November 21, 2012

Making peace in the neighborhood

When congregational leaders of Nations Worship Center (NWC) chose to purchase a large old commercial building on Ritner St. in South Philadelphia, they couldn’t have guessed the disruption this would be in their lives—and the lives of the folks in that neighborhood.  Residents remember attending Sweet Sixteen parties and wedding receptions held there years ago.  When the neighbors and neighborhood association heard of NWC’s plans, Pastor Beny Krisbianto and others began hearing rumors of discontent and surprising misunderstandings.  Read more….

MDS volunteers provide help and hope at Thanksgiving

A new normal is emerging in Staten Island’s Midland Beach neighborhood where Mennonite Disaster Service has set up to clean up and rebuild following the devastation of Hurricane Sandy. The one-story-high mounds of debris are gone. Traffic signals are working and electricity is back. Most houses have been inspected and are marked with red, green or yellow placards signaling the level of work required for habitation, or condemnation. Read more….

Staten Island after Hurricane Sandy

Philadelphia Festival raises support and community

“Good food. Good cause. Nice quilts!” observed Rosalie Rolón Dow, describing the October 27th Festival & Auction to support the work of Mennonite Central Committee. Over 300 people attended Philadelphia’s second “MCC Relief Sale,” bidding on 200 items. With over $5,000 spent on foods and small items plus direct project donations, total receipts exceeded $27,000. Read more….

Social Stream (FranconiaMC, #fmclife)

  • (Tw) @SpringMountMC Today one of our youth led us in blessing the family of a beloved member, who passed away this week. #loveinaction
  • (FB) Spruce Lake I am thankful for a God who is bigger than our trials and who continues to put visionaries in the life of Spruce Lake. I am also thankful for our wonderful supporters who have stood with us for the past 50 years! What are you thankful for?
  • (photo) Doylestown Mennonite: Thankful worship.

Mark Your Calendars

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Pastors & CRM Leaders’ Breakfasts

8-10 a.m. at Hennings Market, Harleysville (unless noted). Cost: $6.55 (includes breakfast).

  • January 10: Rev. Kelly Denton-Borhaug, Associate Professor and Chair of the Religion Department at Moravian College in Bethlehem, PA. (See full description below) Location TBD.
  • February 21: Illegal handguns and the law of sin and death” with J. Frederick Kauffman and Drick Boyd. (See full description below) Location TBD.
Pastor & Chaplain Appreciation Breakfast

  • WHEN: December 4, 9-11am
  • WHERE: Plains Mennonite, Hatfield
  • WHAT: Guest speaker Elizabeth Soto Albrecht, Moderator Elect for Mennonite Church USA, will share an encouraging message on the theme of "Surprise!" and a jazz group will provide music.
  • REGISTER: Register by November 27

Notes to Pastors

Upcoming Pastors and Conference Related Ministry Leaders Breakfast topics

Thursday, January 10, 2013, 8-10am
Speaker: Rev. Kelly Denton-Borhaug, Associate Professor and Chair of the Religion Department at Moravian College in Bethlehem, PA.
Description: Following the events of Sept. 11, 2001, Denton-Borhaug began to investigate the links between Christian understandings of sacrifice and U.S. militarism and war. She has authored a number of publications, and her recent book U.S. War-culture, Sacrifice and Salvation, which relates to the theme of this year’s Winter Peace Retreat at Spruce Lake Retreat (February 8-10).

Thursday, February 21, 2013, 8-10am
Topic: “Illegal handguns and the law of sin and death”
Description: Illegal trafficking of hand guns is big business.  Poor communities are paying the price. What can Christians do to be a faithful witness to Jesus in light of the bloodshed and greed?
Speakers: J. Frederick Kauffman (Mennonite Central Committee East Coast) and Drick Boyd (Professor at Eastern University, St. Davids, PA)

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Lombard Mennonite Peace Center offers training in mediation and crisis management

Lombard Mennonite Peace Center’s national training event  Mediation Skills Training Institute,  will be held in Charlotte, North Carolina, March 11-15, 2013, and in Columbus, Ohio, May 6-10, 2013.  At this point, March and May may still seem like a long way off, but you will save $100 off the final registration price if you register before the pre-registration deadlines for either event.  Find further information about training events, keep up with updates and new events, and, download brochures at our new website:

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