Eastern District Conference and Franconia Mennonite Conference encompass many very different groups of people who experience a variety of “borders” in relating with each other and with wider U.S. society. At times some of us are unaware of these borders; at times we talk about them. Some of us live every day with an unavoidable awareness of them. And sometimes we surely avoid talking with each other about topics that might highlight differences. Read more. . . .
Reflections for the future Church
The Anabaptist movement has re-emerged in Post-Christendom Europe and it may give American Mennonites insight into our future.
Last month, I participated in a cross-cultural class through Eastern Mennonite Seminary that took us to Bristol, Birmingham, and London, England. There my classmates and I saw glimpses of hope from the UK Anabaptist movement, where people are asking basic questions about the purpose of church and joining God’s mission of restoration in their context. Read more. . . .
IVEP participants enrich host families’ lives
Over the years, Bonnie and Dave Moyer, Zion congregation, have provided a home away from home to four young people from around the globe. In the process, their own lives have been enriched.
The Moyers, in their mid-50s, have hosted four young people, two from Indonesia and one each from Brazil and France. The three women and one man lived with the Moyers at different times as part of Mennonite Central Committee’s (MCC) International Volunteer Exchange Program. Read more. . . .
I choose to define Mennonite, the verb, with a ritual that is absent in my congregation. To me, to Mennonite is to participate in foot washing.
I don’t pretend to have any scholarly knowledge on the John 13 story, but as a follower of Jesus, it moves me. Jesus knew he would soon be leaving the world. When he washed his disciples’ feet, he was at the point where he was giving conclusions, take-away messages. Something grand or violent might have been more memorable. But instead he did an everyday act of care, to demonstrate the completeness with which he loved his students – and to ask his students to love others as completely. Read more. . . .
Mark Your Calendars
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Pastors & CRM Leaders’ Breakfasts
8-10 a.m. at the Mennonite Conference Center (unless noted). $6 donation requested.
Pastors’ Day Apart
|United Conference Assembly
Notes to Pastors (2 items)
Abuse in the Church: Biblical, Legal & Counseling Perspectives
Is your church prepared to act quickly on allegations of abuse within your church? Do you know what measures will most likely prevent abuse in your church? What ministries will be most helpful for victims and offenders?
If you are a mental health practitioner, pastor, lay leader, para-church ministry leader and you are wrestling with these questions in your church, ministry, or place of employment . . . This two day course is for YOU!
July 20 – 21, 2012, Friday 6 pm to 9 pm and Saturday 9 am to 4:30 pm at Branch Creek Community Church in Harleysville, Pa.
AMBS Church Leadership Center announces extended seminars
Preaching Again for the First Time: Refreshing Your Preaching Ministry
Especially for preachers with experience, the Preaching Seminar–offered for the first time this fall–can help develop skills over the long haul. Allan Rudy-Froese will meet with participants twice in person and once online, with one of the meetings conveniently scheduled on Monday of Pastors Week. Get details and register by September 15
Spiritual Guidance Seminar
Marlene Kropf returns from retirement to lead the Spiritual Guidance Seminar one more time! She will be joined by long-time spiritual director and pastor, Dan Schrock. The seminar is designed for pastors who want to make spiritual guidance part of their ministry. Get details and register by August 15