October 10, 2013

Delegates confer around tables at Assembly 2012.  Photo by Andrew Huth.

The story of an overactive imagination

by Emily Ralph, associate director of communication

“It used to be that we all showed up at Conference Assembly to see what we were going to argue about that year,” my friend told me.  We laughed together, but I knew there was truth in her statement: our conference gatherings have not always been places for burying the hatchet or beating swords into plowshares. Read more….


PPMI – A glimpse of God’s work in India

by Conrad Swartzentruber, Plains

I sat and listened in amazement as one Peace Proclamation Ministries International pastor after another told his story of ministry in India.  Rajiv told of the physical challenges in starting a small congregation with some neighbors throwing stones at the church.  “We continued praying for all our neighbors and showing God’s love to them,” he recalled.  Read more….

PPMI 2013

Ministerial report (September 2013)

The Ministerial Committee met on September 4 to grant licenses, mark transitions, and approve ordinations.

Read the full report


Social Stream (FranconiaMC, #fmclife)

  • (FB) Alpha Mennonite Church shared an album: Josiah and Lily were some of the students that got to make lion’s manes for their Sunday school class activity on 10/6/13.
  • (FB) Swamp Mennonite Church What a great day for a Leadership Retreat! Pastor Verle is going over 2 Corinthians 4:1-14 — at Camp Men O Lan.
  • (photo) 50 pastors spent the day at Penn View worshipping in chapel, enjoying a delicious breakfast and/or lunch, student involvement, and visiting in classrooms…A great day had by ALL!
Penn View pastor day

Mark Your Calendars

Mark your Calendar 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 calendar@franconiaconference.org.

Pastors & CRM Leaders’ Breakfasts

Held at Hennings Market in Harleysville from 8-10am, cost: $7 includes buffet breakfast. RSVP

  • October 17: Mark van Steenwyk, a Mennonite pastor from Minneapolis, MN
    will present on “The Economics of Jesus – The Church and Jubilee."

Credentialed Leaders Appreciation Dinner

A Christmas "thank you" dinner for credentialed leaders and their guests will be held on December 3, 6:15-9:00pm, Souderton Mennonite Home. Enjoy holiday music, good food and conversation, and guest speaker Michael King, dean of Eastern Mennonite Seminary.


Notes to Pastors

Don’t forget to watch this year’s delegate videos!

New this year, we have created three exciting videos that will help you prepare for Conference Assembly 2013! Be sure to check out each of these timely documentaries on the assembly.franconiaconference.org page, under the “2013 Delegate Videos” tab.

  • Conference Assembly Delegate Video reflects on Conference Assembly and on the significant role and calling of delegates.
  • Conference Partnership Video 2013 is a candid look at the past and present relationship of Franconia Mennonite Conference and Eastern District Conference.
  • Conference Assembly Future Video shares inspiring hopes for the future.

Inter-denominational clergy circles beginning next week

Needing to get re-grounded in your God-given calling or discern a challenging issue in your ministry? Consider joining this inter-denominational clergy circle led by Anne Kaufman Weaver and Walter Sawatzky beginning in October and ending in February!  Every participant brings their own unique questions for group consideration, as well as wisdom to share with others in the group… which is called a "clearness" process. See flyer for more information.


Sister Care seminars are coming soon to two locations in Pennsylvania

October 25-26:  Kaufman Mennonite Church, Davidsville, PA – For more information contact  Jeanette Hunsberger, 814.479.2251, hunsbergerfarm@atlanticbb.net; or Cathy Spory, 814.341.4747, cathyspory@gmail.com.

November 1-2:  Mellinger Mennonite Church, Lancaster, PA – For more information, contact Kathy Weaver Wenger (717) 392-5923, mkwenger@comcast.net.

Sister Care seminars, led by Carolyn Heggen and Rhoda Keener, provide women with tools for ongoing personal healing, for recognizing and celebrating God’s grace in their lives, and for responding more confidently and effectively to the needs of others.  Topics include:  “Claiming my identity as God’s Beloved,” “Caring for Self and Others,” “Compassionate Listening,” and “Transforming Loss and Grief.”  Since the seminar was last held in the Harrisburg area much new material has been added! (Brochure)

You can register by email, phone, or regular mail.  Registration forms: Lancaster or Davidsville.  Seminars run 7-9 p.m. Friday evening and 9-4:30 Saturday. (Please note that Lancaster participants are asked to find their own lodging for Friday night.)


*The views expressed in each week’s 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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