Pittsburgh Mennonite Co-Sponsors Mini-Conference on Race and Violence

Race brochureSince the non-indictment in Ferguson, Pittsburgh Mennonite Church has been developing a partnership with Union Baptist Church, an African American Church in their neighborhood. After Ferguson and Staten Island, they held a joint service of lament and hope, and since then have been planning a gathering/mini-conference on Race in the church and in the region.

Dr. Willie Jennings from Duke is becoming one of the most recognized voices in the world on Race and Theology and will be present to speak and preach.

This event will be held on Saturday, January 31 starting at 2:00 pm at Hicks Chapel Auditorium, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary (PTS) 616 N. Highland Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15206. This is short notice because they have planned the whole thing in such a short time so as to try to respond to their moment that the Spirit has brought them into.
Contact Pittsburgh Mennonite Church for a brochure which explains more about the event. There is a website for the event at http://www.pts.edu/jennings_2015 with info to sign up for the community dinner

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Student Recognized at Goshen College

GoshenThe following students were recently recognized for academic excellence on the fall semester Dean’s List at Goshen College.

  • Grace Weaver, a junior English major from Harrisonburg, VA, who is from Scottdale Mennonite Church.
  • Brian Charles, a junior Sociology major from State College, PA, who attends University Mennonite Church.
  • Cecilia Lapp Stoltzfus, a junior Interdisciplinary major from Mount Rainier, MD, who attends Hyattsville Mennonite Church.

The Dean’s List includes students earning at least a 3.75 GPA, while completing at least 12 hours of course work for a letter grade. Only grades from the designated semester are included in the Dean’s List selection process.

Initiated in the fall of 1999, the Dean’s List celebrates the achievement of Goshen College students who have met high academic standards and can motivate students preparing for graduate studies, said Anita Stalter, Goshen’s academic dean and vice president for academic affairs.


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Franconia Mennonite Church Seeks Youth Pastor

Franconia Mennonite Church is seeking a full-time youth pastor to work with the senior high youth of our congregation (grades 9-12) as well as our junior high youth (grades 6-8).  We are looking for someone with energy and enthusiasm who exhibits strong Christian character that demonstrates a close relationship with Christ.  Responsibilities include teaching Sunday School and Bible Studies, leading and organizing service trips and working with a team of sponsors to plan and organize events to challenge youth to commit their lives to Christ.

Send resume to Franconia Mennonite Church, Attn: Monique Kratz, 613 Harleysville Pike Telford, PA 18969 or mkratz@franconiamennonite.org.  A complete job description will be made available upon request by calling 215-723-3220.

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Join the MWC Prayer Network

MWC logoMennonite World Conference is establishing a Prayer Network, recognizing the importance of prayer in preparation for its global assembly July 21-26 in Harrisburg, Pa. “We are organizing an event which will bring people together from all over the world,” said Lynn Roth, MWC North America representative. “I believe it can happen only if it is bathed in prayer and is God’s doing.”

The first worry on everyone’s mind is obtaining visas. “Our main concern is for young people,” he said. “But older persons from some of the countries where the largest Anabaptist churches are located — Ethiopia, Congo and India, for example — may have trouble, too.

A visa task force is prepared to support registrants going through the visa process. “We promised to do all in our power to work with U.S. government officials and embassies in those countries where this issue is especially difficult,” he said. “We believe that prayer is essential.” Continue reading

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