Sunday, September 23, 2018

Fwd: A Global Mosaic

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From: César García <>
Date: Sunday, September 23, 2018
Subject: A Global Mosaic
To: Gehman Mennonite Church <>


"Like living stones, let yourselves be built into a spiritual house"
1 Peter 2:5 (NRSV).

Rejection of all that is different; hate toward other cultures; the selfish search for one's own well-being to the exclusion of all else: many societies around the world choose to live this way right now.  Even so, those of us who follow Jesus are called to enjoy a different kind of society, one that is multicultural and urges all to celebrate diversity and be enriched by it. 

Mosaics are a great example of the above-mentioned society.  Christian artists across the centuries have created mosaics like the one at the Basilica of Sant'Apollinare Nuovo in Italy.  In this mosaic, stones of different colours and sizes are organized in such a way that the viewer is able to see an image of Jesus.

The apostle Peter invites us to grow like living stones, building a new society that contrasts with the societies at hand. A mosaic made of living stones requires that each and every stone intentionally chooses to participate, assuming its rightful place and faithfully occupying it.  A new society of this nature is built with love and determination. As we celebrate Peace Sunday, let us remember that in Christ our differences lead to growth, peace and harmony.  As we welcome those who are different, we reveal the face of Jesus to the world.

In Christ,                  

César García,  
MWC general secretary                             
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Saturday, September 22, 2018

Fwd: Open House for OCC Sept 29th at the Lighthouse church with speaker 6PM

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From: Judy Mundell <>
Date: Sat, Sep 22, 2018 at 12:43 PM
Subject: Open House for OCC Sept 29th at the Lighthouse church with speaker 6PM
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Dear Friends,
Enclosed is an article explaining about an Open House being held at The Lighthouse church in Orwigsburg. We are having a Full Circle Speaker that night. He will be sharing how he received a Operation Christmas Child shoebox many years ago and how it changed his life. Please come out and meet Septime.  There will be information available and refreshments. Hope to see you there.
Judy Mundell, OCC
Administrative Support

Fwd: REAL Transformation Begins!

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From: REAL Life Community Services <>
Date: Sat, Sep 22, 2018 at 1:55 PM
Subject: REAL Transformation Begins!
To: Phil <>


Transformation begins!

REAL Life Community Services has contracted with Wohlsen Construction to restore this iconic building to what it once was 100 years ago, with some modern changes and a new purpose!  We were only able to salvage the basement floor and the bottom 10ft of the two front walls, but the most historic part of the building, the double doors in the front, will be re-purposed inside. 

Groundbreaking Ceremony!

From left to right, Craig Lehman, Michael Hession, Jonathan Moyer, Michael Leid, Glenn Hurst, Matthew Sternberg, Ray D'Agostino, Rod Redcay, Lloyd Smucker, Suzanne High, Aaron Groff, Jackie Concepcion, Mindy Fee, Dennis Stuckey, Joshua Parsons.

It's new purpose! 

The old Denver House (hotel/bar) will be re-purposed to the Declaration House;

  • 10 Affordable Apartments
  • Healthcare (medical, dental, counseling)
  • Social Service Hub
  • Retail Stores

Completion Date set for Summer of 2019!!

$500,000 Victory Challenge Campaign!

We have raised over $2.8 Million towards the Campaign.  We have a $500,000 Victory Challenge to get us to the finish line!  Every dollar raised from here on out will go to this challenge!  
Help us get the word out by joining our team in walking with us in the 100th Annual Ephrata Parade on Wednesday, Sept 26th at 7pm!  Walk with the float and hand out candy and flyers to the public!  The more info we can hand out the more people will give!  

We need your help!

Join us to Walk the Parade
Give Directly to the Project
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Friday, September 21, 2018

Fwd: New Relief Kit Resource from MCC!

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From: James Wheeler, MCC East Coast <>
Date: Fri, Sep 21, 2018 at 7:33 AM
Subject: New Relief Kit Resource from MCC!
To: <>

Consider collecting relief kits this holiday season

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Dear Friends:

What would you do if your home and belongings were suddenly swept away in a flood? When the news is filled with stories and images of people in need, how can you respond to their plight?

In a crisis, such as war or disaster, MCC is often invited to help people meet their most basic and immediate needs. One way we respond is through relief kit distributions.

This year, 25,000 relief kits are requested from our partners. That means we need your help! To fulfill this request, and to generate excitement about these kits, we would like to introduce you to MCC's new church resource, "Kits are for Caring."

Curriculum for Children
Prayer Cards

The full resource package includes:

Specifically for children

  • Children's Curriculum: Three lesson plans with activities, Bible stories, coloring pages and activity sheets.
  • "Hello" Pages: Meet children from around the world and have children create their own "Hello" page.

Specifically for adults

  • Country Info Sheets: Learn about countries around the world where MCC distributes relief kits.
  • Prayer Cards: Pray specifically for the people and places receiving relief kits. 

Promoting your event


    Designed to be ready to use, the resource even includes curriculum to guide a group of children toward a celebration of sharing God's gifts by collecting humanitarian aid for those in need around the world. Whether you use the curriculum in Sunday School classes, during the children's story or in a Bible camp, there are games, stories and activity sheets that will engage children of all ages. But there are also resources to use with adult groups, including prayer cards and in-depth info sheets.

    Our hope is that churches can use the materials in this resource to get children (and people of all ages) excited about collecting relief kits. Maybe you could even consider collecting relief kits this Thanksgiving or Christmas season?

    Relief kits are one of the most requested items from MCC. Last year, MCC distributed more than 24,500 relief kits to people in countries such as Jordan, Haiti, Ukraine, Syria and Democratic People's Republic of Korea (also known as North Korea). Providing valuable hygiene supplies to families whose lives have been disrupted, the gift of a relief kit goes a long way to show someone, somewhere, that you care.

    As you prayerfully consider this request, please feel free to contact us to see if we can be of service. Thank you for considering joining in MCC's efforts to share God's love and compassion for all in the name of Christ by donating relief kits.



    James Wheeler, Manager, MCC Material Resources Center
    517 West Trout Run Road, Ephrata, PA 17522
    (717) 733-2847 |

    P.S. If you prefer collecting money to collecting in-kind donations, you can do that, too! We recommend contacting "Gifts For Relief" if you are looking to purchase supplies. Located in Gap, PA, this Amish-led nonprofit was started to make it easier and more cost effective to buy bulk supplies for MCC kits. For $20, you can buy the supplies needed to make one relief kit. Call Daniel Stoltzfus at (717) 442-1295 for more information.