Atlantic Coast Conference 
Bulletin Announcements
March 29, 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 -
"...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.

We also invite members of congregational missions and service committees to come and contribute their ideas, experience and passion to the converstion.


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





ACC Display for Global Church Village at MWC Assembly

One of the Mennonite World Conference Assembly highlights will be the Global Church Village (GCV), where guests will be able to explore and learn about the life and mission of local churches around the world.  

ACC will be holding a display in the GCV and is looking for any level of involement from conference congregations. If you would like to contribute an idea, a visual, or your time to this display, contact the ACC office,

Pennsylvania 2015 flyer that provides an update on plans for the Assembly along with contact information for registration.

Bulletin Announcements for MWC Pennsylvania 2015:


Church Librarians' Event

Early PA Settlers and their Relationships with Native Americans will be the theme for the 2015 Librarians & Friends' Workshop on Saturday, April 11 beginning with registration at 8 a.m., Mennonite Heritage Center, 565 Yoder Road, Harleysville. Featured speakers will be Ervin Stutzman and John Ruth. Ervin, who has written Jacob's Choice about the Hochstetler Massacre which took place in 1756 near Shartlesville; has a second book in the series to be published in June. Dr. John Ruth, a prolific writer and storyteller, will be sharing from current research he has been doing for a book about the relationships of the early settlers and the Native Americans in Eastern Pennsylvania. Luncheon will be catered by Social Tea Caterers. Books for sale by the Doylestown Book Shop. 

Cost is $15 for the luncheon and the workshops. For more information or to register, contact or Mary Grieser, 215-872-2585.


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
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.


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.  


Amish Educational Series at Garden Spot Village

Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society, in collaboration with Garden Spot Village, will present three sessions entitled Amish Educational Series at Garden Spot Village on April 13, 20, 27.  An additional session presented by Paul Kurtz representing the Nicholas Stoltzfus House in Reading will be given on May 11.  These sessions are free and open to the public.  Any consideration to adding these to the LMC calendar of events will be appreciated.  



New Danville Campus Country Auction March 27


The 150-voice Mennonite Children's Choir of Lancaster will perform its spring concerts series at the following locations:  7 p.m. Thursday, April 16, at Willow Street Mennonite Church; 6 p.m. Sunday, April 19, at Weaverland Mennonite Church, East Earl; 7 p.m. Saturday, April 25, at the Leffler Chapel and Performing Arts Center, Elizabethtown College; 4 p.m.May 3, at James Street Mennonite Church, Lancaster; 7 p.m.Sunday, May 9, at Stumptown Mennonite Church, Bird-in-Hand.

All the concerts are open to the public. Tickets are not required, but a freewill offering will be received. More information at .  


No Longer Alone Ministries


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.



MCC PA Relief Sale


Pennsylvania Relief Sale 
April 17-18, 2015 
Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex 
Harrisburg, PA 

Please visit for additional details and a complete schedule of events.
*Please note that this year's sale will be held a few weeks later in the season than it has been in recent years. We hope that many of you can support the Relief Sale on Friday night and attend the ACC Spring Assembly at Forest Hills MC on Saturday!


Landis Communities

Landis Homes, 1001 East Oregon Road, Lititz, Pa., is happy to once again host a Vegan / Vegetarian Meal.  It is planned for April 22nd, 2015 in the Azalea Room from 5:00pm to 7:00pm.  A wide selection of foods, desserts and drinks will be offered as part of the meal.  This event fills fast!  The price is $17.00 for anyone who is not a Landis Homes resident.  Please call 581-3969 or 569-3271(ext. 3069) for reservations.

Landis Communities is holding a Clergy BreakfastThursday, May 21.  It will be held at Yoder's Country Market Banquet Hall in New Holland from 7:30-9:00 AM.  Pastors and others in congregational leadership, particularly those who work with folks age 55 plus are welcome.  Speakers will include those working with Adult Day Services, Landis At Home and other parts of the organization.  Following the presentation, there will be an optional tour of nearby Welsh Mountain Home and Mountain View Terrace.  This new building opens this fall and will provide 36 apartments for those age 62+ with limited financial resources.  Register by calling (717) 381-3526 or


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.


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