May 1, 2014

Franconia Conference’s Website Receives a Facelift!

website-screenshotOur website has been undergoing some renovations these past few weeks and you may have noticed a few changes as you’ve been surfing. Well, the revisions are done and the new site is up and running. Although it doesn’t look too different, the new site has improved functionality, search, and an easier to use menu and navigation.

In addition, we’ve expanded our directory of churches and Conference Related Ministries to include more information; we’re especially excited about a new section of the website called "Missional Networking." In recent delegate sessions, we’ve talked extensively about finding ways to partner in ministry together. This section of our website allows congregations to list ways that they are involved in ministry and find other congregations who are also working on similar projects. Or, if your congregation is thinking about trying something new, you can see who else has already tried it and ask for coaching or ideas.

We’re also beta testing a new website translation service that translates our posts into our other worshiping languages using Google translate. We have the ability to edit those translations, so if you see something is translated wrong, please let us know! Not everything is translated yet, but new posts should be translated from here on out.

website-networkingSome things have remained the same: we still have access to podcasts of past events (including the April Town Halls with Ervin Stutzman!), photo and video galleries, a listing of blogs written by Conference members, job openings within Conference organizations, introductions to newly credentialed leaders, resources for church treasurers and youth leaders, articles and blogs about what God is doing in conference congregations, and so much more.

If you haven’t visited the website recently, check it out! We’d love to hear your feedback if you find something broken or missing–see below for where to send or request information.

This website renovation has been initiated to better serve the congregations, Conference Related Ministries, and pastors of Franconia Conference, to provide expanded resources, and help us to network more effectively.

We are Franconia Mennonite Conference: Together. Bersama, Juntos. Cúng Nhau.

In review:

  • website-directoryDoes your congregation’s address or directory information need updating? Email the changes to Carla.
  • Do you need to write an introduction to your congregation to share with the rest of the conference? Talk with Emily. (To see the profiles of other congregations, go here.)
  • Is your directory listing missing links to your ministries or resourcing? Talk with Gay to receive the link to the online submission form.
  • Did you find something broken about the design or functionality of the site? Do you want to correct a translation? E-mail your observations and a link to the broken page to Emily.


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’ 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.

Meeting with Loren Swartzendruber

  • WHEN: May 15, 7-9pm
  • WHERE: Towamencin Mennonite Church, Kulpsville, PA
  • WHAT: An opportunity for credentialed leaders to dialogue with EMU President Loren Swartzendruber about EMU’s listening process.

Youth Worship Event

  • WHEN: June 1, 12-3pm
  • 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! RSVP

Conference Assembly 2014

  • WHEN: November 14 & 15, 2014
  • WHERE: Penn View Christian School in Souderton, Pa.
  • WHAT: Joint assembly with Eastern District Conference including worship, workshops, delegate sessions, and more!


New (reading and) Learning Community: A book group on The New Jim Crow

"The racial dimension of mass incarceration is its most striking feature. No other country in the world imprisons so many of its racial or ethnic minorities."

"…the War on Drugs began at a time when illegal drug use was on the decline. …however, a war was declared, causing arrests and convictions for drug offenses to skyrocket, especially among people of color."

"[These] systems do not require racial hostility or overt bigotry to thrive. They need only racial indifference."

Pastors and lay leaders: you’re invited to read and join brothers and sisters in discussing The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander. 

Groups will meet in locations most convenient to participants. Study guides provided. You may come to as many meetings as you’re able; only requirements are to read and come prepared to engage with openness to transformation!  Sign up with Samantha Lioi at:  Check out to learn more, or simply pick up a copy and begin reading!