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Mellinger Mennonite Church

DISTRICT: Mellinger LOCATION: 1916 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, PA 17602 DATE OF FOUNDING: 1717 AVERAGE SUNDAY WORSHIP ATTENDANCE: 280 SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICE: Sunday School – 9:00 a.m.; Worship Service – 10:00 a.m. PASTORAL TEAM: Left to right front row. Matt Fahnestock, Director of Music, Joe Miller, Lead Pastor, Doris Nolt, deacon. Back row left to right. Leon Oberholtzer, Minister of Care, Andrea Brubaker, Minister of… Read More

Benders Mennonite Church

DISTRICT: Weaverland-NE PA LOCATION: 975 Benders Church Road, Pen Argyl, PA 18072 DATE OF FOUNDING: 1955 AVERAGE SUNDAY WORSHIP ATTENDANCE: 48 SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICE: Sunday School – 9:00 a.m.; Worship Service – 10:10 a.m. PASTOR: Brent Stoy In early 1952, three men from the Goodville and Lichtys congregations in eastern Lancaster County and one from the Mission Board felt a call from God to start… Read More

Joy Unspeakable

Outreach, Revival, and Racial Integration in Steelton, Pa. By Richard Cline My name is Richard Cline. At almost 99, I may be the last living person who served at the beginning of Sharon Mennonite Church in Steelton. Myers Street, a mission church for white people, began in Steelton in 1935. Concerned also for black children, the mission decided to follow Bible school with a separate… Read More

Lancaster Conference Constitution and Bylaws Vote This Fall

The Conference Executive Council and the Board of Bishops are working on a revision to the LMC Constitution to reflect the credentialed leaders’ decision to disaffiliate from Mennonite Church USA. The vote will take place at the fall Leadership Assembly on September 21. Passage requires 75% of those in attendance to vote in the affirmative.

New Bishops

James Sutton began as bishop in the new Eastern Ohio District, which has five congregations. James Sutton’s vision is to encourage pastors and congregations to continue and advance the work of Christ, the work of disciple making and kingdom building through personal prayer and evangelism, public proclamation and invitation, and engagement with our communities through “good Samaritan” works of love and compassion. He lives in… Read More

Mark Wenger Departs Leadership of STEP

Dr. Mark Wenger ended his leadership of the STEP (Study and Training for Effective Pastoral ministry) program on June 28 after 13 years of dedicated service. He provided the formative leadership of this new program in its early years, which placed it on a firm financial footing. As STEP gained momentum, Wenger provided mature guidance that included a complete curriculum refresh two years ago and… Read More

STEP Graduation

On May 13, 13 students graduated from STEP, the three-year leadership-training program. Each student received a Certificate in Pastoral Ministry from Eastern Mennonite University. This graduating class brings the total number of STEP graduates to 105. The graduates were Maurice Baruti, Lanny Dinh, Richard Dinh, Matthew Eberly, Rodney Horst, Charles Lauver, Jaye Lindo, Anthony Martin, Matthew Martin, Jeff McLain, Jill Miller, Tibebu Shanka, and June… Read More

Millport Mennonite Church

DISTRICT: Lititz LOCATION: 820 Log Cabin Road, Leola, PA 17540 DATE OF FOUNDING: 1956 AVERAGE SUNDAY WORSHIP ATTENDANCE: 150 SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICE: Sunday School – 9:00 a.m.; Worship Service – 10:00 a.m.       PASTOR: Kerry Martin While God works through a corporate congregation in various ways, he also works through individual relationships. At Millport, the congregation takes the missional calling very seriously. Many… Read More

Evangelical Garifuna Church

DISTRICT: New York City LOCATION: 344 Brook Ave, Bronx, New York 10454 DATE OF FOUNDING: 1987 AVERAGE SUNDAY WORSHIP ATTENDANCE: 100 SERVICE TIMES: Sundays, 2:45 p.m.; Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:00 p.m.         PASTORS: Celso and Zulma Jaime God gave EMM the vision to establish a Garifuna church in the Bronx in 1986. Pastors Migdolio Miranda and Matias Arana in Santa Fe, Honduras… Read More

Multiplying Pains

Compiled By Brinton Rutherford Living things move through various life stages. A congregation, a living thing of sorts, also moves through stages. Any congregational change can produce growing pains. Multiplying a new faith community from an established church is one of those pain-generating experiences. Since a new faith community requires leaders, the sending church always sends away some of its leaders. Josef Berthold, pastor at… Read More