News & Stories

The Garifuna Story

A Tale of Overcoming Obstacles By Pastor E. Omar Guzman LMC has a number of Garifuna Mennonite Churches. LMC also has connections with a network of Garifuna churches around the USA and in Central America. This group of churches does amazing Kingdom work. So perhaps, we should ask, “Who are the Garifuna?” SOME HISTORY The story of the Garifuna stands as a modern tragedy in… Read More

Sunnyside Mennonite Church

DISTRICT: Lancaster LOCATION: 337 Circle Avenue, Lancaster, Pa. 17602 DATE OF FOUNDING: 1930 AVERAGE SUNDAY WORSHIP ATTENDANCE: 75 WORSHIP SERVICE: Sunday Worship – 9:30 a.m.; Sunday School – 11:00 a.m.; Tuesday at the House (TATH) – 6:15 p.m. PASTOR: Joshua Jefferson with wife Monica and their children Sunnyside Mennonite Church is a blend of city and country, a caring family. We are located on the… Read More

Oak Grove Mennonite Church

DISTRICT: Western Maryland LOCATION: 188 Zehner Road, Grantsville, Md. 21536 DATE OF FOUNDING: 1874 AVERAGE SUNDAY WORSHIP ATTENDANCE: 25 WORSHIP SERVICE: Sunday School – 9:30 a.m.; Worship Service – 10:30 a.m. PASTOR: Merlin “Mert” Maust Nestled in the Allegheny mountain range on Negro Mountain, you will find a small white frame church called Oak Grove Mennonite Church. It is located just one fourth mile north… Read More

Repair, Rebuild, and Revive the Age-Old Foundations

By Sherri Martin As a third year STEP student I need to complete a year-long missional experiment. I am in the midst of my experiment in Kinzers, Pennsylvania. Foundational to my missional experiment are the words of Isaiah in chapter 58. The prophet had cried out and prophetically addressed the community who would return and make a new life in Jerusalem. Those people faced the… Read More

LMC Name Change

Lancaster Mennonite Conference is in process of adapting its branding to begin using “LMC” as its official name. Although still operating legally as Lancaster Mennonite Conference, it will also be known as LMC.

Quemando el Aceite de Medianoche

Por el Pastor Hugo Portillo, tal como lo relató a Joselyn Santiago Lo recuerdo como si hubiera sido ayer. Era un martes en la noche en el 2003, e iba a ir a la iglesia después del trabajo. Había llegado a los EEUU desde Guatemala en el 2001. Comencé a trabajar en el restaurante desde las 10 a.m. hasta las 10 p.m. habían pasado un… Read More

Burning the Midnight Oil

By Pastor Hugo Portillo as told to Joselyn Santiago I remember it as though it were yesterday. It was a Tuesday evening in 2003, and I was going to church after work. I had come to the USA from Guatemala in 2001. I began working at a restaurant from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. It had been a couple of years since I went to… Read More

Dwelling in the Word for 2018

For the past fourteen years, LMC has chosen a Dwelling in the Word text. The practice has been to allow the text to form and shape us as individuals and as a conference. Isaiah 61 has been affirmed as the Dwelling in the Word text for 2018. Click on the links below to orient yourself about the practice of Dwelling in the Word and to… Read More

Maple Grove

Maple Grove Mennonite Church, Belleville, Pa., recently affirmed by 97% the recommendation to join Lancaster Mennonite Conference. The pastor at Maple Grove is Alan Kauffman. The Board of Bishops took action in October to receive the congregation. They will be publicly recognized at the March Celebration of Church Life.

Franklin Conference Update

Franklin Conference leaders passed a decision to join Lancaster Mennonite Conference on September 27 by a 92% vote. The congregations will be incorporated into LMC as Franklin District. The district has 14 congregations in Pa. and Md.

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