March 27, 2014

Ertell Whigham

Conference focus groups provide feedback for national meetings

by Sheldon C. Good

Ten leaders from Franconia Conference congregations voiced wide-ranging perspectives during two conference calls held recently to garner feedback on a controversial action taken by Mountain States Mennonite Conference earlier this year. In addition to those on the conference calls, about a dozen other leaders and delegates submitted written responses to Franconia Conference.

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Constituency Leaders Council meets, offers direction to Executive Board

MENNONITE CHURCH USA—Eighty-four leaders from across Mennonite Church USA gathered for the spring meeting of the Constituency Leaders Council at Bethel College in North Newton, Kan., from Thursday, March 20, through Saturday, March 22. The CLC members spent the majority of their time together offering feedback to six questions regarding church structure, polity and relationships. Read more….

Beny Krisbianto CLC

“Come and See”: Mennonite leaders visit Israel/Palestine

by Jenn Carreto for Mennonite Church USA

Fifteen board members and staff representing various Mennonite agencies and organizations traveled to Israel/Palestine Feb. 24–March 4 to take part in a “Come and See” learning tour. The tour marked the beginning of a denominational initiative to send 100 Mennonite leaders to the region on similar tours over the next five years. Read more….

Prayer for Lent 4, Year A

by Samantha Lioi, Formation:Community*

In an arc of streetlight,
wide as a straw sun hat
drooping over bare shoulders,
snow falls, small and steady.
It is March,
the end of March,
and snow now is like
my friend who is always
coming back in the door after leaving—
forgetful, slightly unexpected, and amusing.
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snow flowers photo by Anna Ralph
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Mark Your Calendars

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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.


Town Hall Meetings with Ervin Stutzman

  • Pastors: please collect questions from your congregations and submit them ahead of time to
  • Both Town Halls will be live streamed on our website for individuals or congregations who are more than 50 miles away. To stream the events, however, you must register to receive login credentials. To register, email Emily ( by Wednesday, April 9 with your name, town, and congregation.


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