January 30, 2014

Noah Kolb

May Your Kingdom Come: A Benediction

by Noah Kolb, retired pastor of ministerial leadership, Plains congregation

It was the summer of 1968. I preached one of my first sermons at Doylestown congregation. In it I called publicans “Republicans,” not once, but twice. Vernon Bishop nearly rolled off his bench.

It wasn’t my last blunder or mistake over the next 45 years of ministry. I am thankful for the grace and trust extended to me in spite of my imperfections. Read more….


Running toward God (& the joy of finding the right ministry match)

by Joy Sawatzky, chaplain, Souderton Mennonite Homes

I am scheduled to be ordained into pastoral ministry February 9 at Souderton Mennonite Homes.  It’s a service that affirms God’s call on me to lifelong ministry to the Church.

I have been almost this close to being ordained before… twice.  Read more…. 

Joy Sawatzky

candles in chaos

The chaos isn’t going anywhere

by Emily Ralph, associate director of communication

“Why don’t you take off your coat and stay awhile?”

I couldn’t get my friend’s words out of my mind.  I had been in my new home for four months and still my walls were bare.  It was time.

Read more….


Social Stream (FranconiaMC, #fmclife)

  • (Tw) @dplandis The Abraham Path is growing! Reserve your space on a day hike in the northern West Bank beginning Feb 7! http://fb.me/3nrgTcMqK
  • (FB) MC USA There’s still time to register for the women doing theology conference in February. Don’t miss out on this phenomenal opportunity for conversation!
  • (photo) Moderator John Goshow presents Randy Nyce (right) with a thank you gift after Nyce completed his three years on Conference Board and Executive Committee and as chair of the Finance Committee.
Randy Nyce thank you

Samantha Lioi

Adding Hours to Our Lives: MLK, Our Materialism, and Space for the Kin-dom God is Giving

by Samantha Lioi, PeaceSigns*

This year around Dr. King’s birthday, I’ve been thinking a lot about economics. In fact, I’m often thinking about economics, particularly how we as church can recover the Spirit-charged, energetic impulses toward economic sharing. Read more….

Do you or someone from your congregation have a blog on faith and life or faith and leadership?
Add it to our blogroll by emailing eralph@franconiaconference.org.

Mark Your Calendars

Mark your Calendar For a complete listing of upcoming events, check out the Franconia Conference Calendar. The Conference office keeps a Google calendar of congregational and Conference Related Ministries events to help avoid scheduling conflicts—so please help us keep it up to date! Add your event to the calendar by sending an event invitation to calendar@franconiaconference.org.

Pastors & CRM Leaders’ Breakfasts

From 8-10am, cost: $7 includes breakfast.

  • April 9: Healing Your Town. (Upper Perk Community Life Center, 104 Main St., East Greenville, PA)

Conference Assembly 2013 Followup

  • WHEN: February 8, 2014, 9am-12:15pm
  • WHERE: Franconia Mennonite Church
  • WHO: All delegates
  • WHAT: A gathering to share our findings from the SWOT analysis, the God @ Work session with Eastern District Conference, and the Franconia Conference afternoon conversation.
  • RSVP: Please RSVP right away!

Notes to Pastors

Important information about the Conference Delegate Meeting

Date: February 8, 2014
Time: 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Location: Franconia Mennonite Church

Registration:  Please click here to register your attendance. We apologize if you tried earlier and were unable to register. We have experienced some technical glitches in our website that are now fixed. Your registration will help us accommodate you better.

Description: The purpose of this meeting is to share a synthesis of the information gleaned from your input at Conference Assembly in November and develop a plan for how we will live into what Conference leaders heard you say during those sessions.


AMBS invites visitors to explore study

Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary will host three Seminary Preview Days this spring for people wishing to explore study.

February 21, March 14 and April 25 are the Seminary Preview Days. Each provides opportunities to meet faculty and students and to sit in on classes and community gatherings or a chapel service. Admissions staff are available to answer questions about study programs, financial aid and the admission process.
People interested in attending should register on the AMBS website.

AMBS also welcomes visitors at any time if these dates are not convenient. Contact the admissions department to schedule a visit: admissions@ambs.edu or 800.964.2627.


*The views expressed in each week’s blog do not necessarily reflect those of Franconia Conference; these blogs are included to initiate conversation and network members of the conference community. See our full Terms of Use.
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