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LMC Office Events & Information
Friday, September 18
Yoder's Banquet and Conference Center 14 South Tower Rd New Holland, Pa 17557 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. $20/person included continental breakfast and lunch
Interaction among LMC credentialed leaders on a proposal from the Board of Bishops regarding affiliation with Mennonite Church USA.
An overview of feedback and counsel from the regional Listening and Vision Casting meetings.
Review model(s) for LMC congregations to maintain relationship with other groups that enhance their missional call and purpose.
Multipliers is a group of people who desire to grow in being faithful to Jesus' command to make disciples. The group explores simple disciple-making concepts, and provides accountability and encouragement to live out what is being learned in practical ways. A new group begins in September. Registration ends September 1. For more information, visit emm.org/multipliers or contact Troy Landis at 717 898-2251.
Multiplicadores (Multipliers) comienza pronto
Multiplicadores (Multipliers) es un grupo de personas que desean crecer en su fidelidad al mandato de Jesús de hacer discípulos. El grupo explora conceptos simples de hacer discípulos y proporciona aliento y una forma de rendir cuentas para vivir lo que se aprende en la práctica. Un nuevo grupo comienza en septiembre. La inscripción finaliza el 1ro. de septiembre. Para obtener más información, visite emm.org/multipliers o póngase en contacto con Troy Landis en el 717 898-2251.
Save the date for "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 on Saturday, October 17 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon at the EMM Meetinghouse, 53 W. Brandt Blvd., Salunga. For more information, visit emm.org/events, or contact Jessica Mueller at 717 898-2251.
Tome nota de la fecha de "Just Sayin'"
Los viajes de misiones a corto plazo pueden hacer daño a largo plazo. ¿Pueden tener también beneficios a largo plazo? Ya hemos pasado la línea de preguntarnos si debemos participar en misiones de corto plazo. Tenemos que seguir preguntando cómo podemos participar en formas que conducen a la transformación. Únase a la conversación el sábado 17 de octubre de 9 a.m. a 12 del mediodía en el Meetinghouse de EMM, 53 W. Brandt Blvd., Salunga. Para obtener más información, visite emm.org/events, o póngase en contacto con Jessica Müller en el 717 898-2251.
CALLED: a weekend retreat
"Calling isn't just a category for those who pursue some form of recognized ministry; it's about God's desire for all of our lives as ambassadors of God's kingdom." --- Mark Labberton. Come away for a weekend retreat dedicated to the inner work necessary for discovering your call in mission ... where you live right now, or in a new location. CALLED is happening November 6-7 at the MCC Welcoming Place in Akron, Pa. Registration ends October 17. For more information, visit emm.org/called, or contact Jessica Mueller at 717 898-2251.
CALLED (LLAMADO): un fin de semana de retiro
"El llamado no es sólo una categoría para quienes deseen practicar alguna forma de reconocido ministerio; se trata del deseo de Dios para todos los aspectos de nuestra vida como embajadores del reino de Dios." --- Mark Labberton. Tómese un fin de semana de retiro dedicado a la obra interior que es necesaria para descubrir su llamado a misiones... ya sea donde usted vive ahora o en una nueva localidad. CALLED se llevará a cabo el 6 noviembre en el Welcoming Place de MCC en Akron, Pa. La inscripción finaliza el 17 de octubre. Para obtener más información, visite emm.org/called, o póngase en contacto con Jessica Müller en el 717 898-2251.
Fall worker commissioning
Join us on Sunday, September 13, to pray for EMM YES and GO! participants at Groffdale Mennonite Church, 168 N. Groffdale Road, Leola, Pa. The service begins at 7 p.m. For more information visit emm.org/events or contact Jacki Weaver at 717 898-2251.
Annual Storytelling Night
Hear Connie Stauffer and Mamo Dula tell stories about their lives on at 7 p.m., Monday, September 14 at Ridgeview Mennonite Church. Learn more about the speakers at lmhs.org.
Noche Anual de Cuentos
Escucha a Connie Stauffer y Mamo Dula contar cuentos sobre sus vidas a las 7 p.m., lunes, 14 de septiembre en Ridgeview Mennonite Church. Descubre más información sobre los cuentistas en lmhs.org.
Hispanic Mennonites of Lancaster, Pa.
Hear stories of some of the first Puerto Ricans in Lancaster County, and see where they lived, worked, and worshipped. This field trip takes place on Saturday, October 31, from 8 am to 4 pm, leaving from the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society, and returning to the same location. To reserve your space, visit lmhs.org or call (717) 393-9745.
Menonitas hispanos de Láncaster, Pa.
Escucha historias de algunos de los primeros puertorriqueños que llegaron al Condado de Láncaster, y ve dónde vivían, trabajaban, y adoraban. Esta gira tendrá lugar el sábado 31 de octubre, de 8 a.m. a 4:00 p.m., saliendo de la Sociedad Histórica Menonita de Láncaster, y regresando al mismo lugar. Para reservar tu espacio, visita a lmhs.org o llama al (717) 393-9745.
Host Families Sought
Host families are needed for a visiting international teacher at the Locust Grove Campus of Lancaster Mennonite School for the 2015-16 school year, one for the fall and another for the spring, starting in mid-August. A stipend is provided to cover expenses. Responsibilities include providing transportation to and from school each day. The international teacher is coming through the MCC International Volunteer Exchange Program (see http://ivep.mcc.org/host). If interested, please contact the Locust Grove Campus office at (717) 394-7107.
Heritage Watchers Begins its 20th year. A new class of the Heritage Watchers will hold its first of nine sessions on September 3 with a focus on "Memoirs, Life Stories, and Photographs." The series of classes are designed to help persons explore their unique family histories. Participants may choose to take one class or to take the whole series of nine classes. The class meets on the first Thursday afternoon of each month from September to May from 1:00-3:00 p.m. Classes are held in the Harvest Room of Harvest View at Landis Homes, 1001 East Oregon Road, Lititz. While participants have no specific registration fee, there is a small suggested donation per class to cover the cost of printed materials. To receive a listing of the nine different class themes or for additional information: contact instructor Joanne Hess Siegrist at email@example.com. Information is also available online at www.landishomes.org or by calling Landis Homes, 717-569-3271, extension 3067.
There will be a meeting for caregivers of persons with memory loss and other forms of dementia Tuesday, August 25. The meeting, which is open to the public, will start at 7:00 p.m. in the Warwick Room of The Heritage, the memory support center at Landis Homes, 1001 East Oregon Road, Lititz. The resource person will be Coleen Kayden, RHP, and the topic will be "Ask the Pharmacist." Kayden is a staff and consultant pharmacist for Williams Apothecary, Lancaster, PA. The memory support group is operating in partnership with the Alzheimer's Association of the Greater Pennsylvania Chapter. 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.
Fellowship Day at Landis Homes
Come enjoy the Annual Landis Homes Fellowship Day and Benefit Auction,
Saturday, September 12. Events run from 8:00 am - 3:00 pm under the big white tent on the campus of Landis Homes. For more information see
Everyone is invited to the Welsh Mountain Home Annual Fall Banquet. It is being held at Yoder's Restaurant in
New Holland, Thursday, Sept. 10 at 6:00 PM. For more information, please call 717-355-9522.
Mountain View Terrace
Applications are now being accepted for residency at Mountain View Terrace. These one and two bedroom apartments are for people age 62 and above with limited financial resources. For more information, call 717-355-9552 ext. 113 to speak with Beth Buzzendore, Community Manager. To learn more about these new apartments, located across the road from Welsh Mountain Home, please see http://hdcweb.com/property/mountain-view-terrace/
LMC Fraternal Ministries Events & Information
Garden Spot Village
AAA Mature Operator Course
September 23-24,9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Garden Towers Classroom
This classroom-based defensive driving course is designed to educate, engage and help make those age 55 and above better drivers. Drivers who successfully complete the driver improvement program may be eligible for insurance premium discounts. $15 per person, payable at first class. For information, call 717-355-6000 or
NOTE: Path also meets at The Salvation Army in Lancaster and The Factory Ministries in Paradise. Please call for dates and times, or with any questions 717-390-3891.
Sabbath Space For Clergy, Chaplains and Other Leaders
KAIROS: School of Spiritual Formation is offering monthly weekday retreats in a contemplative context for pastors and ministry leaders to grow spiritually and to enhance their ministries in the practice of spiritual formation. Sabbath Space retreat days, offered September through May, provide rest and reflection away from the work of ministry, encourage personal spiritual growth, and increase awareness and understanding of the art and ministry of spiritual guidance in the church or ministry setting.
Through the study of literature, the experience of group spiritual direction, theological reflection, and presentation of case studies out of the settings in which they provide leadership, participants will enhance their own spiritual journey, as well as more effectively care for the soul of their congregation or ministry community.
Continuing Education Units available for this retreat.
Are you a pastor, small group leader, or devoted congregant who likes to stay up-to-date on local refugee needs? Please join our new Church Newsletter where Christine Baer, Congregational Resource Developer, will keep you informed of local stories, highlights, and volunteer/donation needs.
East Petersburg Mennonite Church has recently upgraded their copier and they have listed their previous copier for sale. The copier for sale prints 600x600dpi, 35 pages per minute and does full color with accuracy.
It is all digital and can be connected to your computer or to your internet network to print from anywhere you can connect to the internet. You can also scan and fax, or scan to a USB stick.
This copier is well cared for and was serviced regularly. It comes with some color toners. It also comes with an extra drawer for paper feed storage. The copier is made by Toshiba and the model number is 3510c. They are asking $500 or better offer.
Sister Care Level 2 retreat coming to Pennsylvania
Register soon as space is limited and lodging accommodations are varied. The retreat will include new material while building on the core concepts from the original Sister Care seminar. (Prerequisite: Attend Sister Care Level 1 seminar or view Sister Care DVD and read manual.)
Annual Fall Retreat
October 27-28, 2015 at Black Rock Retreat Center
For LMC Leaders w/Retired Credential or Active Credential 65+ & Spouses. The theme of the 2015 Retreat is "Bridging the Past and the Future". Life is an ongoing journey from what was known in our past and present into our unknown future. We desire to praise the Lord God for the grace experienced in our former years and to prepare well to faithfully live our future years. In order to live well and leave a faithful witness, we need each other to bridge the generations. Necessary Conversations between Parents and Adult Children are important; also the Role of Grandparenting, the Challenges of Senior Years, Recreation, and Seeing New Life.
The main speakers are Gerald & Marlene Kaufman, Keith Weaver, Ernie & Lois Hess, Elaine Hollinger, and Black Rock Retreat's "Maintaining Praise".
The cost remains the same as last year ($66/person) which includes four meals, one night's lodging, and use of the camp facilities.