Category Archives: conference

Locally Handmade Comforter Appears in the New York Times

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by Barbie Fischer Often when items are donated to a ministry, the recipient of the donation is unknown. The Vincent Sewing Circle ladies are well aware of this fact as they have been making comforters by hand since 1934 and donating them to people in need, in recent years mainly to Mennonite Central Committee (MCC). … Continue reading Locally Handmade Comforter Appears in the New York Times

Blessing and Appreciation

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On Wednesday, March 23rd, Franconia Conference hosted an appreciation luncheon for the Conference’s 19 Conference Related Ministries (CRMs). Representatives from the organizations enjoyed lunch in the Fisher Auditorium at Dock Woods, part of Living Branches. Welcome remarks were given by Ertell Whigham, conference executive minister. John Goshow, conference moderator, reflected on his time as a leader at … Continue reading Blessing and Appreciation

Women Meet to Tell Their Sacred Stories


By Anne M. Yoder, Coordinator, EDC/FMC Sistering Committee On March 12, over 35 women met together for a Day Apart, held at Towamencin Mennonite Church. Attendees came from various Mennonite churches in Eastern District and Franconia Mennonite Conferences. A large group coming from Centro de Alabanza de Filadelfia, a South Philadelphia congregation that is made … Continue reading Women Meet to Tell Their Sacred Stories

Havin’ A Blast!


By John Stoltzfus What do you get when you bring together 130 junior high youth from 15 different churches in Franconia and Eastern District Mennonite Conferences? A picture of both the present and future reality of the church and kingdom of God. Our junior high youth are image bearers of God. They have the ability to … Continue reading Havin’ A Blast!

Going to the Margins with a Missional Lens

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From February 25 to March 1, 2016, I had the privilege of visiting Mexico for the first time in four years. The occasion, the Annual Red de Iglesias Misioneras Internacionales (RIMI) Leaders Conference. Translated into English, RIMI means the International Network of Missionary Churches. This network was founded by Kirk and Marilyn Hanger, of New … Continue reading Going to the Margins with a Missional Lens

Reflection on Hope for the Future

Recently, three of our Franconia Conference members took part in Hope for the Future, an MCUSA gathering of leaders of color from across the church. These gatherings are designed to explore the ways that power, privilege, cultural bias and racism function in our denomination. As Franconia Conference continues to strive to be intercultural and give all … Continue reading Reflection on Hope for the Future

Loving Our Muslim Neighbors


by Esther Good Following the terrorist attacks in Paris, France in November, and in San Bernardino, California in December, many have struggled with the question of how we should relate to our Muslim neighbors. Tensions have remained high, exacerbated by the election season, and the answer to this question has reared its head in the … Continue reading Loving Our Muslim Neighbors

Board Welcomes Kris Wint


By Colin Ingram, communication intern The Franconia Conference board affirmed Kris Wint as a new member at their January meeting following his nomination by several conference delegates. He is currently lead pastor at Finland Mennonite Church in Pennsburg, PA where he has been attending since 2001 and a member since 2003. Kris was licensed toward … Continue reading Board Welcomes Kris Wint

Did You Know?


Did you know these legal and financial tidbits? by C. Conrad Martin Are churches a 501c3 charity? Did you know that churches are automatically a charitable organization (or a 501c3 organization) and do not need to apply for their own 501c3 status?  According to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) the only requirements for a church … Continue reading Did You Know?

Reflections on Lois Gunden from a Mennonite Jew


by Barbie Fischer There has been a buzz around the past few weeks as news came that Lois Gunden, the first woman to teach a Sunday School Class at Plains Mennonite Church and one of their first elders, was to be honored as Righteous Among the Nations at the Israeli Embassy in Washington, D.C. on … Continue reading Reflections on Lois Gunden from a Mennonite Jew