The 47th annual Atlantic Northeast District Conference is scheduled for Saturday, October 8, 2016 at the Leffler Chapel on the grounds of Elizabethtown College. The theme for this year’s conference is Fixing Our Eyes on Jesus based upon Hebrews 12:1-3. In these days when we find ourselves distracted by national politics, a world and even our own neighborhoods torn by violence, cultural issues which divide our nation and the church, the Scripture calls us to “throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles,” to “not grow weary and lose heart,” but to “run with perseverance the race marked out for us,” fixing our eyes on Jesus “the author and perfecter of our faith…”
As those who have been reconciled to God through Christ, we have been given a unique and vital message for our world today: “that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ…and has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors…” (2 Corinthians 5:18-20). If we are to be Christ’s ambassadors bringing God’s message of reconciliation, peace and hope, our eyes must be fixed on Jesus, learning from him, growing in him and open to his call to go and be his ambassadors in our neighborhoods, our schools, our workplaces and in the world. No one else will do it. We’re the ones so called.
The goal as always is that every congregation in our District will be represented at the conference. The opening roll call will include photos of the people of each congregation and will serve as a visual reminder of the “cloud of witnesses” that makes up the Atlantic Northeast District. Jeff Carter, President of Bethany Theological Seminary, will be the preacher for the worship which will follow lunch. The conference is open to all, so invite others from your congregation to attend and participate.
The logo for this year’s conference was created by Wyatt Howe, one of the youth of the Spring Creek congregation in Hershey. The photo was taken on a bank above the stream near the original Spring Creek meetinghouse. Wyatt’s father, Greg, is pictured fixing his eyes on Christ’s cross.
Dennis Garrison, Moderator