May 24, 2012

In this week’s newsletter:

  • Conference pastors recognized for leading and serving
  • Nations Worship to host fundraising dinner
  • A Combined Call

Weekly features:

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

Conference pastors recognized for leading and serving

Tom Albright, lead pastor of Ripple in Center City Allentown, was recognized by the Lehigh County Council of Churches with the Ecumenical Service Award for 2012.

As part of WPVI ABC-TV’s celebration of Asian American Heritage month in Philadelphia, Aldo Siahaan, lead pastor of Philadelphia Praise Center, was honored for his commitment to the Indonesian immigrant community.  Read more. . . .

NWC new buildingNations Worship to host fundraising dinner

Nations Worship Center will be hosting a dinner next month to celebrate its ministry and expansion in South Philadelphia.  The dinner, which will be held at the Indonesian Restaurant located at 1725 Snyder Ave, Philadelphia, on Saturday, June 9 at 5:30pm, will raise funds for the purchase and renovation of a new worship and ministry center.

The new facility, located on W. Ritner St. in South Philly, is a former catering hall that will provide the congregation with over 8700 square feet of space.  Read more . . . .

A Combined Call: Kirby King

To speak about call in my life for church work requires that I speak about my call to teach at Christopher Dock Mennonite High School (Dock) as well as my call to become a licensed leader of adult formation at Souderton Mennonite Church. Both calls are so intertwined that I cannot separate them.

As a student at Lancaster Mennonite High School in the early ’80s I began to see myself as a person who could possibly have gifts in presentation and publicly leading or teaching a group. This is largely due to several teachers who gave me an opportunity to explore the “stage” of the classroom with presentations.  Read more . . . .

Social Stream (FranconiaMC,  #fmclife)

JerusalemSometimes the Spirit shows up:

Reflections with Jews, Muslims, and Christians
in the Old City Jerusalem.

There were about a dozen of us gathered around fresh squeezed orange juice and a couple of tables just inside the Damascus Gate in the Old City.  Our group had been traveling for a few days in Israel and the Occupied Territories as part of the partnership between Franconia Conference and Biblical Seminary for intercultural education. In some ways, the once exotic holy land was starting to feel both more familiar and more frustrating.  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!
    Register for June 14 Breakfast
  • 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.

Notes to Pastors

There will be no Intersectings next week—we will return to our regular schedule on June 7.  Enjoy your Memorial Day weekend!

* 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.