By David Mishler, Conference Minister Volume 12 – December 2018
#1 – New Fundraiser Appeal from our new treasurer and conference minister.
All delegates should have received our prayer cards and fund appeal for end of year giving. Our new treasurer took our old format and expanded, enhanced and generally “spiffied” it up. Thank you, Karin! Early contributions are coming in as I write this. A second wave of prayer cards will be going to each congregation for placement in mailboxes after the first of the year. Look for them and a bulletin blurb to go with them. Our goal for this year’s fundraising from individuals and other sources is $15,000, and we are well on our way to meeting that goal with over $10,000 received as of December 20. We are blessed with a high level of commitment from our energized supporters! Give generously as you are able! We need your continued prayers, love and financial support!
#2 – Time For Christmas Joy!
“My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior” (Luke 1:47). The joy and justice mixture or Mary’s song gives us pause when we realize how far from “fulfillment” we actually lie. But the call is to rejoice, almost in spite of where we are, because of God’s trajectory. I am reminded that the darkness we sometimes feel may not be the darkness of the tomb, but the darkness of the womb – God giving birth to what is next in the unfolding of salvation history. And salvation history differs immensely from the histories we learn in school – how wars were won and how peoples were dominated. I repeat from last month – you all inspire me to move into the fray of challenging one another to be the best representatives of Jesus Christ in this present age. BNCP, Crossroads, Grace, Hyattsville, Masontown, Morgantown, Philippi, Pittsburgh, Scottdale, Springs, Stahl, and University – May God fill you and everyone in your congregation with the joy of Mary as we seek the justice and compassion of Advent and the birth of Emmanuel!
#3 – Leadership Council Retreat
Please be in prayer for our upcoming Leadership Council who meet for a three-day retreat from January 25-27. There we will develop vision and put together the final version of the budget for 2019-20, to be adopted at our March meeting in Scottdale. We are preparing to continue to provide resources to our pastors and congregations, adjust our children and youth programming to fit with current realities, represent our vision of Jesus-centered-collaborative-placed-based ministry into national conversations, invite congregations seeking a home within MC USA to consider Allegheny, and address the challenges of staying well-informed about current statutory requirements to keep our organization on solid footing. If you have specific dreams or concerns you want to communicate to the Leadership Council, send your information to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will forward to our Moderators.
#4 – Change the Date! – the Spring Faith and Life Gathering to be held at Scottdale Mennonite Church has officially been moved to March 16, 2019 (third Saturday) due to MC USA schedule conflicts.
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