Allegheny Miscellany

By David Mishler, Conference Minister                 Volume 14 – February 2019

#1 – Spring Faith & Life Gathering only a few weeks away! March 16, 2019 Allegheny delegates and friends will meet at Scottdale Mennonite Church (801 Market Street, Scottdale PA 15683) for a significant meeting in the life of this emerging conference.  Following a decision to go forward as a member conference of Mennonite Church USA, Allegheny is doing the hard work of establishing staffing and spending priorities within a sustainable financial framework for the long haul.  The Leadership Council, in its annual January retreat, has begun to set new priorities and is looking to further develop vision and mission statements that reflect our understanding of how our conference will operate and affirm our values of being – Jesus-centered, Collaborative, and Committed to place-based ministry. You will be hearing more about new strategies and direction for our conference at the delegate meeting.  We need your continued prayers, love and financial support!  Hope to see you in Scottdale!

#2 – Spring Study registration is open! Rebecca Barrett-Fox will be leading pastors and leaders from across the church in a compelling and timely study – “Unsustainable: Why Churches Must Counter Hate and How They Can Do It Now.”  Laurelville’s Lodge is the location.  April 8-11 are the dates.  Registration fees, including lodging and meals is only $185 (early registration has been extended one week to March 8).  For a full description of the seven sessions, scripture focus, and Rebecca’s bio, check out our website – alleghenymennoniteconference.org/coming-events

#3 – A reframing of Allegheny’s vision ongoing. Peter Senge says – “a vision is a picture of the future you would like to create, described in the present tense as if it were happening now” (Ken Bechtel, Leader magazine Winter 2018-19).  I think that also describes much of the New Testament, writings from the early church which capture the already/not yet character of the gospel of Jesus Christ.  Allegheny is committed to living into that gospel vision with imagination and the power of the Spirit of Christ.  More on this thought 2019!

#4 – Conference Minister undergoes knee replacement surgery. On January 23, Conference Minister David Mishler received a total knee replacement, necessary some thirty years after a soccer injury which tore his ACL and meniscus.  Dave is rehabbing well, has achieved 121 degrees of bend after 5 weeks of therapy, and is back to a regular schedule, albeit using a cane for stability.  Thank you for your prayers, cards, well-wishes.  The knee replacement is step one of a two-step process to address the right hip, which could be up for another surgery as soon as this summer. Dave almost smiles at the thought….

#5 – Not too early to think about Summer Celebration at Laurelville! Yes, this could be a busy summer if you are going to national convention in Kansas City (July 2-6) and also planning to attend our annual family-friendly gathering at Laurelville (August 2-4).  Plans are underway to follow last year’s event, powerfully addressing lament and healing for our recent history, with a view to our future as a vibrant conference of vibrant congregations within the life of MC USA.  You and your congregation are needed for mutual counsel, challenge and collaboration.

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