August 22, 2013

Ardi - 2013

Seeing God around every corner

Summer Service Stories from Mennonite Central Committee

Last summer, Ardi Hermawan took MCC grocery bags, which are filled with non-perishable food and given to Anabaptist churches in Philadelphia to share in their communities, to the near-by Walgreen’s and handed them out to people who could use some food and appreciated talking to someone.  It went well and so over spring break this year, Hermawan arranged to do it again with a group of his fellow students from Eastern Mennonite University who came to Philadelphia to spend their week. Read more….


Justice includes compassion and mercy

by Mikah Ochieng, summer writing team

Compassion rarely surfaces as a topic voiced in the same breath with justice. Justice, after all, is commonly acquainted with the tenets of fairness, that is, what is deserved according to a set of commonly held laws and beliefs. Displaying a form of affectionate compassion, it would seem in most cases, would fly in the face of the outcomes of fairness. Read more….

Bobby Wibowo

Spring Mount

Introducing Spring Mount Mennonite Church

Spring Mount Mennonite Church is located in Spring Mount, Pa., in the Perkiomen Valley. At its very beginning (1934) this faith community was a mission Sunday School and summer Bible School, organized by the Franconia Mennonite Mission Board and facilitated by members of Salford Mennonite Church. Read more….


Social Stream (FranconiaMC, #fmclife)

  • Recently the Upper Perk Community Life Center was paid a very special visit! Pictured here (left to right) Scott Roth explains to Ryan Sloyer, Mayor of East Greenville; Marcy Toepel, PA State Representative; and Josh Shapiro, Chair of the Montgomery County Commissioners the vision, mission and outreach of Project Haven and the Community Life Center.
Project Haven

Christian Peacemaker Teams

Featured blog: The Journey of Discipleship

by Amy Yoder McGloughlin, Stories from the Red Tent*

In nine days I travel with a few friends from church to a Christian Peacemaker Teams delegation to Israel/Palestine.  It’s not your typical tour of the Holy Lands–not by any stretch.  It’s a trip to listen to stories of Palestinian and Israeli peacemakers, stand in solidarity with the oppressed, and to stand in the way of violence done to children trying to get to school or farmers trying to tend their centuries old family olive gardens. Read more….

Do you or someone from your congregation have a blog on faith and life or faith and leadership?
Add it to our blogroll by emailing eralph@franconiaconference.org.

Mark Your Calendars

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 calendar@franconiaconference.org.

Pastors & CRM Leaders’ Breakfasts

Held at Hennings Market in Harleysville from 8-10am, cost: $7. RSVP

  • Sept. 26, 8-10am: James Krabill
  • October 17, 8-10am: Mark van Steenwyck

Credentialed Leaders Appreciation Dinner

A Christmas "thank you" dinner for credentialed leaders and their guests will be held on December 3, 6:30-8:30pm, at Souderton Mennonite Home. Enjoy holiday music, good food and conversation, and guest speaker Michael King, dean of Eastern Mennonite Seminary.

Morning with Elizabeth Soto Albrecht

You’ve been following Elizabeth’s journey online, on Facebook, through Intersectings. Tomorrow (Friday, August 23), 9-11 a.m., you will have the opportunity to hear and converse with Elizabeth, in person, about what she’s learned…on the other side of her journey.  This event will be held at the Mennonite Conference Center in Harleysville. There is no charge for this gathering. Beverages will be available, but NO breakfast will be served.  RSVP


Notes to Pastors

1 Corinthians—Notes to a Church that Is Falling Apart

Unless you are the perfect member of a perfect church, you are invited to a lively, interactive Bible study simulating one of the Corinthian house churches the Apostle Paul wrote to in AD 54. Reta Halteman Finger (originally from Salford congregation) is teaching this course in the fall through the PA extension of Eastern Mennonite Seminary. In addition to students taking it for credit, she needs auditors to help us fill out and simulate Chloe’s house church (1 Cor 1:11).

“This method of study has proved to be more fun and more insightful than any other method I have tried,” Reta says. Paul discusses issues of church factions, wealth and poverty, one-upmanship, food fights, marriage and extra-marital sex, women’s roles, political loyalties—almost any issue that churches struggle with today.
Classes meet seven Friday afternoons and evenings (3:00-9:30 pm) at the Harleysville Conference Center: 9/13, 9/27, 10/11, 10/25, 11/8, 12/6, 12/20.

For auditors, the only requirement is attendance and the book, Creating a Scene in Corinth: A Simulation. A Leader’s Guide in the book shows how this study can be used in Sunday school, weekend retreats, and in numerous other ways. For more information, see http://www.emu.edu/lancaster/seminary/courses/fall/


*The views expressed in each week’s blog do not necessarily reflect those of Franconia Conference; these blogs are included to initiate conversation and network members of the conference community. See our full Terms of Use.
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