May 17, 2012

In this week’s newsletter:

  • Franconia youth collect “Pedals for Progress”
  • AMBS introduces new name and program

Weekly features:

  • Social Stream
  • Featured Blog
  • Mark Your Calendar
  • Notes to Pastors

Franconia youth collect “Pedals for Progress”

Franconia Mennonite Church senior high youth will be collecting used bikes this Saturday, May 19, from 9am to noon at the church on Harleysville Pike in Telford, Pa.  These bikes will be repaired and distributed through Pedals for Progress, an organization that collects over 5000 bicycles a year to redistribute in countries in the global south and Eastern Europe.

The bike drive seemed like a perfect project for the active youth group at Franconia, according to drive organizer Bekah Ford.  Read more . . . .

AMBS--DonellaAMBS introduces new name and program

A verse from Isaiah 43 was the focus for the hum of activity at AMBS, a seminary of Mennonite Church USA (Elkhart, IN), the weekend of May 4 and 5—“I am about to do a new thing”!   The weekend recognized a new name and programs and the dedication of new facilities.

Had you walked on the AMBS campus on Friday evening, May 4, you would have been treated to a music extravaganza celebrating the renovated Sermon on the Mount chapel.  Read more . . . .

Social Stream (FranconiaMC,  #fmclife)

Guest Blog: Why I skipped church on Mother’s Day*

I don’t normally journal . . . So why am I sitting at Starbucks writing about skipping church on Sunday to spend a day in Philly with seven friends?

Yes, I am a pastor, so being at church on a Sunday morning is duty, part of my job, an expectation. But, for me, church is much more than that. Sunday morning worship is a spiritual practice; it is as important to me as breathing.  Read more . . . .

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Mark Your Calendars

Mark your CalendarFor 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.

Pastors’ Day Apart

  • WHEN: September 12, 9am to 3pm
  • WHERE: Camp Menolan
  • WHAT: Pastors and credentialed leaders are invited for a day of guided prayer and listening to God, a time to receive rather than give, a time to refresh and renew.
  • REGISTER: For more information, contact Sandy Landes, prayer coordinator.

Franconia & Eastern District Forum

  • WHEN: May 24, 7-9  pm
  • WHERE: Christopher Dock High School
  • WHAT: This forum will focus on the current realities of our conferences. What are the present-day similarities and differences in the vision and mission of our conferences? Full description
  • REGISTER: Open to all delegates and interested individuals.

Fresh Expressions Vision Day

This event has been canceled.

Dale with the Roaster

Notes to Pastors

At our June 14th Pastors and Conference Related Ministry Leaders’ Breakfast: Dale Nafziger, Mennonite Mission Network missionary in Nepal, and Steve Hackman, owner of One Village Coffee based in Souderton both own coffee companies on different sides of the world but both share a passion to see the Kingdom of God lived out in the context of their business. Come to hear the story of “Business as Mission” and be encouraged in the ways God sees our work as worship.

Bring a business leader and your breakfast is free!

* The views expressed in each week’s featured 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.