February 14, 2013

House of Prayer: Welcome

Hiding treasures where others may find them

by Sandy Drescher-Lehman, Souderton

Making safe space for people to experience the love of God has been a passion of mine ever since I can remember.  That passion has been given life in camp settings, prison cells, our home and yard, homeless shelters, bicycle trips, mental health facilities, and churches. Thirty years ago, after a profound experience at a retreat center of God’s love totally enveloping and holding me, my life verse became Isaiah 43: “But now, [Sandy], the Lord who created you says, ‘Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you. I have called you by name. You are mine.’” Read more….

Christopher Dock Implements 1-to-1 Plan

The board and faculty of Christopher Dock recently announced the implementation of a 1:1 technology plan (one device to one student) for the fall of 2013. Dock will equip each student with a 3rd Gen iPad with the goal of providing equitable access to web resources and apps to enhance Dock’s mission and curriculum. Read more….

Dock 1-to-1

Steve Kriss

God’s Caretakers

by Steve Kriss, skriss@franconiaconference.org

After Hurricane Sandy, I trekked out to the peninsula of the Rockaway neighborhoods of New York City. This thin peninsula juts south from Long Island into the Atlantic in the borough of Queens. It’s a beautiful spot for a beach vacation, but a precariously situated stretch of city neighborhoods packed with people. Read more….

Social Stream (FranconiaMC, #fmclife)

  • (Tw) @gaybruntmiller Celebrating black history month and Ash Sunday at Spring Mt Mennonite Church. (Alice Portlock) pic.twitter.com/49AFtmD1
  • (photo) We had a blast at Spruce Lake over the weekend with Jr. High Retreat. We got a big snow fall over night Friday which led to some great tubing on Saturday.
Spruce Lake tubing

passion and work

Featured blog: Passion and Work

by Brandon Bergey, Following in Faith*

A friend of mine posted this video on Facebook recently. I commented: "This is a very important issue – the nature of the deeper passion – what is it you like doing? I have been uncovering the importance of a 15-year-long passion in my life and learning to teach our college-age staff about the importance of this underlying love and passion and to release themselves to embrace it." Read more….

Do you or someone from your congregation have a blog on faith and life or faith and leadership?
Add it to our blogroll by emailing eralph@franconiaconference.org.

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

8-10 a.m. at the Mennonite Conference Center, Harleysville. Suggested donation: $6.

  • February 21: Illegal handguns and the law of sin and death” with J. Frederick Kauffman and Drick Boyd. Register

See with New Eyes Anti-racism Training

  • WHEN: February 22–24, 2013
  • WHERE: Philadelphia Mennonite High School
  • WHAT: A training that lays the groundwork for intercultural development of congregations, conferences, and organizations that is antiracist, transformational, and Anabaptist.
  • REGISTER: More info and to register


Spring Training 2013

  • WHEN: March 6 or 9, 9am-1pm
  • WHERE: March 6 at Zion & March 9 at Salford
  • WHAT: Equipping for all Franconia Conference credentialed leaders on the topic of discernment. This training will be offered twice this year, so please choose the date that works for your schedule and add it to your calender today!
  • REGISTER: franconiaconference.org/rsvp

Notes to Pastors (Jr. High Lock-In, Pheonix, Faith Formation)

The 2013 Jr High Lock-In is quickly approaching!

  • When: March 8, 9PM to March 9, 7AM. Every group has the option of early departure at 12AM.
  • Where: Christopher Dock Mennonite High School, Longacre Center
  • Cost: $10 per person
  • Registration deadline: March 1

This annual joint conference event provides a wonderful opportunity to bring our junior youth together for a long night of fun, food, worship and fellowship. Not much sleep will be had but hopefully some good memories and lasting relationships will be formed. 

Juan Marrero, director of Crossroads Community Center in Philadelphia, will be the speaker for the evening worship. He brings a deep love for youth and passion for outreach in our communities. Our giving project will help support the ministry of Crossroads. Every group is encouraged to bring cookie ingredients. Crossroads has an ongoing project of baking and selling cookies to help support youth who want to attend summer camp. A list of ingredients can be found in the registration materials or on the Crossroads website. 

New this year is the option of online registration. Check out the Franconia conference website for registration and a list of other materials such as the medical form, flyer, parent’s letter and schedule. You may also print out a registration form to mail in to the conference office. Youth must register as part of a congregation in order to attend. Maybe consider inviting another congregation to attend with your group if you know of a congregation who has not attended before!

Attention:  Pastors and delegates!

Please read this linked Message to Pastors and Delegates from Moderator Dick Thomas, Moderator-Elect Elizabeth Soto Albrecht, and Executive Director Ervin Stutzman, which provides helpful information for how you can begin to prepare for the Phoenix convention.      http://mennoniteusa.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/PreparingforPhoenix1.pdf

Watch for monthly updates in our  new Resource Center on our website!  under the “Preparing for Phoenix 2013” box. 

P.S.  Make sure your delegates indicate their delegate status by marking the appropriate box on their convention registration form.  Churches no longer need to record this information in the MennoData database. 

Explore individual and congregational faith formation at Eastern Mennonite Seminary

Join us June 17-28, 2013 for the Summer Institute for Spiritual Formation. This institute provides training for spiritual direction and individual and congregational spiritual formation. It also gives participants an opportunity to deepen their own faith and explore their own faith formation more fully. Pastors on sabbatical and spiritual directors looking for continuing education and support may explore the Oasis option. For more information www.emu.edu/seminary/courses/summer-institute/courses.

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