Cliff Brubaker to take on new role

Zion Mennonite Church in Archbold has voted to call Regional Pastor Cliff Brubaker to a .25 FTE role in its collaborative ministry team, and Cliff has accepted the congregation’s call. He will begin his work at Zion on Jan.1, 2018. Cliff currently has two half-time roles with the Ohio Conference. He will continue his half-time role as regional pastor for the west…

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Conference seeks half-time Conference Minister

Ohio Conference of Mennonite Church USA is seeking a part-time (50 percent) Conference Minister with a vision of the church in mission to lead a conference made up of 51 congregations spanning Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania, primarily in small town and rural communities.  Accepting applications immediately with projected start date March 2018. For a full job description consult: http://bit.ly/OHConferenceMinister. Women and…

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Share your ideas for programs

Do you have an idea for a program that you would like Ohio Conference to provide? Share your idea with the Ohio Conference Ministry Development Team. To submit your idea, use the “Suggest a Program” button on the Ohio Conference website. This form is intended to allow people from the Ohio Conference to suggest retreats, seminars, training sessions, or speakers…

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Visual art sought for new hymnal

HARRISONBURG, Virginia — As the Resonate Team gathers material for a new hymnal, they are planning for a first-of-its-kind feature within Mennonite hymnals: including visual images that complement the musical and verbal rhythms of worship found in the collection. The Resonate Team is calling for visual artists to submit content to be considered for inclusion in the new collection. Interested…

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International Guest House seeks volunteers

The International Guest House, located in Washington, D.C., needs 12-month host volunteers beginning April 2018. (Those serving a full year receive a monthly stipend and health insurance while all other volunteers receive full room and board.) Rotating duties include cleaning, maintenance, baking, gardening, and interacting with guests at breakfast and the evening tea. The three-pronged focus for volunteers is on…

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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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Conference deficit shrinks in August

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Giving to Ohio Conference in August increased from the previous month, according to figures provided by Financial Coordinator Stan Helmuth. Receipts for the month totaled $29,034, including $24,211 in congregational giving. In contrast, giving during July totaled just $19,041. Expenses for the month of August were $25,243, resulting in an operating surplus of $3,791 for the month. That surplus reduced…

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Congregations invited to regional hymn sings

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HARRISONBURG, Virginia — The Mennonite Worship and Song Committee, working under the name Resonate Team, has invited congregations to hold a “Great Day of Singing” this fall and has scheduled a series of 10 regional hymn sings. Two of these regional events will be held in Ohio: Oct. 8, 9:30 a.m. — Oak Grove Mennonite Church, Smithville, Ohio, led by…

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AMBS pastor gathering moves to new date

Save the date! AMBS Pastors and Leaders 2018: Feb. 26 – March 1 (formerly Pastors Week; please also note the later dates for 2018). “For Such a Time as This” will feature teachers and preachers from the Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary community. In the midst of chaotic times, God calls you to the crucial work of helping to form the…

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Peace center offers conflict transformation training

You are invited to attend the one-day workshop Conflict Transformation Skills for Churches on Oct. 21 in Indianapolis, Ind. This workshop will focus on the biblical basis for conflict transformation, styles of responding to conflict, communication skills necessary to resolve conflict peacefully, strategies to prevent destructive conflict in churches, and a model for working at congregational decision-making in a win-win…

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Reduced rate still available for retreat

Last call for registrations: Interested in attending the Ohio Conference Pastor-Spouse Retreat Nov. 10-12 at Mohican State Park? Thanks to underwriting from generous sponsors, up to 25 couples can attend at the discounted rate of $210 for the entire weekend. Coordinator of Volunteers Alysa Short reports that there are still spaces available at the discounted rate. Anyone who still would…

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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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Mennonite Arts Weekend to feature wide variety

Cincinnati Mennonite Fellowship will hold the 14th Mennonite Arts Weekend Feb. 2-4, 2018, at Pleasant Ridge Presbyterian Church in Cincinnati. A variety of writers, actors, composers, musicians and visual artists will be featured during the weekend. Registration cost is $75 per person ($65 before Jan. 13) and $55 for students ($45 before Jan. 13). For more information, see www.mennoniteartsweekend. org.

MyNeighbor helps charitable contributions add up

GOSHEN, Indiana – The new MyNeighbor credit card from Everence® Federal Credit Union helps people boost their generosity while making their usual purchases. For every purchase made with the MyNeighbor credit card, Everence will donate 1.5 percent of the transaction total to the charity of the cardholder’s choice. Since the MyNeighbor program began at the end of April 2017, more…

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Zion minister to volunteer as missional consultant

Jessica Schrock-Ringenberg, minister at Zion Mennonite Church in Archbold, has agreed to serve the Ohio Conference as a part-time missional consultant for a one-year period, beginning in October 2017. She will be volunteering her time in this capacity three to four days per month. At the 2017 Annual Conference Assembly in March, delegates affirmed a direction statement which included this…

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A mission trip without the travel

For many congregations, a summer service trip for the youth group is a time-honored tradition. Sharon Mennonite Church in Plain City is following that tradition, but with a difference. The service, spiritual growth and group bonding which often occur during a summer service trip are still present, but the travel part is not. This summer for the second year in…

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AMBS graduate certificate available through online coursework

Fully online graduate certificate program. Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary’s fully online 27-credit-hour Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies is ideal for church leaders, bivocational pastors and other professionals who want to strengthen the biblical and theological foundation for their work. Develop a plan of study that matches your interests. Complete the program in one year with full-time study or over several…

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PeaceLab podcast focuses on hurricane relief

The latest episode of the PeaceLab podcast focuses on Mennonite Disaster Service’s response to Hurricane Harvey in Texas. In this episode, co-hosts Hannah Heinzekehr and Jason Boone talk with Kevin King, executive director of Mennonite Disaster Service. Go to http://bit.ly/PeaceLabMDS to listen.

Time of celebration planned for Ohio Mennonite Women

Ohio Mennonite Women will hold a time of celebration during the Women’s Retreat at Camp Luz on Saturday, Sept. 16, from 3:30 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. in the Camp Luz chapel. The Ohio Mennonite Women organization will be disbanding, and this celebration is planned as a time to remember, tell stories and celebrate the accomplishments of Ohio Mennonite Women. All…

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MDS has an urgent need for Early Response leaders in Texas

Mennonite Disaster Service is looking for Early Response volunteers to serve as leaders for weekly crews in Texas. They are asking leaders to volunteer for four weeks or more. You can fill out the volunteer form online or you can contact Josh Carson at (800) 241-8111 or jcarson@mds.mennonite.net if interested.

Ohio Mennonite Women Executive Board decides to dissolve the organization

July 29, 2017 Dear Ohio Mennonite Women, The Ohio Mennonite Women have been meeting for many years, to accomplish its primary mission and vision:  “To minister to the women of Ohio Conference of Mennonite Church USA, by resourcing women’s groups and individual women, as we nurture our life in Christ, study the Bible, utilize our gifts, hear each other, and…

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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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Ministry Development Team awards six grants

The Ohio Conference Ministry Development Team (MDT) has awarded six grants totaling $22,100 to Conference congregations and related groups. The MDT approved the grants at its Aug. 23 meeting. Funding for these grants comes from surplus funds that had accumulated during years in which the Conference ended its fiscal year with a surplus. Grants will provide funding toward the following…

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Sunshine Inc. seeks volunteers for fundraiser

Sunshine Inc. of Northwest Ohio is seeking volunteers to help with its annual Walk, Run and Roll fundraiser on Saturday, Sept. 9. The event will take place from 6:30 a.m. to noon at Monclova Elementary School, 8035 Monclova Road, Monclova. Volunteers are needed for a variety of tasks. See the event flier for details.

MDS scheduling volunteers for fall

Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS) is now scheduling volunteers for its fall projects. MDS will be working in the following locations from Oct. 8–Dec. 15: Lake County, California – Wildfires Pine Ridge, South Dakota – Straight Line Winds Lafayette, Louisiana – Flooding Greenbrier, West Virginia – Flooding West Virginia Bridges – Flooding To register to volunteer, go to https://mds.mennonite.net/volunteer-registration.

New Pastor Orientation canceled

The New Pastor Orientation, scheduled for Sept. 10-11 has been canceled. Scheduling conflicts for several pastors resulted in a low number of pastors able to attend the orientation in September. The Conference staff plans to reschedule the orientation for a later date, possibly in the summer of 2018.

Conference deficit increases during July

Ohio Conference’s deficit increased during July, according to figures provided by Ohio Conference Financial Coordinator Stan Helmuth. Receipts for July totaled $19,041, including $14,910 in congregational giving. Expenses for the month totaled $27,256, resulting in an operating balance of -$8,215 for the month. The year-to-date operating balance at the end of July was -$10,594.

MCC needs relief kits, comforters

Mennonite Central Committee urgently needs relief kits and comforters to ship to people in need around the world. Please help families meet their basic human needs. Find instructions for relief kits and comforters as well as drop-off locations on the MCC website: http://bit.ly/KitsComforters.

Mennonite Arts Weekend to be held Feb. 2-4

Cincinnati Mennonite Church will hold the 14th Mennonite Arts Weekend Feb. 2-4, 2018, at Pleasant Ridge Presbyterian Church in Cincinnati. A variety of writers, actors, musicians and visual artists will be featured during the weekend. For more information, see www.mennoniteartsweekend.org.

Berlin Mennonite plans centennial celebration

Berlin Mennonite is celebrating 100 years, and all are invited to join the celebration! To kick off the celebration year, the church will host a picnic on Saturday, Sept. 16, from 4 to 8 p.m. The evening will be filled with food, music, memories, children’s activities, and fellowship. The night will end with a hymn sing led by Tim Shue…

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