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ACC Weekly Announcements   July 16, 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 plan
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.

Peace Sunday: September 20
These Peace Sunday worship resources are provided by the Peace Commission of Mennonite World Conference. We encourage their use by all MWC-related congregations on the designated Peace Sunday (20 September 2020), or another Sunday that fits the schedule of the congregation. We trust that we can all be nurtured by the faithfulness of these brothers and sisters.

View the MWC Peace Sunday resources HERE.

Landis Communities Annoucnements
If you know a resident at Landis Homes, please consider sending them a message of love and support. To do this, go to https://www.landishomes.org/messages/. You can leave a written note and even attach images to share with them. The note will be printed and placed in the resident’s mail box.

Coaching cohort for Sunday school leaders
Join fellow Anabaptist Sunday school leaders and teachers for a time of mutual encouragement, support and resourcing as we look at the best ways to shape and adapt Sunday school for online and hybrid settings in this unusual COVID-19 landscape.

We'll explore your Big Questions, as well as:
What opportunities do we have in this moment to connect children with God? With the congregation?
How can we maximize engagement with parents and caregivers?
How can we use the new materials being developed for this time?

Register HERE to guarantee your spot BY FRIDAY JULY 17

Motorcycling Adventure Weekend Planned for August
Laurelville Retreat Center in Mt. Pleasant, Pa., invites Christian singles and couples of all ages to Sugarcreek, Ohio, for this year’s Mennocycle motorcycling adventure weekend, August 14-16.

Register online at Laurelville.org/our-programs ; or call 724-423-2056 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday-Friday. Every possible precaution will be taken by all staff and vendors with lodging, programs, and meal preparation/service. All CDC and state health department guidelines will be followed. Please register before Thursday, July 23.

MC USA Announcements
#BringThePeace
Save the date! Mennonite Church USA will be hosting Race, Church and Change, Part 2, a churchwide discussion on the impact of racism on the church and meaningful approaches for dismantling it, on Thursday, July 23 at 3:30 p.m.PDT/4:30 p.m. MDT/5:30 p.m. CDT/6:30 p.m. EDT. Register here to participate via Zoom: mennoniteusa.org/racewebinar-part2

Menno Snapshots
Melanie Neufeld and her husband are pastors of Community Ministry at Seattle Mennonite Church, seeking justice, change and protection for unsheltered people. Get a first-hand look at their ministry in Melanie’s blog, “The prick of compassion.” http://mennoniteusa.org/menno-snapshots/compassion/

Imagine planting a peace church amid a pandemic and nationwide protests – that was the backdrop for Mennonite Church USA’s newest church plant in New York. Read more about the Brooklyn Peace Center: http://mennoniteusa.org/news/nyc-peace-witness/
 
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