August 2, 2012

In this week’s newsletter:

  • Construction projects build kingdom in Philadelphia
  • Conference students receive Everence scholarships
  • Social Stream
  • Observing together what God is saying and doing (To Mennonite Blog #9)
  • Mark Your Calendar
  • Notes to Pastors

Construction projects build kingdom in Philadelphia

Kingdom Builders Construction

PHILADELPHIA—Nearly two dozen adults and youth from Franconia Mennonite Church served here recently as part of an effort to literally build the kingdom of God.

The volunteers ventured from suburban Telford to work with Kingdom Builders Construction, an Anabaptist-related nonprofit, on July 21. They nailed, drilled and hauled materials to help convert a 6,000-square-foot section of a large warehouse.  Read more. . . .

Rachel Speigle

Conference students receive Everence scholarships

Everence announced that three Franconia Conference students are among 42 recipients of Everence college scholarships. The scholarship program encourages young people to explore the integration of faith and finances while helping them on their educational journeys.  The scholarship awardees are:

  • Jacob Ford, Souderton, PA; Jacob attends Franconia Mennonite Church and is a student at New York University.
  • Sarah Nafziger, Mohnton, PA; Sarah attends Vincent Mennonite Church and is a student at Penn State University.
  • Rachel Speigle, Telford, PA; Rachel attends Blooming Glen Mennonite Church and is a student at Northeastern University. Read more. . . .

Living Hope FarmSocial Stream (FranconiaMC,  #fmclife)

  • (Tw) @gaybruntmiller Commissioning the McDonough family for work with their new ministry, Arise.
  • (FB) Camp Men O Lan Last closing circle of 2012. All praise to God for what He has done and what He will do!!!! He has changed lives!!!!!
  • (photo)  Living Hope Farm getting creative to protect their cows from nasty flies this summer.  Living Hope Farm is a Conference Related Ministry, and is a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm.

Ervin StutzmanObserving together what God is saying and doing (To Mennonite Blog #9)*

I’ve been a follower of Jesus in the Mennonite tradition for many years. Therefore, for me “to Mennonite” is to instinctively follow the many rhythms and routines that express my core beliefs about Christian discipleship. I engage in particular rhythms of corporate worship and private devotion, action and reflection, exercise and rest, (lots of) work and (sometime too little) play, (too much) speaking and (too little) listening, communal discernment and personal choice. I could expand on each of these routines but I have chosen to address only the last of these several pairs.  Read more. . . .

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Mark Your Calendars

Mark your CalendarFor 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

  • December 4: Appreciation breakfast for all credentialed leaders.  Location TBD.

Pastors’ Day Apart

  • WHEN: September 12, 9am to 3pm
  • WHERE: Camp Menolan
  • WHAT: Pastors and credentialed leaders are invited for a day of guided prayer and listening to God, a time to receive rather than give, a time to refresh and renew.
  • REGISTER: For more information, contact Sandy Landes, prayer coordinator.  Register
United Conference Assembly

  • WHEN: November 10, 10am to 8pm
  • WHERE: Penn View Christian School, Souderton, Pa.
  • WHAT: Eastern District and Franconia Conferences will hold a united Conference Assembly this year around the theme of God@Work, based on Ephesians 3:20 -21.  The one-day assembly will include workshops, delegates sessions, and multi-lingual worship.  More info to come!

Notes to Pastors (2 items)

Christopher Dock Prayer Walk – August 17

You are invited to gather at 8 a.m. on Friday, August 17, for a prayer walk focusing on the 2012-13 school year at Christopher Dock Mennonite High School. Meet at the school office in Detweiler House. Prayers will focus on God’s blessing for the new school year and will end no later than 9 a.m. If you are not able to attend, you’re invited to take time to pray wherever you are that day for our school year.

PeaceSigns Magazine (attached)peace signs

  • Editor’s Note   by Jason Boone
  • An artificial divide   by Darrin Snyder Belousek
  • Otterville   by Merrill R. Miller
  • Give me [your tired, your poor,] your high-tech workers   by Tammy Alexander
  •  I was a stranger and you welcomed me   by Brother James Dowd

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