Atlantic Coast Conference 
Bulletin Announcements
November 9, 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



November 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
Third Way Collective


This fall marked the launch of "3rd Way Collective", a brand new student organization centered around cultivating peace, justice, and faith at Penn State University. After years of dreaming, University Mennonite Church (State College, PA) hired Ben Wideman (formerly at Salford Mennonite Church in Hprleysville, PA) as their new pastor for this on-campus group. UMC sees this as an opportunity and challenge to create something new at Penn State.  

You can help out by visiting the 3rd Way Collective website (, liking 3rd Way Collective on Facebook, following on Twitter, and simply sharing about this organization with any folks who might be connected with the Penn State community. If you or your church would be interested in hosting campus pastor Ben Wideman for an event or for more conversation, please reach out to

Helping Families Heal Seminar


You are invited - Please see the attachment and consider the invitation to join others who will gather to listen (and discuss in the Q & A time) the very important/relevant subject -  in today's world -of mental illness/health issues - you may also may want to invite a friend to join you - while the poster is meant to be self-explanatory - questions are always welcome.

Others in your community - friends - family - may also find the the seminar helpful - please feel free to make copies of the attached poster - or request multiple free copies - please call Ron at 799 1442 or e-mail 
Document Link:

Weekly Prayer Item


This week, we invite your church to join the conference in praying for those affirmed by delegates at last week's assembly to begin new roles on ACC Conferences:

Larry McJunkin: Finance & Stewardship Chair
Anita Beidler: Gifts Discernment Committee
Howard Moss: Gifts Discernment Committee

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. 



MC USA  and MWC Announcements
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. 

Begin Anew: Christian discipleship resource available now!


Are there people in your congregation or community who are new to the Christian faith? Or who have been in the church for a long time and would like to grow in discipleship? Begin Anew is a 16-session series of studies to make disciples in small groups and congregations. This discipleship resource is for anyone interested in growing in Christian faith from an Anabaptist perspective, regardless of their background or previous church experience. Available online at


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



International Guest House Hosts Needed


The International Guest House in Washington, D.C. needs hosts beginning July 2015 for a one year term.  This ministry of Christian hospitality is operated by Allegheny Mennonite Conference to provide a "home away from home" for DC visitors.  Other volunteers (one month or longer) are also needed.  Volunteers receive room and board; full year volunteers receive stipend and health insurance.  Responsibilities:  welcoming guests, serving breakfast & tea, baking, cleaning, laundry, maintenance. Enjoy sightseeing during free time. Contact: International Guest House (202) 726-5808



Conference Related Ministries
Harmony Concert


Friendship Community is holding our 13th Annual Harmony Concert on Saturday, November 15th at 7:00 p.m.   The concert will be held at the Forest Hills Mennonite Church in Leola.  The concert is a free event, and no reservations are required.  A freewill offering will be collected, and all proceeds benefit Individuals with developmental disabilities.


We appreciate your support in our ministry, and would be grateful if you could print the attached flyer and hang on your community bulletin board.  Please contact me separately if you are willing to include in your church bulletins.  I can provide smaller copy.


Concert Flyer 



Giving Tuesday


Giving Tuesday: Follow the shopping of Black Friday and Cyber Monday with giving to EMM on Tuesday December 2. Give to make Jesus known. Give early. Give together. Help make a big dent in EMM's end-of-year giving goal, all in one day! Give at


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.    



Creating Congregational Cultures of Generosity


Please save the date for a  1 Day Creating Congregational Cultures of Generosity  (CCCG) workshop for 2015 here in the Lancaster market.  It will be Saturday, May 16, 2015.  It will be held at the Lancaster Mennonite Conference meeting rooms at 2160, Lincoln Highway East, right beside the Everence office.  Beryl Jantzi, Everence Director of Stewardship, will be the presenter for this workshop.


Attached is the CCCG overview PDF that you can begin to use to share more about this with your pastors and let them know this is in the works.  We will have room for 10 teams. Any pastor that is interested in having their church participate in this 1 day CCCG should contact me to get on the list. 




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



Lancaster Mennonite High School is presenting Arthur Miller's drama, "The Crucible" November 6, 7, and 8 at 7:30 pm each night, with a Saturday matinee at1 pm. Tickets are $5 for students and $8 for adults, and may be reserved by calling the box office at 299-0436, ext. 340.  

Lancaster Mennonite School is hosting a variety of activities on the Lancaster Campus as part of its Fall Festival. On Friday November 14, Hess's Pork Roast is available from 2:30 - 8 pm, and a free music event is planned for 7 pm. Saturday November 15, features an FFA Country Breakfast, 3v3 Basketball Tournament, Iron Bridge 5K Run/Walk, and Benefit Dinner and Auction. Registration is now open for the basketball tournament, 5K Run/Walk and dinner auction. Check  for more information about all these events.



Landis Communities


Landis Homes is seeking volunteers to serve as Resident Escorts. They are needed to escort residents to physical therapy, hair salon, barber, activities (including Saturday mornings) and Sunday worship services.  For more information, contact Landis Homes Volunteer Services at 717-509-5409 or email



Eastern Mennonite Seminary:Lancaster Events


Aging in Supportive Community

Instructors: Gerald and Marlene Kaufman
Location:  EMU Lancaster
Dates: Mondays, 7:00pm-9:00pm,  Nov. 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: Wednesday, 7:00pm-9:30pm,  November 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 Support Group meets the first Thursday of each month, 11am - 12:30 pm, 630 Janet Ave,  Room B103, Lancaster. Paths also has 3 other meeting places and dates in Lancaster. FMI please call 390-4891. 


More topics announced soon.

Family Support Group

 meets the 4th Sunday of each month,  3-5pm, at Rossmere Mennonite Church, 741 Janet Ave, Lancaster.  FMI please call 390-4891.


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




History and life of Lancaster's immigrant Mennonites-

Celebrate the diversity of Lancaster Mennonites on Monday, November 10, 7 p.m. at Mellinger Mennonite Church (1916 Lincoln Hwy. E., Lancaster, Pa.) through the history and diverse expressions of church life of the Karen immigrants from Burma and Thailand, Nepali speaking Bhutanese, and eastern African immigrants. Enjoy stories, music, and light refreshments.


Preparing for Mennonite World Conference PA 2015-

Prepare for PA 2015 by learning more about Mennonites in Latin America. Attend a Book Discussion on Sunday afternoon, November 23, 3:00-4:30 p.m. at Grantham Brethren in Christ Church. Emerson Lesher will lead the panel, who will talk about the Latin American volume in the Global Mennonite History Series, Mission and Migration. (You're welcome even if you haven't read the book!)


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