May 16, 2013

Garden Chapel

Introducing Garden Chapel

We are "The Garden Chapel" from Victory Gardens, New Jersey. We are a small, diverse, loving, and growing congregation located in Morris County, New Jersey. The borough of Victory Gardens was founded in 1941 by the federal government to house workers from a nearby munitions factory. It was named after the vegetable gardens people planted during World War II. Read more….

Who makes the grass turn green?

by Monica Bauman, Camp Men-O-Lan

Spring is here! I often find myself refreshed and excited about the "newness" that nature once again graces us with. This year, however, I realized that I have taken it for granted and have forgotten the wonder and the excitement of little growth around us. Leave it to my son, recently adopted from Jamaica, to remind me. Read more….


Danilo Sanchez graduated from EMS this year

Congrats to this year’s seminary grads!

Five individuals from Franconia Conferece graduated from Eastern Mennonite Seminary this year: Danilo Sanchez (pictured), Boyertown congregation, Master of Divinity; Scott Hackman, Salford congregation, Master of Arts in Church Leadership; Emily Ralph, Salford congregation, Master of Arts in Religion; Anne Yoder, West Philadelphia congregation, certificate in ministry; and Tom Albright, Ripple congregation, certificate in ministry.

Also see EMU’s press release about Franconia Conference undergrads who made the Dean’s List.

Social Stream (FranconiaMC, #fmclife)

  • (FB) Mennonite Church USA If you choose to participate in the Day of Prayer and Faxing on Pentecost, we have some talking points available.
  • (Tw) @brandonbergey Doing active listening at church… With motions! #bethanymennonite
  • (photo) MAMA Project, Inc. MUCHAS GRACIAS to our team of 23 from Blooming Glen! After our [medical] brigades are finished, we play soccer, color and paint nails with the children and make lasting memories!
Blooming Glen Mama Project


Pastors as Chaplains to Victims of Abuse?

by Phil Monroe, Biblical Seminary blog*

A few years ago, in a meeting of a few Christian prosecutors, I learned that these individuals had never remembered a pastor attending court with a victim of sexual abuse but did remember numerous times when pastors attended hearings in support of the alleged offender. One of the prosecutors recalled one sad conversation while sitting in court with a young victim. This child said, “Does this mean that God is on his side?” Read more….

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Pastors & CRM Leaders’ Breakfasts

8-10 a.m. at Hennings Market, Harleysville unless otherwise noted. Suggested donation: $7.

  • June 14: "Fingerprints of Fire…Footprints of Peace" with author Noel Moules. Register


"Beauty for Brokenness: Growing Toward Wholeness"

  • WHEN: June 1st, 9am-12:30pm
  • WHERE: Salford Mennonite Church, Harleysville.
  • WHAT: At this women’s equipping event, Mary Julia McKenzie and Angela Moyer will share from their experience of encouraging recovery and growth in those who have suffered brokenness in relationships, health, and faith.
  • MORE INFO: Register on the website.

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