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Information for leaders and congregations
February 4, 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, 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
Eastern Mennonite Missions 


"Gap years can change students in ways the world needs," says Joe O'Shea, director of the FSU Office of Undergraduate Research. Plus, gap years can change young people and the world in ways that God has in mind! Visit for ways to engage.


¡Considere dar un año de servicio antes de entrar a la universidad!

"Un año de servicio al terminar High School y antes de entrar a la universidad puede cambiar a los estudiantes de una manera que el mundo necesita", dice Joe O'Shea, director de la FSU Office of Undergraduate Research. Además, ¡esos años de servicio pueden cambiar a los jóvenes y al mundo en las maneras que Dios tiene en mente! Visite para ver las formas en que podría participar.


Just sayin'

Short-term mission trips can do long-term harm. Can they do long-term good? We are beyond asking if we should participate in short-term mission. We must keep on asking how we can participate in ways that lead to transformation. Join the conversation Saturday, April 18, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. at East Chestnut Street Mennonite Church in Lancaster. For more information, visit or contact Jessica Mueller at 717-898-2251.


Un comentario...

Viajes misioneros a corto plazo pueden dañar a largo plazo. ¿Pueden dar beneficios a largo plazo? Estamos más allá de preguntarnos si debemos participar en misiones a corto plazo. Tenemos que seguir preguntándonos cómo podemos participar en formas que conduzcan a la transformación. Únase a la conversación el sábado, 18 de abril desde las 9 a.m. hasta las 12 p.m. en East Chestnut Street Mennonite Church en Lancaster. Para obtener más información, visite o póngase en contacto con Jessica Müller llamando al 717-898-2251.



Latin America Celebration

Enjoy a panel discussion about the Anabaptists of Latin America at 7 pm on Monday, February 23 at Akron Mennonite Church. Learn their story and share in their music and food. This is an exciting opportunity to learn about global Anabaptism prior to Mennonite World Conference Assembly this summer.

Celebración de la América Latina Venga a escuchar un panel discutir las características de los anabautistas de la América Latina a las 7 pm el lunes 23 de febrero en Akron Mennonite Church. Aprenda sobre sus historias y comparta en su música y comida.  Esta es una oportunidad emocionante para aprender sobre el anabautismo global antes de la Asamblea de la Conferencia Mundial Menonita este verano.

Pies in the Mennonite Tradition 
Stop by the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society on Saturday, March 14 between 6:00 and 8:30 p.m. to learn how to make pie crusts, and to sample some slices with a cup of coffee. Tickets can be purchased for $15: 717-393-9745 or The event will be held at the Society, 2215 Millstream Rd., Lancaster, 17602.

"Pies" en la Tradición Menonita 
Ven a la Sociedad Histórica Menonita de Láncaster el sábado 14 de marzo entre las 6:00 y las 8:30 p.m. para aprender cómo hacer la costra del "pie," y para saborear una muestra de pedazos de "pie" con un buena taza de café. Para asistir, reserve sus boletos de $15 llamando al 717-393-9745 o vaya a El evento se llevará a cabo en la Sociedad, 2215 Millstream Rd., Láncaster, PA, 17602 
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LMS Pastors Breakfast Meeting
Tuesday, February 10, 7:30 a.m. 
Meeting will take place in the new Millstream Residence Hall and will include breakfast and a tour. 
Landis Communities

Tuesday, February 24, 7:00 p.m. is the next meeting of the Memory Loss Support Group. The meeting will be held in the Warwick Room at Landis Homes, 1001 East Oregon Road, Lititz, PA. Erika Nevins, Landis Homes Director of Life Enrichment, and her team will present, "Life Enrichment through Activities and Interaction." The event is co-sponsored by Landis Homes and the Alzheimer's Association-Greater Pennsylvania Chapter. Respite Care is provided upon request, with 24 hours advance notice. For questions or to make respite care arrangements: 717-581-3939. In case of inclement weather, the Landis Homes Receptionist will know the status of any cancellations by 1:00 p.m. Please call 717-569-3271.


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

Healing Prayer in the Christian Story

February 23 - March 30

Monday evenings, 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Call for room location

In Healing in the History of Christianity, Amanda Porterfield writes that "healing has persisted over time and across cultural spaces as a defining element of Christianity...." Garden Spot Village and Eastern Mennonite Seminary invite you to explore this theme through a six-session course led by Rev. Dr. Mark Wenger, director of pastoral studies at EMS. The class combines lecture, Bible study, personal stories, discussion and more. Registration is $10; optional textbook, Stretch Out Your Hand: Exploring Healing Prayer by Tilda Norberg and Robert Webber, $10. CEU credits also available for an additional fee. Register by February 18: 717-355-6000.   


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Congregational Events & Information
New Holland Mennonite Church 

Ash Wednesday Service at New Holland Mennonite Church 

Wednesday, February 18, 7 p.m. You are invited to this service of confession, scripture, and hymns. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the 40-day season of Lent, a time of repentance and preparation for the great celebration of Easter. 18 Western Ave., New Holland, PA. 717-354-0602,


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
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.

Lombard Peace Center Trainings  
Healthy Congregations March 20-21; Friday 7:00-9:30 p.m., Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Pittsburgh Mennonite Church, Pittsburgh, PA
$99/person if registered before February 27

Mediation Skills Training Institute for Church Leaders
May 11-15 in Pittsburgh, PA

Round Trip Motorcoach Transportation   
to Mennonite Church USA Convention this July
by Elite Coach Charter Bus Service

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 Enjoy God
Encourage Others
Equip Disciples
Engage the World

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2160 Lincoln Highway East
Lancaster, PA  17602

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