Category Archives: conference

This is My Father

by Holly Meneses Smith This is my father. Pounding everywhere he goes, his feet to the ground with purpose. As if shaking a fist at the demons underground, “I will defeat you!”  Make no mistake, Michael Meneses is here. I knew it when he would walk across the wooden floorboards upstairs; from bedroom, to bathroom, … Continue reading This is My Father

Mennonite Church USA releases video resources on leadership and polity

(Mennonite Church USA) — People across Mennonite Church USA are invited to take a closer look at the denomination’s structure and healthy ways of functioning with a newly released video series featuring presentations by Michael Danner, associate executive director for Church Vitality and Engagement, David Boshart, MC USA moderator, and Joy Sutter (from Salford congregation), MC USA … Continue reading Mennonite Church USA releases video resources on leadership and polity

2018: The Year in Review (And a Sneak Peek of 2019)

It’s a new year in Franconia Conference, a time to reflect on where we’ve been and where we’re going. 2018 was a year of rejoicing in new and continuing relationships and of saying good-bye to old ones.  Our conference celebrated 100 years of mission in Norristown, PA, and reignited relationships with the Conferencia de Iglesias … Continue reading 2018: The Year in Review (And a Sneak Peek of 2019)

Joining the Dance: Three Spiritual Disciplines for 2019

by Gwen Groff, pastor of Bethany congregation I have accumulated spiritual disciplines slowly, over decades. They are a source of joy in times of fear and sorrow. Spiritual Direction A monthly discipline that brings me deep joy is spiritual direction. When I began working as director of women’s concerns at Mennonite Central Committee 25 years … Continue reading Joining the Dance: Three Spiritual Disciplines for 2019

An Advent Prayer

by Chris Nickels, Pastor of Spring Mount Mennonite Church (Originally posted at MennoniteRoad.com; reposted with permission) Each year my congregation (along with a number of local churches and non-profit organizations) participates in a local witness called the Witting Tree. On a tree in front of the meetinghouse we solemnly hang dog tags to remember and raise … Continue reading An Advent Prayer

Home for Christmas

by Emily Ralph Servant, Interim Director of Communication The house sits on Emily Street, a three-story, red-brick townhouse whose stoop rests directly on the sidewalk along a narrow city street. The third floor windows look out over the surrounding blocks, where brand new rowhomes, nestled between century-old houses, bear witness to the creeping gentrification of … Continue reading Home for Christmas

Rachel’s God-Moment

An Advent monologue written for use in worship at Methacton Mennonite Church by Marty Kolb-Wykoff.  Members of the congregation have been taking turns sharing their “God-moments” during Sunday worship.  This monologue imagines a special moment many years ago when one woman encountered God in a truly remarkable way. My God-moment happened a very long time … Continue reading Rachel’s God-Moment