May 2, 2013

An unorthodox choice for a pastor

CBS News recently shared the story of Peace Fellowship’s new pastor, Peter Chin, a 33-year-old Korean-American pastor in a predominantly African-American neighborhood in Washington, D.C. Peace Fellowship is a Partner in Mission with Franconia Conference.

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Beauty for Brokenness: Women’s Ministry

by Lynne Allebach, Franconia & Eastern District Women’s Committee

The Women’s Committee of Eastern District & Franconia Conferences is planning a morning apart for women in June with a focus on wholeness and healing. In March of last year, 130 women attended the Sister Care Seminar held by Mennonite Women USA at Souderton Mennonite Church. Read more….

Social Stream (FranconiaMC, #fmclife)

  • (FB) Perkiomenville Mennonite Church May 3-5 we will have meetings led by Steve & Jake Lapp, Amish brothers who are being used by God in renewal.
  • (Tw) @PastorTimHart Mother’s Day Flower Sale will raise money for the Garden Chapel’s Summer Children’s Program
  • (photo) Conference graduates from Eastern Mennonite Seminary, PA (back, 2nd from left): Tom Albright of Ripple, Scott Hackman and Emily Ralph of Salford.
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Featured blog: There’s Nothing Like Your Name

by Ken Byler, Higher Ground Leaders’ Forum*

When I was growing up, some of my favorite children’s stories came from a collection called The Bedtime Story Books by Thornton W. Burgess. They featured an eclectic collection of woodland characters whose exploits were witnessed by Old Mother West Wind and her Merry Little Breezes. By the time he retired, Burgess had written more than 170 books and 15,000 stories for a daily newspaper column. 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’ 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.

Notes to Pastors

Matthew Kolb, retired pastor of Vincent Mennonite Church, died on April 26, 2013. He and his wife Kathryn lived on the home dairy farm in Royersford, Pa., where they raised their five children. Matthew was 90 years old. He had served as pastor of Vincent Mennonite Church for more than 40 years. He was ordained by lot in 1946 at the age of 23.

There is a viewing Monday evening, May 6, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. at Vincent. The funeral service is Tuesday, May 7 at 10:00am, also at Vincent. There is a viewing the hour before the service.

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