From ACGC – May 24, 2017

                     Pam Buchanan (L) & Beth Larkin (R)

Coordinator of Women’s Ministries Pam Buchanan has given her letter of resignation effective June 30, 2017. Pam has served the women of the Advent Christian denomination for the past 12 years. She has worked closely with a number of WHFMS presidents through the years and has worked to develop ongoing ministries to women both within WHFMS and other types of women’s ministries around the denomination. During Pam’s years of service at ACGC she has worked directly with the Executive Director and as part of the Department of Nurture. Currently, Pam and I have been working together preparing for the Triennial Convention with WHFMS National President Karen Hall and Beth Larkin. Pam has done a wonderful job of both ministering to the needs of women in our churches and working with leadership to cast a vision for future ministry.

During her time Pam has worked closely with Beth Larkin, administrative assistant, in the Department of Nurture. After discussing the transition and needs for women’s ministry with Pam and Karen Hall, I have decided to name Beth Larkin as Coordinator of Women’s Ministries for ACGC. She will begin this position July 1, 2017 following the Triennial Convention.

From ACGC – May 17, 2017

We are fast approaching our deadlines for Triennial Conference, deadlines for registrations, reports, plans and hotel confirmations. All of this causes us to get very serious about getting everything in order, HAVE YOU? If you have not registered and gotten your hotel reservation in place you need to do that ASAP so we can make sure everything is set for a great convention. Please go online at www.acgctriennial.com and register, or call ACGC at 1-800-676-0694 so you will be set for attending.

This past week I had the privilege of visiting another of our associate members, Advent Christian Village. I serve on that board as part of my position at ACGC, and it is exciting to see all that is going on at the Village. It is also a pleasure to see friends from our time at Bixler Memorial Church, along with former missionaries, pastors and Advent Christian leaders who now call the ACV home.

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.