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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The Mennonite seeks submissions on the theme of education

The Mennonite, Inc., invites your original submissions for the January 2018 print magazine issue and corresponding online content focusing on the theme “Education: What does a just, equitable and liberated system look like?” Submissions are due to no later than Nov. 26. For more details, please see

AMBS receives $1 million grant from Lilly Endowment

Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart, Indiana, has received a $1 million grant to help establish Thriving on the Journey: A Process for Pastoral Leaders. This grant is part of Lilly Endowment Inc.’s Thriving in Ministry, an initiative that supports a variety of religious organizations across the nation as they create or strengthen programs that help pastors build relationships with…

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Executive director sought for Anabaptist Disabilities Network

Anabaptist Disabilities Network (ADN) is seeking an executive director (.75 FTE) who will promote the vision of ADN to Anabaptist congregations, organizations and individuals. This individual will personally represent ADN with donors and supporters, solicit gifts, and provide oversight to ADN staff and programs. Fundraising and constituent cultivation ability are required. A heart for inclusion of persons with disabilities and…

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Workshop to focus on change in business

Everence is sponsoring a Business Families and Community Leaders workshop on Tuesday, Nov. 6, from 7 to 8:45 p.m. at the Gardens at Homestead in Mount Hope. “Thriving in a fast-changing world” is the theme of this workshop, which will feature speakers Brian Miller, president of ProVia in Sugarcreek; Leon Wengerd, CFO of Pioneer Equipment in Dalton; and Dan Owolabi,…

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What can we learn from others in Mennonite World Conference?

For many North American Mennonites, the words “Mennonite World Conference” bring thoughts of a world-wide gathering of Anabaptists every six years. However, as Ohio Conference Cast hosts Thomas Dunn and Bill Seymour learn in this episode of Ohio Conference Cast, there’s much more to Mennonite World Conference than these large events. Helping Thomas and Bill to learn more about Mennonite World…

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Pastor-Leadership Team Retreat examines attitudes and behaviors

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Forty-one people representing eight Ohio Conference congregations participated in the Pastor-Leadership Retreat held at the Quality Inn & Suites in Bellville Oct. 26-27. Presenter Duane Beck led the event, focusing on the topic “Leadership Matters: Finding God in the Changes.” He encouraged retreat participants to consider attitudes and behaviors in their congregations. Photos by Greg Bowman, Ralph Reinford and Bob Sauder

What does it mean when we say, “Jesus is our center?”



What does it mean when we say, “Jesus is our center?” What are our core beliefs? Ohio Conference credentialed leaders will be discussing these questions on Nov. 8 when they meet at the Upper Sandusky Library in Upper Sandusky, Ohio. In this episode of the Ohio Conference Cast, hosts Thomas Dunn and Bill Seymour talk with Dan Hooley, one of…

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Giving to Conference increases in September

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Congregational giving to the Ohio Conference was higher in September than in the previous month, according to figures provided by Financial Coordinator Stan Helmuth. Congregational giving in September totaled $24,417, compared to just $18,515 in August. Total receipts for September were $24,753, while expenses totaled $20,974, resulting in a surplus of $3,779 for the month. However, the Conference still is…

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Everence offers Safe Church Grants

Everence supports churches in protecting children, teens, and vulnerable individuals from harm with the Safe Church Grant. This grant provides $350 to help reimburse churches for costs they incur to keep people in their care safe from sexual or other forms of abuse. With the grant, Everence supports the healthy development of churches as they contribute to the good spiritual…

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Cliff Brubaker to have surgery Oct. 23

Please pray for Regional Pastor Cliff Brubaker, who is scheduled for open heart surgery Oct. 23 to replace his aortic valve. He will be having surgery at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Plans are that he will be hospitalized for about one week after surgery, followed by a more extended recovery period at home. While Cliff is recovering from…

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Bluffton University to celebrate Spiritual Life Week

BLUFFTON, Ohio – Hannah Troyer, a grassroots community organizer, will speak during Bluffton University’s semi-annual Spiritual Life Week Forum at 11 a.m. on Oct. 23 in Yoder Recital Hall. The title of her presentation is “Grassroots Organizing: Reclaiming and Reimagining the Church.” Troyer, of Akron, Ohio, is the co-founder of a community organization focused around challenging conversations. She is a…

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Credentialed leaders to gather Nov. 8

Credentialed leaders: Have you registered for the All-Ohio Conference Pastors’ Meeting on Nov. 8? On Nov. 8, we will gather in the conference room of the Upper Sandusky Library for another installment of Gathered. Over the last few years, Ohio Conference credentialed leaders have gathered for fellowship and conversation. In these times we have built stronger relationships as we learned…

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Website offers info on service opportunities

Tired of searching all the websites for Anabaptist-rooted service opportunities? Look no further, because has them all! Lots of places, lots of partners, lots of possibilities, on one site!

Churches celebrate World Communion Sunday together

Several Ohio Conference congregations celebrated World Communion Sunday on Oct. 7 with the Akron Swahili Community Church. Central Christian School in Kidron hosted the joint worship service, which was followed by a meal. Photos by Diane Hostetler. For more information about this gathering, see the Daily Record  report at

Central Mennonite hosts worship workshop

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Central Mennonite Church in Archbold hosted the “Enhancing and Equipping for Worship” workshop Oct. 5-6. Rachel Miller Jacobs, associate professor of congregational formation at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart, Indiana, was the featured speaker. About 30 people participated in this event, which included break-out workshops on music, art in worship, and several other topics. The event was supported by…

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The Mennonite seeks original submissions for December issue

The Mennonite, Inc., invites your original submissions for the December 2018 print magazine issue and corresponding online content focusing on the theme “Good News, Great Joy.” Submissions are due to no later than Nov. 1. For more details, please see

Dove’s Nest offers sample protection policy

Does your church need a protection policy? If so, check out Dove’s Nest’s updated three-page model policy available as a PDF: You can also find more resources on the Dove’s Nest website: You can use this model policy as a guide to create or update your own that works for your church’s context, settings, and values. The 2018…

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AMBS event to focus on loving neighbors in tense times

AMBS Pastors and Leaders 2019: “Loving Our Neighbors in Tense Times” — Feb. 25–28. How do we respond to hate, intolerance and systemic racism in productive, transformative ways? What does the gospel of Jesus Christ call us to do in situations like these? We’ll explore the biblical and theological grounding of our call to get involved and become equipped to…

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ACA workshop proposals sought

Planners for Annual Conference Assembly are still accepting workshop proposal submissions. Do you have an idea for a workshop which would engage the interest of delegates at Annual Conference Assembly? If so, please submit your proposal as soon as possible. Please use the workshop proposal form. Annual Conference Assembly will take place March 8-9 at Salem Mennonite Church in Kidron.

Register by Oct. 12 for Pastors’ Wives Retreat

Ohio Conference will hold a Pastors’ Wives Retreat Nov. 2-4 at the St. Francis Spirituality Center in Tiffin, Ohio. The registration deadline is Oct. 12. Featured speaker Nan Kanagy will focus on the theme “Chosen Yet Chafing at the Servant Calling.” Cost of this retreat will be $115 per person. See the Pastors’ Wives Retreat Brochure  for more details.

Ralph returns refreshed — a reflection on time away and re-engaging in ministry

What happened to Ohio Conference Regional Pastor Ralph Reinford during his three-month leave earlier this year, and how were rhinos and crocodiles involved? Listen to this episode of the Ohio Conference Cast to find out. Reflecting on his time away from his Ohio Conference work, Ralph talks with Ohio Conference Cast hosts Bill Seymour and Thomas Dunn about things he…

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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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Pastors’ meeting set for Nov. 8

An All-Ohio Conference Pastors’ Meeting will take place Nov. 8 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Upper Sandusky Library in Upper Sandusky, Ohio. Everyone attending should bring a packed lunch. Coffee is not available on site, so those desiring coffee should bring their own coffee thermos. For the first all-pastors’ meeting of the year, pastors will focus on…

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Four 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 Church Nov. 6 — Summit…

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Workshop will focus on healthy conversations

  Sonnenberg Mennonite Church in Kidron will host a Healthy Conversations Workshop Nov. 9-10. Jes Stoltzfus Buller, the peace education coordinator for Mennonite Central Committee, will be the facilitator for this workshop. This hands-on workshop will give participants practice in active listening, centered speaking and healthy process in talking about difficult issues. There is no charge for the workshop, but…

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Maple Grove in Hartville seeks lead pastor

  Maple Grove Mennonite Church, a congregation of about 116 members in Hartville, Ohio, seeks a full-time lead pastor with a strong commitment to Anabaptist values and theology with skills in preaching, leadership, teaching, and congregational care. M.Div. degree (or equivalent) and pastoral experience preferred. For more information, contact

Spread the Peace Grants available

To encourage congregations and conferences to “spread the peace” in and beyond Mennonite Church USA, the Peace and Justice Support Network of Mennonite Church USA has small start-up grants available. Grants of $1,000 are given as Peace and Justice Support Network (PJSN) funding allows. These grants are intended to support congregational and conference peace initiatives. The goal is to distribute…

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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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Jessica says farewell

In this episode of the Ohio Conference Cast, hosts Bill Seymour and Thomas Dunn talk with Ohio Conference Missional Consultant Jessica Schrock-Ringenberg, who is moving to Excelsior Springs, Missouri. In addition to reflecting on her 14 years in the Ohio Conference, Jessica affirms the missional work that is taking place in the Conference. She also challenges some assumptions about leadership…

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