May 22, 2014

Lehigh Valley congregations partner to support youth minister

by Sheldon C. Good

Some of the most diverse growth in Anabaptism along the East Coast is occurring in Allentown, Pennsylvania’s fastest growing city and now a city that is majority Hispanic. Even so, none of the city’s broad range of Anabaptist congregations has enough resources or even youth to maintain a youth pastor. Read more….

Danilo Sanchez at Lock-in
Alpha Mennonite Church

Introducing Alpha Mennonite Church

Alpha Mennonite Church began as a church plant in 1975 by Henry Swartley.  We are located in the quiet little community of Alpha, NJ. Since the beginning, our congregation has been a mixture of people from different backgrounds, perspectives, and theologies who have gathered together in our common love of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. We are a small congregation with a family feel who welcomes all who God brings through our doors. Read more….

Social Stream (FranconiaMC, #fmclife)

  • Young Cancer Survivor [from Towamencin] Defies The Odds On And Off The Baseball Field (video from CBS)
  • (Tw) @DockHighSchool Six #dockhs students were honored with a total of $22,000 in scholarships from ACE of Eastern Pennsylvania. See pic.
  • (photo) From Whitehall congregation: Remembering new life first requires death. And lots of trust. Planting seeds of hope…as prayers of trust.
Whitehall plants
Harding and Magruder

A Sinner and A Saint Pass Away

by Drick Boyd, West Philadelphia*

This past week saw the passing of two notable figures from the Civil Rights and Watergate eras. On Monday, May 19 Vincent Harding passed away at the age of 82. He was a long time Civil Rights activist, speechwriter and friend of Martin Luther King Jr., theologian, and historian of the African American struggle in the United States. Read more….

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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!


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An Exploration of the Teaching Position on Homosexuality
Date: June 20-21, 2014
Location: Alive Church Ephrata, PADiscussions about same-sex relationships in society and church are lively in N. America. Eastern Mennonite Seminary Lancaster and Lancaster Mennonite Conference are sponsoring a seminar exploring the teaching position of the Mennonite Church USA on homosexuality.

Dr. Mark Thiessen Nation, theology professor at EMS will speak at two plenary session presenting biblical, theological and historical support for the discerned teaching of the church.
In addition, fourteen workshops across two periods will dig into practice issues of ministry and discernment in the local congregation.

Advance registration required. 
• $15 per person
• $10 per person for 5 or more from the same congregation

To register and access a flyer about this program.

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