Atlantic Coast Conference 
Bulletin Announcements
March 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
Orientation for Kansas City '15 Delegates
-with Ervin Stutzman

Ervin Stutzman, executive director of MCUSA, will be offering an orientation for delegates attending this summer's convention in Kanas City. This orientation 

Thursday, April 9th at 7 pm in the Lancaster Mennonite Conference offices:
2160 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, PA  17602


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
An Evening with Rachel Held Evans

Sponsored by Parish Resource Center, Rachel Held Evans is a New York Times bestselling author and popular blogger. She will discuss   the question many people, especially those in their 20s and 30s, are asking, "Why should I go to church?" 

She will talk about her personal journey and the steps churches can take to connect meaningfully and successfully with young people.

April 18, 7pm at Highland Presbyterian Church

To purchase tickets for the "Evening with Rachel Held Evans," please visit or call 717-299-1113. Tickets for subscribing churches for this event are $19. Tickets for nonsubscribers are $25. A copy of Evans' new book is included in the ticket price.


2015 Spring Assembly, April 18 -
"...and you will be my witnesses..."

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

Come to be inspired and share your ideas as we reimagine ACC's missions focus. Registration will begin at 8 am with the program running from 9 am to 3:45 pm. 

 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: 





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


**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
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-
promo videos and find out the unique things we are planning for Kansas City 2015shop 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

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
Marriage Encounter


Mennonite & Brethren Marriage Encounter is sponsoring a 7 week marriage enrichment series.  Held on Monday evenings beginning on April 13 and ending May 25, the series will be held at Ridgeview Mennonite Church.  Any married couple interested in enriching their marriage relationship is encouraged to attend.  Call 717-569-5676 or visit our website for more information or to apply for the series.  



"Sing Spring" with Blossom Hill String Band


Sing Spring is the theme of the 10th Annual Harmonies Hymn Sing on March 22 at 6:30 pm at Blossom Hill Mennonite Church.  Celebrate spring just two days after the vernal equinox and a week before Palm Sunday! Sing your way through hymns of the seasons, old favorites and new classics-to-be, with the Blossom Hill String Band and audience singing led by 

Stan Godshall, Margaret High, Glenn Lehman, and David Sauder. The Blossom Hills 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 ( 



Needed: Guides for Meetinghouse and grounds


Germantown Mennonite Historic Trust is gathering community members to serve a volunteer guides for our historic Meetinghouse and grounds.  We invite you to join our Meetinghouse Guide Training on Saturday, March 14, from 12-3 PM at 6133 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19144. Christopher Friesen will train guides in offering a broad overview of Germantown Mennonite history, as well as offering opportunities to explore specific topics in more detail.  Guides will then staff Open House tours April-October on First Fridays and Second Saturdays, as well as private scheduled tours.  Lunch will be provided.  RSVP to Director Alison Shiloh Wear at 



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, 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

Brighten up this Easter season while also helping to grow the programming for clients of Adult Day Services at Landis Homes.  A wide selection of Easter flowers will be available for purchase Thursday April, 2.  The sale is being held on the 
campus of Landis Homes, 1001 
East Oregon Road, Lititz, PA.  
Flowers will be at the West Community Room from 8:00am - 12 Noon and in the East Bethany Chapel from 7:30 am - 1 pm.  For more information about the flowers and other information, please contact Adult Day Services at 717-581-3939.


Service doesn't have to wait!


Join Youth Venture this summer to serve and learn with Mennonite youth from Lithuania, Ecuador, Japan, and France. Apply by April 1 for international locations. Ages 16-22 can apply" 



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.

 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.

Family History Conference-

"Celebrities and Cellmates:" 

This year's Lancaster Family History Conference focuses on finding that famous or infamous ancestor, with a keynote address by D. Joshua Taylor of the Genealogy Roadshow. There are also numerous workshops for the beginner or advanced genealogist. The conference takes place of April 24 and 25 at the Lancaster Host Resort and Conference Center. For more information and to register, visit or call the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society at (717) 393-9745.

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