Register now for ACA, missional conference

Online registration is open for the 2022 Annual Conference Assembly (ACA).  Zion Mennonite Church in Archbold will host the 2022 ACA March 4-5. The theme of this year’s gathering will be “Befriending the Neighborhood: Am I a Good Neighbor?” For more information about ACA, please see https://bit.ly/2022ACAInfo. To register online, go to https://bit.ly/2022ACARegistration. Register for ACA by Feb. 11. Zion…

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MWC opens registration for Indonesia 2022

Mennonite World Conference has opened registration for online participants for its 17th global assembly July 5-10 in Semarang, Indonesia, at indonesia2022.mwc-cmm.org. For more information about the assembly, see https://bit.ly/MWC2022AssemblyOnline.

Girl Named Tom wins The Voice

Congratulations go to Girl Named Tom, the sibling trio from Zion Mennonite Church in Archbold! The trio was named the winner during the season finale of NBC’s The Voice on Dec. 14. To learn more, see https://bit.ly/TheVoiceFinaleGNT and https://anabaptistworld.org/girl-named-tom-wins-the-voice.

MDS plans tornado response

Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS) has Early Response Teams investigating several of the sites of last week’s tornadoes to help determine how and where MDS will respond. Many of their partners via the National Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD) which specialize in search and rescue, damage assessment and cleanup are already responding. Together with their NVOAD partners and local officials,…

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Ohio MCC Comforter Bash set for April 22-23

Save the date for the Ohio MCC Comforter Bash on April 22-23!  A handmade comforter provides not only warmth, but also a tangible message to people that their needs are not forgotten.  Join others of all ages for this two-day event in Kidron to knot comforters that Mennonite Central Committee will distribute around the world.  We invite you to make…

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Retirement plans announced

Regional Pastor Ralph Reinford has announced that he plans to retire at the end of March 2022. He has served as regional pastor for the eastern part of the Ohio Conference since 2011.

Girl Named Tom moves to semi-final round of The Voice

Girl Named Tom, the sibling trio from Zion Mennonite Church in Archbold, has continued to advance in live rounds of competition on NBC’s The Voice. The trio is one of eight remaining semifinalists and will perform again during the live semi-final shows next week. To see one of their most recent performances, go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WpdTXOUf7dw.

Sonnenberg seeks lead pastor

Sonnenberg Mennonite Church of Kidron, Ohio, is seeking a full-time lead pastor. To learn more about this position, please see the SMC Lead Pastor Job Description outlining the requirements and responsibilities of the position. Additional information about the church can be found on the church website: sonnenbergmc.org. Interested candidates may contact the regional pastor, Ralph Reinford, at ralphreinford@gmail.com, or the…

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Goshen College offers online Advent devotions

Once again Goshen College is offering online weekday devotions during Advent. Goshen College students, faculty and staff are providing weekday reflections based on the lectionary Scripture passages. They are reflecting on the theme “Dare to Imagine” from Mennonite Church USA and Mennonite Church Canada worship resources. These daily devotions are available online at www.goshen.edu/devotions. If you would like to receive these…

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Everence scholarship applications now available

Everence® college scholarship applications for the 2022-2023 academic year are now available. Current or new Everence members (and their children) are eligible to apply for the scholarships of up to $3,000 to help pay for eligible college expenses. Recipients are chosen based on community involvement, extracurricular activities, leadership, and a written answer to a question about the applicant’s stewardship influence.…

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Girl Named Tom has continued success on The Voice

Girl Named Tom, the sibling trio from Zion Mennonite Church, has had continued success in two live rounds of competition on NBC’s The Voice. The trio is one of 11 remaining finalists and will perform again during the live shows next week. To see one of their most recent performances on The Voice, go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AjE37v3SpG0.  

Central Christian seeks superintendent

Central Christian School in Kidron, Ohio, is seeking a superintendent for the K-12 school beginning July 1, 2022. Ideal candidates will know Jesus as Lord and Savior, share a clear commitment to the Anabaptist tradition, and have excellent communication skills. They will administer the school while exercising leadership skills to fulfill the spiritual vision of Central Christian School. Interested parties…

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MMN seeks staff for multiple departments

Full-time job opportunities are available in various departments at Mennonite Mission Network: human resources, finance, global partnerships, and training and resources. See full job descriptions and apply at MennoniteMission.net/Employment or direct questions to StaffRecruitment@mennonitemission.net.

SpringHaven seeks new executive director

Mark Leinbach is stepping down as executive director of SpringHaven Counseling Center, effective Dec. 31. He has served SpringHaven as executive director for seven years. The SpringHaven board has begun a search process for the next executive director. Qualified candidates are encouraged to submit resumes and make any inquires via email to board@springhaven.us. To learn more, please see the news…

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Health plan open enrollment continues

Health insurance reminder: The open enrollment period for the Corinthian Plan, the health plan of Mennonite Church USA (MC USA), will continue through Dec. 31, 2021. All MC USA-affiliated congregations can enroll their eligible staff for health coverage, life and disability insurance, and/or optional dental and vision coverage. For more information, please visit The Corinthian Plan website at https://www.mennoniteusa.org/ministry/the-corinthian-plan/ or…

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MEA appoints new Faith Formation Minister

(Mennonite Education Agency) — Mennonite Education Agency (MEA) has appointed Shana Peachey Boshart as Faith Formation Minister, effective Nov. 1, 2021. She will serve as the agency liaison with Mennonite Schools Council (MSC), a network of Mennonite schools from early education to grade 12. Dawn Y. Graber has served in an interim capacity since May 2020. To learn more, see…

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Girl Named Tom musicians advance to live rounds of The Voice

Girl Named Tom, the sibling trio from Zion Mennonite Church, has competed successfully in several rounds of competition on NBC’s The Voice. They will be competing in the live shows, which start next week. To see one of their most recent performances on The Voice, go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WPUNAY9L_Zs.

Anabaptist World seeks submission for Christmas issue

Anabaptist World is seeking articles and visual art on biblical and/or contemporary themes celebrating the birth of Christ. The articles should be about Christmas, not Advent. Most readers will receive the issue less than a week before Christmas. Deadline for submission is Nov. 29. See https://bit.ly/AnabaptistWorldChristmas2021 for details.

Workshop to address congregational anxiety

How do you prevent anxiety from becoming a toxic force in your congregation? “Healthy Congregations,” a workshop presented by Lombard Mennonite Peace Center, can help your church stay focused on its true mission by teaching its leaders how to prevent or minimize destructive conflict. This online workshop will be held Dec. 2 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CT. A…

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Discipleship training to be offered

How do we transform individuals into active disciples of Jesus Christ? In the past several years, many Ohio Conference congre­gations have worked toward this goal by participating in the Mis­sional Discipleship Initiative (MDI). This initiative was first offered by Mennonite Mission Network. Starting in January Ohio Conference will offer training in MDI to a new cohort of church leaders. This…

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Health plan open enrollment begins Nov. 1

The Corinthian Plan, the health plan of Mennonite Church USA (MC USA), provides affordable group health coverage for pastors and staff of eligible congregations. Open enrollment for 2022 is from Nov. 1-Dec. 31, 2021. All MC USA-affiliated congregations can enroll their eligible staff for health coverage, life and disability insurance, and/or optional dental and vision coverage. For more information, please…

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Webinar to focus on reason for immigration

If you are interested in learning more about the reasons why some people are migrating to Ohio, consider participating in a webinar on Nov. 4. This webinar, titled “Terror and Loss — War in Guatemala,” will feature Maria Garcia from Eastern Michigan University. She will discuss the civil war in Guatemala and how it started the migration of Mayan refugees to the…

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Retreat registration deadline is extended

The registration deadline for the Ohio Conference Pastor-Spouse Retreat has been extended to Oct. 28. There is still room for two more couples to attend this retreat, which will take place Nov. 12-14 at the Mills Park Hotel in Yellow Springs. To register or to learn more, go to https://bit.ly/2021Pastor-Spouse.

Register for Believe and Be Baptized by Oct. 25

Ohio Conference and Central District Conference are co-hosting a workshop about baptism, Believe and Be Baptized: Conversations on a 500-year-old Tradition. Led by historian John D. Roth, this workshop will take place Saturday, Nov. 6, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Columbus Mennonite Church. The workshop will include a time of conversation with local Catholic and Lutheran clergy, and…

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MC USA initiative focuses on poverty

Mennonite Church USA (MC USA) has launched “Learn, Pray, Join: Cost of Poverty,” an initiative to raise awareness about the impact of the pandemic on poverty in the United States and how Jesus calls his followers to respond. This fall MC USA is seeking to engage people in the initiative by offering resources, prayers and ways to care for one another and…

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Register for Believe and Be Baptized by Oct. 25

Ohio Conference and Central District Conference are co-hosting a workshop about baptism, Believe and Be Baptized: Conversations on a 500-year-old Tradition. Led by historian John D. Roth, this workshop will take place Saturday, Nov. 6, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Columbus Mennonite Church. The workshop will include a time of conversation with local Catholic and Lutheran clergy, and…

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Everence seeks financial consultant

Everence Financial is growing in Holmes and Wayne counties, and looking for a highly motivated individual to grow with Everence as a financial consultant. The ideal candidate will have a passion for finance, great analytical skills, and the ability to build trusting relationships. But most importantly, they will have a burning desire to help Everence members plan for their financial…

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Immigration guide focuses on scriptures

Have you explored “A Biblical Guide to Immigration” yet? This past summer, the Ohio Conference Immigration Resource Team released this guide, which includes a compilation of scriptures related to immigration. This resource is suitable for both personal and congregational use. A copy of this guide is available at https://bit.ly/BiblicalGuideToImmigration and on the “Immigration” page of the Ohio Conference website: https://ohiomennoniteconference.org/resources/immigration.