Pastor/Chaplain and Spouse Apprecation Breakfast Program: Approximately eighty pastors, chaplains, and spouses from Franconia, Eastern District, and Kingdom Builders joined us for the Appreciation Breakfast held this past Tuesday, December 6. It was a lovely time, hosted so wonderfully by folks from West Swamp Mennonite Church. The program was video taped and is expected to be available on the Franconia Conference website later today, December 8 (www.mosaicmennonites.org). Go to the “Media” tab and choose “Video Gallery” to enjoy the wonderful music from Duane Hershberger and encouraging message from Mark and Kathy Weaver Wenger. We believe it will be inspiring and encouraging to you, even if you were not able to join us in person.
Worship Leaders Cohort: We all need community—especially people who are in high-visibility congregational ministries. Worship and music leaders are no different. On Friday, January 27, at 7pm at the Mennonite Conference Center in Harleysville (upstairs meeting room), worship and music leaders from Franconia and Eastern District Conferences will gather to share inspiration and challenges, jam together (bring an instrument and song to share!), and discuss a future monthly gathering. Worship leaders are also invited to join the worship mailing list by sending their email address to email@example.com. Please encourage your worship leaders to participate! Questions or RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lombard Mennonite Peace Center presents, “Mediation Skills Training Institute for Church Leaders” on March 19-23, 2012 at Grace Episcopal Church in Wilmington, DE. All details regarding fees, times, etc. are included in a brochure available from the home page of their website: http://www.lmpeacecenter.org/. This course is designed to equip judicatory leaders, pastors, and other leaders, with the skills necessary to deal effectively with interpersonal, congregational, and other forms of group conflict. This institute also includes a component on congregational mediation and consultation, placed within the context of family systems theory.
Upcoming Pastors’ & Leaders’ Breakfasts:
- Thursday, January 12, 2012 – “Sharpening our Current Vision for Peace and Justice: A conversation on pressing peace and justice issues. A $6 contribution is requested for the breakfast. Location: Mennonite Conference Center, 569 Yoder Road, Harleysville, PA 19438.
- Friday, February 10, 2012 – “Worship and Mission After Christendom” with Alan and Eleanor Kreider, authors of the book by the same title. Alan and Eleanor served at the London Mennonite Centre in London, England for many years as well as faculty at Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary.