Category: East Petersburg Mennonite Church

The place where your treasure is, is the place you will most want to be, and end up being.

The place where your treasure is, is the place you will most want to be, and end up being.

In Matthew 6:19-24, in part of His sermon on the mount, Jesus addresses the treasures of humanity – money, and stuff. These are the two things that we seemingly can never have enough of. To the audience that is gathered with him on that mountainside, he teaches them how our craving for more money and…

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Invested Relationship: Working to find a common definition and understanding for local church membership.

Invested Relationship: Working to find a common definition and understanding for local church membership.

In 2015, in an article titled “Membership Matters,” Ed Stetzer reflected, “Bring up church membership and watch people squirm. It isn’t that people in culture are against membership as an idea—Costco seems to be doing well. Perhaps it is because church membership is not often defined well.” [1] In that article, Stetzer also writes, “But in the…

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Within Our Reach: Entering the Advent Story

Within Our Reach: Entering the Advent Story

The Christmas Season is a special one that we find full of bright colors, yesteryear’s memories, and memorable traditions. I don’t know about you, but our family has already begun to practice our holiday traditions, including watching Charles’ Dickens “A Christmas Carol” performed by The Muppets, and by taking our annual trip to “Koziar’s Christmas…

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Free Neighborhood Bonfire at East Petersburg Mennonite Church on Tuesday, October 31

Free Neighborhood Bonfire at East Petersburg Mennonite Church on Tuesday, October 31

Tomorrow, October 31st, I am inviting you to the 4th Annual Neighborhood Bonfire at East Petersburg Mennonite Church, from 6:00-9:00 p.m. This is one of my favorite times of the year. Friends, families, and neighbors will enjoy warming up around firepits as they trick-or-treat. This is a fun event to drop in and drop out. However,…

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UNTOLD: Finishing a five week journey of unlocking famous biblical stories

UNTOLD: Finishing a five week journey of unlocking famous biblical stories

For the past five weeks at East Petersburg Mennonite Church, we have looked to unlock some untold sides of famous Biblical characters and situations, to find the compassionate heart of God that extends both grace and mercy to the broken individuals he chooses to use. We just came to an end with this series. In…

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Telling the story of UNTOLD, our five-week journey to unlock some untold sides of famous Biblical characters

Telling the story of UNTOLD, our five-week journey to unlock some untold sides of famous Biblical characters

We have just finished our third week, in a five-week journey at East Petersburg Mennonite Church, to unlock some untold sides of famous Biblical characters and situations to find the compassionate heart of God that extends both grace and mercy to the broken individuals he chooses to use. I have had a lot of fun…

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Lancaster Newspapers’ “A Good Neighbor Policy,” and My Own Thoughts on Neighboring with a Purposeful Plan, Place and Presence.

Lancaster Newspapers’ “A Good Neighbor Policy,” and My Own Thoughts on Neighboring with a Purposeful Plan, Place and Presence.

On Monday morning, I enjoyed a conversation with Lancaster Newspapers‘ Staff Writer Earle Cornelius inside the lobby at East Petersburg Mennonite Church. I deeply enjoyed my time with Earle Cornelius – it was certainly one of the best times and interviews that I have ever had with a reporter. As we met and talked – I was presented…

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Practicing Wimber’s 7 Constants: Telling My Story, His Story and Our Story to the Merchandiser Community Newspaper

Practicing Wimber’s 7 Constants: Telling My Story, His Story and Our Story to the Merchandiser Community Newspaper

When John Wimber used to address church planters in the Vineyard, he had a list of important elements he encouraged them to live out. I remember encountering and learning these elements through conversations, during my time in the Vineyard. However, recently they have been pushed out again for us by Missiologists Ed Stetzer and Daniel Im.…

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