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The Space In-Between: Work, Hope and Missional Operations Grants

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by Stephen Kriss Over the last ten years, Franconia Conference has released over $500,000 through the Missional Operations Grant (MOG) fund.  These grants are tools that help instigate and cultivate missional initiatives connected with our Conference and congregations. They’ve been used broadly over the last decade to cultivate ministries in our local congregations and around … Continue reading The Space In-Between: Work, Hope and Missional Operations Grants

Learnings from the Wilderness

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by John Stoltzfus “There are no unsacred places; there are only sacred places and desecrated places.” ~ Wendell Berry “Why are we doing this, Dad?” exclaimed my daughter in dismay, in one of her low moments, as we walked into the thin air of the Sangre de Cristo mountains high above the desert region of … Continue reading Learnings from the Wilderness

In the Eye of the Storm

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Over the first week of August, a tropical storm (and at a time, Hurricane Earl) wreaked havoc across Puerto Rico, Jamaica, Central America, and Mexico, deeply impacting the Mexican state of Pueblo where Monte Maria Church has several church plants. In 1988, Franconia Conference sent Pastor Bob Stevenson to Mexico for church planting and evangelism. Bob … Continue reading In the Eye of the Storm

Witnessing Out and About in the Villages

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By Dorcas Lehman, Interim Pastor – Taftsville Chapel Mennonite Fellowship Sometimes witness means continuing work that has lasted several generations, as it has taken root in the communities around the church.  People tell their neighbors that this is who the Mennonites are and what they do.  Then when the neighbors learn that an Interim Pastor is … Continue reading Witnessing Out and About in the Villages

Marta Castillo Joins Conference LEADership Ministry Team

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Franconia Conference welcomes to the LEADership ministry team Marta Castillo, a woman with a deep love for the kingdom of God both inside the walls of the meeting house and beyond. Marta is the daughter of Franconia Conference-rooted mission workers.  She also has been shaped by all four of our linguistic cultures in Franconia Conference: … Continue reading Marta Castillo Joins Conference LEADership Ministry Team

The Space in Between: More Than We Can Dream or Imagine

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by Stephen Kriss This past Sunday, Mia, an elementary-school-aged girl from Indonesian Light Church, told me that she thinks she might want to be a pastor.  Her mom remarked that this is a relatively new development within the last few months.   Though she tagged on that sometimes she wants to be a doctor too.  Both … Continue reading The Space in Between: More Than We Can Dream or Imagine

Being Church Together

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  According to the Franconia Conference by-laws the vision for the conference is set by the conferring of the delegates. At the Fall 2015 Assembly, the vision of the conference was set through the passing of five Church Together Statements from congregations. Three of these statements called for either a taskforce or commission to carry … Continue reading Being Church Together

Staff Update: The Space In Between

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by Stephen Kriss We are three weeks into Executive Minister Ertell Whigham’s three month sabbatical.   In the meantime, I’m serving as acting executive minister, which so far has meant attending to both more details and broader issues and possibilities for our community of faith together.   These months will continue to provide opportunities for staff growth … Continue reading Staff Update: The Space In Between

Executive Search Update

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On May 19, Franconia Mennonite Conference (FMC) Moderator, John Goshow, announced to the conference delegates and conference related ministry (CRM) leaders that the board had accepted the resignation of Executive Minister, Ertell Whigham, to be effective January 31, 2017. Ertell states in his resignation letter, “it continues to be a blessing and honor to serve … Continue reading Executive Search Update

Together Despite Differences: Youth Worship Event Report

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By Madison Smith, Deep Run East In order to bring teens “together despite differences”, Eastern District and Franconia Mennonite Conference held their annual Youth Worship Gathering on June 4, 2016. The theme of the event was “Built together in Christ”, and was led by Chantelle Todman Moore, Philadelphia Program Coordinator for Mennonite Central Committee. According to Christian … Continue reading Together Despite Differences: Youth Worship Event Report

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