November 21, 2013


Brokenness and healing in Doylestown

by KrisAnne Swartley, Doylestown congregation

On Sunday evening November 10th, a group of people from the community and from Doylestown congregation gathered to reflect on the painful parts of life and to seek hope in God’s Presence. Read more….

MCC International Volunteers: Impacting the World

by Millie Penner, Mennonite Central Committee East Coast

“We eat together, sing together in both English and Chichewa, go on our nightly walks together, and laugh together like a family of hyenas,” says Eric Bishop of his family’s relationship with Madalitso Kaputa. Eric and Linda Bishop, Souderton congregation, have opened their home to Madalitso, a participant in the International Volunteer Exchange Program. IVEP is a program of Mennonite Central Committee that brings young adults from other countries to live and work in Canada and the United States for a year. Read more….


MWC Program Oversight Committee

Walking together while speaking different languages

by Emily Ralph, for Mennonite World Conference

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania – “Isn’t English your first language?” Marius van Hoogstraten (The Netherlands) asked Don McNiven (USA), after a laughter-filled conversation about the proper spelling of the English word “future.” Read more….

Social Stream (FranconiaMC, #fmclife)

  • (FB) Mennonite Church USA Did you know that January 26 is World Fellowship Sunday? Encourage your congregation to join with hundreds of Anabaptist congregations around the world to worship around a common theme and share in a "one lunch" offering.
  • (Tw) @BethanyBirches Just got off phone. Donor doesn’t need her social security and decided to give to the pavillion campaign for a while. Total gift of $15K!
  • (photo) Whitehall Mennonite Church Each Sunday during our prayer time, folks could place the prayers of their heart into the wall. See the whole photo album.
Whitehall prayer wall

Notes to Pastors

Please join us to celebrate the ministry of Noah Kolb!

On Wednesday, December 11 from 5-8 p.m., we will be holding an Open House at the Mennonite Conference Center (569 Yoder Rd., Harleysville, Pa.) to celebrate the ministry of Noah Kolb, pastor of ministerial leadership, who is retiring at the end of this month. Please spread the word–this evening is open to all!

Additional Resources for the Winter Quarter of Gather ‘Round

This list of books that can be used with the Gather ‘Round curriculum is compiled by Marjorie Geissinger, Mary Grieser, and Naomi Kauffman, members of the Bux-Mont Librarians in PA, with the hope that teachers, parents, and librarians would work together to provide some of these rich resources to the children in our congregations. TRADE BOOKS FOR WINTER QUARTER

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