August 30, 2012


China service brings comfort with the unknown

When many Radical Journey participants prepare for their first overseas mission assignment, they tend to use words such as “paralyzed” and “blurry” to describe their thoughts. A year later, they use words such as “maturation” and “new perspective” instead. Read more….

PPC Peace Camp

2012 Peace Camps: Love on a Local Scale, part 2

For folks at Philadelphia Praise Center (PPC), knowing their neighbor’s needs and their children’s needs took the form of their own, three-week Peace Camp this summer.  They met from noon to 4pm, providing a nutritious lunch for the children, all of whom live within ten blocks of the church building in South Philly. Read more….

Josh Meyer

What I spent all my life becoming

Born into a family with a rich spiritual heritage, I quite literally grew up in the Church.  I was dedicated as an infant at a Baptist church.  A few years later my mom was offered a job as the Director of Christian Education at a Lutheran church in the area.  We worshiped and participated fully in the life of that church for most of my adolescent years.  As I matured in my faith and grew in my relationship with Jesus, I began exploring other faith communities and ultimately attended a non-denominational and then a Brethren in Christ church during my high school years.  While in college I attended a more charismatic Vineyard church, and upon graduation joined the pastoral staff at a United Methodist Church. Read more….

Social Stream (FranconiaMC, #fmclife)

Steve Kriss

It IS really all about the relating (To Mennonite Wrap-up)

I remember the puzzled look on Ellen B. Kauffman’s face as she tried to place me in her social geography of biological relationships. “Who are you parents and grandparents?”

I gladly told her my parents and grandparents names. I don’t think it helped either of us to navigate our relatedness together as my family had only recently joined a Mennonite congregation. 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

8-10 a.m. at Hennings Market, Harleysville (unless noted). Cost: $6.55 (includes breakfast).

  • October 18: “Acting Like Christians: Peacemaking Within and Beyond the Body of Christ” with Samantha Lioi. Please click here to register for this event by Oct. 12.
  • December 4: Appreciation breakfast for all credentialed leaders. (No cost) 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

Conference Prayer Breakfast

  • WHEN: September 22, 8-10am
  • WHERE: Salem Mennonite church
  • WHAT: Guest speaker Marcella Ruch will be sharing on the topic of prayer ministry in the local church.
  • 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)

Photos and stories from your summer are needed!

How did your congregation celebrate summer? Send your stories and photos from summer retreats, Vacation Bible Schools, camps, outdoor services, and services trips to Emily ( by September 15.

AMBS name change is official this week

This week we claimed our new name: Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary.

Our celebration started with early morning prayers. We gathered mid-day for a chapel service in which President Sara Wenger Shenk called us to renew our commitment to following Jesus Christ, being immersed in the Bible and led by the Holy Spirit.

We ended the day with a “birthday” party when we introduced our new logo. This symbol reminds us of themes we claim for AMBS: worship, community, gathering to learn, and reaching out to witness and serve.

Please pray for AMBS as we move more fully into our mission:

Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary is a learning community with an Anabaptist vision, educating followers of Jesus Christ to be leaders for God’s reconciling mission in the world.

With the new name comes a change in our website. Find your point of entry by selecting “Friends and donors” or “Pastors and leaders.” Each is a quick-reference guide to information and resources for you and for you to share with others.

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