By: David Mishler, Conference Minister
Volume 19 - July 2019
#1 – Mennonite Convention 2019 in Kansas City
MennoCon19 is history. By most measures, it was something of a watershed event. Significant Bible study with Tom Yoder Neufeld, inter-generational worship services with a wide variety of music, inspirational speakers, timely workshops. If my observations are correct, Allegheny had eight of our twelve congregations represented in Kansas City. We had Step-Up youth delegates participate. A new Spirit of visioning our future, led by Executive Director Glen Guyton and his staff seems to be serving MC USA well as we navigate the current journey forward. Keep the future of Mennonite Church USA in your prayers.
#3 – Summer Camp – “I AM” – who Jesus is and who I am
Well done! - to all the staff at Laurelville and our Allegheny summer camp staff! Many memories and discipleship connections were made over the six weeks of Laurelville/AMC jointly sponsored camps for some 190 children and youth (6 to 17 years old). Many thanks and congratulations to Jeanette Lahm (Laurelville Executive Director), Kimmie Stradling (Laurelville Program Director), Joy Cotchen (Conference Minister of Children and Youth) and Leah Rittenhouse (Summer Camp Director) for their work.
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.