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Information for leaders and congregations
January 21, 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
LMC Seeks Administrative Assistant 

Lancaster Mennonite Conference seeks 80-100% time administrative assistant to carry through on daily routines and provide administrative assistance to Conference Office staff beginning on or around March 1, 2015. Person should be competent with Microsoft Word, Excel, Publisher, and Access, have strong organizational and administrative skills, be self-motivated, able to make decisions and act independently, and have good communication/interpersonal skills. At least two to three years of related work experience preferred. Please submit a resume and letter of interest to Joanne H. Dietzel, Conference Coordinator ( or 2160 Lincoln Highway East #5, Lancaster, PA 17602).

Call to Prayer and Fasting
Sunday, January 25 
Lancaster Mennonite Conference invites individuals and congregations to participate in a time of prayer and fasting January through July. January 25 is designated as one of three special days of prayer. Your congregation is encouraged to include a time of prayer in your worship service or Sunday school classes.
Flyer/resource sheet: 

Board room table free or by donation  
Measurements: 10' long by 4' wide
The widest area is the center with the ends tapered in somewhat.
Interested? 717-293-5246 ext. 100 or 

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

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

Orientation for Newly (or Recently) Credentialed Leaders   
Tuesday, April 21, 7:00-9:30 p.m.
Lancaster Conference Office, 2160 Lincoln Highway E., Lancaster, PA 17602
Please RSVP by April 13: 717-293-5246 

LMC Agency Events & Information


You want your church spilling over with life and vitality. EMM does, too! Antonio Ulloa, church revitalization coach, would love to engage with you. He is available to teach any of six series (3-5 sessions each) in a series of Sunday morning services, a series of small group gatherings, or renewal meetings. For the titles of the six series, visit or contact Antonio Ulloa at 717-898-2251.

Usted desea que su iglesia rebose de energía y vitalidad. ¡EMM desea lo mismo! Antonio Ulloa, nuestro entrenador de revitalización de iglesias, tiene todo el deseo de conectarse con usted. Él está disponible para enseñar una de seis series de enseñanzas (cada una de ellas necesitando 3 a 5 sesiones) en una serie de servicios del domingo, una serie de reuniones de grupos pequeños, o reuniones de avivamiento. Para los títulos de estas seis series, visite o póngase en contacto con Antonio Ulloa en el 717-898-2251.

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.

Grain Painting
Learn how to false-grain a box during this folk art class on Saturday, February 7 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Society-2215 Millstream Rd., Lancaster, Pa. The class is taught by local fancy painter Jim King. Cost is $50 for members/$60 for nonmembers; materials are included in the tuition. Register by January 24: or 717-393-9745.



Pintando en Fibra
Aprenda a pintar en fibra-falsa una caja de madera en una clase de artesanía el sábado 7 de febrero de 9 a.m. a 12 p.m. en la Sociedad Histórica Menonita de Láncaster-2215 Millstream Rd., Láncaster, Pa. Se enseñará por el pintor local, Jim King. El precio de la clase es $50 para miembros/$60 para no-miembros. Los materiales están incluídos en el precio. Inscríbase para el 24 de enero de 2015 en o llamando al 717-393-9745.

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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.

January 29 Open House at all LMS Campuses 

Lancaster Mennonite School will hold a school-wide open house Thursday, January 29, 6-8:30 p.m. at its four campuses: Kraybill (PreK-8) in Mount Joy, Lancaster (grades 6-12), Locust Grove (PreK-8) in Smoketown, and New Danville (PreK-5). The event will include guided tours and an opportunity to meet teachers and administrators. At the Lancaster Campus there also will be an opportunity for students entering grades 9-12 to register for courses for the 2015-16 year. For more information call Christy Horst 717-509-4459 ext 312. In the event of inclement weather, the event will be held Thursday, February 5.

Landis Communities

The public is invited to "Conversations for Peace in Palestine and Israel" Friday, February 6 at 7:00pm in the West Bethany Chapel of Landis Homes, 1001 East Oregon Road, Lititz, PA 17543. This meeting is part of a series of gatherings initiated by Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) U.S. for persons who want to explore their beliefs, concerns and understanding of this conflict. The session will be led by J. Daryl Byler, Executive Director for Eastern Mennonite University's Center for Justice and Peacebuilding and former MCC leader in the region.


There will be a meeting for caregivers of persons with memory loss and other forms of dementia on Tuesday, January 27 at Landis Homes. The topic for will be ""Maintaining Mobility" presented by Kristi Beltz. Beltz is the Program Director of the rehabilitation center at Landis Homes, which is managed by RehabCare. 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. The public is invited. 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.

An art reception opening at Landis Homes on February 3 will feature the latest quilted creations of Lititz artist Lois Flickinger. Her repertoire extends from traditional fabrics and patterns to imported materials and original designs using a wide range of styles. Many of the pieces she creates show the strong influence of her Mennonite background and the traditional Amish designs that she has always found to be beautiful works of art. All of the quilting on her pieces is done by hand and each quilt is signed and dated. The opening reception, to which the public is welcome, will be held 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 3, in the Harvest View lobby and galleries at Landis Homes, 1001 East Oregon Road, Lititz. The works will be on display through April. For more information: 717-581-3935 or visit

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

Birdhouse Show & Silent Auction

February 1 through February 28 

Weekdays, 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.; weekends 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Village Square Indoor Park

Think spring! Browse and bid on unique birdhouses and bird-themed quilted items in the beautiful setting of the newly renovated Village Square Indoor Park. Proceeds from this event benefit the Garden Spot Village Benevolent Fund. Bidding closes Feb. 28 at 4 p.m. Call 717-355-6000 to ensure that the Indoor Park is not being used for a private event.


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Congregational Events & Information
Lititz Mennonite Church 

Lititz Mennonite Church invites you to learn more about LCC International University (Klaipeda, Lithuania). Attend on Saturday, January 31, 3:00 p.m.and meet Marlene Wall, President of LCC, who will share the Christ-centered mission of LCC through the current realities in Russia and Ukraine. Coffee and refreshments will be provided around tables in the fellowship hall. Location: 165 E Front Street, Lititz PA, 17543, 717-626-8237

For more information:
Old Road Mennonite Church 

Old Road Mennonite Church is willing to loan their 2014 Vacation Bible School material and building supplies for the Tabernacle. Contact Dorothea Hostetter for more information: or 610-593-7181.


Churchwide and Other Events & Information
Mennonite & Brethren Marriage & Engaged Encounter
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!

Romantic Night Out
Saturday, February 7, 6:30 p.m. 
An evening for all couples and individuals who value relationships. Featuring Dr. John Trent, award winning author, founder of, and a nationally recognized family values speaker. Seating is limited; reservations are required: 717-284-2944 or Held at Yoder's Banquet Facility, New Holland, Pa.

Prayer Network Gathering 
for Mennonite World Conference Pennsylvania 2015
Tuesday, February 24, 7:30-8:30 a.m.
Lancaster Conference Office, 2160 Lincoln Highway E., Lancaster, PA 17602
RSVP encouraged: 717-293-5246 ext. 102 or

Postcard w/details:

An Invitation to Partner with Mennonite World Conference that all have the opportunity to attend PA 2015

The opportunity:
Regional and area conferences, together with local congregations, organizations and individuals with resources to share, are invited to partner with Mennonite World Conference - and with these congregations with limited financial resources - to sponsor individuals with limited income.

See details here:

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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