Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Fwd: Bulletin Items for January 27 from the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society

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From: Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society <communications@lmhs.org>
Date: Tue, Jan 22, 2019 at 12:23 PM
Subject: Bulletin Items for January 27 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 o 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

  • Annual Music Night—Join us for another great night of music on Saturday, January 26, at 7 p.m. at Neffsville Mennonite Church. Performers include the Aspire Chamber Choir, Sopa Sol, Joshua Good, and Rosemary Eberly Lebold. Tickets and more information are available at lmhs.org or by calling (717) 393-9745. Tickets are $25, with complimentary admission for children under 12. Register at lmhs.org, or by calling (717) 393-9745..
  • Winter Bookfest—Discover quality used books in categories such as children's books, fiction, and history. This sale runs from 3 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, February 14; 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, February 15; and 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 16.
  • Why We Build—Join us at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, February 19, for a roundtable discussion on Lancaster County's human-made spaces at East Chestnut Street Mennonite Church. Hear from a panel of designers, builders, and historians, moderated by Chad Martin of Partners for Sacred Places.

Spanish Version

  • La Noche Anual de Música—Júntese con nosotros para otra gran noche de música el sábado, 26 de enero a las 7 pm en la iglesia Menonita de Neffsville. Los artistas incluyen Chamber Choir, Sopa Sol, Joshua Good, y Rosemary Eberly Lebold. Las entradas y mas información está disponible en lmhs.org o al llamar (717) 393-9745. Las entradas valen $25, y niños menos de 12 entran gratis. Matricúlese en lmhs.org, o al llamar (717) 393-9745.
  • Feria de Libros del Invierno—Encuentre libros usados de buena calidad en esa venta en medio del invierno. Las categorías incluyen libros infantiles, religión, biografía y ficción. La venta corre de 3 pm a 7 pm el jueves, 14 de Febrero y de 9 am a 7 pm viernes 15 de febrero, y de 9 am a 4:30 pm el sábado, 16 de febrero.
  • Por que Construimos—Júntese con nosotros a las 7 p.m. el martes, 29 de febrero, para una conversación acerca de los espacios construidos por los humanos en la East Chestnut Street Mennonite Church. Escuche de un panel de diseñadores, contratistas, e historiadores, con la moderación de Chad Martin de Partners for Sacred Places.
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Monday, January 21, 2019

Fwd: Tables or Walls?

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From: César García <Kitchener@mwc-cmm.org>
Date: Sun, Jan 20, 2019 at 1:54 AM
Subject: Tables or Walls?
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Tables or Walls?

"You prepare a table before me"
Psalm 23:5 (NRSV)

A table filled with food is a symbol of love and delight. Perhaps this is the reason why in many cultures the celebrations of Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year are accompanied with food. In the same way, a table that is prepared to receive a guest is a symbol of hospitality. Each well-organized detail and the carefully prepared food speak to the interest that the host has invested in attending to their invited guests.

Throughout the Scriptures we find texts where God focusses attention on us by preparing a table for us. God, the King of the Universe, forgets about Himself, inconveniences Himself and completely surrenders in order to provide us with a banquet.

As we celebrate World Fellowship Sunday, lets us remember that God invites us to imitate Him by receiving the stranger that comes knocking at our door. Prepare a table instead of walls is the invitation that God extends through His own example.

Waiting for the Wise Men by Lee Kaercher

In Christ,   


César García,  
MWC general secretary                                     

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Thursday, January 17, 2019

Fwd: January Church Announcements from MCC

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Subject: January Church Announcements from MCC
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January 2019 Church Announcements

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Church Announcements

New Bulletin Announcements


MLK Jr. Mass Incarceration Service Day

Join Mennonite Central Committee (MCC), in collaboration with Kingdom Builders Network (KBN), on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 2019 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for a service day at The City School (Poplar Campus) as we remember those in prison whom are often forgotten and discarded from communities. Together, we'll explore the role of the church in reaching out to and walking alongside formerly incarcerated members of the community. We will also assemble donated basic hygiene items into care kits for those currently in prison as a way to meet their needs and restore hope and dignity in a place that often seems hopeless.

Please collect and bring along basic hygiene items or donate financially to support MCC's ministry in giving hope to those in prison. To register and for more information, visit mcc.org/service-day or call (215) 535-3624. The City School (Poplar Campus) is located at 910 North 6th St., Philadelphia, PA 19123. 


2019 Quilt Preview

Join MCC February 28 through March 2 for this year's quilt preview of the Pennsylvania Relief Sale. Check out over 100 quilts, shop Quilter's Corner and upcycled items made by volunteers at the Ephrata Material Resources Center and support MCC!

The preview runs Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the MCC East Coast Material Resources Center (517 W. Trout Run Road, Ephrata, PA 17522). For more information, call (717) 733-2847 or email EastCoastMRC@mcc.org.


Pipeline to Prison Learning Tour

More people are incarcerated in the U.S. than in any other country in the world, and within those people, people of color are disproportionately affected by mass incarceration. From April 29 to May 3, 2019, join MCC for a Pipeline to Prison Learning Tour at MCC's Welcoming Place in Akron, Pa. to learn about mass incarceration in the U.S. The tour will include visits to prisons and agencies working with incarcerated people and returning citizens in Philadelphia, Reading, Lancaster and Harrisburg.

Through this learning tour, participants will increase awareness of the pipeline to prison cycle and be equipped to break the cycle through spiritual renewal and life skills training. The tour will also address how to accompany current and formerly incarcerated people through the judicial system and give churches the tools to lower recidivism through networking in their community. 

For more information and to register by March 8, visit mcc.org/pipeline-prison or contact Curtis Book, peace and justice coordinator for MCC East Coast, at 717-738-0885 or CurtisBook@mcc.org


Ongoing Bulletin Announcements


Everence Stewardship University 2019

Join Everence on March 2, 2019 at Calvary Church (1051 Landis Valley Rd. Lancaster, PA 17601) for a series of workshops on stewarding your God-given resources well. Stewardship University courses invite churches and individuals to discover the solutions you need to live a God-honoring life of holistic stewardship. Attend to learn ways your use of the time, talents, money, health and relationships God has given you can enhance and deepen your faith – and make a positive difference in the world!

For more information and to register by February 28, visit everence.com/stewardship-university-2019.


Volunteer with SWAP

Is your church or small group looking for ways to be the hands of Christ this summer? Sharing With Appalachian People (SWAP), a program of MCC's Great Lakes region, has openings for volunteer groups of all ages. Volunteer groups are an essential component of SWAP's ministry, addressing multiple challenges of low-income families in Appalachia, including home repair and personal need. Please consider forming a group to experience a week at one of three locations in West Virginia or Kentucky.

For more information, visit mcc.org/swap or call Angela Maggard at 606-633-5065.


MDS Volunteers needed in Ponce, Puerto Rico

Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS) is looking for volunteers to go to Ponce, Puerto Rico to help rebuild after Hurricane Maria. Weekly volunteers are needed from January 2019 onwards. At this point (January and February), the work is mostly demolition and hard labor, though skilled labor is always welcome, too. While volunteers are responsible to pay for their own travel costs, MDS does contribute two hundred dollars towards the cost of the plane ticket. To sign up, go to mds.mennonite.net/volunteer-registration-form/ (Please make sure to specify the Ponce location in the comment section of the application). 

For more information, contact Rolando Flores at RolandoFloresRentas@mcc.org, Jennifer and John Murch at jmurch6@gmail.com, or Deanna Frey at 1-800-241-8111 or dfrey@mds.mennonite.net


SALT applications are now open!

Serve the world and change your life! Serving and Learning Together (SALT) is a year-long, cross-cultural service experience. Through MCC's SALT program, Christian young adults from Canada and the U.S. serve internationally in a wide variety of positions in fields like education, agriculture, health care, information technology, peacebuilding and more! 

To learn more and apply for SALT, visit mcc.org/SALT

Download and share these SALT posters 


Open positions

Ephrata Material Resources Center Manager (Salaried): The Ephrata Material Resources Center manager provides direction and supervision for the programming, staffing, physical plant upkeep and budgeting for the Material Resources Center (MRC). Programming includes processing of material resources, recycling, involvement of volunteers, providing educational opportunities and quilting. The work week is generally Monday through Friday with occasional evening or weekend work or hosting of groups. Travel includes off site speaking, attending regional meetings and attending Material Resource Network meetings.

Summer Service National Coordinator (Salaried): This position is responsible for the overall oversight and administration of the Summer Service Program - a short-term program in the United States that supports young people of color in their development of leadership skills through working with their local churches or communities. This position leads and resources the Summer Service Network which is made up of a representative from each of the four MCC U.S. regional offices. In addition, this position is a key staff liaison between MCC and Anabaptist congregations and constituent groups of color within the United States. The Summer Service Coordinator will also help guide an upcoming strategic redesign of the Summer Service Program, in coordination with the Summer Service Program Task Force.

Legislative and Communications Fellow (Stipend): Mennonite Central Committee's Washington Office, has a two-year Legislative and Communications Fellowship opening up. The role includes a monthly stipend, housing, food and health care coverage. It's a great entry-level opportunity for someone who has just finished college and is looking for experience working on public policy for a Christian organization. The role will focus on mass incarceration and gun violence and includes some office-wide communications tasks. Deadline for applications is January 25th. 

To learn more and to view more open positions, visit mcc.org/careers.


Anabaptist high school students can win $750!

Do you have a passion for writing about the causes you care about? The MCC Washington Office is now accepting submissions for its annual high school essay contest! This year's topics include gun violence, immigration and North Korea. 

Anabaptist youth who are of high school age within the U.S. and Puerto Rico are eligible to enter and win up to $750! The deadline for submitting essays is January 25, 2019. To learn more, visit mcc.org/essay-contest


Donate comforters and blankets to MCC

For many families who have been forced from their homes due to natural disaster or violence, a colorful handmade comforter or blanket from MCC can bring hope and comfort in the midst of challenging circumstances. 

MCC is still in urgent need of comforters so that we may respond to the needs of displaced people around the world. Please consider making comforters or purchasing blankets (twin or full size) to donate to MCC. For instructions, shipping information and drop-off locations, visit mcc.org/kits. For more information, contact the MCC East Coast Material Resources Center at EastCoastMRC@mcc.org or call (717) 733-2847.


Resources for Church Leaders

Thank You videos from MCC

Does your church give to MCC throughout the year? We want to say thank you through a series of videos where MCC staff tell stories of how they've seen firsthand the way your gifts are making an impact in Syria, Haiti, Afghanistan, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea) and beyond. For these videos and more, visit MCC's Youtube channel

Emily's Trip to Syria  |  Adam's Trip to Haiti

Rebecca's Trip to Afghanistan  |  Darryl's Trip to DPRK

Summer Service grant money available

Do you have a project or dream that you'd like to see fulfilled in your church or community? How might a young adult of color, aged 18-30, from your church/community help to further that dream or vision in a 6-10 week term of summer service? With a focus on leadership development, MCC is offering grant monies to churches/organizations who desire to utilize the skills and gifts of their young adults in summer service assignments. To learn about this program and/or request an application packet due Friday, March 15, 2019, visit mcc.org/summer-service or contact Kim Dyer, young adult program coordinator for MCC East Coast, at KimDyer@mcc.org.

Download and share this flyer: ENGLISH  |  SPANISH

Show these Summer Service videos to your church or youth group:  

Why participate in Summer Service?  |  Summer Service: Looking Forward 

Who Cares About Climate Change? Pastor's Retreat

Most of us do care about climate change, but we're busy with concerns that seem more pressing or we feel overwhelmed in the face of this complex problem. How does the Gospel of Jesus Christ move us toward hope and caring responses? Join other pastors, retreat leader Doug Kaufman and local presenter Lawrence Jennings on May 3 - 4, 2019 at Camp Deerpark in Cuddebackville, NY, to discuss this topic.

A pastor's voice can play an important role in working toward climate solutions and have a unique ability to guide others through the theological and emotional process of reconciling world views challenged by scientific discoveries. Join other pastors in wrestling with what you might have to offer conversations around climate change.

This event is FREE to Anabaptist pastors. (Other pastors pay $225.)

Register online here: mennocreationcare.org/pastoral-retreats

This event is co-supported by Center for Sustainable Climate Solutions (a partnership between Eastern Mennonite University, Goshen College, and Mennonite Central Committee) and Mennonite Creation Care Network.

Practical steps to address gun violence

MCC offers these resources to you and your congregation to help you address the issue of violence related to guns:

  • Let's talk about it. "A loaded conversation" is a new conversation guide that will help people talk together and listen to each other as they discuss different perspectives of violence related to guns. This resource also provides some helpful content for pastors of all theological backgrounds who choose to preach about the issue of gun violence. Download "A loaded conversation" here.
  • Organize a peace walk. You can organize a pilgrim walk in your city to celebrate life, pray and draw attention to places where gun violence has affected your community. Read about a peace walk here. For tips on organizing a walk, email KristaDutt@mcc.org or CurtisBook@mcc.org.
  • Guns to garden tools. MCC is partnering with RAWtools to offer peacemaker events – worship services that include song, story, scripture and art, addressing the ways violence related to guns has affected your local community. A gun is forged into a garden tool on site at each event. For more information and a schedule of events, visit RAWtools.org
  • Address policy. If you are looking for action steps and information around changing policy, check out this guide to preventing violence involving guns.
  • No guns at church? MCC has declared its properties to be gun-free zones. Consider doing the same and posting signs around your church property.
  • What else? We strongly encourage you to find and support local initiatives that work against gun violence. For ideas, contact Curtis Book, MCC East Coast peace and justice coordinator at CurtisBook@mcc.org or call MCC East Coast at (717) 738-0885.