It’s Official! We are Ohio Mennonite Conference!

Conference’s name is now officially Ohio Mennonite Conference. The action that the delegates took at Annual Conference Assembly in March of this year to change the name of Conference from Ohio Conference of Mennonite Church USA to Ohio Mennonite Conference has been recorded by the State of Ohio, and the bylaws have been amended. This organization’s name is now officially…

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Fiscal year closes with a deficit

Ohio Conference’s fiscal year closed on March 31, 2024, with a $47,192 deficit according to figures provided by Financial Coordinator Stan Helmuth. Receipts for the month were $22,440, a $14,695 increase over February. Expenses for March were up slightly over February at $33,298 due to Annual Conference expenditures. The ending yearly deficit is the largest the conference has experienced in…

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How is your congregation impacting the community?

The new strategic plan that was adopted at Annual Conference Assembly in March, states that congregational stories of “evangelism and community participation” will be included in Ohio Conference’s communications throughout the year. How is your congregation working in the community? Are you beginning something or have you been involved in something for some time now? Would you be willing to…

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Staffing positions available

Ohio Conference is hiring two positions as it pursues its mission to “Gather, Equip and Send our congregations by the power of the Holy Spirit to live out God’s Greatest Commandments and Jesus’ Great Commission.” 1)  The Administrative Coordinator and Bookkeeper will contribute to the Conference’s ability to successfully achieve its mission by: Being the first connection for those contacting the…

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Bluffton University announces merger with University of Findlay

At a press conference on March 20, the presidents of Bluffton University and the University of Findlay announced that they had signed a Memorandum of Understanding declaring the intention to pursue a merger of the two universities. This would create one institution with two campuses. Each university would remain affiliated with its denomination—Bluffton with MC USA and Findlay with the…

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Former Ohio Conference pastor passes at age 82

Bob Schloneger, age 82, passed away on March 25, 2024, in Goshen, Indiana. A retired Mennonite pastor, Bob was married to Enid (Miller) and served in various roles around Ohio Conference. He was co-pastor at Millersburg with Enid and served for four years as regional pastor, as well as various other conference roles and pastoral assignments. His memorial service was…

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Salem Mennonite to co-host service at Lima Mennonite

Palm Sunday special service at Lima Mennonite, Sunday, March 24, at 6:30 p.m. Lima Mennonite (1318 Main St., Lima, Ohio), together with Salem Mennonite in Elida, will host Sarah Augustine, co-founder and co-chair of the Dismantling the Doctrine of Discovery Coalition. Her presentation will focus on understanding the Doctrine of Discovery, a set of laws rooted in the 15th century that…

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Healthy Boundaries refresher training planned

April 22 is the deadline to register for the Healthy Boundaries 201 training sponsored by the Ohio Conference. This training will be held on Tuesday, April 30, at Wooster Mennonite Church from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The training also will be available online through Zoom. Lunch will be provided for in-person participants. To register, go to https://buytickets.at/ohioconferenceofmennonitechurchusa/1157814.

April is Abuse Prevention Month

April is Abuse Prevention month. Congregations and pastors are welcome to contact Nancy Kauffmann, interim denominational minister of Church Safety for Mennonite Church USA’s Church Vitality office, if they wish to have a speaker, training or other resource to use during the month. You may contact her at nancyk@mennoniteusa.org.

Nominees sought for Bring the Peace awards

Mennonite Church USA is seeking award nominations for its 2024 Bring the Peace initiative. The denomination gives the award to a Legacy Peacemaker and a Young Peacemaker each year. A Legacy Peacemaker is someone who has devoted their life to peace and justice work, whereas a Young Peacemaker is a young adult or teenager who has just begun their peacemaking journey and is…

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Safe Church policies will be webinar focus

Mennonite Church USA (MC USA) is hosting a webinar, “Making a Safe Church Protection Policy,” on Monday, March 25, at 7 p.m. ET. Facilitators will be Marlene Bogard and Nancy Kauffmann, MC USA’s interim denominational minister for Church Safety. Webinar participants will learn how to write a protection policy, how to use the policy, when to update their congregation’s policy…

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Jesus Collective to hold Unite Conference

If you are interested in explor­ing further the ideas about a Jesus-centered faith that featured speaker Meghan Larissa Good present­ed at ACA, consider attending Unite, a conference hosted by the Jesus Collective. This event will take place April 24-26 in St. Paul, Minnesota. For more information, see https://jesuscollective.com/unite.

Webinar to focus on women in ministry

In honor of Women’s History Month, Men­nonite Church USA (MC USA) is sponsor­ing a webinar, “The Hope-Filled Persis­tence of Women in Ministry,” on Monday, March 11, at 7 p.m. This webinar will look at the lives of MC USA women in minis­try across the generations and today. Rev. Amy Zimbelman, con­ference minister of Mountain States Mennonite Conference, and Elizabeth Johnson,…

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Bluffton to offer new environmental science major

BLUFFTON, Ohio — Starting in fall 2024, Bluffton University students will have the opportunity to major in environmental science. Housed in the department of health sciences, natural sciences and mathematics, the program will provide students a broader understanding of the natural and built worlds around them through classes in biology, chemistry, geology, and soil, water and climate sciences. See the…

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Missio Dei issue features Latin American women

The 32nd issue of Missio Dei, a publication of Mennonite Mission Network, describes 20 years of Movimiento de Mujeres Anabau­tistas Haciendo Teología desde América Latina (Movement of Anabaptist Women Doing Theology from Latin America — MTAL). Spanish and English versions of the booklet, Women, 20 years of paving the way between dreams and hopes, a collaboration be­tween Mission Network and…

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Camp Luz seeks program director

Camp Luz is seeking a leader who is passionate about seeing people growing in their faith in Jesus Christ to serve as program director. Use your skills and experience to make a difference in the lives of hundreds of children, young adults, and families. This position is available immediately. See the Camp Luz news release for more information. A full…

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Healthy Boundaries refresher training planned

Ohio Conference will hold a Healthy Boundaries 201 training on Tuesday, April 30, at Wooster Mennonite Church from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The training also will be available online through Zoom. For those meeting in person, lunch will be provided. Healthy Boundaries 201 is designed for credentialed pastors who have previously completed Healthy Boundaries 101. Please note: All persons…

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Seminary programs offer support for pastors

Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary (AMBS) in Elkhart, Indiana, is offering programs which support pastors currently serving in the church. The Transition to Leadership program guides and nurtures new pastors during the crucial first years of ministry. This two-year program includes monthly one-on-one mentoring sessions, biannual Learning Events with other new pastors and their mentors, and optional consultations with consultants with…

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Fairlawn Mennonite to host MCC Comforter Bash

This year the Ohio MCC Comforter Bash will take place at Fairlawn Mennonite Church, 8520 Emerson Road, Apple Creek, Ohio. Hours are as follows: Friday, March 8 – 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday, March 9 – 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. See the Ohio Conference website for more information: https://wp.me/p6vGMi-4eD.

Lent at Home guide is now available

“Christ Among Us” is the theme of the Lent at Home 2024 worship guide, now available for free from the Mennonite Education Agency (MEA) website: https://bit.ly/2024LentatHome. This guide uses weekly and daily Scriptures as a basis for worship rituals, prayers, and activities designed to help individuals and households of all ages prepare for the season of Lent.

POTC focuses on non-military career options

Peaceful Options for Training and Careers (POTC), an independ­ent initiative formed by Mennonite Church USA and Mennonite Central Committee (MCC), has begun training volunteer counselors to help young adults find non-military career, service and training opportunities. Titus Peachey, a retired MCC peace educator, led the most recent training session on Jan. 18, 2024, via Zoom. To learn more, see the…

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Social Justice Sunday is June 23

Grace & Groundings, Ohio Conference’s racial reconcilia­tion resource team, would like to remind everyone that February is Black History Month and June 23 is Social Justice Sunday. This spring Grace & Groundings will be sharing resource materials for observing Social Justice Sunday in your congregation.

Orientation sessions will be held online

Orientation sessions for new delegates to Annual Conference Assembly (ACA) and for table group leaders at ACA will be held on Zoom prior to ACA. The new delegate orientation will take place Feb. 19 at 7 p.m. To attend, use this link: https://bit.ly/2024NewDelegateOrientation. The table group leader orientation will take place Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. To attend, use this…

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Register for ACA by Feb. 9

Have you registered for Annual Conference Assembly (ACA)? Feb. 9 is the deadline to register for ACA at the regular fee of $50 per person. After that date, the registration fee rises to $65 per person. Sharon Mennonite Church in Plain City will host the 2024 ACA March 1-2. The featured speaker at this event will be Meghan Larissa Good,…

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CommonWord offers resources for Lent

This year Lent begins Feb. 14. If you are looking for new Lenten resources, check out the website for CommonWord, a collabora­tion of Mennonite Church Canada and Canadian Mennonite Uni­versity. In preparation for Lent, CommonWord has curated a collection of resources for this season of the church year. Included in the col­lection are books, songs, and worship resources such as…

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MEA announces scholarship application deadline

ELKHART, Indiana — Mennonite Education Agency (MEA) has announced the deadline to apply for the MEA Scholarship for BIPOC Students within Mennonite Church USA (MC USA). Applications will be accepted through April 1, 2024, for the 2024-25 academic year. The scholarship was launched in the fall of 2023 to help students who identify as Black, Indigenous, or People of Color…

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Anabaptist World seeks submissions about including people with disabilities

  Anabaptist World invites your original submissions for an upcoming issue focusing on the theme “Inclusion of people with disabilities.” Articles should be between 600 and 1,200 words. For more information about this theme, see https://bit.ly/AWDisabilitiesInclusion. Submissions are due to editor@anabaptistworld.org no later than Feb. 5.

Public educator group to meet Jan. 25

The next online meeting of the Mennonite Public Educators group is Thursday, Jan. 25, 2024, at 7 p.m. Eastern. This group is intended for all Mennonite education professionals working in public school settings. The conversation topic will be “CRT, Social-Emotional Learning, & book banning.” Registration is re­quired. Email info@MennoniteEducation.org to receive registra­tion information.

Hope for the Future conference set for Feb. 9-11

Registration for Mennonite Church USA’s (MC USA) Hope for the Future conference, to be held in Dallas, Texas, Feb. 9-11, 2024, is now open. The annual conference provides space for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) leaders from across the United States to gather and share in mutual support and wor­ship. More information is available on the MC USA website: https://bit.ly/2024HopeforFuture.