Wooster Mennonite to celebrate 75th anniversary

Wooster Mennonite Church will be celebrating 75 years of worship, fellowship, and mission Sept. 9-10, 2017.  Many have attended Wooster Mennonite over the years, and all are invited to attend this special celebration to share memories, stories, and ways God has been faithful. Activities for the weekend include an open house on Saturday, Sept. 9, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. …

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Discount still available for Pastor-Spouse Retreat

It’s not too late to receive the discounted registration rate for the upcoming Ohio Conference Pastor-Spouse Retreat. The full registration cost is $410 per couple, but the first 25 couples who submit their registration with payment will receive a discounted rate of $210. A few spots at the discounted rate remain. The Pastor-Spouse Retreat will take place Nov. 10-12 at…

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Unit leaders needed for Service Adventure

Do you enjoy mentoring young adults and living in community?  Service Adventure is looking for unit leaders for the Jackson, Mississippi, unit. The term begins late July with orientation, and participants begin their service term in August. If you or someone you know is interested, please contact Susan Nisly at SusanN@MennoniteMission.net or visit www.mennonitemission.net.

Development conference to feature Jim Wallis

The 2017 Everence Development Conference will offer ideas for building relationships between donors and charitable organizations. This three-day event will take place Sept. 20-22, 2017, in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Featured speakers will include Jim Wallis, president and founder of Sojourners; Susan Schultz Huxman, president of Eastern Mennonite University; and Doug Mason, a partner at Gonser Gerber, advancement consultants. A variety of workshops…

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Sabbatical bike ride to raise funds for orphanage

While on sabbatical, Berlin Mennonite Pastor Myron Weaver is bicycling 3,500 miles across the United States to raise funds for an orphanage in Nicaragua. To learn more about  Myron’s sabbatical journey, see his blog at https://pedalingparson.blogspot.com/.

Bible studies for youth to be livestreamed

The Mennonite Inc. is teaming up with Michele Hershberger, professor of Bible at Hesston College, to offer a series of four virtual Bible studies for junior and senior high youth groups in June. Whether your youth groups are headed to the Mennonite Church USA convention in Orlando this summer or not, they’ll be sure to benefit from Michele’s four-week Bible…

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OC Leadership Team would like to hear from you

The Ohio Conference Leadership Team has begun a process designed to call a person to serve the Conference as a half-time Missional Leader. The first steps are to gather feedback to help shape this new position and to solicit names of potential candidates for this position. The Leadership Team has sent a brief online survey to Ohio Conference pastors and…

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Conference ends April with a slight deficit

Ohio Conference ended the first month of the 2017-18 fiscal year with a slight deficit, according to figures provided by Ohio Conference Financial Coordinator Stan Helmuth. Receipts for the month of April totaled $33,015, including $28,693 in congregational giving. Expenses for the month were $33,861, resulting in an operating balance of -$846 for the month. The Ohio Conference fiscal year…

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Executive director sought for Ohio MCC Activity Center

The board of the Ohio MCC Activity Center of Kidron, Ohio, is searching for a full-time executive director to assume responsibilities on Dec. 1, 2017. The director’s responsibilities largely entail giving direction to the MCC Connections Thrift Shop, which has three additional full-time paid staff and more than 300 active volunteers. The candidate must show a capacity for administering staff…

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Youth participants sought for Future Church Summit

About 40 spots remain open for the Step Up program – an opportunity for high school age youth to participate in the Future Church Summit at this summer’s Mennonite Church USA Convention in Orlando. This opportunity was initially open to only three youth per conference. Now, any interested youth attending convention may participate. Participants will attend an orientation seminar and…

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Volunteers needed at International Guest House

Volunteer staff members are needed at the International Guest House in Washington, D.C., with flexibility of two months to a full year (currently scheduling 2018-19) for the ministry of Christian hospitality. The Guest House, a ministry of Allegheny Conference, serves both international and U.S. travelers.  Volunteers are provided full room and board in the Guest House and a monthly stipend…

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Jeanne Zimmerly Jantzi to lead Central Christian

The Central Christian School (CCS) Board of Trustees is pleased to announce the hiring of Jeanne Zimmerly Jantzi as the superintendent of CCS beginning Aug. 1, upon the retirement of the current superintendent, Gene Miller. Jantzi is a 1982 Central Christian alumnus originally from Orrville. She is married to Dan, and they have three adult sons. She received her undergraduate…

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Pastor-Spouse Retreat set for Nov. 10-12

Ohio Conference will hold a Pastor-Spouse Retreat Nov. 10-12 at the Mohican State Park Lodge in Perrysville. Presenters for the weekend will be James Lapp and Miriam Book. Tim Shue will be the worship leader for this event. The Ministry Development Team of Ohio Conference encourages congregations to gift this weekend to their pastors by paying the registration fee and…

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MC USA Convention to include Future Church Summit

Every two years, at the Mennonite Church USA convention, the Delegate Assembly convenes to tend to the business of Mennonite Church USA. However, at the convention in Orlando, Florida — July 4-8, 2017 — the role of delegates will be anything but business-as-usual. This year the denomination will be trying something new — the Future Church Summit — in conjunction with…

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MMN seeks Service Adventure leaders

Do you enjoy mentoring young adults and living in community?  Service Adventure is looking for unit leaders for their Colorado Springs, Colorado, and Jackson, Mississippi, units. The two-year term begins in late July. If you or someone you know is interested, please contact Susan Nisly at SusanN@MennoniteMission.net or visit www.MennoniteMission.net.

Submissions sought for new hymnal

In 2016, with excitement and anticipation, the Mennonite Worship and Song Committee began developing a new collection designed to succeed Hymnal: A Worship Book (1992), and supplements Sing the Journey (2005), and Sing the Story (2007). One aspect of building a collection is the call for new and original work. The Mennonite Worship and Song Committee is calling on authors…

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Youth Venture is accepting applications

Explore what God is doing around the world through Youth Venture, a short-term service and learning program of Mennonite Mission Network. Teams of youth and adult leaders will join local ministries in Belfast, Benin, Detroit, and Perú for two to three weeks this summer. These formational experiences are geared for young people ages 14-22. Space is filling up fast, so…

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Janice Hershberger to speak at Day of Inspiration

Ohio Mennonite Women’s Day of Inspiration will take place Saturday, April 8, at Crown Hill Mennonite Church in Rittman. Featured speaker Janice Hershberger will focus on the theme “Invitation to Rest,” based on Matthew 11:28-30.  Several workshops will be offered. Janice Hershberger has an M.A. in pastoral counseling from Ashland Theological Seminary. She has been a clinical counselor for more…

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Central Christian seeks school superintendent

Central Christian School is seeking an energetic and visionary leader to serve as superintendent beginning July 2017. Central Christian School is an equal opportunity employer offering a Christ-centered education within the Anabaptist-Mennonite tradition. The ideal candidate for this position will demonstrate a clear commitment to Anabaptist faith and practice; serve as spokesperson for the school; and advance the mission and…

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Conference seeks youth for ‘Step Up’ program at MC USA Convention

This summer’s Mennonite Church USA convention will feature a new program, Step Up, aimed to get youth engaged in the discussions and work of the larger Mennonite Church. Each conference is encouraged to nominate three regular church attendees, incoming sophomores in high school and older, to be involved in this program. Youth will receive preparation for being a part of the delegate…

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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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MDS offers Summer Youth Program

The Summer Youth Program (SYP) of Mennonite Disaster Service is now accepting applications. The SYP is a weeklong summer service experience designed for youth and their sponsors to put hands and feet to the gospel by serving others. SYP work is focused on cleanup, disaster mitigation, and repairing homes. The 2017 SYP locations are Detroit, Michigan; Pine Ridge, South Dakota;…

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Planners encourage young adult attendance at missional conference

Have you registered for the Missional Conference with Alan and Debra Hirsch? The conference will take place at Kidron Mennonite Church March 23-24, just prior to Annual Conference Assembly. Planners of this event would like to encourage all congregations to cover the cost of registration for their young adults interested in attending. Young adults up to age 30 already receive…

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Year of Covenant Meeting for Pastors set for Feb. 2

The third Year of Covenant Meeting for Pastors will take place Thursday, Feb. 2, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Toledo Mennonite Church. Pastors of Ohio Conference congregations will meet for a day of discussion. The first two Year of Covenant meetings have focused on the nature of covenant making and on the mission of God as a backdrop for…

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Worship resourcing seminar coming to Kidron

Sonnenberg Mennonite Church in Kidron will host a worship resourcing seminar on Saturday, May 6. Primary speaker for the day will be Rachel Miller Jacobs, assistant professor of congregational formation at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart, Indiana. The day also will include workshops. The seminar is for people of all ages, but especially for young adults (high school and…

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MCC seeks SWAP location coordinators

Mennonite Central Committee is seeking location coordinators for the Sharing With Appalachia People (SWAP) site in West Virginia. The location coordinators have overall responsibility for the implementation of the SWAP program within McDowell County. SWAP provides week-long service opportunities for young people and adults, mainly during the summer months, but also some in the spring and fall. The primary focus…

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Everence plans clergy tax seminar

Everence is inviting all Ohio Conference pastors to participate in a clergy tax webinar with other pastors from around the country on Tuesday, Jan. 24, from 11:45 to 1:30 p.m. This webinar will take place via a Zoom conference call. Ohio pastors will meet in the conference room of the Everence building at  4136 Kidron Road, Kidron, Ohio. Lunch will be…

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Remembering Naomi Engle

Naomi Engle, who pastored West Clinton Mennonite Church in Wauseon along with her husband, Jess, passed away mid-day on Jan. 1, 2017. Naomi served as chair of the Ohio Conference Credentialing Ministry and was a member of the Ohio Conference Leadership Team from 2011 until late last year after she was diagnosed with brain cancer. An obituary can be found…

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