May 3, 2012

In this week’s newsletter:

  • Philadelphia Praise Center
    to host EMU ministry intern
  • Spring Training podcast

Weekly features:

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

Philadelphia Praise Center to host EMU ministry intern

A group of Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) students will begin summer internships with congregations throughout the U.S. as part of Mennonite Church USA’s Ministry Inquiry Program (MIP).Funded in part by Mennonite Church USA, the MIP program gives students an opportunity to explore their gifts for ministry and to test their possible calling to longer term service work for the church.  Read more . . . .

Spring Training 2012Spring Training Podcast

Franconia Conference credentialed leaders from up and down the east coast met on Saturday, April 21, at Towamencin Mennonite Church for the first annual Spring Training, a time of equipping planned by the conference as part of a commitment to continuing education.

The day focused on interculturalism and included times of worship, table conversation, resourcing, and, of course, food!  The podcast is now available.

Social Stream (FranconiaMC,  #fmclife)

  • Angela Moyer graduation(Tw) @BethanyBirches Great time taking BBC on the Road! #fmclife
  • (FB) Camp Men O Lan: Our Summerfest Auction is May 19. We are in desperate need of auction items- each item sold goes to our summer camp scholarship fund ‘Bridge the Gap’. With our economy, this is not a good year to see the fund fizzle. One item- one life changed!
  • (photo) Angela Moyer (Rockhill) graduated with her MDiv on Saturday from Eastern Mennonite Seminary, PA campus.  Angela will be moving to Zume House in Allentown where she’ll do bi-vocational ministry at Ripple and as a pediatric occupational therapist.  Congrats, Angela!

Veggie GardenHope found in collaboration: the garden*

Our garden is a place where many plants have to survive together. There are tomatoes and lettuce, peas and corn, sunflower and beans. Each needs different things; specific minerals, more water or less, cool weather or warm. They also face threats from weeds and deer.

At first glance it seems like these plants cannot co-operate — in the garden only the fittest survive! But in a way they do work together. 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.

Notes to Pastors

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  • Editor’s Note   by Jason Boone
  • Tearing down the walls of hostility   by J. Ron Byler
  • Who isn’t for protecting children?   by Carol Knieriem
  • Otterville   by Merrill R. Miller
  • Restorative Justice works!   by Jesse Epp-Fransen
  • The extravagence of alleluia   by Brother James Dowd

* 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.