July 17, 2014


Christian educators invited for encouragement and networking

by Gay Brunt Miller, director of administration

Jesus’ parting words to his disciples were to “Go… and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you” (Matthew 28:19-20). Over the centuries, the church has worked at making disciples in a variety of ways, with Sunday school being a significant model since the late 1700s. How best can we communicate the Good News of God’s love to our children and youth in this day and age? Read more….

John M. Drescher, a saint for all seasons

by Harvey Yoder

John M. Drescher, 85, passed away on Thursday, July 10 in his home. John was a well-known author, teacher, and pastor in the Mennonite community. 

I just received word Friday that my friend and mentor John Drescher had died early the previous morning. John would strongly object to my use of the word “saint” in connection with his life. Read more…. 

John Drescher
Children wash Carolyn's feet at Whitehall's Maundy Thursday worship.

Confirming call: wrestling, resisting, remembering, surrendering

by Carolyn Albright, Ripple Allentown

Juanita is nine months pregnant. Her boyfriend, the baby’s father, is in hospice dying of cancer, and she’s about to be evicted from her apartment in downtown Allentown. She arrives at Ripple desperate, yet cheerful. Read more….

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.

Conference Assembly 2014

  • WHEN: November 14 & 15, 2014
  • WHERE: Penn View Christian School in Souderton, Pa.
  • WHAT: Joint assembly with Eastern District Conference including worship, workshops, delegate sessions, and more!

Reading the Bible through Anabaptist Eyes

  • WHEN: October 25
  • WHAT: An equipping event and conversation for pastors and congregational leaders. Coming to Franconia Conference on Saturday, October 25. Details coming soon.  


An Invitation from Bethany Birches Camp

Join us at at camp for a "Hoedown Teardown"! We will be removing items from the pavillion, saying good-bye to a structure that has served camp well for over 50 years! It will be a "moving" experience, both physically and emotionally, as we have had many good memories in this place, and it will be hard to watch it go. We will also celebrate with good food and a square dance! The party will begin August 9, at 2 pm and all are welcome!

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