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.
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L. Keith Weaver
LMC Shalom News Team
Joanne H. Dietzel
M. Laura Stoner Managing Editor
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