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ACC Weekly Announcements November 18, 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

Register now:
Strengthening Resilience - seminar for pastors & chaplains

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. Our resilience reserves are being stretched, but they can be strengthened.  This seminar will focus on two key factors for building resilience – trauma awareness and self-care.  Understanding the impact of stress and trauma on the body/brain, beliefs and behavior and having practical tools for self-regulation and self-care will benefit pastors, their families and the congregations they serve.

This virtual seminar is for pastors and chaplains of Atlantic Coast Conference. Registration is required. Find more info and sign up at atlanticcoastconference.net/resilience

MCC Announcements

MCC and Me: A Summit on Service Webinar series
Are you ready to step out and into service? To gain new skills and experiences while working for relief, development and peace in the name of Christ? Join MCC for a webinar series to hear more about MCC service opportunities. Register today at mcc.org/mcc-and-me to receive a free gift!

>>December 9 at 7:00 p.m. EST via Zoom
Join for a 30-minute informational session about our 1-year international young adult program, SALT. The session will include a short presentation, time for Q&A and a panel discussion with recent participants.

>>January 13 at 3:00 p.m. EST via Zoom
Church and nonprofit leaders are invited to learn about the Summer Service program, a grant opportunity for churches and organizations who want to support the development of strong, young adult leaders of color in their communities. Join MCC for a 30-minute session including a short presentation and time for Q&A.

Landis Communities Announcements
During these times where visits are limited, please consider sending messages to friends and loved ones living at Landis Homes using our website. You can leave messages, and even pictures by going to https://www.landishomes.org/messages/ . It is a great way to share Christmas cheer in a safe way.

Laurelville Music & Worship Leaders Retreat Goes Virtual
Laurelville Retreat Center will again host its annual Music & Worship Leaders Retreat January 8-10, 2021.The event will be held virtually, with an option for in-person spiritual retreats at Laurelville for personal renewal. The event will celebrate the arrival of Voices Together with many new songs, resources, and explorations of the church’s brand-new hymnal.

Register at www.laurelville.org or call 724-423-2056, Mondays, Thursdays or Fridays from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Deadline to register is Dec. 29, 2020. Scholarships may be available upon request.

MC USA Announcements
MennoCon21
Organizers for MennoCon21 (Cincinnati, Ohio, July 6-10, 2021), the biennial gathering of Mennonite Church USA, are planning a hybrid event with in-person and online programming. Read the first convention newsletter: https://www.mennoniteusa.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/OCT_2020_Newsletter-Revised.pdf Receive future issues by subscribing here: http://eepurl.com/gbyUCj

Menno Snapshots
Rodger Schmell, pastor of Deep Run Mennonite Church West, reflects on the role that camp played in his faith walk and call to ministry in his blog, “Reconnecting with God at camp.” https://www.mennoniteusa.org/menno-snapshots/reconnecting-with-god-at-camp/
 
 Menno Snapshots
Heidi Regier Kreider, Western District Conference minister, offers self-care tips for pastors in her blog, “An open letter to ministers on the impact of trauma and loss exposure.” Read more: https://www.mennoniteusa.org/menno-snapshots/ministers-trauma/

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.