By David Mishler, Conference Minister…………………………Volume 18 – June 2019
#1 – Preparing for Mennonite Convention 2019 in Kansas City It’s here! Our biennial convention is upon us. I hope to see many of you in Kansas City next week. All congregations in Mennonite Church USA are eligible to send delegates to the biennial convention – 1 for every 100 persons or fraction thereof. I expect this convention to build on the “Journey Forward” and the “Renewed Commitments” coming out of Orlando 2017 – http://mennoniteusa.org/journey-forward/. Please be in prayer for this important gathering and for the future of Mennonite Church USA.
#2 – Only 35 days to Summer Celebration at Laurelville – August 2-4! Much Fruit! If you haven’t registered yet, find the form online or call Kathy at the conference office to confirm your place. Our PayPal account is up and running, so you will be able to pay with credit card on site at Laurelville (or by check as normal).
John 15:1-8 – Dave Mishler (Scottdale), Kate Heinzel (University) and Wes Bergen (Morgantown CoB) will be preaching. From which frame of reference do you see God’s kingdom – a frame of scarcity or a frame of abundance? Deep roots, tending the vines, much fruit.
The conference “booklet” will soon be available online for your review and preparation. Come to be inspired by MC USA denominational staff, to participate in worshipful work, to seek the Spirit, find refreshment and be challenged to keep Jesus at the center, collaborate in our work together as congregations, and to encourage one another by our place-based ministries.
Bring table games, puzzles, Rook and Dutch Blitz (not for the feint of heart) and other favorites for Friday and Saturday post meeting shenanigans.
#3 – Summer Camp – “I AM” – who Jesus is and who I am Allegheny Conference and Laurelville jointly-sponsored summer camps for 6- to 17-year-olds are going full throttle right now! The new pool is open. Many younger folks (about 189 young lives) are being formed and transformed under the able leadership of our conference minister of children and youth, Joy Cotchen, and camp director, Leah Rittenhouse, along with a full roster of great counselors. Keep our summer camping program in your prayers this summer!
#4 – International Guest House needs you! IGH is fully staffed with volunteers most of the year. The summer months are notorious for not having enough volunteers to fill the gap. Can you make yourself available for a short (or longer) stint this summer? Check out their website to learn more about this ministry – https://igh-dc.com/
#5 – Fiscal year-end approaching – anticipating good news Not all the final numbers are in, but as reported earlier, we will use less of our reserves than our spending plan predicted at the beginning of our current fiscal year. We expected to use $13,765 of our $31,900 of reserves. With your commitments to sustain Allegheny Conference, we now project that we will use only $4,800 of our reserves. Our delegates gave us a mandate to produce a balanced budget by 2021. We are clearly making good progress toward that mandate. Allegheny continues to offer a place where pastors can support one another, congregations can live out their calling in their local neighborhoods and we sharpen each other through creative collaboration – consider your fiscal year-end contribution to support AMC. There will also be opportunity to start off the new year on a bright note with offerings to be collected at our Celebration gathering at Laurelville. Come prepared as the Lord leads you!
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