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The Africa Association of Bible Schools (AABS), affiliated with Eastern Mennonite Missions, provides theological training and support for African churches to train leaders in their local communities. Come and hear what God has been doing through AABS Tuesday, January 13, 2015, 6:30 p.m. in West Bethany Chapel at Landis Homes. J.C. Ebersole, AABS director and EMM missionary, will give an overview of the ministry. David Shenk, a member of EMM's Christian/Muslim Relations Team, will speak about his July 2014 visit to the AABS annual conference in Nigeria.
La Asociación de Escuelas Bíblicas de África (AABS), afiliada a Eastern Mennonite Missions, proporciona formación teológica y soporte para que las iglesias de África puedan capacitar líderes en sus comunidades locales. Venga y escuche lo que Dios ha estado haciendo a través de AABS el Martes, 13 de enero de 2015, a las 6:30 p.m. en la West Bethany Chapel de Landis Homes. J. C. Ebersole, director de AABS y misionero de EMM, estará dando un panorama general del ministerio. David Shenk, miembro del Equipo de Relaciones entre Cristianos y Musulmanes de EMM, hablará de la visita que realizó en julio del 2014 a la conferencia anual de AABS en Nigeria.
Christmas Candlelight Tours
Enjoy the grounds of the Herr House December 4, 5, 6 as you travel to the Shaub House, Longhouse, and Agricultural Implement Shed to learn about transportation. Complete the tour in the Herr House and celebrate Christmas by hearing the biblical Christmas story read in German. Reservations necessary. Learn more and find available times: hansherr.org. Flyer: http://www.lancasterconference.org/p/ChristmasCandlelightTour.pdf
Gira Navideña a Luz de Vela
Disfruta los patios de la Casa Herr el 4, 5, y 6 de diciembre mientras viajas a la Casa Shaub, la Casa Larga Nativoamericana, y el Rancho de Herramientas Agrícolas. Termina la gira en la Casa Herr y celebra la navidad escuchando la historia bíblica navideña en alemán. Se require reservaciones. Para más información y las horas disponibles visite a hansherr.org o llame al 717-464-4438.
Latin America Book Discussion
Prepare for PA 2015 by learning more about Mennonites in Latin America. Attend a book discussion on Sunday afternoon, November 23, 3:00-4:30 p.m. at Grantham Brethren in Christ Church. Emerson Lesher will lead a panel, who will talk about the Latin American volume in the Global Mennonite History Series, Mission and Migration. (You're welcome even if you haven't read the book!) Flyer: http://www.lancasterconference.org/p/MWCevents.pdf
Discusión de libro sobre América Latina
Prepárate para PA 2015 aprendiendo sobre los menonitas de la América Latina. Asiste a una discusión de un libro el domingo 23 de noviembre, 3-4:30 p.m., en la Iglesia Hermanos en Cristo de Grantham, Pa. Emerson Lesher dirigirá un panel, y la discusión de Mission and Migration: Latin America, uno de los volúmenes en el Global Mennonite History Series. (¡Ven aunque no hayas leído el libro!)
There will be a meeting for caregivers of persons with memory loss and other forms of dementia on Tuesday, November 25. The evening will focus on the stories from caregivers including ways they have learned to manage challenges inherent with the memory loss of a loved one. The meeting will start at 7:00 p.m. in the Warwick Room of The Heritage, the special care center at Landis Homes at 1001 East Oregon Road, Lititz. Respite care is provided on site upon 24-hour prior request. For more information or to arrange for respite care, call Landis Homes 717-581-3939.
Model trains make Christmas memories for young and old alike. The Garden Spot Village Model Railroad Club invites the public to enjoy its 600-foot HO-gauge layout, a totally redesigned O-gauge layout with more interactive features than ever, and much more. Thomas the Tank Engine will be on hand.
The Corinthian Plan, the Mennonite Church USA sponsored health care plan for pastors and church workers, has open enrollment through February 15, 2015. Mennonite Church USA congregations currently not participating in The Corinthian Plan may join during this time by going through the application process. Congregations can choose to apply for coverage during times of the year outside of open enrollment, but have to go through underwriting. For information on enrolling, contact Denise Henke (Denise.Henke@everence.com) or Duncan Smith (firstname.lastname@example.org). Contact Duncan Smith, TCP Director, with any comments or questions, at the e-mail listed previously or at 316-281-4255.
Encourage an engaged couple you know to take a break from wedding planning and focus on their upcoming marriage relationship. The December 5-7 Engaged Encounter still has some openings. For details or to apply, contact us: email@example.com or 717-569-5676 or visit our website at www.marriageencounter.org. Remember...the wedding is a day; marriage is a lifetime!
Volunteers are needed!
The Material Resources Center in Ephrata, Pa. needs volunteers to assist with two major sewing projects through December 2014. The Mennonite World Conference (MWC) planning committee has commissioned MRC to sew 10,000 registration bags in preparation for the upcoming Mennonite World Conference Assembly to be held in Harrisburg, Pa. in July 2015. Volunteers are also needed to assemble and sew MCC scarves for the MWC Assembly and other meetings and conferences throughout the year. Interested? Contact MRC: 717-733-2847 or EastCoastMRC@mcc.org
Youth Opportunities at Mennonite World Conference Assembly (Pennsylvania 2015)
Youth leaders: Please note the unique opportunities for youth next July 2015.
Mennonite World Conference World Fellowship Sunday
Sunday, January 18, 2015
World Fellowship Sunday is an opportunity to remind our members that we belong to each other as sisters and brothers in God's household. Each local congregation belongs to a global community of faith that transcends language, nationality, and culture. We are here to support each other, to uphold those who are suffering and being persecuted, and to learn from each other. On this one Sunday each year we encourage each congregational member to become aware of our global Anabaptist family of faith, where we come together around Shared Convictions, a shared history, and shared ways of following Jesus.
This fall marked the launch of "3rd Way Collective," a new student organization centered around cultivating peace, justice, and faith at Penn State University. After years of dreaming, University Mennonite Church (State College, PA) hired Ben Wideman as their new pastor for this on-campus group. UMC sees this as an opportunity and challenge to create something new at Penn State. The hope is that this is an organization that provides space for conversation and reflection that is built around a community engaged in building relationships, peacemaking, partnership, and reconciliation.
You can visit the website (www.3rdwaycollective.org), like 3rd Way Collective on Facebook, follow on Twitter, and share about this organization with folks who are connected with Penn State. If your church would be interested in hosting Ben Wideman for an event or more conversation, email firstname.lastname@example.org