Atlantic Coast Conference 
Bulletin Announcements
February 15, 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
Resource Sharing for MWC Assembly

Mennonite World Conference is encouraging congregations in the U.S. and Canada to partner with each other so that churches with fewer resources and congregations with recent immigrants can also send representatives to the upcoming assembly (July 21-26, 2015 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania). Whether or not you plan to attend, consider supporting the gathering by partnering in this way. Costs are split between MWC and both congregations. More info at



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 at Ridgeview Mennonite Churcha 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.  Event Flyer (DOC)


Upcoming Events:


Feb. 11, 7 PM - LATIN AMERICA- Elizabeth Soto, Moderator of Mennonite Church USA and Coordinator for Field Education and Advisor for Cross Cultural Education at Lancaster Theological Seminary


Feb. 25, 7 PM -ASIA- Gerry Keener, Chief Operating Officer and Vice President of Eastern Mennonite Missions


March 4, 7 PM - "What we Believe Together"--Dick Thomas, former Moderator of Mennonite Church USA


Send us your announcements

Does your church have an event, fundraiser or other item you'd like to advertise? Pass it along for inclusion in these weekly Bulletin Announcements to ACC congregations and related ministries at no charge.


Weekly Prayer Item

This week join other ACC churches in praying for the team from Conestoga Mennonite Church as they travel to Spanish Lookout, Belize, for a time of service and ministry.

Have a prayer request you'd like to share? Send it to by Tuesday morning for the current week's publication.



 Previously Published Conference Announcements
Mennonite Women Event

Interested in connecting with other women and giving back to the community? Women of all ages,please join ACC and Lancaster Conference women on Saturday, May 2, 2015, from 9 AM to 12:30 PM at MCC Material Resource Center, 517 Trout Run Rd., Ephrata.  After a morning of service, enjoy a soup lunch. Please bring your own bowl and spoon, and a pint of chicken corn or vegetable soup to share! 



Nickles for Neighbors Applications

The ACC Missions Committee is currently accepting applications to receive the 2015 Nickles for Neighbors grant.

The program involves children in mission by providing opportunity to contribute to a specific project, raising awareness and sharing generously with others.


Applications (found at should be sent as an email attachment to or mailed to: 2257 Old Philadelphia Pike, Lancaster, PA 17602.  


Due date for applications: February 27



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. 


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 Registration is open!

These winter temps may make summer seem far away, but the Mennonite Church USA convention in Kansas City, June 30-July 5, 2015, will be here before you know it. The Executive Board is encouraging congregations to identify and register delegates early, so that they can participate in a survey of all delegates which will be sent out in February. For more information on the delegate role, visit the convention website: You can also register online:   


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

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

Mennonite World Conference Prayer Network


Why not consider joining your sisters and brothers from around the world in this joint effort of prayers?

Why would you join the Prayer Network?

1. To pray for God's blessing on the global Assembly in July. 

  • May the visa process be as smooth as possible. 

  • May we North Americans be filled with a generous "hospitality of spirit" to host and "receive" those coming from dozens of countries.

2. To pray for sisters and brothers around the world in fellowships which face hardship and persecution.

3. To pray for the hundreds of young adults (age 18+) who are coming from many countries to attend the Global Youth Summit next July.

Go to to sign up and receive regular updates and prayer requests.



Mennonite Church USA app

Mennonite Church USA now has a mobile app, and if you're planning to attend convention this summer, you'll want to download it soon to get all the latest updates. On your mobile device, search for the "Mennonite Church USA" app, and view the KC2015 event! Thanks to the Mennonite colleges for sponsoring the development of this app.



Conference Related Ministries
Parish Resource Center Programs


The Parish Resource Center is hosting three workshops in February and early March. Attached is the information about these workshops:  

-Contemporary Worship (led by the executive worship leader of LCBC), 
-How Does Your Garden Grow? Creating A Church Garden, Even if You Don't Have the Space, and  
-Explore Lenten Crosses.
For more information, and to register, please visit  


February Workshops 

PRC Newsletter 



10th Annual Harmonies Hymn Sing


Sing Spring is the theme of the 10th Annual Harmonies Hymn Sing on March 22 at 6:30 pm at Blossom Hill Mennonite Church.   

Sing your way through hymns of the seasons, old favorites and new classics-to-be, with the Blossom Hill's String Band and audience singing led by Stan Godshall, Margaret High, Glenn Lehman, and David Sauder. The Blossom Hill String Band brings a cheerful folk style to favorite hymns and gospel songs as well as bluegrass ditties, children's songs, and contra dance tunes with their guitar, mandolin, upright bass, and violin.  End the celebration of the seasons with some contemplative evening songs.  A freewill offering will benefit Harmonies Workshop ( 



Mennonite Children's Choir of Lancaster


You are invited to attend A Celebration of Hope and Healing, a benefit concert featuring spirituals and the stories behind the songs. Dr. Sherrie Strange Pratt, NYC soprano, joined by the Mennonite Children's Choir of Lancaster (Chamber Choir) and Nick Peterson, baritone, will be in concert onSunday, February 22, 3 p.m. at Neffsville Mennonite Church. A free-will offering, with a recommended donation of $20 per person, will be taken to support the Chamber Choir in their summer assignment to the Balkans through Eastern Mennonite Missions.   



Philhaven's Mental Health First Aid Training


This low-cost, day-long training will prepare you to help others experiencing mental distress. It is designed for every member of the community. 


Training Seminar Options:

Friday Feb 27

Thurs Aug 28

Friday Sept 11

Friday Oct 9


See the brochure for more information



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! 



No Longer Alone Ministries

No Longer Alone Ministries will be holding a FunFestival on Saturday, March 14, from 10am - 1pm at Lancaster Brethren in Christ Church, 1865 Fruitville Pike. Enjoy unique music by This Way Up!, John Martin's BBQ, homemade chicken corn soup and whoopie pies, among other tasty food. There will be crafts and games to enjoy, as well as educational information about mental wellness for people of all ages. $10 unlimited band or $1 tickets for activities and food. FMI please call 390-4891.


Family Support Group:


Sunday, February 22, 3-5pm at Rossmere Mennonite Church, 741 Janet Ave, Lancaster. Topic: How to Mange Voices and other Troubling Symptoms, presented by Dr Harold Kraybill, Psychiatrist.


Sunday, March 22, 3-5pm at Rossmere Mennonite Church, 741 Janet Ave, Lancaster. Topic: How to Help when Someone you Love has been Abused, presented by Elaine Bledsoe, Domestic Violence Services Volunteer.


Paths to Discovery Support Group:


Thursday, March 5, 11am - 12:30pm, 630 Janet Ave, Room B103, Lancaster. Topic: Nurturing Healthy Family Relationships.


Thursday, April 2, 11am - 12:30pm, 630 Janet Ave, Room B103, Lancaster. Topic:  Medication Decisions and Recovery.


NOTE:  Paths also meets at The Salvation Army in Lancaster, The Factory Ministries in Paradise, and ELANCO Social Services Network (ESSN) in New Holland. Please call 390-4891 for dates and times.



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.  


Service Opportunities with Youth Venture


Service doesn't have to wait. Join Youth Venture this summer to serve and learn with Mennonite youth from Japan, Lithuania, Ecuador, France and Philadelphia! Apply by April 1 for international locations or by June 1 for Philadelphia. Ages 14-22 can apply at (Must be at least 16 for international locations.) 



Landis Communities

SAVE THE DATE! Landis Communities is holding a Clergy Breakfast, May 21.  It will be held at Yoder's Country Market Banquet Hall in Ne Holland from 7:30-9:00 AM

.  Pastors anwd others in congregational leadership are invited to learn how Landis Communities is creating comforting live at home services and feel at home communities across a variety of needs and financial settings.  Optional tour of Welsh Mountain Home and the under construction Mountain View Terrace will be offered.  Mountain View Terrace will open this fall and provide 36 apartments for those age 62+ with limited financial details.  Register by calling Larry Guengerich at (717) 381-3526 or 


Eastern Mennonite Missions Announcements



"Gap years can change students in ways the world needs," says Joe O'Shea, director of the FSU Office of Undergraduate Research. Plus, gap years can change young people and the world in ways that God has in mind! Visit for ways to engage.

Just sayin'

Short-term mission trips can do long-term harm. Can they do long-term good? We are beyond asking if we should participate in short-term mission. We must keep on asking how we can participate in ways that lead to transformation. Join the conversation Saturday, April 18 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon at East Chestnut Street Mennonite Church in Lancaster. For more information, visit or contact Jessica Mueller at 717 898-2251.

Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society Events


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.

 Pies in the Mennonite Tradition

Stop by the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society on Saturday, March 14 between 6:00 and 8:30 p.m. to learn how to make pie crusts, and to sample some slices with a cup of coffee for yourself. To attend, tickets can be purchased for $15 by calling (717) 393-9745 or by going . The event will be held at the Society, 2215 Millstream Rd., Lancaster, 17602.

 PA German Dialect Classes

Classes are now open for registration. Beginner classes run Saturdays from March 7 through May 16, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Intermediate classes run Wednesdays, March 11 through May 13, from 7 to 9 p.m. Visit or call (717) 393-9745 for more information.

MWC Book Discussion on African Anabaptists

To prepare for Mennonite World Conference Assembly in July, hear input, responses, and discussion about "Anabaptist Songs in African Hearts," the Africa volume of the Global Mennonite History Series on Sunday, March 15 from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. at Landis Homes, West Bethany Chapel.

 Volunteer at the Hans Herr House

Connect with your Anabaptist ancestral home! The 1719 Herr House and Museum is looking for volunteers to help in a variety of ways to get the museum ready for our many guests. We could use grounds help, museum store help, help with children's activities, demonstrators, and tour guides. We are looking for persons to work half-days (usually from 9:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. or from 12:30 to 4 p.m.) or full days (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.) as either museum store and ticket sales personnel or guides for tours of the 1719 Herr House and/or the Lancaster Longhouse. Contact Starla Hess at (717) 464-4438 or email at

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