August 7, 2014

John Drescher with family

A daughter’s tribute to John M. Drescher

by Sandy Drescher-Lehman, Souderton congregation

There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are the messengers of overwhelming grief, of deep contrition, and of unspeakable love. Read more….

Listening for a new move of God

by Lora Steiner, managing editor

When Penny Naugle announced she was retiring after ten years as an elementary principal at Penn View Christian School in Souderton (Pa.) to become a chaplain, the teachers weren’t surprised.

“Well, duh,” one responded, “That’s what you do to us.” Read more….

Penny Naugle
Steve Kriss

Still a place of storm

by Stephen Kriss, Director of Leadership Cultivation

In July I traveled with a group of four Eastern Mennonite Seminary students to bear witness to Mennonite Central Committee’s ministry of presence in New Orleans, now nearly a decade after Hurricane Katrina and the levee breaks that have reshaped the city. Read more….

Featured Blog: 20 Questions From A 5 Minute Car Ride

by Esther Good, Whitehall congregation*

An inquisitive child can generate more questions than a room full of reporters at a press release about a celebrity sex scandal. Here are my feeble attempts to answer a few of the whoppers that were thrown at me this week. Read more….

Steve Kriss

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 staffFranconia 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.

*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.