Conference staff transitions and office hours adjusted in lean budget year
As Franconia Conference continues to face a season of declining contributions, the conference moved last month toward a reduction in staff time. Beginning February 1, Noah Kolb reduced his role from full time to a three quarter time position. Kolb, in a move toward retirement, is lightening his load of congregational relationships and moving toward an increasingly streamlined credentialing process for ministers. Read more . . . .
Ted Swartz, creator of Ted & Company, is bringing his Peace, Pies, & Prophets Tour to eastern Pennsylvania next week. In this episode of Connections, Ted talks about his roots in Franconia Conference, the heart behind his show “I’d Like to Buy an Enemy,” and the cool factor–which he may or may not have.
Relationships percolate at Top of the World
Entering the front door of Top of the World Coffee in Nepal, the aroma of fresh roasted brew draws you toward the corner of the café.
Across the brick-colored floor and beyond the black metal chairs and tables, a smiling Dale Nafziger works behind the coffee roasting machine, the source of the aroma.
It’s not Starbucks but even better, particularly for the soul. This coffee shop is the vision of Dale and Bethsaba Nafziger, long-term Mennonite Mission Network workers. Read more. . . .
Social Stream (@FranconiaMC, #fmclife)
- (FB) KrisAnne Swartley First meeting of Sandy Ridge Community Garden was a great success tonight. The garden donated more than 1,000 lbs of fresh produce to local food banks in Bucks County in 2011. We’re hoping to up that by 50-100% this year!
- (Tw) Bethany Birches Camp Parents: why send your kids to camp? Anything we missed in the video? http://youtu.be/QJtjaU3NMNw?hd=1
- (photo) Whitehall Mennonite “planted” their Ebenezer Stone this week. Read about it here.
Listening to Others Brings Hope: The Garden Blog
Listening to each other’s stories opens us up to the possibility of encountering God in our midst through “the other.” The other may be the person in the room who does not know all of our rules or cultural norms, and so they make things uncomfortable for us. Our norms have been shaped by stories told over long periods of time, passed down through the art of sharing. When we are able to listen to another who lives outside of our norms, God can stretch us and teach us something new. 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 & Leaders’ Breakfast
WHEN: Thursday, March 8, 8:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Sister Care Seminar
WHEN: March 23-24, Friday from 7-9 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m
Training for all Credentialed Leaders of Franconia Conference
WHEN: Saturday, April 21, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Fresh Expressions Vision Day
WHEN: Saturday, May 19, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Pastors & Leaders’ Breakfast
WHEN: Thursday, June 14, 8:00 – 10:00 a.m.
We just celebrated the 10-year anniversary of Mennonite Church USA on Feb. 1, and as we head into our next decade, we’re experimenting with different ways to connect with our members. Through this newsletter, we hope to start conversations about how we are living out our vision and mission that will help us learn from each other. We hope to reach all members of Mennonite Church USA and ask that you forward this newsletter to your congregation. The first issue is attached to this email as a “msg” file—simply open and forward to your mailing list. If you would like to subscribe directly, go to http://eepurl.com/i8oX9.