May 23, 2013

Elizabeth Soto Albrecht

Franconia supports moderator-elect on Phoenix pilgrimage

by John Tyson, Salford

Elizabeth Soto Albrecht will become moderator of Mennonite Church USA at the denomination’s Phoenix convention this July. Phoenix, however, will be only one of her many stops this summer. The scholar and pastor, who calls Lancaster, Pa. home, is embarking on a nation-wide pilgrimage to visit MC USA congregations. Read more….

God knows why we won’t go to Phoenix

by Steve Kriss, Philadelphia Praise Center

My church is made up of immigrants and migrants. We are political refugees. We have arrived here because of economic realities. We’ve been granted religious asylum. We all landed in the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Compassion for different reasons, and we’ve become the largest Mennonite Church USA congregation in the city. Read more….

Steve Kriss

Covenant Community Fellowship

Introducing Covenant Community Fellowship

Covenant was planted by the Franconia Mennonite Church in 1986.  Our lead pastor is Jay L. Moyer and our associate pastor is Scott Franciscus whose primary focus is on youth & young adult ministry.   We are an elder-led congregation, with our vision statement as follows:  “We envision the transformation of persons, families and neighborhoods by the power of the Holy Spirit through authentic caring community that serves the needs of others around us as we model the life of Jesus Christ.” Read more….

Social Stream (FranconiaMC, #fmclife)

  • (FB) Christopher Dock: Did you know that freshman Taylor Downes has an album coming out soon and is previewing some of her songs this Fri. night from 8:30 – 9 at the Harleysville Fair? Congratulations to Taylor…..come out and support her!
  • (photo) Mennonite Disaster Service: Home damaged by the Sunday, May 19, tornado that hit Shawnee, OK. MDS chainsaw crew will work in Shawnee and surrounding areas today. Moore, OK, is not open to volunteers yet. MDS investigators will be there soon. (Read press release here)
MDS OK cleanup

Pilgrim or tourist?

Featured blog: Approaching God as Pilgrims and Disciples Rather than Tourists

by Nathan Good, I do not yet know, but God is teaching*

I’ve been wanting to read “A Long Obedience in the Same Direction” by Eugene Peterson for a while now.  Today I finally picked it up and started, and only two pages into the first chapter I have something I want to share.  Read more….

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Pastors & CRM Leaders’ Breakfasts8-10 a.m. at Hennings Market, Harleysville unless otherwise noted. Suggested donation: $7.

  • June 14: “Fingerprints of Fire…Footprints of Peace” with author Noel Moules. Register


“Beauty for Brokenness: Growing Toward Wholeness”

  • WHEN: June 1st, 9am-12:30pm
  • WHERE: Salford Mennonite Church, Harleysville.
  • WHAT: At this women’s equipping event, Mary Julia McKenzie and Angela Moyer will share from their experience of encouraging recovery and growth in those who have suffered brokenness in relationships, health, and faith.
  • MORE INFO: Register on the website.

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