Faith and Life Gathering Explores RDC Recommendation

During Roll Call, a delegate from each congregation lit a candle from the Christ candle to represent the congregation.

During Roll Call, a delegate from each congregation lit a candle from the Christ candle to represent the congregation.

Nearly one hundred Allegheny Mennonite Conference delegates representing twenty-five churches met at Barrville Mennonite Church, Reedsville, PA, for the Fall 2014 Faith and Life Gathering on November 1.   The day began with worship led by Carl Geissinger, Pastor at Barrville and the music worship band led by Sherri Geissinger. The devotions highlighted identity, confession, intercession, and surrender.

Much of the conversation during the day related to the Reconciliation Discernment Committee (RDC) and the recommendation formulated by that committee. Donna Mast, Conference Minister, emphasized that while this is very sobering work, it seemed that the RDC’s arrival at a recommendation was Holy Spirit led.  This recommendation is from the RDC to the Leadership Council, NOT from the Leadership Council to the delegates at this time. The recommendation was shared with delegates prior to the meeting. Members of the RDC were given time to explain how they came to this recommendation and delegates were able to ask them questions for clarification. There was time allotted for small discussion groups to meet and offer feedback to the Leadership Council. The Council will meet in January 2015 for further discussion with the intention of bringing their recommendation to the delegates at the March 2015 meeting. Continue reading

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Goshen Music Groups include AMC Students

gclgo_stk_grnSeveral Goshen College music groups include students from Allegheny Conference.  Members of the Goshen College Chamber Choir include:

 

  • Jacob Smucker, a senior Music major from Woodward, PA who attends University Mennonite Church,
  • Cecilia Lapp Stoltzfus, a junior Interdisciplinary major from Mount Rainier, MD, who attends Hyattsville Mennonite Church,
  • Brody Thomas, a senior Music major from Springs, PA, and Springs Mennonite Church.

Directed by Scott Hochstetler, associate professor of music, Chamber Choir is an auditioned group of students performing secular and sacred music from the Medieval through Modern periods. In addition to performing with area and regional orchestras, the choir performs numerous solo concerts both on and off campus during the school year.

Grace Weaver, a junior English major from Harrisonburg, VA, previously from Scottdale Mennonite Church, along with Cecilia Lapp Stoltzfus are members of the Goshen College Women’s World Music Choir. The goals of the choir are to discover and perform spiritual music of many cultures, both national and international, focusing particularly on indigenous cultures. Directed by Debra Brubaker, professor of music, the choir highlights the role of women in diverse cultures, celebrating the unique spirit, faith and energy that women bring to the world as creators and sustainers of life and art.

Jacob Smucker is also a member of the Men’s Chorus. Founded in January 2004, the choir follows in the long tradition of GC male singing groups beginning with the men’s glee clubs and the Rambler Quartet of the early 1900s. Directed by Scott Hochstetler, associate professor of music, the Men’s Chorus performs music from all genres and time periods with special emphasis on sacred a cappella literature. The men perform in on-campus choral concerts and represent the college on periodic tours.

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Isaac Tice Serves in MVS

Madison, Wisconsin MVS  (left to right)                 Marike Stucky, Rebecca Dutcher, Allison Krawiec, Isaac Tice

ELKHART, Ind. (Mennonite Mission Network) – Isaac Tice of Salisbury, Pa., began a one-year term of Mennonite Voluntary Service in August 2014 in Madison, Wis., as Habitat ReStore warehouse assistant with Habitat for Humanity of Dane County ReStore.

A 2013 graduate of Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, Va., Tice is the son of Carolyn and Enos Tice, and he is a member of Springs (Pa.) Mennonite Church.

Rooted in the spirit of Jesus, MVS invites adults, age 20 and older, together for Christian ministry for one- to two-year terms in 13 locations in the United States. Since the program began in 1944, thousands of volunteers have had the opportunity to live out their faith through this program of Mennonite Mission Network.

Mennonite Mission Network is the mission agency of Mennonite Church USA and exists to lead, mobilize, and equip the church to participate in holistic witness to Jesus Christ in a broken world. Mission Network envisions every congregation and all parts of the world being fully engaged in mission.

For more information about Mennonite Voluntary Service, visit www.MennoniteMission.net/Serve/MVS.

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Goshen College Recognizes 2014-2015 Student Leaders

Cecilia Lapp Stoltzfus, a junior Interdisciplinary major from Mount Rainier, MD, is one of twelve Goshen College students serving on the Student Senate during the 2014-15 Goshenacademic year. Cecilia attends Hyattsville Mennonite Church.

The mission of Student Senate is to represent students’ ideas, questions and concerns; to improve students’ satisfaction and life on campus; to support campus clubs and organizations; and to foster community and promote communication between students, administration, faculty and the executive board.

Cecilia is also serving as a Ministry Leader at Goshen College for the 2014-15 academic year. Ministry Leaders provide programming that nurtures the spiritual lives of Goshen College students and promote on- and off-campus opportunities for spiritual care.

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