August 14, 2014


Partnership with MCC builds diverse leadership

by Lora Steiner, managing editor

When people think “urban,” chances are pretty good that Doylestown, Pennsylvania is not a place that comes to mind. Thirty years ago, it was a traditional farming community; now, it’s a well-off, artsy, suburban town. Read more….

Philadelphia Mennonite High School merges

by Dr. Barbara Moses, Philadelphia Mennonite High School

It is a joy for me to announce that Philadelphia Mennonite High School has merged with The City School. The City School is a K-12 Christian school in the heart of Philadelphia, committed to making a Jesus-honoring, college-preparatory education accessible to families in the city. Our mission is to train students’ minds, disciple their hearts, and bring light to the city—one child at a time. Read more….

Barbara Moses


Everence awards scholarships to three conference students

Three students from Franconia Conference were named recipients of Everence college scholarships for the 2014-2015 academic year.

Everence, a financial, insurance and banking services organization rooted in faith and values, offers its scholarship program each year as a means of encouraging young people to explore the integration of faith and finances while helping them on their educational journeys. Read more….

Social Stream (FranconiaMC, #fmclife)

  • (Tw) @PennFoundHope  Listening to our Chaplain, Carl Yusavitz, talking with Barry on WNPV 1440 to share information about depression and suicide.
  • (Tw) @PastorTimHart We are standing on holy ground, and I know there are angels all around. — at Garden Chapel
  • (photo) Bethany Birches Camp Question: how do you make final choices on your commercial kitchen design? Answer: you lay it out on the basketball court!
Bethany Birches kitchen

Featured blog: Swimming Lessons

by Chris Nickels, Mennonite Road*

This summer we began taking the boys to swimming lessons. We have a community pool in our neighborhood, which is a really convenient place to do this important learning experience. Read more….

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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

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!

Reading the Bible through Anabaptist Eyes

  • WHEN: October 25
  • WHAT: An equipping event and conversation for pastors and congregational leaders. Coming to Franconia Conference on Saturday, October 25. Details coming soon.  


Job opening on Franconia Conference staff

Franconia Conference seeks a ministry-oriented full-time Administrative Coordinator (and/or short-term, part-time interim coverage). Must be able to work independently, be highly organized and detail-oriented, possess strong verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills, and the ability to represent and contribute to the mission and ministry of Franconia Conference in a friendly and professional manner. Computer proficiency (i.e. Word, Outlook, Excel) and an ability to meet deadlines in a flexible and adaptive environment is a must. Position involves front office coverage with a significant event planning component. Candidates interested in this ministry position should send resumes to by August 24. Candidates of interest will be contacted by August 29.

Urban Anabaptist Ministry Symposium

Since Nehemiah took on the task of rebuilding Jerusalem’s walls, ministers have helped to provide hope and vision in urban communities.

From October 2-4 in Philadelphia, Mennonite Church USA and MCC East Coast will co-host an Urban Anabaptist Ministry Symposium, which aims to connect Anabaptist ministers and leaders from Philadelphia, New York City, D.C. and surrounding urban areas. Together we will discuss developing community partnerships; homelessness and housing; ministry to youth and young adults; education; and many other practical topics. There will also be time to worship and fellowship together. This is a great opportunity for networking and meeting other urban-based Anabaptist leaders.

Whether or not you are from one of these urban centers, we invite you to come, network and participate with church leaders who are addressing community needs in our cities.

Registration costs $50 (includes breakfast and lunch.) See the symposium schedule and register online.

For more information, please contact Glen Guyton at or Chantelle Todman Moore at

Nominations for Conference positions still needed

Do you know of someone in your church or network that could serve the broader church by participating in a Conference board or committee? Nominate them for one of our open positions by going here.

Open positions include:

  • Conference Board Member-at-large
  • Conference Board Finance Committee Chairperson
  • Conference Board Finance Committee Member-at-large
  • Director of Franconia Mennonite Conference Properties Committee 
  • Personnel Committee Chair

Everyone in Franconia Mennonite Conference benefits from the gifts of individuals and congregations who choose to accept the call to service–so offer your nominations today!

*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.