June 28, 2012

In this week’s newsletter:

  • Introducing a brand new Intersections!
  • Whigham appointed to second term as Executive Minister
  • Forum #2: Who are we now?
  • Social Stream
  • To Mennonite Blog #4: Mennoniting my way
  • Mark Your Calendar
  • Notes to Pastors

Intersections (Summer 2012)Introducing a brand new Intersections!

In the next week, our summer edition of Intersections will be in your mailboxes.  This new 4-page, quarterly format will include new content as well as highlight some of the best stories and photos distributed through our weekly email newsletter, Intersectings.

Best of all, Intersections is now available in English, Indonesian, Spanish, and Vietnamese!  All four editions will be distributed digitally as pdfs, but your congregation can also receive print versions by contacting Carla at the Conference Center office (e-mail or 267-932-6050 x110)—just let her know how many of each you want!

We have had a number of requests from people who are not pastors or Conference Related Ministry leaders to receive this e-mail newsletter, so we now have an e-mail list open to anyone—sign up by emailing Carla.

Ertell WhighamWhigham appointed to second term as Executive Minister

Ertell Whigham has been appointed to a second two-year term as Executive Minister of Franconia Conference.  This term, which will begin in February of 2013, was approved by the conference board at their June 11 meeting in Harleysville, Pa.

Whigham, who has been on the staff of Franconia Conference since 2000, was first appointed to the position of Executive Minister in February of 2011.  He was tasked with helping the conference to work at being intercultural, missional and formational, “and to bring those to the center in such a way everyone embraces them as the driving force behind why we do ministry and how we do ministry,” Whigham said in an interview with Mennonite World Review soon after he began his new role. Read more. . . .

Forum with Eastern District

Forum #2: Who are we now?

On May 24, leaders from Eastern District Conference and Franconia Conference met together to continue conversations about partnering in the future.  Eastern District conference minister Warren Tyson and Franconia Executive Minister Ertell Whigham shared ways that the two conferences are already working together as well as suggestions of future possibilities.

Listen to the podcast or watch the video

Social Stream (FranconiaMC,  #fmclife)

  • (Swamp-VBSFB) Camp Men O Lan: Chef Christopher, our new chef, we’re sure is the nicest, funniest, chilaxin’, and BEST chef in the world. Comin’ to camp? Get ready for some good eats!
  • The Christopher Dock Mennonite High School Touring Choir is traveling in Europe!  Keep up to date with their blog.
  • (Tw) @chrisnickels My 3yr old son just shared what he remembered from worship today: “Peace be you with!”
  • (photo) Swamp took lots of photos at their Vacation Bible School last week—don’t forget to e-mail us photos from your summer programs!
Noah Kolb

To Mennonite Blog #4: Mennoniting my way*

I was born into a Mennonite family with lineages that go back many generations as Mennonites in Europe. I was raised in a Mennonite family and went to a Mennonite church all my life. I was taught in Mennonite schools by Mennonite teachers. I have been an ordained leader in the Mennonite Church for more than forty years. I am glad to be a Mennonite most of the time.

But I am more than Mennonite. ‘Mennoniting my way’ has been about discovering Jesus and the call to follow him each day with other followers of Jesus. Much of what shaped me also brought me to Jesus.  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 CalendarFor 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 & Conference Related Ministry Leaders’ Breakfasts 8-10 a.m. at the Mennonite Conference Center (unless noted).  $6 donation requested.

  • July 18: Equipping to minister to inmates and ex-offenders in your congregation and community, led by Liberty Ministries. RSVP
  • December 4: Appreciation breakfast for all credentialed leaders.  Location TBD.

Pastors’ Day Apart

  • WHEN: September 12, 9am to 3pm
  • WHERE: Camp Menolan
  • WHAT: Pastors and credentialed leaders are invited for a day of guided prayer and listening to God, a time to receive rather than give, a time to refresh and renew.
  • REGISTER: For more information, contact Sandy Landes, prayer coordinator.  Register
United Conference Assembly

  • WHEN: November 10, 10am to 8pm
  • WHERE: Penn View Christian School, Souderton, Pa.
  • WHAT: Eastern District and Franconia Conferences will hold a united Conference Assembly this year around the theme of God@Work, based on Ephesians 3:20 -21.  The one-day assembly will include workshops, delegates sessions, and multi-lingual worship.  More info to come!

Notes to Pastors (2 items)

  • WORSHIP: Encountering God in Community for Life Course

Explore the fascinating components of Christian worship in this four session course on Tuesday evenings, October 9, 16, 23 and 30, 2012 from 6:30 to 9:15 pm at the Mennonite Heritage Center, 565 Yoder  Rd., Harleysville.  The course WORSHIP: Encountering God in Community for Life will be taught by Dr. Mark and Kathy Wenger.

The Wengers co-pastored the Springdale Mennonite Church near Waynesboro, Virginia for ten years and Dr. Mark Wenger is currently Director of Pastoral Studies for Eastern Mennonite University in Lancaster, Pa.  Students will gain a deeper understanding of the ministry of Christian worship: theology, time and space, culture and traditions.  In addition, students will receive practical guidance for designing vital and faithful worship.

The cost for the course is $50. Those wishing to receive one continuing education credit unit from Eastern Mennonite University may do so for an additional $10.

Pre-registration is required by September 15.  For information or to register, go to www.mhep.org, email info@mhep.org or call 215-256-3020.

  • Extended seminars at AMBS

This fall AMBS will offer extended seminars designed to strengthen pastoral ministry, one in the area of preaching and the other in the area of spiritual guidance. While both require travel to AMBS, meeting times are clustered to maximize time away from pastoral duties.

We launch our Preaching Seminar this fall with “Preaching Again for the First Time: Refreshing Your Preaching MInistry.” It will meet twice on campus and once online. It is designed for preachers with seven or more years of experience who want to renew and strengthen their preaching ministry. Allan Rudy-Froese, AMBS professor of Christian proclamation, will lead the Preaching Seminar.

The Spiritual Guidance Seminar will meet four times on campus for a total of 11 days. It is designed for pastors who want to make spiritual guidance part of their ministry. Marlene Kropf, retired AMBS professor of spiritual formation and worship, and Dan Schrock, long-time spiritual director and pastor, will teach.

For details click on the links above. If you have questions please contact Vicky Scott.


* The views expressed in each week’s featured 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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