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Information for leaders and congregations
January 7, 2015

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
Update and Informational Meeting
New Pennsylvania Child Abuse Reporting Policy 
Tuesday, January 13
Tuesday, April 7
7:00 p.m. at the Lancaster Conference Office
Registrations are helpful but not required.

Church on the Other Side Regional Training Event  
Saturday, January 10, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. 
Vision Columbia, 291 S. Fourth St., Columbia, PA 17512 
Josef Berthold and several others will focus on being a multiplying missional church from three perspectives: rural, suburban, urban. Discussion groups will grapple with the content in their own settings. This training is a collaborative LMC/EMM event. Lunch at Vision Columbia is included. Contact

Orientation for Asian Leadership Training  
Saturday, February 7, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
James Street Menn Church, 323 W James St, Lancaster, PA 17603 
Lancaster Conference and Eastern Mennonite Missions will collaborate with congregations with Asian immigrant members to provide leadership training. This orientation will outline a four-session, one-saturday-a-month training on basic discipleship that will begin on Feb. 21. Troy Landis, EMM discipleship coach, will facilitate the instruction. Contact

Leadership and Learning from Each Other 
One-day seminar for leaders of conference-related and other ministries, conference leaders, and pastors.
Friday, February 20, 7:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Speaker: Jim Smucker 
Mennonite Central Committee Welcoming Place, Akron, Pa.

Racial Healing Roundtable 
Friday, February 20, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
led by Ruth Yoder Wenger
Lanc Conference Office, 2160 Lincoln Highway E, Lancaster, PA 17602 
Ruth Yoder Wenger, speaker for the Racial Healing Task Force, is pastor of North Bronx Mennonite Church. Wenger explains resources available to congregations who want to grapple with racism in their church setting. Contact

LMC Agency Events & Information

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, 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.    


Annual Music Night
Enjoy melodies from around the world on Saturday, January 31, 7:00 p.m. at Neffsville Mennonite Church (2371 Lititz Pk, Lancaster, PA 17601). The evening will feature songs from Latin America, Africa, Asia, and Europe. Tickets are $20 per person, $15 for students with ID, and $15 per person for households of three or more. Tickets: or 717-393-9745

Noche de Música Anual
Disfrute de melodías de todo el mundo en la Noche de Música Anual el sábado 31 de enero, 7:00 p.m. en Neffsville Mennonite Church (2371 Lititz Pk, Lancaster, PA 17601). El evento presentará cantos de los continentes de la América Latina, Africa, Asia y Europa. Los boletos son $20 por persona, $15 para estudiantes con identificación, y $15 por persona para hogares de tres personas o más. Obtenga sus boletos en
o llamando al 717-393-9745.

Mennonite World Conference Book Discussion 
Prepare for PA 2015 by learning more about the beliefs that 1.7 million Mennonites and related groups share in common around the world. Attend a Book Discussion of What We Believe Together on Monday, January 12, 7:00 p.m. at Forest Hills Mennonite Church (100 Quarry Rd., Leola, PA 17540). Three persons with deep connections to Mennonite World Conference will lead the conversation-Richard Thomas, Devin Manzullo-Thomas, and Phyllis Pellman Good. Books are available from Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society: 717-393-9745 or

Discusión de libro para la Conferencia Mundial Menonita
Discusión de libro para la Conferencia Mundial Menonita-Prepárate para PA 2015 aprendiendo más sobre las creencias que 1.7 millones de menonitas y grupos relacionados comparten en común a través del mundo. Asista a una discusión del libro Qué Creemos Juntos (What We Believe Together) el lunes 12 de enero, a las 7:00 p.m. en Forest Hills Mennonite Church (100 Quarry Rd., Leola, PA 17540). Tres personas con conexiones a la Conferencia Mundial Menonita dirigirán la conversación - Richard Thomas, Devin Manzullo-Thomas, y Phyllis Pellman Good. Los libros se pueden conseguir en la Sociedad Histórica Menonita de Láncaster: 717-393-9745 o en 
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Parents of Prospective Students
On Thursday, January 22, parents of prospective students are invited to drop in at the New Danville Campus of Lancaster Mennonite School (PreK-5) from 8:30-10:00 a.m. for a light breakfast and the opportunity to chat informally with the principal. Tours are available, and parents are welcome to observe classes in session. The New Danville Campus is located at 393 Long Lane, Lancaster.

Prelude Music
Children in kindergarten through second grade are invited to register for the spring 2015 semester of Prelude Music. Part of the Mennonite Children's Choir of Lancaster, Prelude Music is a non-auditioned group whose primary goal is to engage children with music. Playing, moving, listening, and singing are important components. Classes are held Tuesday evenings in February through April at Blossom Hill Mennonite Church. Registration deadline is February 10. For more information: or 717-455-7025.
Landis Communities

Pathways Institute for Lifelong Learning offers unique and fulfilling lifelong learning opportunities to engage in mental, cultural, and spiritual activities for anyone 55 years and above in South Central Pennsylvania. The Spring 2015 Kick Off for the Lancaster area will be held February 5 in the West Bethany Chapel of Landis Homes at 1:30 PM. To RSVP, contact Alice Whitman: 717-381-3060 or Course listings and additional information:

LMC Fraternal Ministries Events & Information
Camp Hebron
Ladies, Escape Into His Presence at Camp Hebron's annual Women's Retreat on February 20-22 featuring nationally renowned speaker Jessie Seneca. Enjoy Praise & Worship, Small Group Discussion, Delicious Meals, and Comfortable Lodging. Chats by the fireside and laughter into the night, this weekend is sure to get 2015 kicked off right!



Garden Spot Village

Saturday Evening Concert: Organ Serenade 

January 17, 7:00 p.m.

In the chapel at Garden Spot Village 

Garden Spot Village invites you to enjoy an organ serenade by well-known organist Margaret Marsch. A graduate of Moody Bible Institute and Westminster Choir College, Marsch has performed across the United States, Canada, and Europe. She is also sanctuary organist at Lancaster Church of the Brethren. Free; donations accepted. For information: 717-355-6203


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Churchwide and Other Events & Information
Marriage Encounter 
February 13-15
Is your marriage in need of a tune-up? Have the blahs overtaken your marriage? Marriage Encounter may be the weekend you need to revive your love with your spouse. Held on February 13-15, it is the perfect Valentine's getaway!  Visit or call 717-569-5676 for more information or to apply.

Engaged Encounter  

February 20-22    

If you are planning a wedding, you are encouraged to take a weekend away from wedding plans to focus on your marriage! Engaged Encounter will be held February 20-22 at Kenbrook Bible Camp in Lebanon, Pa. During the weekend, you will learn skills to make your marriage better than you ever imagined. Visit or call 717-569-5676 for more information. Remember...the wedding is a day, marriage is a lifetime!

Voices of Hope 

Saturday, January 10, 7:00 p.m.   

Join us for the 7th annual Voices of Hope Opera Gala at the historic Fulton Theatre for a rollicking evening of belly laughs, jaw-droppingly beautiful singing, and inspiration! Experience music performed by stars from the New York Metropolitan Opera as well as the Lancaster Bible College Chamber Singers, young actors from the Popovsky Performing Arts School, the charming Timothy Long, and, our very own Madeline Bender.


Voices of Hope concerts raise money for Mennonite Central Committee's Global Family Program which provides life changing community based education to children and young adults around the globe. Tickets are available by calling the Fulton Theatre box office: 717-397-7425 or visit



Mennonite Healthcare Fellowship Scholarship Funding
Attention Graduate Students in Healthcare Professions: Mennonite Healthcare Fellowship (MHF) offers scholarship funding for Anabaptist students to learn and serve in cross-cultural mission/service settings in developing countries. Deadline for 2015-16 academic year is May 15, 2015. For details and application form:,, or 1-888-406-3643.

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