February 21, 2013

NTs being distributed at dedication

Reading God’s word after 25 years

by Rebecca Hendricks and Karen Moyer, Rocky Ridge

January 19, 2013 was a day of celebration for a lifetime of work when a new translation of the New Testament in a people’s heart language was dedicated in Korba, India.  The story of the connection between the translator, Tarun Gardia, and families and churches in Franconia Conference is a divine drama of God’s amazing leading to accomplish his purposes. Read more….


Seasons change: a New Year’s reflection

by Emily Ralph, eralph@franconiaconference.org

I hate the cold.  Sure, snow is beautiful resting on the barn roof or lightly coating the hedge, but when it’s on my car, the road, or me, enough is enough. I’ve found myself this winter dreaming about moving to Hawaii.  I’ve never been to Hawaii, but on TV it looks like the sun is always shining and a gentle ocean breeze always keeps it at a comfortable temperature for flip-flops and shorts.  They don’t have winter in Hawaii. Read more….

Vietnamese New Year

Gun Violence Pastors Breakfast

The Law of Sin & Death:
Preventing Gun Violence

Drick Boyd and Fred Kauffman from West Philadelphia congregation shared stories of gun violence and redemption and encouraged leaders to engage their congregations around the topic of gun violence and gun control.  There are deeper issues in our culture, Boyd said, and getting rid of guns won’t remove those deeper issues, but “at least we’ll live long enough to address them.” Listen to the podcast.

Social Stream (FranconiaMC, #fmclife)

  • (FB) Camp Men O Lan We need 15 people to help w/ carnival games for reConnect Mar 16, 11am-12:30pm. Contact Jess at the office – 215.679.5144.
  • (Tw) @CJLeatherman Rockhill Women’s Bible study on Genesis begins in less than 1 week!! So excited!!
  • (Tw) @SpringMountMC Recently we prayed for a member w/ hole in her retina. This week she learned the hole was gone. Seriously, #PrayAboutEverything
  • (photo) “Is your love greater than my love?” Moving testimony given to the children by Denny Gross at Blooming Glen about listening for God’s voice.
Blooming Glen children's story

Pope Benedict XVI

Featured blog: Moving On With Grace

by Ken Byler, Higher Ground Leaders Forum*

This past Monday, Pope Benedict XVI announced his resignation as leader of the Catholic church effective on February 28, 2013. He did so in a quiet and unassuming way before a small meeting of cardinals telling them that his health and advanced age were impeding his ability to fulfill the papal duties. He is only the second pope in the church’s history to resign his office. 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.
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


Delegates Conference Calls

  • WHEN: March 14-16, 19-21
  • WHAT: Each call will be open to about 15 people, and they will last 45-60 minutes.
  • REGISTER: You will receive an email next week with registration information!

Notes to Pastors

New Conference Center office hours

Effective March 1, the Mennonite Conference Center, 569 Yoder Road, Harleysville, will be open Monday – Thursday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  The Mennonite Conference Center houses offices for Franconia Mennonite Conference and Eastern District Conference.  The new extended hours are being offered to better serve you.

Please update your congregation’s entry in the MC USA Directory

Currently the Mennonite Church USA online directory is being updated.  Important information about your congregation is needed.  If you haven’t done so already, please visit www.Mennodata.org to examine and revise the data listed there.  Your congregation’s login User Name and Password are available through the Conference Center.  The deadline for updating is NEXT THURSDAY, February 28.  All information gathered through Mennodata.org will appear on the Mennonite Church USA online directory.  Thank you for your assistance.

Children’s Book & DVD Suggestions to Accompany Gather ‘Round Curriculum, Spring-2013

Trade books for Gather ‘Round Spring Quarter (pdf)

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