December 13, 2012


Moved by faith … back to school

In Matthew 17 Jesus tells the disciples that with faith the size of a mustard seed they could move mountains. But at Philadelphia Praise Center/Centro de Alabanza de Filadelfia, something else is being moved by faith: adults are going to school. And I, as site administrator, get to witness the miraculous results. This fall, 15 members of PPC/CAF started the certificate program of the Anabaptist Biblical Institute, an adult Christian education program coordinated by the Mennonite Education Agency and the Hispanic Mennonite Church. Read more….

Reflections on one day with MDS on Staten Island

On November 8, following Superstorm Sandy, I was privileged to participate with one of the early Mennonite Disaster Service teams to Staten Island. There amidst the front end loaders lifting wet debris from the streets into dump trucks, we encountered a busy community of local people and volunteers like us attempting to be helpful. One thing became immediately clear. MDS and Mennonites did not have a corner on compassion and care. Read more….

Ain’t gonna study war no more

I used to hear this little jingle during the 1964 presidential election: “In your heart you know he’s right, A-U-H-2-0.” Barry Goldwater ran against Lyndon Johnson.

Conservatives generally supported Goldwater. He appealed to a murky, inner voice that shouted fears of a nuclear bomb attack, Communism and the new era that began Nov. 22, 1963, in Dallas, Texas, when President Kennedy was assassinated. Even a little kid felt uneasy. Storms around the world threatened our peace and quiet. They told us the Communists could take over Vietnam. Read more….

Social Stream (FranconiaMC, #fmclife)

  • (FB) Christopher Dock: Christmas Concert tonight at 7 p.m. in Clemens Auditorium. Increase your Christmas spirit dramatically with performances by our jazz band, concert band, string orchestra, chorale, and choirs.
  • (FB) Spruce Lake Wilderness Camp: Our 50th anniv. is coming up and we are looking to collect Wilderness Camp shirts from as many years as we can.
  • (photo) Bethany Birches Camp: Cabin progress – loft ceilings: Fire Marshal stopped by yesterday to have a peek. He was pleased.


Featured Blog: Advent: Mary’s Subversive Good News (Mennonite Road)*

Recently I pulled Kathleen Norris’ wonderful book Amazing Grace: A Vocabulary of Faith off the shelf again to read periodically, as a supplement to some seminary coursework I’ve been doing.

Today Spacious Faith shared a powerful quote from the book–which happened to be one of my favorites–and perfect for Advent. I’ve added a little more of Norris’ text below, as she writes about the power of Mary’s Magnificat (Luke 1:46-55).

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Mark Your Calendars

Mark your Calendar For a complete listing of upcoming events, check out the Franconia Conference Calendar. The Conference office keeps a Google calendar of congregational and Conference Related Ministries events to help avoid scheduling conflicts—so please help us keep it up to date! Add your event to the calendar by sending an event invitation to
Pastors & CRM Leaders’ Breakfasts8-10 a.m. at the Mennonite Conference Center, Harleysville. Suggested donation: $6.50.

  • January 10: Following the events of Sept. 11, 2001, Rev. Kelly Denton-Borhaug, Associate Professor and Chair of the Religion Department at Moravian College in Bethlehem, PA, began to investigate the links between Christian understandings of sacrifice and U.S. militarism and war. She has authored U.S. War-culture, Sacrifice and Salvation, which relates to the theme of this year’s Winter Peace Retreat at Spruce Lake Retreat – Register Now!!
  • February 21: Illegal handguns and the law of sin and death” with J. Frederick Kauffman and Drick Boyd.
Spring Training 2013

  • WHEN: March 6 or 9, 9am-1pm
  • WHAT: Equipping for all Franconia Conference credentialed leaders–this will be offered twice this year, so please choose the date that works for your schedule and add it to your calender today!

Notes to Pastors

Signs of the Season–photos needed by next Wednesday morning!Do you see Christmas in your neighborhood? Please share your photos of community “signs of the season” by emailing them to Emily: by next Wednesday morning, 9am. Thanks!

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