April 24, 2014

Stutzman town hall

Town hall meetings offer clarification and questions

by Stephen Kriss, director of communication

Earlier this month, nearly 250 persons from Franconia and Eastern District conference congregations came to ask questions and to listen to Dr. Ervin Stutzman, executive director of Mennonite Church USA.  Franconia Conference leadership invited Stutzman to two town hall meetings held at Swamp and Salford.   Read more or listen to the podcasts….

Deep Run East joins MAMA Project in Honduras

by Barb Rice, Deep Run East

Ken Burkholder, pastor of Deep Run East congregation (Perkasie, Pa.), joined the 27th MAMA Project Team that Deep Run East has sent to Honduras since 2001.  Over the years, Pastor Ken had heard from teams reporting on their experiences and had met some of the MAMA Project partners on their visits to the US, but on March 15-22, he joined the team in Honduras. Read more….

Deep Run & MAMA Project

Social Stream (FranconiaMC, #fmclife)

  • (FB) Souderton Mennonite Church There is so much happening at SMC during the week! And you thought church buildings only got used on Sundays!
  • (Tw) ‏@chrisnickels  I had the privilege of baptizing one of our young people on Easter Sunday. Exciting to see God at work! pic.twitter.com/r5C7XjjZQs
  • (Tw)@PastorTimHart  (Garden Chapel) Our Good Friday Service can be heard at this link feel free to share with your friends and family….
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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

From 8-10am, cost: $7 includes breakfast.

  • Rescheduled: Healing Your Town. (Upper Perk Community Life Center, 104 Main St., East Greenville, PA). New date coming soon.

Meeting with Loren Swartzendruber

  • WHEN: May 15, 7-9pm
  • WHERE: Towamencin Mennonite Church, Kulpsville, PA
  • WHAT: An opportunity for credentialed leaders to dialogue with EMU President Loren Swartzendruber about EMU’s listening process.
Youth Worship Event

  • WHEN: June 1, 12-3pm
  • WHERE: The lawn outside the Mennonite Conference Center and Mennonite Heritage Center in Harleysville, Pa.
  • WHAT: Jr and Sr High Youth from Eastern District and Franconia Conferences to worship together on the lawn! RSVP

Conference Assembly 2014

  • WHEN: November 14 & 15, 2014
  • WHERE: Penn View Christian School in Souderton, Pa.
  • WHAT: Joint assembly with Eastern District Conference including worship, workshops, delegate sessions, and more!


Gathering with Loren Swartzendruber, president of Eastern Mennonite University

May 15, 7-9 p.m. @ Towamencin Mennonite Church

Credentialed leaders are invited to a conversation with Loren Swartzendruber, President of Eastern Mennonite University. This EMU sponsored evening is part of their six-month listening process around hiring practices and covenanted same-sex relationships. Click here to learn more about their listening process.

Jr./Sr. High Youth Worship and Praise Event

Sunday, June 1, 12-3 p.m. @ the Yoder Road Campus

Help us get the word out about this exciting event! Featuring speaker Luke Hartman (VP of Admissions at Eastern Mennonite University)–a man full of energy and passion for youth–and introducing to the Mennonite World…Peder Eide, a “legendary” musician and worship leader for Lutheran youth gatherings (and a good friend of Luke’s). Also performing will be a very popular group from Christopher Dock who go by the name “Susquehanna.” The day begins with free lunch and moves into a time of worship and praise, celebrating our unity in Christ. This event is co-sponsored by Franconia and Eastern District Conferences and The Mennonite Heritage Center. Overnight arrangements are available for youth groups coming from a distance.

Download the poster or register your youth now!

MWC Assembly Pennsylvania 2015: Call for Workshops and Seminars

For our Mennonite World Conference Assembly 2015 we are seeking workshops and seminars that challenge, inspire and unite the church as a global peace church for mission and faithful witness.

The basics: The theme for the Assembly is Walking with God. We are looking for topics and workshop leaders that reflect the cultural and linguistic diversity of our global communion and are interactive, dynamic, and interesting to a broader audience. In addition to theological and historical workshops, we are particularly interested in including cultural or creative workshops and stories of lived experience.

The deadline: Completed application forms must be received by the MWC Program Oversight Committee by November 1, 2014. We encourage workshop leaders to submit their applications as soon as possible. Completed forms should be sent to workshops2015@mwc-cmm.org.

The details: Workshops are held in the afternoons of the four full days of the Assembly: Wednesday through Saturday, parallel with children’s programs and excursions. There are two time slots: 13:30-15:00 and 15:30-17:00. Our available spaces host from 100 to 200 participants. It is also possible to request a space for the whole afternoon block (13:30-17:00) for a seminar or multiple time slots for a series.

Interpretation can be made available into English for workshops held in French, Spanish or Portuguese and into French, Spanish or Portuguese for workshops held in English. Only consecutive interpretation is available. Although we encourage workshop leaders to speak their native language, we are not able to offer translation into or from languages other than those mentioned above. Workshop organizers are welcome to organize their own translation into English.

The fine print: Submitting an application form for a workshop is a request to the MWC Program Oversight Committee. The committee will make a selection of available workshops and may suggest changes before approval. The full workshop program is subject to approval by the MWC office. Workshop suggestions that the MWC office deem controversial will be referred to the MWC Executive Committee for approval. Workshop and seminar leaders do not receive travel cost compensation from MWC.

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