April 25, 2013


First summit of the Mennonite Early Childhood Network

by Louise Matthews, Mennonite Education Agency

Eight women gathered in the home of Linda and Vernon Martin of Salford congregation, March 15-17, for the first summit meeting of MECN. Since 2006, members of the MECN Council have been meeting to provide information and support for parents and early educators of children, birth through kindergarten. Read more….

Conferences lunch with CRM leaders

Franconia and Eastern District Conferences’ leadership met with Conference Related Ministry leaders on Wednesday to fellowship, build relationships, and further clarify the partnership that these ministries have with both conferences. During the lunch, Ertell Whigham and Warren Tyson updated CRM leaders on the status of the Eastern District/Franconia relationship. Read more….

CRM lunch

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

8-10 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.

Notes to Pastors

Take a summer course with Eastern Mennonite Seminary

EMS is offering summer courses in 1, 2 and 3 week formats in May and June in both Harrisonburg and Lancaster. We are also offering "Sermon on the Mount: Peace, Justice and the Reign of God" as an online class staying April 29. To learn more email the admissions office at semadmiss@emu.edu.

Explore individual and congregational faith formation at Eastern Mennonite Seminary

Join us June 17-28, 2013 for the Summer Institute for Spiritual Formation. This institute provides training for spiritual direction and individual and congregational spiritual formation. It also gives participants an opportunity to deepen their own faith and explore their own faith formation more fully. Pastors on sabbatical and spiritual directors looking for continuing education and support may explore the Oasis option. For more information www.emu.edu/seminary/courses/summer-institute/courses.

New Master of Divinity with distance option will launch in fall at AMBS

A new Master of Divinity program will begin at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary in August, giving students options for study from a distance as well as on campus.
The new program has received accreditation approval from the Association of Theological Schools. Approval from the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association is pending. MDiv Connect, the distance option, includes online courses and hybrid courses, which involve both online and on-campus learning. Students entering the program will come to AMBS for orientation in August. Then over the course of five and a half years, they should plan to make two annual week-long visits to campus for classes, spiritual formation and vocational discernment. Additional information for MDiv Connect and MDiv Campus is available on the AMBS website.

STAR Training is coming to Lancaster, Pa

The Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience (STAR) program at Eastern Mennonite University will be offering a Level I training at the EMU Lancaster campus from June 12-15. This four-day experiential training brings together restorative justice, human security, neurobiology, spirituality and conflict transformation, and is for those who work with traumatized populations—religious leaders, mental health professionals, humanitarian and aid workers, and educators. CEs and CEUs are available. For more information, go to www.emu.edu/star or call 540-432-4651.

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