ACC Weekly Announcements September 2, 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

Conference-wide service for October 11, 2020
ACC staff will provide a prerecorded service for used by conference congregations on October 11, not October 4 as we shared last week. The service will focus on James 3:13-18. This service will NOT use MWC Peace Sunday or World Communion Sunday resources.

A digital file of the ~30 minute service will be shared with pastors and church administrators no later than October 8. We encourage congregations to continue the practice of any live gathering in conjunction with this resource.

ACC Fall events & projects
The Fall Assembly will be held virtually with a delegate session and voting being available to view October 23-25. Materials and updates will be shared with previous delegates; congregations are asked to email any delegate changes to BrookM@atlanticcoastconference.net by September 21.

Documents and more details will be made available at atlanticcoastconference.net/assembly
A second Assembly-weekend event will be a live webinar on Anti-racism in the Church held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, October 24. This one-hour webinar will be led by ACC’s recently-formed Anti-racism Task Group and will share about its work and what steps other ACC congregations are taking to end racism on an individual as well as organizational level. Panelists will share ways that the dominant white culture can take steps to wrestle with and own white privilege and participation in inequality. Participants should register and submit questions for the panel by emailing office@atlanticcoastconference.net.
ACC’s Peace and Justice Committee is again collecting grocery boxes for local distribution by MCC East Coast. More information, including a promotional video, can be found at atlanticcoastconference.net/groceries.

This year’s Nickels for Neighbors project will benefit The City School in Philadelphia. The school will be updating playground equipment and installing a gaga court on the Poplar campus. This will allow students to form spontaneous Gaga games, get good exercise, and include others in their play. More info, including a promotional video and a can label, can be found at atlanticcoastconference.net/n4n.

Landis Communities Annoucnements
The No Longer Alone Family Support Group, now supported by Landis Communities, will continue to meet the fourth Sunday of every month. The monthly meetings provide a place for those who have a loved one living with mental illness to learn and share their experiences. The guest speaker for August will be Angela Keen, Community Outreach/Volunteer Coordinator at Domestic Violence Services. Her presentation on “When Mental Illness includes conflict, violence and aggression. Safety, Resources, Services” will be followed by a time of sharing.

The public meeting is scheduled for Sunday, September 27 from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. by Zoom. Meetings will be held via Zoom until further notice and will return to Landis Communities as soon as possible. For information on joining the Zoom meeting or to receive a monthly meeting reminder, call 717-381-3500 or email JAlbright@landis.org by noon on Friday, September 25.

TODAY: livestream with MC USA's Glen Guyton on Facebook Live
Join Glen tomorrow on Facebook Live
Wednesday, September 2
12:30 pm EDT

Get the latest scoop on what's happening at Mennonite Church USA! Glen Guyton, executive director, will be checking in to share updates and highlights from various MC USA projects and ministries.

Join us live tomorrow on MC USA's Facebook page. (If you can't make it for the live broadcast, be sure to visit us on Facebook to watch the recording later!) 

MC USA Announcements
Join Bible teacher Joe Sawatzky on Mission Network’s Facebook on Tuesdays at 1 p.m. (EST) starting Sept. 8. “Missional Meditations” will help you gain insight for your sermons or daily life, and inspire a missional imagination in your congregation!

Join Mennonites across Mennonite Church USA in a “Common Read,” a shared reading experience focused on specific books written to nurture Christian faith in this cultural moment. Signs of Life: Resurrecting Hope Out of Ordinary Losses by Stephanie Lobdell is the Common Read book chosen for September. Learn more: https://www.mennoniteusa.org/news/common-read/

MenoTicias is a new Spanish-language digital newsletter of MC USA and Hispanic Ministries of Mennonite Education Agency, formerly Meno Acontecer, launching this month. Subscribe: http://eepurl.com/hb2FGT 

Please pray for the Executive Board of Mennonite Church USA who are meeting virtually on September 11 and 12.

Learn, Pray, Join
During September, Mennonite Church USA invites you to focus your attention on what it means to offer hospitality to immigrants by engaging in its new “Learn, Pray, Join” initiative – Immigration Justice: Radical Hospitality. https://www.mennoniteusa.org/immigration

In an open letter to the denomination, Michael Danner, Mennonite Church USA’s associate executive director of Church Vitality, invites fellow white Christians to “engage in proactive, deliberate efforts to oppose and dismantle racism in all of its forms.” Read more: https://www.mennoniteusa.org/letter-danner

CPE online and at Landis Home Communities
January 11 - May 25, 2021

This Clinical Pastoral Education unit offered by Eastern Mennonite Seminary is designed for those ministering in congregations as well as those
serving as chaplains. A portion of the meetings are planned to be in person if
COVID-19 conditions allow; participants will be expected to have access to
and gain facility with the technologies associated with online meetings and
learning processes.

View the flyer HERE

Kids need Circle of Grace more than ever; here's how to teach it virtually
By Anna Groff

During this pandemic, children are at risk for online abuse, for suicidal ideation, and for mental health concerns. This fall is the time to prioritize this instruction for all ages. While we fully acknowledge that this curriculum cannot replace professional interventions, Circle of Grace is a wonderful reminder to children that God loves their entire selves and wants them to be safe.