There is one who speaks rashly like the thrusts of a sword, But the tongue of the wise brings healing.
A note from our Executive Director, Roxanne Holcomb
The 24-HOUR EXTRAORDINARY GIVE opportunity is just three weeks away! Share in our enthusiasm as newbies! On November 20 we will provide a 24-Hour link for your ExtraGive donation. More to come...
Counseling non-locals through Skype, or those living internationally, is another way we can serve Church Partnerships by meeting the needs of missionaries who may be struggling emotionally with nobody to offer hope.
Listen for our ad on WDAC. I continue to encounter people who think FRCC closed when the Houston Run property was purchased by Shady Maple's Weaver Family. It is time to make a public proclamation that we are still ministering.
We welcome our new counselor, John Perez, to FRCC. John believes God has called him to serve here. He will work out of the Lancaster Office for now. He is bi-lingual and is skilled to serve many different counseling needs ranging from childhood through adults.
There are several good Christian clinical, therapeutic counseling agencies in Lancaster and Chester counties. A former client and successful businessman explained to me, from his perspective, FRCC's uniqueness. He has sought the wisdom of Christian counselors over the years and said that his FRCC counselor asked if he could pray to begin the session, and then, at times through Scripture, shared God's perspective of an issue. He said that his past experiences were that the counselor would wait until he broached the subject of religion and then would comply; but at FRCC, it was a given. That was the foundation Jonas laid over 25 years ago, and God is still honoring that method of counseling here today because faith comes by hearing the Word of God and without faith it is impossible to please Him.
Last month I encouraged you to consider a $10 recurring monthly donation to FRCC. If you would like to make a one-time or recurring monthly donation of any amount to FRCC please click here Contribute Now!
If you are at a place in your life where you would like to volunteer for a Christ-centered agency, please call me personally.
We continue to need part-time licensed Christian therapists. If you know anyone who would like to serve the Lord at FRCC using their spiritual gifts and counseling credentials, please have them contact me.
Has your church partnered with FRCC yet?
Becoming a Church Partner with FRCC provides:
Reduced counseling rates
Serving your missionaries through your partnership contract
Service to Servants- free counseling for pastors and their family
Several of our counselors attended the EMPOWERED TO CONNECT seminar this year. We purchased the DVD's to present to families who are anywhere on the adoption spectrum...more information to come. If you are interested in attending, please call 717-442-9577 and we will take your contact information for dates and times.
We have contracted with Penn Behavioral Health Systems to be able to serve the needs of more clients.
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.
In a recent LMC survey, 45% of pastors indicated a "heart's passion" for church planting and new church starts. Additionally, 57% of pastors indicated a "heart's passion" for revitalization of struggling congregations. If these passions are yours, Lancaster Conference and Church on the Other Side invite you to an evening of input and discussion to explore a missional future with revitalized and multiplying congregations across the northeast corridor.
LMC Agency Events & Information
Eastern Mennonite Missions
Thanksgiving from the workplace: November 11
Join us for an evening of sharing stories and thanking God for His faithfulness in our everyday work and relationships. "Thanksgiving from the workplace" will take place on Wednesday, November 11, 2015, 6-9 p.m. at the Eden Resort (222 Eden Rd, Lancaster, Pa.). The Business Community Network is hosting this event in partnership with Teaching the Word Ministries and Eastern Mennonite Missions. Register by November 4. The cost is $10 per person; pay at the door. For more information, visit www.emm.org/thanksgiving or contact Jessica Fellenger at 717 898-2251 ext. 235.
Just sayin' event near you!
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 asking how we can participate in ways that lead to transformation. Join the conversation on Saturday, December 5, from 9 a.m. to noon at Marion Mennonite Church Fellowship Center, 4365 Molly Pitcher Hwy, Chambersburg, Pa. Register by November 25. For more information, visit emm.org/events, or contact Jessica Fellenger at 717 898-2251, ext 235.
¡Un evento "Just sayin'" en su área!
Los viajes de misiones a corto plazo pueden hacer daño a largo plazo. ¿Pueden tener igualmente beneficios a largo plazo? Estamos más allá de preguntarnos si debiéramos participar en misiones a corto plazo. Tenemos que seguir preguntándonos cómo podemos participar en formas que lleven a la transformación. Únase a la conversación el sábado 5 de diciembre de las 9 a.m. hasta el mediodía en el Fellowship Center de la Iglesia Menonita Marion, 4365 Molly Pitcher Hwy, Chambersburg, Pa. La inscripción finaliza el 25 de noviembre. Para mayor información, visite emm.org/events, o póngase en contacto con Jessica Fellenger en el 898-2251, ext. 235.
How in the World Have we Changed?
Hear Mennonite and Brethren in Christ leaders reflect on Mennonite World Conference and how the Anabaptist world has changed over the last 50 years. This free event will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, November 9 at Lancaster Brethren in Christ Church, 1865 Fruitville Pike, Lancaster, Pa.
¿Cómo hemos cambiado en el mundo?
Escucha a líderes de los hermanos en Cristo y los menonitas reflexionar sobre el Congreso Mundial Menonita y cómo ha cambiado el mundo anabautista en los últimos 50 años. Este evento gratuito se llevará a cabo a las 7 p.m. el lunes 9 de noviembre en Lancaster Brethren in Christ Church, 1865 Fruitville Pike, Lancaster, Pa.
Learnyour way around a hand loom and shuttle during this weaving class for adults. Susan Weaver of Warp Seed Studio will teach this class. It will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, November 14, at the 1719 Hans Herr House & Museum. To reserve your space visit hansherr.org or call (717) 464-4438.
Clase de tejer a lo antiguo
Aprende a manejar un telar y su lanzadera en esta clase para tejer cómo se hacía siglos atrás. Susan Weaver de Warp Seed Studio enseñará esta clase para adultos. Se llevará a cabo de 9 a.m. a 3:00 p.m. el sábado 14 de noviembre en la Casa Museo de Hans Herr de 1719. Para reservar tu espacio, visita a hansherr.org or llama al 717-464-4438.
Pennsylvania German Folk Art Sale Opening
Come to the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society for the opening of their annual sale of handcrafted goods. Meet the artists, listen to live music, and enjoy light refreshments while perusing traditional art. The reception takes places from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, November 20 at the Society, 2215 Millstream Rd., Lancaster, Pa.
Apertura de la Venta de Arte Folklórica Alemana de Pensilvania
Ven a la Sociedad Histórica Menonita de Láncaster para la apertura de la venta anual de artesanía. Saluda a los artistas, escucha música en vivo, y disfruta de aperitivos ligeros mientras miras el arte tradicional. La recepción se llevará a cabo entre 6 a 8:30 p.m. el viernes 20 de noviembre en la Sociedad, 2215 Millstream Rd., Lancaster, Pa.
Meeting for Caregivers
There will be a meeting for caregivers of persons with memory loss and other forms of dementia on Tuesday, October 27. The topic for the evening meeting will be "Basics of Dementia" presented by Neelofer Sohail, MD, who has a practices family medicine with Geriatric Associates of Lancaster. Dr. Sohail's areas of specialty include nursing home care, palliative care and dementia. 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 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.
Heritage Watchers classes are now in session. Classes are designed to help persons explore their personal and community stories. 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. The next few classes are October 1: "Memoir Book Supplies and 5Ws for Photo Captions"; November 5: "Family Genealogy and Inviting Layout Designs for Photographs and Script"; and December 3: "Family Heirlooms...Heavenly Peace with Pieces." There is no specific registration fee, but a small suggested donation per class to cover the cost of printed materials. To receive a listing of class themes or for additional information: contact instructor Joanne Hess Siegrist at firstname.lastname@example.org. Information is also available online at www.landishomes.org or by calling Landis Homes, 717-569-3271, extension 3067.
Parkinson's Support Group
Monday, November 16, from 2pm - 3pm is the next meeting of the Parkinson's Support Group at Landis Homes. Dr. John, Neurologist from Brain Orthopedic Spine Specialists Group, will be speaking on "Side Effects & Complications of Parkinson's Disease Treatment"
The meeting will be held in the Westview Community Room at Landis Homes, 1001 East Oregon Road, Lititz PA 17543. For more information, call 717-509-5494.
Volunteering at Landis Homes
Landis Homes is seeking a number of volunteers. There is no age limit for volunteering - although persons younger than age 14 need to be accompanied by an adult. Ongoing volunteer opportunities include being a Friendly Visitor, escorting residents by wheelchair to programs/activities or physical therapy appointments, helping with the annual Fellowship Day and more! Contact Volunteer Services at 717-509-5409 or see this Web page Volunteer at Landis Homes.
Landis Communities Video
Following God's call to creatively serve the diverse needs and interests of older adults by developing opportunities and collaborative relationships. Watch video
LMC Fraternal Ministries Events & Information
Garden Spot Village
ELANCO Community Service of Hope
Sunday, November 15, 2:30 p.m.,Garden Spot Village Chapel
Music, prayers and meditation provide hope for all those who have recently lost loved ones. Featuring piano music by Rev. Dr. Stu Sacks, vocal music by Pam Beattie, meditation by Rev. Josef Berthold, congregational singing and prayer. Refreshments and conversation will follow the service. For information, call 717-355-6203 or e-mail email@example.com.
This weekend is designed to bond mothers & daughters ages 11+, as well as strengthen communication skills. Use this special time to talk, laugh, play & enjoy each other. This weekend includes sessions in Bible exploration, guided questions to discuss and hands-on activities.
Weekend winter cabin retreat for Jr. High Youth (Grades 6-8). Perfect for the Youth Leader that is too swamped to plan their own retreat. Registration includes 2 snacks, 5 meals, lodging, tons of games, 3 large group sessions, small group discussions and more fun than you can handle! Featuring speaker Sam Levy & Worship Band Saline.
Weekend winter cabin retreat for Anabaptist Congregations' Sr. High Youth (Grades 9-12). Perfect for the Youth Leader that is too swamped to plan their own retreat. Registration includes 2 snacks, 5 meals, lodging, tons of games, 3 large group sessions, small group discussions and more fun than you can handle! Featuring Bluffton University's own Randy Keeler & Worship Band Shining Through.
Theme: Balance in the circus of life- thriving amid the tension. Seek spiritual refreshment this weekend with times of worship and bible messages while enjoying great conversation around delicious food. Bring yourself or your ladies group from church for a great weekend featuring speaker Carol Cool.
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.
Lunch will be served from 11:30am - 2:00pm and Dinner from 4:00 - 6:00pm. The meals will be served buffet style. The price is $15.00 for adults and $8.00 for children between 5 - 11 years; you will also have the choice of eating-in or taking your food to go.
This year we want folks to join us in an International Festival of Tastes, which will feature food from Colombia, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Peru, Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, El Salvador, Costa Rica and Bolivia.
In order to make the Spanish International Food Festival a success we need your help. Call or email to reserve your spot. For more information and reservations contact: Carmen Lopez at 717-569-5771 or email Wanda Coleman (717-201-7061) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
Hempfield BIC Church, 2600 Marietta Ave, Lancaster PA
Cost (with lunch): Individual-$45; ES Alum-$35; ES student or .45 CEU-$10
Everyone gets tangled in conflict, at times in the church. The Center for Lifelong Learning in collaboration with Barnabas Initiatives will present a one-day seminar, Shalom in Conflict, that offers keys to finding a healthy, Godly path through conflict for yourself, your leaders, and the church. For more information visit: www.evangelical.edu/shalom.
Heart For Muslims
Saturday, October 31, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Calvary Baptist Church, 123 West 57th Street, Manhattan, NY
Regular Registration $30, Students with ID $15, and Retired Missionaries $10.
Registration is open - reserve your spot now! Our prayer is that our passion for God will ignite our passion to LOVE MUSLIMS, EQUIP THE BODY, and CONNECT PEOPLE FOR SERVICE. The Lord is always at work in our city and we want to see a disciple-making movement among the Muslims here. As a result, multiple New York City ministries are uniting to host the HEART FOR MUSLIMS CONFERENCE. This citywide event will feature plenary speakers, breakout sessions and guided prayer: all focused on effective missional engagement among our city's Muslims peoples. Please join us and also help spread the word to anyone interested in joining this movement.
Mount Clare Christian School
Thursday, November 12, 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Camp Andrews, 1226 Silver Spring Rd, Holtwood, PA 17532 Mount Clare Christian School, a ministry of Wilkens Avenue Mennonite Church in Baltimore, Maryland, is having its fall banquet. Please join us as we celebrate and share testimonies about the work God is doing in Baltimore through the Ministry of MCCS. This dinner event is free, but you must RSVP by November 5 to attend. For more information, visit www.mountclarechristian.org.
Freedom In Him Ministries
Mental Health Awareness & Support Seminar
Saturday, November 14, 8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Metzler Mennonite Church, 515 W Metzler Rd, Ephrata PA 17522
Speakers: Dr. Enos Daniel Martin, Pastor Josef Berthold, Rodney Redcay, Joan and Loice Byler.
Wednesday, November 18, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. (tentative times)
Location: We are looking at non-church building locations. Suggestions welcome, email Bev Kreider w/venue suggestions: email@example.com. Must have space for teams to work around tables.
Geared for: Leadership Teams and lay persons who are engaging in local mission and service. This is not an "introduction" to discipleship and mission, but is planned as next steps for leaders who are already immersed in and experimenting with these concepts.
Description of the Day: Consider how to get beyond Sunday morning services and programs in the church building.
Identify where we are already engaging our networks/neighborhoods.
Look at practical ways for small groups and missional communities to be on mission together.
Move beyond "individual salt and light" into communally blessing those where we live, work and play.
Examine helpful steps to bet started in respective contexts.
Practice clarifying a group's mission and how that impacts rhythms of doing life together, where and when to meet, etc.
Hear stories of people on mission together.
This is planned to be participatory, with a desire for application in each participant's context, helping teams move beyond rhetoric and theorizing! Time may be provided over lunch for teams (if present) to plan together.
Details: Lunch will be included, $10 donation requested to cover lunch, no other costs to attend.
Thursday, February 25, 2016 (full day w/Q&A after dinner)
Mount Joy Mennonite Church, 320 Musser Rd, Mount Joy PA 17552
A one-day look at church life with mission and discipleship as the central focus. Church leadership teams & lay persons are welcome to attend.
Jason and Suzi Lantz are passionate about helping leaders launch new initiatives that make disciples of Jesus. They have used discipleship systems within a large church and through planting LoveCanton using missional communities. They love living in Stark County Ohio, where Jesus is clearly up to something bigger than themselves.
Mennonite & Brethren Marriage Encounter
Do you dream of getting away from it all? When was the last time you actually planned a romantic evening or special getaway, just for the two of you? Look no further than the November 20-22 Marriage Encounter weekend! It's a special weekend for you and your spouse to spend together rekindling your love for each other. For more information, visit marriageencounter.org or call 717-569-5676.
Mennonite Children's Choir of Lancaster
Christmas Concert Series 2015
Thursday, Dec. 3, Neffsville Mennonite Church, Lancaster at 7 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 5, First Presbyterian Church, Lancaster at 4 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 6, Highland Presbyterian Church, Lancaster at 4 p.m.