May 8, 2014

Luke Hartman

Worship event to foster connection among youth

by Sheldon C. Good

Franconia and Eastern District Conferences are hosting junior and senior high youth this June at an event that will feature elements very similar to the biennial Mennonite Church USA youth convention, but with one key difference – it’s outside. Read more….

Settling into our legacy

by Emily Ralph, associate director of communication

All meaningful conversations should happen around a table filled with good food.    This particular Sunday afternoon, as we laughed together and swapped stories, the conversation inevitably drifted to human sexuality. Read more…

Loren Swartzendruber, president of Eastern Mennonite University.  Photo courtesy of EMU.
Noel Santiago

Anointed for Business Prayer Teams

by Noel Santiago, LEADership Minister for Spiritual Transformation

“The boardroom should be to those anointed to serve
in the marketplace what the pulpit is to pastors.” Such is one of the many thought-provoking quotes found in the book Anointed For Business by Ed Silvoso. Read more….

Social Stream (FranconiaMC, #fmclife)

couch derby (Salford)

The Chibok Schoolgirl Kidnapping

by Esther Good, Whitehall (*

Social media has been buzzing with the story about 243 Nigerian schoolgirls who were kidnapped over two weeks ago, most of whom remain missing.  This is the kind of news that turns my stomach.  And while I’m glad that social media is raising awareness about this story, it’s often addressed in ways that make me uncomfortable. Read more….

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Mark Your Calendars

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Pastors & CRM Leaders’ Breakfasts

From 8-10am, cost: $7 includes breakfast.

  • Rescheduled: Healing Your Town. (Upper Perk Community Life Center, 104 Main St., East Greenville, PA). New date coming soon.

Meeting with Loren Swartzendruber

  • WHEN: May 15, 7-9pm
  • WHERE: Towamencin Mennonite Church, Kulpsville, PA
  • WHAT: An opportunity for credentialed leaders to dialogue with EMU President Loren Swartzendruber about EMU’s listening process.

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!


Book Discussion Groups: The New Jim Crow

Do you want to be better equipped to participate in racial justice, reconciliation, and intercultural relationships, but don’t know what to do next?

Heard the term "mass incarceration" but fuzzy about why you should be interested in this as a Christian?
And what does the War on Drugs have to do with race, racism, and ongoing inequality in America?

If you’d like to learn more, consider joining brothers and sisters in discussing The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander.

Come to as many meetings as you’re able; the only requirements are to read and come prepared to engage with openness to transformation! Groups will meet in locations most convenient to participants and study guides will be provided. Sign up with Samantha Lioi at: Check out to learn more, or simply pick up a copy and begin reading…

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