Saturday, May 19, 2018

Fwd: Diversity and Unity

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From: César García <>
Date: Sat, May 19, 2018 at 12:11 PM
Subject: Diversity and Unity
To: Gehman Mennonite Church <>


"All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages,
as the Spirit gave them ability" Acts 2:4 (NRSV).

Originally Pentecost was an agricultural festival in which the grace of God – as witnessed in the beauty and diversity of the harvest – was celebrated. The fruits of nature are full of colour, demonstrating multiform divine generosity. No two flowers are alike, yet we can distinguish between a rose and a daisy.

In the same way, when the Spirit descended upon the first harvest of disciples, the diversity was plain to see: the message of salvation had been made flesh and now was expressed in different cultures and languages. Even so, it continued to be the same united message: Jesus, God and Saviour.

Diversity and unity: both are proof of the presence of the Spirit of God. Both are necessary for the growth of the church. Both are God-given gifts. When we celebrate Pentecost, we give thanks to the Holy Spirit for these gifts that we experience within our global faith family.

In Christ,                  

César García,  
MWC general secretary                             
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T: (519) 571-0060
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Lancaster, PA 17606-5364

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Friday, May 18, 2018

Fwd: Charles Appointed Assistant Superintendent for 2018-19

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Date: Fri, May 18, 2018, 3:44 PM
Subject: Charles Appointed Assistant Superintendent for 2018-19
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Michael Charles
Charles Appointed Assistant Superintendent for 2018-19

Michael Charles, currently principal of the Kraybill Campus, has been named assistant superintendent of Lancaster Mennonite School for the 2018-19 school year with a focus on curriculum.

For seven years, Michael taught in LMH's history and social studies department before becoming principal of the Kraybill Campus, Mount Joy, in 2017. He holds a B.A. in history and social science education from Eastern Mennonite University and an M.S.Ed. in educational leadership with a principal's certification from the School Leadership Program at the University of Pennsylvania.

He attended LM from kindergarten through high school and has deep roots in the school community. Michael and his wife, Rachael, and two children, Caleb (age 5) and Meredith (age 2), live in Lancaster City and are actively involved in Rossmere Mennonite Church. 

We look forward to working with Michael to develop exciting new programs and elevate existing academics in the coming year.  

Pam Tieszen, Ed.D.                         
LM Superintendent
Lancaster Mennonite School 
2176 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, PA 17602
Lancaster Mennonite School, 2176 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, PA 17602
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Fwd: See what's blooming at Good Samaritan Services

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Date: Wed, May 16, 2018 at 2:41 PM
Subject: See what's blooming at Good Samaritan Services

A Quick Glance in the Mirror  

Last month we asked for your input on the ways we share information with you about the work of Good Samaritan Services, and we were delighted with the responses we received. Thank you for participating! 

The results of the survey give an interesting thumbnail sketch of our supporters. Above all, we find that the majority of respondents have a direct connection as a volunteer at GSS or have come to participate in our work as the member of a church or community organization. The dynamic responsiveness of this group was truly palpable. Survey respondents reveal a remarkable level of connection to GSS, to our committees and our work. And what's more, there is tremendous amounts of cross-fertilization between people involved in our Permanent Housing Services and our Shelter Programs. So many people have multiple points of connection with our organization, with some people tracing their connections back 30 years to the original mentoring teams for Bridge of Hope Lancaster & Chester Counties, and others having been former residents and original staff and supporters of Good Samaritan Shelter.
Besides the mechanics of this, (learning for instance that almost everyone likes to hear about us via email, while almost no one wants to receive a phone call!) this survey tells me that above all we are an organization with a living and developing culture. We have rich and living connections to each other, and to the work we are doing together. 

This is a community led by the spirit of Love, responding to the needs that arise in our midst. How happy this makes me! We have great good news to share with the people we serve. We are a community that lives and expresses our faith through our commitment to the most vulnerable among us. 

Thank you for being part of this work. And thank you too for helping us to get a better picture of how we can best stay in touch with you!

Nate Hoffer
Bridge of Hope Lancaster & Chester Counties
"A rose by any other name surely smells as sweet." 

"I always gave my support to Bridge of Hope Lancaster & Chester Counties. What can I do to be sure that work continues?" The work we do remains the same, but now with a new name.

Please be sure to endorse your check to Good Samaritan Services.

To designate your gift, you can write "Permanent Housing Services" or "Bridge of Hope at Good Samaritan Services" In the memo line.

Supporting Steps on the Path to Success

At Good Samaritan Services, we love to provide opportunities for the men and women we serve. One way we can do this is by giving out scholarships to single mothers who are pursuing an education. The annually awarded Francesca Crane Scholarship does just this. The scholarship awards $1,000 to a current or graduated PHS program participant who is enrolled in college pursuing their degree.  
Lorionna Thomas received this award two weeks ago. The funds will help her continue her studies at Central Penn Business College. Through her studies, eventually, she hopes to go on to open her own non-profit organization to empower youth. Lorionna says, "My heart is filled with so much gratitude to receive the support from Good Sam to continue my education. Their efforts continue to give me the strength I have to pursue a career in my field of study. I'll be sure to pass on my acts of kindness as Good Sam has done for me." 
Lorionna, we are so proud of you and continue to cheer you on as you pursue your dreams!
A Changed Life Helps Change Lives!

In late March, Rich Baxter, Resident Advocate in Phoenixville, received an unanticipated offer of help. Lou, a former GSS shelter resident sent a message offering to serve as a mentor to men in the program today. Lou had been a resident at GSS in 2009. That was a time when the economy was at its lowest point in 50 years, and we were expanding our transitional housing to include another house for men in need in Chester County. 

Nine years on, Lou's life has turned around. He has a steady job, and he has witnessed the love and power of Christ to open doors and move hearts in his own life, and the lives of others in his community. And best of all, now he wants to reach back and help others who are residents in our shelter program today. Rich Baxter explains, "He understands what it is to live at Good Sam, leave Good Sam, live a healthy productive life and so now he wants to give back to Good Samaritan through our mentor program."  
Above left: Former GSS shelter resident, Lou.

We love to see the good work done in our programs come around full circle this way, and we hope that our volunteers and supporters realize that it is thanks to their steadfast commitment that Lou and others like him are able to give back to others in need and join the circle of Good Samaritans in our midst.  
We have Brochures! 

With our newly enlarged merged organization, Good Samaritan Services has created a series of line cards, program brochures and a new overview brochure. They look spectacular, and give a real picture of the work GSS is doing across the continuum of need in Chester and Lancaster Counties. – If you would like a copy of these brochures to share with your church or community group, please contact Ashley Eager, and she will get them to you. 

In coming weeks, our website will also be getting a new look, with new and updated pages to tell more of the story of Good Samaritan Services. Be sure to visit us at, visit our Facebook page or find us on Instagram!  
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Important information about your Legacy Gift

Across the years, friends of Bridge of Hope Lancaster & Chester Counties, and friends of Good Samaritan Shelter have graciously identified these organizations through a variety of financial instruments including charitable gift annuities, charitable trusts and other bequests. 

Now that our two organizations are one, our boards have merged, and our name has changed; but we hope that you recognize that our mission and services remain the same!

In order to assure that our work continues, and to assure that your support for our mission reaches long into the future, we respectfully request that you advise your attorney or account manager to stipulate that your legacy gift be directed to Good Samaritan Services. Thank you! 
May 19, 2018
Enjoy a fresh spring morning on the Schuylkill River Trail in downtown Phoenixville.

We don't mind if you walk or run, we just want all of our friends and supporters to show up for this fantastic morning that supports all the work we do! We welcome you and your family!

June 8, 2018
Join us in the drive against homelessness for single mother's and their children on June 8.

Come support us at our 11th Annual Golf Outing at 7:00 AM & 1:30 PM at Crossgates Golf Club in Millersville.

Women's Shelter 
PO Box 756
Ephrata, Pennsylvania 17522
T 717-733-3395 F 610-917-9815

Chester Co. Permanent Housing Services
 T 610-380-1360 
Men's Shelter 
141 E. High Street, PO Box 551
Phoenixville, Pennsylvania 19460
T 610-933-9305 F 610-917-9815

Lancaster Co. Permanent Housing Services
T 717-394-7707 

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Fwd: May Church Announcements from MCC

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Date: Tue, May 15, 2018, 3:30 PM
Subject: May Church Announcements from MCC
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May 2018 Church Announcements

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New Bulletin Announcements


Serve with MCC for two years as a canner operator!

Are you interested in an exciting opportunity to travel across the U.S. and Canada canning meat for those in need all over the world? Consider serving with MCC as a canner operator! Canner operators travel with the mobile meat cannery to 30 different locations, canning beef, turkey, chicken and pork. Canners are responsible for all aspects of the project including: operating steam and pressure vessels, coordinating volunteers, maintaining and communicating USDA regulations and the maintenance of all machinery in the process. Potential applicants should be male, single, at least 21 years old with CDL eligibility and possess mechanical aptitude. Student loan assistance available.

Visit for more information!

Download and share the flyer.


"Sixty Years Ago..." 

On Sunday, May 20 at 2:00 p.m., join MCC at Ridgeview Mennonite Church (3723 Ridge Rd., Gordonville, PA 17529) to hear stories of service from Omar Lapp and John Hostettler, who served with MCC in post-WWII Europe. The event will be moderated by Ken Sensenig, assistant executive director of MCC's East Coast region.

Questions? Call or text June Landis at (717) 917-0430.


Current opening at MCC

Thrift Shop Coordinator (Salaried): This position provides support and services to 17 MCC East Coast thrift shops who annually contribute nearly $3 million to the ministries of MCC. The person in this position is expected to assist with problem solving in daily shop operations, to advocate for and be a resource in board development and sound policies and to nurture manager skill development, while offering and promoting MCC Thrift Shop Network resources, all resulting in consistent annual growth in net income. This person also acts as a liaison between MCC and East Coast thrift shops, communicating regularly the shops' issues, needs and feedback to MCC and MCC's mission and use of funds to the shops. Applications will be accepted until May 21st. 

For more information and to see other current openings at MCC, visit


Summer SWAP Positions Available

MCC's SWAP (Sharing With Appalachian People) home repair program has summer positions open in both West Virginia and Kentucky. The assignments run from May 30 to approximately August 11. Applicants should be at least 19 years old, but positions are not limited to young adults. In both positions, an exceptional 18-year-old might be considered. A stipend, room and board and travel expenses are provided.

  • Job Site Coordinators – Will be the liaison between homeowners and volunteers. Carpentry skills are helpful but not required. Must be willing to learn, follow instruction and work well with others, both homeowners and volunteers, youth and adults.
  • Meals Coordinators – Will assist the Location Coordinator with menu planning, meal preparation, kitchen duties and other tasks. Should be able to work well with staff and volunteers, both youth and adults.

For more information about SWAP and to apply, visit or call (606) 633-5065.


Ongoing Bulletin Announcements


Help displaced people in DR Congo

Armed conflict in the Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo has displaced 1.4 million people, including 5,000 Mennonites. Families had to leave their fields and animals when they fled the violence, and food that is available for purchase is very expensive. Congolese Mennonites are responding by distributing food packages of maize flour, beans, oil and salt, and hygiene supplies for women. 

Consider helping displaced people in the DR Congo by visiting


Palestine and Israel Learning Tour

MCC invites participants to join a learning tour in March 2019 to Palestine and Israel. Come, see and learn from MCC partners in Palestine and Israel who work for peace and justice. 

Download and share the flyer.

To learn more, visit or contact Curtis Book, MCC East Coast peace and justice coordinator, at


Borderlands Learning Tour

Join MCC on October 3-8, 2018 as we learn about the increasing migrant deaths, militarization, environment degradation, effects on habitat and effects on sister communities by the border wall along the Mexico/U.S. borderlands. Participants will increase their understanding and knowledge of the social, economic, political and biblical/theological significance of migration in border communities, including advocacy tools and capacity building to engage others on borderlands and migration issues.

For more information and to register for the six-day learning tour, visit or contact Curtis Book, MCC East Coast peace and justice coordinator, at


Resources for Church Leaders

MCC giving projects for your VBS curriculum

Want to integrate MCC into Vacation Bible School at your church? We've compiled a list of suggested MCC giving projects based on a number of popular 2018 VBS curricula. Visit our website to see the list we put together and help your VBS experience go farther in making an impact on the world. 

NEW MCC kit cards now available!

MCC carefully plans shipments of material resources in order to meet local needs, and we work hard to send high-quality items that can withstand the harsh conditions faced by the people who receive them. In light of recent evaluations, we have made a few changes to the kit supply lists. Updated kit cards are now available, so please discard (recycle, if possible) any outdated kit cards you may have.

Download and print a bulletin insert.

Download and print your own kit cards. 

To request copies of the new MCC kit cards for your church or group, email  

NEW video and stories: Displaced people in DR Congo

Is your church donating to MCC to help displaced people in DR Congo? Use these resources to share the stories of displaced people and learn how MCC and their partners are responding to the basic needs of our sisters and brothers who are affected by violence in DR Congo.

STORY: Read an article about MCC's current relief work in DR Congo.

VIDEO: Listen to Ngalula Ilunga, a displaced woman, tell her story of being chased by men with machetes. 

FREE countertop displays from MCC

Looking for a way for your church or business to engage with the quarterly themes of MCC? These small countertop displays feature different areas of MCC's work, with new inserts sent to you every quarter.

A promo display promotes various MCC kits, while the countertop coin box display encourages donations that will go towards MCC's quarterly theme. 

To order a promo display, a countertop coin box display or both items, contact