Celebration of Congregations and Conference

Dear Allegheny Conference Friends,

We are excited to once again welcome all AMC friends to Celebration at Laurelville Mennonite Church Center, August 5-6-7, 2016.

Our theme, Centered in Christ, will encourage us to be drawn to our focal point, Jesus Christ. Our prayer is that we will recognize again that we are persistently being welcomed into the very nucleus of the living Word.

Henri Nouwen says it well:
“The farther the outward journey takes you the deeper the inward journey must be.”
“When we are securely rooted in personal intimacy with the Source of Life, it will be possible to remain flexible without being relativistic, convinced without being rigid, willing to confront without being offensive, gentle and forgiving without being soft, and true witnesses without being manipulative.”
After a one year AMC Celebration hiatus when many of us traveled to Kansas City for MCUSA assembly and to Harrisburg for Mennonite World Conference we are anticipating:
* Joyful worship times in the Meeting House facilitated by University Mennonite
* Worshipful work on Saturday morning
* Introduction of AMC Interim Conference Minister and welcoming new pastors
* Storytelling throughout the weekend
* Hearing and sharing with MCUSA staff and agency representatives
* Afternoon seminars
* Saturday evening talent show
* Ice Cream dipped by our favorite Everence friends
* Messages from three AMC pastors
* Celebrating Communion together
* Passing the Pitcher and Basin to incoming Moderator, Marv Friesen

Grace and peace.
Cathy Spory, Moderator                        Marv Friesen, Moderator Elect

Registrations are due July 18th, registration forms. Annual reports may be found under the delegate tab, under annual reports, under 2015-16 at www.alleghenymennoniteconference.org

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Conference Students Graduate from Goshen College

GoshenMembers of the Goshen College Class of 2016 received undergraduate and graduate degrees during the college’s 118th commencement ceremony. The Class of 2016 consisted of 205 graduates who were awarded the following degrees: 127 Bachelor of Arts, 35 Bachelor of Science in Nursing, 18 Bachelor of Science, 18 Master of Science as family nurse practitioners, 4 Master of Arts in Intercultural Leadership, 2 Master of Arts in Environmental Education, and, for the first year, 2 Master of Business Administration. Students from Allegheny Mennonite Conference include:

Brian Allen Charles of State College, Pa., graduated Cum Laude from Goshen College on April 24, 2016 with a BA in Sociology. Brian attends University Mennonite Church and is the child of Thomas and Kristine Charles.

Grace L. Weaver of Harrisonburg, Va., graduated Summa Cum Laude from Goshen College on April 24, 2016 with a BA in English. Grace attended Scottdale Mennonite Church and is the child of Neal and Laureen Weaver.


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Allegheny Conference student graduates from Bluffton University

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BLUFFTON, Ohio—Samuel Stucky of Moon Township, Pa., earned bachelor’s degrees in music and mathematics during Bluffton University’s 116th annual commencement ceremony on May 8.

Samuel was the recipient of the Distinguished Scholar in Music Award, was a C. Henry Smith Scholar and was a member of the 2015-16 Pi Delta Society. He was also named to the spring 2016 dean’s list. Stucky attends Pittsburgh Mennonite Church.

Bluffton University is a liberal arts, residential campus with more than 80 undergraduate majors, minors and programs; a bachelor’s degree evening program in social work for working adults; and an adult degree-completion program in organizational management. Bluffton also offers master’s degree programs in organizational management and business administration, as well as MBA programs with concentrations in leadership, health care management, accounting and financial management, leading nonprofits, conflict transformation, sustainability, production and operations management, sport management and intercultural leadership, plus a self-designed concentration.

Founded in 1899 and affiliated with Mennonite Church USA, the university is located in northwest Ohio. It has an enrollment of more than 1,100 students and 14 NCAA Division III athletic teams. Bluffton’s 100-year legacy is expressed today in its enduring values of discovery, community, respect and service that are woven into the academic program and campus life. Bluffton students go into the world prepared for life as well as for their chosen vocations.

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Save the Date for the TriState Sale

Save the date for the 18th annual TriState Relief Sale benefiting MCC!

TriState Relief Sale
July 15-16, 2016
Garrett County Fairgrounds
270 Mosser Rd., McHenry, MD 21541

A classic auto cruise-in will begin Saturday at 9:00 a.m., and the benefit auction featuring handmade, one-of-a-kind quilts and furniture will start at 9:30 a.m.

Friday, July 15
4:30 p.m.                      Food booths and marketplace open,                                                                                                 Preview quilts and auction items

5:30 – 8:30 p.m.           Silent auction (progressive closings)

Saturday, July 16
7:30 a.m.                      Gates open with pancake and sausage breakfast
8:30 a.m.                      Marketplace featuring bakery, crafts, plants and books opens
9:00 a.m.                      Classic car cruise-in
Children’s activities begin
9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.    Auction featuring quilts, art, furniture, vacations and more
11:00 a.m. – Noon        Children’s auction
11:00 a.m.                    Lunch and barbecued chicken

Tristate buggy
Horse-drawn carriage rides will be available both days.

Please visit tristatesale.org for additional details and to preview auction items. We hope to see you there!

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