Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Fwd: Kids Camp Bonanza @ Woodcrest Retreat!

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Fwd: TNT Banquet 2017 reserve a seat

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Fwd: Faith Development Goals Workshop - Woo Your Youth Ministry Volunteers - Reading the Qur'an as a Non-Muslim

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Date: Mon, Sep 25, 2017 at 11:21 AM
Subject: Faith Development Goals Workshop - Woo Your Youth Ministry Volunteers - Reading the Qur'an as a Non-Muslim
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2160 Lincoln Hwy East #18, Lancaster, PA 17602
Phone: (717) 299-1113

Faith Development Goals for
Your Children's Ministry

A Workshop on Tuesday, September 26 at 7:00 pm

Led by Laura Ligo, Director of Children's Ministry at St. Mark's United Methodist Church, Mount Joy

Developing clear, cohesive, and informative faith-development goals can greatly enhance the experience of the children and youth in your ministry.  It will also help to set guidelines in place for ministry and leadership planning and decisions.  

This workshop, which will have small-group, interactive components, will help you create a sequence of faith-learning goals for your church.  You will learn how to use these goals to create a foundation for your Christian Education ministry and, in doing so, create stronger disciples of the children in your care.

For more information--and to register--click HERE!

Job Opening - PRC Bookkeeper (Part Time)

As PRC continues to expand our offerings to churches, we also need to grow our staff.  We are looking to add a part time bookkeeper to our current bookkeeping staff.

Click on the image above to view the job description.

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Reading the Qur'an as a Non-Muslim

Saturday, October 7 at 6:00 pm
Highland Presbyterian Church

Malcolm Gladwell has called the Pulitzer-Prize winning historian, writer, and journalist Garry Wills "one of the great political writers of his time." With his New York Times bestselling classics What Jesus Meant, Papal Sin, Why I Am a Catholic, and Why Priests? Garry Wills has established himself as an authority on religion, American politics, and how they intersect. Now, after a lifetime spent thinking and writing about Christianity, Wills takes on one of his greatest intellectual challenges yet in WHAT THE QUR'AN MEANT: And Why It Matters.

Wills will speak about his insights and discoveries about the Qur'an in Lancaster on Saturday, October 7 at 6 p.m. in an event sponsored by the Parish Resource Center.   A copy of the book is included in the ticket price for the event.

For more information - and to purchase tickets - click HERE.

Godly Play Core Training--Special PRC Member Price until September 25, 2017

Friday, October 6 - Sunday, October 8
St. James Episcopal Church

Friday, October 6, 2017: 1:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Saturday, October 7, 2017: 8:30 am – 6:00 pm

Sunday, October 8, 2017: 12:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Led by Godly Play Staff

This Core Training is the recommended training for every adult leading Godly Play sessions (years 1 – 3 of practice), for administrators, and for clergy.  Over the course of three days (18 hours), participants experience all aspects of the Godly Play method and begin to become fluent in the Godly Play core stories and fundamental practices.  

Additionally, Godly Play's guiding Theology of Childhood is introduced, so participants become more deeply connected to their work.  Core training follows an action/reflection model of learning, with a mixture of trainer-led presentations and participant storytelling presentations.  Core training plenary presentations cover: the Spirituality of the Child, Setting up a Godly Play Environment, and Supporting the Circle of Children.

Each participant who completes the training will receive a Godly Play Core Training Certificate.

For more information--and to register--click HERE.


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Sunday, September 24, 2017

Fwd: The how

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From: César García <Kitchener@mwc-cmm.org>
Date: Sun, Sep 24, 2017 at 5:33 AM
Subject: The how
To: Gehman Mennonite Church <info@gehmanmennonitechurch.org>


Dear friends,

"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives" John 14:27 (NRSV).

The how is what matters. That was true for Jesus and it has been for His followers too… although not always. Sometimes we seek to impose our values and ethics on others in the name of Christianity. We easily forget that Christian values are for Christians, and in our sincere effort to find the common good we end up riding roughshod over Buddhists, Muslims, Jews and people of no religion, all of whom do not share our values and lifestyle.

Even so, seen through an Anabaptist lens, the New Testament invites us to influence and achieve societal changes by living out the values of the Kingdom of God within a voluntary alternative community that demonstrates to the world a lifestyle worth imitating. From our perspective, social change is not achieved by imposing Christian values through the legal system, nor through the control of coercive Christian politicians, or the oppression of marginalized groups in Christian dominated contexts. Jesus always invites us to live a different life, not from the centre but rather from the margins of society.

The prisoners of Tacumbú penitentiary in Asunción, Paraguay, understood this. They voluntarily handed over their weapons to Pastor Jonathan Beachy as a symbol of having being conquered by the God of love. They were not motivated to do this because of some order or law. This flowed out of the love of God that invites without imposing, that conquers without controlling, that wins through sacrifice and not numbers. The weapons belonging to the Tacumbú prisoners became the raw material for Paraguayan sculptor, Hermann Guggiari, as he created the sculpture called Metamorphosis. This sculpture is currently located in the library of the Evangelical University of Paraguay that I visited some days ago.
Metamorphosis by Hermann Guggiari

The how is important. The peace of Christ cannot be attained, nor much less be forced, by human means. Christ's method requires a convinced community that voluntarily lives out the values of the Kingdom. Today, on Peace Sunday, in the midst of so much oppression, violence and hate caused by religion, we ask God to help us to be that alternative community that attracts. May the presence of God flood us with wisdom and power to be able to be that!

In the shalom (peace) of Christ,                                   

César García, MWC general secretary

P.S. Take a look at our Peace Sunday worship resources online at www.mwc-cmm.org/peacesunday. There are resources and ideas that can be used on any Sunday during the year.

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Saturday, September 23, 2017

Fwd: Save the date for a night of holiday favorites!

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Subject: Save the date for a night of holiday favorites!
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Join us in December for the Voices of Hope opera!

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Support MCC's education work while listening to holiday favorites!


Voices of Hope

2017 Holiday Festival

December 3, 2017
Refreshments 6 p.m.
Concert 7 p.m.

The Trust Performing Arts Center
37 N. Market St., Lancaster, PA 17603


Join us for the 10th annual Voices of Hope Holiday Festival concert at the historic Trust Performing Arts Center in downtown Lancaster! Once again, Madeline Bender will be joined by Timothy Long, co-founder, emcee and pianist, as well as a few friends from around the opera world.

We invite you to save the date and reserve your tickets today! Together we'll celebrate the season with some of your holiday favorites. Your attendance will improve the lives of children around the world through MCC's education programs!

Photo courtesy of Matthew Tennison Photography


Thursday, September 21, 2017

Fwd: MWC Info: Migrant Trail walkers imitate Jesus

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Subject: MWC Info: Migrant Trail walkers imitate Jesus
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MWC Info | CMM Info | CMM Infos

September 2017

Migrant Trail walkers imitate Jesus

"Our Anabaptist history is intrinsically tied to migration, and so is our Christian story," says Saulo Padilla, immigration education coordinator for Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) U.S. "We must keep challenging the narratives that separate us, build borders and invite us to dehumanize others."

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MWC – new pictures, people and publication

Mennonite World Conference weaves a web of connections within the Anabaptist Mennonite family around the world through website, emails, social media, publishing and relations with other organizations. Here are some new connecting points.

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7 reasons MWC matters for your congregation

Mennonite World Conference gathers and equips member churches and local congregations to be the body of Christ together. Here are some blessings leaders and congregations receive through MWC: A mosaic of a growing church...

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Embracing vulnerability

A renewed peace church calls for renewed commitment to one another; even those who may be our enemies. Building bridges resolves disconnectedness. Without relationship and connectedness peace cannot flourish. This is essential if we want to relate with those who are of a different faith or culture.

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First Mennonite Brethren serves in DRC government

Hillsboro, Kan., USA – Maleghi Lumeya has recently been appointed Ministre des affaires foncières (minister of land [property]) of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Lumeya, who has served as a national congressman, is the first Mennonite Brethren to serve at this level of government in DR Congo.

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Peace Sunday 2017

How does your congregation celebrate Peace Sunday in your worship service? Click here for Peace Sunday 2017 resources. And after you celebrate, share with us!

Submit your photography or artwork to photos@mwc-cmm.org for consideration for use in Courier and other MWC publicity.

Prayers of gratitude and intercession

September 2017: "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change, though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea; though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble with its tumult" (Psalm 46:1–2). Lord God, amid extreme weather everywhere – wildfires in North America, hurricanes in the Caribbean, earthquakes in Mexico, floods in Latin America and South Asia – and political unrest in Europe and Africa, be our refuge and comfort. Strengthen us to walk without fear and share your hope with those around us. Read more.

September 2017: Pray for the 1.4 million people displaced by violence in DR Congo, who include at least 8,000 Mennonites. Church leaders report that 36 Mennonites have been killed among the UN-estimated 3,300 deaths since October last year. Church buildings and church schools have been damaged or destroyed. Praise God for the Mennonites in Kwilu province and across the border in Angola who are sheltering Mennonites who have fled. Pray for the local church leaders who are partnering with international Mennonite organizations (MCC, AIMM, EMM, MB Mission, ICOMB, MWC) to bring relief. Click here to read more

As you pray for brothers and sisters suffering violence and displacement in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Mennonite World Conference invites your messages of encouragement and solidarity to share with our churches there.

Take a picture with your congregation and a sign labelled "Prions pour la RDC" ("Pray for the DRC). Please email messages and photographs to photos@mwc-cmm.org and post on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) with the hashtag #mwcmm.

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