“Thank you for listening!” say several excited young children at the end of every episode of Salford’s Listening Project. Our church has been doing a lot of listening these days.
Last summer we set aside several months for prayer and discerning what God might be calling us to for the next several years. The discernment led us to something pretty basic: learning how to get better at listening to God. Read more. . . .
When asked what he was looking forward to as he began his Summer Service Worker term with MCC East Coast, Cesar Solis said, “I’m looking forward to learning . . . the best thing about being a Christian is you get to learn new things every day.” A recent graduate of high school, Cesar is working to discern both what he will do and who he will be. This young man is committed both to learning and to loving God. Read more. . . .
I read Blue Like Jazz backwards. It was the story of a guy who had the whole concept of love figured out, who went into the woods as his facial hair slowly retracted, and eventually ended up as a child in a conservative Christian household.
No, here’s what I actually mean.
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Correction: Last week’s Intersectings mistakenly identified Living Hope Farm as a Conference Related Ministry. While we look forward to conversation with Living Hope Farm about becoming a Conference Related Ministry, nothing has been formalized yet. We apologize for the mistake!
Simple obedience (To Mennonite Blog #10)*
I was baptized after an emotional week of revival meetings with a tearful preacher in an old store-building at the young Finland Mennonite mission. I was all of eight years old, and in third grade. Other boys from Salford Mennonite families made fun of me, calling me, “Chun the Baptist.”
When Bishop Arthur Ruth of Line Lexington arrived at Finland for the service, and asked me some introductory questions, I felt I was flunking. I knew from Sunday School and family worship that we were saved because “Jesus died on the cross,” but I couldn’t answer the bishop’s follow-up question, “How do we know that?” The bishop helped me out: “The Bible tells us.” Read more . . . .
Mark Your Calendars
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 & CRM Leaders Breakfasts
Pastors’ Day Apart
|United Conference Assembly
Notes to Pastors (2 items)
Atlantic Northeast Conferences (ANEC) Church Planting Conference
September 21-22, 2012 at Bethany Lutheran Church in Alexandria, VA
This year’s theme is “Power to Witness.” ANEC Church Planting brochure
Eastern Mennonite Seminary, PA campus Fall 2012 Courses
- The Amish Story: Traditional Anabaptists Engage Modernity (3 credits)
- Living Theology (3 credits)
- Old Testament Text in Context (3 credits)
- Formation in God’s Story I (2 credits)
- Formation in Missional Leadership I (3 credits)
- Spiritual Direction (3 credits over two semesters)
For more information about cost, credit options and distance learning courses offered by EMU Lancaster, contact Mark Wenger, director of pastoral studies, at 717-397-5190 or email@example.com. See EMU Lancaster courses Fall 2012 for full class descriptions, dates, and locations.
Should we plan Conference Assembly Scattered meetings?
Franconia Conference leaders want to make sure we have kept our commitment from last year. Four Conference Assembly Scattered meetings were held last year to talk about the calling and role of a delegate and to provide a brief presentation about proposed changes to the Franconia Mennonite Conference bylaws. Some areas of interest that that emerged that were too big to unpack in last years’ meetings, and so would like to know if you would like us to plan gatherings this year to talk about:
- What does it mean to discern together?
- How can you better present the assembly work to your congregations with a sense of ownership and deeper understanding?
- Further conversation about what it means to serve as a delegate because you sense “the call,” and not just to be a warm body to fill a position.
Neither you nor conference leaders need more meetings just for the sake of having meetings. But if you’d like to talk and learn together, we’d be happy to facilitate that! Your response to a brief survey will help us decide. (We will likely have one meeting to gather for prayer and equipping with anyone who is interested, but if there is a lot of interest, we can plan more meetings.)
Please click here to complete the survey. (We ask that you please respond whether you are interested in attending meetings or not so that we have a complete composite of responses.)