Atlantic Coast Conference 
Bulletin Announcements
April 26, 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
Hosting Missions and Service Leaders

Prior to the Mennonite World Conference this summer, the Global Mission Fellowship and Global Anabaptist Service Networks will be meeting for study and fellowship. 

Ron Byler, MCC Executive Director, is assisting with organizing this time and is asking for 6-8 ACC churches to host 4 or 5 of these leaders on Sunday morning, July 19. 

Hosting would include inviting 4-5 individuals to attend the usual Sunday morning service and then providing a noon meal in a church member's home afterward. Providing transportation is not required. Please contact the ACC office if this may be something your congregation could contribute to. 


Mother's Day 5K at Maple Grove

Saturday, May 9, 2015, 9am- 12 pm. Mother's Day 5K (3.1 mile) Walk/Run and 1 mile Family Fun Walk will be held at Maple Grove Mennonite Church, 549 Swan Road, Atglen, PA 19310.  Registration begins at 7:45am; timed races begin at 9:10am and will take you through our beautiful countryside including some hills.  Trophies and prizes awarded to top 3 male and female runners in each age group. Complimentary breakfast for participants following the race.  To pre-register online or download a flyer, go to; click on the links: or  Race fee is $20 before May 1, $25 after. T-shirts guaranteed to runners registered by May 1. Benefits the Maple Grove Preschool Program.  To become a sponsor or for info, call 610-593-6658.

Hosting the Eastleigh Choir from Nairobi Kenya

The Eastleigh Choir from Nairobi, Kenya is coming to the Mennonite World Conference in July. If you are interested in hosting any of the 30 choir members in your home, contact Wes & Lois Boyer, 717-875-9489. If you are unable to help with lodging but would like to help with expenses, please send your gift to Eastern Mennonite Missions and mark it for the Eastleigh Choir to MWC

53 W. Brandt
P.O. Box 458
Salunga, PA 17538

Bus to MWC Assembly

Numerous people have indicated interest in participating in a chartered bus to and from the Mennonite World Conference Assembly in Harrisburg this July. If you would appreciate this opportunity as an alternative to driving and parking at the Farm Show Complex, contact Brook Musselman in the ACC office,

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 service project for MWC

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


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:


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
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

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

Conference Related Ministries
No Longer Alone Ministries 
Support Groups


Paths to Discovery Support Group of No Longer Alone Ministries will meet on

Thursday, May 7 at 630 Janet Ave, Room B103, Lancaster, 11am - 12:30 pm.

Topic: Art & Wellness.

Paths also meets at The Salvation Army in Lancaster and The Factory Ministries

in Paradise. Please call for dates and times, or with any questions. 390-3891.



Family Support Group of No Longer Alone Ministries will meet on

Sunday, May 17* (note change in time due to holiday) at Rossmere Mennonite Church,

741 Janet Ave, Lancaster, 3pm - 5pm.

3-4: Educational topic; 4:10 - 5: Care and Share Groups.

Topic: Body, Mind, and Spirit Matters, Presented by Ann King-Grosh, BSN, MAPC, CPRP

Please call 390-4891 for more information.


Mennonite Children's Choir of Lancaster
Spring Concert Series


Saturday, April 25, 7 p.m. at Leffler Chapel and Performance Center, Elizabethtown College, Elizabethtown, PA

Sunday, May 3, 4 p.m. at James Street Mennonite Church, Lancaster, PA

Saturday, May 9, 7 p.m. at Stumptown Mennonite Church, Bird-in-Hand, PA

Freewill offering will be received

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

Friendship Community's Annual Fest and Auction

You are invited to attend Friendship Community's 22nd Annual Fest & Auction held Friday, May 8, and Saturday, May 9, at the Friendship Community


corporate grounds, 1149 E. Oregon Rd, Lititz. Admission and parking are free.

Activities will include a chicken BBQ, a pancake breakfast, a hay bale maze, face painting and the famous chick hatch.

For more information, see the press release.


To donate baked goods for this fundraiser, contact Sue Steffy:



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. 

Landis Communities

Mark your calendars for the Landis Homes Fellowship Day - Benefit Auction and Chicken Barbecue.  This year it will be heldSeptember 12. Auction Proceeds benefit the Caring Fund . Chicken BBQ by the Landis Homes Auxiliary supports numerous projects that enrich the lives of residents.  More information is to come.

 Since its beginning more than 25 years ago, more than 1,350 individuals and their families and caregivers, choosing to care for loved ones at home, have benefited from Adult Day Services at Landis Home's safe and nurturing environment. One of the two centers on campus is designed specifically for those with later stages of memory loss, offering a unique day service to Lancaster County. "Think Green" and join in a round of golf on June 5, 2015 for benefiting ADS. The event is held at Fox Chase Golf Club.  More information call (717) 509-5490 or online at


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


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.

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.


Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society Events

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 (BIC), 530 Central Manor Rd, Lancaster, Pa. Enjoy a panel discussion on Mennonite churches in Kenya and Ethiopia, and BIC churches of Zambia and Zimbabwe.  Also, sing African melodies and savor light refreshments from Ethiopia at this free event in preparation for Mennonite World Conference Assembly in July at the Harrisburg Farm Show Complex.

Covered Bridges

Learn about covered bridges in Lancaster County during a field trip with the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society led by Kenn Collins, author and photographer, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 16. Registration fee is $55 for Society members, $65 for nonmembers.  Lunch is included.  Claim your spot before Tuesday, May 5 by calling (717) 393-9745 or online at .

Poetry Book Signing

Come and hear the poetry of Chris Longenecker, Eileen R. Kinch, and Elizabeth Weaver-Kreider, who have been rooted in Lancaster County. Each will read poems and sign their books at an event hosted by the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society at 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 16, at the Freiman Stoltzfus Gallery, 42 N. Prince St., Lancaster, Pa. Reserve your spot by calling the Society at (717) 393-9745 or online at

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