Acceptance of the reality of death is not a death wish. And loving life doesn’t create a fear of death. We may fear death most when we sense we haven’t lived fully.
“In challenging times, he has a very steady demeanor. He is optimistic. He brought wisdom, experience and maturity to our board work.”
by Gwen Groff, pastor of Bethany congregation I have accumulated spiritual disciplines slowly, over decades. They are a source of joy in times of fear and sorrow. Spiritual Direction A […]
Desplácese hacia abajo para la traducción al español / Scroll down for Spanish translation By Gwen Groff, Pastor at Bethany Mennonite Church, and FMC Board Member We were just one […]
By locating ourselves physically in other people’s spaces we are re-placed and invited to see how the Spirit is present …
by Paula Marolewski, Franconia Conference Board Member and Elder at Perkiomenville Mennonite Church What characterizes the culture of Franconia Mennonite Conference (FMC) today? How do we respond to the crowded, […]
Doing the patient, transformative work that this statement advocates is the best way to preserve what is worth preserving of our institutions.
“You don’t accidentally wind up in a Mennonite Church in Vermont. The church had to planted.”
At Bethany we share communion at least three times each year. Our first communion service is in January when we renew our annual membership covenant with each other. Our system of membership at Bethany is an odd hybrid. We can become members by taking a membership class and being baptized or by transferring a letter of membership from another congregation, and we can become members by annually affirming our covenant with this congregation. When we renew our membership covenant each January, affirming that we intend to walk with this particular group of people and uphold our commitments to what we state in our covenant, we mark this by celebrating communion together.
Bethany is an intimate ecumenical gathering in Bridgewater Corners, Vermont. We began as a small group of five families who followed a call to move here from PA in the early 1950’s. We are currently led by Gwen Groff.
by Gwen Groff, Bethany, email@example.com A friend told me a story about a minister who went down to the train station every morning to watch the trains pass. Finally someone […]
by Stephen Kriss, firstname.lastname@example.org Gwen Groff, pastor at Bethany Mennonite Church in Bridgewater Corners, Vermont, drove the seven hours south for the joint Franconia and Eastern District Conference Assembly on […]