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ACC Weekly Announcements November 11, 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

Save the Date:
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.  

Please mark your calendars now for December 4, 2020, and plan to join this online workshop designed specifically for ACC pastors and chaplains. The day workshop will have a morning block, beginning at 9am, a lunch break, and an afternoon block ending at 3:30pm. Elaine Zook Barge will be our facilitator, presenting tools and resources specifically for the challenges that pastors & chaplains have named. There will be input and times of interaction with your existing cluster groups to give attendees opportunity to share with others.  

More details will be given in the coming weeks.

Anti-racism Resources

The ACC Anti-racism Task Group hosted a webinar on Anti-racism in the Church on Saturday, October 24. This recording, along with a resource booklet for congregations and other resources shared by panelists is available online:
Landis Communities Announcements
Trends in senior care are moving in new directions. In our current situation, we are offering flexible speaking engagements via live stream or recorded video. Our experienced team can present information on many topics, including:

Aging Options
Providing Care at Home
Memory Loss
Church in an Aging Society
Financial Planning for Retirement
Environmental Care in Retirement Communities
Church History and Aging
Spiritual Life and Aging

If you would like to set up a time to hear from one of us, please contact Larry Guengerich, Director of Organizational Communications & Church Relations, at LGuengerich@Landis.org or call (717) 381-3526.

MC USA Announcements
#BringThePeace
Mennonite Church USA has partnered with Mennonite Mission Network’s Peace and Justice Support Network and Mennonite Central Committee in Mennonites Against Militarism, an initiative to provide new resources to reinvigorate our collective voice against the destructive powers of militarism. Read more: https://www.mennoniteusa.org/news/mennonites-against-militarism/

Learn, Pray, Join – Immigration Justice: Radical Hospitality
“I hope that you can slow things down just enough to listen…to see the Friday night lights, smell the BBQ and worship in one of our churches,” writes Felipe Hinojosa, associate professor and author, in his blog, “Shake loose your misconceptions about borderland communities." https://www.mennoniteusa.org/menno-snapshots/shake-loose/

Menno Snapshots
For “Voices Together,” Shannon Dycus, Bradley Kauffman, and Katie Graber look at the critical role of intercultural competency in the development of the new hymnal in their essay, “Voices Together #801, ‘I’m gonna eat at the welcome table.'” https://www.mennoniteusa.org/menno-snapshots/voices-together-welcome-table/

When a major league baseball player refused to “take a knee” on Opening Day because he was a Christian, Gulf States Mennonite Conference Moderator Mike Clymer reflected on his own faith and motivation for kneeling. Read his blog, “I kneel,” at https://www.mennoniteusa.org/menno-snapshots/i-kneel/

Service Adventure is accepting applications for the 2021-2022 service term! Grow in leadership and faith as you spend a year serving and living in community with others your age and with unit leaders. Visit MennoniteMission.net/ServiceAdventure to learn more!
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.