Women’s Retreat set for Sept. 13-15

Jeanne Zimmerly Jantzi, superintendent of Central Christian School, will be the featured speaker at the annual Women’s Retreat at Camp Luz Sept. 13-15. She will focus on the theme “Be Strong and Courageous,” based on Joshua 1:9. Registration cost for the full retreat is $95. Reduced prices are available for those not staying overnight at the camp. To learn more,…

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MWC Peace Sunday is Sept. 22

Mennonite World Conference (MWC) invites all Mennonite congregations to observe World Peace Sunday on Sept. 22. The theme for the 2019 World Peace Sunday is “A peace that passes all understanding….” MWC has developed worship planning materials for this special Sunday. To download these materials, go to http://bit.ly/MWCPeaceSunday.

Apply now for Ministry Grants

There is still time to apply for an Ohio Conference Ministry Grant. Aug. 5 is the deadline to submit a grant proposal to the Ohio Conference Ministry Development Team (MDT). The MDT is accepting proposals from Conference congregations and related organizations for projects and ministry initiatives. This year the Conference has $24,750 available for grants. To submit your proposal, go to…

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Peace center seeks new executive director

The Lombard Mennonite Peace Center (LMPC) is searching for a new executive director. The current executive director, Rev. Richard Blackburn, is stepping back from that role at the end of 2019, having filled the role since 1983. He will continue to be available as needed to assist with the transition process, which will include providing leadership for LMPC’s major training events, until…

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Early registration deadline nears for Mediation Skills Training Institute

Lombard Mennonite Peace Center is holding a five-day Mediation Skills Training Institute for Church Leaders Aug. 5-9 at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, a western suburb of Chicago. Participants will acquire 32 contact hours that they can apply towards continuing education credits. To register for this interdenominational training event, fill out and submit the registration form on…

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Sermon focuses on SENT, sharing good news

In April Alex Dye, associate pastor at Oak Grove Mennonite Church in West Liberty, attended SENT 2019, a conference sponsored by Mennonite Mission Network. Recently Alex preached about sharing the good news of Christ and about SENT 2019.  Curious about what he had to say? Listen here: http://bit.ly/SENTSharingGoodNews.

Special concert planned at MennoCon19

The Mennonite Piano Concerto, written by Victor Davies and performed by the piano duo Redekopp and Edwards, will be a featured evening event on July 4, 2019, starting at 7:15 p.m. at   MennoCon19, the Mennonite Church USA Convention in Kansas City, Missouri. This one-time performance will feature Karin Redekopp Edwards of Lombard Mennonite Church and her duo-piano partner and husband,…

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The Mennonite seeks submissions on health care

The Mennonite Inc. invites your original submissions for the September 2019 print mag­azine issue and corresponding online content focusing on the theme “Faith-filled responses to health-care costs.” Submis­sions are due to Editor@TheMennonite.org no later than July 29. For more de­tails, please see http://bit.ly/TheMennoniteSept2019.

Looking for newer car for regional pastor

Due to a recent car-deer accident, the Conference is looking for a vehicle to replace a 2012 model with more than 170,000 miles. We are looking for a car that is newer and has approximately 50,000 miles. If you or someone you know might be willing to donate a car to Conference or perhaps have a lease which is soon…

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Learning tour to focus on criminal justice system

Join MCC Great Lakes for a week-long Pipeline to Prison learning tour on Aug. 4-9. Based in Goshen, Indiana, the tour will focus on the challenges and complexities of the U.S. criminal justice system and include day trips to South Bend, Elkhart, and Bunker Hill, Indiana. Participants will journey from the local community level through the criminal justice system, learning…

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Candidate for AMBS president announced

Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart, Indiana, has announced that David W. Boshart, Ph.D., of Wellman, Iowa, is the candidate of choice for the next president of the seminary. See the seminary news release at http://bit.ly/AMBSPresCandidate for more information.

Training to focus on Doctrine of Discovery

MCC Great Lakes is excited to offer a unique training opportuni­ty for individuals to explore and engage with the legacy of colo­nialism and to understand the intersecting history between Native people and European settlers. This training will use the frame­work of the Doctrine of Discovery to explore the taking of land from Indigenous people, which led to the justification of…

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Strawberry Festival set for June 22

Salem Mennonite Church in Waldron, Michigan, will hold its third annual Strawberry Festival on Saturday, June 22, from 4 to 7 p.m. This fundraising event will feature a variety of foods, in­cluding strawberries, ice cream, pulled pork sandwiches, and popcorn. The festival will include activities for all ages, such as inflatables, a car and tractor show, a petting zoo, wagon…

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MDS has urgent need for volunteers

Mennonite Disaster Service has an urgent need for volunteers at several locations in the United States and Canada during May and June. To learn more, please see https://mds.mennonite.net/volunteer/current-needs/.

The Mennonite seeks submissions for July issue

The Mennonite Inc. invites your original submissions for the July 2019 print magazine issue and corresponding online content focusing on the theme “The Breath of God restores us.” Submissions are due to Editor@TheMennonite.org no later than June 5. For more details, please see http://bit.ly/TheMennoniteJuly2019.

MCC offers to waive fee for borderlands tour

Mennonite Central Committee is sponsoring a Mexico-U.S. Borderlands Learning Tour May 22-26, 2019. A few openings remain for this tour, and MCC has offered to waive the $550 registration fee for pastors and church leaders from its Anabaptist constituency. The only cost for these participants will be the flight to Arizona. For more information, see http://bit.ly/MCCBorderlandsTour.

Walking Roots Band is coming to Ohio

Everence is sponsoring a summer tour of the Walking Roots Band, an acoustic folk and roots music group based in Harrisonburg, Virginia. The tour will include concerts at Salem Mennonite Church in Kidron on June 25 and Lockport Mennonite Church in Stryker on June 26. For more information about this tour, see http://bit.ly/WalkingRootsTour.

Missional festival planned for June 2020

Mark your calendar: Ohio Conference is planning a 2020 Intergenerational Missional Festival to be held at Bluffton University June 26-28, 2020. This event will be for people of all ages.

Healthy Boundaries training available prior to MC USA Convention

Pastors, do you still need to complete the Healthy Boundaries 101 training? This training event will be offered at MennoCon19 in Kansas City, Missouri, for the reduced price of $30. The training will be available in both Spanish and English and will take place on July 2 beginning at 9 a.m. Registration for all pre-convention training events has been extended…

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Registration deadline nears for MennoCon19

For all those planning to attend MennoCon19, the Mennonite Church USA Convention in Kansas City, Missouri, July 2-6: Time is running out to register at the regular registration rate. Beginning May 1, the registration fee increases to $350 per person. See https://convention.mennoniteusa.org/registration/ for details.

2019-2020 pastor salary guidelines now online

The 2019-2020 MC USA pastor salary guidelines are now posted on the Mennonite Church USA website at http://mennoniteusa.org/resources. This year there is a new link to the Everence website which will help pastors and/or congregational representatives complete the form, which can be printed out when completed.

Register now for Peacebuilding Institute courses

The 2019 Summer Peacebuilding Institute (SPI) at Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, starts in less than one month. Space is still available for additional participants in many of the courses being offered. Matching and partial scholarships are still available, as well as organizational discounts for organizations that send three or more people to SPI. For more information about SPI, please see the…

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Central Mennonite’s Prayer Path is missing

Update: Central Mennonite Church’s Prayer Path has been found. Central Mennonite Church in Archbold is looking for its Prayer Path.  Have you seen it?  It is a labyrinth of sorts painted on fabric. When last seen, it was folded and in a fairly large box. If you have any information concerning the Prayer Path’s whereabouts, please contact Alysa Short at alysashort@gmail.com.

Discount extended for Mediation Skills Institute

Utica United Methodist Church in Sterling Heights, Michigan, will host a Mediation Skills Training Institute for Church Leaders May 13-17. This training will be led by staff from the Lombard Mennonite Peace Center. The deadline to register for this training and still receive a $200 registration fee discount has been extended until tomorrow, April 26. For more information, see the…

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Sharon Mennonite to hold Work Camp in June

Sharon Mennonite Church in Plain City will hold its annual Work Camp June 16-21. This volunteer experience is open to people from all Ohio Conference congregations. Work Camp creates opportunity to serve the local community through various construction and maintenance projects for individuals, religious groups, and community organizations. Past projects have included wheelchair ramps, painting, roofing, flooring, landscaping, and other…

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The Mennonite seeks submissions about congregational peace witness

The Mennonite Inc. invites your original submissions for the June 2019 print magazine issue and corresponding online content focusing on the theme “Congregational peace witness.” Submissions are due to Editor@TheMennonite no later than May 3. For more details, please see  http://bit.ly/TheMennoniteJune2019.