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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

Save the Date! LMC Celebration of Church Life
Friday, March 15-16, 2019
Petra Church, 565 Airport Rd, New Holland, Pa. 17557
Theme:  Breaking New Ground
Key Verse:  Isaiah 43:19 - See, I am doing a new thing. Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.

Celebration of Church Life is for the whole family! Seminars will be offered on Saturday afternoon for children, age 5 through adult, with childcare provided for infants through age 4. You'll also hear updates on what is happening throughout the conference, participate in corporate worship and hear a timely challenge from plenary speaker, Marvin Lorenzana. 

More information, registration and seminar brochures will be available soon.
2019 Conference Related Ministries Seminar
Friday, March 29, 2019, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Garden Spot Village, 433 South Kinzer Ave., New Holland, Pa. 17557

This seminar will bring together local congregations and church related ministries of Lancaster and Atlantic Coast Conferences to discern concrete ways of engaging together to meet the needs of the local communities within which they exist--social, emotional, spiritual, and health-related.

Data from last year's seminar showed that very few pastors are aware or particularly interested in the agencies, but would be moreso if they knew how the agencies might help them fulfill God's mission in their local communities. In other words, both agencies and congregations may be missing an important opportunity to engage God's mission together.

Focus groups were conducted prior to this seminar with agency leaders, and this information will be utilized to further expand the conversation that we began last year when we were together.

Click here to register.
Orientation for Newly (or Recently) Credentialed Leaders
Wednesday, April 17, 2019, 7-9 p.m.
LMC Office, 2160 Lincoln Highway E., Lancaster, Pa. 17602
The orientation will also be available through Zoom video conference.
Click here to register. 

District and Congregational Events & Information

Franklin District of LMC
School for Disciples Winter Classes
Saturday Mornings January 26 – February 23*, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m
Marion Mennonite Church, 4365 Molly Pitcher Hwy, Chambersburg, Pa. 17202

School for Disciples is an equipping event for people who are walking with Jesus. "Disciple" means "a learner." We are to be learners of the way of Jesus all the time.
There are various topics to choose from with a variety of teachers. I hope your desire to keep learning is written on your heart.

How much does it cost? 
We are offering these classes on a donation basis. Your donations enable us to purchase supplies and pay mileage and honorariums for our teachers. Last year our total expenses came to nearly $1,650.00. Your generosity again this year will enable us to provide compensation and at the same time make it possible for those who are unable to be generous to attend as well.

Registration information is included in the brochure

*March 2 will be used as a snow makeup day

LMC Agency Events & Information

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. To learn more, visit

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. Para mayor información, visite

For more information, and to view other 
events, visit or call 717-898-2251.
Landis Communities
With the numbers of people age 65 plus rapidly increasing in the coming years, and the available family caregivers going down, many church communities are seeking to think creatively about how to not only walk with their current members, but also how they might be a missional resource to their wider community. If your Sunday School class or small group would like to hear about this and spend some time creatively thinking about this opportunity, Landis Communities is happy to provide resources and speakers. For more information, contact Larry Guengerich at or call 717-381-3526.

For more information, and to view other 
events, visit or call 717-381-3500.

LMC Fraternal Ministries Events & Information

Camp Hebron
ROOTED: Sr. High Retreat
Friday, January 11, 7 p.m. - Sunday, January 13, 1 p.m.
Take advantage of this highly social weekend where growth, fellowship, and fun are all provided to your youth group! Your youth will receive sound Biblical teaching, enter into worship through song, and go deeper into the message through discussion groups and breakout sessions- all in the beautiful Camp Hebron setting.

The weekend's relaxed schedule and emphasis on spiritual growth, free time, and connecting with each other are tools to encourage your students to grow deeper in their relationship with Christ, as a youth group, and with a community of believers. The Sr. High Retreat is for youth groups with grades 9-12.

Click here for more information and to register.

Churchwide and Other Events & Information

Anabaptist Center at Evangelical Seminary
The Anabaptist Story: A Survey
The Anabaptist Center at Evangelical Seminary is pleased to offer a new course for those interested in further Anabaptist studies. Taught by Dr. Mark Wenger, "The Anabaptist Story: A Survey" will introduce students to the 500-year sweep of Anabaptist/Mennonite history, experience, and theological reflection.

Curriculum will be structured around key turning points in history and theological convictions with the ultimate goal of better understanding the relevance of Anabaptist history and theology for the contemporary life of the church. A field trip is also planned for the class to explore local sites of historic importance to the Anabaptist tradition.

The class is being offered in the Lancaster Mennonite Conference Center (2160 Lincoln Highway East in Lancaster). It is scheduled for Monday evenings from 6:30 - 9:15 pm and will run January 28 - May 6.
For more information about the course, contact Ken Nafziger at

To register to take the class for graduate credit, contact Gwen Scheirer at

Special Offer: This course can also be audited for $175 (40% off our regular rate) or $100 if you are on staff at a church or ministry organization. Register to audit the course here.
EVANA Network
Flourishing: Pastor/Spouse Retreat 2019
February 15-19, Life Enrichment Center, Fruitland Park, Fl.
Flourishing is a retreat for pastors, church planters, ministry leaders, and spouses from various denominations and backgrounds. Press that annual reset button by joining us at Flourishing. You will find encouragement through different workshops and rest through healing ministries. In addition, there will be the opportunity to resource and connect with leaders from many diverse backgrounds.

Click here for more information and to register.
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