Notes to Pastors
Atlantic Coast Conference
June 5, 2014

Dear Pastors and Church Leaders,

Thank you for the leadership role you carry as an ACC pastor. From time to time you will receive the Notes to Pastors column.  Some items listed here are specifically for pastors, while other items may apply to additional ministry leaders in your congregation. Please pass along these items as appropriate.

Blessings as we serve together,
Brook Musselman
Atlantic Coast Conference Coordinator

ACC Summer Gatherings: Fellowship over Food


The ACC Ministers' Retreat scheduled for June 19 has been cancelled. In its place, groups from each ACC church are encouraged to host or attend a time of fellowship and sharing over a meal. The purpose of this engagement is to deepen personal connection between individuals from diverse member congregations and to emphasize that which is core to our shared faith. 


 Click here for more details and suggestions about how to get involved



ACC Nomination Solicitation


In preparation for the Gifts Discernment Committee meeting next Monday, we would welcome additional responses from pastors and other church leaders with names of possible persons fill the following roles:


Executive Committee (two names)


Gifts Discernment Committee (two names)


Finance & Stewardship Committee (one name)

Please fill the following form and return it to Brook Musselman at the conference office,

 2014 Leadership Solicitation



Revised Honorarium Policy


From time to time, pastors and congregational leaders ask whether ACC has an honorarium guide regarding the amount visitors speakers are paid. The attached ACC Honorarium Policy can be used as a guide how your congregation compensates visiting speakers. Congregations vary regarding their capacity to compensate visiting speakers. Some churches will view the guide as a minimum amount while others will view the guide as a maximum amount; which is understandable.


Honorarium Policy 



Anabaptist Renewal Circles National Conference


July 10-12

Weaverland Mennonite Church, East Earl, Pa.
Special early registration rate: $40/person ($60/person after June 15)
See the website for more information.



An Exploration of the Teaching Position on Homosexuality


On June 20-21, Lancaster Mennonite Conference is offering sessions that explore the Mennonite Church USA teaching position on homosexuality, led by Dr. Mark Theissen Nation, theology professor at Eastern Mennonite Seminary. See the flyer for more information. 
Jessica Crawford: Live Out Loud


 Jessica Crawford, of Bridgwater, Virginia, will be the speaker for this Fall's Mennonite Women Dinner on October 24 and will speak at Neffsville the following Sunday morning. Jessica will be available for further speaking engagments in the week leading up to these two events. Inquiries can be sent directly to Jessica at (540) 246-2344 or


 Jessica Crawford Biography and Speaking Points



Pentecost Sunday offering for Mennonite World Conference Assembly - June 8, 2014


The Mennonite and Brethren in Christ churches of North America will host the next Mennonite World Conference Assembly in July, 2015. On Pentecost Sunday, June 8 (3 weeks from today), we will be gathering an above-budget offering so that members of our Anabaptist churches in the Global South can come to the Assembly. This offering is one way we can extend the same warm hospitality that many of us have experienced from sisters and brothers in other parts of the world



Convention in Kansas City


Are you getting ready for the 2015 convention in Kansas City, from June 30-July 5? If you've got questions about what convention is all about, and how it will interface with the Mennonite World Conference Assembly Gathered, check out this helpful list of frequently asked questions and answers.



Congregational Facilitation Available


Nancy Sauder from the Neffsville Congregation and Julie Dunst of Zion Mennonte are part of ACC's Facilitation Team and are available to facilitate congregational discussions in preparation for the Frazer Mennonite membership vote at the Fall Assembly. Nancy has worked in mediation and facilitation for more than 20 years and Julie holds a master's degree in conflict studies from EMU in addition to her experience as a mediator. If you would like help in discerning this need or to schedule a session, contact Nancy (, 717-569-1567) or Julie (,  484-955-4059).


2014 ACC Directory


Copies of the 2014 ACC Directory are still available to conference leaders, churches and affiliated ministries. Contact Brook Musselman at to request a copy. 


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