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We Gather Together

by Steve Kriss, Executive Minister The process of gathering started last night with persons coming from California, Indiana and Mexico.  Partners and leaders began to stream toward Souderton Mennonite Church for our historic Assembly that begins tomorrow.  We have gathered together for generations each autumn as the community now known as Franconia Mennonite Conference.  It’s … Continue reading We Gather Together

Prayer for Assembly

by Noel Santiago, Leadership Minister for Missional Transformation As we come upon our time for Conference Assembly, we are focused on being one in the Spirit in the bond of peace. I believe Jesus would be looking forward to this weekend with anticipation of his prayer being answered in John 17.  In this passage, he … Continue reading Prayer for Assembly

Keys for Good Financial Communication to Congregations

by Conrad Martin, Director of Finance For some, trying to understand a financial report may be difficult or confusing.  Let’s face it, not everyone has that gift.  But congregations need to know the financial position of their church in order to make wise decisions.  So what are some ways church treasurers can improve the communication … Continue reading Keys for Good Financial Communication to Congregations

A Community of Sisters for the Journey/Una Comunidad de Hermanas en el Camino

By Marta Castillo, Leadership Minister of Intercultural Formation She thought for a moment then pulled off her bright pink scarf and laid it down in the rough form of a cross on the narrow space between the beds.  Then she instructed one of us to go outside and get some dirt to place by the cross.  … Continue reading A Community of Sisters for the Journey/Una Comunidad de Hermanas en el Camino

Partnerships Embodying Christ’s Way of Redemptive Peace

by Mary Nitzsche, Associate Executive Minister The slogan, “Doing together what we cannot do alone,” was put into action on Friday evening, September 28, when three Franconia Conference congregations partnered in mission to assemble relief kits. After hearing about Mennonite Central Committee’s (MCC) plea to send 10,000 relief kits around the world this year, Blooming … Continue reading Partnerships Embodying Christ’s Way of Redemptive Peace

Journeying In Faith

By Steve Kriss, Executive Minister, and Mary Nitzsche, Associate Executive Minister As Conference Youth Minister John Stoltzfus completed six years in that role with Franconia Conference in July, he stated, “As a conference we need to continue to ask the question of how we are passing on the faith and work of the church to … Continue reading Journeying In Faith

Up For The Task

When current Franconia Conference Board member Jim King invited him over for dinner, the idea of filling a seat on the Board was not on Kiron Mateti’s radar in the least bit.  Being new to the Conference, it wasn’t a proposition he was expecting or a position that he was seeking out. With a life … Continue reading Up For The Task

The Old Has Gone, The New Has Come

By Noel Santiago, Leadership Minister for Missional Transformation 2 Corinthians 5:17, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” The word ‘therefore’ points to what comes before. When I look at this, I’m drawn to look before and I find another ‘therefore’ in verse 16. … Continue reading The Old Has Gone, The New Has Come

A Prophet at the Grocery Store

by Emily Ralph Servant, Leadership Minister “You are going to make a difference.” He stood there in the grocery store aisle, pointing at my 8-month-old daughter with a smile on his face.  She looked back at him, her eyes wide and cheeks creased by dimples. “You are going to make this world better.” I lifted … Continue reading A Prophet at the Grocery Store