July 31, 2014

Luke Martin (left) and Vietnamese Mennonite pastor Nguyen Quang Trung at the November 2012 celebration of the Vietnam Mennonite Church.

Police attack Mennonite church gathering in Vietnam

by Luke Martin, Vietnamese Gospel Mennonite Church

In June, security police attacked a Mennonite church gathering in Vietnam, where pastors and theological students were gathered for a conference and graduation ceremony. The event took place north of Ho Chi Minh City, at the Evangelical Mennonite Church, a congregation not officially registered in Vietnam. This past week, members of that church arrived as refugees in Allentown. Read more….

Celebrations kick off 2015 MWC assembly

by Phyllis Pellman Good, Mennonite World Conference

Anabaptists in eastern Pennsylvania enthusiastically welcomed Mennonite World Conference leaders on July 20 at two kick-off celebrations, exactly one year before the July 2015 MWC assembly in Harrisburg, Pa. Read more…

MWC leaders join in the kick-off celebration. Left to right: Vikal P. Rao of India, assembly program committee; Liesa Unger of Germany, MWC chief international events officer; and César García of Colombia, MWC general secretary. Photo by Merle Good
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There wasn’t a burning bush

by Krista Showalter Ehst, Alpha Mennonite Church 

I have friends and former seminary classmates who knew they were going to be a minister since the age of 12, or who experienced a distinct “burning bush” calling from God. I, on the other hand, grew up wanting—at different points but with equal fervor—to be a veterinarian, author, and Broadway star. Read more….

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What has your congregation done this summer?

Whitehall congregation: We joined with our neighboring congregation, Egypt Community Church, with Rehoboth Worship Deliverance (who worships in our space), and with Karen folks for this year’s Vacation Bible School….so it’s quite a lovely and pleasing sight! Check out the photo gallery and highlight video.

Whitehall VBS 2014

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.


Thanks, Carla!

After five years of working with Franconia Conference, Carla Ferrier finishes up her work as office manager Friday.   For many of you she’s been the face and voice of the Conference, but she’s also been behind the keyboard often sending weekly emails, keeping track of conference pastors and delegates, logistics for Conference Assembly and conference meetings.   Her hospitable, prayerful and pastoral presence will be missed.   She’ll begin her new position working as office manager at Line Lexington Mennonite Church next week.    Over the next weeks, Kristine McClain will be temporarily providing office management and staffing at the Mennonite Conference Center, with other existing staff filling in as needed.

Pursuing God’s Will Together: A Discernment Practice for Leadership Groups

On Friday, October 24, Atlantic Coast Conference will be hosting author and speaker Ruth Haley Barton for their annual Leadership Resource Day. Ms. Barton will be speaking on Pursuing God’s Will Together: A Discernment Practice for Leadership Groups, based on her book of the same name. Barton’s teaching includes step-by-step guidance, personal reflection questions and community practices to help your leadership team become a community for discernment.

ACC would like to invite leaders from Franconia Conference congregations to join them for this day. Registration will be held from 8 a.m. – 9 a.m. with sessions from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Ridgeview Mennonite Church, 3723 Ridge Road, Gordonville, PA 17529.

The cost for the event before September 26 is $60 with additional group discounts offered. The cost after September 26 is $75 per person. Further discounted rates are given to sponsoring groups. Any interest in sponsoring or questions about the day can be directed to Brook Musselman (717-394-8107).

Leadership Resource Day Brochure

Registration Form
Bulletin Announcement / Newsletter-ready version

Resourcing events from Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary

Advent worship planning

Explore resources for Advent worship, including scripture presentations, sermon ideas, children’s worship ideas, hymns and visuals.

  • Day-long workshop, Saturday, Oct. 11, at AMBS, led by Rachel Miller Jacobs, Allan Rudy-Froese and Rosanna McFadden. (www.ambs.edu/workshops)
  • Webinar: Thursday, Oct. 16, 7:30-8:45 pm EDT, led by Rachel Miller Jacobs. (www.ambs.edu/webinars)

Anabaptist Short Course

“Exploring Anabaptist History and Theology” is a six-week online course, taught by Jamie Pitts, assistant professor of Anabaptist studies. The course is taught at a seminary level but for no credit. It is highly interactive, drawing on the wisdom among students.  The course runs from Oct 22 to Dec 3. Learn more: www.ambs.edu/anabaptistshortcourses

Preview Seminary Days

AMBS has set two Seminary Preview Days for fall: October 17 and November 21. Encourage someone with gifts for ministry to join in classes and worship for a day and to meet professors. Learn more: www.ambs.edu/admissions/visit-ambs.cfm

Interterm in Guatemala

Theology in Latin American Perspective, taught at the Latin American Anabaptist Seminary in Guatemala City in January, explores the theological heritage of Latin America and its place in situations of poverty and violence. Learn more and register by Sept. 29: www.ambs.edu/academics/Theology-Latin-American-Perspective.cfm

Pastors Week, January 26-29

Where Culture Blurs Theology: What is an Anabaptist Christian? is the theme for Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary Pastors Week. Speakers bring different points of view to how we honor all ethnic  heritages that are part of the Mennonite Church. Greg Boyd, Drew Hart, Janet Plenert and Elizabeth Soto Albrecht explore what it means to be an Anabaptist today. Learn more: www.ambs.edu/pastorsweek

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