Eastern Regional Conference    900 South Arlington Ave.    Room 120 B     Harrisburg, PA 17109
Phone: (717) 652-0255    Fax: (717) 652-1134    info@erccog.org

Welcome to the website of the Eastern Regional Conference, Churches of God. We are a movement of God involving 140 churches in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. Our purpose is to grow healthy churches. We are trusting God for the starting of 20 new churches by 2020 (See our 20/20 initiative). Our membership exceeds 14,000 and we have nearly 300 pastors who are committed to serving Christ and His Church. If we can be of further help to you, please contact our regional office at 717-652-0255.

Dr. Kevin E. Richardson, Executive Director
Eastern Regional Conference, Churches of God

Be CONTAGIOUS – September 24 or October 1, 2016

Would you like your people to learn how to…
  • Build relationships with non-Christians.
  • Start spiritual conversations.
  • Share their story and invite people to Christ?
  • Understand their style of evangelism.
The ERC Commission on Evangelism is conducting two Becoming a Contagious Christian Workshops using new materials and fresh ideas. These workshops are led by Pastor Barb Maurice and Dr. Steve Dunn. There are two dates to choose from and lunch is included. The cost is $15.00 per person or $50.00 for 4 or more from the same church. Contact Vicki Oberman for more information (click here) and to register. Deadline is the Monday before the event.

Bike Trek on the Pine Creek Rail Trail – September 30 to October 2, 2016

Are you up for the challenge? Then join the 10th Annual Bike Trek event combining rail-trail riding and YoliJwa style camping on September 30 through October 2, 2016. This year’s trip will be a 62 mile ride through the scenic Pennsylvania Grand Canyon with tent camping both Friday and Saturday nights. Trip includes 6 meals as well as shuttling and transportation. Cost is $130.00 per adult.

For more information about this exciting event, visit www.campyolijwa.org/bike-trek or contact Ryan Long, Program Director at (717) 776-5281 or email him at Program@CampYoliJwa.org.

Formational Prayer Workshop at Caring Church of God – September 30 to October 1, 2016

This powerful workshop will equip the body of Christ with simple, practical, and biblical tools to bring healing and spiritual growth. Attendees will learn and experience basic principles of heart-healing prayer to transform the local church into a healing community.

A few benefits and goals of this workshop:
  • How to find a safe place in the presence of God to heal and grow.
  • How to apply a Spirit-led prayer model for healing past wounds.
  • How to identify places in the heart that could grow and heal.
  • How to use the Scriptures to continue in healing and growth.
The cost of this workshop is intentionally very low in order to make this training accessible to all whether pastors, leaders, counselors, ministry teams, or anyone seeking to grow in their relationship with Christ. Total cost is $40.00 including Healing the Wounded Heart, Overcoming Obstacles to Intimacy with God by Dr. Thom Gardner. Please click here to obtain more information and how to register.

Children’s Fishing Derby – October 16, 2016

Back by popular demand, the Children’s Fishing Derby will be held on Sunday, October 16, 2016 from 2:00 to 6:30 p.m. at Lake Henrietta at Doubling Gap Center, Newville, PA. The fishing derby is reserved for children ages 5-15. Prior to the event, the lake is stocked with hundreds of hungry trout. Given the time of year, each child is permitted to keep up to 3 fish throughout the 6 hour event.

Children and chaperones will be asked to register for this event with a form that is available by going to www.campyolijwa.org/childrens-fishing-derby/. Supper is provided at the Lake Pavilion as part of the registration fee. Pre-registration is required and the deadline is October 12th.

If you have any interest in volunteering to lend a hand to those who may not be an experienced fisherman, please contact Ryan Long at Program@CampYoliJwa.org or (717) 776-5281

Pastors’ Prayer Retreat – October 24-25, 2016

This year’s retreat will be held on October 24-25, 2016 at Doubling Gap Center, beginning at 9:00 a.m.

We all need to take time away to intentionally connect with God and hear from him this is an easy time to make that happen. Come to beautiful Camp YoliJwa with amazing food and experience what God has for you. Join the prepared retreat, or if God calls you into the wilderness for a time that’s okay too. Just be intentional about making real time to be with God.

The Prayer Retreat is based on Gary Thomas’s Book SACRED PATHWAYS. For more information about this retreat click here to download the registration form.

Fall Theological Study Day – November 14, 2016

Please join the Commission on Church Vocations as they present the Fall Theological Study Day on Monday, November 14, 2016 from 8:15 a.m. (Registration) to 3:00 p.m. at Winebrenner’s Scotland Campus, 3583 Scotland Road, Scotland, Pennsylvania.

Dr. Robert Smith, Professor of Christian Preaching and holds the Charles T. Carter, Baptist Chair of Divinity at Beeson Divinity School will be the presenter for the day. He will speak on Doctrine That Dances: Bringing Doctrinal Preaching and Teaching to Life.

Registration fee is $40.00 per person and includes lunch. Contact Pastor Mark Hosler with any questions at mark@hoslers.com.

New York City Bus Trip – SCHOOL OF ROCK – November 18, 2016

Andrew Lloyd Webber, the man who brought rock and romance to Broadway, is back with a new heart-stirring hit. School of Rock is a New York Times Critics' Pick and "An inspiring jolt of energy, joy and mad skillz!" (Entertainment Weekly). Reuters raves "Andrew Lloyd Webber has Broadway rocking again!"

The cost of the trip will be $195.00 per person which includes transportation and admission to the Broadway Show. Please click here for the registration form and send it along with your check made payable to the Eastern Regional Conference, Churches of God. Seats will be assigned as checks are received. Seating preferences will be honored as much as possible. If you have questions, contact Barbara Harris at the (717.652.0255) conference office or email: barb@erccog.org. All monies are due by October 1, 2016 to get the best seats.

Clergy Couples Retreat – January 13-15, 2017

Don’t know what to get your pastor and his/her spouse for Christmas this year? Why not send them to the Clergy Couples Retreat? This year’s retreat will be held at The George Washington Hotel in Winchester, Virginia on January 13-15, 2017.

The George Washington Hotel is set in a grand red brick building dating from 1924 and is located in the heart of Winchester's historic district. The hotel is beautiful and historic; it makes you feel like you are stepping back in time.

At Noon on Saturday, we will have lunch at The Coach and Horse Tea Room. This property was once known as 'Homespun' and also previously as the 'Bell House'. The property is on one acre fronting VA Route 622 (Cedar Creek Grade) on the border between Frederick County and the City of Winchester, Virginia.

Couples can also enjoy the local sites, such as the Luray Caverns where knowledgeable rangers guide visitors along paved walkways winding through cathedral-sized rooms featuring soaring ceilings, towering columns, breathtaking stalactites, and mirror-perfect pools.

For more information, please click here to download the brochure.

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