Category Archives: Front Page

From a California Dream to a Bi-coastal Reality

by Steve Kriss, Executive Minister Mary Nitzsche and I made our first trip to visit the California congregations since the three were welcomed into our Conference in November.  International Worship Church (IWC) in San Gabriel, Jemaat Kristen Indonesia Anugerah (Grace Indonesian Christian Fellowship) in Sierra Madre and Indonesian Community Christian Fellowship (ICCF) in Colton are … Continue reading From a California Dream to a Bi-coastal Reality

Taste of Heaven

by Aldo Siahaan, LEADership Minister and Pastor at Philadelphia Praise Center On Super Bowl Sunday, some Philadelphia Praise Center members came to church wearing Philadelphia Eagles’ jerseys, hats, and jackets. That morning I asked “how many of you believe the Eagles will win?” It turns out that only some were certain that the Eagles would … Continue reading Taste of Heaven

Ripple Community Inc. Launches Housing Initiative

Since Ripple Church opened its doors to the city of Allentown in 2011, it’s seen a steady influx of neighbors seeking God’s transformation and community. This diverse gathering of people comes from a variety of racial, economic and educational backgrounds, and many who have been traditionally marginalized now find community and connection in the sanctuary, … Continue reading Ripple Community Inc. Launches Housing Initiative

Immigration, Sanctuary, and the Church

By Robert Walden The following are excerpts on the Winter Peace Retreat Report.  For the full report from the Peace and Justice Committee visit On February 9 to 11, around 50 participants gathered at St Mary of Providence Retreat Center in Elverson, PA to participate in the 2018 Eastern District and Franconia Conference Winter … Continue reading Immigration, Sanctuary, and the Church

Faith and Life In Another Year

The Faith and Life Commission has begun their 2018 gatherings this month with the topic of baptism. Despite the snow, credentialed leaders met February 8 and 9 at several locations including Souderton Mennonite Church, Zume House in Allentown and Nations Worship Center, as well as via Zoom. In groups both large and small, they discussed scripture and the … Continue reading Faith and Life In Another Year

Studying and Remembering Calling

(Estudiando y recordando llamada) by Steve Kriss, Executive Minister I’ve studied Spanish off and on for nearly 40 years. My initial introduction happened via Sesame Street on TV with some Spanish interspersed between Oscar the Grouch and Big Bird. I then learned some basics at West End Elementary School. Much of that remains readily in … Continue reading Studying and Remembering Calling

Stewardship, Part 2

By C. Conrad Martin, Director of Finance In my last article ( I mentioned four possible motivations for stewardship.  The fourth one, Worship, needs a little more processing. Mark Vincent, in his publication, A Stewardship Manifesto, says that “it is a stewardship rooted in an experience with grace that branches out into a worshipful response.”  … Continue reading Stewardship, Part 2

Garden Chapel to Address Opiate Epidemic

Garden Chapel is partnering with community and local leaders in Morris County and Dover, New Jersey to address the opiate and heroin crisis in a special public forum on Saturday, April 28, from 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm. Speakers will include Morris County Chief Assistant Prosecutor Brad Seabury and Sheriff Jim Gannon. The focus of the program … Continue reading Garden Chapel to Address Opiate Epidemic