Missional Network to begin in summer

By Jessica Schrock-Ringenberg Ohio Conference Missional Consultant All Ohio Conference congregations are invited to join the Ohio Conference Missional Network. Representatives from this network of congregations will begin meeting and working together during the summer of 2018. The purpose and expectation of those who sign up for Ohio Conference’s Missional Network cohort is to equip congregations in both intentional discipleship…

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Missional conference focuses on evangelism and discipleship

Just prior to Annual Conference Assembly, the Ohio Conference held the Gathered and Sent Missional Conference at Bluffton University March 8-9. One hundred eight people from across the Conference participated in this event. During four sessions, speakers Meghan Good and Marvin Lorenzana challenged common assumptions about evangelism and discipleship. Meghan Good, the teaching pastor at Trinity Mennonite Church in Glendale,…

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The Wheelhouse – A bicycle ministry in the city

“We don’t feel like we were particularly gifted to do this. Every time, though, we were worried about something — like where would we store the bikes, how would we learn how to fix bikes — every time we were worried about that, something came forward. An answer came from God.” — Ginny Cress, speaking about the Wheelhouse, a bicycle ministry…

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Evangelism and discipleship – How are they related?

What’s the relationship between evangelism and discipleship? Ohio Conference Cast hosts Thomas Dunn and Bill Seymour discuss this question with Meghan Good and Marvin Lorenzana, the speakers at the Gathered and Sent Missional Conference at Bluffton University. https://ohiomennoniteconference.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/18_03_09_MissionalConf_Submitted.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Play | RSS

Evangelism – Is Jesus Christ worth knowing for his own sake?

Ohio Conference Cast has come to Bluffton University! In this podcast episode, Ohio Conference Cast hosts Bill Seymour and Thomas Dunn discuss the Gathered and Sent Missional Conference with two conference participants, Sarah Geiser, and Robb Esh. On Thursday night, featured speaker Meghan Good, teaching pastor at Trinity Mennonite Church in Glendale, Arizona, opened the missional conference by talking about…

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Conference to focus on evangelism, discipleship

Gathered and Sent, a missional conference, will precede the 2018 Annual Conference Assembly. It will take place March 8-9 at Bluffton University. Presenters will be Meghan Good, teaching pastor at Trinity Mennonite Church in Glendale, Arizona, and Marvin Lorenzana, discipleship initiatives director at Mennonite Mission Network. This conference will focus on growing as a good news community.  Join us as…

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Top five reasons we really don’t want to be missional

By Jessica Schrock-Ringenberg Missional. We’ve been hearing this word for 20 years. Our seminaries have been teaching it, our agencies have been producing books on it and our congregations have been using the word “missional” to justify programs, mission efforts and other worthwhile “regularly scheduled” activities the church has done for the last 20 years. But as I question why…

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Jessica talks about missional VBS (and pigs)

Sometimes, to engage others missionally we need to let go of things that we cherish. In this episode of the Ohio Conference Cast, hosts Thomas Dunn and Bill Seymour talk with Jessica Schrock-Ringenberg, pastor of Zion Mennonite Church in Archbold, about Zion’s experience with reinventing Vacation Bible School this summer. The story includes the local swimming pool, vending machines, the park,…

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Missional Work Camp — You can do this!

Many church youth groups go on summer service trips, but this episode of the Ohio Conference Cast features something different — a summer work camp in the local community. Instead of traveling to a far-off location to serve, youth and adults at Sharon Mennonite Church in Plain City use the church building as a home base for the week and spend…

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Festival raises funds, builds community

What started out as a fundraiser turned out to be something more.  On June 24 Salem Mennonite Church in Waldron, Michigan, held a Strawberry Festival on the church grounds to showcase the congregation’s new unfinished building and to help raise funds to complete it. Salem’s new building sits behind the current structure in the middle of a hay field more…

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Make disciples. Seriously. Here’s one way how.

The Missional Discipleship Initiative is coming to the Ohio Conference! The Conference is partnering with Mennonite Mission Network to offer the Missional Discipleship Initiative (MDI) to congregations, starting this fall. In this episode of the Ohio Conference Cast, hosts Bill Seymour and Jacob Dodson talk about MDI with Mennonite Mission Network staff members Marvin Lorenzana and Karla Minter, as well…

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MMN offers missional training for congregations

Is your congregation interested in learning more about what it means to be missional? Ohio Conference is partnering with Mennonite Mission Network (MMN) to offer the Missional Discipleship Initiative to Conference churches beginning this fall. Marvin Lorenzana, the director for discipleship initiatives at MMN, coordinates the Missional Discipleship Initiative (MDI). “Our goal is to help leaders engage the missional church…

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Missional Church: The fad that just won’t go away

By Jessica Schrock-Ringenberg Recently I heard an observation following Ohio Conference’s Annual Conference Assembly in which we focused on becoming a mission-driven (a.k.a. “Missional”) conference. The observation? It seems as though our younger leaders are the driving force behind the passion for this movement. And so the question becomes, “Why?” Why are younger leaders pushing for this change? Is it…

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Men’s Retreat to focus on sharing faith

Church consultant J. David Eshleman will be the speaker at the annual Men’s Retreat at Camp Luz in Kidron March 31-April 2. During the weekend, David Eshleman will focus on material from his newest book, Share the Irresistible Story of Jesus. In the preface to the book, Eshleman states that his purpose is “to motivate Christians and churches to make…

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New book focuses on evangelism

David Eshleman, who has worked with Ohio Conference congregations to provide revitalization resources, has written a new book, Share the Irresistible Story of Jesus, published by ChurchSmart Resources. Many Christians feel free to talk about the weather, news, cars, sports, or their job but have difficulty verbalizing their faith. Share the Irresistible Story of Jesus seeks to help Christians to…

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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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Everence members help with Affordable Christmas Project

KIDRON, Ohio – Members of Everence Financial in Northeast Ohio recently purchased and donated children’s gifts to support the Affordable Christmas Project at Lighthouse Ministries in Canton. Gifts were collected throughout November at Everence Financial offices in Kidron and Hartville, and Everence staff delivered the presents to Lighthouse Ministries. The Affordable Christmas project is an annual event that makes it…

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Soccer camp builds connections

By Dave Maurer Pastor, Bethel Mennonite  During the evenings of July 27-30, 2015, Bethel Mennonite Church in West Liberty, Ohio, hosted its fifth annual soccer camp for the community. The camp, which took place from 6 to 8 p.m. each day, was done in partnership with the West Liberty Soccer Association, which helped the congregation get the word out about…

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My Trip to a Farm

Girl Talk is a ministry of Friendship Mennonite Church in Bedford Heights, Ohio for girls ages 9 to 13.  The majority of the girls who attend are from Bedford Heights Daycare, a 35 year old community daycare that rents space from the church.  Pastor Nan Kanagy leads the group.        My name is Michelle and I am here…

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Celebrating 50 years of raising funds for MCC

  The annual Ohio Mennonite Relief Sale was held July 31-Aug. 1 at the Buckeye Event Center in Dalton, Ohio. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of this fundraising sale for Mennonite Central Committee, everyone in attendance on Saturday was invited to have a free piece of cake. Fundraising results from the weekend sale will be posted on the Ohio Mennonite…

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Ohio Mennonite Relief Sale

Don’t miss the 2015 Ohio Mennonite Relief Sale

The annual Ohio Relief Sale takes place the first Friday and Saturday of August every year. This year the sale begins Friday, July 31. At 4 p.m. Friday food is available and the booths are open; the evening program begins at 6:30 p.m. Then at 7 a.m. Saturday, breakfast is served. The 5K Run and Walk start at 8 a.m.…

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Flat Menno goes to Bible School at Inlet Mennonite Church

Flat Menno recently spent time visiting Inlet Mennonite Church in Wauseon. He especially enjoyed participating in Bible School.                           While at Inlet, Flat Menno also helped with a work project.     Flat Menno also spent time visiting with people at Inlet.

Flat Menno visits Tedrow Mennonite

Flat Menno enjoyed spending some time with the Tedrow Mennonite Church Family recently. Flat Menno enjoyed celebrating at Brandon (holding Flat Menno) and Evan’s birthday party at MYF one night. He sneaked into the church office to have some fun as he copied himself on the copy machine. Flat Menno enjoyed playing games and visiting with some of the older…

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Good Shepherd Mennonite hosts Flat Menno

Flat Menno recently spent time at Good Shepherd Mennonite Church in Archbold. Flat Menno was introduced to the congregation, and they were exited to hear how he has been visiting different Mennonite churches and has been impressed with what he has witnessed.  Praise the Lord! Earlier, before Flat Menno’s visit, the church hosted a women’s gathering on Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014. They had…

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Flat Menno visits Pine Grove Mennonite

Is there anyone more fortunate than Flat Menno? Recently when Flat Menno traveled up to the northwest corner of Ohio to visit Pine Grove Mennonite Church in Stryker, he discovered he had the opportunity to visit not one but two congregations! Flat Menno just happened to be present on the very day that Pine Grove Mennonite and Good Shepherd Mennonite…

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Sharon Mennonite welcomes Flat Menno

Flat Menno received a warm welcome when he visited Sharon Mennonite Church in Plain City. He participated in service projects, enjoyed meeting the youth and even assisted the pastor in sermon preparation! Flat Menno joined the youth group in making “yarn” out of plastic bags that will be crocheted into sleeping mats for the homeless.   Flat Menno helped to…

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Flat Menno meets children and youth at Lockport

While at Lockport Mennonite Church in Stryker, Ohio, Flat Menno had the chance to meet with some of the children and youth of the congregation. During Lent, Lockport is using worship materials based on the magazine Leader, following the theme “Upside Down and Inside Out.” Each week during children’s time, the children are invited to learn more about different ways…

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North Lima Mennonite welcomes Flat Menno

Despite the cold February weather, Flat Menno found a warm welcome at North Lima Mennonite Church in Columbiana County. He spent some time participating in congregational life. While at North Lima, Flat Menno helps prepare Valentine boxes for college students. Flat Menno helps to get things ready for the monthly breakfast buffet.   Flat Menno joins Pastor Bob Wengerd at…

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Zion Mennonite hosts Flat Menno

Flat Menno traveled to Archbold to spend some time with the members of Zion Mennonite Church. He found a warm welcome there. Flat Menno was able to meet participants in Zion Mennonite’s LOGOS children’s program. LOGOS is an intergenerational program dedicated to the breaking of bread, bible study, fun, and worship. It is enjoyed by children from throughout the community.…

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Flat Menno Visits LifeBridge North in Strasburg

Flat Menno recently traveled to Tuscarawas County, Ohio, and spent time in Strasburg, getting to know the LifeBridge North congregation. Flat Menno joins a Wednesday night community Bible Study that is led by LifeBridge North’s Mike Mast. One of the younger members of LifeBridge North says “hi” to Flat Menno.    Flat Menno joins pastor Jason Rissler making espresso at…

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