Newsletter includes info about MennoCon21

Wondering about this summer’s denominational convention? The latest MennoCon21 Newsletter includes information about this year’s convention, which will be a hybrid event with an in-person gathering in Cincinnati as well as an online option. The online experience will use a virtual event platform called Pheedloop, which is specially designed for conferences. Registration for MennoCon21 opens April 6. See the MennoCon21 Newsletter…

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MDS seeks volunteers for plumbing repairs

Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS) volunteers have been helping to restore water in Texas homes damaged by a major February ice storm. More volunteers are needed for plumbing repairs. Read the March edition of On the Level, the MDS newsletter, for details: http://bit.ly/OnTheLevel3-21.

Recordings of ACA are online

Recordings of Annual Conference Assembly are available on the Ohio Conference website. Recordings include all three business sessions and the worship service. To view any of these recordings, go to https://bit.ly/AboutACA.

How important are emergency savings?

Evelin Gonzalez, a financial consultant at Everence, discusses the importance of an emergency savings fund during a pandemic: http://bit.ly/Everence-EmergencySavings.

Online seminary course deals with congregational conflict

Online Anabaptist Short Course: Transforming Congregational Conflict and Communication: April 14 – May 25. Join Betty Pries, Ph.D., to explore the possibilities and pitfalls of courageously engaging differences within congregational life in this six-week online noncredit course at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary. No grades, no papers! CEUs available. Register by March 17 and save $50. See ambs.edu/shortcourses.

MEA continues executive director search

Mennonite Education Agency (MEA) is continuing its search for a new executive director. The deadline to apply is March 31. For more details, please see https://bit.ly/MEAExecDirector.

Peace center offers mediation training refresher

A note from Lombard Mennonite Peace Center: For those who have already taken our Mediation Skills Training Institute (MSTI), we are pleased to offer a new one-day event:  the MSTI Refresher Course. Sessions are available on Tuesday, May 11, and Saturday, June 12.  The fee is $99, and the event runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET. The full five-day…

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Online workshops are free to all

Ohio Conference is offering a series of free online workshops. These workshops will take place on Thursday evenings on Zoom, beginning at 7 p.m. For information about these workshops, please go to http://bit.ly/2021OnlineWorkshops. Please register online at https://bit.ly/OhioConferenceEvents by the Monday before the workshop.

MyNeighbor credit card purchases can help support your congregation

You can support your church every time you buy groceries, gas and other items — with the MyNeighbor card from Everence. When you use the MyNeighbor credit card for your purchases, Everence donates 1.5 % of the transaction total to your church or other selected organization — your Neighbor. It’s a great way to provide financial support, with no additional…

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Invite a speaker from Mennonite World Conference

Would you like to hear from Mennonites from other parts of the world? As many congregations currently are worshipping through online services, Mennonite World Conference (MWC) guest speakers can connect local congregations with the global church. MWC’s officers can join a service as guest preacher or as presenter to share stories about the global family. To learn more, see https://mwc-cmm.org/stories/invite-mwc-speaker.

Goshen College offers free online devotionals during Lent

During Lent Goshen College is offering online devotions focusing on the theme “Deep Calls to Deep.” Each Monday, Wednesday and Friday, Goshen College students, fac­ulty and staff provide reflec­tions based on the upcoming Sunday’s lectionary scripture passages. You can read these devotions online at www.goshen.edu/devotions. To receive the devotions by email, go to www.goshen.edu/devotions/subscribe.

Register for ACA by Feb. 26

There’s still time to register for Annual Conference Assembly! Online registration is open for the 2021 missional conference on March 4 and 5 and Annual Conference Assembly (ACA) on March 6. Both events will take place on the Zoom videoconferencing platform. Brad Roth, pastor and author of God’s Country: Faith, Hope, and the Future of the Rural Church, will be…

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Anabaptist World seeks submissions

Anabaptist World invites your original submissions for an upcoming issue focusing on the theme “What if they don’t come back?” For many of us, the coronavirus pandemic has uprooted church as we know it. Congregational life, and the community that it creates, has shifted, revealing unexpected challenges and opportunities. Article length should be about 600 to 1,200 words. Submissions are due…

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Join MCC’s Great Winter Warm-up

Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) invites you to join the Great Winter Warm-up: At Home this winter. Last year, countless volunteers generously gave their time and talents to create more than 9,000 comforters at events across Can­ada, the U.S. and Europe. This year, MCC is asking people to stay safe and participate by making comforters at home instead. More information, including…

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March 10 is application deadline for Everence scholarships

Everence is continuing its college scholarship program for the 2021-2022 school year and will be accepting applications through March 10, 2021. The program awards scholarships of $1,000, $2,000 and $3,000. To be eligible, the student or the student’s parent must own or be using an Everence product. For more details or to apply, visit everence.com/college-scholarships.

Camp Luz plans Men’s Solitude Retreat

Camp Luz will hold a Men’s Solitude Retreat Feb. 26 and 27. This retreat will be focused on solitude and personal reflection based on a theme from Esther 4:14b, which says, “And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” Retreat organizers will have a set of devotions for participants to use…

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Peacebuilding institute offering online courses

The Summer Peacebuilding Institute (SPI) at Eastern Mennonite University will be conducting its May and June courses online this year, due to uncertainties related to the COVID-19 pandemic. SPI is offering courses in the areas of trauma awareness, restora­tive and social justice, leadership and management, and conflict transformation skills. For more information, see https://emu.edu/spi.

MWC seeks new chief operations officer

Mennonite World Conference (MWC) is seeking a new Chief Operations Officer, starting in April 2021. The position is based in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. The COO must have competencies in accounting and financial re­porting, maintaining corporate status in Canada and the USA, de­veloping administrative policies for the North American offices, managing human resources and information technology for staff and participating in…

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Search begins for new MEA executive director

The search has begun for the next executive director of Mennonite Education Agency (MEA). A profile of the agency and a job description are available on the MEA website: http://bit.ly/News-MEA.

Regional meetings set for February

Ohio Conference will hold online winter meetings for dele­gates to Annual Conference As­sembly. Four regional meetings are planned: Feb. 2 — Wayne County/Holmes County Feb. 4 — West Central/Southwest Ohio Feb. 9 — Northeast Ohio Feb. 11 — Northwest Ohio All meetings will take place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. For login information, please contact Judy King at ohmc@zoominternet.net.

AMBS to offer two new scholarships

Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary (AMBS) in Elkhart, Indiana, is offering two new scholarships. The Multicultural Church Scholarship is for students who are currently serving in or preparing for ministry assignments in a multicultural context and/or who belong to historically underrepresented racial or ethnic groups within the Mennonite Church. Each year, this award will provide a limited number of 100-percent tuition grants to…

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MWC year-in-review video looks at how churches responded to pandemic

How did the pandemic affect Mennonite World Conference (MWC) during 2020, and what lessons were learned? MWC’s annual year-in-review video explores how member congre­gations and the organization as a whole adjusted to new reali­ties and found new ways of fol­lowing Jesus. You are invited to download this short video from the MWC website and show it to your congregation:  http://bit.ly/2020MWCYearReview.

Conflict transformation is workshop topic

Lombard Mennonite Peace Center (LMPC) is offering an online workshop, “Conflict Transformation Skills for Churches,” on Feb. 13 from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET. Although a normal part of life, conflict is usually seen as something negative. Participants in this workshop will acquire the knowledge and skills to transform conflict into a force for positive change and spiritual growth.…

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Conversations to focus on immigration

Evangelical Immigration Table is launching a series of virtual conversations about immigration which are being held each Thursday in January. The first conversation, held on Jan. 7, focused on the topic “Discipleship in Politically Polarized Times.”  To learn more about this series or to register, go to https://evangelicalimmigrationtable.com/2021convening.

Weekend College to focus on pastoring through COVID

The Center for Anabaptist Leadership and Learning at Hesston College will host a special online Weekend College event for pastors, congregational leaders and conference leaders on Feb. 20. The event is titled “What If They Don’t Come Back? Pastoring through COVID.” Event attendance is open to all. Those interested in attending can register online at www.hesston.edu/weekendcollege.

‘Thriving Together’ is conference theme

ELKHART, Indiana — Offering church leaders space to “be” while learning how to thrive as leaders and congregations in the midst of the unprece­dented disruption of COVID-19 will be the focus of Pastors and Leaders 2021, an annual conference of Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary (AMBS) in Elkhart, Indiana. The event, which will be held online for the first time, will…

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AMBS offers worship materials to congregations

Recognizing the toll that COVID-19 has had on pastors and worship planners over the last eight months, Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary is offering several elements of a worship service for congregational use. Included are a call to worship and a prayer, as well as videos containing a scripture presentation, songs and a sermon featuring the story of Jesus in the…

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Worldwide prayer gatherings planned

Mennonite World Conference (MWC) is hosting two online prayer hour gatherings on Jan. 15 and 16 for Mennonite church members from around the world to pray together. Both gatherings will include a chance for participants to separate into smaller language-based rooms to pray together. To learn more, see https://bit.ly/2021MWCPrayer.

Explore Anabaptist approaches to scripture

Online through AMBS: Understanding Anabaptist Ap­proaches to Scripture (Feb. 10 – March 23). Join Loren Johns, Ph.D., to study ways in which 16th-century Anabaptists ap­proached Scripture both similarly to and differently from Catho­lics and other Protestants. This six-week online short course from Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary now includes weekly video conversations with Loren. Sign up by Jan. 13 and save…

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