September 18, 2014

New Anabaptist ministry starts at Penn State

by Lora Steiner, managing editor

As college students head to campus this fall, one congregation, University Mennonite Church in State College, Pennsylvania, is beginning a new initiative: an Anabaptist campus pastor, called by the church to minister to students.

University Mennonite Church is located just a few miles from Penn State University. It began over 50 years ago, when faculty and staff of Penn State began gathering in a classroom on campus. Read more….

Ben Wideman

Women and changing roles in the church

by Helen Lapp, Plains congregation

Change can take a lot of time. And it is very unsettling for many—no surprise there! This past summer Plains congregation (Hatfield, Pa.) decided to explore together, during the usual Sunday school hour, some changes the church has weathered in the past several decades. Read more….

Social Stream (FranconiaMC, #fmclife)

  • (photo) MCC East Coast in Ephrata, PA, needs skilled sewers to help make scarves and bags for next year’s Mennonite World Conference assembly. Call (717) 733-2847 or email for more info.
  • (Tw) @SpringMountMC Creating our Ebenezer stone, a meaningful annual practice. The stone is placed outside of the meetinghouse.
  • (Tw) @CJLeatherman  Buddy the Elf, a Credible Witness, and The Gospel according to Jesus…all on the docket at Rockhill Women’s Bible Study, tonight at 7!
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Featured Blog: Ray Rice and the Question of Spousal Abuse

by Mike Meneses, Applied Faith with Reason & Justice*

The video speaks for itself.  Ray Rice, NFL football player for the Baltimore Ravens, knocks out his future wife while in a casino elevator in Atlantic City. Read more….

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Resourcing Breakfast on Human Trafficking

  • WHEN: October 2, 2014, 8-10am
  • WHERE: Hennings Supermarket in Harleysville, Pa., upstairs
  • WHAT: Open to all. Network with other leaders from Conference communities working to meet needs and raise awarenesses on areas of human trafficking and hear from anti-trafficking advocate Debbie Wright.
  • RSVP: Cost is $9 for buffet, RSVP

Conference Assembly 2014

  • WHEN: November 14 & 15, 2014
  • WHERE: Penn View Christian School in Souderton, Pa.
  • WHAT: Joint assembly with Eastern District Conference including worship, workshops, delegate sessions, and more!


Reading the Bible through Anabaptist Eyes

  • WHEN: February 7, 2015*
  • WHAT: An equipping event and conversation for pastors and congregational leaders. Details coming soon. *Note change of date 


On Human Trafficking: Cultivating a Christian response to modern day slavery

Two thousand years later, Jesus’ ministry of setting the captives free continues.   Come to learn more from Debbie Wright who leads a PA-based human trafficking awareness initiative   Network with other leaders from Conference communities working to meet needs and raise awarenesses on areas of human trafficking.  Discover more about how we can act to help bring freedom for millions around the world, even in our own neighborhoods. Follow Jesus into this area of witness and ministry in a movement to end slavery in our own day.

Thursday, October 2, 2014 8-10am @ Hennings in Harleysville, PA. Cost: $9 for buffet. RSVP

For a Mennonite Church USA response to human trafficking . . . read this document

*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.