Atlantic Coast Conference 
Bulletin Announcements
April 12, 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 assembly will feature a time of creative engagement as delegates dream big about how ACC member churches work together to grow the Kingdom of God. We'll also hear from the experiences of:

Jason and Vonetta Storbakken, an ACC pastor and his wife who work with Radical Living Community and Bowery Street Mission in NYC

Sam Wanjau,  pastor of African Community Church of Lancaster which has been an active church planter in recent years

Brian Miller and Emily Ralph, pastors of Sunnyside Mennonite Church, which engages in creative outreach in the local community.

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: 





Weekly Prayer Item

This week, join other conference churches in praying for the family of Ken Bontrager, Director of Camp Deerpark in New York, as he, along with his wife Deborah and family, mourns the passing of their 18-year old daughter, who had been diagnosed with Leukemia in December. 


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
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.

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. 



MC USA  and MWC Announcements
Mennonite World Conference News

Thinking of registering for PA 2015?  The time is now!  
Register while options are still available for tours and service opportunities.  PA 2015, the global Assembly of Mennonite World Conference, will be held July 21-26in Harrisburg, PA.  For more information and to register, go to

The adult rate for participants from the Global North will be
 $120/day. That grants admission on July 22, 23,24, or 25 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.

Just released:  PA 2015 News 6, the latest newsletter about PA 2015. 
To see snapshots and learn more about worship and music, speakers, programs for young adults, youth, and children, friendship groups, and more, go to  Click on the newsletter to enlarge and read, or click on the links beside for more detailed information.

Art Exhibit
There is still time to submit entries to the juried art exhibit at the MWC Assembly. The deadline for submissions has been changed from April 1 to April 30. For more details, go to

Mennonite Healthcare Fellowship Annual Gathering

Come join with doctors, nurses, dieticians, therapists, chaplains, mental health workers, and many other healthcare workers and their families from around the world!  It's the Mennonite Healthcare Fellowship (MHF) Annual Gathering, July 19-21, 2015, immediately prior to Mennonite World Conference Global Assembly in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The theme is "Walking Together for Healthy Communities."  Plenary presenters include Ted & Company, Shane Claiborne, and Dr. Ann Thyle from India.  Grants available for students, volunteers, and those from outside of U.S. and Canada.  For more information, go to www.mennohealth/gathering, email, or call toll-free to 1-888-406-3643. Early registration deadline: April 15, 2015.  Final registration deadline: June 28, 2015.

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

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. 

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.


Nearly one million Americans live with Parkinson's disease, including folks living in this area. Parkinson's disease is chronic and progressive, meaning symptoms worsen over time. And there is not yet a cure. But there is hope in the promising research ongoing. April is Parkinson's Awareness Month. Did you know Landis Homes provides space for the Lancaster County Parkinson's Support Group?  It meets the third Monday of each month from March through November at 2:00 p.m. in the Westview Community Room at Landis Homes. Persons with Parkinson's Disease and their caregivers are welcome to attend for education and support. For more information call 717-509-5494. For more information about Parkinson's visit


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


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.

Mennonites and baseball

Enjoy a baseball game between the Harrisburg Senators and the Reading Phillies and hear stories of current and past players with Mennonite background who have played Major League Baseball.  This field trip hosted by the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society on Monday, May 11, will leave the Society premises at 4:30 pm and return approximately at 11:00 pm.  The trip costs $40 for members, $50 for nonmembers; registration is due April 28 by calling 717-393-9745, or by visiting

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