Atlantic Coast Conference 
Bulletin Announcements
November 30, 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
New PA State Child Abuse Laws 

Many new child abuse laws will take effect in Pennsylvania on December 31 that will have an impact on churches and ministries with children's programs. 

Contact Brook Musselman in the conference office if you're interested in learning more about resources to help your church remain compliant and develop practices to make your church a safe place for all. 


Weekly Prayer Item


This week, we invite your church to join the conference in praying for ACC churches and ministries as they prepare for the new Pennsylvania State child abuse laws to take effect next month. 

Pray for wisdom and guidance for our leaders as they continue to develop policies and practices to keep the vulnerable safe, while offering forgiveness and redemption to those who have caused harm in the past. 

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



 Previously Published Conference Announcements
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MC USA  and MWC Announcements
MC USA Convention: Kansas City 2015

Visit Mennonite Church USA's Kansas City convention website: As planning
 continues, this website will be the one-stop-shop for many
details you'll need to know to start planning your participation in next year's convention. Please bookmark it, forward the link to others and check back often to see the
promo videos and find out the unique things we are planning for Kansas City 2015

November newsletter for
 Kansas City 2015 available!


This issue is full of helpful information to help you prepare for our time together next summer, including:

  • Instructions for registration, which begins on Jan.2015
  • Information about programming for people of all ages
  • Helpful tips for fundraising and an out-of-the-box idea from Goshen College to help your youth group get to KC2015
  • A listing of convention worship speakers


Mennonite Church USA Executive Board Staff wishes you a blessed Thanksgiving


Mennonite Church USA Executive Board Staff wishes you a blessed Thanksgiving. At this time of year, we want to let each of you know how grateful we are that you have chosen to be a part of this church and journey with us. May you also find time to celebrate all God's good gifts in your life this weekend! 

Conference Related Ministries
12th Annual Candlelight Carol Sing


Germantown Mennonite Historic Trust

Saturday, December 6, 2014 

Historic Germantown Meetinghouse

6133 Germantown Avenue

Philadelphia, PA 19144

We will gather in the 1770 Meetinghouse  to mark the Christmas season by singing carols together. Mennonites of diverse backgrounds will lead us in an evening of carols and hymns. Refreshments will be served afterwards.  All are welcome!

In partnership with Historic Germantown, we will be collecting small size toiletries to be shared with Face to Face Germantown.

For more information on the history of Germantown Mennonite Historic Trust, see ¬



MCC Seeks Donor Relations Database Coordinator


MCC is currently seeking candidates for a full-time Donor Relations Database Coordinator for our Akron office. If you know of anyone who may be interested, please share this announcement with them. The full Assignment Description is available at


Daily Advent Devotionals from Goshen College


GOSHEN, Ind. - As churches and individual Christians around the world prepare to celebrate Christ's birth, Goshen College will again offer an online spiritual resource at to help believers make time and space in their hearts and minds to welcome Advent and celebrate Christmas.
Beginning Nov. 24 (the Monday prior to the first Sunday in Advent) and culminating on Christmas Day, Goshen College students, faculty and staff will provide weekday reflections based on the Sunday's upcoming lectionary Scripture passages, available online at, by daily email or via an RSS feed. Many writers will reflect on the Advent theme: "Oh, That You Would Reveal Your Mystery," taken fromLeader magazine, which is produced jointly by Mennonite Church Canada and Mennonite Church USA. This year's Advent worship resources were written by a team from Mennonite Church Alberta.


Year-end Giving Opportunities


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

Friendship Community:Your donation will help provide Residential and Support Services to individuals with disabilities in Lancaster County! Join in at and search for Friendship Community


MCC Updates

MCC urgently needs relief kits, hygiene kits and comfortersfor its relief work, especially in the Middle East, specifically Iraq,  Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, and Gaza.  Because of such a demand, stocks of these items are in low supply at the Material Resource Center warehouse in Ephrata.




Click here to download a bulletin insert about MCC's Christmasgiving opportunities to share with your congregation.

If you would prefer to have printed inserts sent to your church, please contact MCC East Coast at (215) 535-3624 or




The Craft Stand coordinators want to remind crafters to begin creating for the 59th annual PA Relief Sale which will be held the third weekend of April, Friday and Saturday, April 17-18, 2015, at the Farm Show Building in Harrisburg, PA. We are seeking crafters who work with fabric, wood, paper, yarn, thread, or jewelry to make and donate quality crafts. Yes, the sale is almost five months away, but well-made crafts take lots of time! Please see the Craft Stand poster (on bulletin board) for additional details. Drop offs: anytime at Ephrata MCC Material Resources Center or bring to the Craft Stand at the sale. Feel free to call or email us with your questions or comments. Remember: all proceeds benefit MCC.


Janet Runion Patton: 717-272-1708,;
Ruth Runion Slear: 717-533-9423,

Lancaster Area Anabaptist Relief Meeting
All are welcome to attend the annual Lancaster Area Anabaptist Relief Meeting hosted by Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) and Mennonite Disaster service (MDS) at the MCC Material Resources Center (517 W. Trout Run Road, Ephrata) on Monday, December 8 at 7:00 p.m. You'll hear updates from both organizations, and we will also remember Peter and Elfrieda Dyck, who devoted their lives to the ministries of the church, on this 100th anniversary of Peter's birth. Refreshments and a time of fellowship will follow the meeting. Please contact Ken Sensenig at (717) 413-3967 or with any questions.


Lancaster Mennonite Schools


Hallelujah Chorus

You are invited to participate in a spontaneous singing of the Hallelujah Chorus on Saturday, December 13 at 11 a.m. in the food court at Park City Shopping Center, Lancaster. If you would like to sing, please respond by sending your name and voice part to or by calling (717) 455-7025. An optional rehearsal will be held on Tuesday, December 9 at 7 p.m. at Neffsville Mennonite Church. To review your voice part, please visit


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. 




Eastern Mennonite Seminary:Lancaster Events


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.


More topics announced soon.



Eastern Mennontite Missions Events


Eastern Mennonite Missions is hoping to receive $855,000 in contribution by December 31, 2014. Give online at or mail checks to EMM, PO Box 458, Salunga, PA 17538. Thank you!

The Africa Association of Bible Schools (AABS), affiliated with Eastern Mennonite Missions, provides theological training and support for African churches to train leaders right in their local communities. Come and hear what God has been doing through AABS Tuesday, January 13, 2015, at 6:30 p.m. in West Bethany Chapel at Landis Homes. J.C. Ebersole, AABS director and EMM missionary, will be giving an overview of the ministry. David Shenk, a member of EMM's Christian/Muslim Relations Team, will speak about his July 2014 visit to the AABS annual conference in Nigeria.

Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society:  Events




Christmas Candlelight Tours
Enjoy the grounds of the Herr House December 4, 5, and 6 as you travel to the Shaub House, the Longhouse, and the Agricultural Implement Shed to learn about transportation. Complete the tour in the Herr House and celebrate Christmas with hearing the Biblical Christmas story read in German. Reservations are necessary. To learn more and find available times, visit


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