Category Archives: conference

Are We Driving Our Children Away from God?

By Tim Bentch, Pastor at Souderton Mennonite Church (originally published in the Souderton Mennonite Church November 2016 newsletter) As I write, this article, I am already feeling guilty about my own deficiencies as a parent – all the ways I could have helped my children excel in sports, music, and academics. I could do more!  … Continue reading Are We Driving Our Children Away from God?

Unity in Thanksgiving

By Sandy Drescher-Lehman, Pastor of Methacton Mennonite Church Four Franconia Mennonite Conference churches met on the Sunday before Thanksgiving to proclaim the One who unifies them even amidst the diversity of opinions, theology, wealth, and political persuasions among other things. Ideas had been brewing in the hearts of several pastors of small churches in close … Continue reading Unity in Thanksgiving

Taftsville Chapel Mennonite Fellowship Awarded Solar Grant

At Fall Assembly, Taftsville Chapel Mennonite Fellowship in Vermont was featured in one of the Plant, Water, Grow videos, discussing their creation care initiatives. Part of that includes going solar. This week in the Mennonite World Review, is was announced that they will receive a $10,000 award from Mennonite Creation Care Network to assist in … Continue reading Taftsville Chapel Mennonite Fellowship Awarded Solar Grant

Standing with our Immigrant Family in the Body of Christ

by Barbie Fischer The Friday following the presidential election, leaders from Franconia Conference’s south Philadelphia churches asked for representatives from the conference to be present with them on the following Sunday for worship. Each of these congregations — Centro de Alabanza, Indonesian Light, Nations Worship Center, and Philadelphia Praise Center –have members who have immigrated to … Continue reading Standing with our Immigrant Family in the Body of Christ

Nations Worship Center Celebrates Mission: I’m Possible

By Sharon Williams Joyful, heartfelt praise to God filled the new home for Nations Worship Center (NWC) on Sunday afternoon, November 20. The house was packed as the congregation gathered with sister congregations and friends to dedicate their newly renovated building at 1506 Ritner Street in south Philadelphia. Pastor Beny Krisbianto and the NWC worship … Continue reading Nations Worship Center Celebrates Mission: I’m Possible

Planting, Watering and Watching God Grow: Conferences Gather for Annual Assembly

“The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labor. 9 For we are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building.” – 1 Corinthians 3:8-9 On November 4 and 5, 2016, Franconia Conference and Eastern District held their annual fall … Continue reading Planting, Watering and Watching God Grow: Conferences Gather for Annual Assembly

The Spirit Moves Within Fear & Trembling

by Stephen Kriss I’ve had the bilingual version of Michael W. Smith’s “Agnus Dei” as an ear worm since last Friday’s Conference Assembly.  A small ensemble from Centro de Alabanza led the song as a response to Nate Stucky’s sermon on Friday night, moving smoothly from English to Spanish and back again.  The Alleluia’s were … Continue reading The Spirit Moves Within Fear & Trembling

Faith and Life Gatherings Commence

At the 2015 Conference Assembly the delegate body affirmed the Faith and Life Church Together Statement that calls for “the conference to reestablish the Faith and Life Commission for the purpose of providing at least quarterly gatherings for pastors to discern and study scripture together.” The first of these Faith and Life gatherings were held … Continue reading Faith and Life Gatherings Commence

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