August 9, 2012

In this week’s newsletter:

  • Learning to listen across generations
  • Learning and loving God in MCC’s Summer Service Program
  • Backward Jazz
  • Social Stream
  • Simple obedience (To Mennonite Blog #10)
  • Mark Your Calendar
  • Notes to Pastors

Salford listeningLearning to listen across generations

“Thank you for listening!” say several excited young children at the end of every episode of Salford’s Listening Project. Our church has been doing a lot of listening these days.

Last summer we set aside several months for prayer and discerning what God might be calling us to for the next several years. The discernment led us to something pretty basic: learning how to get better at listening to God.  Read more. . . .

Summer Service Workers 2012Learning and loving God in Mennonite Central Committee’s Summer Service Program

When asked what he was looking forward to as he began his Summer Service Worker term with MCC East Coast, Cesar Solis said, “I’m looking forward to learning . . . the best thing about being a Christian is you get to learn new things every day.” A recent graduate of high school, Cesar is working to discern both what he will do and who he will be. This young man is committed both to learning and to loving God.  Read more. . . .

Backward Jazz

I read Blue Like Jazz backwards. It was the story of a guy who had the whole concept of love figured out, who went into the woods as his facial hair slowly retracted, and eventually ended up as a child in a conservative Christian household.

No, here’s what I actually mean.

Read more . . . .

Bally God's AcreSocial Stream (FranconiaMC,  #fmclife)

  • (FB) Beny Krisbianto: GIVE THANKS to The Lord. The Settlement for our New Church Building went very well today. Our prayers are answered. [Nations Worship Center, Philadelphia]
  • (Tw) @SpringMountMC  Today as part of our Seek Peace & Pursue It series, Ben Morrow preaches on Mark 12:28-34. #fmclife
  • (photo) @tristaanogre Garden service… (@ God’s Acre Community Garden [Bally, Pa.]).  Don’t forget to email photos and stories of your congregation’s summer programs, camps, services, and trips!

Correction: Last week’s Intersectings mistakenly identified Living Hope Farm as a Conference Related Ministry.  While we look forward to conversation with Living Hope Farm about becoming a Conference Related Ministry, nothing has been formalized yet.  We apologize for the mistake!

Simple obedience (To Mennonite Blog #10)*

John Ruth

I was baptized after an emotional week of revival meetings with a tearful preacher in an old store-building at the young Finland Mennonite mission.  I was all of eight years old, and in third grade.  Other boys from Salford Mennonite families made fun of me, calling me, “Chun the Baptist.”

When Bishop Arthur Ruth of Line Lexington arrived at Finland for the service, and asked me some introductory questions, I felt I was flunking.  I knew from Sunday School and family worship that we were saved because “Jesus died on the cross,” but I couldn’t answer the bishop’s follow-up question, “How do we know that?”  The bishop helped me out: “The Bible tells us.”  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)

Atlantic Northeast Conferences (ANEC) Church Planting Conference

September 21-22, 2012 at Bethany Lutheran Church in Alexandria, VA

This year’s theme is “Power to Witness.”  ANEC Church Planting brochure

Eastern Mennonite Seminary, PA campus Fall 2012 Courses

  • The Amish Story: Traditional Anabaptists Engage Modernity (3 credits)
  • Living Theology (3 credits)
  • Old Testament Text in Context (3 credits)
  • Formation in God’s Story I (2 credits)
  • Formation in Missional Leadership I (3 credits)
  • Spiritual Direction (3 credits over two semesters)

For more information about cost, credit options and distance learning courses offered by EMU Lancaster, contact Mark Wenger, director of pastoral studies, at 717-397-5190 or  See EMU Lancaster courses Fall 2012 for full class descriptions, dates, and locations.


Should we plan Conference Assembly Scattered meetings?

Franconia Conference leaders want to make sure we have kept our commitment from last year. Four Conference Assembly Scattered meetings were held last year to talk about the calling and role of a delegate and to provide a brief presentation about proposed changes to the Franconia Mennonite Conference bylaws. Some areas of interest that that emerged that were too big to unpack in last years’ meetings, and so would like to know if you would like us to plan gatherings this year to talk about:

  1. What does it mean to discern together?
  2. How can you better present the assembly work to your congregations with a sense of ownership and deeper understanding?
  3. Further conversation about what it means to serve as a delegate because you sense “the call,” and not just to be a warm body to fill a position.
  4. Other???

Neither you nor conference leaders need more meetings just for the sake of having meetings.  But if you’d like to talk and learn together, we’d be happy to facilitate that!  Your response to a brief survey will help us decide.  (We will likely have one meeting to gather for prayer and equipping with anyone who is interested, but if there is a lot of interest, we can plan more meetings.)

Please click here to complete the survey.  (We ask that you please respond whether you are interested in attending meetings or not so that we have a complete composite of responses.)

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