Notes to Pastors

2008 Church Education Sunday resources
This Sunday, February 3, is set aside as Church Education Sunday. This year’s theme is “We are witnesses.” Following is a link to the Mennonite Education Association (MEA) website with more information and also a bulletin insert and additional worship resources. The resources focus on lectionary texts, speak of MEA and congregational members as witnesses to the power of Mennonite education in helping shape the church, and invite all to participate in Mennonite education. More information can be found at this site:
http://www.mennoniteeducation.org/MEAPortal/DesktopDefault.aspx?tabid=178

Third Thursday Pastors’ Breakfast
The February breakfast will be held on Thursday, February 21 from 8 – 10 a.m. at the Mennonite Conference Center. This breakfast will be hosted by the Faith and Life Advisory Council. The subject will be “Leadership and Authority: How do we claim it?” Come for a conversation on claiming and exercising authority as pastors and leaders in our congregations. In preparation for the event please read the following article from the most recent edition of Growing Leaders, “A Nervous Embrace…Cultivating Leadership and Authority.” This article can be found on the franconiaconference.org website under the “Publications” tab. Please register for this event by Wednesday, February 16, by contacting Jessica Walter, jwalter@franconiaconference.org.

Pastors’ Family Retreat
This weekend is geared for spending quality time with your family, and for receiving spiritual nurture. Spruce Lake Retreat hosts Pastors’ Family Retreat, April 11 – 13. Take a break for playing and praying together. You’ll be led by speaker Duane Beck and worship leader Mark Beazley. For more information and reservations, visit www.sprucelake.org or call
800-822-7505.