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, 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
LMC Legacy Foundation Formation Update
A bit over a year ago, WellSpan Health and Philhaven signed an affiliation agreement bringing the two organizations together with a shared mission and vision to improve the behavioral health of the community. Earlier this year, the affiliation was given the required regulatory approvals to move forward.
In the transition, Lancaster Mennonite Conference granted its approval to transfer control of Philhaven, and all its assets, from the conference to WellSpan Health. In turn, WellSpan, agreed to contribute a total of $7.26 million to enable the Lancaster Mennonite Conference to create and operate a new charitable foundation named the LMC Legacy Foundation. The purpose of the Foundation is to assist Lancaster Mennonite Conference (LMC) to continue its vision of "finding a better way" to promote hope, healing and wholeness through integrative behavioral healthcare resources that nurture mental health, resilience and innovation.
A governing board has been named to lead the LMC Legacy Foundation. Governing board members are: Jim Herr, Phil Hess, Carl Horning, Larry Newswanger, Deborah Saline, Janet Stauffer, and Keith Weaver. Currently, the board is working with legal counsel to set up the Foundation as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. North Group Consultants is assisting the board in the development of policies and procedures.
Once established, the LMC Legacy Foundation will be funded by WellSpan Health and will begin functioning as a ministry of LMC under the direction of the governing board. It is likely that the Foundation will not be in operation before June 2017. Please feel free to direct questions to the Board Chair, Phil Hess, at email@example.com or 717-273-8871.
Attention Pastors, Bishops, and other Church Leaders!
Do you know someone in your congregation or district who might be interested in a church multiplication effort?
Are you personally interested in exploring church multiplication effort?
If yes to either or both of the above, please forward those names and contact information to the LMC office ASAP.
LMC staff is eager to work with interested persons to find practical ways to encourage and support church multiplication. This would start with a brief personal conversation with you or anyone you might identify.
It's Pastor Appreciation Month
Find a special way to say thanks to your pastor or pastoral staff, and their families for the hard work, dedication and multiple blessings provided by these special people.
Celebration of Church Life 2016 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.
Overview of CORE 4 Process
Wednesday, October 19, 7-9 p.m.
Lancaster Mennonite Conference office
2160 Lincoln Hwy E, Lancaster Pa. 17602
Wes Furlong, Director of Church Development for the EVANA Network, will explain the CORE 4 Process, for all interested leaders.
Church World Services and Lancaster Mennonite Conference will collaborate on a two-hour immigration seminar on November 14, 2016 beginning at 6:30 pm. The event will take place in the Lancaster Mennonite Conference center. A discussion panel will feature individuals from local Lancaster Mennonite Conference congregations who have active engaged our new neighbors. Light refreshments will be available. Anyone with questions should contact Joselyn Santiago at 717-293-5246.
Awareness & Training
Making Church a Safe Place for All
Volunteers in your congregations who have direct contact with children have until July 1, 2016 to be in compliance with the new Pennsylvania Child Protective Services Law of 2014. If your congregation needs help with this process contact the Conference office. We have tools available to help you make that transition and develop a child protection policy.
If your congregation has not taken steps to bring your credentialed leaders into compliance, please contact the LMC Office as soon as possible for assistance in understanding what must be done. December 31, 2015 was the date for all employees of organizations that have direct contact with children to be in compliance.
On the 4th Tuesday of each month, youth ministry workers gather at 8:00 a.m. at Lyndon Diner in Lancaster, Pa. to share ideas and, encourage and support one another through conversation and prayer. Anyone involved with youth ministry in any way in Lancaster Mennonite Conference is welcome! Please RSVP on the LMC Youth Workers FB page if you are coming.
If you are interested in a pastoral position at one of the LMC congregations, click here to see what positions are available. You can also go onto our website http://www.lancasterconference.org/and click on the Pastoral Openings link.
LMC and LMC agencies, fraternal organizations, and congregations, often post classified ads under the "Classifieds" tab on the LMC website. Click here to see the postings.
LMC Agency Events & Information
Eastern Mennonite Missions
Christian + Muslim = friends?
Heard any of these ideas?
All Muslims are militant jihadists.
Jesus followers need to hide their faith when relating to Muslims.
Muslims are inaccessible or unapproachable.
Muslims already have faith and don't need the gospel.
Invite EMM's Christian/Muslim Relations Team to your church to challenge myths like these. Equip your congregation or group for life-giving interaction with Muslims. Work with the team to choose the best mix of core and optional seminar components for your context. Learn more at emm.org/peacemakers. To book a seminar, email Jonathan Bornman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cristiano + musulmán = ¿amigos?
¿Ha escuchado alguna de las siguientes ideas?
Todos los musulmanes son yihadistas militantes.
Los seguidores de Jesús deben ocultar su fe cuando se relacionan con musulmanes.
Los musulmanes son inaccesibles.
Los musulmanes ya tienen fe y no necesitan del evangelio.
Invite al Equipo de Relaciones entre Cristianos y Musulmanes a su iglesia para desafiar mitos similares a estos. Capacite a su congregación o grupo para tener interacción vivificante con los musulmanes. Trabaje con el Equipo para elegir la mejor combinación de componentes básicos y opcionales de un seminario aplicable a su contexto. Obtenga mayor información visitando emm.org/peacemakers. Para reservar fechas para un seminario, envíe un correo electrónico a Jonathan Bornman a email@example.com.
Launch into life on mission
Want to learn cross-cultural disciple-making skills that will launch you into life on mission? Explore mission internship possibilities at emm.org/internship.
Develop a Christian camp in Chile. Teach English in the Czech Republic. Start a business in Central Asia. Or intern in a social impact business right here in North America. Four to twelve month assignments for those 18 and older.
Impulsados hacia una vida en misión
¿Desea aprender habilidades interculturales de discipulado que le impulsarán a tener toda una vida en misión? Explore las posibilidades de un internado o pasantía en misiones visitando emm.org/internship.
Desarrolle un campamento cristiano en Chile. Enseñe Inglés en la República Checa. Inicie un negocio en Asia Central. O sea un interno o pasante en un negocio de impacto social aquí mismo en Norteamérica. Posiciones de cuatro a doce meses para mayores de 18 años.
Thanksgiving from the workplace
God is at work - at work! See evidence of God's faithfulness in your workplace? Want to mingle with other Christians who do? Come share your stories!
¡Dios está activo en el trabajo! ¿Ve usted evidencias de la fidelidad de Dios en su lugar de trabajo? ¿Desea mezclarse con otros cristianos que las ven? ¡Venga y comparta sus historias!
Aperitivos internacionales y deliciosos postres
Conexiones con cristianos que influencian el mercado
Acción de gracias y alabanzas
Compartiendo historias de Dios en el lugar de trabajo
Sea inspirado. Sea desafiado. ¡Dé gracias!
El evento tendrá lugar el sábado 12 de noviembre de las 6:00 a las 8:00p.m. en la Iglesia Menonita James Street, 323 West James St., Lancaster, PA 17603. $10 en la puerta. Reserve su lugar visitando emm.org/events. Obtenga más información en bcnlife.org/events. ¿Preguntas? Contacte a Kaylene Derksen en el 717 898-2251 ext. 275 o firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Future Has Multiple Bottom Lines
Join ASSETS and the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society at 7 p.m. on November 7 at Neffsville Mennonite Church for a panel discussion, "The Future Has No Bottom Lines." Three ASSETS alumni will participate: Charlie Crystle, CEO of the Lancaster Food Company; Peter Barber, co-owner of Two Dudes Painting Company; and Jennie Groff, co-owner of the Stroopie Company. The panel will be moderated by Jessica King, executive director of ASSETS Lancaster. Free, open to the public.
El futuro tiene balances múltiples
Únete a ASSETS Lancaster y la Sociedad Histórica Menonita de Láncaster a las 7 p.m. el 7 de noviembre en Neffsville Mennonite Church para una discusión en panel, "El futuro tiene balances múltiples". Tres ex-alumnos de ASSETS participarán, Charlie Crystle, presidente de Lancaster Food Company; Peter Barber, co-dueño de Two Dudes Painting Company; y Jennie Groff, co-dueña de el Stroopie Company. El panel será moderado por Jessica King, directora ejecutiva de ASSETS Lancaster. Gratuito, abierto al público.
Native Beadwork Class
Native Americans used trade beads to decorate clothing and make jewelry. Students will be guided to create a project on Saturday, November 5, from 9 a.m. to noon at the 1719 Herr House & Museum. Registration is due October 21; the class costs $30.
Clase para crear joyas con cuentas nativoamericanas
Los nativoamericanos usaban cuentas para decorar vestimentas y producir joyas. Los estudiantes serán guiados para crear un proyecto de joyería el sábado 5 de noviembre, de 9 a.m. hasta el mediodía, en la Casa Museo de Herr del 1719. Regístrate para el 21 de octubre. La clase cuesta $30.
Native Quillwork Class
Among many Native tribes, hollow porcupine quills were dyed and used to adorn clothing and make jewelry. Students will learn the basics of quillwork and make a project on Saturday, November 5, from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the 1719 Herr House & Museum. Registration is due October 21; the class costs $30.
Clase de tejido con púas de puercoespín
Entre las muchas tribus nativoamericanas, las púas huecas de puercoespín se pintaban y se usaban para adornar vestimentas y crear joyas. Los estudiantes aprenderán los elementos básicos en el trabajo con púas de puercoespín y hacer un proyector el sábado 5 de noviembre de 12:30 hasta las 3:30 p.m. en la Casa Museo de Herr de 1719. Regístrate para el 21 de octubre. La clase cuesta $30.
Paper Marbling Class
Did you ever wonder how old books got those colorful endpages? Discover the art of paper marbling with a class on Saturday, November 12 from 9 a.m. until noon at the 1719 Herr House & Museum. Registration is due October 28; the class costs $80.
Clase de papel marmoleado
¿Te has preguntado cómo los libros antiguos incluyeron páginas finales coloridas? Descubre el arte de marmolear papel con esta clase en la Casa Museo de Herr del 1719. Regístrate para el 28 de octubre. La clase cuesta $80.
Explore Anabaptist nonconformity in the 21st century
What does it mean to be "not conformed to the patterns of this world" (Rom. 12:2) in the 21st century? This question will be the focus of the study conference "Not Conformed: The Church, the World, and Christian Discipleship in the 21st Century," sponsored by the Sider Institute for Anabaptist, Pietist, and Wesleyan Studies at Messiah College. The conference will be held on November 10-11, 2016, at the college. For more information, visit the Sider Institute website: www.messiah.edu/siderinstitute.
Explora la no-conformidad anabautista en el Siglo 21
¿Qué significa que "no se conformen a este mundo" (Rom. 12:2) en el Siglo 21? Esta pregunta será el enfoque de la conferencia-estudio "No Conformados: La Iglesia, el Mundo, y el Discipulado Cristiano en el Siglo 21", auspiciado por el Instituto Sider de Estudios Wesleyanos, Pietistas, y Anabautistas de Messiah College. La conferencia se llevará acabo de 10-11 de noviembre, 2016, en Messiah College. Para más información, visita al sitio web del Instituto Sider: www.messiah.edu/siderinstitute.
An Afternoon of Interviews with 9 Alumni: Vocations and Avocations
Don't miss the second event celebrating Lancaster Mennonite School's 75th birthday! The program is "Vocations and Avocations: A Series of Interviews with 9 LMS Alumni," with music by Madeline Bender. Hear personal stories from these unusual alumni on Sunday afternoon, November 13, 2016, at 2 p.m. on the Lancaster Campus, 2160 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, PA 17602. Go to www.lancastermennonite.org/newsevents/news/vocations-avocations for more information.
Memory Loss Support Group
The Memory Loss Support Group co-sponsored by Landis Homes and Alzheimer's Association of the Greater Pennsylvania meets next Tue, October 25, 7pm - 8pm in the Warwick Room in the Heritage Memory support area at Landis Homes, 1001 East Oregon Road, Lititz PA 17543. The session will be presented by representatives of the Alzheimer's and Memory Care Program at Lancaster General Hospital http://bit.ly/LGHMemory and is titled "Components of a Comprehensive Memory Evaluation." For more information contact Landis Homes at 717-581-3939.
An art reception at Landis Homes on November 3 will feature the most recent works of Katherine Horst who lives in Manheim. She graduated from Pennsylvania College of Art and Design in the spring of 2009 with a bachelor's degree in fine art. She has exhibited her collages both locally and across the country as part of solo and group shows. She has received watercolor instruction from several teachers and devotes much of her ability now to watercolor and acrylics. She has received several local awards. She is currently using the medium of mixed media paper collage which will be featured in the upcoming exhibit. Katherine is a member of Harvest Bible Chapel of Lancaster. She participated in the different art ministry opportunities and outreach events as she combines her love of art making and her Christian faith. Live music will be provided by Glenda Gingrich. The opening reception, to which the public is welcome, will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 3, in the Harvest View lobby and galleries. Landis Homes is located at 1001 East Oregon Road, Lititz. The works will continue to be on display through January 2017. For more information, call Landis Homes at 717-381-3550 or visit www.landishomes.org.
Book talk and signing event with Urbane Peachey
The public is invited to hear Urbane Peachey share about his new memoir and sign copies of it on Thursday November 3 at 7:00 pm in the West Bethany Chapel at Landis Homes. Titled More Than One Thing is True: Agony and Ecstasy Below Cloud Nine this memoir is a gripping first-person account of the author's Mennonite Central Committee work in the Middle East during the 1970s, his married life and child rearing in an Islamic and Orthodox Christian environment, as well as his pastoral duties in a vigorous and growing Pennsylvania congregation. Peachey deals with the stresses of personal life and church life with imagination, patience, and innate good humor. Landis Homes is located at 1001 East Oregon Road, Lititz PA 17543.
Get away from the craziness of life for a weekend and spend quality time with your girls. This event is for moms and their daughters ages 11+. Event features worship, devotions and breakout sessions to talk about relevant topics for moms and for teenage girls.
Help your kids take root in their faith by attending this year's Sr. High Retreat. Kids will be inspired through devotional sessions led by Tom DelRocini, and engage in topics of interest during break-out sessions. Music led by worship band, Saline.
Looking for spiritual refreshment? Escape the circus at home and reconnect with God at Camp Hebron's Women's Retreat, featuring speaker and blogger, Bonni Greiner and worship led by Annie Brown.
Garden Spot Village
National Memory Screening Week
Garden Spot Village will once again be an official screening site during National Memory Screening Week on Monday, November 7 from 9:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m., 433 S. Kinzer Ave., New Holland. Reservations are required.
Per the official website, the National Memory Screening Program "provides free, confidential memory screenings to individuals concerned about memory loss with the objective of early detection and intervention."
All are invited to the 6th annual Hymn Concert featuring hymns "made in America," Sunday, November 20, 4:30 p.m., at Neffsville Mennonite Church. Glenn Lehman will lead vigorous congregational singing assisted by the Harmonies Vocal Ensemble, the Manor Winds, Frank Dodd, and the Tenor Duo. $10 donation at the door. See www.harmonies.org.
Kairos School of Spiritual Formation is offering a day apart for pastors, ministry leaders, and caregivers."Sabbath Space" is a monthly day apart intended to provide the gift of personal and shared silence, and time for reflection on your relationship with God. The focus of these days will be resting in the heart of Holiness and soaking in God's love to renew and refresh your spirit. Meeting days are the third Thursday of each month, beginning in October, at Fern Rock Retreat. For additional information please visit http://www.kairosjourney.org/sabbath-space/
First and third Tuesday of each month from 2 -3 :30 p.m. at Aspire Community Center, 45 E Main St, Mt Joy.
First, third, and fourth Thursday of each month from 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at NLAM location, 630 Janet Ave, Room B103, Lancaster.
Second Thursday of each month from 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at The Salvation Army, 121 S Queen St, Lancaster.
Third Wednesday of each month from 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. at The Factory Ministries, 3098 Lincoln Hwy E, Paradise.
River of Hope
Coffee & Dessert Night
November 5, at Midway Church of the Brethren
New this year, the first hour from 6-7 pm will be a social hour where you can shop the silent auction and sit around tables enjoying coffee and dessert with friends old and new. The program will begin at 7 pm and will include a ministry update, stories from the inside, a presentation by Dave Musser, LMFT, and a live auction. Returning to the live auction this year with be a wallet filled with tickets, gift certificates, cash and other fun items.
Would you like to help make the Coffee & Dessert Night an amazing success? Here's what you can do.
Plan to attend and bring some friends! Online registrations will begin in September.
Contact our office at 717.274.3950 to learn how you can promote this event at your church.
Donate a gift certificate, gift card, event tickets, cash, or other items that fit in a wallet. Donations may be sent to or dropped off at our office at 100 Forney Road, Lebanon, PA 17042.
If you have an item or idea for our silent auction, contact our office at 717.274.3950 to speak with our auction chairperson.
Be a sponsor of this event or advertise in the event program. Click here for details.
Whatever you do, don't miss this event!
Congregational Events & Information
New Holland Spanish Mennonite Church
Village Chapel Mennonite Church
Upcoming Renewal Meetings
We welcome you to Renewal Meetings with speaker Steve Sauder at Village Chapel Mennonite Church on Oct. 28-30. Steve Sauder's theme will be "God Who Is: God Not Out There Somewhere, God with Us." He will focus on living the Kingdom of God now and being overcomers. The meetings will take place Friday and Saturday evenings at 7 p.m., at the Sunday morning service and Sunday evening at 6:30 p.m. Village Chapel is located at 335 Wissler Road, New Holland.
Churchwide and Other Events & Information
Center for Lifelong Learning with Barnabas Initiatives
Multiethnic Church Seminar
Monday, November 7, 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Elizabethtown BIC, 996 East High St, E-town Pa.
How can we move beyond tokenism, cross-cultural ineptness, and prejudice to honor the image of God in persons of all colors, so that everyone feels wanted and safe in multiethnic community? The Center for Lifelong Learning with Barnabas Initiatives will present a one-day seminar, Multiethnic Church, in Elizabethtown (Pa.) on November 7 to encourage and assist multiethnic households, ministries, and churches. For more information visit: www.evangelical.edu/multiethnic. If you have any questions, contact Ken Nafziger at email@example.com or Warren Hoffman at 717-576-2120, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Church World Service Lancaster
Are you a pastor, small group leader, or devoted congregant who likes to stay up-to-date on local refugee needs? Please join our new Church Newsletter where Christine Baer, Congregational Resource Developer, will keep you informed of local stories, highlights, and volunteer/donation needs.
Click this link to subscribe to the CWS Lancaster newsletter:
Everence, Brethren Village and Atlantic Northeast District of the COB are offering an End-of-life workshop to help people think and talk about important issues concerning their last wishes. Peace of mind often comes from knowing your wishes are understood and your family will know what to do when the time comes.