Atlantic Coast Conference 
Bulletin Announcements
March 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
Manditory abuse and neglect reporting workshop

A workshop on the new Pennsylvania child abuse and neglect mandatory reporting law and the "red flags" of child abuse and neglect will be conducted 6:30-9 pmThursday, March 26 at Grace Fellowship Church, 622 Old Lancaster Pike, Shillington.   Training is provided by New Person Ministries.
The workshop participants will discuss who is mandated to report abuse ,explain the reporting procedure, identify "red flag" indicators of suspected child abuse or neglect, and evaluate situations where there is reasonable cause to suspect child abuse or neglect.
Mandatory reporting applies to nearly all employees and volunteers who come in contact with children, and applies to church activities, regularly scheduled community activities, education and training schools and programs, health care providers, and those providing social or community services and activities.
Registration is limited; free-will donation will be accepted.
For more information, call New Person Ministries at 610-777-2222 or email


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 Previously Published 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

 Half-page bulletin insert


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
"Cultural Hospitality: hosting the global church for Pennsylvania 2015"

Saturday, March 21, 2015
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Mount Joy Mennonite Church

Lancaster Mennonite Conference's Celebration of Church Life will 

look at the whole area of hospitality, understand some of the cultural differences we may encounter in hosting international guests,and hear from staff of the Mennonite World Conference Assembly Planning Office. Everyone is welcome to join this informative day in preparation for the World Conference Assembly this summer.


Flyer with more information:


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.  



New Danville Campus Country Auction March 27


The New Danville Campus Country Auction starts at 4 p.m.March 27, when the food stands open at 393 Long Lane, Lancaster. At 4:30 p.m., items will start to be sold off the auction block, starting with gift certificates. Other items include household goods, tools, toys, collectibles, quilts, furniture and artwork. See for more information.



No Longer Alone Ministries

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

The Lancaster County Parkinson's Support Group will meet on April 20 and will feature guest speaker, Dr. Gregory Pontone, MD. Pontone is the Director of Movement Disorders and Psychiatry Clinical Programs at Johns Hopkins Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences in Baltimore. The topic for the evening discussion is "Anxiety and Depression for Persons with Parkinson's."  The public meeting is scheduled for Monday, April 20 at 2:00 p.m. in the Westview Community Room at Landis Homes, 1001 East Oregon Road, Lititz.  Following the meeting will be a time of refreshments and informal discussion. For more information or to receive a brochure about the Lancaster County Parkinson's Support Group persons may make requests to P.O. Box 251, East Petersburg, PA 17520, or call 717-509-5494.

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


 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.

Of dioramas, Nobel prizes, and Mennonites

Sample the artistic, literary, and historical heritage of southeastern Pennsylvania with this field trip by the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society (LMHS).  Learn about dioramas of Abner and Aaron Zook, view the largest collection of fraktur in any Mennonite museum, and enjoy the home of Nobel Prize in Literature winner Pearl S. Buck. The tour takes place from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., on Saturday, May 2, starting and returning at LMHS.  Tickets cost $84 for members and $95 for nonmembers; register by calling the Society at (717) 393-9745 or by visiting .

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