January 17, 2013

Table Church 4

Worshiping around the table

by Chris Nickels, Spring Mount

Last summer the members of our worship commission were planning for the fall and doing some reflection together. It was less about the monthly details and more of a “big picture” conversation about our identity as a worshiping congregation. Worship is an expression and the style of a congregation’s corporate worship can reflect the gifts and talents of the group. Among other things, we asked ourselves, “What are some of the gifts present within the Spring Mount congregation that God might want to use at this time?” Fairly quickly an experiment in doing church began to take shape. Read more….

Dock seniors step outside classroom

by Jennifer Connor, from The Reporter

On a Thursday around 10 a.m., Jared Hunsinger, 17, would normally be in class at Christopher Dock Mennonite High School. Instead, last Thursday, he stood observing a live auction of estate items at Alderfer Auction Co. in Hatfield, Pa. Hunsinger got the opportunity as part of Christopher Dock’s “Senior Experiences Week,” which is a component of each senior’s Kingdom Living Class. Read more….

CD senior experience week

Whitehall Ebenezer

Social Stream (FranconiaMC, #fmclife)

  • (FB) Christopher Dock In chapel Monday, Steve Kriss and Samantha Lioi encouraged students to see the possibilities in their own stories for sharing Jesus’ message of peace and justice. Videos.
  • (Tw) @RockhillMC #fmclife Registration is now open for the Women’s Bible Study http://ow.ly/i/1mjdz
  • (photo) Whitehall Mennonite Church One year ago we placed this stone in front of our church. This Sunday we again wrote reminders of how God has been faithful. The service ended by replacing the stone as a reminder of all God has done and will do for us.

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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 & Eastern District Conferences 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

Mennonite Spirituality Class offered at the Mennonite Heritage Center, Harleysville

The course, “Mennonite Spirituality: Sustenance and Struggle” will be offered Tuesday evenings, 6:30-8:30 pm, March 5 to April 16, 2013 at the Mennonite Heritage Center, 565 Yoder Rd, Harleysville  (no class on Tuesday, March 26) . Sponsored with Eastern Mennonite Seminary, Lancaster, PA, the class will explore the traditions of Anabaptist/Mennonite spiritual life to uncover and highlight both gifts and weaknesses. What has been sustaining?  What has been a struggle toward flourishing?   In this course we will see that Mennonite spiritual formation in North America is changing from a spiritual-formation-by-just-living-in-close-communities to a more intentional spiritual formation-by-contemplative-and-communal-disciplines. The course will respect Anabaptist/Mennonite tradition and yet seek ways to engage our contemporary realities alongside the global forces that are reshaping our communities.

The course instructor, Dawn Ruth Nelson, is a Mennonite pastor, writer and spiritual director. Her book A Mennonite Woman:   Exploring Spiritual Life and Identity was published in 2010. Born in Sellersville, PA she grew up in Philadelphia and Boston. She was part of the first Mennonite peace witness in Ireland from 1979-1991, and then worked as a chaplain with people with disabilities for 10 years. Currently she serves as pastor for Methacton Mennonite Church, Norristown, PA. She has an MDiv from Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Lancaster Theological Seminary (2004) and has recently been teaching at EMS Lancaster and at Palmer Seminary. She is married to Paul and has three young adult children.

Registration is required and the cost of the course is $60 ($55 member). Those wishing to receive one continuing credit unit from Eastern Mennonite University can register for $70. Participants are asked to read A Mennonite Woman: Exploring Spiritual Life and Identity by Dawn Ruth Nelson (Cascadia, 2010) and Praying with the Anabaptists by Marlene Kropf and Eddy Hall (Faith & Life Press, 1994). For information or to register, go to www.mhep.org, email info@mhep.org or call 215-256-3020.

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