ACC Weekly Announcements September 30, 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

Fundraising meal for Brooklyn Peace Center & Church
Sunday, September 27, 11:45 am
Conestoga Mennonite Church, 2779 Main St, Morgantown, PA

A fundraiser meal will be held this coming Sunday to help the Brooklyn Peace Church/Center get off the ground. The menu will include beef, mac & cheese, baked beans, salad, and dessert.

The meal is available for take-out or socially-distanced sit-down (indoors and outdoors options available).

This video provides some overview of the vision and mission of the Brooklyn Peace Center and Brooklyn Peace Church.
Raising them up: Children, faith and the church
Time: Thursday, Oct 8th, 2:00 p.m. ET
Questions? Contact info@mennomedia.org
Cost: FREE

Moderated by David Csinos
Featuring Panelists: Malinda Berry, Henry Zonio, Natalie Frisk, and Becky Degan.

Church life got upended in March, and since then we’ve thought lots about how to do worship virtually. But what about kids, families, and faith formation? How have the flannel-graphs of the past been retooled for virtual Sunday school? Studies have consistently shown that a primary reason parents commit to a congregation is because of what it offers for their children—from nursery services or Sunday school to midweek programming. Yet many congregations have set those ministries aside in the last months and are struggling to figure out ways to best resource kids and families. Join our next Adaptive Church webinar as we unpack together how to do faith formation for kids and families now and into the future. Join us.

Register HERE

ACC Fall events & projects

The Fall Assembly will be held virtually with a delegate session and voting available October 23-25. Materials and updates will be shared with delegates; congregations are asked to email any delegate changes to BrookM@atlanticcoastconference.net.
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 Announcements

The No Longer Alone Family Support Group, now supported by Landis Communities, will continue to meet the fourth Sunday of every month. The guest speaker for October will be Dr. John Shand, Psychiatrist at Wellspan Ephrata Hospital. His presentation on “Treating Anxiety and Depression” will be followed by a time of sharing.

The public meeting is scheduled for Sunday, October 25 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.

The monthly meetings provide a place for those who have a loved one living with mental illness to learn and share their experiences.

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, October 23.

MC USA Announcements
Last call for proposals for Equipping Seminars! If you have an Equipping Seminar to offer at MennoCon21 (Cincinnati, Ohio, July 6-10, 2021), please submit a proposal by October 10, 2020. https://www.mennoniteusa.org/equipping-seminars

Women in Leadership, a ministry of Mennonite Church USA, is presenting “What We Need Is Here,” a series of webinars engaging theological work born out of women’s experiences. The next two webinars will address intersectionality (Oct. 11 @ 7 p.m. ET/6 p.m. CT/5 p.m. MT/4 p.m. PT) and navigating patriarchy (Oct. 22 @ 7 p.m. ET/6 p.m. CT/5 p.m. MT/4 p.m. PT). Register by Oct. 8 here: https://forms.gle/kARRY9JLTcZv4duf9

The Mennonite Church USA Executive Board recently met to report on its strategic plan, approve a budget and affirm a process for addressing polity concerns. Read about it here: https://www.mennoniteusa.org/news/eb-meeting-sept-2020/. The Executive Board also responded to the report from the Membership Guidelines Advisory Group:

Join Mennonites across the church who are reading Stephanie Lobdell’s “Signs of Life: Resurrecting Hope Out of Ordinary Losses," as part of a Common Read, a shared reading experience. Learn more here: https://www.mennoniteusa.org/news/common-read/

EMM Announcements
Looking for another plan? Check out EMM's Advance program
Advance is an opportunity for young adults (18–25) to connect with other young adults in a community setting while learning and growing in discipleship. Advance will begin in October with a week of discipleship training in a community “cohort” setting. Learn more at emm.org/advance.

EMM is looking for cleaning volunteers for 450 North Prince Street
We're looking for volunteers who would be willing to come for a few hours on one or more Saturday mornings in October to help clean and beautify 450 North Prince Street. Bring your family, your youth group, or your Sunday school class and be part of preparing EMM's new office and ministry space in Lancaster City. Sign up at emm.org/cleaning.

Tel Hai Retirement Community Announcements
A helping hand is here for YOU and your LOVED ONE when needed the most

Are you alone in caring for a beloved spouse, family member or friend? Are they experiencing isolation, depression or a decline in their overall wellbeing? It’s time to encourage independence through extra support.

From medication assistance to housekeeping to three chef-prepared, nutritious meals daily, our trained professionals provide daily assistance to help your loved one live safely. Let us collaborate with you to understand their desires, interests and preferences. Our resident-centered approach ensures individualized care and programming suited to their abilities while preserving their dignity, comfort and level of function.

Contact us for a no-obligation, personal showing of Lakeview Personal Care at Tel Hai. Infection prevention procedures are in place to ensure your health and wellbeing during the visit. Call Melissa at (610) 273-9333, ext. 2446, email info@telhai.org or inquire online at www.telhai.org/caregiver