September 20, 2012

Jean Claude (Whitehall)

Can enemies become friends?

I was acting as ‘crowd control’ at a peace camp at Franklin Park in Allentown. The story teller had the kids acting out Acts 10—where Peter and Cornelius move from historic animosity toward friendship and salvation.  A Jewish fisherman, a Roman Centurion, and their respective cohorts took on a decidedly urban, Latino flavor. The kids seemed to enjoy the story, but when they were asked to think about why someone like Peter would be friends with someone like Cornelius their answers were painfully honest.  When asked to imagine creative ways to respond to bullies—they couldn’t seem to think of anything but fighting back. Read more….

Seeking Shalom at Peaceful Living

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus instructs us to pray, “…Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.” (Matthew 6:10) These words guide Peaceful Living Executive Director Joe Landis in his work with people with disabilities and their families whose lives, when pushed to the fringes of society, often unfold as less than heavenly. He sees his job as “helping to build God’s kingdom here on earth” by reaching out to these families, congregations, and the community at large to join together to seek peace. Read more….

Peaceful Living

Derek Cooper

Hazardous: Committing to the Cost of Following Jesus

If you are anything like me, you struggle with Jesus’ command to his disciples to “put God’s kingdom first.” I struggle with this because I tend to put my own needs first: to satisfy my own desires and interests before thinking about those of others, let alone God’s. I tend to put others’ needs before mine only occasionally, and not always like I really should.

But this is not the way of the kingdom. Read more….

Social Stream (FranconiaMC, #fmclife)

  • (FB) Christopher Dock: What a great Spiritual Life Emphasis Week we had last week with Hesston professor Michelle Hershberger. YouTube channel
  • (FB) Spruce Lake Wilderness Camp: Just finished with another canoe trip for the Franconia Mennonite Church youth. Awesome group of people, awesome weather, thank you God!
  • (photo) Pastors Joe & Ben “debate” Christians and politics–fun! #salfordmc #fmclife You are political because you are Christian.
Salford politics


Featured blog: Tongue-tied (Higher Ground Leaders Forum)*

As a facilitator and trainer I have worked hard over the years to hone my skills as a speaker. I pay attention to the words I use, how they are delivered, and even my body language. Audiences notice when a speaker stammers, includes lots of “and uhs”, or fidgets with the change in their pocket. I sometimes feel like we judge teachers and speakers more harshly than we should. If it sounds like I’m whining maybe I should just get to my point. There is nothing quite as challenging as keeping our tongues in check. 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’ 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.

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 (2)

Webinar: Emergent through the Ages: Sampling Stories of Radical Christian RenewalRenewal 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. This webinar will explore three earlier movements for the benefit of emergent-church and new monastic leaders. A sample will be offered in the hope that values, practices and themes from them can be blended into today’s movements, both enhancing them and giving notice of some of the pitfalls they may encounter.

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

Presenter: David Rensberger

Get details and register by October 27

Call for Prayer and FastingDuring this election season, the Executive Board of Mennonite Church USA is calling on members and congregations to spend time in prayer and fasting to deepen our allegiance to Jesus. We’ve also compiled some related resources on our website ( We invite you to consider how you might use these to engage your congregation.
*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.