Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Fwd: A Letter from LMC Moderator, L. Keith Weaver Re: Congregational Communication for Year-End Giving

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Date: Tue, Nov 12, 2019 at 9:53 AM
Subject: A Letter from LMC Moderator, L. Keith Weaver Re: Congregational Communication for Year-End Giving
To: Keith Weaver <>
Cc: Mindi Hoover <>

Greetings LMC Congregations,

As a congregation, would you consider supporting LMC in Year End giving and encourage your congregants to individually support LMC?

As you may be aware, LMC reaches into 12 states and five countries through the work of more than 230 congregations.  These congregations, like you, seek to distinctively align themselves around God's mission to the world.  This includes activities like church multiplication support, leadership training and vision casting.  Such activities require human resources with associated costs. 

In addition to supporting missional engagement, LMC Staff manage credentials, initiate child protection policies, provide child protection training, maintain global fraternal relationships, support Mennonite World Conference, respond to congregational conflict, aid with leadership transitions, plan LMC wide events, provide free counseling for leaders, provide Shalom News and website resources, enable the Legacy Foundation, manage the relationship with resource partner organizations, lead three ongoing prayer meetings each month and other activities.

As a congregation, would you support LMC in Year End giving and encourage your congregants to individually support LMC?  Enclosed are a few resources.  Consider how you might use these within your congregation.

·         Bulletin announcements

·         PowerPoint announcement slide

·         Mailbox flyer

·         Giving brochure, LMC Staff Picture and giving envelope (Coming via mail soon)

We thank you for your generosity in supporting LMC!  You year-end, tax-deductible gift supports LMC leadership training, discipleship ministries, congregational resourcing, credentialing services, identity development, missional counsel, pastoral transition, conflict resourcing, global relationships, and a host of other services!

Saludos Congregaciones de LMC

Como congregación, ¿considerarían apoyar a LMC en las donaciones de fin de año y alentar a sus congregantes a apoyar individualmente a LMC?

Como ya sabrán, LMC llega a 12 Estados y a cinco países a través del trabajo de más de 230 congregaciones.  Estas congregaciones, como la suya, buscan alinearse distintivamente en torno a la misión de Dios para el mundo.  Esto incluye actividades como apoyar la multiplicación de Iglesias, entrenamiento de líderes, y el de alcanzar la visión.  Estas actividades requieren recursos humanos con costos asociados. 

Además de apoyar el compromiso misionero; el personal de LMC administras las credenciales, inicia políticas de protección infantil, brinda capacitación en protección infantil, mantiene relaciones fraternales a nivel mundial, apoya la Conferencia Mundial Menonita, responde a conflictos congregacionales, ayuda con las transiciones de liderazgo, planifica eventos amplios de LMC, provee consejería para los lideres, proporciona la revista Shalom News  y recursos de la página de internet, habilita la Fundación Legacía, gestiona la relación con las organizaciones de recursos asociadas, dirige tres reuniones de oración cada mes, entre otras.

Como congregación, ¿apoyarían a LMC en las donaciones de fin de año y alentaría a sus congregantes a apoyar individualmente a LMC?  Adjunto hay algunas ideas.  Considere como usted podría usarlas dentro de su congregación.

·         Anuncios en los boletines de su iglesia

·         Anuncios con proyección de PowerPoint

·         Volantes en los buzones

·         Folleto de donaciones con un sobre, y fotografía del personal de LMC.

¡Le agradecemos su generosidad al apoyar a LMC!  ¡Su donación deducible de impuestos de fin de año respalda la capacitación de liderazgo de LMC, ministerio de discipulado, recursos congregacionales, servicios credenciales, desarrollo de identidad, consejería misionera, transición pastoral, recursos para solucionar conflictos, relaciones globales, y una gran cantidad de otros servicios!

L. Keith Weaver
LMC Moderator
717-293-5246 ext. 101
2160 Lincoln Hwy E., #5
Lancaster, PA 17602  

Mindi Hoover
Administrative Assistant
2160 Lincoln Highway East, Box #5
Lancaster, PA 17602
(717) 293-5246 ext. 105

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Fwd: Adding a plate or two to your table…

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Date: Tue, Nov 12, 2019 at 10:04 AM
Subject: Adding a plate or two to your table…
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Adding a plate or two to your table ...
November 2019
Dear Friends, 
In this season of giving thanks, I've been thinking about what it means to extend kindness and extend my table. 
My parents modeled inclusion and hospitality – opening their home to international students, those visiting our church for the first time and many others.  Our kitchen had a table that could expand with at least 10 leaves – and we adjusted the size of that table to fit whoever could join us on weekends and holidays. 
Today, that same table is in my dining room. So I've been thinking about who I might extend my table for, especially during this Thanksgiving season. 
Sonya and her 1 year old son were the guests of Carlos and Millie, Bridge of Hope Neighboring Volunteers, for Thanksgiving a few years ago.  When Sonya looks back she says, "I arrived scared and sad. Going to a stranger's home for Thanksgiving felt the opposite of what I wanted.  But they wrapped their arms around me when I arrived and I suddenly felt at home.  That was the beginning of their complete acceptance of me – and it affected every area of my life." 
Small acts of kindness, like adding a plate or two at your Thanksgiving table, can change sadness into hope.  Social poverty, the lack of relationships of support, is something Bridge of Hope is addressing every day.  One pastor says it this way:  "Like in most congregations, our greatest resource is loving, caring and capable people!  Through Bridge of Hope we have an opportunity to invite people to bring who they are to something that is mutually transforming.  We find we're all in this together; it's a win – win – win kind of thing!" 
May we each find ways extend our table, bring hope, and end social poverty,
P.S. For inspiration, check out Carrie Newcomer's song and video "Room at the Table."  
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Fwd: Save unborn babies from being treated as "waste" in PA!

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From: Tom Shaheen, Pa Family Council <>
Date: Tue, Nov 12, 2019 at 11:15 AM
Subject: Save unborn babies from being treated as "waste" in PA!
To: Kelly Horning <>

Don't Equate Miscarried and Aborted Babies with 'Waste' - Show Respect and Help Pass HB1890!
Contact your State Representative TODAY!

Dear Kelly,

Sadly, right now there is growing pushback against some Pennsylvania elected officials who are trying to show respect to human life by passing a bill to provide for the proper disposition of a baby that is miscarried or aborted in any health care facility. Sad but true that Planned Parenthood and the abortion lobby not only refuse to acknowledge the life of the unborn child, but can't even allow families the option to properly acknowledge a baby's death.

This is why I urge you to please take just a few minutes to contact your State Representative and ask for their support of House Bill 1890 (HB1890). 

State Representative Frank Ryan (R-Lebanon) is the leading sponsor of the legislation. He and his wife suffered a late-term miscarriage of their first son, Eddie. A few hours after the baby was born, he tried to claim the remains, but they were gone. 

As Rep. Ryan puts it,

It's important that people hear the word that's used. It's medical hazardous 'waste.' And for me - that's my child.

This legislation has drawn national attention after State Rep. Wendy Ullman (D-Bucks) callously commented in the committee vote on the bill that "an early miscarriage is just some mess on a napkin." (See below for additional news coverage.) 

Rep. Ullman has since apologized for her "poorly chosen" words but continues spreading lies about what the bill would do, claiming it requires "ritual burial or cremation" following a miscarriage. That's just false and something we have outlined now on our website.

Thank you for your help by contacting your State Representative. Health care facilities currently treat a baby that has died from a miscarriage or abortion as medical waste. These are babies, not medical waste and we should treat them with the same dignity as other human remains.

To email your State Representative, click here or go to


Your help plays a vital role in advancing this legislation. Thank you for taking action.


Tom Shaheen
Vice President for Policy
Pennsylvania Family Council

HB1890 News Headlines:
Interview with PFI's Emily KrepsCBN News

Interview with HB1890 Sponsor Rep. Frank Ryan: ABC27

Rep. Ullman's Callous Comments:
Today ShowDaily Wire | Daily Caller | | The BlazeLifeNews | | CBN NewsWashington Times | Washington Free Beacon | Bucks County Courier Times

Abby Johnson | Liz Wheeler | Radiance Foundation | Mattea Merta | Alexandra DeSanctis

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Saturday, November 9, 2019

Fwd: REAL Life Extra Give

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Date: Sat, Nov 9, 2019 at 8:41 AM
Subject: REAL Life Extra Give
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Why Give to REAL Life on November 22nd?!

Because we connect the Community to Hope, with;

  • Youth Development
  • Lighthouse Youth Center
  • Transitional Home for Moms
  • Power Packs Project (feeding 50 families every week)
  • Building Hope through Prayer Support
  • Social Services for our Community
  • Northern Lancaster Hub Partner
  • Support Groups for Those in Need
  • The Declaration House
    • Ten Affordable Apartments 
    • Medical/Dental Center
    • Social Service Hub
    • Grocery Store & Deli (Coming in December)

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Join us and be a REAL Life Champion!
Step One - Click Here to go to REAL Life's Extra-Give Webpage
Step Two - Click "Fundraise"
Step Three - Enter your Name, Email, and choose a password
Step Four - You'll Receive a Confirmation Email with a Link to Share

You now have a Extra-Give Page of your own to share REAL LIfe with your Friends and Family on that day!
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Friday, November 8, 2019

Fwd: A reporter asked this question. Please hear Michael's response.

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Date: Fri, Nov 8, 2019 at 12:44 PM
Subject: A reporter asked this question. Please hear Michael's response.
To: Kelly Horning <>

Foster Care & Adoption Ministries Are Under Attack

At the press conference introducing Pennsylvania's Heartbeat Bill, a reporter asked whether any of the sponsoring lawmakers also backed bills to increase government spending on human services - like adoption & foster care, etc. As Michael Geer, President of the PA Family Institute, puts it:

It was clear to me, based on how many reporters write about pro-life legislation, that the question was to change the subject away from the humanity of the unborn (and the Heartbeat bill) and onto whether there is sufficient government spending for this or that. I decided to step to the podium and offer this response.

Click here to watch Michael's response. For more about this issue:

  • CBN News: Trump Admin Proposes End to Obama Crackdown Against Faith-Based Adoption and Foster Care Agencies
  • USA TODAY - Opinion: Philadelphia's Catholic adoption agency gave me a loving home, but the city wants them out
  • Video: When a politician tells you that ministries are not in jeopardy with SOGI laws, they're wrong.

State Rep Continues to Misrepresent Fetal Remains Bill Despite Apology

 LIE:  HB 1890 requires "ritual burial or cremation" or "funeral services" involving the parents. "(HB1890 would require ritual burial or cremation following any miscarriage." - State Rep. Wendy Ullman

 TRUTH:  HB 1890 requires the healthcare facilities to arrange for the burial or cremation of the deceased child, just as they do with other human remains. No ritual or service (religious or not) is required. Parents are not required to be involved. If parents wish to handle the burial or cremation of the child, they are given that option–at their expense. Nothing in the bill would prohibit a mother from donating the baby's body for research. Also, the term "ritual" isn't even mentioned in the bill, despite what some lawmakers claim.

More on this explanation:

Take Action: Support Rep. Frank Ryan's Bill, Show Respect for Miscarried or Aborted Babies -


Forbes: Reasons Marijuana Legalization Seems To Be Failing

Black market: "One of the biggest arguments made by cannabis advocates when trying to sell their spiel to politicians and voters was that legal weed would eliminate the black market. This, they said, would make it more difficult for children to get their hands on pot than in decades past while also generating significant tax revenue for the states. But the underground pot trade hasn't really gone anywhere. In fact, it is only growing stronger now that criminal organizations have the luxury of being domestically based instead of running distribution from Mexico."

Cutting jobs: "While the growing and selling of marijuana was once touted as a great job creator, many leading cannabis firms have been laying off hundreds of employees as of late. Canadian-based producer Hexo is slashing 200 jobs, while CannaTrust is cutting 140. In the United States, Eaze recently announced that it was eliminating 36 positions. The popular Weedmaps is also trimming the fat. The company says it will get rid of 100 employees."

Arrest Rate: "Believe it or not, in spite of more states bringing weed into the mainstream, the latest FBI crime data shows that police forces in America still busted more people for pot last year than they did in 2016 and 2017. Well over a half a million people went to jail for marijuana possession during that time."


Mark your calendars

Thursday, November 14 - Protect Your Mission HR Training at Lancaster Bible College. Details: Click here.

Friday, November 22 - Extraordinary Give, an opportunity to support the Pennsylvania Family Institute. Click here for our ExtraGive page.

Monday, May 18, 2020 - First-ever Pennsylvania March for Life. Details:

July 19-25, 2020 - 20th annual City on the Hill Youth Leadership and Worldview Conference for high school students. Details:


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