Notes to Pastors – February 8, 2007

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Health Care Access Information

Would your congregation like some help in getting started on the Mennonite Church USA’s request for all churches to study the Health Care Access issue before San Jose 2007? A team of medical professionals are offering their services to any congregation or group within Franconia Conference. They will present the information as compiled by Glen Miller, program manager for Health Care Access, and help your church brainstorm next steps you might want to take. Contact Al and Iris Driver, 215-513-0568, or Chip and Jan Foderaro at 215-256-1345, to schedule a session.

Pastors’ Family Weekend

Pastors’ Family Weekend at Spruce Lake Retreat, March 16 – 18. Dr. Loren E. Swartzendruber, president of Eastern Mennonite University, and Jep Hostetler (who believes humor promotes health), will lead this refreshing retreat for pastors and their families. Call 800-822-7505 for reservations, or check out

Congregational Leaders and Pastors Address Pornography Together

A seminar to address the issues of pornography in our society and its implications for pastors and lay leaders will be held Thursday evening, March 29 and Friday morning, March 30. The Thursday evening session will include lay leaders and pastors, and the Friday morning seminar will be only for credentialed leaders. Brenda Martin Hurst, professor of practical theology at Eastern Mennonite Seminary has been invited to serve as resource leader for this event. Brenda has been leading similar seminars in other conferences. The seminar will be held in the Fellowship Hall at the Souderton Mennonite Church. All active credentialed Franconia Conference leaders are expected to be present at both the Thursday evening and Friday morning sessions. More details will follow in a few weeks. Questions can be addressed to or by calling 215-723-5513.

Matching Grand Scholarship Program at Bluffton

Bluffton University has information regarding their Church Matching Scholarship Program available at The forms available online will guide your congregation in supporting your students enrolling at Bluffton University. Questions regarding participating in the Bluffton University Church Matching Scholarship Program can be directed to Debra Niswander, at 800-488-3257.