June 27, 2013

Last EMS History Session

Celebrating ACLF

by John Tyson, Salford

A decade ago, Franconia Mennonite Conference leadership noticed a critical problem: seminary-trained leaders were increasingly in short supply. So when Delaware Valley Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA), a conference-related ministry, turned over a well-funded college tuition scholarship program to the conference, a solution soon emerged. Read more….

Bringing Scripture to life

by Reta Halteman Finger, Harrisonburg, Va.

As a little girl growing up at Salford Mennonite Church, I remember my father telling stories directly from the Bible to me and my younger brother Jimmy. After a particularly dramatic or gruesome account, Jimmy would gasp, “Did that really happen?” Read more….



Introducing Taftsville Chapel

Taftsville Chapel Mennonite Fellowship is a small, stable congregation in mid-central Vermont.  We meet in an old school house in the rural village of Taftsville, which is situated in the Ottauquechee River valley between the tourist towns of Woodstock and Quechee, along the US Route 4 corridor. The congregation was formed by Mennonite families who had all temporarily moved into the area for 1-W Alternative Service to the draft (most working at a local teaching hospital) in the late 1950s to early 1960s. 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.
Pastors & CRM Leaders’ Breakfasts

9-11 a.m. at the Mennonite Conference Center in Harleysville.

  • August 23: SAVE THE DATE … Conversations with
    MC USA moderator Elizabeth Soto Albrecht about her
    "Journey to Phoenix."

Notes to Pastors

Journey to Phoenix is July’s focus for Intersectings

Franconia Conference is supporting the work of MC USA’s incoming moderator, Elizabeth Soto Albrecht, by sending associate director of communication, Emily Ralph, along on her journey around the country in July (read the article). Emily will be providing communication support for Elizabeth, including podcasting, videos, articles, website, and social media. In addition, Emily will be blogging for Franconia Conference on the experience of traveling the country, seeing God working in the diversity of MC USA congregations, and intercultural encounter.

Each week in July, Intersectings will consolidate these resources for members of Franconia Conference congregations. To follow along more immediately, you can subscribe to the website feed at JourneyWithElizabeth.com or like the journey on Facebook or follow on Twitter.

How you can help:

  1. Pray for Elizabeth, Emily, and the rest of the team as they travel from June 29 to July 21.
  2. If you are in Phoenix, listen for stories of God at work in MC USA, stories of people who have overcome oppression, stories of immigration, or stories of hope for the future of MC USA. Share those stories on Elizabeth’s website, on Facebook or Twitter (using #journeywithelizabeth). Join Elizabeth and other leaders in MC USA on a prayer walk in Phoenix on Friday, July 5, after evening worship.
  3. If you are not in Phoenix, share your own stories or encourage others around you to share theirs (see above). Plan a prayer walk in your community, and share your photos and reflections.

Announcements from MC USA

If you are not going to the Mennonite Church USA Convention in Phoenix but you’d like to know what is going on, check out the live streaming of the delegate sessions. You can also read about all the convention activities in the Phoenix Flyer. Go to www.mennoniteusa.org for links to both.

Mennonite Church USA established the DREAMer Fund for Mennonite youth who are undocumented and who qualify for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. This fund will help young people pay the required fees when they apply. Visit http://www.mennoniteusa.org/executive-board/immigration/ for more information.

Graduation at Quakertown Christian School

The Learning Community at Quakertown Christian School held their third annual commencement service on May 31st.  This enlightening event was highlighted with academic awards, diplomas, inspirational music and a spiritually encouraging message from Franco Salvatori, pastor of Rocky Ridge Mennonite Church.  A baccalaureate service was held on May 21st at Rocky Ridge Mennonite Church.  This small, intimate service was meaningful as each graduate received a prayer shawl and a mug specifically designed for them, along with a prayer of blessing.

Quakertown grad 2013

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