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Sermon Series: The Holy Spirit

Sept. 15, 2019 – “The Holy Spirit is a Helper” (advocate)

John 14:15-26 ‘If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, to be with you forever. This is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him,...

Sept. 8, 2019 – “The Holy Spirit REnews”

This Sunday we will be continuing our series on the Holy Spirit. We can read about the Holy Spirit in our bibles as in the 4 short scriptures below.  Persons can also have experiences with the Holy Spirit.  This Sunday we will be talking about one of the...

Sept. 1, 2019 – “The Holy Spirit Heals–Be Open”

Isaiah 57: 18-19 - “I have seen his ways, but I will heal him; I will lead him and restore comfort to him and his mourners, creating the fruit of the lips. Peace, peace, to the far and to the near,’ says the Lord, ‘and I will heal him.”   Sit yourself in a...

August 25, 2019 – “The Holy Spirit; Exploring Symbols”

This Sunday will feature a survey of how the Holy Spirit is ‘represented’ in Scripture, and beyond.  To begin consider this definition of what a symbol is and how a symbol functions; A symbol is a mark, sign or word that indicates, signifies, or is understood as...

August 18, 2019 – “The Holy Spirit; Two Unsettling Scriptures”

Exodus 3:(1-6) 13-15 3Moses was keeping the flock of his father-in-law Jethro, the priest of Midian; he led his flock beyond the wilderness, and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. 2There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire out of a bush; he...
Sermon Series: The Way of Jesus

August 11, 2019 – “The Way of Jesus: WAYfarers Wrap-up of Sermon Series

The Way of Jesus          John 14:6   Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the...

August 4, 2019 – “The Way of Jesus: WAYfarers Leave Footprints”

Luke 4:18-19  ‘The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,   because he has anointed me     to bring good news to the poor.He has sent me to proclaim release...

July 28, 2019 – TOWARDS SUNDAY 2

I am very aware that change can be hard.  Reforming our church governance structure is a big change.  Isaiah 43:19 tells us that our...

July 28, 2019 – WAYfarers Keep Growing

Mark 9:36-37 Then he took a little child and put it among them; and taking it in his arms, he said to them, ‘Whoever welcomes one such child in my...

“The Way of Jesus: WAYfarers Hob Nob with Wisdom”

Proverbs 8:1-21 New Living Translation (NLT) Wisdom Calls for a Hearing 8 Listen as Wisdom calls out!    Hear as...

July 14, 2019 – “The Way of Jesus: WAYfarers Have Gumption”

Ezekiel 4: 1-3, 9-15 And you, O mortal, take a brick and set it before you. On it portray a city, Jerusalem; and put siege-works against...

July 7, 2019 – “WAYFARERS WIDEN TABLES, Feeding at the table of conspirators”

Two weeks ago Carl’s brother, Pastor Phil, in his sermon, described “Ruach (the breath of the Holy Spirit) and that the real meaning of “conspiracy”...

June 30, 2019 – “The Way of Jesus: WAYfarers Handle Their Treasures”

Luke 6:43-45  ‘No good tree bears bad fruit, nor again does a bad tree bear good fruit; for each tree is known by its own fruit. Figs are not...

Please pray for our Up-coming Congregational Meeting

Prayer for upcoming Congregational Meeting June 26, 2019 To discuss proposed by-law changes and approve FY20 budget Lord,The events of a day in the...

June 23, 2019

Genesis 2:4-9 These are the generations of the heavens and the earth when they were created. In the day that the Lord God made the earth...

June 16, 2019 – “The Way of Jesus: WAYfarers Have the Freedom to Dance”

Jeremiah 31:31-33 The days are surely coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of...

June 9, 2019 – “WAYfarers: Tend to God’s Garden”

So I've been reading and gathering thoughts for Sunday's message which is titled WAYFarers: Tend to God's Garden.  I'm hoping to explore how we...

June 2, 2019 – “The Way of Jesus: WAYfarers Grow Roots”

Marion Mennonite Church's vision statement:     We are a community rooted in Christ, being transformed by the Spirit, sustained by God's...

May 26, 2019 – “WAYfarers Pursue Peace”

The biblical vision of Shalom is much larger and all-encompassing than simply the absence of war or conflict that might come to mind when we say...

May 19, 2019 – “The Way of Jesus: WAYfarers Embrace Hope”

Ecclesiastes 1:2-3  Vanity of vanities, says the Teacher,     vanity of vanities! All is vanity. What do people gain...

May 12, 2019 – “The Way of Jesus: WAYfarers Travel”

Here are 4 short scripture lessons to consider towards this Sunday's gathering. Isaiah 65:17 For I am about to create new...

The Way of Jesus: “WAYfarers Have Fingerprints”

May 5, 2019 Below are 4 scripture lessons for us to consider in preparation for this Sunday's gathering. Genesis 1:26-27 Then God said, ‘Let us make...

April 28, 2019

Good afternoon all,This Sunday is launch Sunday of a series called "The Way of Jesus".  This particular emphasis was germinated from the work...

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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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