November 15, 2012

God@work beyond our imagination:
United Conference Assembly 2012

The passion of Paul himself permeated the auditorium as Ervin Stutzman, Executive Director of MC USA, stood from his kneeled position and—hands stretched towards the sky—proclaimed these words from Ephesians 3:20-21. It was a fitting end to his message and an equally fitting end to the United Conference Assembly, in which participants gathered to imagine where God might be at work amidst Franconia and Eastern District Conferences. Read more….

Resources for congregational reports

Resources for Conference Assembly 2012 congregational reports are now available on the conference website: highlight videophoto gallerypodcast

MDS settles into Staten Island for recovery

Two weeks ago Hurricane Sandy pummeled the Northeast Corridor, landing near Atlantic City, NJ with high winds and high tides that pushed water into New York City, reshaped New Jersey’s barrier islands, and caused widespread wind damage and power outages across eastern Pennsylvania.   In the days after the storm, the scope of damage continues to emerge.   The needs in the midst of clean-up and recovery change day-to-day.  But undoubtedly, the recovery is going to take awhile. Read more….

Social Stream (FranconiaMC, #fmclife)

  • (FB) Whitehall Mennonite Church We are having a BIG YARD SALE Saturday 8-3. All types of household items & toys & a bake sale (mmm… Pumpkin Roll) & many other good things. Chili, Coffee. Come join us!
  • (Tw) @SpringMountMC After our morning @EDayCommunion service a participant said, "Now lets go out & be a light!"
  • (photo) Blooming Glen MYF Like the parable of the talents, we took the gift given to us and gave more than double that amount to [Bethany Birches] camp for their new pavilion. Pic–some seniors presenting Brandon Bergey with a check…. Great job everyone!

Featured blog: Play Dough Theology (Mennonite Road)*

One of the things I love about my congregation is our willingness to experiment. This spirit of experimentation has led to participating in new activities over the years, some ancient and some new. We are a small faith community, experiencing struggles and victories together, living in the midst of a post-Christian suburban culture. In this context we continually seek to follow Jesus in deeper ways, and seek the peace of the city where we are rooted. And the experiments seem to help us create space in our life together for God’s Spirit to work in us. Read more….

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Mark Your Calendars

Mark your Calendar For 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 & CRM Leaders’ Breakfasts

December 4: Appreciation breakfast for all credentialed leaders. Plains Mennonite Church in Hatfield.

Spring Training 2013

  • WHEN: March 6 or 9, 9am-1pm
  • WHAT: Equipping for all Franconia Conference credentialed leaders.

Notes to Pastors (3)

Announcing the date for 2013 Spring Training Day(s) for all credentialed leaders!

Wednesday, March 6 OR Saturday, March 9, 2013, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Remember the survey many of you filled out last summer about "Equipping for Credentialed Leaders"? We heard you! You said that you wanted resourcing days for half days. Some of you wanted them on a weekday, some preferred Saturday. So we’re going to try giving you a choice and present the same equipping twice–come to the one that best fits your schedule. We will serve a "substantial snack/brunch" at a mid meeting break. Remember, attendance at two out of three spring events in a 3-year period is the minimal expectation to maintain your credentials, so please put it on your calendars NOW. More details to follow….

From Mennonite Mission Network

We want to say, “THANK YOU” to Franconia Conference congregations for last year’s contributions totaling $248,599 as noted in this link THANK YOU   Congregational contributions remain the single largest segment of Mennonite Mission Network income, and we receive these contributions with grateful humility.


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