December 5, 2013

John M Stoltzfus

Waiting for the day of Jesus

by John Stoltzfus, Conference Youth Minister

I am confident of this: that the one who began a good work in you
will bring it to completion by the day of Jesus Christ.

As a parent, I often impatiently wait for the next stage in my children’s lives. As in, I can’t wait until they are peeing in a potty rather than on the carpet or I can’t wait until they move beyond the thrashing-on-the-floor-tantrum stage!  In other words, I can’t wait until they grow up. Parents of older children tell me to cherish every stage. I sometimes wonder if their memories are faulty! Read more….

Ministerial update (November 2013)

from Noah Kolb, outgoing Pastor of Ministerial Leadership

The ministerial committee met on November 3rd.  Chris Nickels was welcomed as a new member.  Marlene Derstine was thanked for her completed time of service.

The committee approved licenses, ordinations, transfers, and more. Read more….

Joy Sawatzky

Keith Lyndaker Schlabach

Into the cave: men and spiritual direction

by Keith Lyndaker Schlabach, Peace Fellowship Church,

a Franconia Conference Partner in Mission
Reposted by permission of Mennonite Church USA

We are in a cave.

We are men on retreat. Our leader has brought us to this place deep underground. He has made one simple request. We are to turn off our lights. We do so and discover that there is no darkness like the darkness beneath the earth. Read more….

Social Stream (FranconiaMC, #fmclife)

  • (FB) Penn View Christian School: Don’t forget! This Friday, December 6th is Penn View’s Annual Christmas Benefit Concert at Franconia Mennonite Church at 7 p.m.
  • (photo) Georgia Praise took their annual trip to the ocean this Thanksgiving, celebrating together at the Panama City Beach in Florida.
Georgia Praise Thanksgiving at the beach 2013

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

Held at Hennings Market in Harleysville from 8-10am, cost: $7 includes buffet breakfast. RSVP

  • 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.

Notes to Pastors

Please join us to celebrate the ministry of Noah Kolb!

On Wednesday, December 11 from 5-8 p.m., we will be holding an Open House at the Mennonite Conference Center (569 Yoder Rd., Harleysville, Pa.) to celebrate the ministry of Noah Kolb, pastor of ministerial leadership, who retired November 30. Please spread the word–this evening is open to all!

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