By David Mishler, Conference Minister Volume 8 – July 2018
#1 – Our 2018 Celebration of Congregations and Conference
In less than two weeks, we will be gathering at Laurelville Mennonite Church Center for our annual Celebration event. Abundance on the Journey is shaping up to be a formational weekend which pastors, delegates and everyone interested in engaging with the regional and national church won’t want to miss. Doug Luginbill, Conference Minister for Central District will be on hand to interact and share from the perspective of their delegates as our mutual-get-acquainted-strategic-cooperation-ongoing-focus rolls on.
We ended our fiscal year much stronger than anticipated. Our reserves are larger than we expected. We are beginning to receive updated information on next year commitments from congregations which could get us closer to our goal of a balanced budget with reasonable reserves.
ALAS and ANEW will be part of our worship focus as we share our identified pain and our hope for the future in the context of God’s provision. Expect to be challenged and encouraged!
#2 – FUTURE EVENTS
Much significant work is on horizon. In addition to the reporting from Central District Conference and our processing of how an affiliation might work as we meet at Laurelville, please get on your calendar our next Faith and Life Gathering where we will potentially be making more formal decisions about such an affiliation. November 3 we will be meeting at University Mennonite Church in State College, PA where a proposal from the Affiliation task Force is expected to be on the floor for discussion and decision.
University Mennonite Church is also in the news as they welcome new lead pastor Kathryn (Kate) Heinzel, who will begin her term of service on September 1. Be on the watch for a date for an installation service to be held this Fall. Congratulations and blessing as UMC moves into this new chapter of ministry in their neighborhood!
Pittsburgh Mennonite Church is CELEBRATING! 50 years of ministry in their neighborhood will be recognized in a weekend long event, August 10-12, 2018. A coffee house and ice cream bar, worship services, and several festive meals will be part of the happenings. Check out PittsburghMennonite.org/50th for more information.
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