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ACC Weekly Announcements December 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

Register by tomorrow:
Strengthening Resilience - seminar for ACC 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 by Thursday 12/3 at atlanticcoastconference.net/resilience
Ministry Integrity Circles cohort
Ministry Integrity Circles addresses ministry transitions brought on by personal, relational, cultural or structural upheaval specific to particular ministry settings. Pastors are guided in peer groups under the supervision of consultants with expertise in pastoral leadership and intercultural competence to reimagine their ministries in light of these shifts. Each Ministry Integrity Circle is made up of 6 pastors who meet together 4 times in a year to share ministry reflections.

The four gatherings for the Spring 2021 cohort are March 22-23, 2021; June 7-8, 2021; Sept. 20-21, 2021; and Dec. 6-7, 2021. 

To find more information about this cohort, visit ambs.edu/lifelong-learning/ministry-integrity-circle. This program offers great benefits for pastors, the congregations they serve, and the conferences that they are a part of. The deadline for applying for the Spring Cohort is January 22, 2021. 
Application deadline extended:
ACC's Congregational Leadership Fund
ACC's Congregational Leadership fund is intended to strengthen leadership capacities in Atlantic Coast Conference congregations by:
  1. providing assistance for continuing education of pastors & leaders
  2. assisting short term congregational leadership needs
  3. resourcing faith formation initiatives that strengthen leadership.
Bi-vocational pastors, small congregations, and congregations with less financial capacity will be prioritized as recipients of this fund.

Applications should be received by this coming Friday for consideration in December. The next deadline will be May 31. Applications may be found HERE.
COVID letter to ACC Congregations from Mennonite Retirement Communities
Join Glen Guyton for an encouraging message on Facebook Live
Wednesday, December 2, 12:30 pm ET
 
Glen Guyton, executive director of Mennonite Church USA, will share a message on Advent, the season of waiting, anticipation and preparation. He'll reflect back on the good work that was done this year, take a look at the exciting events ahead and provide encouragement for how we can continue to #BringThePeace of Christ to our families, friends and communities in this most unusual year.

(If you can't make it for the live broadcast, be sure to visit us on Facebook to watch the recording later!) 
Gun Violence 101 Zoom Workshop
In collaboration with CeaseFirePA, 1040 for Peace is inviting you to participate in Gun Violence 101, a one-hour Zoom workshop beginning at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, December 9. The presenter will be John-Michael Cotignola-Pickens who serves as the Central Pennsylvania Campaign Organizer for CeaseFirePA, Pennsylvania’s largest gun violence prevention organization. John-Michael will share how gun violence is impacting Lancaster County and discuss the important gun violence prevention policies that CeaseFirePA is advocating for in order to make Pennsylvania safer for everyone. 

Time: Dec 9, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Zoom link:

MC USA Announcements
Celebrate Advent with Mennonite Church USA’s 2020 Advent at Home devotional, “We Wait for Jesus." The free annual guide for home-based worship provides daily and weekly Scripture readings, prayers and activities for individuals and families observing the season of anticipation leading to the birth of Jesus. Download it here: mennoniteusa.org/resource/advent-at-home.
 
In this season of giving, Mennonite Church USA invites you to support the peace initiatives of the church by donating to the #BringThePeace fund, a fund that supports work and projects where needed most in the denomination. Mennoniteusa.org/give/  
 
#BringThePeace
Mennonite Church USA has called for bold peacemaking during the election/post-election season, writing, “Peacemakers are most needed during times of uncertainty, fear and polarization.” Read the full statement here: https://www.mennoniteusa.org/news/bold-peacemaking/

Looking for health coverage for your congregational or conference staff? Consider The Corinthian Plan, MC USA health coverage and other benefits. Open enrollment is Nov. 1-Dec. 31. Read Duncan Smith’s blog, “The eleventh year of The Corinthian Plan” here: mennoniteusa.org/menno-snapshots/the-eleventh-year-of-the-corinthian-plan/

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.