December 19 announcements

The National Campaign for a Peace Tax Fund (NCPTF) will hold a gathering for Pennsylvania residents interested in supporting The Religious Freedom Peace Tax Fund Act of 2017, H.R. 1947. Malachy Kilbride, Executive Director of NCPTF, will speak at Akron Mennonite Church at 2:00 pm on Sunday, December 31.  To find out more about H.R. 1947, click here.


In February 2018, The Mennonite magazine will celebrate its 20th anniversary in its current form as the official publication of Mennonite Church USA and they want to hear from you. Send your memories of The Mennonite: reflections on your favorite stories, authors that have been important or reasons you’ve relied on this publication. Short reflections (200 words or less) can be sent to Responses sent by January 1 may be included in the February 2018 issue of the magazine.


Karen’s Place — the coffee shop ministry of Doylestown Mennonite Church — will be open on January 6, featuring singer songwriter Bob Stanhope. Doors open at 7:00 pm and there is no admission charge. For information, call the church office at 215-345-6377 or visit


The Craft Stand coordinators want to remind crafters to create for the 62nd annual PA Relief Sale which will be held Friday and Saturday, April 6 and 7 at the Farm Show Building in Harrisburg, PA. They are seeking crafters who work with fabric, wood, paper, yarn, thread, or jewelry to make and donate quality crafts. Donations can be dropped off any time at Ephrata MCC Material Resources Center or brought to the Craft Stand during the sale. If you have questions, contact Janet Runion Patton at 717-272-1708 or


Healthy Niños Honduras’ first newsletter is now available at  Check out the information about how Healthy Niños will continue the work that MAMA Project started in Honduras. For additional information about the work of Healthy Niños, check out and consider supporting the work in poor, rural villages of Honduras.  Donations can be made through Franconia Conference, if desired, as Healthy Niños is awaiting 501c3 status at this time. 


The Mennonite, Inc. welcomes your original submissions and contributions for their March 2018 print magazine issue and corresponding online content focusing on Spiritual resilience.  Submissions are due by January 20 to You can read a full description of the March 2018 theme here.