AMBS offers Transition to Leadership Program

Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary is offering a Transition to Leadership Program. This program guides new pastors during the crucial first years of ministry through one-on-one mentoring, regular gatherings with peers, and learning sessions. It is free to participants who begin in Fall 2022. The Fall 2022 cohort starts Nov. 10; apply by Oct. 10. Learn more at https://www.ambs.edu/transition-to-leadership.

Golf event to benefit Adriel

Adriel will hold a benefit golf scramble Monday, Sept. 12, at 12:30 p.m. at the Eagle Rock Golf Club in Defiance. Proceeds benefit children in Northwest Ohio and throughout the state through Adriel’s foster care and adoption, clinical services, family preservation, and training programs. For more information, see https://www.adriel.org/adriel-golf-outings.

MC USA invites applications for Justice Fund grants

Mennonite Church USA (MC USA) is seeking applicants for its Justice Fund grants. The Justice Fund supports MC USA congregations that are working to combat poverty, dismantle racism, address immigration reform or reimagine policing. For more information, see the MC USA website: https://bit.ly/2022JusticeFundGrants.

Recording available of intergenerational worship webinar

How can we best engage all life stages in worship? What can we learn from alternative expressions like Messy Church and Forest Church? On Tuesday Anabaptist Worship Network and Mennonite Education Agency presented a webinar about intergenerational worship which explored these questions. To view a recording of the webinar, go to https://bit.ly/IntergenerationalWorship.

Rosedale to offer leadership formation retreat

Rosedale Bible College in Irwin, Ohio, is offering a lead­ership formation retreat Aug. 18 – 20, 2022. The theme for this event is “God’s Mission and Church.” The guest presenter for the retreat is Karl Vaters, who has been encourag­ing pastors and helping churches thrive for more than 20 years. His calling is to help churches with sizes of 250…

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New book focuses on communion

Brad Roth, the featured speaker for Ohio Conference’s 2021 missional conference, has written a new book about communion, The Hunger Inside: How the Meal Jesus Gave Transforms Lives. See https://paracletepress.com/products/the-hunger-inside  for details.

MC USA webinar to discuss ‘what now?’

What do the decisions made at the Mennonite Church USA (MC USA) Special Delegate Assembly mean for conferences, congregations and individuals? MC USA will hold a webinar titled “Special Session of the Delegate Assembly: What Now?” on July 18 at 7 p.m. on Zoom. This webinar will be hosted by MC USA Executive Director Glen Guyton, assisted by Linda Dibble,…

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Nate Holton hired as superintendent of Central Christian

The Central Christian School Board of Trustees has hired Nate Holton to serve as the superintendent of Central Christian School, beginning July 1. Holton has served in various roles at Central Chris­tian since 2008 and has been Central’s director of operations for the past four and half years. For more information, see  https://bit.ly/2022CCSSuperintendent.

MDS offers yearlong service opportunity

The MDS Yearlong Volunteer Program provides a one-year service opportunity for volunteers to enhance their leadership skills and to help bring people home after disasters. Volunteers serve in a group from August to July at various Mennonite Disaster Service projects, experience multiple cultures and communities across the United States and Canada, and build meaningful relationships with disaster survivors and other…

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Webinar to focus on dementia and congregational care

Anabaptist Disabilities Network will host a webinar, “Dementia and Congregational Care,” on Thursday, June 16, at 1 p.m. Dementia affects individuals, their family members and the congregation. Many times, we want to offer support but we do not know where to start. We often back off because we don’t want to do the wrong thing. This webinar will help participants…

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Central Christian is hiring several faculty and staff

Central Christian School in Kidron has several open faculty and staff positions for the 2022-2023 academic year including operations director, middle school intervention specialist, el­ementary school teacher’s aide, and high school English teach­er.  Please see ccscomets.org for job descriptions.

Webinar to explore nonviolent direction action

Mennonite Mission Network invites you to join peacemakers Jonathan and Sarah Nahar for the Stir Up Peace webinar and learn more about this curriculum that’s perfect study material for your organization, small group or Sunday school class. The webinar will take place on Monday, June 6, at 7 p.m. EST on Zoom and Facebook Live. Register here: https://bit.ly/StirUpPeaceWebinar.

Mediation training set for Aug. 1-5

Lombard Mennonite Peace Center will hold a Mediation Skills Training Institute for Church Leaders (MTSI) Aug.  1-5 in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. The fee for five full days of instruction and a printed copy of the MSTI manual is $750. Please see the 2022 MSTI-Brochure for details.

Pastors to meet in Upper Sandusky

Save the date: Ohio Confer­ence will hold a pastors’ gath­ering on Aug. 23 at the library in Upper Sandusky. This meet­ing will be facilitated by our consultant, Jeanne Zimmerly Jantzi, as part of the Confer­ence’s review process. This meeting will be for all ac­tive, credentialed pastors, in­cluding chaplains.

SPI to hold peacebuilding courses in person

The Summer Peacebuilding Institute (SPI) at Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, will begin in-person short courses next week. SPI is offering a variety of courses during four sessions in May and June. All SPI courses are available for training or academic credit. To learn more, see https://emu.edu/spi/courses.

Adriel to hold benefit auction online

Adriel will hold its annual benefit auction online this year. This auction will benefit foster families and foster youth. To participate, go to  https://www.biddingforgood.com/AdrielBenefit and click on “Register to Bid” at the top of the page. Online bidding begins May 26 at 5 p.m. and ends May 31 at 5 p.m.

Larger group can attend MWC Assembly 17

Mennonite World Conference’s (MWC) Indonesian Assembly just got a little bit larger. The National Advisory Committee for Assembly 17 and the executive committee of MWC have decided to raise in-person attendance numbers for the gathering in Indonesia to 1,250. Assembly 17 will take place both online and in Indonesia July 5-10, 2022. COVID-19 cases in Indonesia remain low, so the…

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Journal seeks articles on ‘Mission and Health’

Anabaptist Witness: Call for submissions. Anabaptist Witness welcomes submissions on “Mission and Health” for the October 2022 issue. Submissions can be from various genres and should relate to the journal’s focus on Anabaptist and Mennonite churches in mission. What guidance do scripture and Anabaptist/Mennonite theology offer for churches, mission agencies and missionaries faced with medical crisis? How might faith communities…

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Conference youth worker webinar series continues

Ohio Conference is continuing its series of free online seminars for youth workers during the month of May. “Jesus as Model: Youth Ministry Reimagined” is the theme of this series, which began in late March. The final three online seminars will be held from 7 to 8:15 p.m. on May 10, 17 and 24. In addition to hearing from presenters, seminar participants…

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MCC webinar to explore ‘Gardening for good’

Interested in creation care? On May 26 at 8 p.m., Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) will host a webinar, “Gardening for good: Creation care tips for your backyard and stories from Bolivia.” In this virtual visit, MCC will explore what it looks like to care for the planet ─ from our own backyards to remote Bolivian communities. This presentation will include…

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Anabaptist Disabilities Network receives grant

Anabaptist Disabilities Network has received Mennonite Health Services’ Innovation Grant. Grant funds will be used for the development of an Anabaptist membership curriculum for youth and adults with intellectual disabilities. See https://bit.ly/ADNInnovationGrant for details.

Collaboration seeks to counter military recruitment

Mennonites Against Militarism – a collaboration of Mennonite Central Committee, U.S. (MCC) and Mennonite Church USA (MC USA) – is seeking to launch an initiative to counter military recruitment of U.S. youth. The vision for the project, Alternatives to Military Enlistment Network (AMEN), is to connect young people with volunteer advisors who can help them find non-military career, service and training opportunities. To learn…

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AMBS to hold webinar about Christian nationalism

Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary (AMBS) is hosting a free webinar about Christian nationalism on Wednesday, May 4, from 2 to 3 p.m. Drew Strait, Ph.D., assistant professor of New Testament and Christian Origins at AMBS, will provide an overview of the destructive force of White Christian nationalism. All registrants will receive access to a recording of the webinar. Learn more…

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MC USA to host online call to prayer

Mennonite Church USA (MC USA)  is hosting an online call to prayer and fasting for the upcoming special delegate session, which will take place May 27-30 in Kansas City, Missouri. This online gathering will take place May 2 at 7 p.m. For more infor­mation and to register, go to https://bit.ly/May2CalltoPrayer.

Holy Land tour planned for 2023

Have you ever dreamed of walking where Jesus walked? Of see­ing where Jesus died? Of sailing the Sea of Galilee like Jesus and His disciples? Now you have the opportunity! In partnership with Friendship Tours (friendshiptours.com), Pastor Ryan Harker (West Clinton Mennonite) will be leading a group on a 10-day tour of Israel on April 18-27, 2023. A flier with…

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MCC to offer webinar on welcoming refugees

Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) and Church World Service (CWS) are planning a webinar on Tuesday, April 12, for people interested in learning more about welcoming refugees in the United States. The hour-long webinar will begin at 2 p.m. During the webinar, Charity Stowell, MCC U.S. newcomer con­nections coordinator, and Ted Blessing, CWS community en­gagement organizer, will address several questions: Who…

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Voices Together workshop is for worship leaders

Benton Mennonite Church is sponsoring a Voices Together wor­ship leaders’ workshop on Saturday, May 14, from 9 a.m. to noon on Zoom. Anneli Loepp Thiessen and Katie Graber will provide back­ground on worship resources in Voices Together and the Voices Together worship leader edition, highlighting uses in worship as well as the styles, cultures, and eras they represent. They will…

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