ACC Weekly Announcements January 6, 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/wa.
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

MC USA Announcements
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. The featured book for January is "I Am Not Your Enemy: Stories to Transform a Divided World" by Michael T. McRay. Learn more here: https://heraldpress.com/books/i-am-not-your-enemy

Save the date for MennoCon21, the biennial gathering of Mennonite Church USA, July 6-10, in Cincinnati, Ohio. To learn more, including what a hybrid convention might look like, visit https://convention.mennoniteusa.org/

Missions Committee seeking Nickels for Neighbors applications
Ministries connected to ACC congregations should apply now to receive the 2021 Nickels for Neighbors grant.

Nickels for Neighbors involves children in mission by providing opportunity to contribute to a specific project, raising awareness and sharing generously with others. Sunday School Children in ACC churches raise funds for the selected project from the ACC Spring Assembly (April) when the project is announced, until the Fall Assembly (October) when funds are collected.

Applications can be found HERE and should be received by March 5, 2021.

MLandis 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 January will be Brenda Long, MSW, former Executive Director of NLAM. Her presentation on “Experiences of Caring for a person experiencing a Mental Health breakdown during COVID-19” will be followed by a time of sharing. The public meeting is scheduled for Sunday, January 24, 2021 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 717-381-3599 or email JAlbright@landis.org by noon on Friday, January 22.
Pathways Institute for Lifelong Learning® provides learning opportunities for persons age 55 plus. All are invited to join the Spring 2021 term which will run from March 3 – June 14, 2021. Most of the courses will be offered virtually. The classes are operated in Lancaster County by Landis Communities and in the Capital Region by Messiah Lifeways. The kickoff event is planned for Tuesday, January 26, 2021 from 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm. More information can be found at www.thepathwaysinstitute.org/special-events/

Parish Resource Center Workshops
FREE Parenting Webinar Series: Mindfulness, Brain Development, and Behavior
Parish Resource Center is partnering with CHI St. Joseph Children’s Health for a FREE Parenting Webinar Series: Mindfulness, Brain Development, and Behavior - January 14, 7- 8:30pm; Simplicity Parenting - February 11, 7-8:30pm; Unplugged - March 11, 7-8:30pm; Family Communication - April 15, 7-8:30pm. For more information and to register for these workshops, https://parishresourcecenter.org/events/

Technology Webinars
Parish Resource Center offers basic, stand-alone Technology Webinars: Intro to PowerPoint – January 14, 7-8:30pm; Zoom for Presenters – February 8, 7-8:30pm; Intro to Word – March 1, 7-8:30pm; Intro to Excel – April 28, 7-8:30pm; Intro to Publisher – May 13, 7-8pm. For more information and to register for these workshops, https://parishresourcecenter.org/events/

LMS Open House
Church partners are a big support in sharing about LM! If you know someone interested in our school, invite them to attend our Winter Virtual Open House on January 28 at 6 PM.  

Open Houses provide the opportunity to virtually tour the facilities, talk with administrators, meet the teachers, and ask questions. Interested students, parents and guardians grades PreK-12th are welcome to join.  

Take a break with us!
Register for our Virtual Open House for a custom package from LM to be delivered to your home.  Any questions can be directed to our Admissions Office at 717-740-2429. Register at www.lancastermennonite.org/openhouse/