Thursday, March 22, 2018

Fwd: REAL Life Community Services Spring Banquet

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Date: Mar 22, 2018 3:11 PM
Subject: REAL Life Community Services Spring Banquet
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Speaker:  Dan Jurman, CEO of   Community Action Partnership of Lancaster         

Location:  Weaver's Banquet Facility

                    2610 North Reading Road

                    Denver, PA 17517

Date:           Thursday, April 5th, 2018

Time:          6:30 pm (doors open at 6 pm)

Join us for this free event!
Reserve your tickets by March 30th!
Get your FREE tickets here!
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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Fwd: World Down Syndrome Day: A 3-minute must-watch video

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From: Michael Geer, PA Family Council <>
Date: Wed, Mar 21, 2018 at 11:04 AM
Subject: World Down Syndrome Day: A 3-minute must-watch video
To: Phil Horning <>

Dear Phil,


Today is World Down Syndrome Day and to celebrate, would you take five minutes for the following action steps?


Three minutes: Watch this video.

Karen Gaffney is perhaps the most eloquent and effective advocate for protecting the rights of people with Down syndrome. She came to Pennsylvania in support of the Down Syndrome Protection Act (House Bill 2050 & Senate Bill 1050) and delivered a powerful message. We just published the following video highlighting her rally speech - click here to watch.


Down syndrome is a life worth saving

One minute: Share this video.

Gaffney's message is one we want all of Pennsylvania to know. Whether it's forwarding this email or sharing it on Facebook, please help us spread this message.


In addition, if you would request your church or small group to play this video, click here to download the video


One minute: Call your State Representative in support of the Down Syndrome Protection Act.

House Bill 2050 (and Senate Bill 1050) would prohibit an abortion of any child solely due to a prenatal diagnosis of possible Down syndrome. Lawmakers won't act on this legislation unless they hear from you and me so would you please take a minute to call your State Representative today with this simple message (and leave a message if you get their voicemail):


"My name is Phil and I ask for your support of the Down Syndrome Protection Act - House Bill 2050." 


By our records, your State Representative is Jim A. Cox Jr. 610-670-0139.




Just as Karen Gaffney put it during the Down Syndrome Protection Act rally:


"It was a wave of humanity that lifted us out of institutions, brought us home, got us into schools, and included us in the community of life, ladies and gentleman. And it will require another wave of humanity to STOP the targeting of Down syndrome around the world. It requires people like you to stand up for us and with us to help us show the world that Down syndrome is a life worth saving."


Thank you for doing your part and for 1) watching the video, 2) sharing it and 3) calling your State Representative Jim A. Cox Jr. 610-670-0139.



Michael Geer

Michael Geer, President

Pennsylvania Family Council


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Say Yes to Down Syndrome Protection Act

Take Action:

Tell your elected officials to support the Down Syndrome Protection Act.

News Coverage of the Rally:

KDKA // Fox43 // Reading Eagle // PennLive 


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Fwd: News from Lancaster Mennonite Conference

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Date: Wed, Mar 21, 2018 at 6:00 AM
Subject: News from Lancaster Mennonite Conference

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

Celebration of Church Life
Friday, March 23, 7 p.m. and Saturday, March 24, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Weaverland Anabaptist Faith Community
210 Weaverland Valley Rd., East Earl, Pa. 17519
This gathering provides an opportunity for all ages to gather, grow and hear how the Holy Spirit is at work among our LMC congregations.

Theme: Rebuild, Repair, Revive
Key Verse: Isaiah 61:4 - They will Rebuild the ancient ruins, Repairing
cities destroyed long ago. They will Revive them, though they have
been deserted for many generations. 

To assist with logistical planning, please register for the meal, childcare and your seminars at the following link or call 717-293-5246 ext. 100. If you are interested in volunteering at Celebration of Church Life, please register at

Translation will be available Friday evening, and Saturday. Please contact Joselyn Santiago, or 717-293-5246 ext. 100, for more information.
Celebración de la Vida de la Iglesia
viernes, Marzo, 7 p.m. y sabado, Marzo 24, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Weaverland Anabaptist Faith Community
210 Weaverland Valley Rd., East Earl, Pa. 17519
Esta reunión brinda una oportunidad para que todas las edades se reúnan, crezcan y escuchen cómo obra el Espíritu Santo entre nuestras congregaciones de LMC.

Tema: Reconstruir, Reparar, Resucitar
Verso clave: Isaías 61:4 - Reconstruirán las ruinas antiguas, reparando ciudades destruidas hace mucho tiempo. Las resucitarán, aunque hayan
estado desiertas por muchas generaciones.

Para ayudar con la planificación, regístrese para la comida, cuido de niños y sus seminarios en o llame al 717-293-5246 ext. 100. Si está interesado en ser voluntario, regístrese en

Traducción será disponible el viernes por la noche y el sábado. Póngase en contacto con Joselyn Santiago, o 717-293-5246 ext. 100, para más información.
Celebration of Church Life Report
The Celebration of Church Life report packet is on our LMC website. Click here to view the various reports from our agencies, fraternal organizations, and other Mennonite/Anabaptist organizations.
Orientation for Newly (or Recently) Credentialed Leaders
Wednesday, April 18, 7-9:30 p.m.
LMC Office, 2160 Lincoln Highway E., Lancaster, Pa. 17602
The orientation will also be available through Zoom video conference.
Please RSVP by April 15: 717-293-5246 ext. 100 or

Congregational Events & Information

Maple Grove Mennonite Church
150th Anniversary Celebration
August 10-12, 2018
115 Maple Grove Rd., Belleville, Pa. 17004
Click here to view the tentative schedule for the weekend.
Slate Hill Mennonite Church
Sunday evening, March 25, 7 p.m.
Tony Campolo—speaker, author, pastor, social activist, and passionate follower of Jesus Christ will speak at Slate Hill Mennonite Church, 1352 Slate Hill Road, Camp Hill, Pa. on Sunday evening, March 25th, at 7 p.m. His topic: "Our Christian Witness in a Post-Christian Society." In the course of his long speaking ministry, Tony has challenged millions of people to respond to God's boundless love by combining personal discipleship, evangelism and social justice. Everyone is welcome. For more information contact David Weaver-Zercher at 717-697-4129.

LMC Agency Events & Information

Community prayer event
All are invited to come together at Landis Homes for a time of corporate worship and intercessory prayer for local and global EMM ministry. Mission needs to be steeped in prayer! Child care is not provided, but children are welcome as long as they are accompanied by their parents. Come pray with us on Tuesday, March 27, 9–10 a.m., at the West Bethany Chapel at Landis Homes (1001 East Oregon Road, Lititz, PA 17543). For more information, contact Jessica Herlein at or 717 898-2251 ext. 250.

Evento de oración en la comunidad
Todos están invitados a visitar Landis Homes para un tiempo de alabanza y oración intercesora por los ministerios locales y globales de EMM. ¡La labor misionera debe estar impregnada de oración! No se ofrece cuidado de niños, pero los niños son bienvenidos siempre y cuando estén acompañados por sus padres. Venga y ore con nosotros el martes, 27 de marzo, de las 9 a las 10 p.m., en el West Bethany Chapel de Landis Homes (1001 East Oregon Road, Lititz, PA 17543). Para obtener más información, póngase en contacto con Jessica Herlein en o el 717 898-2251 ext. 250.
For more information, and to view other 
events, visit or call 717-898-2251.
The "Theology of the Cross" at the Crux of the Reformation
Mennonites and Lutherans mark 500 years of reformation together on the anniversary of the Heidelberg Disputation.  Join the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society for an evening program of lectures and song at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 6, Stumptown Mennonite Church, 2813 Stumptown Road, Bird in Hand, Pennsylvania.

La "Teología de La Cruz" en el Punto Crucial de la Reformación
Menonitas y Luteranos reconocen 500 años de reformación juntos el aniversario de la Disputa Heidelberg. Unise con La Sociedad Histórica Menonita de Lancaster con una noche de discursos y canciones a las 7 p.m. viernes 6 de Abril, Stumpton Mennonite Church, 2813 Stumptown Road, Bird in Hand, Pennsylvania.
For more information, and to view other 
events, visit or call 717-393-9745.

Clergy and Lay Leaders Breakfast
Clergy and Lay Leaders are invited to the 2018 Landis Communities Clergy Breakfast. It will be held from 7:30-9 a.m. Thursday, April 19 in the West Community Room at Landis Homes 1001 East Oregon Road, Lititz, PA. Titled "Meaningful Memorial Services" it is designed to help pastors and others as they work to craft services that are meaningful for families and congregations. It will be led by Joy Swartley Sawatzky. She is a Pastor at Souderton Mennonite Homes and an accomplished storyteller. Joy will share examples and techniques she uses in designing services meaningful to families and friends of those who have passed on. Please RSVP to 717-381-3526 or email
For more information, and to view other 
events, visit or call 717-381-3500.

LMC Fraternal Ministries Events & Information

Black Rock Retreat
Easter Sunrise Service
Join us as we welcome the African Children's Choir to our annual Easter Sunrise Service at Black Rock Retreat.
Our Easter Sunrise Service will be held on Sunday, April 1 at 6:15 a.m.
Feel free to bring a blanket or lawn chairs as we meet on the ball field below the three crosses.
A free continental breakfast will be provided and the service will be held rain or shine.
Click here for more information.
Camp Deerpark
Annual Banquet
Friday, April 6, 6 p.m., Shady Maple Restaurant, East Earl, Pa.
All proceeds will be invested in "Empowering Urban Youth to Serve Christ in the City"
For reservations contact: Janice Henry 845-754-8669 or email:
No Longer Alone Ministries
Family Support Group
Fourth Sunday of every month, 3-5 p.m.
Rossmere Mennonite Church, 741 Janet Ave, Lancaster
FSG brings Christian support for families and friends of loved ones with mental illness. There are informative topics to enhance insight and understanding of mental illness. Meetings are normally held on the fourth Sunday of each month from 3- 5 p.m. at Rossmere Mennonite Church, 741 Janet Ave, Lancaster. Educational program runs from 3-4 p.m.; Share and Care Groups meet from 4:10-5 p.m.
Click here for more information.

Paths to Discovery Support Group
The Paths to Discovery Support Group participants experience fellowship, encouragement, and mutual support for their personal journeys with mental illness. A professional staff member facilitates the meetings. Click here for more information.
There are presently 2 groups which meet at the following locations:

Churchwide and Other Events & Information

Global Outreach for Addiction Leadership and Learning
GOAL Workshops
If you are concerned about someone you care about might have a problem with pain pills, heroin, or alcohol, register to attend a workshop.
Click here for more information on workshops and to register.
New York City Council of Mennonite Churches
Convention, May 5, 2018
NYC families will enjoy a day of reconnecting with God and sisters & brothers at Camp Deerpark, NY. For more information contact Moderator, Omar Guzman, 646-847-8603.
Click here to view and share the flier. 
Women's Regional Gathering
Saturday, November 3, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Time for Christian inspiration…opportunities for new friendships and helpful resources!
Everyone welcome – Women of all ages!
No adult pre-registration. Elevator service available.
Childcare, $5 per child. Call 717-656-7878 by November 1.
For more information on the schedule of the day and workshops available, click here.
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