February 20, 2014

Danilo Sanchez

MCC Summer Service Program going strong

by Ed Nyce, Mennonite Central Committee

For years Keshia Kay Littlebear of Billings, Mont., was certain where her path would take her when she was older and the summers rolled around. She was going to be an MCC U.S. Summer Service worker. From 2002 to 2005 she was just that – spending 10 weeks of her summers serving at White River Cheyenne Mennonite Church in Busby, Mont. Read more….

Shaped locally, connected widely

by Steve Kriss (reposted from Mennonite World Review)

I attended my first binational conference ministers gathering in December. It’s a closed meeting where leaders from coast to coast share the burdens and joys of their work. Conference work is lonely and difficult these days. The forces of postmodernity menace our fragile unions, which cross theological, economic, cultural and geographic boundaries. Read more….

Steve Kriss


MC USA Executive Board releases statement, approves resolution

In the midst of a winter storm, members of the Executive Board of Mennonite Church USA met to prayerfully discern a way forward on a number of issues facing the broader church. Together they affirmed the passage of a revised churchwide statement on immigration and a resolution that puts in place a task force to review a decision made by Mountain States Mennonite Conference. Read more….

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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 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: Learn the specialized skills to help congregations transition between long-term pastors in a healthy way.
  • RSVP: Please register at InterimTraining.org


New Congregational Contribution Form Available

Please note, we are now providing a link on our conference web site for you to print out your own congregational contribution form: access it directly here or browse there by following these steps:

  1. http://www.franconiaconference.org
  2. On the main menu, choose "Mission"
  3. On the drop down menu, choose “Stewardship/Finance”
  4. On the stewardship page, the first tab is for “Congregational Giving Form”
  5. Instructions for filling out and submitting the form are included on the website.

Thank you for supporting the ministry of Franconia Conference, Mennonite Church USA, and our agencies!

Child Protective Services Training

Biblical Seminary is joining with NOVA and Esperanza Health Center to offer a crucial training for counselors and ministry workers. "Child Protective Services Law and Mandatory Reporting" will be held Saturday April 5, 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM in Philadelphia and Saturday May 3, 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM in Hatfield.

This training will:

  • Increase knowledge of who is classified as a mandated reporter and what those responsibilities are under Child Protective Services Law.
  • Increase probability of suspecting child abuse when there is "reasonable cause."
  • Increase the understanding of the dynamics of child abuse.
  • Increase knowledge of procedure for reporting of child abuse to child protective services.

For more information, contact
Tracy Commons, Admissions Counselor (tcommons@biblical.edu). Register

Nurturing Our Ties As Women Locally and Globally

Women of any age are invited to our next Eastern District & Franconia Conferences women’s gathering, “Nurturing Our Ties As Women Locally and Globally,” Saturday, March 8, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at Methacton Mennonite Church. We will hear stories and tips on nurturing from Rhoda Charles, Board Chair for Mennonite Women USA, and Dr. Priscilla Benner, Director of MAMA Project Inc.

To register go to women.franconiaconference.org/registrations/. For more information, contact Anne Yoder (610-259-9838; ayoder1@swarthmore.edu).  Click here for the Nurturing Our Ties Poster.

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