Celebration of Congregations and Conference to be held in August

The annual Celebration of Congregations and Conference will be held on August 4-6, 2017 at Laurelville Mennonite Church Center. This will be the 141st year for Allegheny Mennonite Conference. We hope you join us for the whole weekend. The theme is “On the way with Jesus…joining in God’s work” using the scripture reference Luke 9:57-10:42.  The speakers will be Ben Wideman (University Church), Tom Tennefoss (Grace Fellowship), and Leah Rittenhouse (Stahl Church and Johnstown Service Adventure). Saturday evening we will again be treated to ice cream, provided by Everence. Saturday evening after worship and ice cream, there will be a time of poetry and prose.  There will be activities for children, youth, and a staffed nursery will be provided during the worship services and business sessions. Plan on attending the weekend where you can celebrate and fellowship with one another.  Here is a registration form: registration forms

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International Guest House turns 50

50 Yr Celebration: May 6-7

The International Guest House is turning 50!  The early visionaries in 1967, Allegheny Mennonite Conference, and those volunteers who followed have kept sight of and held close the mission of hospitality in the Christian/Mennonite tradition.house

It is fitting that after five decades we celebrate the moving experiences of our past and present guest and faithful volunteers, including co-hosts, staff members, board members, leaders, and those who provide emotional and financial support.

We have set the weekend of May 6-7, 2017 as a time of celebration at IGH and Hyattsville Mennonite Church, our supporting congregation.  1441 Kennedy Street NW, Washington, DC has undergone delightful and necessary renovations to maintain both the function and beauty of this special house, only possible through the special financial gifts and amazing efforts of organization and labor from supporting churches, IGH hosts and staff, and others who support the mission at IGH.  Come celebrate with us.

Saturday
2:00 pm – Open house at International Guest House (1441 Kennedy St. NW)
4:30 pm – Program of memories and thanks at International Guest House
7:30 pm – Tea and conversation at International Guest House

Sunday
11:00 am – Worship and celebration at Hyattsville Mennonite Church (4217 East West Highway, Hyattsville, MD)
12:30 pm – International potluck meal at Hyattsville Mennonite Church
03:00 pm – Open house at International Guest House

Ilene Weinbrenner, Board Chair

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Volunteer Position in Washington, D.C.

Volunteer staff needed at The International Guest House in Washington, D.C. with flexibility of two months to a full year (currently scheduling 2018-19) for the ministry of Christian hospitality. The Guest House (a ministry of Allegheny Conference) serves both international and US travelers. Volunteers are provided full room and board in the Guest House and a monthly stipend of $140. Health insurance is paid for full year volunteers if needed. Rotating hospitality duties include cleaning, laundry, maintenance, baking, gardening, and hosting breakfast & the evening tea. The service emphasis is on hospitality to guests and being a community to one another. The house is located in an established neighborhood with access to buses for exploring this historic city.
For inquiries and an application contact: Sara Fretz-Goering (sarafretzgoering@gmail.com) or current staff at the International Guest House (igh.dc.us@gmail.com) (202-726-5808).

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David Swanson Ordained

Close to 175 people witnessed the ordination of David Swanson, pastor of Pittsburgh Mennonite Church, on March 19, 2017. 
Isaac Villegas from Chapel Hill Mennonite Church delivered the morning message and conference minister, David Mishler, carried out the ordination. Special music by Tony Brown and Phillip and Hugo de Luna contributed to the meaningful service. Dave was supported by his wife Karen, two daughters Clara and Benny, his parents, siblings and in-laws. Conference minister, staff and leaders who were in attendance shared a plentiful potluck lunch with the PMC family afterwards featuring the famous Swanson smoked pulled pork.

submitted by Karen Howard

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