Tag: East Petersburg Mennonite Church

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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Parish Resource Center presents Neighboring Well: Living Like Jesus in Your Community

Parish Resource Center presents Neighboring Well: Living Like Jesus in Your Community

I want to invite you to “Neighboring Well: Living Like Jesus in Your Community,” at the Parish Resource Center, on November 6th, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  Neighboring Well is an panel discussion in which I have been asked to be part of, looking at how we as followers of Jesus and as churches can…

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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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Annual Pumpkin Festival, October 7, in East Petersburg Community Park

Annual Pumpkin Festival, October 7, in East Petersburg Community Park

Our town of East Petersburg is preparing for our annual Pumpkin Festival on Saturday, October 7th, 2017. This free and family friendly Pumpkin Festival will be taking place from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., in the East Petersburg Community Park. The first three hundred kids in attendance will receive free pumpkins to decorate in the…

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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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Won’t You Be My Neighbor? A Series Exploring Intentional and Invested Presence in Our Neighborhoods

Won’t You Be My Neighbor? A Series Exploring Intentional and Invested Presence in Our Neighborhoods

No matter where I have lived, and I have lived many places, I have loved learning to be really intentional and invested in the neighborhood, or area, that I call home. Some of you may have heard me say this before, but I love to intentionally; live, breathe, play, invest, work, eat, shop and worship as much…

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Shipwrecked: Following Paul’s Seafaring Journey

Shipwrecked: Following Paul’s Seafaring Journey

On Sunday mornings at East Petersburg Mennonite Church, we’ve been in a series called Shipwrecked. Shipwrecked follows Paul’s seafaring journey as a sentenced prisoner in chains. I believe that Paul’s seafaring journey teaches us to faithfully depend on God and stay-the-mission, even in the moments we feel bound by our circumstances. This has been a…

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