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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Spring Workday Benefits TriState MCC Sale

Collage 2016Saturday, April 23, marked a very productive Spring Workday for the Tri State MCC Sale held at Springs Mennonite Church.  Thirty-nine people participated in knotting and quilting items both for the sale in July as well as some to be sent directly to MCC.  Some people came from many miles away, but many were from local areas including a large group of Amish women and girls who were transported by Enos Tice in the church van.

Bed runner quiltersParticipants were asked to bring a covered dish for lunch and a wide variety of delicious foods were organized by Phoebe Wiley and Becki Peck who served as hosts for the meal.  There was a lot of good conversation and fellowship that occurred around both the lunch tables and the quilting frames.

Knotting 2016Two beautifully pieced large quilts were set up in the frames and while not completely finished, had many stitches put into them.  A bed runner was also being quilted.  The knotters worked very diligently and were able to do four double bed comforters for the Tri State Sale as well as four twin size comforters which have already been shipped to MCC in Akron, PA.

patchwork quilters 2016Reminder: Quilts and Wall Hangings must be submitted by May 30, 2016, to be included in this year’s auction The Tri State Sale will be held at the Garrett County Fairgrounds, McHenry, MD on July 15-16, 2016.


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David Mishler Chosen as Interim Conference Minister

Dave MishlerThe Leadership Council of Allegheny Mennonite Conference has unanimously approved the hiring of David Mishler as Allegheny Conference Minister.  Dave has accepted this half time, 18 month interim position beginning July 1, 2016.  The Search Committee presented David as the candidate after many prayers for guidance and discernment, discussions about skill set, experience matching job description, and a budget that could uphold a fair compensation package.

David Mishler brings many years of pastoral and administrative ministry experience to Allegheny Conference.  A 1982 graduate of Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminaries, Dave began his pastoral ministry as co-pastor at Blough Mennonite in the Johnstown area, has served as a pastor, moderator, and overseer in our conference and has served on national level church ministry.  He was a licensed nursing home administrator for over 20 years and developed a continuing care retirement community, Laurel View Village, in the Johnstown, PA area before accepting his most recent assignment at Huntington Church in the Newport News, VA area.  He is married to Becky, has three children and six grandchildren, and enjoys gardening, kayaking and bicycling.

Leadership Council is confident that Dave’s familiarity with our conference structure, our congregations, and our recent struggles will be a great asset to this 1/2 time interim position.  Dave has also accepted a 1/2 time interim pastoral position at Scottdale Mennonite Church.

It is with excitement and joy that Leadership Council invites you to welcome Dave back to Allegheny Conference. We, and Dave, covet your prayers as we each attempt to…..

Lead a life worthy of the calling to which we have been called,                                         with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love,        making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope of your calling,   one Lord, one faith, one baptism,one God and Father of all,who is above all and through all and in all.           Amen and Amen                  Ephesians 4:1b-6 

                                              Moderators:  Cathy Spory and Marv Friesen

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Preparations Begin for Tri-State Sale

Hymn Sing at Thomas Mennonite raises funds

A beautiful and unusually warm winter afternoon on Sunday, February 21 at the Thomas Mennonite Church was the setting for a multitude of voices singing and praising God. Various quartets and singing groups gathered to share their talents to raise funds for the annual TriState Relief Sale. Many comments were made at the delicious meal provided afterwards about the uplifting and beautiful singing that blessed all who attended. Over $2,000 was raised and it is true that we may have received much more than we gave.

The TriState Relief Sale, which raises funds for the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) for relief efforts around the world, is to be held at the Garrett County fairgrounds, McHenry, Maryland on July 15 & 16. The weekend includes activities and auction for children, delicious food, a huge silent auction, a market place, the day long main auction, carriage rides, Ten Thousand Villages, Booksavers and much more.                                  Brian Devers, TriState sale publicity chair

Watch for announcements of other pre-sale activities coming soon and save the dates on your calendars!

  • April 23, 2016 9:00 am-3:00 pm MCC Spring Workday,
    Springs Mennonite Church, Springs, PA
  • June 4, 2016 10:00am -3:00 pm Great Allegheny Passage Bike & Hike,
    1765 Deal Road, Meyersdale, PA
  • July 15 & 16, 2016 TriState Relief Sale at Garrett County Fairgrounds.tris state collage


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