Nearly one hundred Allegheny Mennonite Conference delegates representing twenty-five churches met at Barrville Mennonite Church, Reedsville, PA, for the Fall 2014 Faith and Life Gathering on November 1. The day began with worship led by Carl Geissinger, Pastor at Barrville and the music worship band led by Sherri Geissinger. The devotions highlighted identity, confession, intercession, and surrender.
Much of the conversation during the day related to the Reconciliation Discernment Committee (RDC) and the recommendation formulated by that committee. Donna Mast, Conference Minister, emphasized that while this is very sobering work, it seemed that the RDC’s arrival at a recommendation was Holy Spirit led. This recommendation is from the RDC to the Leadership Council, NOT from the Leadership Council to the delegates at this time. The recommendation was shared with delegates prior to the meeting. Members of the RDC were given time to explain how they came to this recommendation and delegates were able to ask them questions for clarification. There was time allotted for small discussion groups to meet and offer feedback to the Leadership Council. The Council will meet in January 2015 for further discussion with the intention of bringing their recommendation to the delegates at the March 2015 meeting. Continue reading