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Information for leaders and congregations


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 (below is the link), 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

Orientation for Newly (or Recently) Credentialed Leaders
Wednesday, April 18, 7-9:30 p.m.
LMC Office, 2160 Lincoln Highway E., Lancaster, Pa. 17602
The orientation will also be available through Zoom video conference.
Please RSVP by April 15: 717-293-5246 ext. 100 or
Spring Leadership Assembly
Friday, May 4, 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Slate Hill Mennonite Church, 1352 Slate Hill Rd., Camp Hill, Pa. 17011
Cost is $30 per person, payable at the door via check or cash.
This initiative is co-sponsored by LMC, Barnabas Initiatives and Evangelical Theological Seminary. The theme will be Multi-ethnic Church. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from various speakers, a panel discussion and participate in table discussions. The event aims to encourage and assist multi-ethnic households and churches by finding ways to honor the image of God in persons of all colors.
Please register by April 25.
Click here to view and share the flyer. Click the following link to register

Congregational Events & Information

Maple Grove Mennonite Church
150th Anniversary Celebration
August 10-12, 2018
115 Maple Grove Rd., Belleville, Pa. 17004
Click here to view the tentative schedule for the weekend.

LMC Agency Events & Information

Move in mission locally — join Friends of EMM (Eastern Mennonite Missions)!
Would you like to contribute your unique voice and talents to God's mission around the world? Come to a Friends of EMM gathering to learn how! Friends of EMM gatherings will help you explore ways that you can move in mission locally through Eastern Mennonite Missions (EMM), like volunteering at EMM's offices and events or communicating vision between EMM and the broader community. These twice-a-year gatherings will feature mission inspiration and resources over a delicious brunch. Upcoming gathering: Saturday, May 19, 9–11 a.m., at EMM's meetinghouse in Salunga, Pa. Register for the May 19 gathering by May 11. Learn more and register at

Mobilícese en misión localmente — ¡únase a Friends of EMM (Amigos de Eastern Mennonite Missions)!
¿Le gustaría contribuir con su singular voz y talento a la misión de Dios en el mundo? ¡Venga a una reunión de Friends of EMM para aprender cómo hacerlo! Las reuniones de Friends of EMM le ayudarán a explorar formas en las cuales puede moverse en misión localmente a través de Eastern Mennonite Missions (EMM), formas tales como el voluntariado en las oficinas y eventos de EMM o comunicando visión entre EMM y la comunidad en general. Estas reuniones se celebrarán dos veces al año y ofrecerán inspiración y recursos mientras usted disfruta de un delicioso brunch. El próximo encuentro será el sábado 19 de mayo de las 9:00 a las 11:00 a.m. en el meetinghouse de EMM en Salunga, Pa. Inscríbase para el encuentro de 19 de mayo a más tardar el 11 de mayo. Obtenga más información y regístrese en

Eastern Mennonite Missions' Peru Trek for PROMESA (plus English Camp!)
EMM is looking for trekkers to go on an adventure fundraising trip into the Andes Mountains! From August 24–September 4, hike the stunning Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu, the world-famous Incan citadel. Funds raised through the trek will benefit PROMESA, a Peruvian Mennonite school. At the end of the trek, visit PROMESA to meet the children you've been trekking for. It's an unforgettable adventure with a life-changing purpose! If trekking isn't for you, sign up for the new English Camp option. Travel to Peru, see the sights, and help PROMESA students improve their English! Registration deadline April 30. To learn more about this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, visit

Caminata de Eastern Mennonite Missions en el Perú a beneficio de PROMESA (¡además de un campamento de inglés!)
¡EMM está buscando excursionistas que quieran participar en un aventurero viaje de recaudación de fondos en la cordillera de los Andes! En 24 de agosto–4 de septiembre, recorra la impresionante caminata Salkantay hacia Machu Picchu, la famosa ciudadela Inca. Los fondos recaudados a través de la caminata serán para beneficio de PROMESA, una escuela menonita peruana. Al final de la caminata, visite PROMESA para conocer a los niños beneficiados con este evento. ¡Es una aventura inolvidable con un propósito que cambiará vidas! Si participar en la caminata no es para usted, inscríbase para la nueva opción del campamento de inglés. ¡Viaje al Perú, visite lugares interesantes, y ayude a los alumnos de PROMESA a mejorar su inglés! El plazo de inscripción finaliza el 30 de abril. Para aprender más acerca de esta oportunidad única, visite
For more information, and to view other 
events, visit or call 717-898-2251.
The "Theology of the Cross" at the Crux of the Reformation
Mennonites and Lutherans mark 500 years of reformation together on the anniversary of the Heidelberg Disputation. Join the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society for an evening program of lectures and song at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 6, Stumptown Mennonite Church, 2813 Stumptown Road, Bird in Hand, Pa.

La "Teología de La Cruz" en el Punto Crucial de la Reformación
Menonitas y Luteranos reconocen 500 años de reformación juntos el aniversario de la Disputa Heidelberg. Unise con La Sociedad Histórica Menonita de Lancaster con una noche de discursos y canciones a las 7 p.m. viernes 6 de Abril, Stumpton Mennonite Church, 2813 Stumptown Road, Bird in Hand, Pa.
For more information, and to view other 
events, visit or call 717-393-9745.

Clergy and Lay Leaders Breakfast
Clergy and Lay Leaders are invited to the 2018 Landis Communities Clergy Breakfast. It will be held from 7:30-9 a.m. Thursday, April 19 in the West Community Room at Landis Homes 1001 East Oregon Road, Lititz, PA. Titled "Meaningful Memorial Services" it is designed to help pastors and others as they work to craft services that are meaningful for families and congregations. It will be led by Joy Swartley Sawatzky. She is a Pastor at Souderton Mennonite Homes and an accomplished storyteller. Joy will share examples and techniques she uses in designing services meaningful to families and friends of those who have passed on. Please RSVP to 717-381-3526 or email by April 9.
For more information, and to view other 
events, visit or call 717-381-3500.

LMC Fraternal Ministries Events & Information

Camp Deerpark
Annual Banquet
Friday, April 6, 6 p.m., Shady Maple Restaurant, East Earl, Pa.
All proceeds will be invested in "Empowering Urban Youth to Serve Christ in the City"
For reservations contact: Janice Henry 845-754-8669 or email:
Garden Spot Village
Wednesday, May 2, 7 p.m.
Music in Worship with David L. Sauder
A hymn sing with five different Lancaster County religious groups, illustrating and commenting on the distinct musical styles of the Mennonites, Church of the Brethren, Old Order Amish, Old Order Mennonites, and Brethren in Christ. Audience participation encouraged. Free and open to the public.

Wednesday, May 16, 7 p.m.
The Development of Carriage Making among the Amish and Mennonites with Isaac Reiff and Jacob King
A Lancaster County Amish and a Union County Mennonite Carriage Maker will trace the rise and fall of carriage making from the 1930s to the present, including the use of hydraulic brakes, fiberglass, lighting and other changes. Free and open to the public.

Wednesday, May 23, 7 p.m.
Plain People's Experience with Genetic Disorders and Emerging Research and Treatments
A panel of medical professionals and families connected to the Clinic for Special Children, Strasburg, will share information on genetic disorders and emerging research and treatments. Free and open to the public.
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.

Paths to Discovery Support Group
The Paths to Discovery Support Group participants experience fellowship, encouragement, and mutual support for their personal journeys with mental illness. A professional staff member facilitates the meetings. Click here for more information.
There are presently 2 groups which meet at the following locations:

Churchwide and Other Events & Information

Global Outreach for Addiction Leadership and Learning
GOAL Workshops
If you are concerned about someone you care about might have a problem with pain pills, heroin, or alcohol, register to attend a workshop.
Click here for more information on workshops and to register.
Beyond Ourselves Benefit Concert
Join the Beyond Ourselves chamber ensemble and the Music for Everyone Community Chorus for an evening of music at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 22, at Neffsville Mennonite Church. Proceeds from the concert will go to support hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico and Haiti through Mennonite Disaster Service and Mennonite Central Committee.
New York City Council of Mennonite Churches
Convention, May 5, 2018
NYC families will enjoy a day of reconnecting with God and sisters & brothers at Camp Deerpark, NY. For more information contact Moderator, Omar Guzman, 646-847-8603.
Click here to view and share the flier. 
Women's Regional Gathering
Saturday, November 3, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Time for Christian inspiration…opportunities for new friendships and helpful resources!
Everyone welcome – Women of all ages!
No adult pre-registration. Elevator service available.
Childcare, $5 per child. Call 717-656-7878 by November 1.
For more information on the schedule of the day and workshops available, click here.
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