Walking together on the road to Easter
It’s a familiar story, especially for those who have grown up in the church. So how do we retell the story of Jesus’ passion and resurrection year after year in ways that open us up, once again, to the pain, the beauty, and the wonder of Jesus’ sacrifice and victory over death? The season of Lent, celebrated for the forty days leading up to Easter, marks Christ’s journey to Jerusalem. It invites those who follow Jesus to walk with him by remembering his life, practicing disciplines of fasting and sacrifice, and engaging in deeper commitment to their brothers and sisters. Read more. . . .
See Easter photos from Franconia Conference congregations
We have started a photo album of pictures from Lent, Holy Week, and Easter celebrations throughout Franconia Conference. Add your photos by emailing them to Emily.
Send us photos from other events, too! And don’t forget that you can also post photos on our Facebook wall.
Social Stream (FranconiaMC, #fmclife)
Zeal Appeal: Higher Ground Leaders Forum*
The dictionary defines zeal as “eagerness and ardent interest in pursuit of something; fervor.” If you have ever sat among the bleacher seats at a Philadelphia Phillies baseball game you recognize a form of zeal that frequently infects anyone who follows a professional sports team. Zealots may become so fanatical and uncompromising in pursuit of their religious or political ideals that they resort to violence as a means of furthering their agenda. Read more . . . .
Mark Your Calendar
For a complete listing of upcoming events, check out the Franconia Conference Calendar. The Conference office keeps a Google calendar of congregational and Conference Related Ministries events to help avoid scheduling conflicts—so please help us keep it up to date! Add your event to the calendar by sending an event invitation to firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Pastors & Conference Related Ministry Leaders’ Breakfasts 8-10 a.m. at the Mennonite Conference Center (unless noted). $6 donation requested.
|Fresh Expressions Vision Day
Franconia & Eastern District Forum
|Training for all Credentialed Leaders of Franconia Conference
When: Thursday, June 7, 2012, 9:00 am to Noon
(8:45am for coffee, pastry, & fruit)
Where: 191 Allentown Road, Souderton, PA 18964
(The old Elroy schoolhouse where The Upper Room meets)
More info: Randy Nyce at 215-703-0111 or email@example.com
Part 1: Money and Me
Pastors and other congregational leaders want to be at peace with finances at home and in ministry. Participants will use a money autobiography to interact with each other about practices that were modeled in their families of origin. How have our formative experiences affected how we feel and function as steward leaders in our congregations?
Part 2: Ministry and Money
What is the role of the pastor as a steward leader? What is the role of lay leaders as steward champions? A look at congregational budgets: models, processes and implementation. Learn about resources for the pulpit and classroom.
Beryl Jantzi currently serves as Everence stewardship education director. Prior to working for Everence, he was a pastor for 23 years in Pennsylvania and Virginia. From 2004 to 2010, he was moderator of the Virginia Mennonite Conference and currently serves as the overseer for the Southern District of the Virginia Mennonite Conference. Beryl has a master’s in divinity from Eastern Mennonite Seminary and a doctorate in ministry from Lancaster Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Margo Maust, have two daughters and live in Harrisonburg, Va.