Remembering Bob Sauder

It is with deep sadness that Ohio Conference of MC USA announces the sudden passing of its Conference moderator, Robert “Bob” Sauder, on Tuesday, April 9. Bob had served as Conference moderator for the past three years. Visitation and funeral arrangements are as follows: Visitation will be held Friday, April 12, 2019, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 5 to…

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Delegate News — Winter 2019 #6

ACA summary video is now ready Thanks to all delegates who attended the 2019 Annual Conference Assembly last week! A new summary video about the 2019 ACA is now ready. You can find it at https://youtu.be/UUin9aM0oTs. Please share it with members of your congregation.   Photos of ACA and missional conference are on website Photos of ACA and the missional…

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Delegate News — Winter 2019 #4

Here is the slate of nominees for Conference positions Next week at Annual Conference Assembly, delegates will be asked to affirm a slate of nominees for a variety of Conference positions. This slate is compiled by the Ohio Conference Gifts Discernment Ministry. 2019 ACA Slate New delegate orientation set for 1 p.m. Friday All new delegates to Annual Conference Assembly…

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Delegate News — Winter 2019 #3

ACA registration price increases after Feb. 15 We are looking forward to seeing you at the 2019 Annual Conference Assembly (ACA) on March 8-9 at Salem Mennonite Church in Kidron. Thanks to all who have already registered! The registration deadline for ACA is Feb. 15. The cost to register is $45 by Feb. 15, and $60 thereafter. There is an…

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Delegate News — Winter 2019 #2

A reminder: Four cluster meetings planned Ohio Conference will hold four winter cluster meetings for delegates to Annual Conference Assembly. Each meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. and last for about 90 minutes. The following meetings are planned: Jan. 22 — Beech Mennonite Church in Louisville Jan. 24 — Oak Grove Mennonite Church in West Liberty Jan. 29 — Central Mennonite Church in…

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Delegate News — Winter 2019

Four winter cluster meetings planned Ohio Conference will hold four winter cluster meetings for delegates to Annual Conference Assembly. Each meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. and last for about 90 minutes. The following meetings are planned: Jan. 22 — Beech Mennonite Church in Louisville Jan. 24 — Oak Grove Mennonite Church in West Liberty Jan. 29 — Central Mennonite Church in Archbold…

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Financial report shared at fall cluster meetings

At the fall 2018 cluster meetings, delegates heard a financial report from the Ohio Conference Stewardship Ministry Team. Copies of the PowerPoint presentation shared at the cluster meetings are available below. You may download the presentation either as a PowerPoint file (.pptx) or as a PDF.     2018 Financial Report – Fall Cluster Meetings (.pptx) 2018 Financial Report – Fall…

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Delegate News – Fall 2018 #2

Proposed constitutional changes to be introduced at fall cluster meetings At this year’s cluster meetings, we will be introducing some proposed changes to the Ohio Conference Constitution. In order to make allowance for congregations that wish to remain a part of Ohio Conference, but not the denomination, we have proposed the changes that are found on page six and page…

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Delegate News — Fall 2018

Four fall cluster meetings scheduled Ohio Conference will hold four fall cluster meetings for delegates to Annual Conference Assembly. Each meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. and last about one and a half hours. The following meetings are scheduled: Oct. 2 — South Union Mennonite Church in West Liberty Oct. 4 — Toledo Mennonite Church Oct. 16 — Wooster Mennonite…

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Dick Barrett hired as conference minister

The Ohio Conference Leadership Team has hired Dick Barrett of West Liberty to serve as conference minister of the Ohio Conference of Mennonite Church USA. Dick comes to the conference minister position after serving Oak Grove Mennonite Church in West Liberty, Ohio, for 16 years, the first four as associate pastor and the last 12 as lead pastor. After being…

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Delegate News – Spring 2018

How much did you use the annual report book? At the 2018 Annual Conference Assembly, several delegates made suggestions about the annual report book given to each delegate. We are interested in hearing more about how delegates are using (or in some cases, not using) these report books as we weigh the importance of producing a printed report book for…

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Delegate News – Winter 2018 #2

Service project to benefit trafficking victims We are looking forward to seeing you at Bluffton University next week for the Gathered and Sent Missional Conference March 8-9 and Annual Conference Assembly March 9-10. A reminder for all Annual Conference Assembly participants: This year for a service project, the Conference is collecting donations to benefit survivors of human trafficking through the…

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Delegate News – Winter 2018

Four meetings planned for delegates 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…

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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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What does it take to make mission missional?

By Joel Shenk Not everything the church does in the name of mission or outreach is missional. A group of friends and I recently brainstormed a top-ten list of things churches think are missional but actually aren’t: 10. Outdoor worship services 9. Ecumenical worship services 8. Prayer walks 7. Serving a meal to the homeless 6. MCC school kits and…

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Delegate News – Fall 2017

Fall meetings planned for delegates This fall Ohio Conference will hold four regional cluster meetings for delegates to Annual Conference Assembly (ACA). Each meeting will begin at 7 p.m. and last about an hour and a half. Meeting dates and locations are as follows: Oct. 17 – Lockport Mennonite Church in Stryker Oct. 24 – Oak Grove Mennonite Church in…

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Delegate News – Summer 2017

Conference Leader Announcement At the 2017 Annual Conference Assembly, the Leadership Team was tasked with finding a Conference leader who is passionate about mission and who would encourage and lead us in our desire to become more missional as well as pick up the pieces that have over-burdened our staff for the past two years. As the Leadership Team began…

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Delegate News – Spring 2017

We look forward to seeing you at ACA As we count down to the start of Annual Conference Assembly and the Missional Conference with Alan and Debra Hirsch, this issue of Delegate News includes some vital information for delegates. We look forward to seeing you in Kidron this weekend! Leadership Team taps Cliff Brubaker for new assignment The Ohio Conference Leadership Team…

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Delegate News – Winter 2017 #3

One regional meeting remains Our thanks go out to all delegates who have attended the regional meetings at Tedrow Mennonite Church and Crown Hill Mennonite Church. The final regional meeting for delegates will take place on Tuesday, March 7, at Oak Grove Mennonite Church in West Liberty, beginning at 6:30 p.m. ACA registration deadline is near Have you registered for…

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Delegate News – Winter 2017 #2

Regional delegate meetings begin this week We are looking forward to meeting with you at our regional meetings beginning this week. Meeting dates are as follows: Feb. 21 — Tedrow Mennonite Church in Wauseon Feb. 23 — Crown Hill Mennonite Church in Rittman March 7 — Oak Grove Mennonite Church in West Liberty The meetings will begin at 6:30 p.m.…

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Delegate News – Winter 2017

Three regional meetings scheduled Ohio Conference has scheduled three regional meetings for delegates to Annual Conference Assembly. The meetings will take place at these locations: Feb. 21 — Tedrow Mennonite Church in Wauseon Feb. 23 — Crown Hill Mennonite Church in Rittman March 7 — Oak Grove Mennonite Church in West Liberty All three meetings will begin at 6:30 p.m.…

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Delegate News – Fall 2016

Fall meeting schedule is altered In most years, delegates to Annual Conference Assembly (ACA) are asked to attend cluster meetings in both the fall and the winter in preparation for ACA. This fall instead of holding smaller cluster meetings in seven or eight locations, the Conference will hold Fall Mission Event gatherings in three separate locations throughout the state. All…

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Cliff Brubaker joins Ohio Conference as regional pastor

Cliff Brubaker has accepted a call from the Ohio Conference Leadership Team to serve as a regional pastor for the western part of the conference, beginning April 1. This half-time assignment is for a one-year interim period. A resident of Hillsdale, Mich., Brubaker has a long history of ministry in the Ohio Conference. He was pastor of Salem Mennonite Church…

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Funding available for Sentralized Conference

Are you interested in learning how to engage in God’s mission in life-changing ways? Ohio Conference is offering financial assistance for up to four people from Ohio Conference to attend Sentralized, a missional conference which will be held in Little Rock, Ark., May 5-6. Sentralized is organized by Forge America and sponsored by a variety of Christian organizations. Among the…

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Winter 2016 Delegate News #4

We look forward to seeing you next week! In one week delegates will be gathering at Central Mennonite Church in Archbold for Annual Conference Assembly (ACA). Assembly planners are busy finalizing details for our time together. The Gifts Discernment Ministry Team has been hard at work, developing the slate of nominees which delegates will vote upon at ACA. A copy…

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Winter 2016 Delegate News #3

  Delegate News for ACA 2016 – Somes questions and answers In preparation for Annual Conference Assembly on March 11-12, the Ohio Conference Leadership Team is responding to delegate questions about several items. Please see these questions and answers below. (These questions and answers are also available in a downloadable PDF document.) Statement on Remaining with MC USA   1.  …

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Winter 2016 Delegate News #2

Delegates to discuss documents at cluster meetings The Ohio Conference Leadership Team has developed several documents which delegates will discuss at winter cluster meetings. The documents are included below: Statement on Remaining with MC USA Proposed Membership Resolution with Cover Letter One-Year Covenant for Ohio Conference Congregations, Pastors, Conference Leaders and Staff Please download these documents and take some time…

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Winter 2016 Delegate News

Winter cluster meetings scheduled Seven winter cluster meetings for delegates to Annual Conference Assembly have been scheduled: Wayne County — Feb. 2 at Sonnenberg Mennonite in Kidron, 7 p.m. Northwest Ohio — Feb. 4 at Zion Mennonite in Archbold, 7 p.m. Holmes/Tuscarawas — Feb. 11 at Berlin Mennonite, 7 p.m. Columbiana/Pennsylvania — Feb. 16 at Leetonia Mennonite, 7 p.m. West…

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Fall 2015 Delegate News #3

Fall cluster meetings for delegates have been scheduled Fall cluster meetings for delegates to Annual Conference Assembly will take place during October and November. Seven cluster meetings have been scheduled: Columbiana/Pennsylvania – Nov. 19 at Midway Mennonite Church in Columbiana, 7 p.m. Lima – Oct. 27 at Salem Mennonite Church in Elida, 7 p.m. Holmes/Tuscarawas – Nov. 3 at Longenecker…

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