The congregation in Doylestown was about at the end of their rope, struggling to find ways to engage their community after years of declining attendance.
Pastor Randy Heacock knew the future didn’t look good: if the congregation continued to do things as they always had, within ten years they could easily die out. Read more. . . .
Ministerial Update (June 2012)
From June 2-9, a group of 22 people from Souderton Mennonite Church and 6 friends traveled to Alaska to serve at two summer camps: Victory Bible Camp and Camp Li-wa. Click here to see more photos from their trip. Members of each group wrote reflections on their experiences.
The thirteen participants who arrived at Victory Bible Camp (a two-hour ride from Anchorage) were awed by the creative splendor of our Lord in this area. Though it was cool and often rainy, the group worked hard, many times outside in the weather. Read more. . . .
Social Stream (FranconiaMC, #fmclife)
In a sermon titled Transformed Nonconformist, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. wrote, “The saving of our world from pending doom will come, not through the complacent adjustment of the conforming majority, but through the creative maladjustment of a nonconforming minority” (Strength to Love, 27).
To “Mennonite” is to be creatively maladjusted to a society that promotes materialism, nationalism, militarism, and violence. Read more . . . .
Mark Your Calendars
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Pastors & Conference Related Ministry Leaders’ Breakfasts 8-10 a.m. at the Mennonite Conference Center (unless noted). $6 donation requested.
Pastors’ Day Apart
|United Conference Assembly
Notes to Pastors (4 items)
Upcoming Pastors’ and Leaders’ Breakfast
“You visited me in prison … now I want to visit you!”
How do YOU welcome someone who was incarcerated into your congregation? Can you minister to them indifferently and without prejudice? Are there potential risks to your congregation or the local community that you should be aware of?
Ministry today brings us even closer to individuals who have been bruised, broken and incarcerated. Our congregations need to serve as hospitals for returning citizens (i.e. the previously incarcerated, ex-offenders, etc.) and provide the care that is needed to help them continue on the path of discipleship.
How, then, shall we welcome, integrate and support returning citizens? I’m glad you asked…
- When: Wednesday, July 18, 8-10 a.m.
- Where: Mennonite Conference Center, Harleysville, PA
- Resource Persons: Staff and board members of Liberty Ministries
- Who: Pastors, Conference Related Ministry leaders, and others in your congregation or staff who have a heart for ministering to those who have been in prison and are seeking further equipping
- Breakfast cost: By donation
- To RSVP your attendance: Click here
Note: This presentation will also be recorded for those who are unable to attend on July 18. A podcast of Steve Hackman’s presentation at the June 14 breakfast on business as mission is now available here.
Call for stories and photos from Summer Programs & Service Trips
Share your stories and photos from Vacation Bible School, Peace Camp, or other special summer activities by emailing them or posting on Facebook or Twitter. Is there a team from your congregation going on a summer service trip? Share those stories and photos, too! And don’t forget to Tweet using #fmclife to immediately share your memories with the rest of the conference!
Worship cohort meeting monthly
A group of worship leaders from Franconia and Eastern District Conferences meets on the third Friday of each month at the Mennonite Conference Center in Harleysville to resource one another, share stories and songs, and jam. Do you think your worship leader would like to be a part of this community? Have him or her send an email address to join the worship leaders mailing list and keep up to date on these gatherings as well as other resourcing opportunities in the region.
On the Way Newsletter
You are invited to subscribe to Mennonite Church USA’s online newsletter, On the Way! This is a free, short, bilingual online resource through which we hope to start conversations about how we are living out our vision and mission that will help us learn from each other. Each of the first seven issues, which are published every six weeks, focuses on one of the seven churchwide priorities. We hope you’ll enjoy the content and consider sharing your responses or ideas via our website or Facebook page. Check out the latest issue and subscribe.