August 1, 2013


Successful Conference, Seminary partnership concludes

by John Tyson, Salford congregation

Theological educators believe headfirst immersion into unfamiliar cultural terrain is a requirement for preparing church leaders in the context of the twenty-first century. For students at Biblical Theological Seminary, a lifelong commitment to intercultural ministry begins at the second year mark of their LEAD MDiv Program. Read more….

Barns dismantled, rebuilt at Mennonite Heritage Center

by Bob Keeler,

As Mike Hart went through the lumber from one of two local barns that are being dismantled, then reassembled as one, he noticed a piece was from an American Chestnut tree. “That’s an extinct piece of wood there,” Hart, of Hartland Demolition & Restoration, said. Read more….

Hartland Demolition & Restoration is in the midst of dismantling a barn in Hilltown for the Nyce Barn Project. News-Herald photo — DEBBY HIGH

Eight set for first terms

by Everett J. Thomas, The Mennonite, reposted by permission

On July 2 at the delegate session in Phoenix, seven people, including two from Franconia Conference, were elected to serve for a first term on the following boards: Executive Board, Everence, Mennonite Education Agency, Mennonite Mission Network and The Mennonite, Inc. Read more….

Social Stream (FranconiaMC, #fmclife)

Spring Mount feast of booths

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
Pastors & CRM Leaders’ Breakfasts

  • Sept. 26, 8-10am: James Krabill

Credentialed Leaders Appreciation Dinner

A Christmas "thank you" dinner for credentialed leaders and their guests will be held on December 3, 6:30-8:30pm, location TBA. Enjoy holiday music, good food and conversation, and guest speaker Michael King, dean of Eastern Mennonite Seminary.

Morning with Elizabeth Soto Albrecht

You’ve been following Elizabeth’s journey online, on Facebook, through Intersectings. On Friday, August 23, 9-11 a.m., you will have the opportunity to hear and converse with Elizabeth, in person, about what she’s learned…on the other side of her journey.  This event will be held at the Mennonite Conference Center in Harleysville. There is no charge for this gathering. Beverages will be available, but NO breakfast will be served.  RSVP at

Notes to Pastors

God still@Work

Conference Assembly 2013
Saturday, November 2
Penn View Christian School 

Franconia Mennonite Conference along with Eastern District Conference will meet on Saturday, November 2 at Penn View Christian School, Souderton, Pa., for Conference Assembly 2013.

This year’s theme, God still @ Work  based on Ephesians 3:20 – 21, is a continuation of Assembly 2012.

Mark your calendar now.  We look forward to hearing how God is still @ Work in your setting.

Peace Sunday resources available

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) and other Mennonite organizations are offering new worship resources to congregations that are observing Peace Sunday on Sept. 22 or are planning to offer teaching on peace this year.

Peace Sunday, which is held on the Sunday closest to the United Nations’ International Day of Peace (Sept. 21), is an annual opportunity to acknowledge and respond to the violence that continues to frequently mark how the U.S. responds to conflict.

“To practice the ways of peace while living in the world’s most highly militarized superpower requires a spiritual transformation,” said Titus Peachey, peace education coordinator for MCC U.S. “These Peace Sunday materials provide congregations with a good opportunity to focus on the transformation that God longs to bring to our world so that we will all learn the rhythms and the ways of peace.”

Peace Sunday resources are designed to help congregations discern what it means to join in God’s mission of peace through Christ, rather than conforming to the violent patterns in our communities and world. The materials focus on Romans 12, directed by verse 2, “Do not be conformed to this world …”

The downloadable resources include prayers, sermon seeds, children’s stories, song suggestions, litanies and advocacy ideas.

Mennonite Church USA celebrates Peace Sunday. Jason Boone, who heads the Peace and Justice Support Network of Mennonite Church USA and Mennonite Mission Network, collaborated with Peachey and others in MCC U.S. to produce the resources.

“The Peace Sunday materials reflect contributions from a number of Mennonite Church USA congregations and partners,” said Boone. “We need the strength of community to live out the radical call of ‘Do not conform.’ Together, we can follow Jesus’ path of peace.”

Peace Sunday resources are available online at

The Journey Home from War workshop

The Strategies for Trauma Awareness & Resilience (STAR) program at Eastern Mennonite University is pleased to announce an upcoming training, called "The Journey Home from War." This two-day workshop will be offered on the EMU campus, Sept. 12-13. It is for friends, families, and congregations of veterans–those who minister to soldiers as they return to civilian life. It will examine the effects of trauma on the body, mind and spirit; common responses to unhealed trauma; recognizing the symptoms of traumatic brain injury; and new skills and strategies for charting a healing journey. The workshop will be facilitated by Beverly Prestwood Taylor of the Brookfield Institute in Mass., who has been working with returning veterans since 2007. Read more about the training and fostering resiliency in returning veterans here. Partial scholarships may be applied for. CEs and CEUs are available. For more information, go to or call 540-432-4651.


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