Come Children. Come. (Matthew 19:13-15)

Through just three verses in Matthew 19:13-15, we get a peak at Jesus’ heart for children. In this passage some parents want their kids to be blessed by Jesus. These parents probably just wanted their kids to meet this teacher that the countrysides were talking about. He was a special man. A man full of signs, wonders,

The East Petersburg Fall Festival is coming!

The East Petersburg Annual Fall Festival will be taking place from 1:00pm to 4:00pm on October 3rd, 2015. This event welcomes and celebrates the fall season in a true East Petersburg fashion, full of of activities, games and community fun. The first 350 kids to come out will get a free pumpkin to decorate on site. The

East Petersburg Days starts Thursday with an unlimited rides wristband!

Some of my favorite family memories growing up revolved around carnival rides at community fairs and at places like Knoebels. Throughout my teens and young adult life, my friends and I (probably like yours) explored every local fair, festival and carnival we could in Lancaster County and parts of Maryland.  Now, in the same way, I enjoy taking my wife

I’m grateful for a continuation of the journey.

In the fall of 2013 I was working for a program called the Manos House, a non-profit drug and alcohol rehabilitation center for young men who were court ordered into rehab. The program was run by Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Services, Inc. Katie was busy working for Mom’s House of Lancaster, a non-profit which provided free childcare and

Menno Simons and the Institutionalized Church

Menno Simons, who had been a Catholic Priest from 1524 to 1536, ended up leaving the institution of Church in his journey of faith and he would come to serve and join a fledgling group of vagabonds, sojourners and common folk that were calling themselves the Anabaptists. The Anabaptists were in the process of being persecuted for

September 17-19th; East Petersburg Days and Carnival

I am eagerly looking forward to gathering to celebrate the community of our East Petersburg neighborhoods during the upcoming East Petersburg Days. Actually, our family has been counting down the days to this years East Petersburg Days for over a month. This years East Petersburg Days will be taking place at the East Petersburg Community Park during

The invitation is not about goodness, but about being together.

This morning as I sat in my office, for one reason or another, the passage Matthew 22 came to my mind. I was trusting and believing that God probably put it on my mind. So, expectantly I opened it up to that passage and dwelled on it. It’s one of the stories, or parables, that Jesus told

Love Came To Town in East Petersburg, PA.

This blog is written for my brothers and sisters at East Petersburg Mennonite Church. However, what I wrote here would apply to any faith community in any type of neighborhood context. All followers of Jesus would do good to learn to neighbor better. We at East Petersburg Mennonite Church describe ourselves a community learning to live and love like

Dollie & Me Fashion Show comes to East Petersburg

This morning as I worked at my desk in my office loft, I attempted to wrestle down my e-mails and various to-do lists. As I sat there, hammering the keyboard I was unexpectedly interrupted by my oldest daughter. In one hand she was holding a small bald baby doll void of clothes. There, in her other hand, was

A guys breakfast in East Petersburg starting October 5th, 2015.

Last week I made a Facebook post looking for guys interested in grabbing breakfast together at the Family Fare Restaurant in East Petersburg, on Monday mornings. Basically, I am looking for a group of guys local to or not far from the area of East Petersburg, that would enjoy grabbing breakfast together before work just to get to