A publication of Lancaster Mennonite Conference, a conference of Mennonite Church USA
Number 1 January - March 2015

In late October, I sat with the Pennsylvania 2015 Mennonite World Conference (MWC) National Advisory Council when they met in Akron, Pa. In listening to the reports, pondering the discussions, hearing the concerns, and feeling the excitement, I began to grasp how much work and how many people are needed to host the 16th Mennonite World Conference Assembly. What an opportunity (and a challenge) it is to host our global brothers and sisters from 243 national conferences of churches in 83 countries.

The Editorial Team thought it important to devote this issue of Shalom News to the July 21-26, 2015 Mennonite World Conference Assembly to be held at the Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg, Pa. Throughout the issue, there are suggestions for you and your congregation for how to prepare for the event, as well as information and resources. Phyllis Pellman Good was our guest editorial team member for this issue. We are thankful for the articles she wrote. Phyllis and her husband Merle serve as Communication Consultants for Mennonite World Conference. I invite congregations throughout LMC to remember PA 2015 regularly in your prayers and to celebrate Mennonite World Fellowship Sunday on January 18. Annually, we are encouraged to celebrate our global Anabaptist community that continues to shape our understanding of what it means to be disciples of Jesus Christ. On January 18, congreg ations are asked to worship together in spirit and truth and to pray for each other. World Fellowship Sunday is an opportunity to remind us that we belong to each other as sisters and brothers in God’s household. For resources and stories to be used on January 18, go to https:// www.mwc-cmm.org/article/world-fellowship-Sunday.

I know many people across LMC are already volunteering their time and sharing their gifts in preparation for this global event. Many more volunteers will be needed in the months ahead. The Mennonite World Conference website is the best place to find information and to learn how you might get involved. It will take a huge village to host Pennsylvania 2015.

Joanne H. Dietzel coordinates communications and external relationships in her role as Conference Coordinator for Lancaster Conference.


Voices - of Mennonite Women on a Journey of Faith

In just a few short months, our sisters and brothers from around the world and from across North America will be coming to Harrisburg to worship and fellowship together with us. “PA 2015,” the Mennonite World Conference Assembly, will be held at the Farm Show Complex, July 21-26, 2015. click to read more...
One day this summer, a group of Mennonite World Conference staff went to a Dominican restaurant for dinner. The MWC general secretary, César García (Colombia), took us through the menu so we would know what has a little kick - what they make just right. As we settled into our meal, our tired and jetlagged companions had us in stitches; we laughed so hard, people at other tables kept sneaking glances our way. click to read more...
Many peoples shall come and say, ‘Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; that he may teach us his ways and that we may walk in his paths.’” These words of Isaiah 2:3 come to mind as I think of Mennonite World Conference delegates and guests gathering from around the world in Harrisburg, Pa. July 21-26, 2015. click to read more...
An international group of young Anabaptists—called the YABs Committee for short—are deep into planning the next Global Youth Summit (GYS), which will immediately precede the upcoming Mennonite World Conference Assembly, PA 2015. As the official MWC youth committee, they are putting together a mix of worship, with each session planned and led by a different continent, discussions, workshops, fellowship and free time, games, concerts, late-evening activities, and sports. (GYS attendees are ages 18 and older.) The GYS gathering will be held on the campus of Messiah College in Mechanicsburg, Pa. July 17-19, 2015. click to read more...
I am greatly excited about and eagerly waiting to attend the 2015 Assembly. It is going to be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for me to worship and fellowship with my brothers and sisters from around the globe. click to read more...

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