Atlantic Coast Conference 
Bulletin Announcements
October 12, 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
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: 

Tables and chairs available to a good home


Garden Spot Village has a number of dining room tables and chairs available to a church or ministry that could use them. 


Chairs:  98

Round Tables:  4-48", 2-54"

Square tables:  5- 48"

Rectangular:  5-30"x36", 3-30"x60", 4-36"x72", 2-36"x96"


Contact Steve Lindsey if interested, 717-355-603





Faith-Based Non-Profit Job Fair


On October 24th from 10am - 2pm, various local faith-based non-profits will be joining together for the first "Deeper Meaning Job & Volunteer Fair" on the Campus of Lancaster Bible College (901 Eden Rd, Lancaster). This event is free and open to the public.  



Weekly Prayer Item


This week, we invite your church to join the conference in praying for safe travel and meaningful encounters for the ACC members on the Come and See Tour of Isreal and Palestine. Chad Martin, Sam Walters, Julie Dunst, Brook Musselman, and Sheri Wenger will be visiting Christian, Jewish and Muslim leaders and regional sites from Oct 6-18


 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. 



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.   


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. 

Heritage Sunday


The  Sunday set aside to honor and celebrate Mennonite Church USA's history and roots, is October 26. This year, Mennonite Church USA invites congregations to remember the gifts that young adults have offered to our church. You can download the free resources, including dramatic readings, sermon prompts, scripture ideas and more online: 



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.  



Marriage Encounter for pastors and their spouse


An interdenominational Marriage Encounter "weekend" for just pastors and their spouse will be happening January 22-24, 2015 in Havre de Grace, Maryland.  Starting on Thursday evening and ending Saturdayevening, this is perfect for pastors who need to be with their own congregation on Sunday morning.  The weekend will be hosted by Mennonite & Brethren, Presbyterian, and United Methodist faiths. Visit or call 717-569-5676 for more information or to apply.    



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



Plant (Facilities) Manager Wanted for  Lancaster Mennonite School.  This is a leadership and supervisory position (full-time, 12-month salaried with full benefits) that directs and manages all phases of maintenance to ensure safe and efficient operations for all LMS campuses. Position opens. Persons of underrepresented racial/ethnic groups are encouraged to apply. For more information, contact Marlin Groff at 
or call (717) 509-4459, ext. 303.



Landis Communities


Landis Homes is participating in the 4th annual regional Open House on October 18, along with 17 other retirement communities in the area.  Visitors who have an interest in learning more about living at Landis Home are welcome to drop in on campus anytime from 10 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Landis Homes will be showing a hybrid home, a new cottage home, and a Harvest View apartment. For more information visit .


The October meeting of the Lancaster County Parkinson's Support Group will feature guest speaker Suzanne Reichwein, BASW, a social worker and Program Coordinator at the Parkinson's Disease & Movement Disorders Center of Penn Medicine, Philadelphia. The public meeting is scheduled for Monday, October 20 at 1:45 p.m. in the Westview Community Room at Landis Homes, 1001 East Oregon Road, Lititz.  Following the meeting will be a time of refreshments and informal discussion. For more information, or to receive a brochure about the Lancaster County Parkinson's Support Group, persons may make requests to P.O. Box 251, East Petersburg, PA 17520, or call 717-509-5494.



Parish Resource Center Workshops



Child Protection: Learn About the Many Changes to Pennsylvania's Child Protective Services Law and How It Will Affect Your Congregation

October 20, 2014, 7:00 pm

At the Parish Resource Center

633 Community Way, Lancaster Pa.

Led by Ann Martin, attorney Gibbel, Kraybill, and Hess

Free to anyone who would like to attend.

Open to anyone who would like to better understand Pennsylvania's Child Protective Services law, the upcoming changes to the law, and how it impacts their church.



Eastern Mennonite Seminary:Lancaster Events


Aging in Supportive Community

Instructors: Gerald and Marlene Kaufman
Location:  EMU Lancaster
Dates: Mondays, 7:00pm-9:00pm, October 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 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.


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.


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.

EMM: 100 years of stories
Join 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.


Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society:  Events




Native American field trip

Join the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society to explore the pre-European cultures of Lancaster and York Counties from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm on Saturday, November 1. The field trip includes stops at key sites-such as Indiantown, Shank's Mare for lunch, and the Lancaster Longhouse. To register, call (717) 393-9745 or visit



What young historians are thinking

Come and hear Brook Strayer, Ted Maust, y Moira E. Mackay, three young historians from the historic peace churches, present on the Brethren in Christ peace position, Mennonite leader John F. Funk, and Quaker social reformer, Anne Knight.  The event will take place on October 27, 7 p.m., at Lancaster Brethren in Christ Church, 1865 Fruitville Pike, Lancaster, PA 17601.


Prepare for PA 2015 by learning more about Mennonites in Europe

Attend a book discussion on Sunday, October 26, 3:00-4:30 p.m. at Mt. Joy Mennonite Church. Emerson Lesher will lead the discussion of Testing Faith and Tradition: Europe, one of the volumes in the Global Mennonite History Series. Liesa Unger of Germany, and the International Coordinator of the upcoming Mennonite World Conference Assembly, will participate as a special guest. (You're welcome even if you haven't read the book!) You can order ( or pick up a copy of Testing Faith and Tradition at the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society's bookstore.



Camp Hebron


Weekend Getaway at Camp Hebron

Camp Hebron offers a variety of programming in the Fall and Winter months allowing you and your church group to benefit from a weekend to connect with God, nature and each other. Enjoy great speakers, outdoor/indoor activities and much needed rest and relaxation. Register online for: Young Adults Retreat - 12/12-14/14; Jr. High Retreat - 1/30-2/1/15; Women's Retreat - 2/20-22/15. For more information visit, call (717)-896-3441 or email





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