July 3, 2014

Beth Yoder with her family at her graduation from Drew.

Conference pastors pursue higher education

by Lora Steiner, managing editor

The Lord works in mysterious ways,  and the Spirit leads in mysterious ways: sometimes to faraway lands, sometimes to stretching local ministries—or sometimes, back to the classroom. This year, two Franconia Conference pastors finished Doctor of Ministry degrees. Read more….

Salford’s Peace Camp joins Tom Chapin on Souderton stage

by Bob Keeler, Montgomery News (reposted by permission)

When Tom Chapin took to the stage for his June 29 Concert Sundaes performance, it was expected he’d have some friends along, so it was no surprise that fellow musicians Jon Cobert and Michael Mark were there. They weren’t the only ones there to accompany the three-time Grammy winner, though. Read more….

Salford's Peace Camp joins Tom Chapin on the stage during one of Souderton's Sundae  Concerts in the park.
 All members of the Executive Board, with their prayer lamp centerpiece for the weekend, as well as Stella, the official Mennonite Church USA convention dove.

MC USA Executive Board announces action steps: Franconia stays focused on building healthy relationships

by Emily Ralph, associate director of communication

The Executive Board of MC USA met last week to review the recommendations of a task force appointed to respond to Mountain States. Read more….

Featured blog: Joy

by Dawn Ruth Nelson, formation:community*

… But more in a devotional mode, my spirit was also struck with these words in the article: “the core message of the faith has been drowned out by a predominance of moralising in the [Catholic Church in Ireland’s] communication. There has been too little of the joyful proclamation of the presence of the Risen Lord and of his Spirit in the midst of our messy and broken world.” Read more….

Dawn Ruth Nelson
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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.
Conference Assembly 2014

  • WHEN: November 14 & 15, 2014
  • WHERE: Penn View Christian School in Souderton, Pa.
  • WHAT: Joint assembly with Eastern District Conference including worship, workshops, delegate sessions, and more!
Reading the Bible through Anabaptist Eyes

  • WHEN: October 25
  • WHERE: TBD
  • WHAT: An equipping event and conversation for pastors and congregational leaders. Coming to Franconia Conference on Saturday, October 25. Details coming soon.
*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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