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LMC Office Events & Information
Responding to Church Violence: Thinking Ahead
Thursday, July 20, 7 p.m., Oxford Circle Mennonite Church
The MSNBC headline in 2015 read, "Charleston shooting part of long history of violence against churches." An earlier USA Today headline in 2013 was similar: "Churches boost security as violent incidents grow." With a string of tragedies over the last decade in church sanctuaries, cathedrals, and other locations of faith ministry, many faith-based organizations are offering educational resources to help reduce or prevent violence from occurring.
Lancaster Mennonite Conference will offer a seminar on this troubling aspect of contemporary life to help churches think ahead to the unthinkable. Responding to Church Violence: Thinking Ahead will take place on Thursday, July 20 at Oxford Circle Mennonite Church, 900 Howell St, Philadelphia, Pa. The seminar, featuring law enforcement and church leaders, will convene at 7:00 p.m. and end by 9:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
Pastor Tracy Brown (retired State Police) will provide a peace church context for the presentation by the Pennsylvania State Police. Local metro police will also be present to comment on facility safety. The police officers will provide practical suggestions to reduce threats and describe resources available to churches to increase personal and property safety. The approach of the evening will encourage thoughtful responses rather than fearful reactions. A time for question and answer is scheduled for the evening.
Pastors, Rabbi's, faith-based organization board members, church trustees, and others interested in the subject are encouraged to attend. A small packet of printed resources will be available to attenders. Light refreshments will be served. Please RSVP Joselyn Santiago (firstname.lastname@example.org) to reserve a space for this seminar.
Schools, government offices, businesses, churches, synagogues and mosques, to name a few, have experienced violence at their locations. Some reports suggest violence occurring at faith-based locations has increased over the last decade. As a result many places have responded with education, training, and security measures to increase the safety of the people on the premises. If you want to learn more about this subject, set aside the evening of July 20.
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
Come support new and reappointed EMM workers as they are commissioned to serve throughout the world! Worker commissioning is happening Sunday, July 9, 6 p.m., at Mellinger Mennonite Church, Lancaster, Pa. Afterwards, chat and say goodbyes over ice cream. Mary Minor, an EMM board member until last year, will speak about celebrating the call of God on our lives, locally and globally. With a compelling life story and a refreshing way of sharing her wisdom, Mary will speak to your heart. Child care available; register at emm.org/commissioning by June 30. Questions? Contact Jessica Fellenger at firstname.lastname@example.org or 717 898-2251 ext. 235, or visit emm.org/commissioning.
¡Venga y ofrezca su apoyo a los nuevos y reelectos obreros de EMM cuando reciban su comisión de servir alrededor del mundo! La comisión de obreros se llevará a cabo el domingo 9 de julio, a las 6:00 p.m. en Mellinger Mennonite Church, Lancaster, Pensilvania. Después del evento platique con ellos y déles su despedida mientras disfruta de un helado. Mary Minor, uno de los miembros de la junta de EMM hasta el año pasado, hablará acerca de celebrar el llamado de Dios sobre nuestras vidas, tanto a nivel local como global. Con una interesante historia de vida y una refrescante manera de compartir su sabiduría, Mary hablará a su corazón. Se proveerá cuidado de niños; regístrese en emm.org/commissioning antes del 30 de junio. ¿Tiene preguntas? Póngase en contacto con Jessica Fellenger email@example.com o 717 898-2251 ext. 235, o visite emm.org/commissioning.
Celebrate summer with international culture and flavor at EMM's biggest event of the year! Global Fair is happening Saturday, July 15, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., at the Hans Herr House in Willow Street, Pa. This open-air missions and culture festival represents the vast scope of EMM's global presence. Meet the world through cultural activities, international food, mission stories, fun for kids, and more! Suggested donation of $1. Questions? Contact Jessica Fellenger at firstname.lastname@example.org or 717 898-2251 ext. 235, or visit emm.org/globalfair.
¡Celebre el verano con cultura y sabor internacional en el evento anual más grande de EMM! La Feria Global (Global Fair) se llevará a cabo el sábado 15 de julio, de 11 a.m. a 3 p.m., en la Hans Herr House en Willow Street, Pa. Este festival de misiones y cultura al aire libre representa el vasto alcance de la presencia mundial de EMM. Experimente el mundo a través de actividades culturales, comida internacional, historias misioneras, diversión para niños, ¡y mucho más! Se sugiere un donativo de $1. ¿Preguntas? Póngase en contacto con Jessica Fellenger en email@example.com o en el 717 898-2251 ext. 235, o visite emm.org/globalfair.
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.
Want to be a disciple who makes disciples? Multipliers is a group committed to discussing and practicing simple disciple-making principles for daily life, and then sharing those principles with others. It's a place of accountability and encouragement alongside like-minded Christ-followers. Multipliers is open to those with or without previous discipleship training experience. Multipliers groups meet weekly for three to four months in Lancaster, Pa. If you're not local, join in through Skype! Learn more at emm.org/multipliers. Contact Troy Landis at firstname.lastname@example.org or 717 898-2251 ext. 245 for more information.
¿Quiere ser un discípulo que hace discípulos? Multiplicadores (Multipliers) es un grupo comprometido a discutir y practicar simples principios para hacer discípulos en la vida diaria, luego compartiendo estos principios con otras personas. Es un lugar de rendición de cuentas y ánimo mutuo junto a otros seguidores de Cristo que piensan como usted. Multiplicadores está disponible para aquellos que tienen o no una previa experiencia de entrenamiento de discipulado. Los grupos de Multiplicadores se reúnen semanalmente por un período de tres a cuatro meses en Lancaster, Pensilvania. Si usted no es local, ¡únase a través de Skype! Obtenga más información en emm.org/multipliers o póngase en contacto con Troy Landis en email@example.com o en el717 898-2251 ext. 245.
Music in the Orchard
Summer Summer concerts continue at 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 24, at the 1719 Hans Herr House & Museum with the three-part harmony of Vulcans, and an opening by Alex Brubaker. Concerts continue every other week through August 5.
Música en el Huerto
Los conciertos de verano continúan a las 6 p.m. el sábado 24 de junio en la Casa Museo de Herr de 1719 con el grupo Vulcans de armonías en tres partes, y con una apertura por Alex Brubaker. Los conciertos continúan cada otra semana hasta el 5 de agosto.
The 1719 Herr House & Museum hosts Blacksmith Days from 12 to 4 p.m. on Friday, June 23, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 24. During this free event, come see blacksmiths work; visitors can try their hand at smithing under supervision.
Días de Herrería
La Casa Museo de Herr de 1719 te invita a Días de Herrería de 12 a 4 p.m. el viernes 23 de junio, y de 10 a.m. a 4 p.m. el sábado 24 de junio. Durante estos eventos gratuitos, ven a ver a los herreros trabajar. Visitantes podrán hacer proyectos de herrería bajo supervisión.
Field Trip: Christian Burkholder, Nonresistance, and War Explore Lancaster County and learn about Mennonites during the Revolutionary War on this field trip held on Saturday, September 30, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The field trip will be led by Romaine Stauffer. It's based on her new book, Loyalty Test, about the prominent bishop Christian Burkholder. Visit sites from Groffdale to Bowmansville and enjoy special foods like ground-cherry pie and pawpaw ice-cream. Registration costs $70 for members, $85 for nonmembers, and is due August 30. For more information and to register visit lmhs.org or call (717) 393-9745.
Gira: Christian Burkholder, No-resistencia y Guerra
Explora el Condado de Lancaster y aprende sobre los menonitas durante la guerra revolucionaria en esta gira el sábado 30 de septiembre, 8 a.m. a 5 p.m. La gira será dirigida por Romaine Stauffer. Está basada en su libro nuevo, Loyalty Test, sobre el obispo prominente, Christian Burkholder. Visita lugares desde Groffdale a Bowmansville y disfruta de comidas especiales tales como ground-cherry pie y helado de pawpaw. La registración cuesta $70 por miembro, $85 para no-miembros, y se debe someter para el 30 de agosto. Para más información y para regístrate visita a lmhs.org o llama al (717) 393-9745.
The Story of Pennsylvania Dutch
How did the distinctive American language of Pennsylvania Dutch develop? Find out with a lecture from Dr. Mark L. Louden of the University of Wisconsin beginning at 7 p.m. on Monday, July 17, at the Martindale Mennonite Fellowship Center. This event is free and open to the public.
La historia del lenguaje de "Pennsylvania Dutch"
¿Cómo se desarrolló el lenguaje americano distintivo conocido como "Pennsylvania Dutch"? Entérate en una charla con el Dr. Mark L. Louden de la Universidad de Wisconsin comenzando a las 7 p.m. el lunes 17 de julio en el Martindale Mennonite Fellowship Center. Este evento es gratuito y abierto al público.
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
The next meeting of the Memory Loss Support Group will take place Tue, June 27, 7-8 p.m. in the Warwick Room at Landis Homes. Leading the event will be Colleen Kayden, R.Ph. Williams Apothecary, Medication Information Services on the theme of "Medication Use in Dementia Care" For more information call 717-581-3939 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
Zole´ Intergenerational Paint Party
Saturday, July 8, 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Village Square Park
Come for a great time among friends and return home with a fabulous painting that you created. No artistic ability required. $35 per person includes all art materials, instruction and a Starbucks specialty drink. Class size limited. All ages welcome. Call 717-355-6000 for more information.
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.
July 23 - Hearing Voices-An Experience. Presenter: Regina Koppenhaver, Program Director with Community Services Group
August 27 - The Church and Mental Health. Presenter: Mary Steffy, former NLAM Board member
September 24 - Spread the Support, NOT the Stigma. Presenter: Sue Tushingham, Peer Advocate with Mental health America (MHA)
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.
Upcoming Topics include:
July - FAITH: The Size of a Mustard Seed / Like Little Children
August - JOY: Recognizing the Good / Pursuing Joy in Others
September - LOVE: Self, Service and Sacrifice / The World's Strongest Force
Congregational Events & Information
New Danville Mennonite Church
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!
Three-day event, September 20-22
Jim Wallis, president and founder of Washington D.C.- basedSojourners,will join Eastern Mennonite University president Susan Schultz Huxman, and Gonser Gerber development firm partner Doug Mason as featured speakers for the 2017 Everence Development Conference.
The three-day event, Sept. 20-22, is themedBridge to a Shared Tomorrow and will take place at the Lancaster Penn Square Marriott in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
Workshops will offer insights on charitable trends; marketing and donor relations; major, planned and congregational giving; and other charitable topics.
"The development conference has grown to become a highly valuable opportunity for people who help bridge supporters with missions," said Everence President and CEO Ken Hochstetler. "And with added education for church leaders, all the participants will have a standout experience that will help them grow in their work."
The conference is sponsored by Everence as part of its services to donors and charitable organizations, through its affiliate, Mennonite Foundation.
Everence helps individuals, organizations and congregations integrate finances with faith through a national team of advisors and representatives. Everence offers banking, insurance and financial services with community benefits and stewardship education.
Take a break from wedding planning and spend a weekend away with your fiancé(e) at our September 22-24 Engaged Encounter focusing on your upcoming marriage! Learn more about each other as you learn about communication, how to deal with stress in marriage, how to make your marriage last a lifetime, and more! Visit our website (www.marriageencounter.org), send us an email (love@marriageencounter), or give us a call at 717-569-5676 for more information or to register.
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.
Sewing Kits Needed
In many places where MCC works, sewing skills open the door to additional income that can help a family make ends meet. These kits are often given through MCC-supported programs that teach sewing or tailoring and provide the tools to make and mend clothing or to begin a business. MCC is currently in need of 6,000 kits to fill new requests in places like Bosnia and Herzegovina, Iraq, Ukraine, Jordan and Serbia. Consider creating sewing kits with your family and friends. Visit mcc.org/kits for more information.
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
Monday, 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.
Landis Homes West Community Center A fellowship for people who have lost a spouse through death, and remarried. Come to meet other couples and hear how God led them. For more info and reservation contact Glenn Hoover 717-859-2347 or John Bender 717-733-4258.
Women's Bible Study
2 Timothy Video Series Taught by Beth Moore
This Bible Study will be held in the home of Rhoda S. Oberholtzer, 807 Lititz Pk., Lititz, Pa 17543. Each session of the study will be presented at three different times on the following days: September 14, 21, 28 and October 12, 19, 26. Please call to register: 717-626-5658. Click here to view and share the informational brochure.
Women's Regional Assembly
Saturday, November 4, 2017, 8 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Stumptown Mennonite Church, 2813 Stumptown Rd.,
Bird-in-Hand, Pa. 17505
20 different workshops by 20 young Anabaptists leaders of 15-20 different regional churches. Dreaming... that all 20 leaders invite friends and neighbors from their own church community.
Time for Christian inspiration... opportunities for new friendships and helpful resources!
Open to anyone. No pre-registration; however, a free-will offering will be received.