July 12, 2012

In this week’s newsletter:

  • Reading the Bible “through the eyes of another”
  • Reflections for the future Church
  • IVEP participants enrich host families’ lives
  • Social Stream
  • To Mennonite Blog: Body, mind, heart…and feet
  • Mark Your Calendar
  • Notes to Pastors

Worship CohortReading the Bible “through the eyes of another”

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. . . .

Cross-cultural trip 2012

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 hostsIVEP 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. . . .

Social Stream (FranconiaMC,  #fmclife)

Maria BylerBody, mind, heart…and feet: To Mennonite Blog #6*

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. . . .

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 CalendarFor 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 (unless noted).  $6 donation requested.

  • July 18: Equipping to minister to inmates and ex-offenders in your congregation and community, led by Liberty Ministries. RSVP
  • December 4: Appreciation breakfast for all credentialed leaders.  Location TBD.

Pastors’ Day Apart

  • WHEN: September 12, 9am to 3pm
  • WHERE: Camp Menolan
  • WHAT: Pastors and credentialed leaders are invited for a day of guided prayer and listening to God, a time to receive rather than give, a time to refresh and renew.
  • REGISTER: For more information, contact Sandy Landes, prayer coordinator.  Register
United Conference Assembly

  • WHEN: November 10, 10am to 8pm
  • WHERE: Penn View Christian School, Souderton, Pa.
  • WHAT: Eastern District and Franconia Conferences will hold a united Conference Assembly this year around the theme of God@Work, based on Ephesians 3:20 -21.  The one-day assembly will include workshops, delegates sessions, and multi-lingual worship.  More info to come!

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.

Get more information 

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

* The views expressed in each week’s featured blog do not necessarily reflect those of Franconia Conference; these blogs are included to initiate conversation and network members of the conference community.  See our full Terms of Use.