By: David Mishler, Conference Minister
Volume 22 - December 2019
#1 – Giving Tuesday
Our goal was to have 50 persons donate an average of $20 to raise $1,000 in our first venture into Giving Tuesday. We have a matching gift for the first $1,000 raised. The results? 22 persons donated $1,325 through our donation button. So, our first Giving Tuesday raised $2,325 with the match. This is a great baseline from which to grow into the future! Thank you to everyone who participated.
#4 -SNOKAMP 2020
AMC’s Youth Cabinet is very excited to invite all youth ages 14-19 to SnoKamp 2020 at Laurelville – February 14-16, 2020. Michelle Burkholder is the resource person. An exploration of Ecclesiastes – how many of you have been in Ecclesiastes lately? – under the provocative topic “Everything is Meaningless” should get your attention. Don’t let your youth miss this great opportunity for fun in the snow and powerful conversation about life in this 21st century! Cost for the entire weekend - $135. Click here for brochure
or email Joy Cotchen – email@example.com
#3 – Welcoming West Philadelphia Mennonite Fellowship!
On November 2, Franconia Mennonite Conference released West Philadelphia Mennonite Fellowship to pursue an affiliation with another conference of Mennonite Church USA. WPMF has requested such affiliation with Allegheny Mennonite Conference in a May 3, 2019 letter, following a congregational decision on April 28, 2019. Since then WPMF has been working with Franconia through designated MC USA protocols. Allegheny has received the joint letter from Franconia and West Philadelphia which now allows for the formal reception of the congregation into AMC membership. Allegheny receives new members based on a congregation’s request, followed by the conference minister’s recommendation to and approval of the Leadership Council. AMC delegates will be given opportunity to give feedback to Leadership Council’s formal decision. We expect to have an initial introduction and welcome celebration for WPMF at our March 7, 2020 Faith & Life Gathering at Hyattsville Mennonite Church. Welcome West Philly!
Who is Allegheny Mennonite Conference?
We are a group of 12 congregations from PA, WV, MD and DE who are raising two significant priorities:
to be a conference whose highest priority is to walk in the way of Jesus, the center of our faith,
to be so committed to place-based ministry, ministry in our local neighborhoods, that everything we do flows out of this commitment to offer Jesus’ reconciliation in our home towns.
We value relationships. We commit our delegates to be present at three gatherings each year to share what God is doing in our various places, so that we can celebrate and counsel with one another. Our pastors commit to be engaged regularly in pastor peer gatherings for sharing, education and counsel.
We value diversity. We believe diversity of thought and practice will sharpen one another in extending the reign of God in our neighborhoods.
We value staying at the table. Not imposing our agenda on one another, yet discerning together how God is speaking into the life of our conference and the lives of our congregations, we aspire as adult siblings to honor one another with ongoing conversation, seeking our future together.
Allegheny Mennonite Conference.
Committed to place-based ministry.