Category Archives: Front Page

Healing Through Truth Telling and Open Ears

By Barbie Fischer and an anonymous member of Salford Mennonite Church Abuse takes many forms and is a topic often shied away from. Yet, our communities of faith should be safe and healing places for all of God’s children … and how can they be if abuse is not discussed and actions not taken to … Continue reading Healing Through Truth Telling and Open Ears

Franconia Conference Welcomes New Staff Member

Beginning in July, 2017, Mary Nitzsche will join the Franconia Conference staff as Associate Executive Minister. This role will include the work that was previously classified as Conference Pastor. She will serve as primary staff person for the ministerial committee and assist in pastoral accompaniment with various groups within Conference, such as with Conference chaplains and … Continue reading Franconia Conference Welcomes New Staff Member

We Are Still Willing

By Steve Kriss, Executive Minister I remember Michael J. Sharp (MJ) as a rambunctious junior high kid from the time we overlapped life at Laurelville Mennonite Church Center and Scottdale in Western Pennsylvania.  I’ve been aware of his work and life thereafter mostly through social media and Mennonite publications.  MJ and I share a lot … Continue reading We Are Still Willing

Carrying Grandmother’s Purse

by Anne M. Yoder On March 18, 2017, I had the privilege of meeting with a large group from area Mennonite churches at the 6th annual Eastern District and Franconia Conferences’ Women’s Gathering. Every year at this event I think about who will attend, what joys they will have experienced in the last year and what … Continue reading Carrying Grandmother’s Purse

Would you Rather Be a Bear or a Penguin?

By John Stoltzfus, Conference Youth Minister A junior high youth sponsor needs to be prepared to answer all kinds of questions; however, I wasn’t prepared for “would you rather be a bear or a penguin”, posed by a curious youth halfway through the recent annual conference wide Junior High Late Night Blast at Dock Mennonite Academy. … Continue reading Would you Rather Be a Bear or a Penguin?

Sharing Breakfast and Life

by Emily Ralph Servant, Interim Director of Congregational Resourcing “I was not really looking forward to the morning event.  I wasn’t even sure it had much to do with my call and work,” confessed Joy Sawatzky, a chaplain at Living Branches.  “What happened was a nice surprise.  I like surprises.” The “morning event” was a … Continue reading Sharing Breakfast and Life

Did You Know: Taxable Income

by Conrad Martin, Director of Finance As tax season is upon us, it is important to be aware of two things a church does that may affect the taxable income for congregational employees/pastors — one taxable and one a pre-tax deduction.  Love Gifts/ Offerings Some churches give their pastor(s) a “love gift” or “love offering” … Continue reading Did You Know: Taxable Income

Living God’s Great Shalom

by Stephen Kriss, Executive Minister In our commitments for credentialing as pastors within Franconia Conference, we agree to giving and receiving counsel.  This week I am here in Indiana as part of our process of giving and receiving counsel through Mennonite Church USA’s Constituency Leader Council (CLC). It’s not been an easy time in Mennonite … Continue reading Living God’s Great Shalom