The spring Faith and Life Gathering of Allegheny Mennonite Conference was held Saturday, March 4th at Morgantown Church of the Brethren in Morgantown, WV. A colorful roll call was done making a mosaic poster with 69 delegates and visitors present for worship, business and sharing. The delegates passed a budget, voted on incoming Leadership Council and Nominating members, had vulnerable discussions, and spent time in thoughtful visioning. A delicious lunch was served with monetary donations being split between the accessibility fund for MCoB and WV flood relief. While Pastor Wes Bergen accompanied on the guitar the body sang song 118 (formerly 606) Praise God from whom while an offering was being lifted. To quote someone present: May God continue to grant us wisdom, grace, mercy, and joy as we build His kingdom!
Minister’s Spring Seminar
Allegheny Conference’s 2017 Minister’s Spring Seminar will be held April 24-27, 2017 at Laurelville Mennonite Church Center,Mt. Pleasant, PA.
What are we to do? Biblical responses to wealth and Poverty is the title for this event. The teacher will be Nancy Heisey, Professor of Biblical Studies and Church History and Associate Dean of the seminary at Eastern Mennonite University. This seminar is limited to 25 persons. If interested in a brochure with more information listed, please look under the pastor tab on our website.
Friday the 13th was nothing to fear for the Allegheny Conference Leadership Council. We had the privilege of gathering for the January weekend at the home of Kathy Holsopple to discern and vision what the year may hold for our conference. Even the hurdles of health ailments were overcome: those not present in body were able to guide the discussion with the help of videoconferencing. We joined in worshipful work, taking time to be built up by scriptural insight and song and to get to know each other better in addition to discussing the financial situation, affiliation, the upcoming delegate session in March at Morgantown, and even looking ahead at plans for the summer gathering at Laurelville.
Ample home-cooked meals were generously prepared by Kathy, Joy, and Chris. Thanks also to Jeanette and Bill Hunsberger of Schantz Haus Bed and Breakfast for housing some of the out-of-town LC members.
Pictured, left to right:
Wayne Yoder (Casselman Valley Representative), Dave Mishler (Conference Minister), Joy Cotchen (Children and Youth Minister), Erin Leatherman (Treasurer), Chris Lehman (Johnstown District Representative), Enos Tice (Moderator-elect), Jane Rittenhouse (Western District Representative), Olivia Tennefoss (Youth Cabinet Representative), Hannah Bodes (Youth Cabinet Representative), Marv Friesen (Moderator), Kathy Holsopple (Administrative Assistant), TJ Tennefoss (Eastern District Representative)
Photo and article by Phoebe Sharp (Constituency Leadership Council Representative)