ACC Weekly Announcements December 17, 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

For active pastors and chaplains:
Grants for counseling and spiritual direction
Feeling anxious, stressed, angry, tired or fatigued? Feel like you weren’t quite prepared for the stressors and collective trauma of the COVID-19 storm? You aren’t alone. 

ACC's Strengthening Resilience Program provides pastors and chaplains of Atlantic Coast Conference up to five free sessions with a counselor or spiritual director as part of the process of building resilience. We have arrangements with three providers (meet them here) but the program can also cover the cost of continuing with your own counselor or spiritual director.

Submit the application or any questions to your converence minister or to the ACC office at office@atlanticcoastconference.net.
Seeking the Beloved Community: from racism to reconciliation

As part of God's reconciling work, we are called to dismantle racism and build relationships across racial divides. On Saturday, January 23, 2021 from 9:00 - 11:30 am, Mennonite Men will be hosting a Zoom conversation, open to all geners, with members of Seeking the Beloved Community, a group of black and white men in Elkhart, Indiana, who have been engaged in this work for seven years. A number of these are pastors and members of Mennonite congregations. Suggested donation of $25. Register HERE.

Landis Communities Announcements
The word Advent means coming or arrival and for Christians, it marks a time of preparing to remember the birth of Jesus. The advent candles remind us of four important concepts: HOPE - LOVE – JOY and PEACE. Wishing you all of these and more, now and in the year to come. From all of us at Landis Communities. To view our Christmas greetings video, see https://vimeo.com/488570783

MC USA Announcements
“Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom His favor rests.” (Luke 2:14) Mennonite Church USA staff extends the peace of Christ to you this Christmas, as we work together to bring God's hope, love, joy and peace to the world around us. 

The Center for Sustainable Climate Solutions is seeking participants from Mennonite Church USA congregations and universities to participate in its cross-country 2021 Climate Ride to raise awareness of critical issues related to climate change. Read more. mennoniteusa.org/news/climate-ride-seeking-riders/
Mennonite Church USA Women in Leadership and Mennonite Women USA called on the church to respond to the death of Breonna Taylor, who was killed by police officers in her home in Louisville, Kentucky, on March 13, 2020. Read the statement here: mennoniteusa.org/news/breonna-taylor/
Menno Snapshots
“My understanding and experience of the Triune God has broadened and deepened considerably by working with the Voices Together team over the last three years,” said AMBS Professor Allan Rudy-Froese in his blog, “Gender and God language in Voices Together.” Read his reflections here: mennoniteusa.org/menno-snapshots/gender-god/

Recordings of the Mennonite Church USA Women in Leadership “What We Need Is Here” webinar series and worship service are now available. View the videos here: mennoniteusa.org/wil
Did you know that planning for MennoCon21 started five years ago? Take a behind-the-scenes look at planning for Mennonite Church USA’s upcoming biennial convention on July 6-10, 2021 in Cincinnati, Ohio. mennoniteusa.org/news/behind-the-scenes-mennocon21/
Menno Snapshots
Isaac S. Villegas, pastor of Chapel Hill Mennonite Fellowship in North Carolina, shared a powerful prayer resource for our time, “Some trust in governments and some in borders, but we trust in God.” mennoniteusa.org/menno-snapshots/but-we-trust-in-god/

Advent at Home
"At a moment of time when many of our congregations feel distant, a common practice and resource can bring us together. So churches, consider giving this to everyone in your congregation, not just the families with children!” 

- Talashia Keim Yoder, writer of Advent At Home, a home worship guide for all ages.