Category Archives: conference

Delegates commit to waiting, hoping, discerning at Assembly

Bob & Bonnie Stevenson

by Emily Ralph, associate director of communication “Waiting on God is expectant and hopeful,” declared Marta Castillo, Franconia Conference’s outgoing assistant moderator, at the opening of the United Franconia and Eastern District Conferences’ 2014 Assembly.  The theme of this year’s gathering, held November 14-15 at Penn View Christian School in Souderton, Pa., was “Esperando: Waiting […]

Bible makes 50-year, 7000-mile roundtrip

Dae Wee Kim holds the Greek-English New Testament that returned from South Korea to Harleysville last year.

by Mennonite Heritage Center staff In 1953, at the end of the Korean War, Mennonites opened a vocational school in Kyungsan, South Korea to educate homeless orphaned boys. Mennonites in the United States were asked to “adopt” a boy and provide financial and emotional support for the adoptee. Willis and Mary Lederach, who attended Salford Mennonite Church (Harleysville, Pa) […]

Franconia congregations partner to fight human trafficking

Franconia pastor Josh Meyer sparked conversation at the February 8 delegate gathering when he asked delegates to partner in issues of justice.  Photo by Emily Ralph.

by Sheldon C. Good, for Franconia Conference As debate around human sexuality continues to leave many church leaders wondering what binds together people with diverse beliefs, at least four Franconia Conference congregations are partnering to advocate for basic human rights, declaring that human beings shouldn’t be abused, raped, and sold. The four Pennsylvania congregations – […]

Blooming Glen holds annual harvest festival

A combine was used to harvest crops during the festival, and the grain was deposited into a semi truck waiting in the parking lot. Photo by Philip Roth.

by Lora Steiner, managing editor Every year, members of Blooming Glen Mennonite Church throw a party. It’s got all the necessary elements of a good celebration: games, food, music, and plenty of neighbors joining in. And then there’s one part you wouldn’t expect: a Massey Ferguson combine harvester rolling through nearby fields, harvesting crops of […]

Conference center announces move to Christopher Dock

Christopher Dock principal Conrad Swartzentruber speaks to students in chapel. In addition to providing space, the move will also allow more regular interaction between students, pastors and conference staff.

by Sharon K. Williams, for Franconia Conference Franconia Mennonite and Eastern District conference offices will move to the Christopher Dock Mennonite High School campus in Lansdale, Pennsylvania in January 2015, in a strategic collaboration involving four conference related ministries. The offices will be on the first floor of the Rosenberger Academic Center. The conference center […]

United in worship at conference assembly


by Sharon Williams, ’14 Conference Assembly Coordinator On Friday, November 14, worshipers from all Eastern District and Franconia Conference congregations and conference-related ministries are invited to gather in Penn View’s auditorium at 7 p.m. to honor our Lord and reflect together on the theme “Esperando: Waiting and Hoping.” The worship time will kick off United […]

Seeking peace in their cities, urban leaders gather in Philadelphia

Chantelle Todman Moore (Philadelphia program coordinator, MCC East Coast), Freeman Miller (retired bishop, Philadelphia District of the Lancaster Mennonite Conference of Mennonite Church USA) and Glen Alexander Guyton (chief operating officer, Mennonite Church USA) pray together for peace in their cities at the Urban Anabaptist Ministry Symposium co-sponsored by MCC East Coast and Mennonite Church USA. (MCC photo/Rachel Sommer)

by Rachel Sommer for Mennonite Central Committee East Coast and Mennonite Church USA In a letter to Jerusalem’s exiled leaders, the prophet Jeremiah called on them to work for the welfare of Babylon, the city to which they had been deported. “Seek the peace and prosperity of the city,” he wrote. “Pray to the Lord […]

Philadelphia churches offer sanctuary for immigrants

Aldo Siahaan, pastor of Philadelphia Praise Center, being interviewed at the press conference.

by Tim Huber, for Mennonite World Review (reposted by permission) Two Mennonite churches in Philadelphia have joined a sanctuary movement aiming to support people fearing deportation from the United States. The congregations are members of New Sanctuary Movement of Philadelphia, an organization participating in a nationwide act of civil disobedience responding to inaction on immigration […]

Women and changing roles in the church


by Helen Lapp, Plains Change can take a lot of time. And it is very unsettling for many—no surprise there! This past summer Plains congregation (Hatfield, Pa.) decided to explore together, during the usual Sunday school hour, some changes the church has weathered in the past several decades. Several of these changes are: Musical choices: They […]