Atlantic Coast Conference 
Bulletin Announcements
April 5, 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
Pastoral Wellness Seminar: Conflict in the Workplace

As a benefit provided by ACC, conference pastors and church staff members are invited to attend this seminar by Philhaven staff at their Mount Gretna location. Learning objectives will include:

- Learn tips for resolving different types of workplace conflict including: co-worker, generational, and team conflict
- Identify barriers to addressing conflict
- Learn strategies for turning conflict into collaboration
- Develop a conflict management plan

Thursday, April 9, 2:00-4:00 p.m.

Pre-registration is required by Monday, April 6: REGISTER



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

Who is invited to this year's Spring Assembly Celebration?

--ACC Pastors and Credentialed Leaders

--Appointed Congregational Youth Delegates (high school age - separate morning program planned)

--Appointed Congregational Delegates

--Members of any ACC church missions, service or peace -committees/commissions

--Anyone else interested in being inspired and sharing their ideas as we dream about  new ways for ACC churches to expand the kingdom of God. 

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


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





MWC Assembly service projects

Mennonite World Conference (MWC) is expecting 125+ children ages 4-11 from all over the world to attend the Assembly in July. As part of the children's programming, we would like to have the children do several service projects. We need your help to collect the items needed for Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) School Kits so that we can fill school kit bags and send these much-needed supplies to children all over the world! We are in need of the following items for each bag (new items only):

  • 4 spiral or perforated notebooks (8 1/2 x 10 1/2 in and 70 sheets)
  • 8 unsharpened pencils
  • 1 ruler (flat, flexible plastic; indicating both 30 cm and 12 in)
  • 12 colored pencils (in packaging)
  • 1 large pencil eraser

If your church would be willing to collect and donate the contents for some of our school kits, contact Becky Degan at

Parish Resource Center - April Workshops

In April PRC is offering 6 workshops and a special luncheon for church administrative staff. Register for all events on our website at, or call (717) 299-1113 for more information.

An Evening with Rachel Held Evans, April 18

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.

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
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:


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



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
Part-time registration opens for PA '15

The adult rate for participants from the Global North will be
 $120/day. That grants admission for
the first event of the day - International Singing beginning at
9:30 a.m. - through
 the end of the Evening Worship Service at
 8:30 p.m.

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

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

Conference Related Ministries
Mennonite Mission Network's Day of Prayer - May 1


Pray with us, pray for us, pray for our world! Help us celebrate Mennonite Mission Network's Day of Prayer onMay 1 and join us in prayer for the mission and ministry of each person, congregation, conference and Mennonite Mission Network. Visit for individual and congregational resources like:
  • Prayer Vine, a monthly prayer calendar
  • A 24-hour prayer vigil sign-up sheet
  • And more

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.  


Amish Educational Series 2015 (DOC, poster) 



New Danville Campus Country Auction March 27


Enjoy a day out of the office at the LMS Benefit Golf Tournament

 Date:  April 29, 2015  Morning and Afternoon Shotgun Starts 7:30 am and 12:45 pm 
Place: Conestoga Country Club, 1950 Stone Mill Road, Lancaster
Price:  $95 includes snacks on the course, a meal and lots of prizes
Go to LMS Website for more details.  Register by calling 717.509.4459, ext. 701

Lancaster Mennonite School will hold a school-wide open house Sunday, May 3, from 1-3 p.m. at its five campuses:  Kraybill (PreK-8) in Mount Joy, Lancaster (grades 6-12), Locust Grove (PreK-8) in Smoketown/E. Lampeter Township, New Danville (PreK-5) and the new Hershey Campus, formerly Hershey Christian School (grades K-12). The open house will include guided tours and an opportunity to meet teachers and administrators. for more information or call(717) 509-4459, ext. 312. 


Lancaster Mennonite Middle School invites ACC students to be students for the day on Wednesday, April 15, 8:15 a.m. to 3:05 p.m.
 At the end of the school day, parents are invited for refreshments, tours and an opportunity to meet teachers. Call Christy Horst
(717) 509-4459, ext. 312.

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


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.


Introducing EMM's new missional blog: everyone moving in mission!

The Spirit of Jesus is moving in many of us these days, nudging us into mission wherever we live and work and play. This online conversation space exists to get us moving and keep us moving. Visit for missional ideas and inspiring stories.

Presentamos el nuevo blog misional de EMM: ¡todo el mundo moviéndose en misión!

El Espíritu de Jesús se está moviendo en muchos de nosotros en estos días, alentándonos a hacer labor misionera en todos los lugares donde vivimos, trabajamos y jugamos. Este espacio de conversación en línea existe para iniciar el que nos movamos y para que continuemos moviéndonos. Visite para obtener ideas misionales e historias inspiradoras.

Youth groups serving through K-teams

EMM's Kingdom Teams (or K-teams) offer youth/young adult groups the opportunity to engage in cross-cultural mission within a local context for one week during the summer months. This summer, join Wilkens Avenue Mennonite Church in Baltimore, Md., in serving their diverse community through prayer walks, children's ministry, and more. Ministry activities will be mixed with discipleship training that helps participants grow as disciples. Available weeks are June 17-21 and June 24-28. Visit or contact Angie Breneman at 717 898-2251.

Grupos de jóvenes sirviendo a través de K-teams

Los equipos del Reino (o K-teams) de EMM le ofrecen a los jóvenes y los jóvenes adultos la oportunidad de participar en misión transcultural dentro de un contexto local por un período de una semana durante los meses de verano. Este verano, únase a la Iglesia Menonita Wilkens Avenue en Baltimore, Maryland, sirviendo a su diversa comunidad a través de caminatas de oración, el ministerio a los niños, y mucho más. Las actividades de ministerio serán mezcladas con una capacitación de discipulado que ayudará a los participantes a crecer como discípulos. Las semanas disponibles son del 17 al 21 de junio y del 24 al 28 de junio. Visite o comuníquese con Angie Breneman en el 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

MWC Africa Celebration

Discover the history and life of African Anabaptists at 7 p.m. on Monday, May 4 at Manor Brethren in Christ Church, 530 Central Manor Rd, Lancaster, Pa. Enjoy a panel discussion on Kenyan and Ethiopian Mennonites, and Zambian and Zimbabwean Brethren in Christ.  There will be a sampling of African music and Ethiopian desserts in this free event to prepare for Mennonite World Conference (MWC) Assembly, PA 2015.

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