Category Archives: conference

Ministerial Committee Welcomes Sherri Binder


In September the Franconia Conference Ministerial Committee welcomed their newest member, Sherri Binder from Ripple. Sherri brings vast experience of working with communities in crisis, strategic planning, evaluation, and community development. Three years ago, Sherri moved to Allentown, Pennsylvania with her husband Jeremy from Honolulu, Hawaii. She states, “at the time we were very sad … Continue reading Ministerial Committee Welcomes Sherri Binder

Visible and Invisible Realms


By Noel Santiago Colossians 1:16 (NIV), “For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him.” While Colossians 1:16 clearly states that God created the “visible and invisible,” could we say that … Continue reading Visible and Invisible Realms

Celebrating John Bender

John Bender

On Sunday, October 9, John Bender, former conference minister with Franconia Conference, beloved brother in Christ, and congregant of Ripple went to meet the Lord after a fierce battle with cancer. John served the church with grace, hope, and compassion.  His ministry will be remembered for a conscientious care for the cities, neighborhoods, congregations and people … Continue reading Celebrating John Bender

Garden Chapel’s Pastor Tim Hart Receives Service Award

Tim Hart with his wife, Maria, and daughter, Melody.

The Red Bandanna Service award is given to an individual or group who has shown initiative and dedication in support of children in need. In addition to his work as pastor at Garden Chapel (Dover, NJ), he also works at a local state university and spends his time mentoring youth in the community. He can … Continue reading Garden Chapel’s Pastor Tim Hart Receives Service Award

Learning From and Loving Our Neighbors

The Soueidans hosted a meal for the Salford Mennonite Church congregation on Sept. 17. The event marked the 15th anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001 and the Muslim Eid al-Adha (sacrifice feast) holiday.

Phil and Betsy Moyer of Salford Mennonite Church attended an event in 2002 at the Indian Valley Public Library where they befriended Bachir and Salma Soueidan. The Soueidan’s have been residents of Harleysville since 1962, after moving to the area from Lebanon. Being of the Muslim faith they found a void where once they had … Continue reading Learning From and Loving Our Neighbors

Did You Know … About the New Labor Law for Overtime?


There is a new law regarding overtime pay which will take effect December 1, 2016.  Are you aware of how it affects your congregation?  Here is the latest information we have on that new ruling. Non-credentialed employees: All employees (see exceptions below) who work over 40 hours a week are to be paid overtime.  Previously, … Continue reading Did You Know … About the New Labor Law for Overtime?

Worthy of our Calling to Extend Christ’s Peace

Conference staff took a road trip with Pastor Bruce Eglinton-Woods (Salem), to explore the community where the congregation is ministering.

by Stephen Kriss During the last staff meeting in this space in between, I invited my colleagues to share their celebrations and questions for the last month.   Without exception, the celebrations and questions had to do with pastors.   We celebrate the completion of pastoral search processes, with the beginning of Mike Spinelli’s leadership at Perkiomenville; … Continue reading Worthy of our Calling to Extend Christ’s Peace

Promises & Practices: Recap of the Conference-Wide Gathering


By Barbie Fischer On Saturday, September 10, in lieu of pre-assembly scattered meetings, members of Franconia Conference were joined by their sisters and brother from Eastern District Conference at Franconia Mennonite Church for a morning of dialogue and discernment around the topic of promises and practices. This dialogue was led by David Boshart, moderator-elect of … Continue reading Promises & Practices: Recap of the Conference-Wide Gathering

An Update on An Experiment in Going to the Margins

Alpha Mennonite Church

By Stephen Kriss “The first duty of love is to listen.”—Paul Tillich As part of our practices in this summer space in between, we’ve taken our conference staff meetings “to the margins”, which so far has meant meeting at Doylestown and Alpha congregations for an afternoon to eat, pray and learn alongside the pastors who … Continue reading An Update on An Experiment in Going to the Margins

Board Welcomes Paula Marolewski


By Barbie Fischer The Franconia Conference board will welcome Paula Marolewski as a new board member at their September 19 meeting. Paula has been a member of Perkiomenville Mennonite Church (Pennsylvania) for sixteen years. As a member of Perkiomenville, Paula has served in many roles, including adult Sunday School teacher, Minister of Education, and member … Continue reading Board Welcomes Paula Marolewski