Upcoming District Events

Upcoming District Events

Posted by andrew on July 25, 2016

Justice Like Water

Saturday, August 20, 2016 – 10:00-3:00

Lancaster Church of the Brethren

In recent years, incidents and events in the news have sparked a very difficult national conversation about race, immigration, and culture. As Christians, we are called to be peacemakers, to stand with our fellow believers, and to continue the work of Jesus. What is a faith-based response in the context of today’s conversation about oppression and justice?

Hosted at the Lancaster COB, leadership will be provided by Gimbiya Kettering, Director of Intercultural Ministries for the Church of the Brethren. CEU’s (.03) are also available. $10.00 per person and includes lunch. Register online: www.ane-cob.org

Philadelphia Brethren Heritage Tour October 1, 2016 – 8:00 a.m.

  • Experience the festivities of the historical event of the Germantown Battle
  • Visit the site of the first COB Baptism in America
  • Jobie Riley’s historic skit featuring Ben Franklin conversing with Peter Becker, Christopher Sauer and two representatives from the Ephrata Cloister
  • See Christopher Sauer’s print shop which produced the first German Bible in America Bus will leave Ephrata COB promptly at 8:00 a.m. Cost is $60 per person. Register online: www.ane-cob.org

Christian/Muslim Workshop

Thursday, October 13, 2016 – 9:00-3:00

Lower Level Conference Room, District Office, 500 E. Cedar St., Elizabethtown, PA

Presenter: Dr. Musa Mambula, son to one of the first Church of the Brethren mission evangelists to the Kanmue tribe in the Adamawa State of Nigeria, is a gifted teacher, preacher, administrator, and guidance counselor. He has authored and co-authored over forty journal articles and six books, and has participated in seminars and workshops at national and international levels. He most recently served as the National Spiritual Advisor for the EYN church in Nigeria.

Cost: $40, which includes lunch and 0.6 CEU’s. Register online: www.ane-cob.org

47th annual Atlantic Northeast District Conference

Posted by andrew on June 24, 2016

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

Congratulations to Our Graduates

Posted by andrew on July 27, 2015

Dave Coffman graduates from Phoenixville Area High School, as Salutatorian, on June 5th. Dave plans to attend Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ, majoring in Mechanical Engineering.

Zac Mauk graduated May 9th from Bloomsburg University.

Katherine O’Donnell Christoffersen, Ph.D., earned her Doctorate in Second Language Acquisition & Training at University of Arizona in May.

Derek Rubendall graduated from Pennsylvania College of Technology on May 16th with a degree in Automotive Repair.

Andy Simon graduates from Conestoga High School. Andy plans to attend the Rochester Institute of Technology to study engineering.

Nathaniel Taylor, 21, graduates June 5th from the Autistic Support Program at Norristown Area High School. Nathaniel is seeking employment through The Office of Vocational Rehabilitation with the support of the Arc Alliance.

Marissa Yeager will graduate June 11 from Spring-ford High School.  Marissa plans to attend Robert Morris University, Moon Township, Pittsburgh, in the Fall.

Camp Swatara Fall Retreat (Oct 25-27)

Posted by andrew on October 21, 2013

We will be traveling up to Camp Swatara on Friday, Oct 25 to Sunday Oct 27. We will be meeting at the church at 5:30pm on Friday and will return to church by 9:30am on Sunday (in time to hear David Radcliff speak).

There are usually 50 to 80 Jr. High from all over the District attending this retreat. We have game time, lesson time and plenty of free time.

We will be sleeping in the cabins on bunks. Please being a sleeping bag and pillow as well as normal bathroom supplies including shower items.

The cost will be $40 per person (the church will be picking up the remaining cost).

We need to know how many will be attending by tomorrow (Friday 10/18). Feel free to call me if you have any questions.

ALSO, let us know if you plan to bring a friend.


Mike & Lori Lantzy

Help Decorate the Giving Tree

Posted by andrew on January 23, 2013

The Witness Commission will once again be collecting baby items for Birthright to be placed on and around the Giving Tree in the lobby in December.

The “Giving Tree” will stay up until the end of December. Items needed are baby clothes (birth to 1 year), blankets, booties, bibs, socks, bottles, onesies, pacifiers, rattlers, lotions, ointment, formula, diapers, & toys. Birthright helps pregnant women who feel that their pregnancies are too much to bear alone.

2012 District Conference

Posted by andrew on April 21, 2012

2012 District Conference
October 12-13

The theme for this year’s conference is “Made Alive in Christ” taken from Ephesians 2:4-8. The logo represents the gift of grace from our heavenly Father, freely given to us, but needing to be received by us. As I personally progress in my walk with God, the emphasis of His grace becomes more real to me. I seem to become more aware of my sinful nature and how undeserving I am of His mercy. We’ve all fallen short of the glory of God, and yet, He continues to favor us with the gift of grace. WOW. – Robert Wintsch, Moderator

Peter Becker Flower Show 2012

Posted by andrew on March 8, 2012

Peter Becker Community to Present:

The Gardens of Eating!

Flower Show

March 15-17

Nibble on this! We will be cooking up some flavorful gardens created around our favorite pastime – meals!

Food will be the king in a show like you haven’t tasted before! Experience garden sets centered around intriguing concepts like an entirely edible garden, a romantic rooftop, a Victorian tea escape and our signature “Green” garden where items are so creatively repurposed that you will want to write the ideas down.

Thursday, March 15 – 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. –

Senior Appreciation Day

Friday, March 16 – 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. Saturday, March 17 – 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Find out about our bake sales, art competitions, inter-home competitions, crafter event, seminars and much more which have become a part of the unique flavor of the Peter Becker Community Annual Flower Show.

For more information, go to: www.PeterBeckerCommunity.com.