Atlantic Coast Conference 
Bulletin Announcements
May 10, 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
ACC Office Updates

During the week of May 4 the ACC office will have limited office hours. 

Merv Stoltzfus will begin the second portion of his sabbatical on May 1. He will return at the end of June. 

Brook will be travelling and out of the office until May 11.

For bulletin announcements, please contact Njoki Njoroge,

For all other urgent conference matters, contact Warren Tyson,


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
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. 


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,

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:


**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.

Conference Related Ministries
No Longer Alone Ministries 
Support Groups


Paths to Discovery Support Group of No Longer Alone Ministries will meet on Thursday, June 4 at 630 Janet Ave, Room B103, Lancaster, 11am - 12:30 pm.

Topic:  Stories of Volunteering.

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 - 5pm3-4: 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.


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


Kraybill Campus Pig Roast & Benefit Auction May 8

Lancaster Mennonite School's Kraybill Campus in Mount Joy will hold its annual benefit auction and Pig Roast Friday, May 8. Activities open at 3 p.m. and the  auction begins at 4 p.m. Food includes Hess's famous pig roast, Gene Wenger's hamloaf, Gish's ice cream, Derby Don's kettle corn and homemade baked goods. Activities for children include a dunk tank, inflatable obstacle course and BERG pedal-cars. Auction items include unique experiences, vacation getaways, lawn and garden items, a riding lawn tractor, quilts, furniture, gift items and flowers. For more information visit

Auditions for Children's Choir
Children in grades 2-12 are invited to audition for the Mennonite Children's Choir of Lancaster 2015-2016 year. Singers meet Tuesday evenings September through May to rehearse for a fall and spring concert series. Auditions are being held Tuesday, May 19 and Wednesday May 20. To schedule an audition, please contact Darlene Hein at 717-333-4202 or

Landis Communities


Memory Loss Support Group to Focus on Challenging Behaviors


There will be a meeting for caregivers of persons with memory loss and other forms of dementia on Tuesday, May 26 at Landis Homes. The topic for the meeting will be "Managing Challenging Behaviors," presented by Candy Yingling, CTRS (Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist). Yingling is the Education and Outreach Coordinator with the Alzheimer's Association of Greater
 Pennsylvania, Harrisburg.


The meeting will start at 7:00 p.m. in the Warwick Room of The Heritage, the special care center at Landis Homes at 1001 East Oregon Road, Lititz.

The group is operating in partnership with the Alzheimer's Association of the Greater Pennsylvania Chapter.  The public is invited.  Respite care is provided on site upon 24-hour prior request.  For more information or to arrange for respite care, call Landis Homes (717) 581-3939.



Landis Communities

Mark your calendars for the Landis Homes Fellowship Day - Benefit Auction and Chicken Barbecue.  This year it will be held September 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



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 May 16. Find more information and the application form at or contact Sherrie Ober at 717 898-2251.


¿Ha pensado en alejarse de las aulas de clase por un año?

¡YES es para usted! Únase a un equipo internacional de jóvenes adultos por un período de 9 a 11 meses, profundizando en su relación con Jesús y experimentando otra cultura. Aplique a más tardar el 16 de mayo. Obtenga mayor información y el formulario de aplicación en

o póngase en contacto con Sherrie Ober en el 717-898-2251.


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.


Eastern Mennonite Missions Announcements



Global Fair: An outdoor missions and culture festival

Head to the Hans Herr House in Willow Street, PA on Saturday, July 18 from 11-3 for children's activities, interactive exhibits, international food, and stories from EMM workers. For more information visit or contact Jessica Mueller at 717 898-2251.


Feria Global (Global Fair): un festival cultural y de misiones al aire libre

Guíe sus pasos hacia la casa Hans Herr en Willow Street, PA el Sábado 18 de Julio, de 11 a 3 para actividades para niños, exhibiciones interactivas, comida internacional, e historias de los obreros de EMM. Para obtener más información, visite o póngase en contacto con Jessica Müller en el 717 898-2251.



EMM worker commissioning

Be part of encouraging new and reappointing EMM missionaries by sending them off to their assignments with blessings. Join us at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 12 at Wesley Church in Quarryville, Pa., for light refreshments, followed by a worship service at 3:30 p.m. For more information visit or contact Jessica Mueller at 717 898-2251.


Comisión de los obreros de EMM

Participe en este evento para animar a los nuevos misioneros de EMM y a los que serán nombrados de nuevo, enviándoles a sus asignaciones con bendiciones. Únase a nosotros a las 3:00 p.m. el domingo 12 de Julio en la Wesley Church en Quarryville, Pensilvania, para un pequeño refrigerio, seguido de un servicio a las 3:30 p.m. Para obtener más información, visite o póngase en contacto con Jessica Müller en el 717 898-2251.



Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society Events


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