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LMC Office Events & Information
Awareness & Training
Making Church a Safe Place for All
Lancaster Mennonite Conference has two programs in place to assist congregations in meeting the obligations of the Pennsylvania State Requirements for Child Protective Services.
By December 31, 2015, all employees of organizations that have direct contact with children must comply with the legislature for the new Pennsylvania Child Protective Services Law. If your congregation has not taken steps to bring your credentialed leaders into compliance, please contact the LMC Office as soon as possible for assistance in understanding what must be done.
Volunteers in your congregations who have direct contact with children have until July 1, 2016 to be in compliance.
What steps has your congregation taken to comply with the PA Child Protective Services Law?
Applications for the Quiet Shouts Seminary Scholarship are being accepted for the 2016/17 academic year. The purpose of the scholarship is to support and encourage Lancaster Conference Mennonite women pursuing pastoral studies in seminary master's degree programs.
Scholarships are awarded annually to women who meet the following criteria:
member of a Lancaster Mennonite Conference congregation
accepted into an accredited seminary master's degree program
pursuing full-time or part-time pastoral studies
Applications must be received by May 1, 2016 to qualify for a 2016/17 academic year scholarship. A Quiet Shouts brochure and application are attached.
Previous recipients are encouraged to apply as scholarships can be received for multiple years of studies. Last year's recipients were Sarah Bixler (Oxford Circle Mennonite), Gina Burkhart (Landisville Mennonite), Kristina Denlinger (West End Mennonite Fellowship), Rhonda Good (Connect Church), Nancy Maldonado (King of Glory Tabernacle), and Linda Gehman Peachey, (East Chestnut Street Mennonite).
These scholarships are made possible through donations from individuals and through royalties from Quiet Shouts, a book authored by Louise Stoltzfus featuring 14 Mennonite women leaders of the 20th century.
Join us on Tuesday, March 22 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at 450 North Prince Street, Lancaster, Pa., for a time of intercessory prayer for EMM workers around the world. Childcare is not provided, but children are welcome. For more information, visit emm.org/prayerfasting or contact Jessica Fellenger at 717 898-2251 ext. 235.
Evento de oración y ayuno de la comunidad
Únase a nosotros el martes, 22 de marzo, de las 6:30 a las 8:30 p.m. en el 450 North Prince Street, Lancaster, Pa., para un tiempo de oración intercesora por los obreros de EMM alrededor del mundo. No se proveerá cuidado de niños, pero los niños son bienvenidos. Para obtener más información, visite emm.org/prayerfasting o póngase en contacto con Jessica Fellenger en el 717 898-2251, ext. 235.
Save the date!
Save the date for EMM's event "35 years of saying YES: Launching people into life on mission," on Saturday, May 21, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at Lancaster Mennonite School, Calvin and Janet High Fine Arts Center. For 35 years, EMM's YES program served as a place where people encountered God, His people, and the world in fresh ways. YES's joys and challenges transformed people - both participants and those they served. As EMM transitions the YES structures into new ways of catalyzing missional discipleship, we invite you to come remember, lament, and celebrate the experience of YES. Be encouraged to continue living out God's calling, wherever you are. For more information, visit emm.org/35years or contact Jessica Fellenger at 717 898-2251 ext. 235.
¡Tome nota de esta fecha!
Aparte la fecha para el evento de EMM "35 años diciendo YES: Lanzando gente hacia una vida de misión", el sábado 21 de mayo, comenzando a las 6:30 p.m. en el Calvin and Janet High Fine Arts Center de la Lancaster Mennonite School. Durante 35 años, el programa YES de EMM sirvió como un lugar donde personas se encontraron con Dios, con su pueblo, y con el mundo en nuevas formas. Las alegrías y los desafíos transformaron a muchos-tanto a los participantes como a los que ellos sirvieron. A medida que EMM hace la transición de las estructuras de YES a nuevas formas para catalizar el discipulado misional, le invitamos a que venga para recordar, lamentar, y celebrar la experiencia de YES. Siéntase animado a continuar viviendo el llamado de Dios, dondequiera que se encuentre. Para obtener más información, visite emm.org/35years o póngase en contacto con Jessica Fellenger en el 717 898-2251, ext. 235.
Looking for a change of pace?
One of our long-term workers in the Czech Republic needs a fill-in for six to nine months. Teach conversational English classes at the Family Center run by the Czech Brethren Church, participate in church and community life, and tend to this worker's flat. Available late summer 2016. Did we mention it's in Prague? Contact Sherrie Ober at717 898-2251 ext. 269 or email@example.com more details.
¿En busca de un cambio de ritmo?
Uno de nuestros obreros a largo plazo en la República Checa necesita que alguien tome su lugar entre seis y nueve meses. Las responsabilidades son: enseñar clases de inglés conversacional en el centro familiar dirigido por La Iglesia de los Hermanos Checa, participar en la vida de la iglesia y la comunidad, y hacerse cargo del apartamento del obrero. Disponible a finales del verano del 2016. Creo que no hemos mencionado es en Praga. Para mayor información, póngase en contacto con Sherrie Ober en el 717 898-2251 ext. 269 o en firstname.lastname@example.org .
New Danville Campus
Friday, April 1, 4 p.m.
The New Danville Country Auction to benefit the New Danville Campus of Lancaster Mennonite School will be held Friday, April 1, starting at 4 p.m. when food stands open. The auction begins at 4:30, featuring gift certificates, household items, tools, toys and collectibles. Quilts and wall-hangings will be sold at 8 p.m. For more information, go to http://newdanvilleauction.weebly.com.
School-Wide Open House
Sunday, April 17, 1-3 p.m.
Lancaster Mennonite School will hold a school-wide open house Sunday, April 17, from 1 to 3 p.m. at its five campuses: Hershey (K-12), Kraybill (PreK-8) in Mount Joy, Lancaster (grades 6-12), Locust Grove (PreK-8) in E. Lampeter Township, and New Danville (PreK-5).
The Mennonite Children's Choir of Lancaster is now scheduling auditions on May 10 and 11 for the 2016-2017 choir year. Children and youth in kindergarten through grade 12 may contact Artistic Director Darlene Hein (717-333-4202) to schedule an audition. Singers meet Tuesday evenings late August through early May to rehearse for a fall and spring concert series. The mission of MCCL is training children and youth to glorify Jesus Christ through excellent choral singing. The MCCL program is open to children and youth from all church backgrounds and are a program of Lancaster Mennonite School as a service to the community.
LMS Campus Chorale
2016 Spring Tour
Sunday, March 20, 7 p.m.
Blossom Hill Mennonite Church
Sunday, April 3, 10 a.m.
River Corner Mennonite Church
Sunday, April 17, 10 a.m.
Marietta Community Chapel
Sunday, April 24, 7 p.m.
Mount Joy Mennonite Church
Sunday, May 1, 7 p.m.
Mellinger Mennonite Church
Sunday, May 15, 7 p.m.
Stumptown Mennonite Church
Amish Quilts: A Social History
Learn about the origin and influence of Amish quilts with Janneken Smucker, a fifth-generation Mennonite quiltmaker and author of Amish Quilts: Crafting an American Icon. She will relate the stories of local quiltmakers and explore how the commercial success of Amish-branded goods has influenced Amish artisans. Hosted on Monday, March 28, 7 p.m., at Ridgeview Mennonite Church. This event is free and open to the public.
Las colchas amish: historia social
Aprende sobre el origen y la influencia de las colchas amish con Janneken Smucker, de la quinta generación de colchadoras menonitas y autora de Amish Quilts: Crafting an American Icon. Ella narrará cuentos sobre colchadoras locales y discutirá cómo el éxito comercial de productos marcados amish han influenciado a las artesanas Amish. Se llevará a cabo el lunes 28 de marzo, 7 p.m., en Ridgeview Mennonite Church. Este evento es gratuito y abierto al público.
Come to this year's Annual Banquet of the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society and hear Nelson Kraybill, president of Mennonite World Conference, speak on "Alternating Currents among Global Anabaptists." He will promote an understanding of the lively dynamics of Christian mission, service, and evangelism across cultures today. The banquet will be held at 6 pm on Saturday, April 2, at Yoder's Restaurant in New Holland. Tickets cost $25 per person and can be purchased online at lmhs.org or by calling (717) 393-9745. The deadline for registration is Saturday, March 26.
Ven al Banquete Anual de la Sociedad Histórica Menonita de Láncaster para escuchar a Nelson Kraybill, presidente del Congreso Mundial Menonita, hablar sobre las "corrientes alternas entre los anabautistas globales." Kraybill promoverá mejor entendimiento sobre las dinámicas animadas entre las misiones, el servicio, y el evangelismo a través de culturas hoy día. El banquete se llevará a cabo a las 6 p.m. el sábado 2 de abril, en Yoder's Restaurant en New Holland. Boletos cuestan $25 por persona y se pueden comprar en lmhs.org o llamando al (717) 393-9745. La fecha límite para la registración es el sábado 26 de marzo.
Center-Seam Moccasin Folk Art Class
Learn how to make a center seam moccasin during a folk art class on Saturday, April 9, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the 1719 Hans Herr House & Museum. Register by calling (717) 464-4438 or online at www.hansherr.org. Registration is due March 25. This class is for adults only.
Clase de arte folklórico: Mocasín con tejido céntrico
Aprende a crear un mocasín con tejido céntrico durante una clase de arte folklórico el sábado 9 de abril, de 9 a.m. hasta la 1 p.m. en la Casa Museo de Hans Herr de 1719. Regístrate llamando al (717) 464-4438 o en el Internet en www.hansherr.org. Somete la registración para el 25 de marzo. Esta clase es solamente para adultos.
Lancaster Family History Conference
The Lancaster Family History Conference presents "Forget Me Not: Opening the doors for the ladies in your ancestry" with a keynote by Jane E. Wilcox, April 14-16 at the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society as well as the Lancaster Host Resort and Conference Center. Register at lmhs.org, the early registration deadline is March 23.
Conferencia de Genealogía de Láncaster
La Conferencia de Genealogía de Láncaster presenta "No me olvides: abriendo las puertas a las mujeres en tu ascendencia" con un discurso de apertura por Jane E. Wilcox, de 14-16 de abril en la Sociedad Histórica Menonita de Láncaster y en el Lancaster Host Resort and Conference Center. Regístrate en lmhs.org. La registración temprana termina el 23 de marzo.
Preparing for the Aging Process
Landis Communities will be present both days of the Celebration of Church Life March 18 and 19. Come learn how we are enriching lives by developing Comforting Live-at-Home Services and Feel-at-Home Communities. In addition to our display table, please consider attending Saturday's seminar "PREPARING FOR THE AGING PROCESS." Landis Communities staff will answer questions including "What should families be considering as parents age?" and "How can families work together to learn the options available to us?" Come with your questions and experiences.
It Takes More Than a Will
Join Nikki Shingle, Director of Charitable Relations for Everence and Attorney Tim Shawaryn from Brubaker, Connaughton, Goss and Lucarelli LLC for a free seminar, "IT TAKES MORE THAN A WILL" on March 17, 2016, 6:30 pm at Landis Homes. Explore the advantages of using additional estate and gift planning tools that may stretch your dollars and increase your legacy for your family and your favorite charities. To register, email@example.com by March 11 or call 717-509-5490.
Parkinson's Support Group
The Lancaster County Parkinson's Support Group will meet March 21 at Landis Homes. The speaker is Mark Stahl, MD, PhD, who is a movement disorder specialist at Hershey Medical Center. He will share "New Ways to Deliver Medications for Parkinson's Disease." There will also be time for questions. The public meeting is scheduled for Monday, March 21 at 2:00 p.m.in the Westview Community Room at Landis Homes, 1001 East Oregon Road, Lititz. Following the meeting will be a time of refreshments and informal discussion. The monthly meetings are designed for education and support for persons diagnosed with Parkinson's disease and their families. The Lancaster County Parkinson's Support Group meets at Landis Homes the third Monday of each month from March through November. For more information or to receive a brochure about the Lancaster County Parkinson's Support Group persons may make requests to P.O. Box 251, East Petersburg, PA 17520, or call 717-509-5494.
Meeting for Caregivers
There will be a meeting for caregivers of persons with memory loss and other forms of dementia Tuesday, March 29 at Landis Homes. The topic for the evening is "Ethical Questions of Caregiving," presented by Kori Novak, Ph.D., MBA. Her presentation will be followed with questions and group discussion, as well as informal time with refreshments. 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 group is operating in partnership with the Alzheimer's Association of the Greater Pennsylvania Chapter. The public is invited. For more information call Landis Homes (717) 581-3939.
Annual golf Tournament
Golfers of all levels are invited to the 25th annual golf tournament raising money for the Adult Day Services (ADS) at Landis Homes. Since 1991, friends and colleagues of Landis Homes have provided scholarships for eligible ADS clients who are not able to afford the full cost of these quality services. The event will be held Friday June 3, at Foxchase Golf Club. For more information click here or call 717-509-5490.
There is still time to register for some of the Pathways Institute® of Lifelong Learning classes set for this spring at Landis Homes. To see a list of courses with space available to all persons age 55+ please click here or direct inquiries to Alice Whitman at 717-569-3271 (Ext. 3060) or by email at AWhitman@landishomes.org.
LMC Fraternal Ministries Events & Information
Garden Spot Village
Saturday Evening Concert Series
Saturday, March 19, 7 p.m., Chapel
Enjoy the unique sound of bagpipes with a performance by Thompson McConnell & Family.
Take time away from our technology driven society and appreciate God's grandeur through activities like Guided Hikes, Nature Crafts, Bird Watching, and Educational Workshops about Wildlife and other topics. Many lodging options available.
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.
The Reasons To Believe chapter of Lancaster, PA invites everyone to join them at Stumptown Mennonite Church the third Thursday of every month for documentary films, lectures, and lively discussions about how the latest scientific discoveries are intersecting with Biblical truths. Meetings run 7-9 PM. For more information, call Will Charles: 717-330-0901.
Mount Clare Christian School
Winter/Spring Give-A-Thon for Mt. Clare Christian School
Did you know that there is an evangelistic Christian School in the Anabaptist tradition in inner-city Baltimore? Mt. Clare Christian School (MCCS) is a ministry of Wilkens Avenue Mennonite Church, located in an under-resourced urban community of Southwest Baltimore City. Our school is funded largely by donations from churches and individuals. The portion of tuition that school families pay is $25 per month per child, allowing us to reach the children in our target community. Our mission is to provide a quality, Christian education for children in the Mt. Clare Community. Over 70% of our students are from Non-Christian backgrounds. Would you join us in helping with our Mount Clare Christian School Winter/Spring Give-A-Thon? We are currently seeking 50 new monthly partners in the amounts of $50, $75, and $100 per month to help us strengthen our funding base and allow us to impact more students in this community. To sign up as a monthly partner in our Winter/Spring Give-A-Thon or for more information visit mountclarechristian.org/donate
Mennonite & Brethren Marriage Encounter
Restore, Rekindle, and Renew
Take a break from daily distractions and take time to focus on your spouse and your marriage. Restore, Rekindle, Renew - Marriage Enrichment helps you do just that. Meeting each Monday evening from February 8 - March 21, this series will help you to restore communication, rekindle the romance, and renew commitment. For more information or to apply visit marriageencounter.org or call 717-569-5676.
Mennonite Central Committee
Pennsylvania Relief Sale
April 1-2, Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex, Harrisburg, PA
Auctions at this year's sale will feature handmade quilts, furniture, original artwork and much more. And don't miss the strawberry pie! Click here for more information.
Museum of the Bible Lancaster Event
Sunday evening, May 15
There will be an evening public event here in Lancaster introducing the new Museum of the Bible located in Washington, DC. There is no charge for the evening but tickets are required. The purpose of the new museum that will open in 2017 is to invite all people to engage with the Bible through four pillars: research, travel exhibits, education, and a museum currently under construction in Washington, DC. In April free tickets for the event will be available. Here is the MOTB web site: www.museumofthebible.org
Mennonite Healthcare Fellowship
Attention Healthcare Workers!Registration is now open for Mennonite Healthcare Fellowship's Annual Gathering, June 17-19, 2016 in Estes Park, CO. Plan now for this weekend of workshops, worship, networking, and sharing together with other healthcare professionals. Visit www.mennohealth.org/annual-gathering-2016