Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Atlantic Northeast District meets on theme, 'God Is Faithful.'

Atlantic Northeast District held its 2007 conference on Oct. 12-13 in Leffler Chapel at Elizabethtown (Pa.) College. Norman D. Yeater, free minister of Chiques Church of the Brethren near Manheim, Pa., served as moderator. The theme was "God Is Faithful," with the scripture reference Philippians 1:6b, "The one who began a good work among you will bring it to completion by the day of Jesus Christ."

Friday evening began with an inspirational time of music led by Hanoverdale (Pa.) Church of the Brethren's worship team. Pastor Belita Mitchell of Harrisburg (Pa.) First Church of the Brethren, who served as the 2007 Annual Conference moderator, shared a motivational message. J. Becker Ginder, Clem Rosenberger, and Curtis Ziegler (posthumously) were recognized for 50 years in ordained ministry. The Ridgeway Community Brass Ensemble played during the collection of the offering. The $1,740.50 received will be divided equally between the Mission Church Support Fund and District Ministries.

Moderator Yeater led delegates in approval of a slate of nominees and a budget of $631,345, in addition to receiving a variety of reports. An informative DVD and interviews highlighted district programs. District leaders were recognized, with new leaders in the district during the last year introduced. Newly licensed ministers, recently ordained ministers, and pastors serving new congregations were showcased in a power point display. Puerta del Cielo under the leadership of Ramon and Gloria Torres was recognized as a new congregation.

The meeting consecrated Paul Steiner, retired pastor of Mountville (Pa.) Church of the Brethren, as the moderator for next year's District Conference, to be held on Oct 10-11, 2008 in Leffler Chapel at Elizabethtown College.

--Doris Frysinger serves as secretary and newsletter editor for Atlantic Northeast District.

Source: 11/21/2007 Newsline Extra

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