Category Archives: News

From Sea to Shining Sea?

by Stephen Kriss, Executive Minister Four congregations have requested to join our Conference in time to be considered for membership at assembly this fall. This has been – and is – a season where many communities are looking for new alignments related to changes across the Anabaptist landscape. We’ve been in conversation with a dozen … Continue reading From Sea to Shining Sea?

Hurricane Harvey Update: MDS Team in Texas

(Originally Published on MDS Website – August 30, 2017) By Mark Beach Lititz, Pa. – A Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS) assessment team arrived Wednesday in southeast Texas to explore early response needs for clean-up and rebuilding after Hurricane Harvey. While blue skies and sunny weather greeted them, they were quickly in contact with the Long-Term Recovery … Continue reading Hurricane Harvey Update: MDS Team in Texas

Staff Meeting Heads to the Margins of Vermont

By John Stoltzfus, Conference Youth Minister As part of our ongoing practice of going to the “margins,” a contingent of Franconia Conference staff traveled to Vermont last week for a 48 hour working retreat. Of course, going to the margins can be a relative statement depending on where one places the center. Perhaps, going to … Continue reading Staff Meeting Heads to the Margins of Vermont

Listening for Pentecost

by Stephen Kriss, Executive Minister These last few days I’ve been in California with a delegation of leaders from Franconia Conference. We are here to cultivate further relationships with a group of churches who have expressed a desire to join our Conference. All four congregations are immigrant churches who have been connected with the Anabaptist … Continue reading Listening for Pentecost

God is at Work

By Aldo Siahaan, LEADership Minister and pastor at Philadelphia Praise Center Each year Philadelphia Praise Center (PPC) holds Summer Peace Camp, a program similar to Vacation Bible School. This four-week camp led by a Mennonite Central Committee Summer Service Worker is a program that supports young people of color in developing their leadership skills through working with … Continue reading God is at Work

When You Get Older You’ll Understand

by Ken Burkholder, pastor at Deep Run East Mennonite Church There was a spirit of anticipation, joy, and camaraderie, at the combined worship service between the Mennonite churches of Deep Run East and Deep Run West on Sunday, August 6. Barry Schmell, who grew up at Deep Run West and is currently a hospital chaplain … Continue reading When You Get Older You’ll Understand

Next Generation Ministry

Josh Meyer

On July 20th, over forty credentialed leaders from Franconia Conference and a few from the broader community including all the way from Lancaster, PA, gathered to hear about “Next Generation Ministry” from Josh Meyer, Pastor of Discipling and Preaching at Franconia Mennonite Church.  This credentialed leader’s breakfast was hosted by Perkiomenville Mennonite Church. Credentialed leaders … Continue reading Next Generation Ministry

Retreat Before Moving Forward

by Paula Marolewski, Franconia Conference Board Member and Elder at Perkiomenville Mennonite Church What characterizes the culture of Franconia Mennonite Conference (FMC) today? How do we respond to the crowded, complex, fast-paced culture of society around us? How do Conference member churches experience being valued and valuing the whole of the larger conference? These were … Continue reading Retreat Before Moving Forward

Five Signs of Hope in a 300 Year Old Community

by Stephen Kriss, Executive Minister At our board retreat last week, our California-based consultant, Jeff Wright, suggested that we are living in a time when we often say, “that hasn’t happened before.”  For a 300 year old Conference community to contend with rapid changes requires flexibility and nimbleness that isn’t always characteristic of mature organizational … Continue reading Five Signs of Hope in a 300 Year Old Community

The Risk of Asking & Answering

by Maria Hosler Byler, Associate Pastor for Youth and Family Faith Formation Sometimes it takes great courage to ask a question, especially if you are not sure that you can fulfill the answer. Mary Jane Hershey of Salford Mennonite Church had the courage to ask Katie Gard of the Oxford Circle Christian Community Development Association … Continue reading The Risk of Asking & Answering