July 19, 2012

In this week’s newsletter:

  • AMP conference focuses on multiculturalism and identity
  • Welcoming ex-offenders: Pastors Breakfast with
    Liberty Ministries
  • To face the violence in courageous ways
  • FranconiaMC Social Stream
  • We have much more to offer (To Mennonite #7)
  • Mark Your Calendar
  • Notes to Pastors

Anabaptist Missional ProjectAMP conference focuses on multiculturalism and identity

On the weekend of June 29 – July 1, 45 people from around the country gathered at Oxford Circle in Philadelphia for the Anabaptist Missional Project (AMP) conference. Attendees experienced a time of worship, discussion, and fellowship centered on the growing and expanding diversity among Anabaptists in America, specifically within MCUSA. Throughout the weekend, attendees discussed the difficulty of embracing other cultures while maintaining an Anabaptist identity.  Read more. . . .

Jonathan Lewis and Charlie NessWelcoming ex-offenders: Pastors Breakfast with Liberty Ministries

Liberty Ministries exists to serve offenders in prison and ex-offenders in the community by showing God’s love, providing practical assistance, and supporting Biblical standards of justice.  At Wednesday’s breakfast, Bob Thompson, Jonathan Lewis, and Charlie Ness shared from their experiences of walking with ex-offenders who are moving beyond their past in the healing community of the church.  Listen to the podcast   The video should be available soon!

Good Friday vigilTo face the violence in courageous ways

One Sunday night in February, my husband, Charlie, and I awoke to lights flashing outside of our house. We live on a quiet street in the Mt. Airy neighborhood of Philadelphia, and nothing much happens here, so the lights surprised us. We expected to see the fire department outside, but it was the SWAT team.  A disabled neighbor had been murdered by a guest of his roommates. That man was armed and hiding somewhere in the building.  Read more. . . .

Spring MountSocial Stream (FranconiaMC,  #fmclife)

  • (FB) Mennonite Heritage Center Used Book Sale at the Mennonite Heritage Center, tomorrow through Saturday (July 19-21). Hours Thurs. and Fri. 10-7, Saturday (bag sale), 10-2. Great books at low prices! The sale is held inside the air-conditioned museum building.
  • (Tw)  @sheldoncg Wow, so honored that Stanley Hauerwas emailed to say “well done” on my @MennoWorld editorial: The politics of church
  • (photo) @gaybruntmiller Spring Mount Mennonite Church in the park.  Don’t forget to email your summer photos and stories!

Ron WhiteWe have much more to offer (To Mennonite #7)*

“Mennoniting” requires us to embrace our Mennonite heritage: peace building and love for all humanity. As a Sunday school teacher I get the opportunity to discuss principles taught by people like Menno Simons or Christopher Dock and how they apply to the lessons we are studying that day. It brings our rich Mennonite heritage a bit more to the forefront of our thinking.

I have found, however, that though embracing our Mennonite past is important, looking into our Mennonite future is equally important. Read more. . . .


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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 & Conference Related Ministry Leaders’ Breakfasts

  • 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
Worship Cohort

  • WHEN: 3rd Friday of the month, 7pm
  • WHERE: Mennonite Conference Center
  • WHAT: Worship/music leaders gather to resource one another, share, and “jam.”
  • REGISTER: RSVP by emailing Emily Ralph


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)

Video contest to award cash prizes to students and their charities

GOSHEN, Ind. – Young people and their chosen charities can win cash awards as part of an Everence-sponsored video contest, based on the theme “Money Talks: The World is Listening.”

The contest is open for young people ages 15 to 25. Entries will be accepted Oct. 1 to Nov. 15.

Rules and details are available at Everence.com/moneytalks. Full press release

Gather Round Resource List

Members of the Bux-Mont Librarians in PA have compiled a list of books and DVDs that can be used with the coming year’s Gather Round curriculum.  This Gather Round Trade Books resource list Fall 2012 can be distributed to your Sunday School teachers as needed.

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