ACC Weekly Announcements August 5, 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

Digital resources for children's ministry
This webpage provides a list of helpful resources for children's ministry leaders and Sunday school teachers seeking to better adapt ministry to a virtual space.

Update and share your congregation's regathering (and reclosing) plans
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.

Landis Communities Annoucnements
Landis Homes is happy to help support the 2020 Water Week Aug 7-15. This event, by the Lancaster Conservancy, is full of great ways to be outside in safe ways and to learn more about the Conestoga River basin. Everyone is encouraged to take some time to walk one of the many cricks and creeks and remove litter. There is a lot more information, including other ways to be involved, at https://www.lancasterconservancy.org/water-week/

Nickels for Neighbors 2020
The 2020 ACC Nickels For Neighbors grant will be given to the The City School in Philadephia for an upcoming playground project. The City School, is a Pre-K to grade 12 Christian school that serves 400 students in the heart of Philadelphia. It was formed 2013 and 14 when three city-area christian schools, including Philadelphia Mennonite High School, merged to form a single school to have a greater impact together.

The Project: the Middle School students love to play Gaga and on rainy days often set up an indoor pit using tables from the cafeteria. They have requested an outdoor pit at the new Poplar campus. This will allow students to form spontaneous Gaga games, get good excercise, and include others in their play.

Visit atlanticcoastconference.net/n4n/ for more details about collection and promotion.
MC USA Announcements
This week, Mennonite Church USA is launching a new user-friendly website! For the latest news, blogs, events, publications, resources and more from our denomination, visit mennoniteUSA.org.

Share your 2020 experiences! Anabaptist History Today, a collaborative storytelling project supported by 16 Anabaptist archives and historical organizations, seeks your stories of living during these changing times. Upload videos, audio recordings, photos, journal entries, artwork, poetry and personal reflections at https://aht.libraryhost.com/s/archive/page/share-your-story

Are you interested in leading an equipping seminar at MennoCon21? Mennonite Church USA is seeking proposals for the upcoming biennial convention on July 6-10, 2021 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The deadline for submissions is October 10, 2020. For more information and to apply, visit https://convention.mennoniteusa.org/the-experience/worship-equipping-seminars/ (Download PPT here.

 Menno Snapshots
Hannah Heinzekehr of the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies challenges other white Mennonites to do the hard work necessary to create “more just and equitable Mennonite spaces and processes,” in her blog, “The power and privilege in our midst.” Read more: http://mennoniteusa.org/menno-snapshots/power-privilege-in-our-midst/

On the recent anniversary of the ceasefire of the Korean War, Mennonite Church USA joined more then 190 individuals and faith leaders in signing a statement committing to searching for reconciliation in the name of Christ in this still-unresolved conflict. Learn more: http://mennoniteusa.org/news/korean-war-ceasefire/
Kairos Spiritual Direction Training Program: Enrolling Now for Jan 2021
The Parish Resource Center is excited to announce that we are accepting applications for a new cohort of the Kairos Spiritual Direction Training program. The next cohort for this two-year certificate program begins in January. This cohort will have a new emphasis on practicing spiritual kinship with those on the margins who have not had the opportunity or means to participate in spiritual direction. This focus grew out of PRC’s work in food insecurity, immigration, and restorative practices. For more information and to apply, click here.