Atlantic Coast Conference 
Bulletin Announcements
September 28, 2014

























Thank you! Church Administrators, Church Secretaries, Bulletin Editors and Pastors for the link you provide keeping our members informed and involved in God's Mission near and far.


God bless you!











Conference Related Publications:


 June Kansas City 2015 Convention Newsletter


September Mennonite Education Agency Prayer Publication  



Pastors, Church Administrators and Secretaries, Bulletin Editors:


These bulletin announcements are meant to be a helpful resource for those of you who put your congregations' bulletins together on a weekly basis. If there are ways we could present this information more effectively please don't hesitate to pass on your ideas or give feedback.

Some churches forward the following information and community life announcements to their attenders using email while others post various events in their weekly bulletin, on their church website, or Facebook page. 
Please let us know if there are additional ways we can assist you as we serve together. 

Peace and Laughter,
Brook Musselman
Atlantic Coast Conference Coordinator
(717) 394-8107 

 New Conference Announcements
Weekly Prayer Item


This week, we invite your church to join the conference in praying for Neffsville Mennonite Church as they process and make decisions after Hunter Hess's Pastoral Candidate weekend with the congregation. 

Have a prayer request to share with the conference? Email to share.


 Previously Published Conference Announcements
Wanted: help with ACC website 


The ACC office is looking for a few volunteers to help update the conference's website. If you are familiar with WordPress and would enjoy teaching and helping staff to make a few changes or providing occasional support for website issues, please contact Brook Musselman at the ACC office. 



MCC Grocery Bag Drive


The annual MCC Grocery Bag Drive is quickly approaching. In preparation for the drive, please email Brook Musselman at the ACC office with the number of grocery bags your church usually fills. Filled bags will be collected at the Fall Assembly on October 25 at Blossom Hill Mennonite Church.


Grocery bags will be available for pastors to pick up at the Credentialed Leaders Dialogue Day on September 18. If your church needs them sooner, bags can be picked up from the ACC office. 



Facilitator Training for Samaritan SafeChurch Child Sexual Abuse Prevention


October 2-4


Lancaster Conference Office, Lancaster, Pa. 

Cost: $125/person

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.


Annual ACC Leadership Resource Day


Registration is now open for the 2014 Leadership Resource Day on October 24. The day will feature sessions by author and speaker Ruth Haley Barton on Pursuing God's Will Together: A Discernment Practice for Groups


Where: Ridgeview Mennonite Church


Registration 8 - 9 a.m. Ending time 4:00 p.m


Cost: $60 for ACC-affiliated individuals, $75 for non-ACC.


Register at: 

From the ACC Peace and Justice Committee


The U.S. military is in the process of establishing the Drone Command Center at the former Willow Grove Naval Air Station north of Philadelphia from which remotely controlled drones armed with deadly Hellfire missiles and Paveway bombs will  target sites and human beings thousands of miles away.  The next on-site witness opposing this will be on Saturday, September 27, 2014.  We plan to leave the Akron (Pa.) Mennonite Church parking lot at 10 a.m. to allow for a brief deli luncheon stop in Horsham before the witness begins at noon.  The event is scheduled to conclude by 2 p.m.; we should be able to return to Akron by 4 p.m.  If you are able to participate, contact H.A. Penner at or (717) 859-3529.



MC USA  and MWC Announcements
Mennonite Women

Annual Multi-Generational Dinner and Event
ACC Mennonite Women of all ages & stages....Please join us on October 24, 2014 at Neffsville Mennonite at 6 PM for dinner & entertainment provided by speaker-musician, Jessica Crawford. She will be sharing about "Identity Security: Knowing Whose You Are and Who You Are."  See clip  Offering collected will go to the local Good Samaritan Women's Shelter. Please RSVP ASAP: online at or call the ACC office 717-394-8107.  Invite your daughters, sisters, mothers and friends to this meaningful cross-generational women's gathering.   

Job Opportunity: Executive Director for Mennonite Women USA
Mennonite Women USA seeks a strong, visionary leader and fund-raiser to direct the overall mission and vision of empowering women and women's groups within the Mennonite church. The executive director supervises dispersed staff and coordinates and develops the various ministries, programs, publications and promotional material. This full-time position requires working independently but also part of a team, excellent verbal and written skills, including public speaking, and ability to build relationships with people of diverse backgrounds. Involves travel. See full description at Send inquiries or resumes to Kathy Bilderback at by September. 30.



MC USA Convention: Kansas City 2015

To help your congregation choose delegates for next summer's MC USA convention in Kansas City, the denomination is distributing this helpful flyer to explain the choosing and responsibilities of congregational delegates. 

Urban Anabaptist Ministry Symposium

Mennonite Church USA and MCC East Coast are excited to announce plans to co-sponsor this event, aiming to connect Anabaptist leaders and workers from Philadelphia, New York City, D.C. and surrounding urban areas. There will be opportunities to discuss challenges of ministry in our contexts, share best practices, form partnership and inspire each other to continue to further the Kingdom work in our cities. Even if you are not from one of these urban centers, we invite you to come and network and participate with real people, doing real ministry and engaging real needs in diverse contexts. The event will take place from October 2-4, 2014 in Philadelphia. For more information, visit:



World Fellowship Sunday


January 18 is World Fellowship Sunday. Each year, on the Sunday closest to 21 January, we remember the first Anabaptist baptism in 1525, an act of obedience and courage, which continues to shape our understanding of what it means to be disciples of Jesus Christ today. Each year, on this one Sunday of the year, we celebrate our global Anabaptist community that continues to shape our understanding of what it means to be disciples of Jesus today. Each year, on this one Sunday of the year, we take time to worship together, in spirit and in body, and to pray for each other. Feel free to use the two documents below to help you plan and shape your church's service as we celebrate this special day together.


World Fellowship Sunday Letter from MWC 

Worship Resources 



MWC Assembly Call for Workshops and Seminars


For our Mennonite World Conference Assembly 2015 we are seeking workshops and seminars that challenge, inspire and unite the church as a global peace church for mission and faithful witness. 


The theme for the Assembly is Walking with God. We are looking for tobics and workshop leaders that reflect the cultural and linguistic diversity of our global communion and are interactive, dynamic, and interesting to a broader audience. In addition to the theological and historical workshops, we are particularly interested in including cultural or creative workshops and stories of lived experience.   


Workshop info and application



Conference Related Ministries
New Person Ministries Fall Fundraising Banquet


Christopher Shank, Executive Director of Justice Fellowship Network is the guest speaker. The "Voices of Triumph Choir," consisting of men from New Person Center and Hope Rescue Mission, will perform. Tuesday, October 146:30-9pm, Grace Fellowship Church, 622 Old Lancaster Pike, Shillington. Tickets $14 each or table of 8 sponsorship is $125. Checks to NPM, P.O. Box 223, Shillington PA 19607.  Call 610-777-2222 for information.  RSVP required.  



Stewardship University 2015: Save the Date!


Saturday, March 7, 2015 at Lancaster Mennonite School


Registration begins at 8 am


You can expect a wide variety of workshops that offer practical, relevant, useful information from a biblical, Christ-centered, Anabaptist approach.


Contact Kevin Nofziger, Everence Church and Member Relations Representative at


Save the Date Flyer 


Help needed in the MCC Material Resource Center


We need your help. The Material Resource Center is looking for interested members of your congregation who are skilled at sewing and can assist us with two major sewing projects from October through December, 2014.

The Mennonite World Conference (MWC) planning committee has commissioned the MRC to sew 10,000 registration bags in preparation for the upcoming Mennonite World Conference Assembly to be held in Harrisburg, Pa. in July 2015.  

We also need volunteers to assemble and sew MCC scarves for the MWC Assembly as well as for other meetings and conferences throughout the year. 

Through these projects we generate income for MCC to support relief and development efforts around the world. And we repurpose used clothing donations, keeping discarded items out of the landfill! (We accept donations of used clothing, fabric, cardboard, newspaper, office paper, magazines and discarded books.)

Interesting in supporting these efforts?  Call the MRC at (717) 733-2847 or email for more information. 



Lancaster Mennonite Schools



Do you have space to host an international student this spring?  Lancaster Mennonite School is expecting several new international students for second semester.We can help match you with local agencies that provide support for host parents. If you have interest in serving as a host parent, please contact Christy Horst at 717-509-4459, ext. 312, or



Landis Communities


Dr. Glen E. Miller, author of Living Thoughtfully, Dying Well, is a retired physician with theological training. He encourages people into conversations about the spirituality of dying as he explores a variety of beliefs about death and dying.?  Dr. Miller will be appearing three times at Landis Homes, 1001 E. Oregon Road, Lititz, Pa. on October 16-17.  Thursday, October 16 he will present the keynote speech at the Landis Homes Wellness Fair at 9:30 AM in the West Bethany Chapel.  He will also be speaking at 7:00 PMin West Bethany the same evening, focusing on his book and time for question and answers.  Friday morning, October 17, Dr. Miller would like to meet with local pastors and ministry teams to share together on how churches can approach times of transition from this life to the next.  This breakfast meeting is set for the West Community Room.  Call 717-381-3568 for more information. For the Ministry Breakfast, please RSVP to (717) 381-3510 or


Eastern Mennonite Seminary:Lancaster Events


Aging in Supportive Community

Instructors: Gerald and Marlene Kaufman
Location:  EMU Lancaster
Dates: Mondays, 7:00pm-9:00pm, October 6, 13, 20, 27; Nov. 3, 10, 17


Rise of the Nones: Conversations with the Spiritual, but not Religious

Instructor: J. Brian Miller
Location:  Garden Spot Village, New Holland, Pa.
Dates: Wednesdays, 7:00pm-9:30pm, October 8, 15, 22, 29; November 5, 12
Information and to register:  Call Garden Spot Village, (717) 355-6000


The Spirituality of Aging

Instructor: Marcus Smucker
Location:  Souderton Mennonite Homes, Souderton, Pa.
Dates: Tuesday, 8:00am-10:30am, November 11
Information and to register: or (215) 368-4438


Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Relations in Israel and Palestine 

Instructors: Elias George and David Miron
Location:  Parish Resource Center, 633 Community Way, Lancaster, Pa.
Dates: Tuesdays, 7:00pm - 8:45pm, January 13, 20, 27; 

Feb. 3, 10, 17
Information and to register: Call Parish Resource Center,

 (717) 299-1113 



No Longer Alone Ministries


Paths to Discovery meets on first Thursdays at 11am - 12:30 pm630 Janet Ave,  Room B103, Lancaster. FMI please call 390-4891.


Oct 2 topic - Tips to help when you're feeling down

Nov 6 topic - Practicing good self-care during the holidays


Family Support Group will meet on Sundays, 3-5pm, at Rossmere Mennonite Church, 741 Janet Ave, Lancaster.  FMI please call 390-4891.


Sept 28, topic - Bipolar Illness, presented by Miriam Martin. A short video will follow. Care and Share Groups follow



Oct 26 topic: Tips to prepare your loved one for a change in living arrangement, presented bySteve Dietch, Executive Director of Faith Friendship Villa. Care and Share Groups follow presentation.


Nov 23 topic: Practicing goof self-care through

the holidays, presented by Bob Musser, NLAM Program Director. Care and Share Groups follow presentation.



Eastern Mennontite Missions Events


EMM's CALLED Retreat

Take two days away to discern your missional call. Jimm and Kaylene Derksen will lead conversations on direction, preparedness, and timing. November 7-8 at MCC's Welcoming Place in Akron, Pa. Learn more and register at or contact Jessica Mueller at 717 898-2251.


Tómese dos días aparte para discernir su llamado a las misiones. Jimm y Kaylene Derksen conducirán conversaciones acerca de la dirección, la preparación, y el tiempo correcto. El 7 y 8 de noviembre, en el Welcoming Place de MCC en Akron, Pa. Obtenga más información y regístrese en o póngase en contacto con Jessica Müller en el 717 898-2251.

EMM: 100 years of storiesJoin us in celebrating 100 years (1914-2014) of going where the church is not . . . yet! Enjoy food, friends, music, and stories and give glory to God. Friday, October 17 at Lancaster Mennonite High School. Hors d'ouevres at 6 p.m., worship and stories at 7 p.m., and more food and visiting at 8:30 p.m. Learn more at or contact Jessica Mueller at 717 898-2251.

EMM: 100 años de historias

Únase a nosotros en la celebración de 100 años (1914-2014) de estar yendo donde la iglesia no está.... ¡todavía! Disfrute de comida, amigos, música e historias, y déle gloria a Dios. El viernes, 17 de Octubre, en Lancaster Mennonite High School. Bocadillos a las 6 p.m., culto e historias a las 7 p.m., y más comida y conversaciones a las 8:30 p.m. Obtenga más información en o póngase en contacto con Jessica Müller en el 717 898-2251.


Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society:  Events




 Snitz Fest

Celebrate fall with the 1719 Hans Herr House and Museum! This popular annual Pennsylvania German festival, held Saturday October 4 from 10 to 3, features great food, interpreters in traditional dress, hands-on activities and demonstrations of colonial-era arts, crafts and farm life. Adults $10, children (7-12) $5, children 6 and under free.


Atlantic Coast Conference
2257 Old Philadelphia Pike
Lancaster, Pennsylvania 17602
717-394-8107 or 800-238-0126