Church Life

Wednesday Activity Nights

Intergenerational social gatherings are typically held the 3rd Wednesday of each month throughout the year.  The kitchen committee prepares a delicious meal which is served from 5:45 – 6:30 p.m. on a donation basis. The meal is often followed by an activity time for all ages.  People are encouraged to bring games, puzzles, crafts, etc. to do together or spend their time visiting. Some of the planned activities include: Chili Cook Off, Youth Auction, Easter activity, Spring Cleaning, Picnic at a Park, Community Service Project, Fall Festival, Community Service, Christmas activity, etc.  

Mentoring Program

The Jr. Youth are encouraged to choose mentors to walk with them for a year for a guided mentorship.  The group takes a weekend retreat during the year and meets on their own throughout the year to build a relationship of trust and guidance

Burning Bush

The local Mennonite churches of Franklin District publish a monthly periodical to keep the churches connected and updated.  Each church has a writer that submits news from their church. Readers enjoy keeping up with the current events in the district through this publication.

Retreats

Several retreats take place each year for various groups of the church.  There is an annual church retreat each fall for the whole church at Cove Valley Camp.  This retreat is full of fun, laughter, good food, lots of conversation, games, crafts, talent show, special speaker, and all the nature activities the camp provides.  

Fellowship Meals

On the 1st Sunday of each month everyone is invited to bring a hot and cold dish to share at a meal following the morning worship service.  Visitors are invited to stay. This meal offers a time to have deeper conversation and enjoy a very delicious meal together.

Usher Team

This group of volunteers arrive early to church each Sunday morning to greet each person at the door with a warm welcoming smile, handshake or hug.  They have a service program to hand to the adults and activity sheets for the children. If visitors have any questions, the ushers are there to help. They also provide a sense of security during the Sunday morning services.  

Historian

Marion has a long church history dating back to the early 1900s.  Our church historian collects information from the church to be archived at the Mennonite Historical Association of Cumberland Valley.

Small Groups

Various types of small groups meet to share life together outside of church.  These groups are self organized for the purpose of sharing life together and invite others into the Way of Jesus.

Women's Ministry

Fellowship and friendships among women in our congregation are important!  Once a month we provide a space where women gather to connect, support and encourage one another.  Our various events include brunches, luncheons, hearing one another’s faith stories, walks/hikes, pizza & prayers, Bible studies, evenings in flowerbeds or working with succulents, and weekend retreats, to name a few.  Our times together are meant to be times we grow deeper in our relationship with God and one another.  We welcome all who would like to join us!

Journeymen

Men of all ages meet monthly, usually on a Saturday morning for breakfast.  This is a time to talk, offer accountability through male friendship, and pray together.  If someone in the church or community has a need this group has been known to lend helping hands.

Prime Timers

Those at the prime age of 50 and above meet monthly for a variety of special activities including game or movie nights, picnics, local outings, dinners out, road trips, service projects, etc.

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A Traveling History Museum Comes to Marion Mennonite Church

Wednesday September 11, 2019
(One Day Only)
Doors Open at 6:00 pm

The normal admission charge of $25 will be waived for the first 500 entrants!

An Invitation to the congregation of Marion Mennonite Church, the supporters of the Mennonite Historical Association of the Cumberland Valley, and others (all are welcome),

Come and see what your church historian and your local church historical organization have been doing lately. And let me tell you, this is not ho-hum, business as usual. Some of these things are very rare and blow-your-mind old! New accessions include:

1. The largest book printed in colonial America – 1748 Ephrata Martyrs Mirror. The combined effort of 15 men for 3 years.

2. The most beautiful Bible, loved by Anabaptists – 1545 Froschauer/Zrich/Zwingli Bible, illustrated by tons of woodcut drawings. This Bible has a long, unique, and very interesting story.

3. Real paper money printed by Benjamin Franklin in Philadelphia in 1764, complete with the warning “TO COUNTERFEIT IS DEATH”!

4. A 1702 original map of the Beautiful Rhine Valley, produced by Italian mapmakers. Framed and in excellent condition. We’ll look for ancestral villages for some of the old Cumberland Valley Mennonite families.

5. An 1800 fraktur (folk art) drawing of the Parable of the Prodigal Son. Does any Bible story communicate so deeply the heart of God? (This is only a reproduction. Sorry, I tried to buy the original, but couldn’t come up with $22,500 on the spot!)

6. A real 1800’s beaverskin top hat (the kind worn by A. Lincoln). This one was worn by a Mennonite man, possibly on his wedding day.

7. Two pages from the Book of Hours - a drawing of King David playing the harp and some Latin text, hand drawn/written/decorated in gold leaf by a scribe in the late 1400s or early 1500s

8. A rare 1790s decorated blanket chest, with probable Marion Mennonite connections

9. Two printings (1821 and 1830) of the Franklin Harmony, a singing school songbook printed in Chambersburg, similar to the Harmonia Sacra from Virginia. These rare books have been forgotten locally, but have recently caught the attention of some scholarly researchers.

10. A nail and splinter from Jesus’ cross (Whoops, sorry, I got a little carried away with this one.)

In addition to these “new” items, I will bring some old treasures:

11. Beautiful fraktur (folk art) drawings from the 1850s by Maria Lesher, a Marion Mennonite artist and ancestor of some 2019 Marion Mennonites.

12. A floorplan drawing of the 1820 Browns Mill Mennonite Meetinghouse, the predecessor of Marion Mennonite Church. This is the oldest floorplan drawing of any Mennonite meetinghouse/church building in North America. (Yes! – we finally got one over on Franconia and Lancaster!)

13. The Civil War exemption letter for Frederick Shank, written by Bishop Peter Eshleman. Both Frederick Shank and Peter Eshleman have numerous descendants in Marion Mennonite Church today.

14. An original vorschrift (handwriting sampler) written by Michael Hege, Marion Mennonite deacon in the mid-latter 1800s.

15. A coverlet made by Rebecca Weaver, before she married Michael Hege, in the mid-1800s.

I plan to introduce these items one-by-one, giving explanation and background story. You will be able to see each item up-close and in-person. Allow about one to one and a half hours.

I hope to see you on the 11th.
​​​​​​​​Linden A. Showalter
​​​​​​​​Historian for Marion Mennonite Church
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"God, we are fearfully and wonderfully made. You called us into being and have shaped us by your hand. Through the circumstances of life, times of long dryness, times if intense fire, times if immeasurable blessing, you have been at work in many amazing ways. Thank you that we are your workmanship.
Lord l, help us to be faithful to the work you are calling us to do, today and everyday and throughout all seasons of our lives. Here we are, made by you, ready for your use. Amen."

Several weeks back, a group of our ladies gathered together to for a day retreat "We are Clay in the Potter's Hands". While watching clay being worked with and creating their own pieces, the ladies learned about the parallels between the physical workings of pottery making with God's faithfulness in shaping our lives.

Check out some sneak peaks of their finished products! Ladies your pieces will be available for pickup at church on Sunday!
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