Hesston conference to examine ‘the good life’

Save the date: Hesston College in Hesston, Kansas, will host the 2020 edition of its Anabaptist Vision and Discipleship Series Feb. 21-23, 2020. The theme for this conference will be “Living More with More: Redefining the Good Life.” The conference will seek to answer the questions, “What truly is the good life and how do we get there? How do…

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Everence event to focus on faith and values

Everence is sponsoring a “Faith and Values in the Marketplace” workshop on Monday, Oct. 21, from 7 to 9 p.m. at The Gardens at Homestead, 8233 S.R. 241, Mt. Hope. The theme for this event is “Learning: a lifetime journey.” Please see the event flier for details. This workshop is especially designed for business families, pastors, community leaders and key…

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The Mennonite seeks submissions for December issue

The Mennonite Inc. invites your original submissions for the December 2019 issue focusing on the theme “the unexpected.” Submissions are due to Editor@TheMennonite.org no later than Nov. 1. For more information about this theme, see http://bit.ly/TheMennoniteDec2019.

Explore a call to ministry with Journey

When God calls someone to ministry, a journey begins. Perhaps you are on that journey. Perhaps you are looking for mentors and companions along the way. Ohio Conference invites you to join Journey: A Missional Leadership Development Program. This program is for pastors and other congregational leaders who are called without specific training for ministry or who are exploring a…

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Join the church planting conversation

Individuals from around Ohio Conference are invited to partici­pate in Visible Kingdom Communities, a church planting conver­sation, on Tuesday, Oct. 15, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Ohio Confer­ence office, 5358 Kidron Road, Kidron. For those who cannot at­tend in person, a video conferencing option will be available. If you would like to take part in this conversation, please…

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Adriel benefit set for Oct. 24

Adriel is holding a fall benefit dinner at its Archbold office Oct. 24 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. This year’s event will include a catered dinner, presentations about Adriel’s mission and impact, and a live auction. Go to http://bit.ly/AdrielFall2019Benefit to download a registration form.

Church planting conversation set for Oct. 15

Individuals from around Ohio Conference are invited to participate in Visible Kingdom Communities, a church planting conversation, on Tuesday, Oct. 15, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Ohio Conference office, 5358 Kidron Road, Kidron. For those who cannot attend in person, a video conferencing option will be available. If you would like to take part in this conversation, please…

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Concert to benefit Open Arms

Open Arms Hispanic Ministry is hosting “Songs and Salsa,” an evening concert in the Kidron Park Community Building, 4434 Kidron Road, Kidron, on Sunday, Oct. 13, beginning at 6 p.m. The musi­cal group Honeytown will be performing, as will the worship team from Salem Mennonite Church in Wooster. There will be a variety of chips and salsas available. A freewill offering…

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World Communion Sunday to be celebrated at Central

Join in celebrating World Communion Sunday on Oct. 6 at 2 p.m. at Central Christian School in Kidron. This worship service is a partnership of several local Mennonite churches and the Swahili Community Church of Akron, a Congolese Mennonite congregation. The event will include prayer, scripture, communion, and worship offerings from the Salem Mennonite dance group, Congolese Swahili choirs, and…

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Fundraiser to benefit Wycliffe

Beech Mennonite Church in Louisville is hosting a fundraiser for Wycliffe Ministries on Saturday, Oct. 5, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event will include helicopter rides, activities for children, and motorized surrey rides. Lunch will be available. Beech Mennonite Church is located at 10037 Easton St. NE, Louisville. See the event flier for details.

Healthy Boundaries training to be offered in Michigan

All pastors credentialed by the Ohio Conference are required to complete Healthy Boundaries training. Ohio Conference first offered this training in 2017 and 2018. For pastors who have not yet completed this training, Indiana-Michigan Mennonite Conference is hosting a Healthy Boundaries 101 training course Nov. 11 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Amigo Centre in Sturgis, Michigan. Instructors John…

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New president appointed at AMBS

The Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary (AMBS) Board of Directors has appointed David W. Boshart, Ph.D., of Wellman, Iowa, as the seminary’s next president, to begin Jan. 1, 2020. Beverly Lapp, Ed.D., vice president and academic dean, will continue to serve as acting president until then. To learn more, see http://bit.ly/NewAMBSPresident.

AMBS forms partnership with Bethany and Earlham

Bethany Theological Seminary, Earlham School of Religion and AMBS have entered into an open cross-registration agreement — the first collaborative effort of its kind among seminaries of the three Historic Peace Church traditions: Church of the Brethren, Quaker (Society of Friends) and Mennonite. The new agreement allows eligible students at the Indiana-based seminaries to enroll in most courses offered by…

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The Mennonite seeks submissions for November issue

The Mennonite Inc., invites your original submissions for the November 2019 print magazine issue and corresponding online content focusing on the theme “Journeys with Church.” Submissions are due to Editor@TheMennonite.org no later than Oct. 1. For more information about this theme, see http://bit.ly/TheMennoniteNov2019.

Immigrant care kit drive is underway

Open Arms Hispanic Ministries is coordinating a drive to collect immigration detainee care kits, which are being distributed by Mennonite Central Committee Central States and its partner, the South Texas Response Team. These kits, which contain clothing and hygiene products, are given to individuals who are being released from detention centers. On Oct. 2 Orrville Mennonite Church is hosting an…

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MC USA shares a call to prayer and action

Mennonite Church USA has shared a call to prayer and action in response to gun violence following the mass shootings in Gilroy, California; El Paso, Texas; and Dayton, Ohio. Along with a prayer of lament for the lives lost, the statement  includes a list of suggested action items for churches and links to resources from Mennonite Central Committee and RAWtools.…

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Webinar to focus on dealing with politics

Make plans to attend the fall webinar series from Mennonite Church USA for pastors and congregational leaders, “Putting Jesus on the Ballot: Anabaptism and American Politics,” led by Scott Peterson, leadership pastor at Trinity Mennonite Church in Glendale, Arizona. This series will include three webinars, with the first on Tuesday, Sept. 17. Learn more and register at thegatheringplace.us.

Blog post shares couple’s experiences

Stan and Sue Short of Zion Mennonite Church in Archbold shared their experiences for April Yamasaki’s recent blog post, “When Your Wife’s the Preacher.” Sue is one of the three mem­bers of Zion’s collaborative ministry team. You can read the blog post at http://bit.ly/PreacherWife.

MMN to launch Sent Network for church planters

Interested in church planting? This month Mennonite Mission Network is launching the Sent Network, an online group learning curriculum for Anabaptist church planters. Registration is open until Aug. 19. To learn more, see the enclosed flier and visit www.MennoniteMission.net/SentNetwork.

Golf scramble to benefit Adriel

Adriel will hold its annual benefit golf scramble Monday, Sept. 9, at Eagle Rock Golf Club in Defiance, Ohio, starting at 12:30 p.m. The entry fee for this fundraising event covers greens fees, golf cart, dinner after the scramble, and chances to win a variety of prizes. All proceeds benefit children and families in need in Ohio through Adriel’s foster…

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One room remains for Pastor-Spouse Retreat

Thinking about attending the Ohio Conference Pastor-Spouse Retreat? There is still room for one more couple to attend this event, which will take place Nov. 15-17 at the Mills Park Hotel in Yellow Springs, Ohio. For more information about the retreat, please see the retreat bro­chure at http://bit.ly/2019RetreatBrochure. To register online, go to http://bit.ly/2019Pastor-SpouseRetreat. If all rooms have been reserved…

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Time is running out to apply for grants

Do you have an idea for ministering to your community but aren’t sure how to fund it? 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…

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Ohio Mennonite Relief Sale to include online bidding

The 54th Annual Ohio Mennonite Relief Sale and Auction will take place Aug. 2-3 at the Wayne County Fairgrounds in Wooster. New this year is the option to purchase quilts online at www.ohiomccreliefsale.org. Until Aug. 1 a select number of quilts are available for purchase at posted “buy it now” prices. Quilts not purchased by Aug. 1 will be added…

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MDS seeks volunteers

Mennonite Disaster Service has an urgent need for volunteers in several locations, including Puerto Rico. Please see https://mds.mennonite.net/volunteer/current-needs/ for details.

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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