Atlantic Coast Conference 
Bulletin Announcements
January 25, 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
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 Previously Published Conference Announcements
2015 Leadership Event

Leadership and Learning From Each Other
with Jim Smucker
a half-day seminar for leaders of conference-related ministries, conference leaders, and pastors...sponsored by Lancaster Mennonite Conference and Atlantic Coast Conference

Friday, February 20
7:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Mennonite Central Committee Welcoming Place
21 South 12th Street, Akron, PA 17501

Registration deadline: Wed., Feb. 11
Please contact me to register (717-293-5246 ext. 100 or
See the attached brochure for more information.


**Important: New PA State Child Abuse Laws 

Many new child abuse laws took 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. The remaining meeting will be held on April 7. See the link above or contact either conference office for more information. 


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)


MC USA  and MWC Announcements
Youth Ministry Council 2015-
"Connecting our Stories: Imagining our Future"


April 19-22, 2015

Spruce Lake Retreat Center (Canadensis, PA)


Youth Ministry Council is for all youth workers (pastors/sponsors/leaders) to network, resource, and examine the latest in youth ministry in our church and world. This year, Felipe Hinojosa will present on how to talk with youth about race and racism in the 21st century.


Register now!  $210, all inclusive, by March 3rd (travel not included).


Kansas City '15 Delegate Registration

To member congregations of Mennonite  Church USA:


Here is a link to an information sheet that outlines the process for selecting delegates for the Kansas City 2015 convention.


Please encourage your delegates to register early, so they can participate in a survey of delegates sponsored by the Executive Board, starting early February.

Register for Mennonite World Conference Assembly 

Register now for PA 2015:  Already making summer plans?  Plan to attend Pennsylvania (PA) 2015, the 16th Assembly of MWC which will be held July 21-26, 2015 in Harrisburg, PA.  

Where else can you worship and fellowship with thousands of Anabaptist Christians in an international gathering?  Come get inspired by the music of Zimbabwean and Kenyan choirs.  Learn about the global Church by visiting the Global Church Village.  Play or watch the Anabaptist World Cup soccer tournament.  Get to know others through Friendship Groups.  Take part in a service opportunity.  See all that PA 2015 has to offer at

Service Adventure!

Challenge yourself and serve with Service Adventure! Invest a year to learn about God, life, and yourself, while serving others. Ages 17-20 can apply at Service Adventure is also looking for unit leaders.  Live with young adults and mentor them while they are growing and serving in the local community.

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
Creating Congregational Cultures of Generosity


Registration is now open for the next Creating Congregational Cultures of Generosity  (CCCG) workshop. This one day workshop will be held on Saturday May 16 from 8:00-5:00  at our 2160 Lincoln Highway East Everence office in the meeting room of Lancaster Mennonite Conference.  


Beryl Jantzi, Everence Director of Stewardship, will be the presenter for this workshop.  The cost will be $189 per team, which includes all the materials and lunch for 3-4 team members from your church.  The lead pastor is required to be one of the participating team members.  Please see the attached CCCG overview flier and share it with anyone else you think might be interested in participating in this workshop. 


Contact Kevin Nofziger to register your team: (717) 653-6662 ext. 143, kevin.nofziger@everence.comWe have space for 10 teams, so the first 10 to reply are in! 



Marriage Encounter

Is your marriage in need of a tune-up?  Have the blahs overtaken your marriage?  Marriage Encounter may be the weekend you need to revive your love with your spouse.  Held on February 13-15, it's the perfect Valentine's getaway!  Visit or call 717-569-5676 for more information or to apply.  



Mennonite Childrens Choir of Lancaster

The Mennonite Children's Choir of Lancaster would like you to know about its spring 2015 concert series. 


Please find the details attached


SALT: Serving And Learning Together

Know a young adult who might be interested in a year-long, cross-cultural service experience? Through Mennonite Central Committee's Serving and Learning Together (SALT) program, young adults between the ages of 18 and 30 from the U.S. and Canada serve internationally in a wide variety of positions in fields like education, agriculture, health care, information technology, peace and more! Visit for additional information, and be sure to apply by February 15 to be guaranteed consideration for this year.  


Family Support Group of
No Longer Alone Ministries

Next meeting is Sunday, Jan 25, from 3-5 pm.


Topic:  The Interface of the Legal System and Mental Illness, presented by a Panel, consisting of:  Mike Hansberry, Deputy Chief, Lancaster County Probation and Parole; Teri Miller-Landon, Division Director, Lancaster County Probation and Parole; Officer Brian Dell Isola, Ephrata Police Department; Lietenant Cheryl Steberger, Lancaster County Prison.


Education Program: 3-4; Care and Share Groups: 4:10 - 5. Meet at Rossmere Mennonite Church, 741 Janet Ave, Lancaster. FMI please contact 717-390-4891 x101.



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 Events


January 29 Open House at All LMS Campuses

Lancaster Mennonite School will hold a school-wide open houseThursday, January 29, 6-8:30 p.m. at its four campuses: Kraybill (PreK-8) in Mount Joy, Lancaster (grades 6-12), Locust Grove (PreK-8) in Smoketown/E. Lampeter Township, and New Danville (PreK-5).

The event will include guided tours and an opportunity to meet teachers and administrators. 

At the Lancaster Campus there also will be an opportunity for students entering grades 9-12 to register for courses for the 2015-16 year. For more information call Christy Horst at (717) 509-4459, extension 312. 

In the event of inclement weather, the event will be held Thursday, February 5


Friendship Community Fest & Auction


Save the Date for Friendship Community's 22nd Annual

Fest & Auction on May 8th and 9th!
Contact to volunteer or for more information.



Camp Hebron Women's Retreat, February 20-22


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,


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!

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 27; 

Feb. 3, 10, 17
Information and to register: Call Parish Resource Center,

 (717) 299-1113 



Landis Communities


The public is invited to "Conversations for Peace in Palestine and Israel." Friday, February 6 at 7:00pm in the West Bethany Chapel of Landis Homes, 1001 East Oregon Road, Lititz.  This meeting is part of a series of gatherings initiated by Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) U.S. for persons who want to explore their beliefs, concerns and understanding of this conflict. The session will be led by J. Daryl Byler, Executive Director for Eastern Mennonite University's Center for Justice and Peacebuilding and former MCC leader in the region.

An art reception opening at Landis Homes on February 3 will feature the latest quilted creations of Lititz artist Lois Flickinger.   Her repertoire extends from traditional fabrics and patterns to imported materials and original designs using a wide range of styles. Many of the pieces she creates show the strong influence of her Mennonite background and the traditional Amish designs that she has always found to be beautiful works of art. All of the quilting on her pieces is done by hand and each quilt is signed and dated. The opening reception, to which the public is welcome, will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 3, in the Harvest View lobby and galleries at Landis Homes, 1001 East Oregon Road, Lititz.  The works will continue to be on display through April.  For more information, call Landis Homes at 717-581-3935 or visit 

Eastern Mennonite Missions Events


You want your church spilling over with life and vitality. EMM does, too! Antonio Ulloa, church revitalization coach, would love to engage with you. He is available to teach any of six series (3-5 sessions each) in a series of Sunday morning services, a series of small group gatherings, or renewal meetings. For the titles of the six series, visit or contact Antonio Ulloa at 717 898-2251.

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.


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.

Fraktur II: The Illuminated Letter

Learn how to make write in the distinctive style of fraktur in this class taught by Emily Smucker-Beidler from 9 am until noon on Saturday, February 28. The class costs $50 for members and $60 for nonmembers; materials are included in the tuition. Register by February 14 at or by calling (717) 393-9745.


Latin American Celebration

Come and enjoy a panel discussion about the Anabaptists of Latin America at 7 pm on Monday, February 23 at Akron Mennonite Church. Learn their story and share in their music and food. This is an exciting opportunity to learn about global Anabaptism prior to Mennonite World Conference Assembly this summer.


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