September 13, 2012

Ripple peace camp

2012 Peace Camps: Love on a Local Scale, part 3

What does Anabaptist witness look like?  It looks like a neighbor who listens in order to understand, learns from difference, and wants to join in God’s recreating what is broken.  In Allentown, we are slowly learning to know—and so to love—our neighbors. Ripple-Allentown’s first go at a peace camp – three evenings, Wednesday through Friday – was full of important learning.  Read more….

How do you cultivate Mennonite spirituality?

What is the spiritual commitment that is at the core of our identity as an Anabaptist community and followers of Jesus, who “for the sake of the joy set before him, endured the cross”?

For me, figuring that out far from home, in the middle of the violence of Dublin, Ireland in the 1980s meant integrating other Christian traditions with the practices of my plain grandmother. All these practices – together – have nurtured my life as I try to live out discipleship, peacemaking, and witness. Read more….

1954 Dawn with her Grandma

Joyce Hunsberger

Teaching the whole story

Some of you older folks may remember the days before cell phones. When I was in college and wanted to talk to my parents, I put my finger in the dial (no buttons to push…) at “O” for operator and actually heard a real live voice ask “May I help you?” I would say “person to person collect call to Geraldine Willcox.” My mother had the option of accepting or refusing the call. I am glad to say that she always accepted her daughter’s call. Have I answered the right calls throughout my life?

As a young person, I always felt a special love for children. One summer, my friend Amy and I went around the neighborhood each morning, gathering up the children and bringing them to my back yard to have summer play school for 2 hours at the bargain price of 10 cents an hour. Read more….

Social Stream (FranconiaMC, #fmclife)

  • (FB) Blooming Glen MYF: MYF kick off event… GREAT pic!
  • (Tw) @SpringMountMC Literally getting into the Story in worship (John 21). Thankful for moveable chairs! #fmclife
  • (Tw) @BethanyBirches Working on the Annual Benefit Auction – word has it we’re selling a 1994 Jeep Wrangler at the event this year……
  • (photo) Around 30 pastors gathered yesterday at Camp Menolan for the Pastors’ Day Apart, sponsored by the Franconia Conference prayer ministry. They spent the day in teaching, contemplation, conversation, and enjoying nature.
Day Apart

Mennonite Rd

Featured Blog: The Best Things I Read This Week (Mennonite Road)*

I post quite a few things I read on social networks, and as a result I am frequently asked by friends and colleagues, “How do you find time to read all this stuff?” Part of the answer involves seeking connection: I connect with many folks through social networks, so this becomes a convenient source of formational material. I can’t (and don’t) read everything, and I’m ok with that. 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
Pastors & CRM Leaders’ Breakfasts

8-10 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.

Conference Prayer Breakfast

  • WHEN: September 22, 8-10am
  • WHERE: Salem Mennonite church
  • WHAT: Guest speaker Marcella Ruch will be sharing on the topic of prayer ministry in the local church.
  • REGISTER: For more information, contact Sandy Landes, prayer coordinator. Register
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!

Notes to Pastors (3)

A note to delegates:

As you may be aware, Franconia Mennonite and Eastern District Conferences are planning a joint fall assembly Saturday, November 10, at Penn View Christian School.

The theme for this year’s Assembly is God@Work based on Ephesians 3:20-21:

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

Delegates at last year’s Assembly encouraged conference leaders to continue exploring God’s path of Eastern District and Franconia Conferences working together more closely.  As a follow up, between now and November 10, delegates of Franconia Conference are asked to visit a congregation that is part of Eastern District Conference on a Sunday morning for worship.  Eastern District Delegates are being encouraged to visit a Franconia Conference congregation.  It is our hope that this experience will enhance the Conferences’ work together in the future.  Pastors, please encourage your delegates in this way!

For a complete list of Eastern District congregations, and their contact information, visit

Franconia Conference Young Adults in SALT Program

The current season of Mennonite Central Committee’s SALT Program began in August.  We are pleased to note that two of the participants are from Franconia Conference!  Jonathan Moyer from Souderton Mennonite is serving in Haiti and Andrew Claasen from Peace Fellowship Church is serving in Costa Rica.

Please remember Jonathan and Andrew in your prayers as they serve until July, 2013.  We are thrilled to have them in service with MCC and appreciate the role of Franconia Conference in their lives.  When they return from this experience, we hope that you will arrange to meet with them to hear about their experiences.

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  • Editor’s Note   by Jason Boone
  • Toward a spirituality of justice   by Berry Friesen
  • Otterville   by Merrill R. Miller
  • U.S. military footprint in Africa   by Patricia Kisare
  • Holy and Blameless   by Tom Beutel
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