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ACC Weekly Announcements August 26, 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

Conference-wide service for October 4, 2020
ACC staff will be providing a prerecorded service for use by conference congregations on or after October 4. The service will build on resources offered by Mennonite World Conference for the 2020 World Peace Sunday on the theme: “When one member suffers, all members suffer: peace as accompaniment and solidarity.”

A digital file of the ~ 30 minute service will be shared with pastors and church administrators no later than October 1. We encourage congregations to continue the practice of any live gathering in conjunction with this resource.

Churches Care: Accompanying persons with mental illness and addictions
This three-pronged program for church leaders (pastors, parish nurses, social workers or other lay persons) will strengthen churches and communities in their support of people in their congregation who have mental illnesses and addictions.

Broader than 'Mental Health First Aid,' the Churches Care program will help you and your church accompany individuals and families with knowledge, understanding, reduced stigma, and hands-on strategies to promote improved long-term health and sobriety.

LOCATION: Marion Mennonite Church - 4365 Molly Pitcher Hwy, Chambersburg, PA 17202  
DATES: September 19 and October 17

Offered by EMU - Lancaster, Wellspan Philhaven and Everence.

Registration and more information can be found HERE.
Landis Communities Annoucnements
Landis Communities has released the Summer 2020 Flourish magazine telling the stories of people across our organization. May the stories and photos stimulate conversation in this time of physical distancing! http://www.landiscommunities.org/summer-2020-flourish-magazine/
EMM Announcements
Help EMM say goodbye to the Salunga campus 

On September 19, come enjoy a chicken barbecue, a rummage sale, historical walk-through tours, and more as we say goodbye to Salunga and raise funds toward the renovations of 450 North Prince Street. The event is free, but timed-entry tickets — from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. — are required in advance so that everyone can take their time and enjoy the event while maintaining appropriate physical distancing. Get tickets at emm.org/farewell.
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.
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MC USA Announcements
Learn, Pray, Join
Mennonite Church USA is encouraging people and congregations to focus on Immigration: Radical Hospitality by highlighting prayers, resources and ways to get involved in August and September. http://mennoniteusa.org/learn-pray-join-immigration-justice/

 Menno Snapshots
In “A note to people who are white, like me,” Mississippi pastor Hugh Hollowell Jr. blogs about his call to return to his home state and the importance of facing discomfort in confronting white supremacy in our communities and ourselves. Read more: http://mennoniteusa.org/menno-snapshots/to-people-who-are-white-like-me/

In his blog, “Green spiritual direction,” retired pastor Ruben Chupp looks to nature and Scripture for spiritual direction. Read more: http://mennoniteusa.org/menno-snapshots/green-spiritual-direction/

#BringThePeace
Support Mennonite congregations that are actively involved in dismantling racism, addressing police brutality, reimagining policing and combating poverty through Mennonite Church USA's mutual aid Justice Fund. To donate, visit http://mennoniteusa.org/give/

Pastors Leadership Cohort
Sheltering-in-place, social distancing, and historic unemployment.
COVID-19 has left unprecedented challenges in its wake for
pastors. Adapting to the “new normal” requires building a nimble,
transformative ministry culture marked by high engagement, mutual trust,
shared vision, and purposeful collaboration.

Learn how to build this culture through The Serving Leader Cohort—practical training that equips you to put into practice five leadership principles of Jesus and employ a leadership framework that is transforming businesses and faith-based organizations worldwide.

Led by Dr. John Stahl-Wert and Nelson Okanya, this cohort will meet six times between September 2020 and February 2021. View the flyer for more information.

Scholarships through the Center for Serving Leadership and from ACC's Congregational Leadership Fund are available.

LMHS Announcements
Anabaptist History Today
Will you help form the historical record of life in these times? We are seeking stories, images, art, videos, audio interviews, any media you might have to convey your everyday experiences. Go to bit.ly/AnabaptistHT to share your story or “digital item.” Anabaptist History Today is a storytelling and history-gathering project co-created by Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society partnering with 16 other Anabaptist history organizations across the U.S. and Canada. 

Annual Storytelling Night (Live Stream)
September 7, 2020, at 7 pm, featuring Dr. Pamela Tieszen, Superintendent of Lancaster Mennonite Schools, & Nelson Okanya, Global Missions President at the Center for Serving Leadership. Told in a series of short-format stories, each storyteller relates personal anecdotes from richly varied life experiences. Broadcast exclusively on Facebook Live at facebook.com/lmhs.org. Live-stream features a link for much appreciated online donations. Donations are also welcome by check at Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society, 2215 Millstream Road, Lancaster, PA 17602.

Mini Bookworm Frolic
Stock up on your reading favorites! Held September 17 & 18, 9 am to 7 pm, and September 19, 9 am to 4 pm, at the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society. Books will be on sale both inside the building and outside under a tent. Hardbacks will be $3.00, and paperbacks will be $1.50. On Saturday, the books are half-priced, or fill a box for $12. Customers must observe social distancing and wear a mask.