The Eastern Christian Convention will be celebrating its 40th year when it meets at the Hershey (PA) Lodge and Convention Center on Nov. 16-18. Speakers will include Bob Russell, former longtime senior minister of Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, KY; Chuck Sackett of Madison Park Christian Church, Quincy, IL; and Toney Salva of Discovery Christian Church, Cranberry, PA.
The convention, which begins Friday afternoon and concludes at noon Sunday, will feature four worship sessions, several workshops, an informative exhibit area, and activities for all ages: nursery, preschool, children, teens, and adults. There will be a Bible Bowl competition and sessions for people who are deaf and hard of hearing.
The Hershey Lodge and the town of Hershey—described as “The Sweetest Place on Earth”—provide a beautiful setting for the convention.
All who attend the convention—people ages 7 to 107—are invited to participate in a mission project to bag 40 tons of food for Lifeline Christian Mission. The on-site project, in cooperation with “Kids Against Hunger,” requires volunteers to measure, bag, box, tag, and seal ready-made nutritious meals for people in Haiti. Each 50-person shift will work for about 2.5 hours. Volunteers are asked to provide $25 to cover associated costs. This project complements this year’s convention theme, “Come Hungry.”
The convention was first held in 1967 in Lancaster, PA. Since then it has taken place in more than a dozen cities. Since 2002, all conventions have been in Hershey.
Rick Weiss, director of family ministries with West Hills Christian Church, Moon Township, PA, is this year’s president.
Preregistration runs through Nov. 10; the cost is $40 for families, $25 for individuals, and $10 for students.
For more information about the convention, and to register, visit www.easterncc.com, phone (410) 836-6102, or write Eastern Christian Convention, 2410 Creswell Road, Bel Air, MD 21015.