October 24, 2013

Joe Hackman

Gifts handed down: God still at work beyond our imagination

by Joe Hackman, Conference Board Member and pastor of Salford congregation

Last summer my family spent some vacation time at our cabin in Central Pennsylvania’s Big Valley.  I always love going there to visit my grandmother, which often means returning home with some sort of sinfully sugary gooey treat, most often a pecan pie. Read more….

Responding to my call … for my daughter

by Tami Good, Souderton

I have always had a sense of what it means to be called into service.  My parents and grandparents modeled for me the importance of living out our faith through seeking God’s purpose for our lives.  As my grandfather always said, “You don’t come to church to warm the benches.”  Through his example and others I came to understand that walking with Christ is lived out daily as one shares her gifts with those around her.  We are all ministers of the gospel as we build relationships and reach out as Christ’s hands and feet. Read more….

Tami Good

Mark Van Steenwyk

The Economics of Jesus: Mark Van Steenwyk

Mark Van Steenwyk, founder of the Mennonite Worker, an intentional Christian community in Minneapolis, MN, and author of the book The Unkingdom of God, joined us on October 17 to talk about the economics of Jesus, suggesting a new way of engaging money, stewardship, and community.

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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.


Conference Assembly is next Saturday,
November 2–Don’t miss it!


Notes to Pastors

Purpose of the conferring statement

The Franconia Conference Board has written a statement for conferring that was distributed to all pastors and delegates as part of the Assembly docket. This statement’s purpose is to start the conversation among delegates about how we will move forward together as a diverse conference. In preparing for discussion about this statement at Assembly on November 2, please consider whether you feel this statement is adequate to guide our future conversation. What more is needed to clarify how and what we need to work together in the future?

Pastors Week encourages clarity through diverse points of view

In a national and global climate of divisiveness, Pastors Week, Jan. 27–30, at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary will explore how different points of view can bring unity and clarity.“Help me see Jesus! Help me see, Jesus!” is the theme that will link presentations from five points of view by five AMBS professors.
Pastors Week is an annual AMBS event, offering congregational leaders an opportunity for learning, worship and fellowship. Details and registration are available at www.ambs.edu/pastorsweek.

During the day on Jan. 27, before Pastors Week begins in the evening, AMBS offers three Leadership Clinics. This year’s offerings include the place of Anabaptism in our current post-modern context, ministering with sex offenders in the congregation, and an opportunity for new pastors to learn from each other about challenges and gifts of early ministry. Details at www.ambs.edu/leadershipclinics.

*The views expressed in each week’s blog do not necessarily reflect those of Franconia Conference; these blogs are included to initiate conversation and network members of the conference community. See our full Terms of Use.