March 21, 2013

Project Haven

Resurrected space brings new life in East Greenville

The moment that Scott Roth unlocked Peace Mennonite’s old building for the first time in September of 2012, he began to tear up.  One of the high school students with him asked why he was so emotional.  “I can’t believe this is actually happening,” he responded. Read more….

Finland invites community to drive-thru

by Rose Longacre, Finland

It was a cold morning this week when four members of our church gathered to set up a table making a free “drive-thru” coffee stand. As usual, we looked forward to seeing our “regulars” and we prayed for new cars to stop by. Our normal conversations about sugar or creamer were replaced this particular Wednesday by something much deeper as a woman from the community pulled in, not for coffee or donuts, but asking if we could pray with her. Read more….

coffee drive thru

Steve Kriss

The pope is still Catholic: And why that might be a good thing for all of us

by Stephen Francis Kriss,

Listening to CNN commentators the day after Pope Francis was named brought focused attention to a deepening misunderstanding of the church. The reporter pressed her guests, suggesting, “Don’t you think it’s time for the Catholic Church to reform?” Read more….

Social Stream (FranconiaMC, #fmclife)

  • (FB) Spruce Lake Please be praying for our team as we conduct interviews for summer staff. It’s a wonderfully exhausting and exciting process!
  • (FB) Mennonite Heritage Center board member John Ruth will receive this year’s Edwin G. Holl Historic Achievement award from the Lansdale Historical Society on April 9.
  • (photo) A panel of “saints” sharing their experience of discernment at the Franconia and Eastern District Conferences’ Spring Training for credentialed leaders.
Spring Training 2013


Featured Blog: No Excuses

by Ken Byler, Higher Ground Leaders Forum*

My writing inspiration comes from many different sources. This week it was the depth of confession and repentance exhibited by the biblical character, Daniel, that caught my attention. Daniel was born into a Jewish noble family but spent nearly all his adult life as a captive in the foreign land of Babylon, where he rose to various leadership positions because of his intellect and integrity. Read more….

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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
Pastors & CRM Leaders’ Breakfasts8-10 a.m. at the Mennonite Conference Center, Harleysville. Suggested donation: $6.50.

  • April 18: “No Greater Love–Peace and Justice for Vulnerable Veterans” with Ari S. Merretazon of Pointman Soldiers Heart Ministry. Register



Notes to Pastors

Systems Learning Community

The Systems Learning Community is beginning again in June.  This Learning Community meets quarterly and is designed to help credentialed leaders become more effective by building self awareness.  Through input and case studies brought by participants, this group explores family system dynamics related to leadership in ministry.  Anyone interested in more information or taking part in the Systems Learning Community should contact Jenifer Eriksen Morales, 267-932-6050 ext.129 or

Mediation Skills Training Institute

The Lombard Mennonite Peace Center will be leading a Mediation Skills Training Institute at First English Lutheran Church, Columbus, Ohio during the week of May 6-10, 2013.  This event provides 32 hours of training, which is useful for clergy who are looking for continuing education opportunities. A brochure with further information and a registration form can be found on their website, which can be downloaded and/or printed.  Participants who register before the pre-registration deadline of April 5 will save $100 off the later registration price.


*The views expressed in each week’s 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.