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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Delegate News Fall 2015 #2

Leadership Team reports progress  in completing action steps On Sept. 23, 2015, the Ohio Conference Leadership Team (LT) met with a full agenda.  LT discussed the Sept. 2 All-Ohio Conference Pastors’ Meeting and the review of the Five-Year Plan which had been submitted by Myron Weaver, Paula Snyder Belousek, Wes Graber and Doug Zehr. Out of this discussion came the first…

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Fall 2015 Delegate News

Ohio Conference pastors meet for trust building, make recommendations Pastors representing 53 churches in the Ohio Conference met at Bellville, Ohio, to discuss their future recommendations relative to the relationship of the Ohio Mennonite Conference and Mennonite Church USA (MC USA). Pastors were divided into table groups with table leaders who used a modified Circle Process. The Leadership Team facilitated the meeting…

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Summer 2015 Delegate News #2

Conference minister accepts call to N.M. Conference Minister Tom Kauffman has accepted a call to a new pastoral position in Albuquerque, N.M. An excerpt of his letter to the Ohio Conference Leadership Team and staff giving details about this call is included below: I want to thank the Leadership Team for giving me flexibility in determining when my conclusion of…

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Summer 2015 Delegate News

Leadership Team to seek transitional conference leader A message for delegates from the Ohio Conference Leadership Team: The Leadership Team received the following in a letter from Wanda Stopher, regional pastor, on June 21, 2015: “I have been invited and accepted a call to candidate at First Mennonite Church in Bluffton, Ohio, for the role of Lead Pastor on June…

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Spring 2015 Delegate News

Leadership Team announces plans The Ohio Conference Leadership Team would like to keep Ohio Conference delegates informed about several developments. Please see the following announcements for details: Five-Year Plan Review The Ohio Conference Leadership Team has appointed a four-person team to review the Five-Year Plan*. This team is comprised of Doug Zehr, lead pastor of Oak Grove Mennonite Church in…

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