Friday, November 16, 2018

Fwd: Please announce this Sunday!

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Date: Fri, Nov 16, 2018 at 3:21 PM
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FREE public performance of Christmas Through the Ages! 
Please announce this Sunday!
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Dear Pastors and friends of Piercing Word,
We are excited to announce two free public performances of Christmas Through the Ages at Calvary Church Lower Auditorium - 1051 Landis Valley Rd. Lancaster, PA 17601 - on Sunday, December 2nd, at 3pm and 6pm. Will you please let your congregation know about this upcoming event at your services the next three weekends with an announcement? We have included a program insert and projection slide with this email to aid you in these announcements. If Piercing Word is bringing Christmas Through the Ages to your church or event this Christmas, you will be receiving an additional email with specific media materials for you to use to advertise your own event. With 37 Christmas Through the Ages presentations throughout Lancaster County this Christmas, we are praying that each congregation and individual who sees this presentation will be blessed and encouraged in their spiritual walk with Christ! Thank you so much for your support of Piercing Word ministry. We hope to see you and others from your church on December 2nd! Thank you for helping us spread the word! To see all of our other upcoming performance times, please visit
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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Fwd: Pinebrook

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The Next Generation
(left to right) Darren Gehman, Chad Strausbaugh, Abby Strausbaugh,
Daphne (daughter), AJ Longacre, Hailee Longacre, Joel (son)

We are celebrating, Pinebrook!
85 years of history steeped in Christian ministry and now the next generation to carry on the Great Commission of "Pointing People to Christ".

"Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely, I am with you always,
to the very end of the age." Matt 28:16-20

Welcome our new Pinebrook Leadership Team! 
This young team will move the Pinebrook vision forward with fresh energy, grace and skill.

Chad Strausbaugh, Site Director
will oversee the daily operations of Pinebrook.

Abby Strausbaugh, Front Desk Manager
will provide training and supervision of our Guest Services Team.

A.J. Longacre, Facilities Manager
will oversee improvements of buildings and grounds.

Darren Gehman, Finance Manager
will manage Pinebrook's accounting systems and procedures.

This truly is an amazing time to
"Watch God Work" in the hearts and minds of people at both of our locations: Pinebrook & Spruce Lake. 
We invite you to lift each one of our new Pinebrook Leadership Team up in prayer.
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Monday, November 12, 2018

Fwd: PA Relief Sale April 5&6, 2019, benefiting MCC

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Date: Wed, Nov 7, 2018 at 2:33 PM
Subject: PA Relief Sale April 5&6, 2019, benefiting MCC
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Dear Friends of Mennonite Central Committee,


Please put the following announcement in your church bulletin ASAP. 

We would also appreciate if you would download the attached poster and tack a copy on your church bulletin board. It would be helpful if you could distribute extra copies of the poster to your Sewing Circle and to known crafters in your congregation. Thank you. 

Janet Runion Patton, Craft Stand Coordinator

Bulletin Announcement:

The Craft Stand coordinators want to remind you to begin creating for the 63rd annual PA Relief Sale which will be held Friday and Saturday, April 5&6, 2019, at the Farm Show Building in Harrisburg, PA.

We are seeking crafts made from fabric, yarn, thread, wood, paper, or your specialty medium to make and donate new quality items. We welcome soaps, candles, handmade jewelry. The sale is still several months away, but well-made crafts take time to create.

Please see the Craft Stand poster (on bulletin board) for additional details.

Drop offs: anytime at Ephrata MCC Material Resources Center or bring to the Craft Stand during the sale.

Please call or email us your questions or comments.

Remember: All proceeds benefit MCC.

Janet Runion Patton: 717-926-4008,;

Ruth Runion Slear: 717-533-9423,

Fwd: November News from ALM

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Abundant Living Ministries Newsletter

November 2018

This month's newsletter includes:
  •  Letter from John titled: "How Much is Enough?"
  • "Thanksgiving Rhyme Time" - a poem written by Sharon that is also a fun activity for the family.
  • ALM is participating in "The Extraordinary Give" on November 16th. See the newsletter for details.
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Friday, November 9, 2018

Fwd: News from LMC

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Information for leaders and congregations


These bi-weekly UPDATES are shared so that leaders and congregations are aware of events and information taking place in LMC, agencies, fraternal organizations, congregations, and the broader church. These announcements are for your information and to share with others in your congregation through email (below is the link), weekly bulletin, monthly newsletter, Sunday morning announcements, church website, or Facebook. Use your discretion and share what your congregation will find helpful.

LMC Office Events & Information

ESL 101: Teaching English in Your Church
Saturday, December 1, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Stumptown Mennonite Church
2813 Stumptown Rd, Bird in Hand, Pa. 17505

This workshop will answer two questions.
1. How can we start an ESL ministry at our church?
2. How can I use ESL techniques with non-native speakers?

This resource event is cosponsored by Stumptown MC, LMC, and YWAM-Virginia.
All resource speakers are connected with YWAM-Virginia. Multiplication leaders, missional practitioners, visionary pastors, church planters, and emerging leaders should find the day practical, refreshing and encouraging.

The cost of the event is $20 and includes lunch. Registration is required. Preregister at if you plan to attend. Pay at the door. Stumptown MC, LMC, Landis Homes and Everence are helping to underwrite the costs of the day.

Congregational Events & Information

Rohrerstown Mennonite Church
Bilingual Ministry Service
Tuesday Bible Study 7 p.m. 
Friday Ministry Service (no service on the 3rd Friday)
Sunday Worship Service at 6:30 p.m. 
All are welcome and we have transportation available.
If you have any questions, please call the church office and leave a voice message 717-394-0203, and someone will get back to you. 

LMC Agency Events & Information

Church developers needed
EMM has numerous opportunities for people to come alongside young churches, supporting their growth and health. From places like Kosovo and Moldova to Southeast Asia, people passionate about nurturing the church can serve one of these congregations while also being in the wider community through avenues like teaching English, working with the elderly, or even small-scale farming. To learn more, contact Jimm Derksen at or 717 898-2251 ext. 214.

Se necesitan desarrolladores eclesiásticos
EMM tiene numerosas oportunidades para que la gente pueda ayudar a iglesias jóvenes, apoyando su crecimiento y su salud. Desde lugares como Kosovo y Moldavia hasta el sudeste de Asia, las personas que tienen pasión por la educación eclesiástica pueden servir en una de estas congregaciones y al mismo tiempo participar más ampliamente en la comunidad a través de vías como la enseñanza del inglés, el trabajo con ancianos o incluso la agricultura a pequeña escala. Para obtener más información, póngase en contacto con Jimm Derksen en o en el 717 898-2251 ext. 214.

Anabaptist Service Opportunities Portal 
You're 55 or older, and you want to put your faith into action. Wondering where to go? At, find short-term international service opportunities offered by Eastern Mennonite Missions and Mennonite Central Committee. Assignments typically last 3–6 months and are aimed at individuals and couples. Opportunities include service as a teacher, children at risk worker, visiting professor, accountant, church development worker, healthcare worker, and much more. Visit for more information. To learn more, contact Sherrie Ober at or 717 898-2251 ext. 269.

Portal de Oportunidades de Servicio Anabautista
Usted tiene 55 años o más, y desea poner su fe en acción. ¿No sabe a dónde ir? En encontrará oportunidades internacionales de servicio a corto plazo ofrecidas por Eastern Mennonite Missions y el Comité Central Menonita. Las asignaciones suelen durar de 3 a 6 meses y están dirigidas a individuos y parejas. Estas oportunidades incluyen servicio como maestros, labor con niños en situaciones de riesgo, profesor visitante, contador, obrero para el desarrollo de la iglesia, cuidado de salud, y muchas más. Visite para más información. Para aprender más, póngase en contacto con Sherrie Ober en o en el 717 898-2251 ext. 269.
For more information, and to view other 
events, visit or call 717-898-2251.
Friendship Community Needs Your Help!
A fire occurred on October 25, 2018 at an apartment complex where five of the Individuals we serve reside. We are grateful for any help you can provide in the following areas (click here to view and share document).  

If you have any questions or if you wish to provide a general donation, please contact Jessica Schweers at: 717-656-2466 ext. 1169.

The Friendship Community Worship Team is now scheduling programs for 2019
If you would like to have the Friendship Team join your congregation on a Sunday morning for a time of joyful worship and encouragement please contact Milt Stoltzfus at 717-656-2466, ext. 1125 or

Click here to view and share the flyer.
Pennsylvania German Folk Art Sale Opening
Come to the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society for the opening of their annual sale of handcrafted goods. The reception takes places from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, November 16 at the Society, 2215 Millstream Rd., Lancaster, Pa.

For more information, and to view other 
events, visit or call 717-393-9745.
Connecting with Landis Communities
The fastest growing age group in the United States are those at or near 70 years old.  Statistics tell us many of those persons will live at least to age 90. With that reality come questions about how congregations and families can be supporting those who are reaching this milestone. Landis Communities is happy to provide educational opportunities for small groups, Sunday School classes and entire congregations. Designed to stimulate creative thinking about congregational involvement in this process, the sessions are done by trained Landis Communities team members and come with no cost to your group. For more information, contact Larry Guengerich at or 717-381-3526.

For more information, and to view events, visit or call 717-381-3500.

LMC Fraternal Ministries Events & Information

Camp Hebron
BASE CAMP: Jr. High Retreat
Friday, January 4, 7 p.m. - Sunday, January 6, 1 p.m.
An awesome weekend winter cabin camp retreat for Junior High Youth. This retreat is designed for youth groups to come as a group.

Our Jr. High Retreat will feature engaging large group sessions coupled with structured small group discussions. And of course, there will be plenty of large group games and free time for students to enjoy various recreational activities like indoor rock climbing, floor hockey, giant Dutch Blitz, basketball and more!

Click here for more information and to register.
ROOTED: Sr. High Retreat
Friday, January 11, 7 p.m. - Sunday, January 13, 1 p.m.
Take advantage of this highly social weekend where growth, fellowship, and fun are all provided to your youth group! Your youth will receive sound Biblical teaching, enter into worship through song, and go deeper into the message through discussion groups and breakout sessions- all in the beautiful Camp Hebron setting.

The weekend's relaxed schedule and emphasis on spiritual growth, free time, and connecting with each other are tools to encourage your students to grow deeper in their relationship with Christ, as a youth group, and with a community of believers. The Sr. High Retreat is for youth groups with grades 9-12.

Click here for more information and to register.

Churchwide and Other Events & Information

Anabaptist Symposium on Sexual Abuse Awareness
Friday, November 16 and Saturday, November 17
Ephrata Business Center, 400 West Main St., Ephrata, Pa. 17522
Cost: $25 - personal ticket; $35 - couples ticket
We invite your participation in this symposium! We especially extend a welcome to church leaders, teachers, caregivers and all who have a heart to redemptively care for those affected by sexual abuse. For more information, and to register, click here.
Barnabas Initiatives & Anabaptist Center at Evangelical Seminary
Leading Teams in Effective Decision Making
Friday, November 9, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Grace Community Church, 212 Peach Bottom Rd, Willow Street, Pa.
Presenter: Merv Charles, MBA
Cost: $35 per person/CEUs available

Too often, team dysfunction can be traced back to flawed decision making. This seminar offers a straightforward framework for leaders to develop skills to create an environment that gives everyone a clear understanding of the core issues, a common language for discussion, and an authentic invitation to engage in productive decision-making.

For more information and to register, click here.
EVANA Network
Flourishing: Pastor/Spouse Retreat 2019
February 15-19, Life Enrichment Center, Fruitland Park, Fl.
Flourishing is a retreat for pastors, church planters, ministry leaders, and spouses from various denominations and backgrounds. Press that annual reset button by joining us at Flourishing. You will find encouragement through different workshops and rest through healing ministries. In addition, there will be the opportunity to resource and connect with leaders from many diverse backgrounds.

Click here for more information and to register.
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