October 4, 2012

God IS at Work…

How do we live life in such a way that it requires faith? Hebrews 11 says that, “without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him, must believe that He exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” I see God at work building faith in Him in many different ways in our community. Read more….

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Broken bread for a broken system

It’s a misty evening as I sit cuddled under a blanket with my laptop and a snoring dog, watching the presidential debate.  Even as I type, President Obama and Governor Romney are debating the economy. I feel my temperature rising, and it has nothing to do with the blanket.  I grew up in a family in which “debate” sounds more like calm discussion and a stern voice feels like yelling.  Just watching the debate is feeding my anxiety. Read more….

Social Stream (FranconiaMC, #fmclife)

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Featured blog: Taking the Esther principle to the polls (Mennonite World Review)*

I’m uncomfortable in the presidential election season. The divisiveness makes me irritable. The campaigns reduce important issues to the most simplistic thinking possible.

Becoming an informed voter is a complicated task that should engage our hearts, minds and souls beyond sound bites and stereotypes. But elections aren’t won through complexity or soul work. Read more….

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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.
Pastors & CRM Leaders’ Breakfasts8-10 a.m. at Hennings Market, Harleysville (unless noted). Cost: $6.55 (includes breakfast).

  • October 18: “Acting Like Christians: Peacemaking Within and Beyond the Body of Christ” with Samantha Lioi. Please click here to register for this event by Oct. 12.
  • December 4: Appreciation breakfast for all credentialed leaders. (No cost) Location TBD.

United Conference Assembly

  • WHEN: November 10, 10am to 8pm
  • WHERE: Penn View Christian School, Souderton, Pa.
  • WHAT: Eastern District and Franconia Conferences will hold a united Conference Assembly this year around the theme of God@Work, based on Ephesians 3:20 -21. The one-day assembly will include workshops, delegates sessions, and multi-lingual worship. More info to come!
Conference Assembly ScatteredIn response to the delegate survey posted earlier in Intersectings, two (identical) opportunities will be

offered to equip you for your role as a Conference Assembly delegate. Topics for these sessions include: What does it mean to discern together? How can you better present the assembly work to your congregation with a sense of ownership and deeper understanding?


  • WHEN: October 16, 6:45-8:45pm
  • WHERE: Covenant Community Fellowship


  • WHEN: October 27, 9:00-11:00am
  • WHERE:Dock Woods Community(Fisher Auditorium)

Notes to Pastors (2)

Editor’s Note

Deepening our allegiance to Jesus

Election Day Communion 2012

Voter Pledge 2012


Thoughts on the election

The problem with chocolate

From Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary

The Spirit of the Lord is Upon Us: The Immeasurable Dimensions of Jubilee

Pastors Week January 28-31, 2013

Venture capitalist, Bible teacher and social entrepreneur Dr. Kim Tan of Surrey, United Kingdom, will speak on what happened when he encountered John Howard Yoder’s teachings on Jubilee economics. Come hear how, in the midst of a successful biochemistry and business career, this meeting changed him, and how Jubilee economics subsequently has changed the world in many places!

While especially for pastors and business leaders, this event is open to anyone interested. We offer discounts to pastor-business leader pairs. Get details

Webinar: Emergent through the Ages: Sampling Stories of Radical Christian Renewal

Renewal movements have appeared repeatedly in Christian history. Their stories may offer parallels for today’s emergent congregations and new monastics, and their evolution may prove instructive. We will explore three earlier movements for the benefit of emergent-church and new monastic leaders.

Presenter: David Rensberger

Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012, 2-3:30 p.m., EDT

Get details and register by October 27

Business Leaders and Pastors: Partners in Leadership and Ministry?

As followers of Christ, both business leaders and pastors want to work for God’s purposes in the world. Yet despite this common desire, business leaders and pastors sometimes encounter barriers to pursuing a shared vision. Join us for a conversation!

Location: Niagara Falls, Ontario, in conjunction with MEDA Convention

Presenter: David B. Miller

Thursday, November 1, 12:30-5 p.m. EST

Get details and register by October 10

Anabaptist Short Courses

Online, non-credit, six weeks  

Exploring Anabaptist History and Theology in the 16th Century

Professor Lois Barrett

February 11-March 22, 2013

Early registration deadline: January 21, 2013

Understanding Anabaptist Approaches to Scripture: What’s Different and Why?

Professor Loren Johns

April 8- May 17, 2013

Early registration deadline: March 18, 2013

Cost: $200 per course before the early registration deadline.

*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.