Atlantic Coast Conference 
Bulletin Announcements
February 22 , 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
Chatter, Chow & Cheerful Service

Women of all ages are invited to this morning event hosted by Atlantic Coast and Lancaster Conference Mennonite Women at the MCC Material Resource Center in Ephrata. 

Saturday, May 2, 2015, 9 am - 12:30 pm


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. 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.


 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, 2014 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
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



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

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



Conference Related Ministries
New Person Ministries' Spring Banquet


Everyone is invited to New Person Ministries' spring banquet Tuesday March 10, 6:30 to 8:30pm at Conestoga Mennonite Church in Morgantown.  Enjoy great cooking, testimonies from current and former residents, updates on NPM, and speaker Judge Jeffrey Sprecher. NPM is a residential aftercare program for released inmates serving the region around the Berks & Lancaster Parole regions.

Please reserve your tickets by March 4. Contact 610-777-2222 or   Please like us on Facebook, and visit us   We look forward to breaking bread with you and sharing how God is moving at NPM. WELCOME



Scholarship for Graduate Healthcare Professionals


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.  


More printable flyer, visit



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 ( 



Friendship Communities Anniversary Dinner


Theme: Love Stories, with guest speakers Ian & Larissa Murphy (


Friday, October 23, 2015 at Shady Maple Banquets



Beyond Ourselves Benefit Concert on March 22


Lancaster's Beyond Ourselves chamber ensemble is teaming up with Lancaster Mennonite School's Campus Chorale to present a benefit concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 22, at James Street Mennonite Church. Beyond Ourselves musicians are saxophonist Ryan Kauffman, violist Christy Kauffman, pianist Rosemary Blessing, and clarinetist Doris Hall-Gulati. The entire freewill offering will benefit a Mennonite Central Committee program that helps provide a safe learning environment for children traumatized by the ongoing conflict in Syria. For more information call (717) 291-0514. 



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.



Landis Communities

Come join four organizations from Anabaptist Providers Group (APG) share the challenges and successes they have had when "thinking outside the box," of traditional ways of providing services to those age 55 and older.   APG is an affiliation of 17 retirement communities and other senior services providers in southeast Pennsylvania, all of whom are identified with one of the historic Anabaptist faith traditions (Brethren in Christ, Church of the Brethren, Mennonite, United Christian Church and United Zion denominations).  The session is part of Stewardship University, held March 7, 2015 at Lancaster Mennonite School.  More information about this Everence sponsored event is found at To register for Stewardship University, please contact Kevin Nofziger at (800) 653-9723 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