Category Archives: conference

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 […]

Christian educators gather for resourcing event

One participant makes a creation scene out of homemade scented play dough.

by Lora Steiner, managing editor About 50 Sunday school teachers from Franconia and Eastern District conference churches gathered on August 12 in preparation for the new school year. Teachers met with other teachers of the same age levels and were led through a sample lesson in the new Shine curriculum, which is co-published by Brethren […]

Celebrating with Aldo and Viviani

Aldo Siahaan and Viviani Chandra

by Lora Steiner, managing editor Three-and-a-half years after they married, Aldo Siahaan and his wife, Viviani Chandra, are finally living together in Philadelphia. Aldo is the pastor of Philadelphia Praise Center and a LEADership minister with Franconia Mennonite Conference. Aldo and Viviani are both originally from Indonesia, and met in Philadelphia over a decade ago at […]

New IVEP participants join Conference communities

IVEP Participants 2014

This fall, four young adults from around the globe will use their gifts and time to support various Franconia Conference-related ministries. All four are participants in Mennonite Central Committee’s International Volunteer Exchange Program (IVEP), a year-long exchange that brings Christian young adults to the United States and Canada. Participants live with host families and volunteer with […]

Partnership with MCC builds diverse leadership


by Lora Steiner, managing editor When people think “urban,” chances are pretty good that Doylestown, Pennsylvania is not a place that comes to mind. Thirty years ago, it was a traditional farming community; now, it’s a well-off, artsy, suburban Philadelphia town. And yet, one congregation, Doylestown Mennonite, is incorporating a program traditionally geared towards urban […]

Philadelphia Mennonite High School merges: Update from Dr. Barbara Moses

Barbara Moses

by Dr. Barbara Moses, Philadelphia Mennonite High School It is a joy for me to announce that Philadelphia Mennonite High School has merged with The City School. The City School is a Kindergarten-12 Christian school in the heart of Philadelphia, committed to making a Jesus-honoring, college-preparatory education accessible to families in the city. Our mission […]

Everence awards scholarships to three conference students


Three students from Franconia Conference were named recipients of Everence college scholarships for the 2014-2015 academic year. Everence, a financial, insurance and banking services organization rooted in faith and values, offers its scholarship program each year as a means of encouraging young people to explore the integration of faith and finances while helping them on their educational […]

Listening for a new move of God

Penny Naugle

by Lora Steiner, managing editor When Penny Naugle announced she was retiring after ten years as an elementary principal at Penn View Christian School in Souderton (Pa.) to become a chaplain, the teachers weren’t surprised. “Well, duh,” one responded, “That’s what you do to us.” If there is a usual path to chaplaincy work, Naugle […]

Police attack Mennonite church gathering in Vietnam

Luke Martin (left) and Vietnamese Mennonite pastor Nguyen Quang Trung at the November 2012 celebration of the Vietnam Mennonite Church.

by Luke Martin, Vietnamese Gospel Mennonite Church In June, security police attacked a Mennonite church gathering in Vietnam, where pastors and theological students were gathered for a conference and graduation ceremony. The event took place north of Ho Chi Minh City, at the Evangelical Mennonite Church, a congregation not officially registered in Vietnam. This past […]

Nations Worship celebrates new space, all invited

by Samantha Lioi, minister of peace & justice, Franconia Mennonite Conference Pastor Beny Krisbianto and other leaders of Nations Worship Center in Philadelphia are celebrating a milestone in their long journey toward a new space for worship. Since the congregation purchased a building a few years ago in an historic Italian neighborhood in South Philly, […]