By: David Mishler, Conference Minister
Volume 21 - October 2019
#1 – Reminder – NO FAITH & LIFE GATHERING ON NOVEMBER 2 !!!
Please note that the Leadership Council has determined that there will be no fall Faith & Life Gathering (delegate meeting) on November 2. This is an “optional” meeting according to our bylaws which has seldom been cancelled, but because of the high level of engagement over the last three years, perhaps it’s time for a long Saturday off!
Warning – we may be calling for a special delegate session or give most of our March 7, 2020 Faith & Life Gathering to working with Michael Danner, MC USA Minister for Church Vitality and Engagement. We want to coalesce around a more cohesive purpose and mission statement that will set AMC direction for our next chapter. Keep Allegheny in your prayers!
#2 – GIVING TUESDAY and our new website
If you haven’t visited our new website, check us out at alleghenymennoniteconference.org. Because of several virus threats, we are now hosting our website and email through a new service. Much looks the same, but we are no longer using WordPress architecture.
Most happily – we now have a giving button on our website, using PayPal, to give everyone a convenient and (mostly!) painless way of contributing to the ongoing work of Allegheny Mennonite Conference. We want to experiment with a group blitz on December 3 – would you be part of getting at least 50 people to donate $20 through our giving button?
Allegheny is growing and serving more and more people because of our posture around inclusion and diversity. Help us take another step towards sustainability and progress by giving a little extra on this year’s Giving Tuesday. All delegates will receive an email reminder. Give until it feels good!
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.