Atlantic Coast Conference 
Bulletin Announcements
March 1 , 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
2015 Spring Assembly, April 18

This year's Spring Assembly Celebration will be held at Forest Hills Mennonite Church, 100 Quarry Road, Leola, PA 17540.

Registration will begin at 8 am with the program running from 9 am to 3:45 pm

Lunch is provided and donations will be accepted to cover the cost.

 In addition to its adult delegates (two delegates for the first 100 members and one delegate for each additional 100 members or fraction thereof), each congregation is encouraged to appoint and send one youth delegate (high school age). There will be a separate morning session and lunch for youth delegates and any interested youth or young adult attendees to explore the the theme of missions.


Register early to let us know you'll be there: 






Fundraiser Meal for Grace Community Education Center, Nairobi Kenya 

Grace Community Education Centre near Nairobi, Kenya is an outreach ministry of the African Community Church of Lancaster (ACC member) and the Ethiopian Evangelical Church in Lancaster (LMC member). GCEC is a nursery care through grade 6 school for 127 children who live in a nearby impoverished small town of nearly 8,000 residents. A fundraiser meal will be available for eat-in as well as take-out on Saturday, March 7, 11:00AM to 3:00PM served at the Ethiopian Evangelical Church, 175 Church Street, Landisville, Pa. RSVP response is welcome but not required:  717-940-4922,



Parish Resource Center workshops

The Parish Resource Center is hosting three workshops in March 

~ Explore Lenten Crosses
~ Intergenerational Events
~ Children and Worship

For more information, and to register, please visit



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)


Final week:


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
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. 

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! 

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


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



**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

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.


Tickets are free but please RSVP by March 4Contact 610-777-2222 or   Please like us on Facebook, and visit us at   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



Friendship Communities Anniversary Dinner


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


Friday, October 23, 2015 at Shady Maple Banquets



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.


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Family Support Group:


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


Thinking about moving out of the classroom for a year?

YES is for you! Join an international team of young adults for 9-11 months, going deeper with Jesus and experiencing another culture. Apply by March 21 and receive a $250 discount. For more information visit or contact Sherrie Ober at 717 898-2251.

EMM community-wide prayer and fasting

The EMM community will join in prayer and fasting March 30 through April 2. All are invited to come together to intercede for EMM workers around the world on Tuesday, March 31 at Mount Joy Mennonite Church from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Find more information at

Short-term missions forum

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 on 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


 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.

 Annual Banquet

Come hear Nancy Heisey, former president of Mennonite World Conference, speak on the topic "Does Mennonite World Conference Unify All Anabaptists?" at the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society's Annual Banquet at 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 11, at Yoder's Restaurant and Banquet Facility. Tickets are available for $25 at  or by calling (717) 393-9745.

 Talk on Pennsylvania Patchwork Pillowcases

Visit the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society on Saturday, March 28, between 10 am and noon to hear author Ann Hermes talk about her book "Pennsylvania Patchwork Pillowcases and Other Small Treasures." Historical examples of patchwork pillowcases will be on display, and modern renditions available for purchase.

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