February 13, 2014

Delegates discuss collaboration in time of anxiety

by Emily Ralph, associate director of communication

Franconia Conference delegates gathered February 8 at Franconia Mennonite Church, Telford, Pa., to brainstorm ways of building relationships and collaboration in ministry and mission as part of a two-year direction toward growth and discernment as a community. Read more….


Greensburg Worship Center

Pittsburgh congregation closes as economy improves

Greensburg Worship Center has closed its doors as of December 2013.  Greensburg, which joined the conference in 2010, was a predominantly Indonesian congregation located in the suburbs of Pittsburgh. “Greensburg closed for similar reasons that it opened—the economic migration of Indonesian immigrants due to employment opportunities elsewhere,” explained Steve Kriss, LEADership Minister. Read more….

Social Stream (FranconiaMC, #fmclife)

  • (Tw) @chrisnickels New blog post: Dogma > Faith?
  • (photo) Penn View Christian School added 8 photos to the album Got your helmet on? Pastor Ken Burkholder spoke to Penn View middle school students during their weekly chapel encouraging them to protect their minds from evil by putting on the helmet of salvation. (Ephesians 6:17) Ken’s nephew and PV student Mason Zehr donned his hockey helmet as part of Ken’s object lesson! Thanks Paston Ken for your charge to set our minds on what is right (Phil. 4:8) as we go through each day!
Ken Burkholder PV

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 calendar@franconiaconference.org.

Pastors & CRM Leaders’ Breakfasts

From 8-10am, cost: $7 includes breakfast.

  • April 9: Healing Your Town. (Upper Perk Community Life Center, 104 Main St., East Greenville, PA)

Intentional Interim Pastor Training

  • WHEN: March 3-7, 2014
  • WHERE: Mennonite Conference Ctr.
  • WHAT: See below
  • RSVP: Please register at InterimTraining.org

Notes to Pastors

Intentional Interim Pastor Training – March 3-7, 2014

Location: Mennonite Conference Center, Harleysville, PA
Website: www.InterimTraining.org

Pastors, have you ever considered the ministry of serving as an intentional interim pastor? Franconia Conference, in collaboration with Eastern District, Atlantic Coast, and Lancaster Conference, is offering this training in March in Harleysville.

Learn the specialized skills to help congregations transition between long-term pastors in a healthy way.
Ken Bechtel (Mennonite Church Canada, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan) has served as a lead instructor for the Intentional Interim training in multiple regional settings and brings significant personal and training experience to this event. Other instructors include Dale Stoltzfus, Marcus Smucker, Jenifer Eriksen Morales, Warren Tyson, Bob Petersheim, Ray Yoder, Nancy Kauffmann, and others.

For more information, check out the website (www.InterimTraining.org) or contact Jenifer Eriksen Morales (jeriksenmorales@franconiaconference.org or 267-932-6050).


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