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 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 #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.
Social Stream (FranconiaMC, #fmclife)
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 . . . .
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 (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.
- 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.