The Kitchen Table
by Lorraine Eby
The article for this month is submitted by Rebecca Martin, Administrative Secretary for Franklin Mennonite Conference. Rebecca and her husband Andrew are the parents of two preschool sons and attend Salem Ridge Community Church.
Every summer my husband’s family cooks, cuts and freezes corn. They have a very particular method of slicing the kernels from the cob and then using the back of the knife to scrape all of the juices into a bowl. It is hot, sticky and hand-cramping work, but the result is a slushy mess that freezes nicely and becomes a buttery treat in the dead of winter.
Lorraine Eby serves as Franklin Conference Sister-Care coordinator, role added to conference in 2009.
|Sister Care conference role
Darrell Baer, Franklin conference minister, said he thought Eby’s position should connect to the whole conference by serving on the conference board. At this time, the board also hoped to send a new voice to Constituency Leaders Council (CLC), along with Baer and Allen Lehman, moderator. “This gives her a platform for her position,” says Baer. Eby will work closely with the Franklin conference MW executive committee who proposed this position to the conference as a way of strengthening the ministry of Mennonite Women with in the local congregations.
Lorraine says, “The important part of this assignment for me is to find ways to support women in the congregations, to encourage women to care for one other and to affirm each other's gifts."
Lorraine and her husband, Don, are members of the Marion Mennonite Church in Chambersburg, Pa., where she serves as minister of church life. She is the coordinator for church and community relations at Menno Haven Retirement Communities in Chambersburg.
As Sister Care coordinator she writes a monthly column for The Burning Bush titled “The Kitchen Table.