In 1943, a group of Mennonite households came together to purchase the sacred space we fondly call Laurelville. This founding group called “The Association” remains as the heart and soul of our organization. It has grown into a network of hundreds of key stakeholders from all faith backgrounds who love Laurelville and play a vital role in supporting and growing our mission and ministry.Each year, Laurelville hosts two gatherings — in the Spring and in the Fall — for Association members and prospective members (learn more about membership below) to come together for worship, fellowship, volunteer projects, and more.
Fall Gathering 2022 Details/Schedule
Fall Gathering: Oct 21-23, 2022 CIRCUS THEME!
Friday – 4:30 – 5:30pm Check in at the Dining Hall Lobby. Enjoy 6PM dinner and then later, scrumptious snacks and at 7pm, an all-ages program with Wild World of Animals featuring wild creatures ranging from arthropods, amphibians, and reptiles to birds and mammals. These are among some of the most fascinating, beautiful, and sometimes endangered animals in the world. The trainers present the animals in a fast paced, informative and fun format, which both children and adults will enjoy. It is a rare opportunity to see these animals in such an intimate setting at the Shenandoah.
Saturday- After a delicious breakfast at 8am, join us for the Mission Update at 9:15am. Building owner meetings will be held today. From 10:30-lunch, family service projects. Following lunch at 11:45am, take part in some programmed options and creation care programming, from 1-4pm, including giant swing and tree climber, low ropes and Hygee hike with Forbes State Park Education Director Rachel Mahoney. Finish out the day with dinner at 5:30pm and a family-friendly circus activities in the Shenandoah at 6:30pm
Sunday- After a light breakfast at 8:30am, we will gather for our message and worship at 10:30am. The weekend wraps up with lunch in the Dining Hall at 11:45am. Scottdale Mennonite Church will host the Zoom service online for those unable to be with us.
Spring Gathering 2023 Details/Schedule
Spring Gathering: May 5-7, 2023 STEWARDSHIP THEME
Friday – 4:30 – 5:30pm Check in at the Dining Hall Lobby. Enjoy 6PM dinner and then later, scrumptious snacks and an all-ages program with a family activity.
Saturday- After a delicious breakfast at 8am, join us for the Mission Update in the Meetinghouse at 9:15am. Building owner meetings will be held today. Following lunch at 11:45am, take part in some programmed options and creation care programming. Finish out the day with dinner at 5:30pm and fellow stewardship organizations share their stories, interspersed with some joyful singing!
Sunday- After a light breakfast at 8:30am, we will gather for our message and worship at 10:30. The weekend wraps up with lunch in the Dining Hall at 11:45am. Scottdale Mennonite Church will host the Zoom service online for those unable to be with us.
How do I join Laurelville’s Association?
Joining our Association is an exciting way you can partner with us and make a difference in the lives of the countless people Laurelville touches.
There are two basic levels of membership in the LMCC Association:
- Lifetime Membership
$750.00, a one-time contribution
- Annual Membership
$100 or 10 hours voluntary service per year
If you are interested in becoming an Association member, join us as a guest at an Association Gathering (details above). If you have any questions, we’re happy to discuss membership with you! Reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 724.423.2056.
What is involved in membership?
Membership grants you eligibility to vote at Association meetings and free room, board, and activities at both spring and fall gatherings for your household. Whichever level you choose, we are grateful for your pledged support and willingness to partner with us in ministry.
In addition to initial membership fees, we invite our Association members to consider contributing to Laurelville’s Annual Fund to make our ministry viable and our services affordable.
Is it really free to attend Gathering?
Yes, registration for Association weekends is provided at no cost to friends of Laurelville joining us for the celebration, Laurelville Association members, and those considering joining the Association. It’s our way of saying thank you for your support, both financially and through prayer and volunteer work. Many attendees typically make a monetary donation during their stay, but you are not required to do so. To support us with a financial gift, make an online donation or send us a check.