News & Stories

A Brief Summary of the State of the Conference Address

By L. Keith Weaver In this season of Lent, we posture ourselves in prayerful repentance, remind ourselves of the passion of our Lord and seek to say “no” to ourselves in order to say a greater “yes” to Jesus. Whatever the state of the conference, we maintain a humble dependence on the grace and mercy of God. It is only in Jesus that the new… Read More

Dwelling in the Word Text for 2017

For the past number of years, the Lancaster Mennonite Conference has chosen a Dwelling in the Word text. The practice has been to allow the text to form and shape us as individuals and as a conference. The Gospel of John, chapter 21 has been affirmed as the Dwelling in the Word text for 2017. Click on the links below to orient yourself about the… Read More

Conference-Wide Data Collection

Since 2007 Lancaster Mennonite Conference has been asking questions about the state of its congregations, and particularly about the health of congregational ministries and mission activities. The impetus for this kind of “data dashboard” reflection came from Moderator Keith Weaver nearly a decade ago, who often noted that we “pay most attention to those things that we measure.” The goal of the data dashboard was… Read More

Glade Mennonite Church

DISTRICT: Western Maryland LOCATION: 5011 Accident-Bittinger Road, Accident, MD 21520 DATE OF FOUNDING: 1899 AVERAGE SUNDAY WORSHIP ATTENDANCE: 72 SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICE: Sunday School – 9:30 a.m. Worship Service – 10:30 a.m.         PASTORS: Jonathan Martin (left), and Kevin Dodge Glade Mennonite Church began as a mission outreach in 1899. Initially the group included people from Church of the Brethren, Lutheran, Methodist… Read More

Aurora Mennonite Church

DISTRICT: Eastern Ohio LOCATION: 59 E. Mennonite Road, Aurora, OH 44202 DATE OF FOUNDING: 1906 AVERAGE SUNDAY WORSHIP ATTENDANCE: 56 SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICE: 10:30 a.m. PASTOR: James Sutton Aurora Mennonite Church, originally Plainview Mennonite Church, began in 1906. The congregation has assisted in the founding of several other congregations over the years. Today, we are a multi-generational, community-focused congregation with a vibrant children’s ministry, a… Read More

More Stories Told at Celebration of Church Life

On March 17 and 18 over 400 people gathered to worship, fellowship, network, and listen to stories. The assembly heard stories in full session with numerous additional stories during the two seminar blocks. If you were unable to hear these stories in-person at Celebration of Church life, you can see them at the Missional Church playlist on the LMC YouTube channel: youtube.com/user/2160LMC.   Nelson Bechtold,… Read More

Manicure as Mission

A Story told at the 2017 Celebration of Church Life By Khon “Keon” Tran While living in North Carolina a few years ago, I had a dream. I was in a shoe store where I saw a pair of sandals that I really liked. This was not normal for me because I do not like sandals. However, in the dream I liked them and bought… Read More

LMC Legacy Foundation Update

When WellSpan Health and Philhaven signed an affiliation agreement bringing the two organizations together with a shared mission and vision to improve the behavioral health of the community, WellSpan agreed to contribute a total of $7.26 million to enable the Lancaster Mennonite Conference to create and operate a new charitable foundation named the LMC Legacy Foundation. The purpose of the Foundation is to assist Lancaster… Read More

Oxford Circle Mennonite Church

DISTRICT: Philadelphia LOCATION: 900 E Howell Street, Philadelphia, PA 19149 DATE OF FOUNDING: 1946 AVERAGE SUNDAY WORSHIP ATTENDANCE: 170 SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICE: 11:00 a.m. PASTORS: Leonard Dow, Lynn Parks Oxford Circle Mennonite Church and the allied ministry, Oxford Circle Christian Community Development Association, meet diverse needs in Northeast Philadelphia. We are a very diverse congregation, racially, socio-economically, and theologically. There are a number of mixed… Read More

OPEN HOURS, OPEN SHOP

By Jaye Lindo and Akeia Haddox-Rossiter If you visit Capital Christian Fellowship (CCF) in Lanham, Maryland, on a Thursday afternoon, you may think it is an unusual time for church. Cars begin arriving around 1:30 p.m., but they do not stop at the main entrance to the lobby. Instead, they stop at the far side of the church at a spot called “Janet’s Garden.” The… Read More