March 20, 2014

Salford Monica Araway

Three local teachers honored with National Child Care Teacher Awards

by Victoria Wolk, reposted by permission from The Reporter Online

Three local teachers have been honored by the Terri Lynne Lokoff Child Care Foundation, a King of Prussia-based nonprofit “dedicated to making America better by improving early care and education,” according to its website. Read more….

Reflections on "All You Need is Love"

by Diane Bleam, Bally congregation

A lot has changed since I last attended a Women Doing Theology Conference in Bluffton, Ohio in 1994.  I was excited to attend “Anabaptist Women Doing Theology Conference: All You Need is Love” in Leesburg, VA on February 20-22 for some theological stimulation as well as to observe how young women are experiencing theology in the church today. Read more….

All You Need is Love

Joey Perez at Arise

Evangelist Joey Perez at Arise Community Outreach

by Lynne Allebach, Arise

For three nights in early March, evangelist and author Joey Perez held a teaching seminar at the Encore Center in Harleysville, sponsored by Arise Community Outreach.  Joey has been seen on the 700 Club and written two books:  I Lived to Tell About It and Mysteries of Angels.  He is the driving force behind Worldwide Evangelistic Ministries, headquartered in Philadelphia, PA. Read more….

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Prayer for Lent 2, Year A

by Samantha Lioi, Formation:Community*

Keeper of your people,
you neither slumber nor sleep,
but hold us always
in your sheltering gaze.

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Pastors & CRM Leaders’ Breakfasts

From 8-10am, cost: $7 includes breakfast.

  • Rescheduled: Healing Your Town. (Upper Perk Community Life Center, 104 Main St., East Greenville, PA). New date coming soon.

Ervin Stutzman Town Hall Meetings

  • OPTION #1: April 10, 7pm at Swamp Mennonite Church, Quakertown, Pa. Come early (between 5:15-6:45) with a bagged dinner for a time of fellowship. Drinks provided.
  • OPTION #2: April 11, 9:30am at Salford Mennonite Church, Harleysville, Pa.
  • WHAT: Engage with Stutzman around recent developments in Mennonite Church USA and to ask questions about the denomination’s future.

Youth Worship Event

  • WHEN: June 1, 11am-2:30pm
  • WHERE: The lawn outside the Mennonite Conference Center and Mennonite Heritage Center in Harleysville, Pa.
  • WHAT: Jr and Sr High Youth from Eastern District and Franconia Conferences to worship together on the lawn! More information to come.


More info about the Ervin Stutzman Town Halls

Pastors, please collect questions from your congregations: Conference leadership is asking that pastors be the collection point for your congregations for questions and comments for Ervin. Please submit those questions by April 4 by emailing

April 10 Brown Bag Fellowship opportunity: Delegates have told conference leaders that you want more occasions to connect and learn to know one another. Here’s a great opportunity! Come early (5:15-6:45 p.m.) for the Stutzman town hall meeting at Swamp on Thursday, April 10! Bring a brown bag supper and connect with other delegates, pastors, and others who are interested. Water and hot beverages will be provided.

June 1 Conference-Wide Youth Worship Event

On Sunday, June 1, Jr. and Sr. High Youth groups from across Franconia and Eastern District Conferences are invited to a worship event on the lawn of the Yoder Road campus in Harleysville. Watch for more details to follow. (Approximate times: 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.) Lunch provided. Please help us start to get the word out!

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