the Executive Council. Please be in prayer for all of our conferences and regions that come alongside our churches to support them in ministry and that reach out to our youth, pastors and growing leadership. It is exciting to hear from Regional Superintendent Joe Pritchett about the work of ACGC and about the encouragement to our conferences’ leadership to take advantage of these ministries and services. It is a blessing as Executive Director to be able to sit on these boards and partner in our work for the Advent Christian denomination.

From ACGC – March 29, 2017

            Steve Lawson

One of the most significant items of business at our 2017 Triennial Convention will be the proposed adoption of a statement of faith for the denomination.

This process began more than three years ago when a group of our pastors advocated for such a statement of faith. The statement later worked its way through the ACGC Focus Group (This group was established by the delegate body at the 2014 Triennial Convention). Finally, the Executive Council unanimously affirmed the statement and voted to send it to the delegate body for ratification.

From ACGC – March 22, 2017

After a week of vacation with my grandsons in Orlando I think I need to come back to work to get some rest. It was a great time for Karen and me to spend time with Becky, Alan and the boys, but as I get back into the schedule here at the office it is hard to believe that March is over halfway gone. Triennial Convention will be here before we know it, so I thought I would remind you of some important information.