By David Mishler, Conference Minister…………………………Volume 18 – June 2019
#1 – Preparing for Mennonite Convention 2019 in Kansas City It’s here! Our biennial convention is upon us. I hope to see many of you in Kansas City next week. All congregations in Mennonite Church USA are eligible to send delegates to the biennial convention – 1 for every 100 persons or fraction thereof. I expect this convention to build on the “Journey Forward” and the “Renewed Commitments” coming out of Orlando 2017 – http://mennoniteusa.org/journey-forward/. Please be in prayer for this important gathering and for the future of Mennonite Church USA.
#2 – Only 35
days to Summer Celebration at Laurelville – August 2-4! Much Fruit! If you haven’t registered yet, find the form
online or call Kathy at the conference office to confirm your place. Our PayPal account is up and running, so you
will be able to pay with credit card on site at Laurelville (or by check as
15:1-8 – Dave Mishler (Scottdale), Kate Heinzel (University) and Wes Bergen
(Morgantown CoB) will be preaching. From
which frame of reference do you see God’s kingdom – a frame of scarcity or a
frame of abundance? Deep roots, tending
the vines, much fruit.
conference “booklet” will soon be available online for your review and
preparation. Come to be inspired by MC
USA denominational staff, to participate in worshipful work, to seek the
Spirit, find refreshment and be challenged to keep Jesus at the center,
collaborate in our work together as congregations, and to encourage one another
by our place-based ministries.
table games, puzzles, Rook and Dutch Blitz (not for the feint of heart) and
other favorites for Friday and Saturday post meeting shenanigans.
#3 – Summer Camp
– “I AM” – who Jesus is and who I am Allegheny Conference
and Laurelville jointly-sponsored summer camps for 6- to 17-year-olds are going
full throttle right now! The new pool is
open. Many younger folks (about 189
young lives) are being formed and transformed under the able leadership of our
conference minister of children and youth, Joy Cotchen, and camp director, Leah
Rittenhouse, along with a full roster of great counselors. Keep our summer camping program in your
prayers this summer!
International Guest House needs you! IGH is fully staffed with volunteers most of
the year. The summer months are
notorious for not having enough volunteers to fill the gap. Can you make
yourself available for a short (or longer) stint this summer? Check out their website to learn more about
this ministry – https://igh-dc.com/
#5 – Fiscal year-end
approaching – anticipating good news Not all the final numbers are in, but as
reported earlier, we will use less of our reserves than our spending plan
predicted at the beginning of our current fiscal year. We expected to use $13,765 of our $31,900 of
reserves. With your commitments to sustain
Allegheny Conference, we now project that we will use only $4,800 of our
reserves. Our delegates gave us a
mandate to produce a balanced budget by 2021.
We are clearly making good progress toward that mandate. Allegheny
continues to offer a place where pastors can support one another, congregations
can live out their calling in their local neighborhoods and we sharpen each
other through creative collaboration – consider
your fiscal year-end contribution to support AMC. There will also be opportunity to start off
the new year on a bright note with offerings to be collected at our Celebration
gathering at Laurelville. Come prepared
as the Lord leads you!
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