June 20, 2013

CD grad 2013

Christopher Dock graduates are reminded to live greatness

by Jennifer Connor, jconnor@thereporteronline.com
Reposted by permission from The Reporter

In a commencement ceremony that emphasized the three main pillars of Christopher Dock Mennonite High School’s mission, the school graduated 84 students in the Class of 2013 Saturday night. Christopher Dock “seeks to ignite passion for learning, faith and life,” according to its website and demonstrated so in this year’s ceremony. Read more….

Fingerprints of Fire … Footprints of Peace

Noel Moules from the Anabaptist Network in the UK presented at Friday’s Pastors’ and CRM Leaders’ Breakfast on his book Fingerprints of Fire … Footprints of Peace.  A number of years ago while Noel was meeting with leaders from Franconia Conference, he was encouraged to write this book, in which he describes some of the terms he coins for his particular brand of provocative Anabaptism and encourages Jesus-followers to live holistically in this exciting time of post-Christendom. Listen to podcast….

Noel Moules

Womens Gathering 2013

Beauty for Brokenness: Growth toward Wholeness

by Lynne Allebach, Arise congregation

On the morning of Saturday, June1st, thirty women came together at Salford Mennonite Church in Harleysville (Pa.) for the first women’s equipping event sponsored by the new Eastern District & Franconia Mennonite Conferences Women’s Committee. Read more….

Social Stream (FranconiaMC, #fmclife)

  • (FB) Spruce Lake Wilderness Camp: Reunion is going great! We are about to start the commission service, then on to dinner and fireside. Wish you were here.
  • (FB) Mennonite Church USA: Glen Guyton explains what to expect with our live streaming from Phoenix.
  • (photo) Mennonite Heritage Center: WHACK & ROLL 2013 was a great success. Congratulations to the winning teams, and thanks to all our sponsors. Come back in 2014 for more community fun on the lawn!
Whack and Roll 2013

nametag (Chris Nickels)

Featured blog: Names

by Chris Nickels, Mennonite Road*

During his life, one of the (many) gifts my maternal grandfather gave his grandchildren was their own special name. It was a kind of like a nickname though it didn’t always resemble our proper name. I’m not sure exactly why or how he chose all the names, but I’m sure he had his reasons. And these names were the primary way he addressed us. I was named “Pal.” 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 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.
Pastors & CRM Leaders’ Breakfasts

8-10 a.m. at Hennings Market, Harleysville unless otherwise noted. Suggested donation: $7.

  • August 23: SAVE THE DATE Conversations with MC USA moderator Elizabeth Soto Albrecht about her "Journey to Phoenix" (9-11am at the Mennonite Conference Center)

Notes to Pastors

MEDA partners for upcoming Share, Save, Spend video series

MEDA (Mennonite Economic Development Associates) is excited to announce its partnership with several area Mennonite organizations to produce Making Change, a financial literacy video series. The four-part series set to be released in Fall 2013 will be suitable for both youth and adult audiences.

Making Change will explore and encourage discussion about how a person’s faith impacts how they handle their finances. The video series, through the lens of the age-old “share, save and spend” concept, will examine how biblical teachings mimic and differ from current ideals.

“This partnership is a great opportunity for MEDA to join other Mennonite organizations as we open up the dialogue surrounding faith, finances, and the influence they have on one another,” shared MEDA President Allan Sauder. “The Making Change videos will be a great reflective exercise for individuals, groups and organizations alike to examine their attitudes towards money. We look forward to joining the surrounding communities in discussing how our values guide how we share, save and spend money.”

Also involved in the joint venture are Mennonite Savings and Credit Union, Conrad Grebel University College, MAX Canada, Mennonite Central Committee, Mennonite Church Canada, Mennonite Church Eastern Canada, Mennonite Foundation of Canada and Rockway Mennonite Collegiate.

For more information, please contact Linda Whitmore or Jaclyn Stief at 519-725-1633. To learn more about the video series, including a teaser trailer, and stay up to date on resources, please visit www.makingchange.ca.


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