Notes to Pastors

October Pastors and Leaders Breakfast
All are invited to the October Pastors and Leaders Breakfast on Thursday, October 16 from 8 – 10 a.m. at the Mennonite Conference Center entitled The Faith Walk of a Child: An Intentional Journey. Several years ago, Franconia Conference began thinking about spiritual formation from the cradle to the grave. Recently, as part of a joint strategic plan, Quakertown Christian School, Penn View Christian School, and Christopher Dock Mennonite High School developed a spiritual framework called “Passing on the Faith: A Community Work.” Marlene Frankenfield, Sharon Fransen, and Mary Benner will share this framework with you, which asks, how do we as families, churches and schools work together to encourage and guide the faith formation of children and youth so they become radical followers of Christ Jesus? Visit assembly08.franconiaconference.org and click on the “full online docket” to read the entire framework. Please register for this event by Friday, October 10 by contacting Jessica Walter at jwalter@franconiaconference.org or 215-723-5513 ext 127.

Peace and Justice Committee Conversation
The Peace and Justice Committee of the Franconia and Eastern District Conferences invites you to a conversation on “Keeping Faithful to the Biblical Vision and the ‘Politics of Jesus’ without being Politically Partisan.” This conversation will take place on Tuesday, October 7 from 9:30 – 10:45 a.m. at the Mennonite Conference Center. The Committee hopes that such a conversation among pastors and others interested will help all of us constructively navigate in the midst of competing, and at times conflicting, opinions and feelings in our nation, communities and congregations. James C. Longacre will moderate the conversation.

Opportunity to support Haiti
The recent hurricane season has left the people of Haiti devastated. Tens of thousands have been left dead or homeless and without a way to provide for their families. According to Pastor Lesly Bertrand, of Grace Assembly Network, a Franconia Conference Partner in Mission, in the next few months his country “will be found in a misery without name” as the resulting poverty and symptoms of such devastation rise. In response to this tragedy Franconia Conference invites all conference congregations and ministries to designate World Communion Day, October 5, as a day of prayer and fasting for Haiti. For more information on Haiti, other ways to show our support and a bulletin insert with a litany for World Communion Day visit haiti.franconiaconference.org.

Save the Date!
The Annual Pastor/Chaplain and Spouse Breakfast is planned for Tuesday, December 2 from 8 – 10 a.m. This time of fellowship and blessing with Franconia, Eastern District, and Philadelphia Mennonite pastors/chaplains and their spouses will be held at Zion Mennonite Church in Souderton. Please place this among your holiday celebrations and watch for additional details.

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