December 19, 2013

Noah Kolb's Open House

Reflections on the journey:

Celebrating the career of Noah Kolb

by Krista Showalter Ehst, Bally congregation

For Noah Kolb, the journey has moved in unexpected places, bringing challenges and blessings alike. Reflecting on a 45 year ministerial career—the most recent 14 of which he spent in Franconia Conference leadership—Noah says, “I could not have dreamed this path and in many ways it has felt like God has nudged and moved me along step by step.”Read more….

Waiting and working and hoping

by Stephen Kriss, director of leadership cultivation

The Spanish words meaning “to wait” (esperar) and “hope” (esperanza) suggest that there’s a ready connection between the two.   We wait for something that we expect to happen.   We don’t wait for things that we don’t anticipate will actually occur. Read more….


Steve Kriss


As a follow up to our commitment at Conference Assembly, we will be gathering on February 8 to share our findings from the SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Oppiortunitities & Threats) analysis, the God @ Work session with Eastern District Conference, and the Franconia Conference afternoon conversation. So save the date—February 8, 9 a.m. to 12 noon at Franconia Mennonite Church. Watch for more information to follow early in the New Year.

Social Stream (FranconiaMC, #fmclife)

  • (FB) Christopher Dock .Some of Dock’s top amateur chefs gathered in the FACS lab Wednesday afternoon to test their skills in a culinary throwdown of epic proportions. The category was pizza, and 13 teams of chefs gave it their all to create signature pies of nearly every conceivable variety. (photo album)
  • (FB) Mennonite Central Committee East Coast Lots of hands came together to make 100 hygiene kits this weekend in Philadelphia at the 2nd annual MCC kit packing day with Kingdom Builders Network churches. Thanks Circle of Hope, Oxford Mennonite and West Philadelphia for contributing items and packing the kits!
  • (photo) Spruce Lake Wilderness Camp Our director Eric dressed up as a Christmas tree for the opening game of staff training day.
Spruce Lake Christmas tree

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’ Breakfasts

Mennonite Conference Center in Harleysville, from 8-10am, cost: $7 includes breakfast.

  • January 16: Proactive Pastorship–On Becoming a Church Invested in Racial Justice. This brief presentation will outline steps pastors can take toward empowering themselves and their churches in the work of racial justice.
Conference Assembly 2013 Followup

  • WHEN: February 8, 2014
  • WHERE: Franconia Mennonite Church
  • WHO: All delegates
  • WHAT: A gathering to share our findings from the SWOT analysis, the God @ Work session with Eastern District Conference, and the Franconia Conference afternoon conversation.

Notes to Pastors

God Still@Work in Franconia Conference

At Conference Assembly 2013, table groups shared stories of God still at work in their lives, congregations, and communities. These responses, as well as videos that congregations and Conference Related Ministries submitted, are now posted on our website for you to enjoy and share with others in your church.

Christmas Greetings from Mennonite Church USA

Merry Christmas!

We are grateful for your ministry, and your support of Mennonite Church USA in countless ways. To catch glimpses of our gratitude, enjoy this short video from all of us on the Executive Board Staff of Mennonite Church USA.

Blessings to you,

Ervin Stutzman

Join Nueva Vida Norristown New Life in Celebrating God’s Provision

Watch Night Worship @ Nueva Vida Norristown New Life, December 31, 10 p.m. (3 E. Marshall St)—We will worship the Lord and pray together as the new year arrives, looking forward to the future plans God has for our congregation and our community.

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