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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?

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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

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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

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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

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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

Conferring and Expecting the Spirit to Show Up

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by Stephen Kriss This fall is a season of conversation for Franconia Conference.  As the summer winds down and the autumn is upon us, Conference staff are busy with meetings that come before our annual assembly.   The Conference’s two task forces and the Faith and Life Commission that have flowed out of our Church Together … Continue reading Conferring and Expecting the Spirit to Show Up

The Everyday Missionary

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by Jenifer Eriksen Morales Jess McQuade, an Everyday Missionary, is a member of Souderton Mennonite Church, Vice President General Manager for Allebach Communications, wife to John, and mother of three active children.  Jess lives according to the overly demanding schedule these roles require. Everyday Missionaries are those who intentionally live the Great Commission to make … Continue reading The Everyday Missionary

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

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