Atlantic Coast Conference 
Bulletin Announcements
January 4, 2015

























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



January 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
Global Anabaptism Series

You are invited to learn more about Anabaptist related churches around the globe in preparation for the Mennonite World Conference gathering in Harrisburg, PA July 21-26, 2015. On the Wednesday evenings a speaker will share regarding Anabaptist related churches on each of the five continents. 


Gain a deeper understanding of how Anabaptist related churches have found and sustained their faith. Learn their histories and the issues they face today. Through their unique stories we have much to learn.  


Ridgeview Mennonite Church, beginning January 21 at 7 p.m. 


Event Flyer (DOC)


 Previously Published Conference Announcements
**Important: 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. 


ACC is partnering with Lancaster Mennonite Conference to offer an informational meeting on the new PA state child abuse laws. Meetings will be held January 13 and April 7. See the link above or contact either conference office for more information. 


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

Conference Related Ministries
Regaining our Missional Edge

Saturday, January 10, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.


Vision Columbia, 291 South Fourth Street, Columbia, PA 17512

Josef Berthold and several other speakers will focus on being multiplying missional churches. This training event is a collaborative Lancaster Conference/Eastern Mennonite Missions event.


$5/person, includes lunch

More information:



Communications Internship


Located 80 miles northwest of NYC, Camp Deerpark is dedicated to providing affordable Christian camping for inner city Mennonites with a mission to empower youth to serve Christ in the city.


 Seeking young adult, aged 18-25, with writing/photography skills to assist communications for one year.  Tasks include: social media, website maintenance, video production.  Rm/bd, living allowance provided.  More information at: or contact Ken Bontrager: - (845) 283-8669.          


LMS School Drop-In


On Thursday, January 8, parents of prospective students are invited to drop in at the Locust Grove Campus of Lancaster Mennonite School from 8:30-10 a.m. for a light breakfast and the opportunity to chat informally with the principal. Tours are available, and parents are welcome to observe classes in session. The Locust Grove Campus is located at 2257 Old Philadelphia Pike, Lancaster.


New Danville School (PreK-5) will hold its own drop in on Thursday, January 22 from 8:30-10 a.m. The New Danville Campus is located at 393 Long Lane, Lancaster.



Camp Hebron Women's Retreat


Join us for a spiritually refreshing weekend featuring nationally renowned speaker, Jessie Seneca. 


Arrival: Friday @ 7 PM
Departure: Sunday @ 1 PM
Location: 957 Camp Hebron Rd, Halifax, PA 17032 


Womens' Retreat Flyer


Camp Hebron Women's Retreat


Join us for a spiritually refreshing weekend featuring nationally renowned speaker, Jessie Seneca. 


Arrival: Friday @ 7 PM
Departure: Sunday @ 1 PM
Location: 957 Camp Hebron Rd, Halifax, PA 17032 


Womens' Retreat Flyer


Seminary Scholarships Available

For the 2015-16 school year Eastern Mennonite Seminary has a large number of Ministry Leadership Awards available. These awards range from -   tuition for Mennonite and Anabaptist-affiliated students who show a sense of call and desire to serve the church. 


Students are encouraged to apply by February 1 for these awards. They will be chosen based on application materials. Students who accept these awards are still eligible for other forms of financial aid like the Mennonite student discount and the church matching grant. They must study full-time on the Harrisonburg campus of EMS. 

Contact Laura Amstutz,n Director of Seminary Admissions

and Seminary Communication Coordinator for more information: 540-432-4268,


Muslim-Mennonite Engagement


As part of this year's annual meetings of the Council for International Ministries, all are welcome to attend the plenary session held at Akron Mennonite Church on
Wednesday, January 21.

Cross Cultural Service for Graduate Students in Healthcare Professions


Mennonite Healthcare Fellowship (MHF) offers scholarship funding for Anabaptist students to learn and serve in cross-cultural mission/service settings in developing countries. Deadline for 2015-16 academic year is May 15, 2015.  For details and application form, see, email, or call 1-888-406-3643. 

Engaged Encounter


 If you are planning a wedding, let me encourage you to take a weekend away from wedding plans to focus on your marriage!  Engaged Encounter will be held January 9-11 at Kenbrook Bible Camp, Lebanon.  During the weekend, you'll learn skills to make your marriage better than you ever imagined.  Visit  or call 717-569-5676 for more information.  Remember...the wedding is a day, marriage is a lifetime!

MCC Benefit Opera Gala


Join us for the 7th annual Voices of Hope Opera Gala on January 10, 2015 at 7pm at the historic Fulton Theatre, for a rollicking evening of belly laughs, jaw-droppingly beautiful singing, and inspiration!


Voices of Hope concerts raise money for Mennonite Central Committee's Global Family Program which provides life changing community based education to children and young adults around the globe.


Tickets are available by calling the Fulton Theatre box office 717-397-7425 or visit Information on becoming an event sponsor is also available on our website!




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.


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,


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 



Eastern Mennonite Missions Events


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.

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: 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


Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society Events


Annual Music Night

Enjoy melodies from around the world with Annual Music Night Saturday, January 31, 2015, starting at 7 p.m. at Neffsville Mennonite Church-2371 Lititz Pike, Lancaster, Pa. The evening will feature songs from the continents of Latin America, Africa, Asia, and Europe. Tickets are $20 per person, $15 for students with ID, and $15 per person for households of three or more. Get your tickets at or by calling (717) 393-9745.

Mennonite World Conference book discussion

Prepare for PA 2015 by learning more about the beliefs that 1.7 million Mennonites and related groups share in common around the world. Attend a Book Discussion of What We Believe Together on Monday evening, January 12, at 7:00 p.m. at Forest Hills Mennonite Church (100 Quarry Rd., Leola, PA 17540). Three persons with deep connections to Mennonite World Conference will lead the conversation-Richard Thomas, Devin Manzullo-Thomas, and Phyllis Pellman Good. Books are available from Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society (717/393-9745, or at


A Taste for Fraktur

Become acquainted with the imagery of fraktur in this folk art class taught by Emily Smucker-Beidler on Saturday, January 17, 2015, 9 a.m. until noon at the Society-2215 Millstream Rd., Lancaster, Pa. The class costs $70 members/$75 nonmembers; materials are included in the tuition. Register by January 10 at or by calling (717) 393-9745.


Grain Painting

Learn how to false-grain a box during this folk art class on Saturday, February 7, 2015, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Society-2215 Millstream Rd., Lancaster, Pa. The class is taught by local fancy painter' Jim King. Cost is $50 for members/$60 for nonmembers; materials are included in the tuition. Register by January 24 at or by calling (717) 393-9745.



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