District Conference

2017 District Conference

October 13-14, 2017 at Maitland Church of the Brethren

Friday evening worship will be led by David Radcliff, director of New Community Project. He has a passion for God’s people and the world and is inspired to change the way we relate to the planet and the world

 Note from Moderator:

                  Brothers and Sisters of the Middle Pennsylvania District Churches of the Brethren it is with the joy of Christ Jesus that I greet you.  It has been my pleasure to serve as the district moderator for the past year.  I have seen the district in a new way.  While our district is wide in size and beliefs we still share the same core spirit that is the love of Jesus Christ at our heart.

                  This past year has been a year filled with change.  Many churches in our district are in the process of trying to fill open positions.  We have seen out District Executive Minister, David Steele, be called to lead the Church of the Brethren as General Secretary.  We have had tremendously hard working interim leadership in Mark Liller, Connie Maclay and Michael Benner with the help of Jesus.  Kristine Shunk the district administrative assistant has taken on even more responsibilities to her already full schedule.  Finally, with the guidance of God the search committee has brought fourth David Banaszak as our new District Executive Minister.

In these times of change we need to remember the one constant we can always count on.  That is the love and faithfulness of our God and the redeeming power of his Son Jesus Christ.  Hebrews 13:8 reminds us “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” 

We need to always remember that while changes in our churches and world are happening we still must serve the call of Christ.  The Christ that calls us as a blessed people to serve others.  Matthew 25: 35-40 call us “35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ 37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ 40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’”.  Jesus calls us to serve the least of these.  We all need to ask ourselves what we are doing to live out this call of Jesus.

Hotels & Camping

· Super 8                                     

12886 Ferguson Valley Rd., Burnham, PA 17009

       Phone 717-437-9224


· Quality Inn & Suites                  

13015 Ferguson Valley Rd., Burnham, PA  17009           

        Phone 717-248-4961


· Knights Inn Mifflintown

        4268 William Penn Hwy.          

        Mifflintown, PA 17059



· Derry Township Park (Kish Park) Campground

        1 Derry Park Rd.

        Lewistown, PA  17044    

        Contact Derry Township          

        Office at 717-248-8151 for         

        camping reservations


Be timely in making reservations.




Registration Information: click here

Tentative Conference Schedule

 Friday Evening:

5:45         Conference Registration Opens

7:00         Gather for Worship & Business                                                               David Banaszak will be installed as District                                       Executive Minister followed by a Fellowship Time                         with refreshments

9:00         Adjourn


8:15 Registration / Continental Breakfast

8:50 Gather for Worship & Business

4:00 Adjourn

Outreach Project:

Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard

Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard is a food bank that originally developed by the Lewistown Ministerium and is currently a ministry of Said Mark’s Episcopal Church. It was established in the aftermath of Hurricane Agnes in 1972. The goal of the program is to provide food items for the residents of Mifflin County without regard to religious affiliation or status. Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard does not receive or benefit from any federal, state, or local governmental funding. It is staffed by community volunteers and depends entirely on area churches, service organizations, and individuals for food and monetary donations. It is only because of these volunteers and donations that over 1000 families of Mifflin County receive assistance with food and personal care items annually. For this, St. Mark’s is very grateful.

Items Needed:

Canned Foods:




Pork & Beans


Spaghetti Sauce


Peanut Butter



Packaged Items:



Scalloped Potatoes

Macaroni & Cheese

Quick Oatmeal



Cake or Brownie Mix

Graham Crackers


Non-Food Items:

Bar Soap

Toilet Paper