MCC Great Lakes offers new way to donate

As families around the world face disaster and crisis, kits and comforters from Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) remind them that their needs are not forgotten. There is a new, easy way for you to get involved! MCC Great Lakes has put together a list of most needed items on Simply purchase the pre-selected items on the wish list, and the items…

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Everence to award scholarships

GOSHEN, Ind. – Everence is accepting applications for college scholarships for the 2018-2019 academic year through the end of February. A college scholarship is one of the potential benefits of doing business with Everence. The Everence scholarship program encourages young people to explore the integration of faith and finances while helping them on their educational journeys. Eligible students can be…

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Register for January Healthy Boundaries training by Jan. 5

Friday, Jan. 5, is the deadline to register for the Jan. 13 Healthy Boundaries training event at First Mennonite Church in Bluffton. This training is mandatory for continued credentialing in the Ohio Conference. The Conference is also holding this training event Dec. 9 at SpringHaven Counseling Center in Dundee and April 21 at Shalom Counseling and Mediation Center in Archbold.…

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The Mennonite seeks next executive director

The board of The Mennonite, Inc. is accepting applications for the position of executive director. The executive director functions as chief executive officer for The Mennonite, Inc. The executive director brings broad vision to The Mennonite as a content delivery system for MC USA constituents and beyond, helping the organization to develop programs and services appropriate for the digital age.…

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Missional conference to precede ACA

Meghan Good and Marvin Lorenzana will be the featured speakers at Gathered and Sent, the missional conference at Bluffton University March 8-9, 2018, immediately prior to Annual Conference Assembly. To download the event flier, click here: 2017 Missional Conference Flier.

Doctrine of Discovery programs come to Bluffton

BLUFFTON, Ohio – Erica Littlewolf, coordinator of the Indigenous Visioning Center for Mennonite Central Committee (Central States), will bring two programs to Bluffton University on Nov. 28. Littlewolf will present “Doctrine of Discovery: A Living History” during Forum at 11 a.m. in Yoder Recital Hall. During the presentation, Littlewolf, who is Northern Cheyenne, will explain how the 15th century Christian…

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Laypersons encouraged to participate in Healthy Boundaries training

The Ohio Conference Credentialing Ministry is encouraging all congregations to send a layperson to the Healthy Boundaries training being held by the Conference. Attendance is mandatory for all credentialed persons. The Credentialing Ministry would like to stress that in all congregations which have a Pastor Congregation Relations Committee, at least one representative from that group should attend the Healthy Boundaries…

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Camp Luz to host Jr. High Retreat

Glenn Nofziger, associate pastor at Martins Creek Mennonite Church, will be the featured speaker at the Jr. High Retreat at Camp Luz Jan. 12-14. The theme for the retreat will be “Rooted,” based on Colossians 2:6-7. The retreat will begin with check-in at 7 p.m. on Friday and conclude at 11:30 a.m. Sunday. Cost of the retreat is $90 per…

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AMBS offers spiritual guidance seminar

Spiritual Guidance Seminar: Jan. 9 – July 20, 2018. Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary’s Spiritual Guidance Seminar is a supervised program for people who want to become spiritual directors. It will be offered in a low-residency, hybrid format (both online and on campus) led by Dan Schrock, D.Min. Graduates of this training have used their skills not only in spiritual direction,…

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Peacebuilding institute offers variety of courses

Registration is now open for the Summer Peacebuilding Institute (SPI) at Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. SPI 2018 offers two seven-day sessions and two five-day sessions, each with several courses running at the same time. Participants can take one course per session. Courses can be taken for professional skills training or academic credit. Courses are open to all people interested…

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Healthy Boundaries training required for credentialed leaders

Ohio Conference is providing Healthy Boundaries training for all credentialed persons in the Conference. This training will be offered three times during 2017-18: Dec. 9, 2017 — SpringHaven Counseling Center, Dundee (near Mount Eaton, Ohio) Jan. 13, 2018 — First Mennonite Church, Bluffton April 21, 2018 — Archbold area (specific location yet to be confirmed) The training will last from…

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Conference deficit grows during September

Expenses outpaced receipts for the Ohio Conference during the month of September, according to figures provided by Ohio Conference Financial Coordinator Stan Helmuth. Receipts for the month totaled $25,067, including $21,417 in congregational giving. Total expenses for the month were $29,783, resulting in a -$4,716 operating balance for the month. At the end of September, the Conference’s year-to-date operating balance…

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Website lists service opportunities for older adults

LANCASTER, Pa. — You’re 55 or older, and you want to put your faith into action. Wondering where to go? Visit Eastern Mennonite Missions (EMM) and Mennonite Central Committee’s (MCC’s) newly created Anabaptist Service Opportunities Portal at to discover all the short-term, international service opportunities being offered by both EMM and MCC for volunteers ages 55 and older.

Seminar to focus on mental health

Central Mennonite Church in Archbold will host a free seminar, “Bipolar Disorder and Families: Genetics and Mental Health,” on Sunday, Nov. 5, from 5 to 7 p.m. Staff from the National Institute of Mental Health in Bethesda, Maryland, will be sharing research developments from studying Mennonites and the Amish. In addition, Wauseon resident Bev Miller will share about her personal…

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Faith and values workshop planned 

Everence is sponsoring a “Faith and Values in the Marketplace” workshop on Monday, Nov. 13, from 7 to 9 p.m. at The Gardens at Homestead Furniture in Mt. Hope. Co-sponsors for this event are Mennonite Economic Development Associates and the Amish and Mennonite Heritage Center. Speakers will include Beryl Jantzi, Everence stewardship education director; Ernest Hershberger, owner of Homestead Furniture;…

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Visual art sought for new hymnal

HARRISONBURG, Virginia — As the Resonate Team gathers material for a new hymnal, they are planning for a first-of-its-kind feature within Mennonite hymnals: including visual images that complement the musical and verbal rhythms of worship found in the collection. The Resonate Team is calling for visual artists to submit content to be considered for inclusion in the new collection. Interested…

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International Guest House seeks volunteers

The International Guest House, located in Washington, D.C., needs 12-month host volunteers beginning April 2018. (Those serving a full year receive a monthly stipend and health insurance while all other volunteers receive full room and board.) Rotating duties include cleaning, maintenance, baking, gardening, and interacting with guests at breakfast and the evening tea. The three-pronged focus for volunteers is on…

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Cliff Brubaker to take on new role

Zion Mennonite Church in Archbold has voted to call Regional Pastor Cliff Brubaker to a .25 FTE role in its collaborative ministry team, and Cliff has accepted the congregation’s call. He will begin his work at Zion on Jan.1, 2018. Cliff currently has two half-time roles with the Ohio Conference. He will continue his half-time role as regional pastor for the west…

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Conference seeks half-time Conference Minister

Ohio Conference of Mennonite Church USA is seeking a part-time (50 percent) Conference Minister with a vision of the church in mission to lead a conference made up of 51 congregations spanning Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania, primarily in small town and rural communities.  Accepting applications immediately with projected start date March 2018. For a full job description consult: Women and…

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AMBS pastor gathering moves to new date

Save the date! AMBS Pastors and Leaders 2018: Feb. 26 – March 1 (formerly Pastors Week; please also note the later dates for 2018). “For Such a Time as This” will feature teachers and preachers from the Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary community. In the midst of chaotic times, God calls you to the crucial work of helping to form the…

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Peace center offers conflict transformation training

You are invited to attend the one-day workshop Conflict Transformation Skills for Churches on Oct. 21 in Indianapolis, Ind. This workshop will focus on the biblical basis for conflict transformation, styles of responding to conflict, communication skills necessary to resolve conflict peacefully, strategies to prevent destructive conflict in churches, and a model for working at congregational decision-making in a win-win…

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Reduced rate still available for retreat

Last call for registrations: Interested in attending the Ohio Conference Pastor-Spouse Retreat Nov. 10-12 at Mohican State Park? Thanks to underwriting from generous sponsors, up to 25 couples can attend at the discounted rate of $210 for the entire weekend. Coordinator of Volunteers Alysa Short reports that there are still spaces available at the discounted rate. Anyone who still would…

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Mennonite Arts Weekend to feature wide variety

Cincinnati Mennonite Fellowship will hold the 14th Mennonite Arts Weekend Feb. 2-4, 2018, at Pleasant Ridge Presbyterian Church in Cincinnati. A variety of writers, actors, composers, musicians and visual artists will be featured during the weekend. Registration cost is $75 per person ($65 before Jan. 13) and $55 for students ($45 before Jan. 13). For more information, see www.mennoniteartsweekend. org.

Share your ideas for programs

Do you have an idea for a program that you would like Ohio Conference to provide? Share your idea with the Ohio Conference Ministry Development Team. To submit your idea, use the “Suggest a Program” button on the Ohio Conference website. This form is intended to allow people from the Ohio Conference to suggest retreats, seminars, training sessions, or speakers…

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MyNeighbor helps charitable contributions add up

GOSHEN, Indiana – The new MyNeighbor credit card from Everence® Federal Credit Union helps people boost their generosity while making their usual purchases. For every purchase made with the MyNeighbor credit card, Everence will donate 1.5 percent of the transaction total to the charity of the cardholder’s choice. Since the MyNeighbor program began at the end of April 2017, more…

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AMBS graduate certificate available through online coursework

Fully online graduate certificate program. Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary’s fully online 27-credit-hour Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies is ideal for church leaders, bivocational pastors and other professionals who want to strengthen the biblical and theological foundation for their work. Develop a plan of study that matches your interests. Complete the program in one year with full-time study or over several…

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PeaceLab podcast focuses on hurricane relief

The latest episode of the PeaceLab podcast focuses on Mennonite Disaster Service’s response to Hurricane Harvey in Texas. In this episode, co-hosts Hannah Heinzekehr and Jason Boone talk with Kevin King, executive director of Mennonite Disaster Service. Go to to listen.

Time of celebration planned for Ohio Mennonite Women

Ohio Mennonite Women will hold a time of celebration during the Women’s Retreat at Camp Luz on Saturday, Sept. 16, from 3:30 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. in the Camp Luz chapel. The Ohio Mennonite Women organization will be disbanding, and this celebration is planned as a time to remember, tell stories and celebrate the accomplishments of Ohio Mennonite Women. All…

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MDS has an urgent need for Early Response leaders in Texas

Mennonite Disaster Service is looking for Early Response volunteers to serve as leaders for weekly crews in Texas. They are asking leaders to volunteer for four weeks or more. You can fill out the volunteer form online or you can contact Josh Carson at (800) 241-8111 or if interested.

Sunshine Inc. seeks volunteers for fundraiser

Sunshine Inc. of Northwest Ohio is seeking volunteers to help with its annual Walk, Run and Roll fundraiser on Saturday, Sept. 9. The event will take place from 6:30 a.m. to noon at Monclova Elementary School, 8035 Monclova Road, Monclova. Volunteers are needed for a variety of tasks. See the event flier for details.