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Deeper Understanding Through God-Centered Decision-Making

by Bobbi Smisko, spiritual director and member of Methacton Mennonite Church In hopes of expanding my understanding of our Anabaptist leanings in decision-making process, I attended Franconia Conference’s God-Centered Decision-Making Workshop held on April 21, 2018 at Swamp Mennonite Church. I was certainly not disappointed in the program that day. I found Sherill Hostetter to … Continue reading Deeper Understanding Through God-Centered Decision-Making

Help and Hope for Morris County

In a testimony to community collaboration and an example of “going to the margins”, Garden Chapel opened their doors to leaders, law enforcement and local neighbors in Morris County, New Jersey for a special forum on opioids and addiction. This free event held at Garden Chapel on Saturday, April 28 was, on the surface, a … Continue reading Help and Hope for Morris County

Darkness Unfolding As Light

On April 14 approximately 80 women from across Franconia and Eastern District Conferences joined together at Towamencin Mennonite Church for the annual Sister Care Gathering. The theme was “Darkness Unfolding as Light,” with the book of Ruth as the Biblical text.  Cathy Spory, Elementary Principal at Johnstown Christian School, took on the character of Naomi and … Continue reading Darkness Unfolding As Light

Stewarding the Earth, Caring for Community

By Alex Smith, Production Manager at Living Hope Farm I came to Living Hope Farm in Harleysville, PA several years ago, excited for the opportunity to help manage a community-oriented organic vegetable farm. What I found when I arrived was a productive farm and a whole lot more. Living Hope is a farm with a … Continue reading Stewarding the Earth, Caring for Community

Learning to Pray In New Ways

By Randy Heacock, Leadership Minister and Pastor at Doylestown Mennonite Church Is it possible to teach an old dog new tricks?  Many of us have heard or said this phrase over our lifetime. We say this to state the challenge when trying to change patterns or habits. Those of us in congregational leadership can name … Continue reading Learning to Pray In New Ways

Leadership Ministers Reflect and Refine

by Stephen Kriss, Executive Minister For generations, one of the primary tasks of Franconia Conference was to provide leadership accompaniment with congregations and credentialed leaders.  The call to serve as a bishop was a serious call to lead, serve and offer wisdom and counsel.  It was a weighty role.  I grew up with a bishop … Continue reading Leadership Ministers Reflect and Refine

Christianity: A Religion of Travel

By Gwen Groff, Pastor at Bethany Mennonite Church, and FMC Board Member We were just one or two days into our Mexico trip when Steve Kriss, Executive Minister of Franconia Conference, said, “I think all they really are asking for from us is for relationship.” In the end, I believe that was the purpose of … Continue reading Christianity: A Religion of Travel

A New Chapter in a Classic Story

by Mike Clemmer, Leadership Minister On April 1, 2018 (Easter Sunday), Rockhill Mennonite Church and Ridgeline Community Church joyfully celebrated the resurrection of Jesus together in a nearly-filled-to-capacity Rockhill meetinghouse.  This service was the culmination of a year-long journey of prayer, discussion, and discernment about the possibility of joining together officially as one church, united … Continue reading A New Chapter in a Classic Story

A Sacred Trust Maintained By Healthy Boundaries

By Josh Meyer, Pastor of Discipling and Preaching at Franconia Mennonite Church  To serve in the role of spiritual leader is a sacred trust.  Sometimes, without intending to, we exploit and hurt those we want to teach and nurture by inappropriately crossing boundaries. This was, in a nutshell, my major takeaway from the recent Healthy … Continue reading A Sacred Trust Maintained By Healthy Boundaries