Direction statement affirmed

Delegates at the 2017 Annual Conference Assembly affirmed the following direction statement proposed by the Ohio Conference Leadership Team: Setting Direction for the Next Chapter of the Ohio Conference As we prayerfully consider God’s leading into the future, we commit ourselves to the following: We will continue our affiliation with Mennonite Church USA. Three changes would trigger a review of…

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Delegates affirm direction statement

Delegates overwhelmingly affirmed a direction statement presented by the Ohio Conference Leadership Team at the 2017 Annual Conference Assembly (ACA) of the Ohio Conference. Those gathered at Central Christian School in Kidron on March 24-25 numbered 217, including delegates from 46 congregations. Ninety-three percent of delegates affirmed the Leadership Team’s direction statement for Ohio Conference. Vote totals were as follows:…

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ACA wrap-up – Hope for the future

“We have a lot of work ahead of us, but it’s exciting work.” So says co-host Thomas Dunn in this episode of the Ohio Conference Cast podcast. Thomas and his co-host, Bill Seymour, take a few minutes to reflect on happenings at the 2017 Ohio Conference Annual Conference Assembly (ACA). They talk about ACA with someone fairly new to Ohio…

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Delegate News – Spring 2017

We look forward to seeing you at ACA As we count down to the start of Annual Conference Assembly and the Missional Conference with Alan and Debra Hirsch, this issue of Delegate News includes some vital information for delegates. We look forward to seeing you in Kidron this weekend! Leadership Team taps Cliff Brubaker for new assignment The Ohio Conference Leadership Team…

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Delegate News – Winter 2017 #3

One regional meeting remains Our thanks go out to all delegates who have attended the regional meetings at Tedrow Mennonite Church and Crown Hill Mennonite Church. The final regional meeting for delegates will take place on Tuesday, March 7, at Oak Grove Mennonite Church in West Liberty, beginning at 6:30 p.m. ACA registration deadline is near Have you registered for…

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Three regional meetings scheduled

Ohio Conference has scheduled three regional meetings for delegates to Annual Conference Assembly. The meetings will take place at these locations: Feb. 21 — Tedrow Mennonite Church in Wauseon Feb. 23 — Crown Hill Mennonite Church in Rittman March 7 — Oak Grove Mennonite Church in West Liberty All three meetings will begin at 6:30 p.m. and last about an…

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Central Christian to host ACA

Central Christian School in Kidron will host the 2017 Ohio Conference Annual Conference Assembly (ACA) March 24-25. “Who is my Neighbor?” will be the theme of this year’s Assembly. The theme is based on Luke 10:25-37. This year ACA will be preceded by a missional conference at Kidron Mennonite Church featuring Alan and Debra Hirsch. Registration for ACA will begin…

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Delegate News – Winter 2017

Three regional meetings scheduled Ohio Conference has scheduled three regional meetings for delegates to Annual Conference Assembly. The meetings will take place at these locations: Feb. 21 — Tedrow Mennonite Church in Wauseon Feb. 23 — Crown Hill Mennonite Church in Rittman March 7 — Oak Grove Mennonite Church in West Liberty All three meetings will begin at 6:30 p.m.…

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Delegate News – Fall 2016

Fall meeting schedule is altered In most years, delegates to Annual Conference Assembly (ACA) are asked to attend cluster meetings in both the fall and the winter in preparation for ACA. This fall instead of holding smaller cluster meetings in seven or eight locations, the Conference will hold Fall Mission Event gatherings in three separate locations throughout the state. All…

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Working together as a body

By George O’Reilly Transitional Conference Leader As I write this, many of us have just returned from several days of working together as Ohio Conference on our mission and trajectory for the next year certainly, and on into the foreseeable future. We began with a special Missional presentation from Forge Network titled “Becoming Missional: Re-Learning How to Be Sent.” This…

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Congregations invited to sign Year of Covenant document

At the 2016 Annual Conference Assembly, delegates discussed the Leadership Team’s proposal to enter into a Year of Covenant, and congregations have been invited to sign the covenant. The document can be downloaded here: One Year of Covenant sign up for Congregations Some excerpts from the covenant document are included here: We will attempt to participate fully, converse respectfully, and to…

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Winter 2016 Delegate News #4

We look forward to seeing you next week! In one week delegates will be gathering at Central Mennonite Church in Archbold for Annual Conference Assembly (ACA). Assembly planners are busy finalizing details for our time together. The Gifts Discernment Ministry Team has been hard at work, developing the slate of nominees which delegates will vote upon at ACA. A copy…

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Winter 2016 Delegate News #3

  Delegate News for ACA 2016 – Somes questions and answers In preparation for Annual Conference Assembly on March 11-12, the Ohio Conference Leadership Team is responding to delegate questions about several items. Please see these questions and answers below. (These questions and answers are also available in a downloadable PDF document.) Statement on Remaining with MC USA   1.  …

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Conference to begin Year of Mission

By Jacob Dodson Pastor, Wooster Mennonite Church Ohio Conference of Mennonite Church USA exists to nurture healthy congregations in worship, faith and witness. One of the best ways for the Conference to fulfill this purpose is by engaging in a Year of Mission in 2016-17. During this year the Conference will encourage members of local congregations to do mission in…

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Winter cluster meeting schedule set

Ohio Conference has scheduled seven winter cluster meetings for delegates to Annual Conference Assembly: Wayne County — Feb. 2 at Sonnenberg Mennonite in Kidron, 7 p.m. Northwest Ohio — Feb. 4 at Zion Mennonite in Archbold, 7 p.m. Holmes/Tuscarawas — Feb. 11 at Berlin Mennonite, 7 p.m. Columbiana/Pennsylvania — Feb. 16 at Leetonia Mennonite, 7 p.m. West Central/SW Ohio —…

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‘Becoming Missional’ training session to precede Annual Conference Assembly

Coming in March: This year before Annual Conference Assembly (ACA) you have the opportunity to grow in your knowledge and passion for God’s mission right in your own neighborhood. On Thursday and Friday, March 10-11, immediately prior to the start of ACA, Brad Brisco and Lance Ford of Forge Network will lead a training workshop focusing on how we can…

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Central Mennonite to host ACA

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Central Mennonite Church in Archbold will host the 2016 Ohio Conference Annual Conference Assembly (ACA), which will take place March 11-12. “Holy Ground: Founded on Christ, Flourishing in Faith,” based on I Corinthians 3:6-11, will be the theme of this year’s Assembly. This year ACA will be preceded by a special training session led by Brad Brisco and Lance Ford…

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ACA lodging list has been updated

Ohio Conference has arranged special room rates with several area hotels for Friday, March 11, in conjunction with Annual Conference Assembly (ACA). A lodging list for ACA was included with in the packet of registration materials sent to congregations and delegates. Please note the following update to the lodging list: The Holiday Inn Express in Napoleon is becoming a Comfort…

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Location chosen for 2016 ACA

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Central Mennonite Church in Archbold will host the 2016 Annual Conference Assembly March 11-12.

2015 ACA Sermon by Rick Stoner

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Saturday, March 14, 2015 ACA Message: “Burning with Love” Romans 12:9-13 Tangle Leaves Paralyzed Fear is a funny thing, isn’t it. In our fear we can do some wild and irrational things. However, we know that if we name our fears then we can have power over our fears and they will not control us. So, I have a confession…

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2015 ACA Sermon by Larry Augsburger

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Faith Rolling Up Its Sleeves Romans 12:9-13 March 13, 2015, Ohio Conference ACA I. Okay, so there are 452 words in Romans 12 and 64 words in vv. 9-13, but six of us preachers are supposed to speak on only two of them…..? A.I’m sure glad I get to go first. B.Now the two words we six preachers were encouraged…

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