From ACGC – November 22, 2017

     Bill Nickerson (L) and Thomas Kennon

This past week I traveled down to the Advent Christian Village (ACV) and participated in the ACV board meetings on Thursday and Friday. It is always a blessing to go to the Village and visit old friends that I worked with and served when I pastored the Bixler Memorial Church as senior pastor and director of pastoral care. The Village continues to be home to many retired missionaries and pastors, not just from the Advent Christian Church, but from many other denominations as well. It is one of the greatest values in retirement living in Florida and certainly one of the best places to live out your retirement years. During the board meetings we heard many reports about the ongoing ministries of the Good Samaritan Nursing Home, Dacier Manor Assisted Living Center, the many apartment options available and the independent living options. The Village is able to offer a place to retire for a wide variety of price ranges and all with the quality of care that is second to none. The opportunities to participate in ministries and activities are so vast that it is impossible to do them all, so you must chose the ones that fit your interest. I do not want to steal the thunder from the Village, but there are some exciting things coming in the near future – additions to the Village and new ministries that will be launched that will reach out to young people in the Suwannee County area.

From ACGC – November 15, 2017

Berkshire Christian College Board of Trustees at Riverside AC Church

The month of November is always busy with Thanksgiving celebrations and the beginning of Christmas season preparations. We as Advent Christians have much to be thankful for this year, looking back and seeing God’s hand on our denomination and the work that has been done. We are also blessed to have our associate partners working alongside us, and we should be both thankful and supportive of the work they do providing for the ministry of God’s people.

From ACGC – November 8, 2017

                      Steve Lawson

Last Thursday and Friday, the ACGC Focus Group had their meeting here in Charlotte. This group was formed out of the 2014 Triennial to study and bring recommendation to the Executive Council on critical items that our denomination was facing and continues to deal with today. It has been a privilege to be a member of this group of leaders and to have been involved in the discussions that led up to the 2017 Triennial. The subjects assigned to this group have not been completely dealt with, but the three-year commitment they were ask to make has been met, so we are looking at regrouping and moving forward. I want to express my appreciation to all those members and the faithfulness they have shown over the last three years. Please be in prayer as we report to the Executive Council in February and move forward, thankful for the progress we have made to this point and for the momentum coming out of the Triennial Convention.

From ACGC – November 1, 2017

It is hard to believe that November is here and the end of the year will be here before we know it! We all know with the end of the year comes reports for 2017, and soon you will receive reports forms from ACGC for pastors, churches and conferences. We want you to know these forms are available on our website (here). This is the easiest way to fill out your reports or you can print them and they will be passed onto your conference and regional superintendent.

From ACGC – October 25, 2017

ERA President Rev. George Karl (L) Presenting Award to Dr. Freeman Barton

This past week I attended Eastern Regional board meetings at Alton Bay on Thursday and the Eastern Regional Convention in Rochester, N.H. on Friday and Saturday.

A highlight of the convention was the presentation of the first “Servant Award” given by the Eastern Region in recognition of a person who has served many years to the Lord and to his church – for those who have quietly and faithfully dedicated their lives to servant leadership. The first recipient of this award was Dr. Freeman Barton who has served the Advent Christian Denomination for many years. He was a professor at Berkshire Christian College from 1969-1985 and served as Director of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Library from 1991-2006. To many of us, he will always be a respected and loved professor who lives out his life as a humble servant of God!