Atlantic Coast Conference 
Bulletin Announcements
October 19, 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 the events of the ACC Fall Assembly Weekend. Pray that the Leadership Resource Day, Multi-generation Women's Banquet and Annual Assembly would be great opportunities to learn, grow, share and experience God's love alongside our fellow conference-members. 


 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


Don't forget to bring your filled bags to the Fall Assembly on October 25 at Blossom Hill Mennonite Church!




Annual ACC Leadership Resource Day


Registration is still 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: 

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. 

Biblical and Theological Resources on Same-Gender Sexuality


The Mennonite Church USA Executive Board and Staff have compiled a list of resources focused on same-gender sexuality for study in small groups and congregations. The list was developed with input from Mennonite church members with diverse perspectives, and seeks to tell stories of the ways people have come to their theological understandings. The list is available 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
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 


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


The public is invited to share in three events wrapping up Landis Homes 50th Anniversary year.  All take place Thursday, Nov. 6. 

A Service of Thanksgiving and Light is being held in the West Bethany Chapel two times; 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.The 30-minute service features the Landis Homes Choir comprised of residents and team members.  From 4:30-8:30 p.m. there is an art reception for Molly Kraybill.  She lives in Washington, DC, where she teaches Digital Art in an elementary school. "One Hundred" is an exploration of the female experience of aging, which includes a photo of a female for every age 1-100. Each subject was asked "What do you like about your age?" The reception will be in the Harvest View Lobby and Galleries.  Finally, there will be a luminary walk to Leaman Woods from 5:00-9:00 p.m.Persons can enjoy a walk from Harvest View to the Leaman Woods along a path of 1,000 luminaries as Landis Homes celebrates the culmination of its 50th Anniversary giving project. Each lit luminary represents a gift, many given in memory or in honor of a loved one. Because of the generosity of so many, a paved walking path, additional benches, a gazebo and two entrance arches will be added to Leaman Woods, making this natural sanctuary on campus accessible to all!  For more information, please call 717-569-3271. 




Parish Resource Center Workshops


An Evening with Anne Lamott*

November 22, 2014, 7:00 pm

At Good Shepherd Chapel, Lancaster Bible College, Lancaster

$25 for subscribers*

$28 for nonsubscribers*

New York Times bestselling author, Anne Lamott, whose previous bestsellers on faith included, Traveling Mercies and Help, Thanks, Wow, will speak on a message of hope and the promise of light over the darkness in our lives. Our victories over hardship and pain may seem small, she says, but they change us-our perceptions, our perspectives, and our lives.

*each ticket includes a copy of Lammott's brand-new book, Small Victories-publishing in November 2014


To learn more about these workshops and events-and to register for one-please go to or call (717)299-1113.



Eastern Mennonite Seminary:Lancaster Events


Aging in Supportive Community

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


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


Friendship Community Job Fair

October 23, 2014. 9a.m.-2p.m.

1149 East Oregon Road

Lititz, PA 17543

Open to the Public




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