Friday, March 24, 2017

Fwd: Tolerate it? This school crossed the line

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Date: Mar 23, 2017 2:05 PM
Subject: Tolerate it? This school crossed the line
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Privacy Matters: School tries to enforce unwritten policy with no parent or student notification. Now it's written all over the Internet.


It was announced this week that the Independence Law Center has filed a lawsuit after the Boyertown Area school district told a student to 'tolerate' undressing with a student of the opposite sex and to make it as 'natural' as possible. After Fox News' Todd Starnes wrote about the lawsuit, it took off with Twitter messages from Franklin Graham and actor James Woods:


Todd Starnes tweet

Franklin Graham

James Woods


Various news outlets continue to cover this developing story: Philadelphia Inquirer, Reading Eagle, Pottstown MercuryCBS Philly, Fox29WPHT 1210, WAVA 105.1, BuzzFeed....


Randall Wenger and Jeremy Samek of the Independence Law Center are working tirelessly to offer their pro-bono legal services to this Boyertown student, who was intimidated by school officials, to defend his right to bodily privacy.


Bottom line: An unwritten policy that removes student privacy rights with no notification to parents or students is not the solution


For more about this case, visit the Independence Law Center website:


WDACListen now: Randall Wenger was a guest on The Spotlight program with Greg Barton to give some insight into the Boyertown student suing his school for violating his privacy rights. Click here to listen now. You can listen live this Saturday at 12:30pm on WDAC (94.5 FM) and at 2:00pm on WBYN (107.5 FM).


FREE STUDENT TICKETS: Limited number of student tickets available to Pa Leadership Conference March 31 - April 1 


If you are a student and would like to attend the upcoming Pennsylvania Leadership Conference, we have a limited number of complimentary tickets that we can offer to students. We simply need your name, school and an email contact to have you registered for free tickets. Simply reply to this email or call 717-545-0600.


Randall Wenger will be a featured guest at the Freedom Breakfast at 7am on Saturday, April 1st as well as part of a workship starting at 9am on Friday, March 31st. To see the full agenda, go to

For adults, you can save $5 off registration by using the code "PFI" at registration. To register, go to


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Fwd: Summer adventures...

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Date: Mar 24, 2017 1:40 PM
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Summer adventures…

March, 2017


Dear Friends,

Spring is finally here. That means it's time to look toward the summer courses that EMS in Pennsylvania is offering in May and June. Check them out.  Join the adventure! 

Summer 2017 Courses                

The Preaching Institute (2 credits)  
Schedule: Friday – Saturday, 8:30am-4:30pm, May 5-6, 2017
Location: EMU Lancaster
Instructors: Wes Furlong, PhD candidate and Steve Kriss, PhD

Cross-cultural Church: Anabaptism & Post-Christendom in a Changing Context (3 credits)
Schedule: May 22 – June 1, 2017
Cost: $3,500
Location: SE Penna and United Kingdom
Instructor: Steve Kriss, PhD and others

The Holy Spirit in Anabaptist Experience (3 credits)  
Schedule: Tuesday and Thursday, 6:30-9:30pm, May 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18; June 6, 8, 13, 15, 20 22, 27, 29
Location: EMU Lancaster
Instructor: Brinton Rutherford, PhD

For Syllabi & Registration


Seminary | Eastern Mennonite University at Lancaster

1846 Charter Lane • Lancaster, PA 17601 | 717.397.5190


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Fwd: Strawberry pie, quilts and fun!

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Date: Fri, Mar 24, 2017 at 6:30 AM
Subject: Strawberry pie, quilts and fun!
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Support MCC at the PA Relief Sale

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Join us next week at the Pennsylvania Relief Sale supporting MCC!


March 31 & April 1, 2017
4 - 9 p.m.
6:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Farm Show Complex
2300 North Cameron Street, Harrisburg, PA 17110

  • Auctions featuring handmade quilts, furniture, original artwork and much more
  • Delicious treats including strawberry pie
  • Children's activities
  • Ten Thousand Villages merchandise and other artisan displays
  • And more!

MCC Alumni & Friends Gathering: Come by the MCC booth on Saturday at 10 a.m. for a time of mingling and sharing of your MCC experiences with other friends and alumni. Feel free to purchase a snack and beverage in support of our relief sale vendors and bring them along.

Visit for additional details and a complete schedule of events.


Thursday, March 23, 2017

Fwd: Bulletin Items for March 26 from the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society

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Date: Wed, Mar 22, 2017 at 10:07 AM
Subject: Bulletin Items for March 26 from the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society
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Message for bulletin editor:

Dear bulletin editor,

Thank you for including the following announcements in your congregation's Sunday bulletin, newsletters or e-mail groups. New events are highlighted. Also, if at all possible, please post the attached event posters on your church's bulletin boards.

Mensaje al editor del boletín dominical:

Estimado editor del boletín,

Gracias por incluir los siguientes anuncios en el boletín dominical ó semanal, o en sus mensajes a grupos de su iglesia con correos electrónicos. Los nuevos anuncios están resaltados. También, si es posible, le pedimos que ponga los afiches adjuntos en algún lugar prominente en su iglesia. 

English Version

  • Lancaster Family History Conference—The Thirty-eighth Annual Lancaster Family History Conference presents "New Arrivals in a New Land: A Tribute to Our 1717 Immigrant Families" with a keynote by John L. Ruth. It takes place from May 18-20 at the Lancaster Farm and Home Center. Register at
  • Bicycle Tour of Native American Sites—Catch the fresh air and learn about Native Americans in Lancaster County with a bicycle tour in Conestoga starting at 8 a.m. on Saturday, May 13 with the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society. Manor Township was home to numerous settlements of Native Americans. Participants will explore these sites on a 16-mile bike hike. Bikers will hear storytellers talking about this saga at 14 stops along the way. Registration costs $30, $20 for students. Register by May 6 at or by calling (717) 393-9745.
  • Moving into the City, Moving out of the City: What Makes People Move—Join the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society at Jesucristo es el Señor (New Holland Spanish Mennonite Church), 24 N Roberts Ave, New Holland, PA, at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 3, for an evening looking at migration. Steve Nolt, Senior Scholar at the Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies, will explore the movement of Lancaster Mennonites from the country into the city in the 50s and 60s. Christine Baer of Church World Service, will lead an accompanying panel discussing the current movement of Mennonite-connected immigrants from the city to the country.
  • Native American Beading ClassCome to the 1719 Hans Herr House & Museum for a folk art class on Native American beading on Saturday, April 22 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Native Americans used trade beads to decorate clothing and create jewelry. Beading will be taught by Native American, Lynda Jarsocrak. Students will make a simple project. Register online at or by calling (717) 464-4438. Registration costs $30 and is due April 7.

Spanish Version

  • Conferencia Genealógica de Lancaster—La 38va Conferencia Genealógica de Lancaster presenta "Recién Llegados a Una Nueva Tierra: Tributo a Nuestras Familias Inmigrantes del 1717" con John L. Ruth como orador principal. La conferencia se llevará a cabo del 18 al 20 de mayo en el Lancaster Farm and Home Center. Regístrate en
  • Gira en Bicicleta a Sitios Históricos Nativoamericanos—Disfruta del aire fresco y aprende sobre los natiovamericanos del Condado de Lancaster en una gira en bicicleta por el área de Conestoga empezando a las 8 a.m. el sábado 13 de mayo con la Sociedad Histórica Menonita de Lancaster. La municipalidad de Manor era hogar de poblaciones numerosas de nativoamericanos. Participantes en la gira explorarán estos lugares en esta gira de 16 millas. Los ciclistas escucharán a cuentistas en 14 paradas por el camino. La matrícula cuesta $30, $20 para estudiantes. Inscríbete para el 6 de mayo en o llamando al (717) 393-9745.
  • Movidas a la Ciudad y Fuera de la Ciudad: ¿Qué Motiva a la Gente a Mudarse?Ven a la Iglesia Menonita Jesucristo es el Señor (24 N Roberts Ave, New Holland, PA) a las 7 p.m. el lunes 3 de abril para una noche donde se explorará la migración. Steve Nolt, Académico Principal en el "Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies," discutirá el movimiento de menonitas del campo a la ciudad en los 1950 y 1960. Christine Baer de Church World Service, dirigirá un panel discutiendo el movimiento actual de la ciudad al campo de inmigrantes conectados a los menonitas.   
  • Clase para Enhebrar Cuentas Joyas NativoamericanasVen a la Casa Museo de Hans Herr del 1719 para una clase de arte folclórico para enhebrar cuentas nativoamericanas el sábado 22 de abril de 10 a.m. a 12 p.m. Los nativoamericanos usaban cuentas para el trueque, para adornar ropa, y para hacer joyas. Lynda Jarsocrak, nativoamericana, enseñará la clase. Los estudiantes harán un proyecto sencillo. Matricúlate para el 7 de abril en o llamando al (717) 464-4438. La registración cuesta $30. 
Joel Nofziger
Director of Communications
Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society
Lancaster Roots
2215 Millstream Road, Lancaster PA 17602
717 393 9745

Fwd: MWC Info: Dialogues on baptism; Congolese counter violence

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March 2017

Transformed by the Word

In the midst of the many Reformation commemoration celebrations, especially in Europe, it's important to remember that the Anabaptists also emerged within the context of the Reformation and were decisively shaped by its rediscovery of the Bible as an authority for Christian faith and life.

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Songs, sermons and saucers

Music from other cultures, Scripture readings on a common theme, shared food and special offerings characterize World Fellowship Sunday, a celebration of Anabaptist family in Mennonite and Brethren in Christ churches around the world 22 January 2017.

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Congolese counter violence with prayer and workshops

In late 2016, leaders from the Mennonite national churches in DR Congo requested prayer from Mennonite World Conference because presidential elections had been postponed, exacerbating tensions between citizens and government. Some incidents of violence occurred before the intended election date, but destruction was less than had been anticipated.

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Dialogues on baptism close with learning and prayer

Representatives of the Catholic Church (Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity), the Lutheran World Federation, and the Mennonite World Conference met in Augsburg, Germany, 9–14 February 2017, for the fifth meeting of the Trilateral Dialogue Commission on Baptism. The meeting in Augsburg concluded a five-year dialogue process.

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From a broken leg to a mended heart

I accepted Jesus when I was 19. I got baptized on Christmas Day in 1996. Since then, my life has totally changed. I always want to live my life with my Saviour, Jesus Christ. When I got baptized, I was so happy and filled with joy to be able to start the new life that God gave me.

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World Fellowship Sunday 2017: Songs, sermons and saucers

Photos: "We remember that 500 years ago, brave men and women, motivated by the real teachings of Jesus, decided to follow him even though that action cost them their lives, says Oscar Suarez, member of Iglesia Menonita de Ibagué (Ibagué Mennonite Church), Colombia.

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Prayers of gratitude and intercession

March 2017: "I thank my God every time I remember you, constantly praying with joy in every one of my prayers for all of you, because of your sharing in the gospel from the first day until now" (Philippians 1:3–5). Praise the Lord for church workers called to serve brothers and sisters around the world. Getting visas is becoming increasingly challenging in many countries; pray that God would open doors to allow this cultural exchange to continue to enrich those who go and those who welcome cross-cultural workers. Read more...

March 2017: MWC Deacons Commission secretary Henk Stenvers, who visited Anabaptist churches in Ecuador in January 2017, calls for prayer for Ecuador. The cities of Manta and Portoviejo were particularly affected by the 7.8-magnitude earthquake that shook the country in April 2016, killing hundreds and injuring thousands; pray for the congregations who are bringing material aid and trauma healing strategies to assist people affected by the disaster. Pray also for members of Iglesia Evangélica Menonita Ecuatoriana (IEME) who lost homes and family in the disaster. Read more...

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Fwd: Bulletin Announcement

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Date: Wed, Mar 22, 2017 at 8:21 AM
Subject: Bulletin Announcement

Dear church bulletin editor:

The previously-sent announcement about the MCCL Spring Concert Series contained the wrong date for the concert at Chiques Church of the Brethren. Please note that this public concert is Sunday, April 30.

Please place the following announcement in your church bulletin or other means of communicating with your congregation.

The Mennonite Children's Choir of Lancaster is open to children from all denominations and is sponsored by Lancaster Mennonite School as a service to the community.

Thank you for your help.


2017 Children's Choir Spring Concert Series Scheduled
The 150-voice Mennonite Children's Choir of Lancaster will perform its spring concerts series at the following locations:  4  p.m. Sunday, April 9, at Stumptown Mennonite Church, Bird in Hand; 6:30 p.m. Saturday,  April 22, at Lititz Moravian Congregation, Lititz;  4  p.m. Sunday, April 23, at Forest Hills Mennonite Church, Leola (with the youngest MCCL section,Prelude Music);  and 4 p.m. Sunday, April 30, at Chiques Church of the Brethren, Manheim. The choir's repertoire reflects the musical diversity of the Church around the world and through time. All the concerts are open to the public. Tickets are not required, but a freewill offering will be received.

Lancaster Mennonite School 
2176 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, PA 17602
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