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ACC Weekly Announcements August 12, 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.

Anabaptist History Today
Sixteen Anabaptist history organizations are working together to invite, preserve, and share your stories. This effort builds community, educates today, and will become part of the historical record for the future.

Join others in recording Anabaptist life in today’s changing world. Historical, biological, and social realities have made 2020 an exceptional year. Anabaptist History Today invites you to share your stories as you live in these times.

As someone who identifies as Anabaptist, you might focus on how the novel coronavirus pandemic has impacted your life or the life of your congregation. You might reflect on engaging the Black Lives Matter movement’s call for racial justice. You might share art responding to everyday moments or global conversations. You might share how your faith and practices help you through the day, or maybe how they don’t.

If your congregation, school, or organization would like to challenge members to submit stories as a group effort, we can assign a tag to make it easy to browse your collection.


Landis Communities Annoucnements
Landis Homes has several Residential Suites available for rent. These Suites are contracted on a monthly rental basis – with no required entrance fee. The daily rate includes all meals, linen service, housekeeping, personal laundry service and medical alert system. Standard, large and apartment-sized suites located near dining rooms, general store, fitness areas and West Bethany Chapel. To learn more, please call the Residency Planning Office at 717-581-3935. You can see more information at https://www.landishomes.org/living-choices/residential-living-choices/suites/.

Nickels for Neighbors 2020
The 2020 ACC Nickels For Neighbors grant will be given to the The City School in Philadephia for an upcoming playground project. The City School, is a Pre-K to grade 12 Christian school that serves 400 students in the heart of Philadelphia. It was formed 2013 and 14 when three city-area christian schools, including Philadelphia Mennonite High School, merged to form a single school to have a greater impact together.

The Project: the Middle School students love to play Gaga and on rainy days often set up an indoor pit using tables from the cafeteria. They have requested an outdoor pit at the new Poplar campus. This will allow students to form spontaneous Gaga games, get good excercise, and include others in their play.

Visit atlanticcoastconference.net/n4n/ for more details about collection and promotion.
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MC USA Announcements
Learn, Pray, Join
Mennonite Church USA is encouraging people and congregations to focus on Immigration: Radical Hospitality by highlighting prayers, resources and ways to get involved in August and September. http://mennoniteusa.org/learn-pray-join-immigration-justice/

 Menno Snapshots
“Many of us are learning that silence supports an unjust status quo,” writes Bluffton professor emeritus J. Denny Weaver in his Scripture-based blog “On Protesting.” Read more: http://mennoniteusa.org/menno-snapshots/on-protesting/

The Women Doing Theology conference, which was scheduled to meet November 5-7, 2020, in Harrisonburg, Virginia, will not take place as an in-person gathering in the fall to prioritize everyone’s safety and wellbeing. Women in Leadership hopes to hold a series of online events instead, and a survey about this is coming for women in the church.

#BringThePeace
Race, Church & Change, a two-part panel discussion on racism led by Mennonite Church USA’s leadership team, has been viewed by thousands of viewers. Watch this important conversation by visiting http://mennoniteusa.org/leadership-development/webinars/

Kairos Spiritual Direction Training Program: Enrolling Now for Jan 2021
The Parish Resource Center is excited to announce that we are accepting applications for a new cohort of the Kairos Spiritual Direction Training program. The next cohort for this two-year certificate program begins in January. This cohort will have a new emphasis on practicing spiritual kinship with those on the margins who have not had the opportunity or means to participate in spiritual direction. This focus grew out of PRC’s work in food insecurity, immigration, and restorative practices. For more information and to apply, click here.