Apply for Youth Venture by April 1

Calling everyone ages 15-22: Are you looking for a fun and meaningful way to serve this summer? There are a few spots left to join a 2018 Youth Venture team! See and join in the work God is doing in Ecuador, Peru, Spain, or Benin. Apply by April 1. Visit to learn more, or contact John Murray at

Laughter is Sacred Space coming to Springfield

Laughter is Sacred Space, performed by Ted and Co., is coming to Springfield, Ohio, on Friday, May 4, at 7p.m. at the John Legend Theater, 700 S. Limestone St., Springfield. The event is a collaborative effort of Southside Mennonite Church, Huber Mennonite Church and NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) along with several mental healthcare resources. The Ohio Conference also has provided…

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Shalom to host boundaries training April 21

Friday, April 6, is the registration deadline for the Healthy Boundaries training event at Shalom Counseling and Mediation Center in Archbold on April 21. Healthy Boundaries training is mandatory for continued credentialing in the Ohio Conference. The Ohio Conference Credentialing Ministry is encouraging each congregation to send a layperson to the training along with the pastor to share the experience.…

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Stewardship Ministry seeks volunteers for study

The Ohio Conference Stewardship Ministry Team has spent some time recently brainstorming ways to save money for the Conference. One possible area of focus is the expenses of the Conference office located in Kidron. Consequently, the Stewardship Ministry would like to form a group to do a feasibility study. This group would review the current Conference office structure to see…

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The Mennonite welcomes submissions for May issue

The Mennonite, Inc., welcomes your original submissions for the May 2018 print magazine issue and corresponding online content focusing on the theme Love Across Borders. Submissions are due to no later than March 19, 2018. For more details, see

Online course to focus on transforming conflict

Online short course: Transforming Congregational Conflict and Communication: April 11 – May 22. In this online Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary short course, Betty Pries will introduce Anabaptist conflict transformation techniques for leading in the midst of difference and disagreement — drawing from biblical, theological and practical sources. Cost is $200 before March 21, and $250 after. For details, see

MHF offers grants for cross-cultural study to graduate students in health care

Graduate Students in Healthcare Professions: Mennonite Healthcare Fellowship (MHF) offers educational grants for Anabaptist students to learn and serve in cross-cultural mission/service settings in developing countries. The application deadline for the 2018-19 academic year is May 15, 2018. For details and an application form, see, email, or call 1-888-406-3643. See the flier about this grant program for more…

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Berlin Mennonite seeks music leader

Berlin Mennonite Church is looking for a music leader to lead congregational singing on Sunday mornings for worship. Applicants will be able to play an instrument, and are asked to lead congregational singing from songbooks and lead/accompany contemporary songs. Our church has several musicians who currently make up praise teams (pianists, guitar players, violin, percussion, singers). We are looking for…

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Discovery: A Comic Lament is coming to Ohio

Ted & Co. is bringing its production titled Discovery: A Comic Lament to Ohio this weekend for two performances. Admission is free and open to the public at both performances. Lima Mennonite Church will host a performance of Discovery: A Comic Lament on Saturday, March 3, at 7 p.m. Lima Mennonite Church is located at 1318 N. Main St., Lima.…

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Kidron Mennonite to host ‘Growing Young’ seminar

Kidron Mennonite Church is sponsoring a “Growing Young” seminar on Saturday, April 14, from 9:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. This seminar will focus on making young people a priority in your church. Speaker Dr. David “Duffy” Robbins, professor of youth ministry at Eastern University, will share about Keychain Leadership, empathy, taking Jesus’ messages seriously, and creating a warm community that…

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Peacebuilding institute adds shorter courses

The Summer Peacebuilding Institute (SPI) at Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, has recently added a series of three-day workshops on June 18-20, 2018. These shorter workshops are designed for individuals who want to come for trainings but are unable to take a week or more away from home or work. See the latest SPI newsletter for details:

Healthcare students invited to submit essays

Healthcare Student Essay Project: Anabaptist students in all healthcare disciplines are eligible to submit an essay in connection with the Mennonite Healthcare Fellowship (MHF) Annual Gathering 2018, June 22-24, 2018, at Bluffton University. Share your perspective on the theme “Stories of Healing.” This contest is open to those currently enrolled in an undergraduate, graduate, professional, residency, fellowship, or internship program…

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Have you registered for ACA yet?

The deadline to register for Annual Conference Assembly (ACA) is approaching quickly. Have you registered yet? ACA will take place March 9-10 at Bluffton University, and the Gathered and Sent Missional Conference will take place immediately prior to ACA on March 8-9, also at Bluffton University. Registrations for ACA and the Gathered and Sent Missional Conference are both due by…

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Mediation training to be offered

Lombard Mennonite Peace Center will be offering its Mediation Skills Training Institute for Church Leaders March 12-16 in Columbia, South Carolina. To receive the discounted registration rate, register by Feb. 9. See for details.

OC viewpoints shared at EMU meeting

During January all Ohio Conference congregations were asked to complete a Mennonite Colleges Survey. Thanks to all congregations who completed to survey. The survey responses provided valuable information for Keith Hostetler as he represented Ohio Conference at Eastern Mennonite University’s Constituent Conferences Committee meeting on Jan. 18. To learn more about what was discussed at this meeting, see his report: 2018…

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Shue announces resignation from MC USA role

Mennonite Church USA — Terry Shue has announced his resignation from his position as MC USA director of leadership development. His end date will be no later than June 1, 2018. See the complete news release at

AMBS to offer Prepare/Enrich training

Prepare/Enrich: A Premarital and Marital Workshop will be held Feb. 10 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Elkhart, Indiana. Led by Delores Friesen, Ph.D., this workshop prepares pastors, counselors, spiritual directors and mentors to help couples strengthen and enrich their relationships. See for details or to register.

Everence offers financial planning grants to more pastors

Everence is expanding its efforts to help pastors take advantage of the benefits of comprehensive financial planning. Beginning January 2018, credentialed and active pastors from any churches affiliated with Everence are eligible to receive a Pastoral Financial Plan Grant toward the cost of a first-year Everence comprehensive financial plan. For details, see

Immigration workshop planned in Millersburg

Millersburg Mennonite Church will host a workshop, “Immigration Myths, Realities and Public Policy,” on Saturday, Jan. 27, 1-2:30 p.m. This workshop will seek to bring clarity around immigration issues, as well as share the impact that immigration policy has on families affected by it. If you are interested in having your immigration questions answered, learning creative ways to respond or…

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‘Reading the Bible with Jesus’ coming to Ohio

Salem Mennonite Church in Kidron will host “Reading the Bible with Jesus,” an inspirational four-session Bible study on the book of Mark with Bryan Moyer Suderman Feb. 16-17. What can followers of Jesus today learn from Jesus’ approach to scripture? What if today’s Christians not only sought to imitate how Jesus lived and how he treated people, but also how…

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Healthy Boundaries training rescheduled

Because of inclement weather, the Healthy Boundaries training scheduled for Jan. 13 in Bluffton was canceled. This training event has been rescheduled for Saturday, Feb. 24, at the same location, First Mennonite Church in Bluffton. If you registered for the Jan. 13 training and cannot attend on Feb. 24, please contact Judy King, Ohio Conference administrative assistant, at or…

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Scholarship deadline extended for SPI

The Center for Justice and Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University offers a variety of scholarships for individuals interested in the Summer Peacebuilding Institute (SPI). Matching and partial scholarships are offered on a rolling basis as long as funds are available. The deadline for SPI’s dedicated scholarship and fellowship opportunities has been extended to Jan. 29, 2018. See for details.

Hesston conference to feature Dr. Drew Hart

Registration is open for the 2018 Anabaptist Vision and Discipleship Series (AVDS) conference Feb. 23 to 25 at Hesston College. With the theme “Before the Unthinkable Happens: Confronting our Role in Injustice,” the conference will explore how participants can become effective change agents in their churches and communities as they stand against “the troubles of this world.” Dr. Drew G.I.…

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All congregations asked to complete survey

Keith Hostetler has agreed to represent the Ohio Conference as part of Eastern Mennonite University’s Constituent Conferences Committee. To help him more accurately represent the viewpoints of Ohio Conference congregations, he is asking a representative from each congregation to complete a brief survey, which can be found at The Constituent Conferences Committee will meet Jan. 18. Please complete the…

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Register for pastors’ meeting by Jan. 11

Berlin Mennonite Church will host a meeting for Ohio Conference pastors Jan. 18 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. All credentialed leaders of the Ohio Conference are encouraged to attend. There is no registration fee for this meeting, but lunch will be provided on a donation basis. Registrations are due Jan. 11. To register, contact Judy King at the Ohio…

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Four regional meetings scheduled

Ohio Conference will hold four winter regional cluster meetings for delegates to Annual Conference Assembly. Each meeting will begin at 7 p.m. and end at 8:30 p.m. The following meetings have been scheduled: Feb. 13 — Sonnenberg Mennonite Church in Kidron Feb. 15 — West Clinton Mennonite Church in Wauseon Feb. 20 — Maple Grove Mennonite Church in Hartville Feb.…

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Using your Everence credit card can benefit Ohio Conference

Do you have a credit card through Everence? If so, your purchases can benefit the Ohio Conference. Everence donates 1.5 percent of the transaction total of each purchase made with a MyNeighbor credit card to the charitable organization of your choice.  Donations are distributed each January and are based on the card holder’s choice of “Neighbor” as of  Dec. 31.…

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The Mennonite solicits submissions

In February 2018, The Mennonite magazine will celebrate its 20th anniversary in its current form as the official publication of Mennonite Church USA, and The Mennonite wants to hear from you. Send your memories of The Mennonite: reflections on your favorite stories, authors that have been important or reasons you’ve relied on this publication. You can send your short reflections…

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Pastors and leaders to focus on hope

ELKHART, Indiana (Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary) — In a time when many people are experiencing anxiety, trauma and upheaval, how can church leaders sustain hope among the people they serve, even when they might struggle with fear, hopelessness and exhaustion themselves? Pastors and Leaders 2018 — an annual leadership conference formerly called Pastors Week — aims to help participants explore…

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