March 21, 2012


Historic forums planned for inter-conference dialogue

Eastern District and Franconia conference leaders have planned two delegate forums this spring to continue the exploration of a shared future.

The forums will be held on March 29 and May 24 at Christopher Dock Mennonite High School in Lansdale, PA and will include presentations from conference historians and conversations about the nature of each conference and possible next steps.  Read more . . . .

Does Mennonite Matter? A night for youth and parents

Dale SchragHow or why does identifying as Mennonite matter for today’s youth?  That’s the question speaker Dale Schrag will explore at an April 11 seminar for youth and parents at Salford Mennonite Church starting at 7 p.m.  The event, sponsored by Eastern District and Franconia Conferences, related Mennonite schools, and a number of area churches, is part of a twice a year series designed to stimulate and encourage Sr. High youth and their parents in their faith walk.  The event is free of charge and high school aged Mennonite youth and their parents are encouraged to attend.   Read more. . . .

Fire Marshal Visits Bethany Birches Camp

This post is about a sad story.  It’s the story of the BBC Cabin the day the fire marshal came to visit.

Quick Tangent – if you didn’t know, the cabin is our only year-round use building. It’s where we host winter camps. It’s where skiers stay while they ski surrounding mountains and that provides us some extra revenue. Possibly most importantly, it’s where our non-counseling staff and volunteers stay during summer camp!  And, summer is rapidly approaching.  Read more. . . .

Social Stream

St. Patrick’s Day & Celtic Imagination: Mennonite Road

For me St. Patrick’s Day is an annual opportunity to reflect a little bit on St. Patrick, on the Irish side of my family, and of course watch the Phillies in their green uniforms (God bless Tug McGraw). So it feels like a Celtic-themed post would be most appropriate for this day.

I have found George Hunter’s The Celtic Way of Evangelism to be a helpful book which illustrates how some very old ideas might provoke our imaginations to better engage with our neighbors and culture.

Read more . . . .

Mark your CalendarMark Your Calendars

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

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!

July 18: Equipping to minister to inmates and ex-offenders in your congregation and community, led by Liberty Ministries.



  Franconia & Eastern District ForumsWHEN: March 29 & May 24, 7-9  pm

WHERE: Christopher Dock High School

WHAT: Presentations from conference historians and conversations about the nature of each conference and possible next steps. March 29 description & May 24 description

REGISTER: Open to all delegates and interested individuals.

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Training for all Credentialed Leaders of Franconia ConferenceWHEN: Saturday, April 21, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

WHERE: Towamencin Mennonite Church

WHAT: This day will focus on increasing our understanding of what it means to be intercultural and our capacity to respond to differences in our congregations—generational, economic, gender, etc.  There will also be important information shared about Formation Expectations and Requirements for Credentialed Leaders.  Full description. 

REGISTER: No cost for credentialed leaders.

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  Fresh Expressions Vision DayWHEN: Saturday, May 19, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

WHERE: Plains Mennonite Church

WHAT: This will be an interactive time for congregations to learn about Fresh Expressions as well as dream and discover how to empower and equip God’s people to develop creative expressions of church that can reach the increasing diversity in their communities.  Full description. 

REGISTER: More info to come.

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