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Finding a Better Way — LMC Legacy Foundation

Over 60 years ago, Lancaster Conference Mennonites responded to atrocities in state mental hospitals with the call to “find a better way” to care for persons with mental health needs. The call became action as the Mennonites built and staffed Philhaven Hospital growing it to a highly respected faith based state of the art behavioral healthcare facility. Early in 2016, LMC released their ownership of… Read More

Blough Mennonite Church

DISTRICT: Western Maryland LOCATION: 794 Woodstown Hwy., Hollsopple, PA 15935 DATE OF FOUNDING: 1803 AVERAGE SUNDAY WORSHIP ATTENDANCE: 40 WORSHIP SERVICE: 10:30 a.m. PASTOR: Eric Lasure Blough Mennonite Church was the first Mennonite church established in the Johnstown area. We are excited to be part of the Western Maryland District and LMC, and look forward to meeting new people. One of the most common comments we hear from the… Read More

Defining Choices

Facing obstacles that can hinder spiritual growth in today’s youth By Bill Helmlinger In the spring of 2004, I was a sophomore in High school and baseball season was just getting started. I started in two games before the weekend came. But that weekend, I decided to go to a youth conference called Acquire the Fire in Indianapolis instead of playing baseball. That decision was… Read More

Habecker Mennonite Church

DISTRICT: Landisville-Manor LOCATION: 451 Habecker Church Road, Lancaster, Pa. 17603 DATE OF FOUNDING: 1724 AVERAGE SUNDAY WORSHIP ATTENDANCE: 150 WORSHIP SERVICE: 10:00 a.m. PASTORS: Chris and Dawn Landes Habecker Mennonite Church was established in the 1700’s by young immigrant farming families looking for a community of peace and faith. Today that spirit continues as Habecker is now an intercultural congregation of about three-fourths native Karen speakers… Read More

Maple Grove Mennonite Church

DISTRICT: Western PA LOCATION: 115 Maple Grove Road, Belleville, Pa. DATE OF FOUNDING: 1868 AVERAGE SUNDAY WORSHIP ATTENDANCE: 105 WORSHIP SERVICE: Sunday School – 9:30 a.m.; Worship Service – 10:30 a.m. PASTOR: Alan Kauffman Maple Grove Mennonite Church is celebrating its 150th anniversary in August of 2018. We were the first Mennonite Church in what we know as the Big Valley in north central Pennsylvania. While… Read More

La Historia de los Garífunas

Un Relato Sobre Vencer Obstáculos Por Pastor E. Omar Guzmán LMC cuenta con un cierto número de Iglesias Menonitas Garífuna. LMC también posee conexiones con una red de iglesias Garífunas alrededor de los EE. UU. y Centroamérica. Este grupo de iglesias realiza un increíble trabajo del Reino. Por lo tanto, quizá deberíamos preguntarnos “¿quiénes son los garífunas?” UN POCO DE HISTORIA La historia de los… Read More

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

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