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ACC Weekly Announcements   July 22, 2020
Pastors, Church Administrators and Secretaries, Bulletin Editors:
 
These weekly announcements are meant to be a helpful resource, especially for those of you who put your congregations' bulletins together on a weekly basis. If there are ways we could present this information more effectively please don't hesitate to pass on your ideas or give feedback.

Some churches forward the following information and community life announcements to their members using email while others post various events in their weekly bulletin, on their church website, or Facebook page. This and past columns are available on the ACC webpage at atlanticcoastconference.net/ba.
 
Please let us know if there are additional ways we can assist you as we serve together. 

Brook Musselman
Conference Coordinator, Atlantic Coast Conference 
(717) 394-8107

Update and share your congregation's regathering (and reclosing) plans
A spreadsheet is now available for congregations to share important elements of their reopening plans as a way to help other congregations navigate their own preparations. This spreadsheet can be viewed here. Lead pastors and congregational administraotrs will be made editors of this sheet. Others may request editing access as needed.

The two-page document on recommended measures for regathering and things to consider before regathering can be viewed here.

Summer 2020 Currents edition is available
A new edition of ACC's Currents magazine is available. Pastors and church administrators, please share this digital edition with your congregation members. Mailbox copies will not be sent this quarter.

To view the Summer 2020 issue online, click HERE.

To download and print the Summer 2020 issue, click HERE.

To request a copy of this quarter's issue, reply to this email or contact brookm@atlanticcoastconference.net.

Lancaster Pastors' Leadership Cohort
Sheltering-in-place, social distancing, and historic unemployment.
COVID-19 has left unprecedented challenges in its wake for
pastors. Adapting to the “new normal” requires building a nimble,
transformative ministry culture marked by high engagement, mutual trust,
shared vision, and purposeful collaboration.

Learn how to build this culture through The Serving Leader Cohort—practical training that equips you to put into practice five leadership principles of Jesus and employ a leadership framework that is transforming businesses and faith-based organizations worldwide.

Led by Dr. John Stahl-Wert and Nelson Okanya, this cohort will meet six times between September 2020 and February 2021. View the flyer for more information.

Scholarships through the Center for Serving Leadership and from ACC's Congregational Leadership Fund may be available.

Landis Communities Annoucnements
Landis Homes and Landis Communities support three groups open to the public. They are intended to provide a setting for people to discuss feelings, concerns and attitudes during and after personal or family crisis situations. Professional trained staff facilitate many of these groups.

Memory Loss Support Group meets the last Tuesday of each month, except for December. The group organized is co-sponsored with the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Pennsylvania Chapter. It is free and open to the public. For more information contact Landis Homes at (717) 581-3939.

Parkinson’s Support Group meets the third Monday of each month from March through November. Persons with Parkinson’s Disease and their caregivers are welcome to attend for education and support. For more information call (717) 509-5494.

No Longer Alone Family Support Group provides a place for those who have a loved one living with mental illness, to learn and share their experiences. Meets the 4th Sunday of every month, 3:00-5:00 pm. For more info, call Landis Communities at 717-381-3500.

MC USA seeks seminar proposals for MennoCon21

Convention planners are seeking proposals for equipping seminars at MennoCon21, the Mennonite Church USA (MC USA) biennial convention slated to take place July 6-10 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The deadline for submissions is October 10.

More info HERE .

MCC Announcements
Help MCC meet the material needs of our partners!

When you go shopping, what does your list look like? Imagine needing the following over the course of the next year:

☑️ 9,500 Relief Kits
☑️ 34,000 Hygiene Kits
☑️ 50,000 School Kits

This is the desired humanitarian aid that Mennonite Central Committee needs to ship from the U.S. Fortunately, we are in it together! To learn more about how you can help meet the needs of MCC's partners, visit  mcc.org/kits  or contact the MCC East Coast Material Resources Center in Ephrata at (717) 733-2847.

Join MCC for Safe Refuge Advocacy Week (July 27-31, 2020)

MCC's Washington Office is seeing that immigration advocacy is more urgent now than ever. The U.S.-Mexico border is closed to asylum seekers, COVID-19 is spreading in immigrant detention facilities and migrants are stuck in camps south of the border. MCC invites you to take part in Safe Refuge Advocacy Week and let us know you'll be participating by  RSVPing here .
The Washington Office has prepared resources for you to utilize and share with your congregation and friends:
For more information and to support MCC's Safe Home, Safe Refuge initiative, visit  mcc.org/safe-refuge

MC USA Announcements
Menno Snapshots
Tobin Miller Shearer, co-founder of the Damascus Road Anti-Racism Process, stresses the importance of working together in racially integrated settings in his blog, “The discipline and practice of white caucusing.” http://mennoniteusa.org/menno-snapshots/white-caucusing/

Menno Snapshots
In “Reflections on protesting and faith,” two members of Pasadena Mennonite Church – a Guatemalan mestizo immigrant and a white university professor – discuss the cost of following Christ. Read more: http://mennoniteusa.org/menno-snapshots/reflections-protesting-and-faith/

Mennonite Church USA has put together a collection of laments, written by pastors, leaders, lay people and students, on the recent and persistent violence of racism. You are invited to pray and lament along with them: http://mennoniteusa.org/menno-snapshots/lament-violence-of-racism/