Joanna Shenk, editor of the book Widening the Circle: Experiments in Christian Discipleship, led a conversation at last week’s Pastors’ and Leaders’ Breakfast about emerging church and relationships between institutions and movements.
Peace Mug Awarded to Dr. Priscilla Benner
Dr. Priscilla Benner received this year’s Franconia Conference Peace Mug Award during the Winter Peace Retreat at Spruce Lake. Dr. Benner has been involved since the early 1980’s in the visioning and creation of the organization named MAMA Project. MAMA, which stands for Mujeres Amigas (Women Friends) Miles Apart, celebrates its 25th anniversary this year.
Spruce Lake expands into Stroud Mall
During November and December, 2012, Spruce Lake operated a kiosk in Stroud Mall, our first time for such an outreach. The effort was successful, depending how one defines success! It all started while I was reading an article in a retail magazine about a Christian store that expanded into their local mall during the Christmas season in an effort to increase sales and recognition. Read more . . . .
Spring Cleaning: Higher Ground Leaders Forum
It was a ritual of my childhood. Sometime during the months of March or April (depending on how cooperative the weather was) my mother would enlist me and my siblings to assist with her annual spring housecleaning. The chore list was exhaustive including washing windows, laundering curtains, cleaning every room in the house, and doing outside landscaping chores. I must admit to disliking many of the tasks but mom had a way of making work fun.
Mark Your Calendars
|Sister Care Seminar
WHEN: March 23-24, Friday from 7-9 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m
WHERE:Souderton Mennonite Church
WHAT: Equips women to be helpful to someone who experiences a great loss or trauma, how to walk with them, and how we can encourage one another from day to day. Full description.
REGISTER: Registration is $40 and also covers lunch and a workbook.
Training for all Credentialed Leaders of Franconia Conference
WHEN: Saturday, April 21, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
WHERE: Towamencin Mennonite Church
WHAT: This day will focus on increasing our capacity to respond to differences in our congregations—generational, economic, gender, ethnic, etc. There will also be important information shared about Formation Expectations and Requirements for Credentialed Leaders. Full description.
REGISTER: No cost for credentialed leaders.
|Fresh Expressions Vision Day
WHEN:Saturday, May 19, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
WHERE:Plains Mennonite Church
WHAT: This will be an interactive time for congregations to learn about Fresh Expressions as well as dream and discover how to empower and equip God’s people to develop creative expressions of church that can reach the increasing diversity in their communities. Full description.
REGISTER: More info to come.
Pastors & Leaders’ Breakfast
WHEN: Thursday, June 14, 8:00 – 10:00 a.m.
WHERE: Mennonite Conference Center
WHAT: Featuring conversation with Dale Nafziger, entrepreneurial missionary in Nepal, who will share his learnings about doing ministry through business. Full description.
REGISTER: $6 donation requested. Pastors–if you bring a business leader with you, you’ll get your breakfast for free!
Notes to Pastors
Pastors and Credentialed Leaders: Save the date, Wednesday, September 12, 2012, for A Day Apart, a day set aside for prayer and meditation, personal prayer ministry, worship and fellowship at Camp Men-o-lan. A free lunch will be provided as well as outdoor prayer stations to further your connection with God. Plan now to attend this day set aside for you to nurture your relationship with God.