Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Fwd: MWC Info June 2015

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June 2015

Registration to stay open until Assembly; some options change after 1 July

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA – Organizers for the 21-26 July Mennonite World Conference Assembly announced recently that registration will remain open until Assembly, but only the following options are available online beyond 1 July: full time/shared registration without the meal plan for clusters 1 and 2, and part time registration.

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PA congregations to host final day of PA 2015; 26 July worship resources available to all

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA – Attendees of PA 2015, the Mennonite World Conference (MWC) Assembly, will spend 26 July, the final day of the event, with Mennonite and Brethren in Christ congregations within a two-hour radius of the Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg.

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Peace Sunday

These Peace Sunday worship resources are provided by the Peace Commission of Mennonite World Conference. We encourage their use by all MWC-related congregations on the designated Peace Sunday (20 September 2015), or another Sunday that fits the schedule of the congregation. This year's material was prepared by Mennonites in Europe.

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Swiss Mennonites express solidarity with Church of the Brethren in Nigeria

Basel, Switzerland – In addition to supporting the appeal for prayer issued by Mennonite World Conference (MWC), the Konferenz der Mennoniten der Schweiz (KMS – Conference of Swiss Mennonites), has reached out in solidarity with the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria (Ekklesiyar Yan'uwa a Nigeria – EYN).

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East African Churches strengthen leadership training for rural pastors

Mwanza, Tanzania Bishops in the Kanisa la Mennonite Tanzania (Tanzanian Mennonite Church) and Kenya Mennonite Church are working to meet the need for local, affordable training for village pastors.

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Arli Klassen named MWC coordinator of regional representatives

Bogotá, Colombia – Arli Klassen has been named coordinator of regional representatives for Mennonite World Conference, effective 1 July 2015.

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Church participation enriches cross cultural experience

Winnipeg, Manitoba – Opportunities to fill leadership responsibilities in a local church enrich Yoweri Murungi's one-year cross cultural service assignment in Lusaka, Zambia.

His many new experiences include leading praise and worship services, Bible study classes and youth ministries at the Chilenje Brethren in Christ church in Lusaka.

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Global Communion and Why It Matters

The April 2015 issue of Courier / Correo / Courrier seeks to discern the variety of reasons why Anabaptist communities from around the world come together to form MWC. In the articles that follow, writers reflect on the question: Why does my local or regional fellowship need a global communion?

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The United States: Diversity, dynamism and paradox

When Anabaptists from around the world come to the United States this summer for the sixteenth Mennonite World Conference Assembly, what might they expect to find? The United States is a large and diverse nation, and so are its populations of Mennonites, Brethren in Christ, Amish and Hutterites. By one count there are at least 68 distinct Anabaptist groups in the United States with more than 400,000 members in about 4,600 local congregations. Anabaptists in the USA live in different types of communities, emerged from different histories and express their faith in quite different ways. Some of them know very little about one another. Some will attend MWC and others might never learn that the Assembly is taking place. But most would recognize in MWC's "Shared Convictions" some reflection of what they believe.

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Why do we need a global communion?

"Walking with God" is the theme of our next global Assembly, to be held 21-26 July 2015. But how can we walk together if we do not believe exactly the same? That was the question that a leader raised some months ago while I was visiting his community. He believed that it is not possible to walk with those who think differently than you.

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Prayers of Gratitude and Intercession

June 2015: Pray for the believers in Jesus Christ currently facing persecution who are part of MWC member Meserete Kristos Church in Ethiopia. Read more...

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Friday, June 26, 2015

Fwd: Welcome Stephanie Gromek

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Welcome Stephanie Gromek!

We are pleased to announce that Stephanie Gromek has transitioned into the new position of Community Resource Coordinator. 

Many of you may know Stephanie from her work with CWS Lancaster within the Refugee Health Program. Prior to her employment in Lancaster, Stephanie coordinated the resettlement program at CWS's local office in State College, PA in 2012 and spent a brief time with the International Rescue Committee's refugee health program in Abilene, TX.

As the Community Resource Coordinator, Stephanie will work to support our wonderful volunteers and generous donors.

A Message from Stephanie

Hello Everyone!

As you know, last week was a big week for CWS-Lancaster! Not only was it a week of celebration, as we recognized the strength and resilience of refugees through World Refugee Day, but Lancaster also welcomed its first Syrian family, from the current humanitarian crisis in Syria.

I would personally like to take this time to extend a most heartfelt thank you, to you, the welcoming community, who has shown an incredible embrace towards Lancaster's refugees. Throughout my work with refugees, I am continually amazed and inspired when I see others who are just as passionate and motivated to be a part of this worthy cause. I believe, and have seen, that refugees are incredibly strong and determined individuals, and I am humbled everyday that I work with them. The work that CWS-Lancaster does, day in and day out, is dynamic and meaningful to the lives of so many, and I am honored to be a part of this team. But we couldn't do it without the support of our local, Lancaster community. And for this, I am ever grateful to you!

We have great plans for this next year, so stay tuned and keep in touch! I'm looking forward to many interactions with each of you, and hoping to put a face to your name as the months come along. Let's connect over some coffee! 

Truly grateful,

Stephanie Gromek

Community Resource Coordinator

Phone: (717) 358-9341

Email: sgromek@cwsglobal.org

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CWS Lancaster
Immigration and Refugee Program
308 East King Street
Lancaster, PA 17602

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Sheila Mastropietro, Director CWS Lancaster, smastropietro@cwsglobal.org

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Fwd: Stock up for summer the right way!

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Fwd: Bulletin items from the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society for June 28

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Date: Mon, Jun 22, 2015 at 4:24 PM
Subject: Bulletin items from the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society for June 28
To: Joel Nofziger <communications@lmhs.org>

Message for bulletin editor:

Dear bulletin editor,
Thank you for including the following announcements in your congregation's Sunday bulletin, newsletters or e-mail groups.  Also, if at all possible, please post the attached event posters on your church's bulletin boards.

Mensaje al editor del boletín dominical:

Estimado editor del boletín,
Gracias por incluir los siguientes anuncios en el boletín dominical ó semanal, o en sus mensajes a grupos de su iglesia con correos electrónicos.  También, si es posible, le pedimos que ponga los afiches adjuntos en algún lugar prominente en su iglesia.

English Version
  • Weaving for Kids and Adults—This class teaches girls, their dolls, and an adult companion how to weave ribbon and tape on a simple loom. This beginner course runs from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Wednesday, July 15. Registration costs $25 per pair, and is due July 10. Visit hansherr.org for more information.
  • "My Story to Fulfill:  The Story of Orie O. Miller" book signing events—On Saturday, July 18, the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society will host two book signing events where historian John Sharp will talk about his recently released book about Orie O. Miller, pre-eminent Mennonite leader of the 20th century who molded Mennonite Central Committee and many of today's well-known Mennonite institutions.  The first will be held at 10 a.m. at the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society, 2215 Millstream Rd., Lancaster, Pa.  The second will be at 2 p.m. at the Muddy Creek Farm Library, 296 Wheat Ridge Dr., Ephrata, Pa., with the Library serving as co-host.
  • Music in the Orchard—The 2015 concert series continues on Saturday, July 11 with Jake Lewis & The Clergy. Lackawanna Skies will open. Concerts start at 6 p.m.  Tickets are $8 per person. Visit www.hansherr.org for additional information.
  • Music in Worship—Come fellowship in song on Monday, July 20 at 7 p.m. with members from six different Anabaptist groups: Old Order Amish, Old Order Groffdale Conference Mennonites, Old Order Weaverland Conference Mennonites, Old Order River Brethren, Church of the Brethren, and Lancaster Mennonite Conference .  This hymn sing co-sponsored with the Swiss Pioneer Associates will be held at the Martindale Mennonite Fellowship Center, 352 Martindale Road, Ephrata, Pa.  This event is free and open to the public, with an offering being collected.
Spanish Version
  • Tejiendo con niños y adultos—Esta clase le enseña a niñas con sus muñecas y con un adulto acompañante, cómo tejer cintas en un telar sencillo.  Esta clase básica se llevará a cabo de 9 a.m. a 12:00 p.m. el miércoles 15 de julio.  Regístrate para el 10 de julio.  La registración cuesta $25 por pareja.  Visite a hansherr.org para más información.
  • Eventos de autografía del libro "My Story to Fulfill:  The Story of Orie O. Miller" —El sábado 18 de julio, la Sociedad Histórica Menonita de Láncaster auspiciará dos eventos donde el historiador John Sharp hablará sobre su recién publicado libro sobre Orie O. Miller, líder menonita eminente durante el Siglo XX quien moldeó al Comité Central Menonita y otras instituciones menonitas de reconocidas hoy día.  El primero se llevará a cabo a las 10 a.m. en la Sociedad Histórica Menonita de Láncaster, 2215 Millstream Rd., Lancaster, Pa.  El segundo ocurrirá a las 2 p.m. en el Muddy Creek Farm Library, 296 Wheat Ridge Dr., Ephrata, Pa., que servirá como co-auspiciador.  
  • Música en el Huerto—La serie de conciertos del 2015 continúa el sábado, 11 de julio, con Jake Lewis & The Clergy. Lackawanna Skies abren el concierto.  Los conciertos comienzan a las 6 p.m.  Boletos cuestan $8 por persona.  Visite a www.hansherr.org para más información.
  • Música en la Adoración—Ven y comparte el lunes 20 de julio a las 7 p.m. con miembros de seis diferentes grupos anabautistas: Amish de la vieja orden, menonitas de las conferencias de Groffdale y de Weaverland de la vieja orden, hermanos del río de la vieja orden, iglesia de los hermanos, y la Conferencia Menonita de Láncaster. Esta noche de canto co-auspiciada con los Asociados Pioneros Suizos se llevará a cabo en el Martinadale Mennonite Fellowship Center, 352 Martindale Road, Ephrata, Pa.  Este evento es gratuito para el público.  Se recogerá una ofrenda.  
Joel Nofziger
Director of Communications
Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society
Lancaster Roots
2215 Millstream Road, Lancaster PA 17602
717 393 9745

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Fwd: MCC East Coast Church Announcements

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June 17, 2015
New bulletin announcements
MCC welcomes donations of prisoner care kits


In partnership with Crossroads Community Center in North Philadelphia, MCC East Coast is welcoming donations of prisoner care kits to distribute to people in the greater Philadelphia area who are currently incarcerated or who are participating in re-entry ministries after leaving prison. MCC East Coast staff member Ron Muse, who shares Christ's peace with inmates in Philadelphia as a prison chaplain, said that receiving a gift of basic hygiene supplies when he was incarcerated made him feel "loved in an unlovable place." Please visit mcc.org or contact the MCC East Coast Material Resources Center at (717) 733-2847 or EastCoastMRC@mcc.org for more information.
Ongoing bulletin announcements
BikePA2015 benefiting MCC 


From September 19-23, 2015, join 40-50 other riders for a three day bicycle road tour through the beautiful forest and farmland of central Pennsylvania. The ride benefits Mennonite Central Committee's health work in Nigeria. Please visit http://tristatesale.org/BikePA2015.html for more details and to register.

Pipeline to prison learning tour organized by MCC 


From September 20-26, 2015, join Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) staff and partners for a week-long learning tour focusing on the challenges and complexities of the U.S. criminal justice system. Based in Lancaster County, Pa., the tour will include day trips to Philadelphia, Reading, Lancaster and Harrisburg. Participants will journey from the local community level through the criminal justice system, learning about law enforcement, sentencing, incarceration and re-entry. All who are interested in learning about disparities in the justice system, including those working in or seeking to develop a prison/re-entry ministry, are welcome. For more information, visit mcc.org/get-involved/events or contact Chantelle Todman Moore, MCC East Coast Philadelphia program coordinator, at 267.358.8208 or chantelletodmanmoore@mcc.org.  

MCC relief and hygiene kits 
Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) has an urgent need for relief and hygiene kits. Relief kits provide valuable supplies to families whose lives have been disrupted by war or disaster. Hygiene kits give people the supplies they need to stay healthy. In times of need, these kits provide basic necessities like towels, bar soap, toothbrushes and nail clippers, while also reminding people their needs are not forgotten. Visit mcc.org/kits or call
717-733-2847 for more information.
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