Summer Around the World, a cross cultural experience at East Petersburg Mennonite Church

summerKM_1433427438_500xauto-229x300Vacation Bible School is one of those things that was created in the program era of the institutionalized church. Every church community was doing one, and for the most part they were well received and attended.

For many, it’s lost it’s flavor and importance. For others, it still has nostalgic value. Yet to others still very much relevant to who they are and where they are at.

For the past two years, East Petersburg Mennonite Church has worked to do something different with their Vacation Bible School. We’ve seen it become a place of shared story and experience, introducing people to a new world they aren’t normally in touch with.

I think the team is on to something.

From July 31st through August 4th; East Petersburg Mennonite Church will be hosting a unique cross cultural Vacation Bible School experience designed by Wycliffe Bible Translators; at 6279 Main Street in East Petersburg, PA.

All Children, five years of age through 6th grade, are invited to experience a firsthand glance into a world that is much different than our own through Wycliffe’s “Summer Around the World.” This experience runs from July 31st to Aug 4th and will happen in the evenings from 6:30pm to 8:30pm.

“Summer Around the World” is a five-day program where kids get to travel the world with Kate — a Wycliffe missionary kid — and her best friend, Mack. Each day focuses on a different region: Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe and the Pacific. Kids will learn about different languages and cultures, meet characters from different countries, play international games, make unique crafts, and so much more. Most importantly, they’ll learn how much God loves his children, no matter what language they speak.

East Petersburg Mennonite Church hosted a similar unique cross cultural Vacation Bible School last year, through Compassion International, and it was well received.

This experience is being facilitated by Youth Pastor Chelsea Delp, who says; “I’m looking forward to this exciting week of learning together about other cultures, languages and the uniting love of God.”

East Petersburg Mennonite Church is a community that is learning to live and love like Jesus. More information about East Petersburg Mennonite Church and their Vacation Bible School can be found online at www.eastpetemc.org or by calling (717) 569-9931.

For more than 70 years, Wycliffe has helped people around the world translate the Bible into their own languages. We also help with language development, literacy and other spiritual and physical needs.

I hope you consider checking it out. You can register online.



A night of free entertainment with fireworks, a movie in the park and live music.

The East Petersburg Events Committee will be hosting a special celebration for Independence Day in the East Petersburg Community Park, on July 2nd, 2016. This is a free event that welcomes everyone to a special night featuring live music, a movie in the park and fireworks.

Initiating the night at 6:30pm, live music with locally renowned singer and songwriter Duane Slaymaker will be performing. Duane is a talented Lancaster County native known for covering a lot of territory in the past thirty years, with his engaging music.

Then, beginning at 8:30pm the movie in the park will begin. A large outdoor movie screen allows families to enjoy a screening of Sony Picture’s “Hotel Transylvania 2.” This family friendly film is the acclaimed sequel to the 2012 film Hotel Transylvania.

As the movie concludes, the Lancaster Toyota Independence Day Fireworks Display will begin. Every year, this firework display is a cherished highlight of our midsummer celebration.

Those planning to attend this event should bring lawn chairs or blankets. Food vendors will be available at the event. You can also bring your own eats.

This event is always a favorite. There is something special about seeing the park filled with neighbors and friends gathered together, on chairs and blankets, for a night of community and entertainment.

The East Petersburg Events Committee is a non-profit, 100% volunteer organization that uses no tax payer money. Their mission is to host family friendly events that are of mutual interest to both the visitors and residents of East Petersburg; in effort to strengthen their town through fostering community involvement and spirit.

For more information, visit www.eastpetersburgday.comYou can also RSVP on Facebook.


This Friday, visit us at the East Petersburg Elementary School Festival!

We invite you to join our family this Friday, for an amazing and unforgettably fun night at the 2016 Annual East Petersburg Elementary School Festival!

This is a great time to get out and support a local organization that is making a difference in the life of our community and our kids.

There will be lots of fun to be had for everyone. More importantly, there will be lots of food and prizes. As always, there will be over twenty games and activities of all varieties, for kids of all ages.

So, the Details. It will be happening this Friday, May 13th. It will run from 4:30pm – 8:30pm. It is an event held by the East Petersburg Elementary School and the East Petersburg Elementary School Parent-Teacher Organization.

If you aren’t into the food, fun, prizes, game or activities; then you might enjoy Morton’s Dance Center and their presenting Dance Competition Team. They will be performing throughout the evening.

Take note, the East Petersburg Elementary School Festival is rain or shine. This means you are going to want to dress accordingly.

In addition to being there will my family, I am excited to be involved at one of the games. East Petersburg Mennonite Church will be helping out by running the infamous ‘Prize Wheel.’ You are going to want to stop by, and say hi! The Prize Wheel is a big spinning wheel in which your kids (or you I guess) can put their game ticket on a month of the year; and then you get to spin the wheel as fast and hard as you want. You want to land on the right part of the wheel to win the prize!

East Petersburg Mennonite Church loves being part of this neighborhood, and we love getting involved and invested in the life of it. Getting involved for us, is just a simple way of expressing our belief that God loves our neighbors and that we love them too.

Those of you up for a real change can dare to make a difference at the East Petersburg Elementary School Festival by either cutting off 8″ of your hair, shaving your head or donating to the St. Baldricks Foundation.  The St. Baldricks Foundation is working with Pantene, against Childhood Cancer.

Katie and I both hope to see you there!

If you are interested in volunteering at our game, please e-mail me.

East Petersburg Elementary School is located at 5700 Lemon Street
in East Petersburg, PA.

Make sure you RSVP on Facebook.


Today, I am a guest on WFYL 1180AM; It’s A New Day Morning Show.

This morning I have been invited to be on the It’s A New Day Morning Show with host Kathy Barnette, from station manager Kim Kennedy. This will be on Fox Radio Affiliate, WFYL 1180AM.

I will go on at 8:00am.

I am told It’s A New Day Morning Show covers local, regional, national and international news and topics of interest on a wide variety of subjects by featuring commentary and informative interviews with noteworthy guests from this area.

From what I understand from the invite, I will be there as a Pastor who believes followers of Jesus are to be implicitly intentionally about investing and discipling in creative ways in their neighborhood to be difference makers.

This can be even applied to things like the current Heroin crisis which we are experience across our Pennsylvania neighborhoods. This, as I understand, will be one of the things they are discussing.

WFYL 1180AM is located in the area of Norristown Pennsylvania, not far from Valley Forge and King of Prussia. Ther show programming aims to feature unique personalities and commentary on local and national issues of the day. Many are heard live, and this enables our listeners to call in and voice opinions or ask questions of the national or local hosts. The wide variety of topics include faith; family; history; finance; government; politics; pets; defense and military issues; careers; parenting; science; jazz; home improvement; Sunday worship services, and many others.

I am not sure what they are going to be asking, and I am hoping I can be interesting. If you get a chance, tune in at 8:00am.

If you are outside of the broadcasting area, you can also listen in live online.


This morning I was on WFYL 1180AM and the It’s A New Day Morning Show.

First, let me just express a deep sense of gratitude to Fox Radio Affiliate, WFYL 1180AM, and the It’s A New Day Morning Show.

It’s been great getting to connect with Kathy Barnette and Kim Kennedy.

It’s A New Day Morning Show covers local, regional, national and international news and topics of interest on a wide variety of subjects by featuring commentary and informative interviews with noteworthy guests from this area. Today, I was considered one of those noteworthy guests. I was surprised, humbled and excited to be invited for this opportunity. 

If you are finding my website because of my appearance this morning, I hope I said something that stretched you a little. I also hope my values were clear, challenging and contagious.

Based on my conversations today with WFYL, there is a few resources I really want to recommend. 

If you didn’t know me before today, I look forward to getting to know you and your story. If you haven’t already, I invite you to Subscribe to my Blog, you can either subscribe by RSS or Email.

My story, briefly. I am the coffeeholic and Chuck-Taylor wearing Associate Pastor at East Petersburg Mennonite Church. We are a community that is learning to live and love like Jesus. I’d love for you to explore us.

Like the Church, I am deeply involved in the neighborhood community life of the Borough of East Petersburg. I volunteer on the East Petersburg Events Committee which hosts about a dozen events in the East Petersburg Community Park; everything from festivals, to carnivals to a car show. Life is happy here; come to an event and find out for yourself.

I also love partnering with others. I facilitate the East Petersburg Minister’s Meetup, a monthly ministerial meeting of faith leaders in our Borough. I also enjoy coaching church planters through Church On The Other Side. Even more, Katie McLain and I love brainstorming with individuals, churches and church planters on how to be intentionally creative communities of discipleship and mission in their neighborhoods.

From my stories, you may have noticed that I have found myself wearing many hats before becoming a Pastor. These experiences have shifted me at times in big ways, including traveling the country for ten years on and off the road with bands, organizations and sojourneying to find myself.


Stick around, maybe even WFYL 1180AM will have an archive online.