WITNESS: Conference Assembly 2019

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us throw off any extra baggage that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.  We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, ignoring its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne.  Think about the one who endured such opposition so that you won’t be discouraged, and you won’t give up. (Hebrews 12:1-3, NLT & CEB)

As Eastern District and Franconia Conferences approach this historic moment of reconciliation, we remember that we are part of a storyline of faith that has stretched out for thousands of years before us and will continue for years to come.  Even as we witness to what God is doing in our congregations right now, we acknowledge the witness of brothers and sisters who have gone before, preparing the way, and who are cheering us on as we, too, run the race and prepare to cheer on future generations.  We know none of this is possible without the witness of Jesus, who showed us how to run with patience, endurance, and passion.  Jesus makes our reconciliation possible.  As we run this race together, we will witness to Jesus in our families, our neighborhoods, and our world!

Important dates to know:

Conference Assembly Scattered Gatherings

When:

  • October 1, 7pm: Nations Worship Center (Philadelphia)
  • October 3, 7pm: Salem Mennonite Church (Quakertown, PA)
  • October 8, 7pm on ZOOM
  • October 10, 9am: Salford Mennonite Church (Harleysville, PA)
  • October 21 or 22: Los Angeles area

What: Conference Assembly Scattered are gatherings designed to prepare delegates for Assembly by presenting the Structure and Identity Task Force’s final recommendations and providing space for questions and discussion.  All delegates are encouraged to attend one of these events, as it will be the last place for significant conversation around the proposal before the vote in November.

How to Prepare:  During the last week of September, the proposal will be available on the EDC-FMC website; please download this proposal and review it prior to the Scattered gathering that you attend.  Come prepared with questions, an open heart, and any feedback you’d like to share.

Registration:  CLOSED

Conference Assembly

When: November 1-2, 2019 (7:00 – 9:00 pm Friday, & 9:00 am-4:00 pm Saturday) at Souderton Mennonite Church

What: This year at Conference Assembly, we will worship, pray, and share stories about where we see God working in our congregations and communities.  Eastern District and Franconia Conferences will have separate business sessions as well as corporate sessions to review the final proposal from the Structure and Identity Task Force in preparation for a vote on reconciliation.

How to Prepare: Attend a Conference Assembly Scattered gathering to hear about the proposal and share the proposal with the leadership of your congregation and any others who should know what’s going on.  Spend some time remembering stories of people who have been meaningful in your life of faith and in the life of your congregation and conference over the course of its existence.  Read your docket materials when they become available, pray for wisdom, and come ready to participate in conversation and discernment together! 

Registration: Opens in September.  Childcare will be provided for infant through 12 years old, and registration is required.