Pastors to Gather at Zurich Cottage (Laurelville) on August 5

All credentialed pastors within AMC are invited to this gathering at Laurelville Mennonite Church Center on August 5, 2016. Pastor Peer will be meeting starting at 9:30. There will be lunch at a cost of $10.00 per person. Starting at 1:00 p.m. you are invited to participate in a conversation with Ervin Stutzman, Executive Director of MC USA.

Ervin StutzmanThe afternoon with Ervin Stutzman will include two blocks of time:

1) An opportunity for Allegheny Conference pastors to share with Ervin “the state of AMC” – offering our perceptions, hopes, dreams, challenges of where things are at within AMC. We will then invite Ervin to share “the state of MC USA” – offering his perceptions, hopes, dreams and challenges of where things stand within MC USA. Opportunity will then be given for dialogue and conversation that surface from this sharing.

2) In the second session, Ervin will be invited to report on some of the topics that Constituency Leadership Council is presently discussing including: the role of CLC as elders of the denomination, conference to conference peer review, covenantal commitments and common expectations within MC USA, and the future of resolutions at denominational gatherings. Time will be given for conversation and feedback on these issues and any other matters pastors would wish to raise.

(We anticipate our two blocks of time will run from 1-2:15 and 2:30-3:45 p.m)

If planning to eat lunch at Laurelville, please let Kathy know in the conference office by July 26 at 814-443-2007 or office@alleghenymennoniteconference.org

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Goshen College Announces Dean’s List

GoshenGoshen College recently recognized 221 undergraduate students for excellence in academics on the 2015-16 spring semester Dean’s List. The Dean’s List includes traditional undergraduate students earning at least a 3.75 GPA, while completing at least 12 hours of course work for a letter grade. Students in Allegheny conference include:

Brian Charles, a senior Sociology major from State College, PA. Brian attends University Mennonite Church and is the child of Thomas and Kristine Charles.

Grace Weaver, a senior English major from Harrisonburg, VA. Grace attended Scottdale Mennonite Church and is the child of Neal and Laureen Weaver.

Cecilia Lapp Stoltzfus, a senior Environmental Science major from Mount Rainier, MD. Cecilia attends Hyattsville Mennonite Church and is the child of Eric Stoltzfus and Cynthia Lapp.

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Conference to Celebrate 140 Years

BaloonsThe annual Celebration of Congregations and Conference will be held on August 5-7, 2016 at Laurelville Mennonite Church Center. This will be the 140th year for Allegheny Mennonite Conference. We hope you join us for the whole weekend.

The theme for the weekend is “Centered in Christ” using the scripture Ephesians 2:11-22.  The speakers will be Cindy Lapp, Joe Furry, and Joy Cotchen, all ministers from within Allegheny. Plan on attending and welcoming Dave Mishler as our interim conference minister.

Registration forms are listed on this website under the delegate/coming events tab.

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Spring Study Focus is on Ephesians

Pastors and other congregational leaders gathered at Laurelville Retreat Center on April 25-28 for the Allegheny Mennonite Conference Spring Study.  Tom Yoder Neufeld taught the course on the book of Ephesians using the theme:  Christ in His Body: Costly, Precious, and Precarious Unity in the Making.

Pastor study week 2016 groupFourteen persons spent this time in study, worship, and fellowship together, enjoying daily devotionals, good conversations, and delicious food prepared by Denise Spory.  It was a time of enrichment and encouragement along with deep discussion.

Pastor study week speaker 2016

The course summary stated:  “We will see that Ephesians carries profound wisdom and encouragement to bring the gospel of peace to bear on relationships closest to home.  We will let this grand letter disturb, instruct, and encourage us as pastors and leaders, all the while keeping our own experiences, challenges, and contexts before our eyes.”

Thomas R. Yoder Neufeld is a frequent speaker in seminar and conference settings in North America and many other countries and has published numerous articles and books including the Believers Church Bible Commentary (2002) on Ephesians.  He is Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies (New Testament), having taught at Conrad Grebel University College at the University of Waterloo from 1983-2012.  He currently serves his local congregation, First Mennonite Church in Kitchener, as a teacher, preacher, and song leader.

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