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
Spring Leadership Assembly
Friday, May 26, 7-9 p.m. and Saturday, May 27, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
The Spring Leadership Assembly will focus on the topic of church multiplication. The Friday evening and Saturday event will be hosted by East Petersburg Mennonite Church and will include input from Omar Guzman and Antonio Ulloa. Saturday will include these six workshops: Pastor Burnout and Discouragement, Community Engagement, Women in Leadership, Women Planting Churches, Church Administration, and Intentional Multiplication of Leaders. There will be a $30 per person registration fee. Translation in other languages will be provided as requested. For more information, contact Joselyn Santiago at
On the 4th Tuesday of each month, youth ministry workers gather at 8 a.m. at Lyndon Diner in Lancaster, Pa. to share ideas and, encourage and support one another through conversation and prayer. Anyone involved with youth ministry in any way in Lancaster Mennonite Conference is welcome! Please RSVP on the LMC Youth Workers FB page if you are coming.
ARMS (Association of Retired Ministers and Spouses)
Annual Fall Retreat
October 31-November 1, 2017 at Black Rock Retreat Center For LMC Leaders w/Retired Credential or Active Credential 65+ & Spouses. "Celebrating God's Generosity" is the Retreat Theme. The program includes featured speaker Lynn Miller.
The cost has increased slightly from last year ($70/person) which includes four meals, one night's lodging, and use of the camp facilities. Your registration and $20 per person deposit are due by July 15. If you have questions, please contact Leonard Groff: email@example.com or 717-355-0454.
Missional Pathways is a network for mission involvement. It connects people with the skills, opportunities, resources, and expertise necessary to make their missional impulses a reality. Missional Pathways serves as an extension of its sponsoring congregations and mission organizations, linking people together for increased effectiveness in mission.
Are you sensing an impulse? Ready for an adventure? Active in a venture? Wherever you are on your journey into missions, Missional Pathways is here to help. To request a meeting with a staff person, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org
Click here to view and share the Missional Pathways promotional flyer.
Missional Pathways (Sendas misioneras) es un sistema de interrelaciones para la participación en misiones. Conecta a las personas con los conocimientos, oportunidades, experiencia, y recursos necesarios para hacer realidad sus impulsos misionales. Missional Pathways sirve como una extensión de las congregaciones y organizaciones misioneras que la patrocinan, conectando a las personas para lograr una mayor eficacia en misiones.
¿Siente usted un impulso? ¿Está listo para una aventura? ¿Está activo en una aventura? Dondequiera que se encuentre en su viaje a las misiones, Missional Pathways está aquí para ayudar. Para solicitar una cita con un miembro del staff, por favor escriba a email@example.com
Cross-cultural mission internship in Lancaster, Pa.
Bridge the Gap is a 14-week mission internship that equips young adults to thrive in a cross-cultural environment. Join an intercultural group of young adults at Immerse International (immerse-us.com) to learn about key local/global issues like sustainability, community development, poverty, entrepreneurship, and more. Work 12-15 hours with a local nonprofit or business. To learn more, contact Sherrie Ober at firstname.lastname@example.org or 717-898-2251 ext. 269.
Pasantía (internado) de misiones transculturales en Lancaster, Pa.
Cubriendo La Brecha es una pasantía o internado de misiones de 14 semanas que equipa a jóvenes adultos para prosperar y dar fruto en un entorno transcultural. Únase a un grupo de jóvenes adultos de variadas culturas en Immerse International (immerse-us.com) para aprender sobre temas claves a nivel local y global tales como: la sostenibilidad, el desarrollo comunitario, la pobreza, el espíritu empresarial, y mucho más. Trabaje de 12 a 15 horas con una entidad local sin fines de lucro o comercial. Para obtener más información, póngase en contacto con Sherrie Ober email@example.com o 717-898-2251 ext. 269.
Share Jesus ... and coffee!
If you love coffee and the culture around it, you can use that to share Jesus in Asia! An exciting opportunity exists to run a small coffee shop in East Asia, situated along the ancient Silk Road. Barista certification is preferred; a visa will be provided. Interested? Contact Jimm Derksen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Comparta a Jesús... ¡y café!
Si le gusta el café y la cultura que le rodea, ¡usted puede utilizar esto para compartir a Jesús en Asia! Existe una interesante oportunidad para administrar una pequeña cafetería en el oriente de Asia, la cual está ubicada en la antigua Ruta de Seda. Certificación como encargado de bar es preferida; Visa será proporcionada. ¿Está interesado? Contacte a Jimm Derksen en email@example.com.
Peru Trek for PROMESA
Adventurers needed! Hike Peru's wild, stunning Ausangate Trek and see the Rainbow Mountains (Vinicunca). The trek will raise money for PROMESA, a Peruvian Mennonite school. At the end, visit the school and meet the children you've been trekking for. With its craggy peaks and high altitude, this 57.5-mile trek will challenge you. Along with the unforgettable views and the life-changing purpose, it's an adventure to remember forever. Go to emm.org/perutrek for details and registration. Registration closes June 16. Questions? Contact Kaylene Derksen at firstname.lastname@example.org or 717-898-2251 ext. 275.
Caminata en el Perú para PROMESA
¡Estamos buscando personas aventureras! Haga una caminata del silvestre e impresionante camino a las montañas peruanas de Ausangate y vea la montaña de colores (Vinicunca). La caminata recaudará fondos para PROMESA, una escuela menonita peruana. Al finalizar, visite la escuela y conozca a los niños que se beneficiarán de su caminata. Con sus escarpados picos y su elevada altitud, esta caminata de 57.5 millas será un desafío para usted. Junto con las inolvidables vistas y un propósito que cambiará vidas, será ésta una aventura que usted nunca olvidará. Visite emm.org/perutrek para obtener más información y registrarse. La inscripción se cierra el 16 de junio. ¿Otras preguntas? Haga contacto con Kaylene Derksen en email@example.com o
Ready to share Jesus? Mission internships are a chance for adults 18+ to learn by doing. Serve on location for 3-18 months with a cause you're passionate about. Walk alongside an experienced missionary. Learn cross-cultural disciple-making skills that will launch you into a lifetime of ministry, wherever God calls you.
Check out these mission internships ...
English teacher to urban refugees in Kenya
Bridge the Gap intern with international students in Lancaster, Pa.
¿Está listo para hablar de Jesús? Las pasantías o internados de misiones son una oportunidad para que adultos mayores de 18 años "aprendan haciendo." Sirva en una localidad de 3 a 18 meses siguiendo una causa que le apasiona. Camine al lado de un experimentado misionero. Aprenda habilidades transculturales para hacer discípulos que le impulsarán a toda una vida de ministerio, dondequiera que Dios le llame.
Déle un vistazo a las siguientes pasantías de misiones...
Profesor de inglés para refugiados urbanos en Kenia
Pasantía de "cubrir la brecha" con estudiantes internacionales en Lancaster, Pensilvania.
Obrero entre Niños en riesgo con huérfanos en Guatemala
Estudiante de Discipulado en VidaNet en Costa Rica
Lancaster Family History Conference The Thirty-eighth Annual Lancaster Family History Conference presents "New Arrivals in a New Land: A Tribute to Our 1717 Immigrant Families" with a keynote by John L. Ruth. It takes place from May 18-20 at the Lancaster Farm and Home Center. Register at lmhs.org/events/history-conference.
Conferencia Genealógica de Lancaster
La 38va Conferencia Genealógica de Lancaster presenta "Recién Llegados a Una Nueva Tierra: Tributo a Nuestras Familias Inmigrantes del 1717" con John L. Ruth como orador principal. La conferencia se llevará a cabo del 18 al 20 de mayo en el Lancaster Farm and Home Center. Regístrate en lmhs.org/events/history-conference.
Visit and enjoy the earliest style of Pennsylvania barns, the forebay Sweitzer, with a field trip on Saturday, June 24 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. These magnificent and medieval-like structures first took hold on the landscape circa 1750 in the Willow Street area and the immediate environs. Greg Huber will lead the tour that starts and ends at LMHS. Registration costs $80 for members, $95 for nonmembers. Register by May 24 at www.lmhs.org/events/field-trips or by calling 717-393-9745.
Gira de Ranchos
Visita y goza del primer estilo de ranchos en Pennsylvania, el "forebay Sweitzer," en una gira el sábado 24 de junio de 8:00 a.m. a 4:00 p.m. Estas magníficas estructuras con rasgos medievales fueron construidas cerca de 1750 en el área de Willow Street y lugares adyacentes. Greg Huber dirigirá la gira que comienza y termina en LMHS. La registración cuesta $80 para miembros, $95 para no-miembros. Inscríbete para el 24 de mayo llamando al 717-393-9745 ó en www.lmhs.org/events/field-trips.
What Young Historians Are Thinking
Hear from three young historians at 7 p.m. on Monday, June 5, at Ridgeview Mennonite Church. Micah Brickner will present on the outcomes of Evangelical Visitor, the denominational publication of the Brethren in Christ. Steven Bauman will discuss peace work of the American Friends Service Committee. Joel Nofziger will talk about Mennonite fictional films and what they reveal about Mennonite identity.
¿Qué están pensando los historiadores jóvenes?
Escucha a tres historiadores jóvenes a las 7 p.m. el lunes 5 de junio, en Ridgeview Mennonite Church. Micah Brickner presentará los resultados del Evangelical Visitor, la publicación denominacional de la iglesia de los hermanos en Cristo. Steven Bauman hablará sobre el trabajo de paz del American Friends Service Committee. Joel Nofziger discutirá películas de ficción menonitas y lo que revelan sobre la identidad menonita.
Music in the Orchard
Summer concerts begin at 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 10, at the 1719 Hans Herr House & Museum with the Celtic band Season, and an opening by Matt Miskie. Concerts continue every other week through August 5.
Música en el Huerto
Los conciertos de verano comienzan a las 6 p.m. el sábado 10 de junio en la Casa Museo de Herr de 1719 con la agrupación celta llamada "Season," con Matt Miskie abriendo el evento. Los conciertos continúan cada otra semana hasta el 5 de agosto.
Take up a hammer and learn how to blacksmith under the tutelage of the Herr House blacksmiths on Saturday, June 17, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Registration is June 2, the class costs $65. Register at www.hansherr.org or call 717-464-4438.
Clase de Herrería
Toma el martillo y aprende cómo forjar artefactos en hierro bajo la tutela de los herreros de la Casa Museo Herr el sábado 17 de junio de 9 a.m. hasta las 4 p.m. La registración termina el 2 de junio, y la clase cuesta $65. Inscríbete en www.hansherr.org o llama al 717-464-4438.
Host Families Needed
Jolly-Noble International Education, is a service organization that aims to strengthen the educational and cultural exchanges between China and the United States. There will be new students coming to Lancaster Mennonite School this Fall semester. They are recruiting host families for the students right now, and sincerely hope you can join them. If you are interested in this cultural exchange chance, please feel free to contact them at
You are invited to join us for an evening of music performed by LM Senior, Mackenzie Paige. Mackenzie captures her listeners' attention with her storytelling lyrics and heartfelt emotion. The evening will also feature the release of her latest CD, Pieces of Art.
The evening will be opened by producer, recording artist, and LCBC lead worship pastor, Matt Goss.
All ticket sale proceeds will benefit the LM Fine Arts program in which Mackenzie has been an active member of as a student of LM.
Landis Homes Quilting Bees
The Landis Homes Quilters are hosting TWO Quilting Bees. All quilters are invited to join us in the Landis Homes Quilt Room on Monday, May 22 and Thursday, July 13, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Snacks will be provided throughout the day. Lunch will be provided at NOON for those who commit to quilting from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Please RSVP to LaRie Miller; 717-381-3585. The quilts will be auctioned on September 9 to benefit the Landis Homes Caring Fund as part of Fellowship Day.
Memory Loss Support Group Meeting
There will be a meeting for caregivers of persons with memory loss and other forms of dementia on Tuesday, May 30. The topic for the evening is "Purposeful Presence," presented by Anne Kaufman Weaver, who is a chaplain at Landis Homes. Weaver will discuss ways of relating to persons with memory loss that honors and appreciates both their history and who they are in the present. The meeting will start at 7 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
Adult Day Services at Landis Homes invites teams, individuals and potential sponsors to register for the June 2nd Golf Tournament at Foxchase Golf Club. For more information, go to this link www.landishomes.org/wp-content/uploads/2017-Golf-Brochure or contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 717-509-5490. This annual event helps provide scholarships for eligible clients who are not able to afford the full cost of services. Adult Day Services provides a safe and enriching environment during the day so that family/caregivers can continue to care for their loved ones at home. One of the two centers is designed specifically for those with later stages of memory loss, offering a unique day service to Lancaster County.
A beautiful ride thru Skyline Drive in Virginia to benefit campers. Begins at Round the Clock Diner in York on Friday AM. Stops include Front Royal and Thomas Jefferson's Monticello. visit camphebron.org/moto to register today
Breathe in the fresh mountain air during this mid-week retreat. Enjoy great conversation around meals and around the fireplace. This year's special musical guest features Southern Gospel style Jeremy Goodling. Worship led by Lee Roland of Slate Hill Mennonite Church. Sessions led by Pastor Allan Briggs of Millersburg, Pa. Visit camphebron.org/autumn-retreatto register
Come back for a weekend of nostalgia as we celebrate 60 years of ministry! Games & activities for all ages, delicious food & lots of laughs with Christian Comedian/Ventriloquist- Ryan & Friends. Visit camphebron.org/homecoming for more information
Garden Spot Village
Friday and Saturday, May 19 and 20, 7 p.m., Chapel Village Voices, a group of 55 men and women who live at Garden Spot Village and love to sing, will present "Hats off to our Favorite Things." The group meets regularly to rehearse and performs several well-attended concerts each year.
FSG brings Christian support for families and friends of loved ones with mental illness. There are informative topics to enhance insight and understanding of mental illness. Meetings are normally held on the fourth Sunday of each month from 3- 5 p.m. at Rossmere Mennonite Church, 741 Janet Ave, Lancaster. Educational program runs from 3-4 p.m.; Share and Care Groups meet from 4:10-5 p.m. Click here for more information.
PATHS to Discovery Support Group
PATHS participants experience fellowship, encouragement, and mutual support for their personal journeys with mental illness.
Click here for more information Groups meet twice a month at the following locations:
First and third Tuesday of each month from 2-3:30 p.m. at Aspire Community Center, 45 E Main St, Mt Joy.
First and third Thursday of each month from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at NLAM location, 630 Janet Ave, Room B103, Lancaster.
Second and fourth Thursday of each month from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at The Salvation Army, 121 S Queen St, Lancaster.
Congregational Events & Information
Bowmansville Mennonite Church
Thursday, June 8, 7 p.m. 129 Pleasant Valley Rd., East Earl, Pa. 17519 Come join us for an evening geared towards teenagers, featuring worship leader and speaker Brian Neal. Brian will lead us in worship and also share from his heart about loving God and truly following Jesus. Come out and be challenged. The event will run roughly from 7-8:30 p.m., with refreshments and fellowship to follow afterwards.
The New Danville Mennonite Congregation is replacing it's pews with padded seating. The old pews are available for free. At the time of this writing there are 15 pews left. The pews are 19 feet long and have a slight curve. They will be available for pick up the second week of June. Contact Robert Brody for more information at 717-872-8111.
Weaverland Mennonite Church
We Help Children
Hebrews 11 says we walk by faith not by sight, and goes on to list the heroes of the faith. By faith, God keeps growing our ministry called We Help Children and we are receiving more heroes to help us! We just received a nurse providing medical clinics in dirt poor villages and a horse therapy leader to help children heal in orphanages in Central America. Our ministry goal is to provide the Best Services for children in the worst places. We now have multiple interns, volunteers and missionaries serving in multiple countries helping children in crisis, including in inner city Chicago. What our growing ministry needs now are heroes serving in these new missionary positions: Development Director, Newsletter Writer, and Prayer Group Coordinator. Anyone sensing God's tug to be a hero for children in crisis can visit us at www.WeHelpChildren.org.
Run to Help Children
The Annual Color & Foam fun 5K is coming up this summer! This crazy,family-friendly trail run benefits the work of missionaries of Weaverland Mennonite Church helping children in crisis in Central America. The 5K will be held the last Saturday of July (July 29) at Brubaker Park in East Earl, PA. Run starts at 9am and the after run festival is for everyone, including a Color Blast, Snow Foam machine, great foods and sponsors, prizes and give-aways, Christian music, children's activities and more. Info at www.RunToHelpChildren.com Discount rates for Youth Groups attending call 717-445-5426.
Churchwide and Other Events & Information
Allegheny Mennonite Meetinghouse
Outdoor Historical and Inspirational Service
1855 Allegheny Mennonite Meetinghouse (GPS: 39 Horning Road, Mohnton Pa.) on Sunday, July 16 at 6:30 p.m. A chorus will present several of Martin Luther's familiar hymns and Jeff Bach, Director of the Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies at Elizabethtown College, will speak on "The Sure Foundation". He will focus on how the wisdom of God reveals the cross of Jesus Christ as the sure foundation for transformation, renewal and reform. For more information or for directions, e-mail email@example.com or call 717-278-8459.
Spend your long weekend around July 4 worshiping with other believers! Register now for Re*gen 2017, a summer gathering for youth, families and church leaders from Saturday through Tuesday, July 1-4. Food and lodging are less than $200 per person until April 10, and the additional registration fee is waived for members of Evana and Evana's partner congregations. This is a great event for youth groups, Sunday school classes, families, and church leaders. There will be activities for all ages along with plenty of time to enjoy the lake and other activities on the university campus. This event is grounded in Jesus Christ and will prepare you to serve Him throughout the year. You can get more information and register at evana.net/regen. We hope to see you there as you join with us!
Mennonite Central Committee
Spring Food Drive at Material Resources Centers
Join MCC East Coast this spring as we partner with Anabaptist churches in Pennsylvania and New York to provide groceries to those in need. You can donate monetarily or you can fill a bag or box with the following:
vegetable oil (32 oz.)
pasta (2 lbs.)
raisins (1 lb.)
white rice (32 oz.)
2 cans meat (chicken or tuna) (12 oz.)
1 can tomato sauce (15 oz.)
2 cans fruit (14 - 20 oz.)
2 cans vegetables (14 - 16 oz.)
2 cans beans (15.5 oz.)
1 box of cereal (14 - 18 oz.)
peanut butter (28 oz.)
Groceries can be dropped off at the MCC East Coast MRC in Ephrata, Pa., the MCC East Coast regional office in Philadelphia, Pa., the MCC MRC of Harleysville in Souderton, Pa., or the Cumberland Valley Relief Center in Chambersburg, Pa.. The deadline for dropping off groceries is June 30. For more information, contact the MCC East Coast MRC at EastCoastMRC@mcc.org or (717) 733-2847.
Be Part of a Work and Learn Team in Nairobi, Kenya November 6-14
MCC is looking for a group of around five people who love working with children, can plan a mini vacation Bible school... and are excited about a trip to Africa! The children's programming and supervision of eight youth ages 11-17 and eight children ages 2-8 takes place during the November MCC Africa Team Meetings. The trip is a great way to see some of MCC's East Africa programming as well as do some sightseeing in the beautiful country of Kenya. Group commitment is needed by June. Approximate cost for the entire trip per person is $2,600. For more information, please contact Mimi Copp Johnson at MiriamCoppJohnson@mcc.org.
Mennonite Information Center
Sunday, June 25, 3-6 p.m., 2209 Millstream Rd., Lancaster, Pa. There will be a drop-in open house, at the Mennonite Information Center, to highlight the renovations in the tabernacle reproduction area.
Parish Resource Center
Worship Design: Using Visual Arts to Enliven Your Space
Tuesday, July 24, 7-8:30 p.m., Parish Resource Center
2160 Lincoln Highway E., Lancaster, Pa, 17602
Join three local church representatives who have a heart and passion for the visual arts in worship.
Led by: Pat Myers, of Landisville Mennonite Church,
Brian Lehman, of First United Methodist Church in Lancaster,
Alison Hutchinson, of Wayside Presbyterian Church
Myers will speak to the Biblical perspective, historical background, and importance of using visuals in our worship settings. Lehman and Htuchinson will share their churches' design processes. Each will show examples of past worship arts elements that may inspire you when creating visual elements in your own spaces of worship.
Participants will break into pairs or small groups to brainstorm, through a hands-on activity, about how visual elements can deepen their congregation's worship experience. Come prepared to learn, create and to share ideas!
The cost is $15 for nonmembers. Click here to register.