Notes to Pastors
Atlantic Coast Conference
July 3, 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

Attention Pastors


Congregational Report Request

In preparation for October's Fall Assembly, please send me your church's one-page report. Click here for a detailed description of what to write. Please send these reports no later than August 31.


Assembly Delegates

Please compile and send the list of voting delegates from your church to the Fall Assembly. You may include one youth delegate in your congregation's delegation. 


Both items can be emailed to Thank you!



Mark Your Calendars!


Thursday September 18 - Credentialed Leaders Dialogue Day at Forest HIlls MC


Friday, October 24Leadership Resource Day with Ruth Haley Barton, held at Ridgeview MC

**seating is limited, register early!


Friday, October 24Annual Multi-Generational Women's Dinner & Event - An Evening with Jessica Crawford 


Saturday October 24 - Fall Assembly Celebration at Blossom Hill MC, registration forthcoming 



Hold Me Tight - Building Resiliency in Your Marriage


Sept. 8 - Oct. 27
Mondays from 7:00-9:00pm
Philhaven Training Center
283 South Butler Road
Mt. Gretna, PA 17064

This 8-week session of the Hold Me Tight: Conversations for Connection classes is designed for committed couples who want to strengthen and deepen their emotional connection, learn to meet each other's needs, and discover how to be more empathetic, trusting and open with each other. Renewed emotional connections allow for a greater ability to handle the day-to-day stress and problems of life and the home.   


More info on the class at Philhaven's website



Facilitator Training for Samaritan SafeChurch Child Sexual Abuse Prevention


October 2-4

Lancaster Conference Office, Lancaster, Pa. 

Hosted by Lancaster Mennonite Conference, this training will include information about recent changes to PA law about reporting suspected child abuse to become effective January 1, 2015. Volunteers will be "mandated reporters" and there will be new legal responsibilities. 
Please contact Brook Musselman at the ACC office if you're interested in attending this event as an ACC representative.




Centered in Christ
Building Connections
Sharing God's Love


This phrase appears on various conference publications and is central to the vision of ACC. 


As a supplement to face-to-face greetings and conversations, we'd like to develop a more robust online church profile to help build connections and show how we share God's love. The profiles will represent each congregation on our web page and can be easily introduced on our facebook page, in addition to linking to your church's webpage. 


Help those from other church families get to know yours by filling out the form at this link, which we will use to create an introduction for your church.



ACC Summer Gatherings: Fellowship over Food


As another way to build connections, 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



Pastoral Wellness Program: Summer Tips


The Summer 2014 edition of Philhaven's Tips from your PWP is available. This edition includes tips for exercise and mental health, stress free summer meal planning,helpful relationship reminders and tips for a peaceful workplace. 



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).


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