New resource advocate named

Ohio Conference Editor Ann Leaman has agreed to serve as the Ohio Conference resource advocate. The role of the resource advocate is to be aware of the latest resources from the various Mennonite Church USA groups and to find creative ways to make these resources useful to pastors and lay leaders in congregations. If you have questions about what resources…

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MDS has urgent need for volunteers

Mennonite Disaster Service has an urgent need for volunteers at several locations in the United States and Canada during May and June. To learn more, please see https://mds.mennonite.net/volunteer/current-needs/.

The Mennonite seeks submission for July issue

The Mennonite Inc. invites your original submissions for the July 2019 print magazine issue and corresponding online content focusing on the theme “The Breath of God restores us.” Submissions are due to Editor@TheMennonite.org no later than June 5. For more details, please see http://bit.ly/TheMennoniteJuly2019.

MCC offers to waive fee for borderlands tour

Mennonite Central Committee is sponsoring a Mexico-U.S. Borderlands Learning Tour May 22-26, 2019. A few openings remain for this tour, and MCC has offered to waive the $550 registration fee for pastors and church leaders from its Anabaptist constituency. The only cost for these participants will be the flight to Arizona. For more information, see http://bit.ly/MCCBorderlandsTour.

Walking Roots Band is coming to Ohio

Everence is sponsoring a summer tour of the Walking Roots Band, an acoustic folk and roots music group based in Harrisonburg, Virginia. The tour will include concerts at Salem Mennonite Church in Kidron on June 25 and Lockport Mennonite Church in Stryker on June 26. For more information about this tour, see http://bit.ly/WalkingRootsTour.

Conference begins 2019-20 with a deficit

Ohio Conference is beginning its 2019-20 fiscal year with a defi­cit, according to figures provided by Financial Coordinator Stan Helmuth. Receipts for the month of April totaled just $13,253, including $12,305 in giv­ing from con­gregations. Ex­penses for the month totaled $27,705, re­sulting in an operating balance of -$14,452 for the month. Even so, expenses were well below the amount budgeted…

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Former OC missional consultant to develop new ministry program at Hesston

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Hesston College has hired Jessica Schrock-Ringenberg, who formerly served on the pastoral team at Zion Mennonite Church in Archbold, as the director for a new ministry program that will begin in development stages this spring. The new ministry program will provide Anabaptist theology and nurture missional leadership for pastors and other church leaders in a distance-based format. It comes as…

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Pastor-Spouse Retreat planned for Nov. 15-17

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Ohio Conference will hold a Pastor-Spouse Retreat Nov. 15-17 at the Mills Park Hotel in Yellow Springs, Ohio. The theme of the re­treat will be “Rest. Rejuvenate. Re­connect.” Because of the number of rooms available at this venue, the retreat is limited to the first 22 couples who register. For more information, please see the retreat bro­chure included with this…

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Missional festival planned for June 2020

Mark your calendar: Ohio Conference is planning a 2020 Intergenerational Missional Festival to be held at Bluffton University June 26-28, 2020. This event will be for people of all ages.

Healthy Boundaries training available prior to MC USA Convention

Pastors, do you still need to complete the Healthy Boundaries 101 training? This training event will be offered at MennoCon19 in Kansas City, Missouri, for the reduced price of $30. The training will be available in both Spanish and English and will take place on July 2 beginning at 9 a.m. Registration for all pre-convention training events has been extended…

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Registration deadline nears for MennoCon19

For all those planning to attend MennoCon19, the Mennonite Church USA Convention in Kansas City, Missouri, July 2-6: Time is running out to register at the regular registration rate. Beginning May 1, the registration fee increases to $350 per person. See https://convention.mennoniteusa.org/registration/ for details.

2019-2020 pastor salary guidelines now online

The 2019-2020 MC USA pastor salary guidelines are now posted on the Mennonite Church USA website at http://mennoniteusa.org/resources. This year there is a new link to the Everence website which will help pastors and/or congregational representatives complete the form, which can be printed out when completed.

Peacemaking representatives from Ohio Conference sought

On Tuesday, July 2, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., just prior to the start of the Mennonite Church USA Convention in Kansas City, Missouri, there will be a gathering of peacemakers from across the denomination. The gathering planners are looking for two or three representatives from each conference. If you are planning on attending the convention, have a passion…

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Pine Grove Mennonite Church to close June 9

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Recently the Pine Grove congregation in Stryker, Ohio, discerned God’s will that it was time to close the church after 70 years of faithful ministry in its community. A final worship service marking the closing and celebrating God’s faithfulness over the 70 years will be held Sunday, June 9. Please keep the congregation and its pastors, Gary and Sandy Stuckey,…

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Register now for Peacebuilding Institute courses

The 2019 Summer Peacebuilding Institute (SPI) at Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, starts in less than one month. Space is still available for additional participants in many of the courses being offered. Matching and partial scholarships are still available, as well as organizational discounts for organizations that send three or more people to SPI. For more information about SPI, please see the…

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Central Mennonite’s Prayer Path is missing

Update: Central Mennonite Church’s Prayer Path has been found. Central Mennonite Church in Archbold is looking for its Prayer Path.  Have you seen it?  It is a labyrinth of sorts painted on fabric. When last seen, it was folded and in a fairly large box. If you have any information concerning the Prayer Path’s whereabouts, please contact Alysa Short at alysashort@gmail.com.

Discount extended for Mediation Skills Institute

Utica United Methodist Church in Sterling Heights, Michigan, will host a Mediation Skills Training Institute for Church Leaders May 13-17. This training will be led by staff from the Lombard Mennonite Peace Center. The deadline to register for this training and still receive a $200 registration fee discount has been extended until tomorrow, April 26. For more information, see the…

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Celebrating 50 years of the Ohio Conference

This episode of the Ohio Conference Cast features a discussion which took place Saturday, March 9, at the 2019 Annual Conference Assembly (ACA) at Salem Mennonite Church in Kidron. Two long-time pastors, Eldon King and David Tijerina, share their memories of the Ohio Conference and reflect on some of the changes which have taken place in the past 50 years.…

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Sharon Mennonite to hold Work Camp in June

Sharon Mennonite Church in Plain City will hold its annual Work Camp June 16-21. This volunteer experience is open to people from all Ohio Conference congregations. Work Camp creates opportunity to serve the local community through various construction and maintenance projects for individuals, religious groups, and community organizations. Past projects have included wheelchair ramps, painting, roofing, flooring, landscaping, and other…

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The Mennonite seeks submissions about congregational peace witness

The Mennonite Inc. invites your original submissions for the June 2019 print magazine issue and corresponding online content focusing on the theme “Congregational peace witness.” Submissions are due to Editor@TheMennonite no later than May 3. For more details, please see  http://bit.ly/TheMennoniteJune2019.

Men’s Retreat features Dick Barrett

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More than 50 men from about 10 different congregations gathered for the annual Camp Luz Men’s Retreat on April 5-7.  While some of the men have been attending this retreat for years, there were a good number of younger men also in attendance, which was very encouraging to see. Dick Barrett, Conference minister for the Ohio Conference, provided the input…

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Explore spiritual direction

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Spiritual direction can be a rich resource for your spiritual journey. Ohio Conference has compiled a list of spiritual directors to serve as a resource for Ohio Conference members and pastors. All the individuals listed have completed a certification program and have Anabaptist affiliation. To download this list, go to http://bit.ly/OhioSpiritualDirectors. Have you heard the term “spiritual direction” but aren’t…

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Camp Luz seeks summer staff

Camp Luz is hiring summer staff for its 2019 summer programs. Anyone 16 or older can apply. Major needs include lifeguards and male counselors, but a variety of positions are still available. Summer staff members receive a weekly salary and college age staff may also be eligible for a matching staff scholarship. More information and applications can be found on the summer staff page…

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MCC plans Peace Camp for young adults

Coming this summer: Peace Camp. Mennonite Central Committee Great Lakes is offering a week-long Peace Camp at Amigo Centre in Sturgis, Michigan, July 21-26. This experience is for young adults ages 18-22 who are interested in learning about a biblical approach to peace and justice. During Peace Camp, young adults will explore the theme of “Responding to Violence” through hands-on…

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Conference ends 2018-19 in the black

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Ohio Conference has ended its 2018-19 fiscal year in the black, according to figures provided by Financial Coordinator Stan Helmuth. The fiscal year ended March 31, 2019. Giving to the Conference was down somewhat during March. Income for the month totaled $18,615, compared to $37,455 in February and $54,545 in January. Expenses for March totaled $35,824, resulting in an operating…

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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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LMPC offers Mediation Skills Training

Utica United Methodist Church in Sterling Heights, Michigan, will host a Mediation Skills Training Institute for Church Leaders May 13-17, 2019. This training is led by staff from the Lombard Mennonite Peace Center. Acquire contact hours for Continuing Education credits, enjoy fellowship with like-minded church leaders, and rejuvenate your ministry, all at the same time! Register by April 12 to…

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Delegates approve immigration resolution

Delegates overwhelmingly affirmed a resolution on immigration at the 2019 Annual Conference Assembly (ACA) of the Ohio Conference. Those gathered at Salem Mennonite Church in Kidron March 8-9 numbered 204, including delegates from 38 congregations. Ninety-five percent of the delegates affirmed the immigration resolution, which calls for individuals to become better informed about the issues surrounding immigration, as well as…

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MDS monitors Midwest flooding, plans response

Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS) officials report that MDS is actively monitoring the flooding across the Midwest, especially in the hard-hit areas of Nebraska and Iowa. Local MDS volunteers are actively responding with cleanup crews in Nebraska. To learn more, including how you can help, see the MDS website: http://bit.ly/MDS2019Flooding.