June 7, 2012

In this week’s newsletter:

  • Salford youth extend hospitality in Allentown
  • Whack & Roll raises
    funds for non-profits
  • Who am I?

Weekly features:

  • Social Stream
  • Featured Blog
  • Mark Your Calendar
  • Notes to Pastors

Salford-RippleSalford youth extend hospitality in Allentown

Salford Mennonite Church is a place with many resources and talents – yet we as a church are often are at a loss at how to use these resources in the world.  Every once in a while, an opportunity takes shape that touches us in a meaningful way.

During the month of February, Salford’s members collected over 50 grocery bags filled with non-perishable food items, as has been a tradition for many years.  The second part of this tradition is that Salford’s youth have delivered the groceries to a community where this can be of use.  Read more . . . .

Whack and Roll--MHEP2Whack & Roll raises funds for non-profits

Dan Lapp, Director of Development for the Mennonite Heritage Center, had a brainstorm several years ago about using a favorite backyard game as a fundraising event.  This led to Whack & Roll Croquet Tournaments on the lawn of the Heritage Center each summer for the last four years.

Croquet has been a favorite summer pastime in southeastern Pennsylvania for many years.  Accounts of croquet history vary, but it is thought the game began in Ireland and was introduced to England in the mid-nineteenth-century. Read more . . . .

Who am I? (To Mennonite Blog #1)

The rolling hills surrounding Harrisonburg, Virginia are beautiful this time of year.  In some ways, they remind me of the mountains and farmland back home in Pennsylvania . . . .

It’s my first visit to the main campus of Eastern Mennonite University, and as I drove down the highway toward EMU’s Summer Peacebuilding Institute last week, the familiarity of the mountains and grazing cows only fed my anticipation.  I was looking forward to studying with other leaders from around the world, cradled in the arms of a warm Mennonite community of scholars and practitioners.  In other words, it would be a home away from home.  I was in for a wakeup call.  Read more . . . .

Social Stream (FranconiaMC,  #fmclife)

  • (Tw) @SpringMountMC Week 1 of summer series “Seek Peace & Pursue It.” Some fun during our table conversations. #fmclife (see photo)
  • (FB) Penn View Christian School: Mrs. Smith’s 5th grade poets each invited a special friend to come spend some time with them and listen as they read poems they wrote. They also enjoyed popcorn and juice together as part of this special afternoon! — Poetry & Popcorn (14 photos)
  • (photo) “Pentecost Sunday . . . always a highlight at Plains. This year a group of us blew up about 280 balloons and hung flames from them. The effect was powerful.”

Peeling back the layers: the garden*

When I was invited to lead a workshop at the Inhabit Conference in Seattle back in April, my first reaction was: What in the world am I going to say? . . .  So I sat with my anxiety, insecurity and questions. I laid them before God in prayer and I waited. All I could hear was this: “Just talk about what you know and what you don’t know, what you’ve tried, what has worked and what hasn’t. Be authentic. Be vulnerable. Be passionate. Be you.” And so I resolved to do just that. I live and work in one of the wealthiest suburbs in Pennsylvania. That’s my context… and God loves the suburbs, too. 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 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 8-10 a.m. at the Mennonite Conference Center (unless noted).  $6 donation requested.

  • June 14: Dale Nafziger, entrepreneurial missionary in Nepal.  Full description.
    Pastors–if you bring a business leader with you, you’ll get your breakfast for free!
    Register for June 14 Breakfast – DEADLINE is June 11
  • July 18: Equipping to minister to inmates and ex-offenders in your congregation and community, led by Liberty Ministries.
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.

Notes to Pastors

peace signs



May 30, 2012       Number: 99 (attached)

¬  Editor’s Note by Jason Boone
¬  Parading with Jesus by Jennifer Davis Sensenig
¬  Working together by Sherah-Leigh Gerber
¬  Unshackled by Berry Friesen
¬  Specks, logs and nuclear weapons by Rachelle Lyndaker Schlabach
¬  The joy of weeding by Tom Beutel
¬  Food for spiders – Caught in the world wide web by Keith Lyndaker Schlabach

* The views expressed in each week’s featured blog do not necessarily reflect those of Franconia Conference; these blogs are included to initiate conversation and network members of the conference community.  See our full Terms of Use.