Pastors to meet in Upper Sandusky

Save the date: Ohio Confer­ence will hold a pastors’ gath­ering on Aug. 23 at the library in Upper Sandusky. This meet­ing will be facilitated by our consultant, Jeanne Zimmerly Jantzi, as part of the Confer­ence’s review process. This meeting will be for all ac­tive, credentialed pastors, in­cluding chaplains.

SPI to hold peacebuilding courses in person

The Summer Peacebuilding Institute (SPI) at Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, will begin in-person short courses next week. SPI is offering a variety of courses during four sessions in May and June. All SPI courses are available for training or academic credit. To learn more, see https://emu.edu/spi/courses.

Adriel to hold benefit auction online

Adriel will hold its annual benefit auction online this year. This auction will benefit foster families and foster youth. To participate, go to  https://www.biddingforgood.com/AdrielBenefit and click on “Register to Bid” at the top of the page. Online bidding begins May 26 at 5 p.m. and ends May 31 at 5 p.m.

Larger group can attend MWC Assembly 17

Mennonite World Conference’s (MWC) Indonesian Assembly just got a little bit larger. The National Advisory Committee for Assembly 17 and the executive committee of MWC have decided to raise in-person attendance numbers for the gathering in Indonesia to 1,250. Assembly 17 will take place both online and in Indonesia July 5-10, 2022. COVID-19 cases in Indonesia remain low, so the…

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Journal seeks articles on ‘Mission and Health’

Anabaptist Witness: Call for submissions. Anabaptist Witness welcomes submissions on “Mission and Health” for the October 2022 issue. Submissions can be from various genres and should relate to the journal’s focus on Anabaptist and Mennonite churches in mission. What guidance do scripture and Anabaptist/Mennonite theology offer for churches, mission agencies and missionaries faced with medical crisis? How might faith communities…

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Conference youth worker webinar series continues

Ohio Conference is continuing its series of free online seminars for youth workers during the month of May. “Jesus as Model: Youth Ministry Reimagined” is the theme of this series, which began in late March. The final three online seminars will be held from 7 to 8:15 p.m. on May 10, 17 and 24. In addition to hearing from presenters, seminar participants…

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MCC webinar to explore ‘Gardening for good’

Interested in creation care? On May 26 at 8 p.m., Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) will host a webinar, “Gardening for good: Creation care tips for your backyard and stories from Bolivia.” In this virtual visit, MCC will explore what it looks like to care for the planet ─ from our own backyards to remote Bolivian communities. This presentation will include…

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Anabaptist Disabilities Network receives grant

Anabaptist Disabilities Network has received Mennonite Health Services’ Innovation Grant. Grant funds will be used for the development of an Anabaptist membership curriculum for youth and adults with intellectual disabilities. See https://bit.ly/ADNInnovationGrant for details.

Collaboration seeks to counter military recruitment

Mennonites Against Militarism – a collaboration of Mennonite Central Committee, U.S. (MCC) and Mennonite Church USA (MC USA) – is seeking to launch an initiative to counter military recruitment of U.S. youth. The vision for the project, Alternatives to Military Enlistment Network (AMEN), is to connect young people with volunteer advisors who can help them find non-military career, service and training opportunities. To learn…

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AMBS to hold webinar about Christian nationalism

Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary (AMBS) is hosting a free webinar about Christian nationalism on Wednesday, May 4, from 2 to 3 p.m. Drew Strait, Ph.D., assistant professor of New Testament and Christian Origins at AMBS, will provide an overview of the destructive force of White Christian nationalism. All registrants will receive access to a recording of the webinar. Learn more…

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MC USA to host online call to prayer

Mennonite Church USA (MC USA)  is hosting an online call to prayer and fasting for the upcoming special delegate session, which will take place May 27-30 in Kansas City, Missouri. This online gathering will take place May 2 at 7 p.m. For more infor­mation and to register, go to https://bit.ly/May2CalltoPrayer.

Holy Land tour planned for 2023

Have you ever dreamed of walking where Jesus walked? Of see­ing where Jesus died? Of sailing the Sea of Galilee like Jesus and His disciples? Now you have the opportunity! In partnership with Friendship Tours (friendshiptours.com), Pastor Ryan Harker (West Clinton Mennonite) will be leading a group on a 10-day tour of Israel on April 18-27, 2023. A flier with…

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MCC to offer webinar on welcoming refugees

Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) and Church World Service (CWS) are planning a webinar on Tuesday, April 12, for people interested in learning more about welcoming refugees in the United States. The hour-long webinar will begin at 2 p.m. During the webinar, Charity Stowell, MCC U.S. newcomer con­nections coordinator, and Ted Blessing, CWS community en­gagement organizer, will address several questions: Who…

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Voices Together workshop is for worship leaders

Benton Mennonite Church is sponsoring a Voices Together wor­ship leaders’ workshop on Saturday, May 14, from 9 a.m. to noon on Zoom. Anneli Loepp Thiessen and Katie Graber will provide back­ground on worship resources in Voices Together and the Voices Together worship leader edition, highlighting uses in worship as well as the styles, cultures, and eras they represent. They will…

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Mennonite schools seek staff for 2022-23

Central Christian School has several new open teaching posi­tions. These teachers will become integral in educating students and growing Christian leaders. Please see the job descriptions included in the link below and share with anyone you think might want to join the Central Christian teaching team. Job descriptions can be found at https://www.ccscomets.org/about/employment.cfm. Mennonite Education Agency (MEA) also has a…

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MDS offers service opportunities for families

Did you know Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS) has service opportunities for families? The MDS Family Program (https://mds.org/family-program) offers a weeklong summertime experience for the whole family to put hands and feet to the gospel. This year, MDS is planning to offer a family project in both the U.S. (Camp Amigo, Michigan) and Canada (British Columbia). To learn more, call 800-241-8111…

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First youth worker seminar is March 22

Coming soon: Ohio Conference is offering a series of free online seminars for youth workers during March, April and May. “Jesus as Model: Youth Ministry Reimagined” is the theme of this series, which will feature a variety of presenters. The first of these seminars will be this coming Tuesday, March 22. Seminars will be offered from 7 to 8:15 p.m.…

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Location set for Enneagram workshop

Ohio Conference will host a one-day workshop for pastors on May 3. “Exploring the Enneagram as a Ministry Tool” is the theme of the workshop, which will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the main branch of the Mansfield/Richland County Public Library, 43 W. Third St., Mansfield, Ohio. This workshop will explore how Enneagram types affect compatibility,…

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Bible study series explores diversity

Mennonite Church USA has produced “Diversity: God’s Design,” a new four-week Bible study aimed at young adults (but appropriate for intergenerational audiences) that celebrates diversity and intercultural competence. “Diversity: God’s Design” features voices from across the Mennonite church who share biblical narratives and personal experiences that invite participants to explore how and why they should join the journey of celebrating…

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Mennonite Creation Care Network offers grants

Mennonite churches and Anabaptist-related nonprofits are invited to apply by April 1, 2022, for one of several $1,000 grants from Mennonite Creation Care Network’s Green Mustard Seed Fund. Past grants have funded a variety of crea­tion care projects, from upgrading insula­tion to funding a church day camp fea­turing endangered species. Priority is given to congrega­tions with limited means and those…

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MCC Comforter Bash is coming to Kidron

Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) is holding an Ohio MCC Comforter Bash Friday and Saturday, April 22-23, in Kidron. This event will take place at the Kidron Community Park from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. All are invited to come and knot comforters. Volunteers can come and go as they are…

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MCC developing response to crisis in Ukraine

On Feb. 24, Russian military forces began an invasion of Ukraine by land, sea and air. Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) is accepting donations for a response in Ukraine. MCC is assessing the changing situation with local partners to determine the appropriate response. To learn more or to donate, please see https://mcc.org/stories/crisis-ukraine.

Men’s Retreat set for April 1-3

Camp Luz in Kidron will host a Men’s Retreat April 1-3. Wayne Morgret will be the retreat speaker, focusing on the theme of restoration. Get more info and register at https://www.campluz.com/mens-retreat.html.

Hesston’s Bel Canto Singers to perform in Ohio

Hesston College’s Bel Canto Singers will be performing in several locations in Ohio during the group’s spring break tour in March. For more information, please see www.hesston.edu/2022/02/2022-spring-break-bel-tour.

Open Arms to hold Taco Tuesday fundraiser

Open Arms Hispanic Ministry will hold a Taco Tuesday fundraising dinner on March 15 at 6 p.m. at the Kidron Park Community Center, 4434 Kidron Road, Kidron. The event will feature a catered taco bar, information about the work of Open Arms, and live music by the Salem Worship Team. A free-will offering will be taken. If you plan to…

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Relief sale kickoff meeting set for March 7

Planners of the annual Ohio Mennonite Relief Sale will hold a kickoff planning meeting on Monday, March 7, at 6:30 p.m. at Salem Mennonite Church, 3363 Zuercher Road, Dalton, Ohio. You are invited to attend this meeting and learn about upcoming plans for the 2022 year. Please bring a toy or game to donate to the Children’s Auction. In preparation…

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Register online for youth worker seminars

Update: The number of youth worker seminars has changed. The series of seminars will begin on March 22 instead of March 8. Please see the updated schedule below. Ohio Conference is offering a series of free online seminars for youth workers during March, April and May. “Jesus as Model: Youth Ministry Reimagined” is the theme of this series, which will…

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ACA service project to benefit local ministries

As a service project at Annual Conference Assembly (ACA), Ohio Conference will be collecting items for Friendship House and Shepherd’s Circle, two organizations in the Archbold area that are working at sheltering people in crisis. Requested items include laundry detergent and four-packs of toilet tissue. ACA will take place March 4-5 at Zion Mennonite Church in Archbold. Have you registered…

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MC USA webinars offer preparation for delegates

Mennonite Church USA is hosting a series of educational webinars to prepare delegates and their conferences/congregations for the Special Session of the Delegate Assembly, May 27-30, 2022, in Kansas City, Missouri. All webinars will be recorded and available on the delegate      resource page: https://www.mennoniteusa.org/special-delegate-session-22. Please see the delegate resource page for more information.