Thursday, July 20, 2017

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July 2017

Angolan Mennonites welcome refugees

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada – "The situation is very serious," says Francisca Ibanda, Mennonite World Conference regional representative for Central/West Africa.

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MWC – new on the web: Building bridges with Peace Sunday

"A renewed peace church builds bridges" is the theme of this year's Peace Sunday worship package. It contains sermon notes from Thomas Yoder Neufeld on "Christ is Our Peace" from Ephesians 2:11–22, stories from Anabaptist peacebuilders in Indonesia, Colombia and Zambia, prayers and object lesson suggestions.

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Persecution past and present

Early Anabaptists in Augsburg, Germany, paid a high price for meeting at the large white house (left) in this picture. German Mennonite historian, theologian and peace activist Wolfgang Krauss retells the story to modern Anabaptists who toured historic sites in Augsburg during meetings of Mennonite World Conference Executive Committee in February 2017.

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Eun Hunki: Choosing to follow the way of Jesus

Renewal 2027 testimony: Anabaptists today

Eun Hunki's Mennonite Dairy Farm is located 40 min from Hukuzumin Mennonite Center, Hokkaido, Japan. Eun is a 1960s graduate of Mennonite Vocational School in Kyungsan, South Korea.

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Spanish-speaking YAMENers face unique challenges in Latin American placements

Serving in an area of the world relatively close to your home country where the dominant language is the same as your own might seem relatively easy. But Young Anabaptist Mennonite Exchange Network (YAMEN) participants who hail from Latin American countries and are serving in other countries in the same region are seeing differences first-hand.

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Prayers of gratitude and intercession

July 2017: Give thanks for the efforts of national governments around the world to be unified in the common cause of combating climate change and adapting to its effects through the Paris Agreement. Pray that governments and citizens will have the perseverance to meet the commitments and the foresight to plan for future results. Pray that these measures would protect the most vulnerable citizens. Read more.

July 2017: Many areas around the world are experiencing violent conflict or simmering tensions: rebel soldiers in DR Congo; persecutors of Christians in India and Nepal, Nigeria, Northern Africa, and others; government corruption and interstate tension in South Korea. Pray that our brothers and sisters walk in courage and hope rooted in Jesus as they witness to peace amid opposition to their call to follow Christ. – From Peace Sunday 2017 Worship Resources, click here to see more. 

July 2017: In North America, denominations are facing rapid technological change, shrinking congregations and shrinking budgets, challenges in sending service workers abroad and locally and theological disagreements that threaten to split congregations and denominations. Pray that hearts would be sensitive to confess how the church has also been complicit in injustice and violence toward others. Pray that the leaders and members would be divinely unified in the Spirit of Christ despite differing perspectives, and encouraged to spread the hope of the gospel. Read more.

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

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Lancaster Mennonite Conference
Information for leaders and congregations
July 19, 2017

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
Hold the Date
Fall Leadership Assembly 
LMC's Fall Leadership Assembly is planned for Thursday, September 21 (instead of September 16) at a location to be determined. This assembly is being held in conjunction with the Annual International Missions Association (IMA) being hosted this year by EMM. This is a wonderful opportunity for LMC leaders to interact with and learn from our Global Fraternal partners from around the world. For now, please hold the date and watch for additional information.

New Resource Available 
Mennonite: What's in a Name? Brochure
Congregations may purchase a new brochure called Mennonite: What's in a Name? Visitors, seekers, and prospective members will find the content helpful in explaining the Anabaptist/Mennonite tradition. They are available at the LMC office for $3.50 plus postage for a bundle of 10. Contact Joselyn Santiago, or 717-293-5246 ext. 100, for more information or to order.

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 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 ( 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.

Shalom News Announcements 
Guest Team Member(s) for Shalom News Magazine
For each issue of Shalom News, our editorial team invites a guest team member or team members to sit with us (Brinton Rutherford and Joselyn Santiago) for a 1-2 hour brainstorming/planning session to help shape the theme and articles, and maybe write an article or two. 
If you would like to be considered to be a guest team member for an issue of Shalom News, please contact Joselyn Santiago ( or 717-293-5246 ext. 100).
From Around the Conference
Did your congregation celebrate a special anniversary? 
Did your congregation host an event in the community?
We are inviting congregations to submit congregational announcements (i.e. retirements, baptisms, credentialing services, etc.) to be included in the Shalom News magazine.
If your congregation is interested in sharing, please submit a 1-4 sentence story/update with a photo (if possible) to Joselyn Santiago ( 
Multiplication Prayer Gathering
Every third Thursday of each month 
7-9 p.m. in the Harvest Room, at Landis Homes.
For more information call 717-293-5246 ext. 111.

LMC Youth Workers Monthly Breakfast
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. 
Congregational Events & Information
East Petersburg Mennonite Church
"Won't You Be My Neighbor?"
East Petersburg Mennonite Church will be exploring the dna of Kingdom-neighboring on Sunday mornings in July. "Won't You Be My Neighbor?" is a three-week discovery into how God has called and equipped us to intentionally live out the mission of God's Kingdom into our neighborhoods, so it may see it next door - as it is in heaven. For more information, you can visit the blog of Pastor Jeff McLain or the website of the church.
Stumptown Mennonite Church
Visit from Lead Bishop of Tanzania Mennonite Church
We are excited that the Lead Bishop of the Tanzania Mennonite Church, Bishop Joseph Mutorella, will be at Stumptown Church, Sunday morning, July 23 to share in our 10 a.m. service.

Although we know this is a time when other congregations also meet, we would like to share his visit for any who might wish to join us in hearing from Bishop Joseph.

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

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 9 a.m. 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 Discount rates for Youth Groups attending call 717-445-5426
Missional Pathways EMM/FMC/LMC
Missional Pathways
Missional Pathways
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
or call 717-584-4404 (if no answer, leave a voicemail or send a text). To learn more, visit

Click here to view and share the Missional Pathways promotional flyer.  

Missional Pathways
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
o llame al 717-584-4404 (si no hay respuesta, deje un voicemail o envíe un texto). Para mas información, visite 
LMC Agency Events & Information
Eastern Mennonite Missions 

Church planters needed outside Prague 
For years, EMM has been praying for more workers to join an international church planting team in a village on the outskirts of Prague. Is God calling your family to the Czech Republic? To learn more about this opportunity and many others, visit

Se necesitan sembradores de iglesias en las afueras de Praga 
Por muchos años, EMM ha estado orando para que más obreros se unan a un equipo internacional de siembra de iglesias en una aldea en las afueras de Praga. ¿Está Dios llamando a su familia a la República Checa? Para aprender más acerca de ésta y otras  oportunidades, visite

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 ( 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 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 ( 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 en 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 Contact Troy Landis at 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 o póngase en contacto con Troy Landis en o en el 717 898-2251 ext. 245. 


Music in the Orchard 
Summer concerts continue at 6 p.m. on Saturday, July 22, at the 1719 Herr House & Museum with Sopa Sol, a world folk music group consisting of Frances Crowhill Miller and Daryl Snider.  Concerts continue every other week through August 5

Música en el Huerto 
Los conciertos de verano continúan a las 6 p.m. el sábado 22 de julio en la Casa Museo de Herr de 1719 con el grupo Sopa Sol compuesto por Frances Crowhill Miller y Daryl Snider, quienes son conocidos por su música folclórica mundial. Los conciertos continúan cada otra semana hasta el 5 de agosto.

300 Years of Mellinger Mennonite Church 
Join us for two half-day field trips looking at the origins of Mellinger Mennontie Church on Saturday, October 21 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. or 1 to 4 p.m. Highlights include a walk to the early Mellinger farm as well as a log barn along Leaman Road. The tour will be led by Dan Wenger and Ivan Leaman. The tour begins at Mellinger Mennonite Church. Registration costs $50 for members, $65 for nonmembers, and is due September 21. For more information and to register visit or call (717) 393-9745.

300 Años de la Iglesia Menonita de Mellinger 
Disfruta de dos giras, mañana y tarde, que muestran los orígenes de la Iglesia Menonita de Mellinger.  Se llevarán a cabo el sábado 21 de octubre de 9 a.m. a 12 p.m., y de 1 a 4 p.m. Las giras incluyen una corta caminata por la finca colonial de la familia Mellinger, y un rancho de troncos en la Carretera Leaman, Road. Dan Wenger y Ivan Leaman dirigirán las giras. La matrícula cuesta $50 para miembros, $65 para no-miembros, a pagarse para el 21 de septiembre. Para más información y para inscribirte visita a o llama al (717) 393-9745.

Swiss-German 1717 Immigrant Journey to Lancaster 
Come along on a field trip retracing the path of the large 1717 group of early immigrants to Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The highlight of the trip is sailing the Christina River aboard the Kalmar Nyckel, a replica of the Swedish boat which brought the first European settlers in 1638 to the Delaware Valley. Registration costs $130 for members, $145 for nonmembers, and is due August 16. For more information and to register visit or call (717) 393-9745.

El camino inmigrante alemán-suizo del 1717 hacia Lancaster 
Ven a esta gira el sábado 16 de septiembre que traza el camino de un grupo grande alemán-suizo de los primeros que inmigraron a Lancaster en 1717. Un distintivo de esta gira es navegar por el río Cristina sobre el Kalmar Nyckel, la réplica del buque que trajo a los primeros colonos suecos en el 1638 al Valle de Delaware. La inscripción cuesta $130 para miembros, $145 para no-miembros. Regístrate para el 16 de agosto. Para más información y registración visita a, o llama al (717) 393-9745

Bookworm Frolic 
The annual Bookworm Frolic is rapidly approaching. Come out to 2215 Millstream Road, Lancaster, Pa., between Wednesday, August 16 and Friday, August 18 (9 a.m. to 7 p.m.) and Saturday, August 19 (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.), to purchase your favorite used books and support the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society.

Festival de Libros 
El Festival de Libros anual se aproxima rápidamente. Ven al 2215 Millstream Road, Lancaster, Pa., entre el miércoles 16 de agosto, y viernes 18 de agosto (de 9 a.m. a 7 p.m.) y sábado 19 de agosto (9 a.m. a 4 p.m.), para comprar tus libros usados favoritos y apoyar a la Sociedad Histórica Menonita de Lancaster. 

Host Families Needed 
2017-2018 School Year  
Two host families are needed for the 2017-2018 school year for two Nigerian high school students (2 different families needed) studying at LMS. Both students (1 boy and 1 girl) are connected to the Mennonite Church in Nigeria and would prefer to stay with families attending Mennonite churches here in Lancaster. The guardians of the students are able to afford a modest monthly payment to offset some of the costs of hosting. For more information please contact Christy Horst (, Elvin Kennel (, Jeremiah Denlinger (, or Kirk Benner ( 

Summer Open Houses 
The Hershey Campus of Lancaster Mennonite School (PreK-8) will hold a summer open house July 25 from 4-7:30 p.m. that includes an ice cream social. The Hershey Campus features small class sizes from kindergarten through high school under one roof at 1525 Sand Hill Road, Hummelstown. See for more information.

The Kraybill Campus of Lancaster Mennonite School (PreK-8) will hold a summer open house July 26 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. that includes a movie and cook-out. The Kraybill Campus features small class sizes from prekindergarten through middle school under one roof at 598 Kraybill Church Road, Mount Joy. See for more information.

The Lancaster Campus of Lancaster Mennonite School, which includes Lancaster Mennonite High School and Lancaster Mennonite Middle School, will hold a summer open house July 27 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The middle school offers innovative Project Based learning (the LMMS Connect! program), while the high school offers a comprehensive, well-rounded curriculum and numerous co-curricular opportunities in athletics and fine arts.See for more information.

The New Danville Campus of Lancaster Mennonite School (PreK-5) will hold a summer open house August 2 from 6-7:30 p.m. The New Danville Campus offers the option of five-day full-day PreK in a small, diverse, caring Christian school environment .See for more information.

Mennonite Children's Choir of Lancaster  
The Mennonite Children's Choir of Lancaster is open to children from all denominations and is sponsored by Lancaster Mennonite School as a service to the community.

The Mennonite Children's Choir of Lancaster is still accepting registrations for Prelude Music (grades 1-2) and Choristers (grades 3-7). These non-auditioned programs meet on Tuesday evenings September through April. Contact for registration forms.

Click here to view and share the flyer.   

Memory Loss Support Group Meeting
The next meeting of the Memory Loss Support Group, Co-Sponsored by Landis Homes and the Alzheimer's Association Greater Pennsylvania Chapter, will be held Tuesday, July 25, 2017, 7 p.m. in the Warwick Room located in The Heritage area of Landis Homes. It is titled, "Maximizing Function" and will be led by Jamie Snyder, Occupational Therapist. For more information, contact Landis Homes at 717-581-3939

Volunteers Needed 
Volunteers from age 14 to 90+ years serve throughout the campus of Landis Homes. Volunteers receive personal joy and fulfillment while the Landis Homes community is both enhanced and blessed. A list of current special needs is listed here. The Volunteer Services Office is ready to match a variety of talents and skills with new and existing opportunities. Persons interested in volunteer opportunities at Landis Homes may contact the Volunteer Services office at 717-509-5409.

Pathways Institute 2017 
Fall Preview and Reception 
All those age 55 plus are invited to attend the Pathways Institute 2017 fall preview and reception to "kick off" the upcoming term of exciting lifelong learning opportunities planned through the Pathways Institute for Lifelong Learning®. This event will be held at Calvary Church located at 1051 Landis Valley Road, Lancaster on Thursday, July 27, 2017 from 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. The program will begin at 1:30 p.m., with introductory comments from Ms. Eva Bering, Vice President for Operations of Landis Communities. Instructors will be introduced by Reverend Richard Cook, and fall 2017 offerings will be announced. The new Pathways Institute catalogs will be distributed, delicious desserts will be served, and the registration process will begin. You may also consult the Pathways Institute website at to access the new fall 2017 catalog immediately following the reception.

There is no charge for this event, but please RSVP to Ms. Alice Whitman at 717-569-3271 (ext. 3060), or respond via e-mail to by Friday, July 21.
LMC Fraternal Ministries Events & Information
Camp Hebron
September 12 - 14, 2017
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 to register

Saturday, October 7, 2017
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 for more information
Garden Spot Village
Servant Stage Youth Theatre "Bye Bye Birdie"
Tuesday, July 25, 2-3 p.m., Outdoor Pavilion 
Bye Bye Birdie is one of the most captivating shows of our time. It is a satire crafted with the fondest affection, told through musical theatre classics like Put On A Happy Face, A Lot of Livin' To Do, Kids, The Telephone Hour, and Honestly Sincere. This is the tops in imagination and good old-fashioned fun. This performance is the culmination of our youth summer theatre camp, where students rehearse and perform a full-length student production and participate in daily workshops and masterclasses with a camp staff of experienced theatre professionals. Presented by Servant Stage Company, and in partnership with Lancaster Bible College.
No Longer Alone Ministries 
Family Support Group
Fourth Sunday of every month, 3-5 p.m.
Rossmere Mennonite Church, 741 Janet Ave, Lancaster
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.

Upcoming Topics:
  • 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, 131 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
Churchwide and Other Events & Information
Three-day event, September 20-22 
Jim Wallis, president and founder of Washington D.C.- based Sojourners, 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 themed Bridge to a Shared Tomorrow and will take place at the Lancaster Penn Square Marriott in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
Registration for the conference - designed for nonprofit and church giving - is at the website.
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.

For more information contact Nikki Shingle, Director of Charitable  Relations,, 800-653-9723. 
Mennonite & Brethren Marriage Encounter
Engaged Encounter
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 (, send us an email (love@marriageencounter), or give us a call at 717-569-5676 for more information or to register. 
IVEP Host Family Opportunity
Believer is coming to work for Everence through the IVEP partnership program through MCC for approximately one year beginning in the middle of August (click here for the IVEP host information sheet). Believer will be working at 2160 Lincoln Hwy office. Everence is hoping to find a willing host family who would be close to public transportation, which would allow Believer to take public transportation to the Everence office each morning.

If you are interested in hosting Believer, contact Matt Gehman, or 717-553-6613.
Mennonite Central Committee  
Support MCC by Biking  
Join MCC East Coast August 19-23, 2017 for a 4-day bike ride in scenic and historic southeastern Pennsylvania to support MCC's relief and development work in hurricane devastated Haiti! Camp Manatawny Conference and Retreat Center (33 Camp Road, Douglasville, Pa.) will provide meals and lodging. Registration fee is $325 and riders are encouraged to ask friends, family, co-workers and fellow church and civic members to sponsor them by making contributions to MCC in support of the ride! For more information, and to register by August 1, visit

Mexico/U.S. Borderlands Learning Tour 
Join MCC East Coast October 10-15, 2017 for an educational learning tour designed to bring awareness about the increasing migrant deaths, militarization, environment degradation, effects on habitat and effects on sister communities by the border wall along the Mexico/U.S. Borderlands. The cost of the Learning Tour is $500 for the six days, which includes all meals, modest lodging and transportation on sites. For more information, visit
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 Hutchinson 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.  
For more information on these, and other 
workshops and to register for workshops - visit 
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.
Elevator service available
For more information, click here, or contact Joanne Siegrist 717-656-6429,
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Lancaster Conference

Lancaster Mennonite Conference
2160 Lincoln Highway East
Lancaster, Pa. 17602

Lancaster Mennonite Conference, 2160 Lincoln Highway East, #5, Lancaster, PA 17602
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