Celebrations of Congregations and Conference

Wes Bergen preaches Sunday morning

Allegheny Mennonite Conference met in their annual “Celebration of Congregations and Conference” at Laurelville Mennonite Church Center (Mt. Pleasant, PA), August 2-4, 2019. Worship, seminars, delegate collaboration, puzzles, Dutch blitz, MDS’s Storm Encounter, and the wonderful outdoor setting at Laurelville filled the weekend with appreciation, joy and thoughtful reflection. Dave Mishler (Scottdale), Kate Heinzel (University), and Wes Bergen (Morgantown CoB) brought messages focused on “Much Fruit” (theme for the weekend) based on the John 15:1-8 text.

Activities for all ages were available throughout the weekend. Laurelville’s new pool was a big splash! Tent camping, hiking, fellowship around the meal tables and a few thunderstorms rounded out the weekend. Delegates and visitors heard reports from staff and special reports from Shana Peachey Boshart (MC USA Denominational Minister for Christian Formation) about the recent national convention and from Les Horning (Mennonite Central Committee) about upcoming centennial celebration for this relief, development and peace agency of the family of numerous Mennonite/Anabaptist denominations.

Late night puzzles spilled into
new days

Some 100 persons (children, youth and adults) took in the weekend. Nine of Allegheny’s twelve congregations were represented. An announcement was made that West Philadelphia Mennonite Fellowship is in the early stages of transitioning conference affiliation to Allegheny. About 125 persons attended the concluding worship event, which featured a celebration of communion and prayer of blessing for new and continuing staff and conference workers. Plans are underway for next year’s event – July 31 to August 2, 2020.

Lester Lind (Philippi) and John Tennefoss (Grace) shed new light on electronic contributions, but are concerned about cards being “swiped.”
Kate Heinzel brings a message to “abide”, from the Shenandoah
Pittsburgh Mennonite Church in their camping environment, sharing a meal.
Hyattsville planned and led worship for the weekend: Keith Swartzendruber (Hyattsville) led the closing worship.

(Photos by Phoebe Sharp)

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