November 30, 2012

GPC at the beach

Thanksgiving at the beach … and other tales, part 1

Thanksgiving Day at the Panama City Beach was a time for Georgia Praise Center–Atlanta to offer thanks and to gather as a big family.  Our congregation enjoyed dinner and a time of wonderful fellowship together with turkey, Ayam Kalasan (Indonesian-style barbeque chicken), and lots of other foods. It was a day of relaxation surrounded by miles of stunning white sand and emerald green waters. Read more….

Fall Ministerial Update

The Ministerial Committee met on September 5 and November 7. At our September meeting, we welcomed Ubaldo Rodriguez as a new member of the committee. We took action to approve Kristopher Wint, associate pastor of Finland congregation, for a two-year ministerial license toward ordination and accepted the ordination credentials of John Stoltzfus, conference youth minister and campus pastor at Christopher Dock Mennonite High School, from Illinois Conference. Read more….

God@Work: Singing a New Song

How does one who was sheltered in the arms of a loving family, taught of God as she is taught to walk, surrounded by faith as by an embryonic fluid — how does one such as I not know that God loves her? Yes, I believed He loved the world, in a general, beneficent Creator sort of way.  But what interest did He have in me? Read more….

Social Stream (FranconiaMC, #fmclife)

  • (Tw) @SpringMountMC A creative response of thankfulness, during worship today.
  • (photo) Penn View Christian School Don’t miss our Penn View Early childhood students Liza and Noah in this Saturday’s Souderton Christmas Parade! Liza and Noah along with Penn View middle school student council (STUCO) students will be looking for you along the parade route, Sat. Dec. 1st at 11 am!

Featured blog: Stress Test your Cultural Intelligence*

Most people I meet acknowledge the need for cultural intelligence. There’s growing consensus that life in our globalized world requires respect for one another. But the comment I often hear is, “Isn’t this pretty much common sense?” But as soon as we’re stressed, annoyed, or under pressure, “common sense” won’t cut it cross-culturally.

I’ve seen this same phenomenon occur in religious communities.A church gets excited about the prospect of becoming more multicultural until the worship and teaching have to change and the teenagers from different ethnicities start dating each other. Read more….

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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. Location TBD.
  • February 21: Illegal handguns and the law of sin and death” with J. Frederick Kauffman and Drick Boyd. 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.

Notes to Pastors

See With New Eyes Anti-Racism Training

The annual Anti-racism Analysis Training returns to Philadelphia Mennonite High School, Friday-Sunday, February 22–24. Registration and details are available at

See with New Eyes 2013 (English brochure)

See with New Eyes 2013 (Spanish brochure)

Explore individual and congregational faith formation at Eastern Mennonite Seminary

Join us June 17-28, 2013 for the Summer Institute for Spiritual Formation. This institute provides training for spiritual direction and individual and congregational spiritual formation. It also gives participants an opportunity to deepen their own faith and explore their own faith formation more fully. Pastors on sabbatical and spiritual directors looking for continuing education and support may explore the Oasis option. For more information

Children’s Book & DVD Suggestions to Accompany Gather ‘Round Curriculum, Winter 2012-2013


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