On Saturday, September 29, 135 mature disciples met in Philadelphia for the Cedars of Lebanon Conference entitled, "Power Through His Spirit." The Cedars of Lebanon is a ministry within the Greater Philadelphia Church of Christ made up of physically mature disciples over the age of fifty-five led by John and Eve Gaines, an Elder couple.
The Cedars have gained a reputation in the region for addressing the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of its members. They also play an active role in strengthening the church through serving campus and teen students, participating in community service and making visits to neighboring church plantings. This year's conference was attended by disciples from Michigan, New York, Florida, Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
The conference, held at the Church on the Mall, featured inspiring lessons and classes by Roger and Marcia Lamb of Disciples Today and the Boston Church of Christ. At the lunch break, John and Eve Gaines shared some pointers on how other churches could start a Cedars of Lebanon ministry. A lecture on healthy living during the golden years was delivered by Dr. Robin Meadows, M.D. A workshop on Estate Planning, Living Wills and Advance Health Directives was conducted by attorney, Roslyn Morris, J.D.
In the evening, the Cedars conference attendees enjoyed a wonderful banquet at the nearby DoubleTree Hotel and featured a powerful dramatic presentation by Marcia Lamb playing the role of Salome, the mother of James and John.
The Cedars of Lebanon Conference extended into Sunday at the worship service of the Greater Philadelphia Church of Christ at the historic Temple Performing Arts Center of Temple University. The Communion was led by Al and Sandy Dorsey, a newlywed Cedars couple and Roger Lamb preached a moving lesson sharing his and Marcia's lifelong story of trusting in God and overcoming challenges. The next Cedars of Lebanon Conference is scheduled for 2014 and all mature disciples are encouraged to attend.
and grow strong like the cedars of Lebanon.
Even in old age they will still produce fruit;
they will remain vital and green. Psalm 92:12, 14