B1: Business as mission: transforming leaders in the workplace – are you here, God?
Presenters: John Pletcher (Manor Church) and Keith Blank (Lancaster Mennonite Conference) with marketplace influencers
Description: By engaging with a new set of questions, postures and perspectives, discover how to encounter God and his work in and through you to influence your daily work and help to shape your workplace culture.
B2: Retiring boomers - designing a post-career mission
Presenter: Dave Witmer (author of Retirement Radicals)
Description: We will explore the unique opportunity of volunteerism and mission engagement as thousands of the baby boomer generation reach retirement age, and will discuss ideas for those aged 55+ and for pastors to proactively develop a radically new congregational “seniors” ministry.
B3: Your recycling can help Syrian refugees
Presenter: Lisa Heft (Mennonite Central Committee Material Resource Center)
Description: To leave or to stay? Many Syrian and Iraqi families have had to face that question for many years because of violence. MCC works alongside partners around the world to provide relief, development and peace in the name of Christ so that people may live and work in their own communities. You can help by giving the gift of your time, financial resources and recyclable materials.
B4: Changing perception of adoption and single-parenting in this fatherless generation
Presenters:House of His Creation staff
Description: House of His Creation is serving this region and beyond through Christ-centered services and programs to single birth mothers and their children. Come hear about what has led us to create Family of Restoration Ministries and move our maternity program to an adoption focus.
B5: At the intersection of congregational mission and conflict
Presenters: Jacob Kanagy and Conrad Kanagy (Lancaster Mennonite Conference)
Description: Congregations in conflict too often forget that they exist for God’s mission to the world. And many congregations with energy for mission lose their passion when conflict arises. In this workshop, the presenters will discuss important connections between congregational mission and conflict, and reasons why mission and conflict invariably exist together. They will offer hope for missional faithfulness in the midst of conflict – hope grounded in the Holy Spirit's continued work in the world and the church.
B6:A holistic approach to ending hunger and homelessness
Presenters: Lindsay Hess and Jim S. Amstutz (Lancaster County Council of Churches)
Description: Is it really possible to end hunger and homeless in our community? Learn how an innovative and systemic approach involving faith-based and community partnerships is making significant inroads in resolving both challenges. The LCCC provides nutritious food, clothing, transportation and shelter to those most in need and is a member of Hunger Free Lancaster and the Lancaster County Coalition to End Homelessness.
B7: The new thrifty: from extreme couponing to voluntary simplicity
Presenter: Lutheran Social Services (LSS)
Description: Thriftiness is an American value rising again. America has moved from a savings culture to a debt culture. There is a 21st century movement of fresh ideas to bring back thrift – learn its many faces, from thrift shops, co-ops and extreme couponing to gardeners, Freecyclers, the Compact and voluntary simplicity. Help your family achieve financial peace of mind, good habits for life and sustainable, happier communities.
B8: Overcoming hurdles of the smallholder farmer
Presenters: Melissa Miller and Abram Mellinger
Description: Caring for the land, community and future generations is difficult when resources are limited. This workshop will address common struggles of smallholder farmers in the third world and discuss real-life solutions used to address them. Understand how Christ-centered companies such as ECHO Inc. offer both spiritual and physical support by providing applicable resources and materials where it is needed most.
B9: Estate planning beyond the basics: considering the legacy and stewardship issues involved
Presenter: Tim Shawaryn (Brubaker Connaughton Goss and Lucarelli LLC)
Description: God calls us to be wise stewards and to teach future generations the good news of the Gospel. For most people, estate planning is one of the most important stewardship and legacy events we encounter. As such, the planning process stirs up many difficult questions and tough issues. This workshop is designed to help people begin to process these questions and to understand the importance of implementing a plan that reflects biblical principles.
B10: What is true fasting?
Presenter: Marcia Mylin (Everence)
Description: Through the prophet Isaiah, the Lord calls out, “Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen ….?” What kind of fasting does the Lord call us to? Join us for this interactive discussion as we delve deeper into Old and New Testament scriptures on prayer and fasting and begin to understand the Father’s heart on this issue.
B11: Learning to “LEAP”: transforming difficult conversations
Presenters: Brenda Long and Ann King-Grosh (No Longer Alone Ministries)
Description: Want to transform difficult conversations in your family, church, and/or workplace? Learning to LEAP© (Listening, Empathy, Agreement and Partnering) provides a tool pioneered by Dr. Xavier Amador that will help you manage the challenges that come in addressing the needs of people in your life who live with mental illness.
B12: How to talk about end of life issues
Presenter: Beryl Jantzi (Everence)
Description: This workshop will introduce topics such as the benefits of end of life planning, will preparation and power of attorney arrangements. The more we do now, the less our loved ones will need to take care of later. Two outcomes of going through this workshop are 1) you will be able to reduce the pressure on your family members in your later years and 2) it will ensure that your final years, months and days can be lived as we would want them to be – consistent with your values and faith principles.