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2023 Annual Celebration

The Joy of Serving

Lancaster County, PA | February 10-11 2023

JOIN US for the 2023 MDS Annual Celebration! Be inspired and encouraged as you hear stories of MDS service across the U.S. and Canada!

The entire event is free and open to all. View the celebration online via YouTube/MDSmennonite or MDS.org

A photo of a women presenting at a past MDS annual celebration.


*Subject to Change

Friday, February 10

07:30 am Doors Open

08:30 am Devotions

08:45 am Workshop 1: Youth Service

10:30 am Workshop 2: Unit Communications

12:00 pm Lunch

01:45 pm Region Meetings

02:30 pm Workshop 3: Unit Equipping

04:00 pm Listener Feedback

05:00 pm Dinner

07:00 pm Welcome & Program

Songs of Joy by Mennonite Children’s
Choir of Lancaster
Stories from the Field
Servin’ It Up

07:55 pm Sermon on the Mount: The Musical by Piercing Word Ministries

08:45 pm Closing Remarks

09:00 pm Fellowship & Ice Cream

Saturday, February 11

09:00 am Welcome, singing, devotional

Stories of Joy from Region 1 (East Coast)
Region 2 (Midwest)

10:00 am BREAK

10:15 am Stories Continue

Stories of Joy from Region 3 (Plains States)
Region 4 (West Coast)

11:00 am Singing Together

11:15 am Stories Continue

Stories of Joy from MDS Canada
Board of Directors Update
2024 Annual Celebration Invitation
Closing Prayer

12:00 pm Lunch

02:00 pm Tour of the MDS Office and Warehouse


The event will take place on February 10–11 at the Worship Center, 2384 New Holland Pike, Lancaster, Pennsylvania. For those unable to attend, the event will be live-streamed on the MDS website starting February 10 at 6:30pm ET.


The event is free and includes three meals (lunch and dinner on Friday and lunch on Saturday) and snacks and drinks. You are responsible for travel and accommodations. Donations are welcome and can be given during the event.

More Information

The following hotels are close to the Worship Center. MDS will provide shuttle transportation to the Worship Center from these hotels. When booking your hotel, use the group name “Mennonite Disaster Service.”

Hampton Inn Lancaster 545 Greenfield Rd / 717.299.1200
$149 per night before taxes – rate expires January 9, 2023

Courtyard Lancaster / 1931 Hospitality Dr / 717.393.3600
$149 per night before taxes – rate expires January 9, 2023
Breakfast available but not included in room rate

Eden Resort & Suites / 222 Eden Rd / 717.569.6444 (select option 1)
$170 per night before taxes – rate expires December 26, 2022
Breakfast available but not included in room rate

The Country Inn of Lancaster / 2133 East Lincoln Highway / 717.393.3413
$99 per night before taxes – rate expires January 26, 2023
Breakfast INCLUDED in room rate

The closest airports to the Worship Center is the Lancaster Airport (LNS), Harrisburg International Airport (MDT), and Philadelphia International Airport (PHL). There are several ways to travel from these airports to your hotel. You can use Uber, Lyft, or car rental companies such as Enterprise, Budget, and Alamo. The Amtrak is also available from PHL to Lancaster. If you book with American Airlines with LNS as your destination, American Airlines provides a chartered bus from PHL to LNS at various times throughout the day. Check aa.com/landline for more details.

2022 Highlights

Friday Evening Session

Saturday Session 1

Saturday Session 2

Saturday Session 3

Saturday Session 4