October 17, 2013

John Goshow

Together we are doing God’s work: Conference Assembly 2013

by John Goshow, Moderator, Blooming Glen congregation

The Constituency Leadership Council (CLC) of Mennonite Church USA met in Michigan this week.  The CLC, which includes all 21 conferences of Mennonite Church USA, serves as a group of elders for the denomination. Read more….

Christopher Dock joins clothing drive to assist Syrian refugees

Adapted from an article by Jennifer Lawson, The Reporter

The number of Syrians who have fled the violence in their country has surpassed two million, creating a humanitarian crisis in the countries that have set up refugee camps. Christopher Dock Mennonite High School and the Mennonite Central Committee’s Material Resource Center in Harleysville launched a short-term, intensive clothing drive last month. Read more….

syrian clothing drive


Introducing Methacton Mennonite Church

Methacton Mennonite Church has been connecting people to Jesus since 1739.  The land on which the meetinghouse is located was deeded to the Dutch Anabaptist Society–Mennonite/ Anabaptist families moving north from Germantown up Germantown Pike–for 5 shillings. The first meetinghouse was built prior to 1771 although the exact date is unknown. A second meetinghouse was erected of stone in 1805 and used as a community school and place of worship. Read more….

Social Stream (FranconiaMC, #fmclife)

  • (FB) Camp Men O Lan We had a wonderful time last night at our knitting/crocheting circle! Save the date and join us next month ~ November 12.
  • (photo) Whitehall Mennonite Church This quote is a good intro to our series starting this Sunday on Joining with God’s Healing Work. We are also excited to use the Wailing Wall our children helped to build in the back of the sanctuary!
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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 calendar@franconiaconference.org.

Credentialed Leaders Appreciation Dinner

A Christmas "thank you" dinner for credentialed leaders and their guests will be held on December 3, 6:15-9:00pm at Souderton Mennonite Home. Enjoy holiday music, good food and conversation, and guest speaker Michael King, dean of Eastern Mennonite Seminary.



Don’t forget to register for childcare for Conference Assembly!


Notes to Pastors

The Systems Learning Community is beginning again in December

This Learning Community meets quarterly and is designed to help credentialed leaders become more effective by building self awareness.  Through input and case studies brought by participants, this group explores family system dynamics related to leadership in ministry.  Anyone interested in more information or taking part in the Systems Learning Community should contact Jenifer Eriksen Morales, tel:267-932-6050ext.129 or jeriksenmorales@franconiaconference.org.

Mission Sunday is coming!

For 2013, Mission Sunday is November 10 or any Sunday that a congregation may choose to focus on God’s work in the world.  Online resources may prove especially helpful, and they can be found by clicking on the link above.  If interested in a special speaker on a mission theme, contact Speakers@MennoniteMission.net

Spruce Lake offering free pastor-spouse retreat on marriage

“Marriage in a Ministry Context: A View From 53 Years of Experience” is the theme coming straight from the personal experience of Gordon and Gail MacDonald at Spruce Lake’s Pastor-Spouse Retreat, February 17-19, 2014. This complimentary retreat (that’s right, there’s no charge) will be a time for gathering insight, courage and fresh enthusiasm for the work to which God has called you as a ministry couple. A team for 53 years, Gordon and Gail will share the speaking and break-out sessions. Please reserve in advance by calling 800-822-7505. For more information, go to http://www.sprucelake.org/.

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