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Celebrating God’s Gifts in the Season of Building a Budget

by Stephen Kriss, Executive Minister To whom much is given … much is also expected.  -Jesus of Nazareth Over the last few weeks we began to project the numbers for our work together at Franconia Conference: next year’s budget. This is an act of faith and commitment together in imagining our shared work for the … Continue reading Celebrating God’s Gifts in the Season of Building a Budget

“Expect the Unexpected” was a Summer to Remember

Franconia Conference is blessed to have several amazing Conference Related Ministries (CRMs) that share the same mission and values in working for God’s Kingdom here on earth. One of those is Bethany Birches Camp in Plymouth, Vermont and in 2017 they had quite the memorable summer.  According to Program Director Dan “Chick” Laubach, this past … Continue reading “Expect the Unexpected” was a Summer to Remember

A Synergy of Missional Engagement

by Mike Clemmer, LEADership Minister & Pastor at Towamencin Mennonite Church This past week, I had the wonderful opportunity of leading a litany of blessing and rededication for the Souderton Mennonite Homes’ Living Branches 100th Anniversary. This service was the final event of a year-long series of activities that gratefully acknowledged the past 100 years, … Continue reading A Synergy of Missional Engagement

New Energy Brings the Community to Celebrate and Remember

By Sandy Drescher Lehman, Pastor at Methacton Mennonite Church On July 21, 2017, disaster greeted the congregation of Methacton Mennonite Church as we gathered for worship. Our planned liturgy immediately turned into a service of lament, as we witnessed the crash of a huge branch of the 381 year old, white oak at the corner … Continue reading New Energy Brings the Community to Celebrate and Remember

A Dose of Humility

By John Stoltzfus, Conference Youth Minister Life offers many opportunities to learn humility. James Barrie, the creator of Peter Pan, said, “Life is a long lesson in humility.” This can be particularly true for those in leadership, whether you are a CEO, pastor or youth sponsor. You are expected to lead by good example. One … Continue reading A Dose of Humility

Teenagers or Screenagers?

by Maria Hosler Byler, Associate Pastor for Youth and Family Faith Formation at Salford Mennonite Church   On November 25th, 120 people gathered in Salford Mennonite Church’s sanctuary to view Screenagers, a film about teenagers and technology use. Some who walked in the doors were eager to be there, and some came because their parents made … Continue reading Teenagers or Screenagers?

Life Together Gets More Interesting

Since 2011, Franconia and Eastern District Conferences have come together for an annual fall Assembly holding separate business sessions, yet enjoying joint times of worship on Friday evening and Saturday morning, sharing in the recognition of newly credentialed leaders, and lunch. This year on November 3 and 4, 2017 they gathered at Dock Mennonite Academy … Continue reading Life Together Gets More Interesting

Historic Decisions & the Promise of God’s Good Work

by Stephen Kriss, Executive Minister At our annual assembly earlier this month, our delegate community affirmed two historic decisions that have potential to reshape our Conference.   These were not easy and quick decisions, but rather the fruit of relationships and what we believe to be the leading of the Spirit.  The Spirit relentlessly invites us … Continue reading Historic Decisions & the Promise of God’s Good Work

Delegates Begin Conferring for Assembly

This year, Franconia Conference delegates are being asked to consider two main agenda items at the Fall Assembly: One being four congregations for membership, three of these congregations come from California and one from New York. All four are Indonesian congregations and have ties to Franconia’s Indonesian congregations in South Philadelphia. The second item delegates … Continue reading Delegates Begin Conferring for Assembly

Good Neighbors Through the Rain

By Karen Kingma, Ambler Mennonite Church Ministry Team Administrator Ambler Mennonite Church (AMC) sits on a beautiful, large corner lot in the borough of Ambler, Pennsylvania.  Environmental stewardship of that property is important to the congregation, and in September, we took a big step towards improving our green infrastructure with the installation of a large … Continue reading Good Neighbors Through the Rain