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A Word from the Eastern Regional Conference

The mission statement for the ERC reads, “The ERC exists to multiply healthy, life-giving churches led by healthy, life-giving pastors and served by healthy, life-giving regional leadership.”  The statement begs the question, “What does a life-giving church look like?”  It would be fair to say it contains multiple aspects, and [...]

A Gift of Compassion

One of the many blessings of pastoring the YCOG us watching the Holy Spirit move through the hearts of the people.  Recently, the idea was presented to you to host a meal for a large group of people from Harrisburg who do not have homes. The idea to bring them [...]

An Example of Faith

This past week, I had the privilege of sitting beside the bed of a dear friend while her family watched her pass from this life into the next.  As I watched this family weep, I knew these were tears that came from hearts who dearly loved her.  She was no [...]

Meet AJ!

In the June newsletter, I shared with you that Mike Coleman would be stepping down from the “Director of Youth Ministries” position.  Mike has been serving us faithfully for many years, and we are grateful that he will continue to be one of our volunteer youth leaders.  He loves the [...]

It’s That Time of the Year Again…

Fall is always an exciting time in the life of the church.  As we return from summer breaks, vacations, camps, and mission trips, we are ready to get back into the Word.  We are ready for our small groups to get together again.  As much as we are excited for [...]

“God Made You for a Reason!”

VBS is over for another year.  It is definitely a bitter-sweet day when we say goodbye to the kids for another year.  By Thursday night, we are all exhausted, but we know that we will not be able to share the love of Jesus with many of them until next [...]

“7 Reasons Worshipers Need the Church”

Church attendance is on the decline.  It’s not just here at YCOG, it’s everywhere, but our attendance has certainly been affected.  There are many reasons we could list as to why people don’t feel the need to attend Sunday morning worship.  For now, I’m going to share with you an [...]

“When Extreme Measures Are Necessary”

As many of you know, Mike Coleman has served as a volunteer youth leader here at YCOG for more than four years.  In January of this year, he joined our church ministry staff in a paid position with the official title of “Director of Youth Ministries.”  We are so grateful [...]

A Word of Praise From the Youth Leader…

For the past four years, our youth have had the opportunity to join with other churches for a spring retreat at Camp YoLiJwa.  It is wonderful that we are a church who supports our youth and recognizes the value of youth ministry.  Camp is one of the best ways we [...]

“What Was I thinking?”

I woke up this morning realizing I had to go out in public with purple hair.  It was not something I was sure I really wanted to do.  How are people going to look at me today?  Will I be judged by the color of my hair? Of course, my [...]

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