Dick Barrett hired as conference minister

The Ohio Conference Leadership Team has hired Dick Barrett of West Liberty to serve as conference minister of the Ohio Conference of Mennonite Church USA. Dick comes to the conference minister position after serving Oak Grove Mennonite Church in West Liberty, Ohio, for 16 years, the first four as associate pastor and the last 12 as lead pastor. After being…

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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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Mennonite Disaster Service seeks volunteers for fall and winter

Mennonite Disaster Service is seeking weekly volunteers for October, November and December 2018. Join us as individuals or groups to help those affected by disasters. We are working in the following locations: Lake County, California; Pine Ridge, South Dakota; Victoria County, Texas; La Grange, Texas; Fort Myers, Florida; West Virginia; Williams Lake, British Columbia; and Puerto Rico. Serve with a…

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Ministry Development Team awards seven grants in 2018

The Ohio Conference Ministry Development Team (MDT) has awarded seven grants totaling $21,860. The MDT approved these 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 projects: The Server — Crown Hill…

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Sept. 17 is registration deadline for ‘Reviving Hope’

Sept. 17 is the deadline to register for “Reviving Hope,” a suicide prevention training event sponsored by Camp Luz. The workshop will be held at Central Christian School in  Kidron on Sept. 22 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The registration fee, which also covers the cost of lunch, is $15 per person. For more information or to register, go…

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Register for ‘Enhancing and Equipping for Worship’

Enhancing and Equipping for Worship” is coming to Central Mennonite Church Oct. 5-6. This event featuring speaker Rachel Miller Jacobs from Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart, Indiana, will include a variety of workshops. Register by Sept. 15 to receive the regular registration price, $20 per person. The registration fee is waived for participants ages 20 and under. For more…

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The Mennonite seeks submissions on theme of health care

The Mennonite Inc. invites your original submissions for the November 2018 print magazine issue and corresponding online content focusing on health care. Submissions are due to Editor@TheMennonite.org no later than Oct. 1. For more details, please see http://bit.ly/TheMennoniteNovember2018.

A conversation with Dick Barrett

In this episode of the Ohio Conference Cast podcast, hosts Thomas Dunn and Bill Seymour talk with Dick Barrett, the new conference minister for the Ohio Conference. Listen to this conversation to learn more about Dick’s background, his journey to becoming an Anabaptist, and his hopes for the Ohio Conference in the coming years. As a bonus, this episode also…

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MC USA Executive Director coming to Ohio

Glen Guyton, executive director of Mennonite Church USA, is coming to Ohio. He will visit Sharon Mennonite Church in Plain City on Sunday, Sept. 23. The day’s events will include worship with Glen Guyton preaching, a question-and-answer session with Glen Guyton, a cornhole tournament with lunch provided, and an evening meeting, “Talk Back and Conversation with Glen.” If you plan to…

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The Wheelhouse to hold Blessing Event

The Wheelhouse — A Christian Bicycle Cooperative will hold a Blessing Event for its new building on Sunday, Sept. 2, at 1:30 p.m.  The event will take place at Elm Street Church of the Brethren, 619 E. Elm St., Lima, Ohio. There will be a time of blessing and thanksgiving for the new building. Afterward participants are invited to enjoy a…

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Putting ‘love your enemies’ into action

The Mennonite, Inc., invites your original submissions for the October 2018 print magazine issue and corresponding online content. The theme of this issue: What does it look like to put “love your enemies” into action today? Submissions are due to Editor@TheMennonite.org no later than Aug. 26.  For more details, see http://bit.ly/TheMennoniteOctober2018.

MWC prepares worship planning materials for Peace Sunday

Mennonite World Conference (MWC) invites all Mennonite congregations to observe World Peace Sunday on Sept. 23. The theme for the 2018 World Peace Sunday is “A Renewed Peace Church Welcomes the Stranger.” MWC has developed worship planning materials for this special Sunday. To download these materials, go to www.mwc-cmm.org/peacesunday.

Videos have tips for leading adult Bible studies

Central Plains Mennonite Conference has produced a series of short videos with tips for leading adult Bible study groups. The series, titled “Open the Book,” features presenter Keith Slater, who has worked for SIL International and InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. He is a member of West Union Mennonite Church in Parnell, Iowa. The title of each video in the series refers…

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Marriage Encounter coming in September

Open Arms Hispanic Ministry and several Wayne County congregations are planning a Mennonite and Brethren Marriage Encounter on Sept. 28-30 at the Comfort Suites Hotel and Conference Center in Berlin. Please see the Marriage Encounter flier for more information. You may also contact Raul Tadeo at 330-828-0040 or Haroldo Nunes at 330-933-9376 for more information and a registration form. Registration…

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Giving increases during July

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Congregational giving to the Ohio Conference increased during the month of July, according to figures provided by Financial Coordinator Stan Helmuth. Congregations gave $28,513 to Ohio Conference during July, the highest one-month amount for this fiscal year. Total receipts for the month were $29,018, and expenses were $25,640, resulting in a surplus of $3,378 for the month. That one-month surplus…

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Meeting Mennonites in Akron — Congolese church seeks connections

Did you know that there is a growing immigrant Mennonite congregation in Akron, Ohio? In this episode of the Ohio Conference Cast, host Thomas Dunn and his guest co-host, Hannah Troyer, find out  about this congregation, which is composed of  Congolese refugees who have resettled in Akron. Helping Thomas and Hannah learn more about this congregation is Rollin Mukanza, a social…

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Stronger giving is needed to meet budget

A reminder from the Stewardship Ministry Team: At our Annual Conference Assembly in March delegates strongly affirmed the 2018-2019 budget. This budget allows us to hire a full-time conference minister. Currently, our congregational support is not adequate to support our budget for 2018-2019. Please consider increased support of our Conference needs, both as a congregation and as individuals. Your prayer…

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Please pray for conference minister interview process

The Conference Minister Search Committee has scheduled its first round of interviews for Monday and Tuesday, July 30 and 31. Please pray for the candidates and the search committee as they seek God’s guidance in this process. — Bob Sauder, Ohio Conference moderator

Retreat to focus on responses to climate change

Camp Friedenswald in Cassopolis, Michigan, is hosting a retreat Sept. 17-19 with the theme “Who Cares about Climate Change? Pastoral Responses to Denial and Despair.” This retreat will explore the effects of climate change on our brothers and sisters worldwide, our own locales, and ourselves. The retreat is free to Mennonite pastors. Meals and lodging are included. Others pay $225.…

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‘Reviving Hope’ to focus on suicide prevention

Camp Luz is sponsoring “Reviving Hope,” a suicide prevention training event on Saturday, Sept. 22. The event will be held at Central Christian School in Kidron from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jay Trainer, a member of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) and founder of Infuzion, will be the presenter. The registration fee for this event is $15 per…

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Missional Network training events scheduled

Ohio Conference Missional Consultant Jessica Schrock-Ringenberg will be leading a second Missional Network training event during August and September. This training event will cover two focus areas: 1. Leadership Development and 2. Growing Missional Communities. See the Missional Network page for more details. The training event will be offered three times: Saturday, Aug. 18— 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Zion Mennonite Church, Archbold…

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Conference deficit continues during June

Ohio Conference’s expenses were greater than receipts during June, according to figures provided by Financial Coordinator Stan Helmuth. Expenses for the month were $24,784, while receipts totaled just $19,460, resulting in an operating balance of -$5,324 for the month. For the first three months of the fiscal year, the Conference’s operating balance stands at -$23,435.

Lockport Mennonite to host MDS fundraiser

Ted & Co. is bringing its newest event, “Boots, Buckets & Barrows,” to Lockport Mennonite Church in Stryker on Sunday, July 29, 2018, at 6:30 p.m. This event is part theater/part auction, to raise awareness, funds, and volunteers for Mennonite Disaster Service. The event will feature the show The Jesus Stories: Faith, Forks & Fettuccine, written by and starring Ted Swartz,…

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Church planting and patience

What role does patience play in the church planting process? In this episode of the Ohio Conference Cast, host Bill Seymour and his guest co-host, Paula Snyder Belousek, talk with Sally Youngquist of Living Water Community Church in Chicago, Illinois, about the process of planting that congregation. Listen to find out how many years it took for Living Water to…

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Grant application deadline is Aug. 6

Do you have more ideas for ministries than funds to make those ideas happen? Consider applying for an Ohio Conference Ministry Grant. Aug. 6 is the deadline to submit a grant proposal to the Ohio Conference Ministry Development Team (MDT). The MDT is accepting proposals from Conference congregations and related organizations for projects and mission initiatives. This year the MDT…

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Register now for Pastor-Leadership Team Retreat

Ohio Conference invites all pastors and their leadership teams to an overnight retreat Oct. 26-27 in Bellville, Ohio. Duane Beck will provide input on the topic “Leadership Matters: Finding God in the Changes.” Please note that for lodging purposes, the registration deadline for this retreat is somewhat early, Aug. 27. For details or to register, go to http://bit.ly/OCLeadershipRetreat2018.

The Mennonite seeks submissions on the theme of pilgrimage

The Mennonite, Inc., invites your original submissions for the September 2018 print magazine issue and corresponding online content focusing on the theme of pilgrimage. Submissions are due to Editor@TheMennonite.org no later than July 27. For more details, see http://bit.ly/TheMennoniteSeptember2018.

Missional Network training begins

How can we live as missionaries in our own communities, sharing the Good News with those we meet and discipling people who are already in our lives? And how does that mindset differ from the “church as usual” model that many of our congregations currently use? Participants in the Ohio Conference Missional Network are beginning to consider the details of…

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Central Mennonite to host worship workshop

Save the date: Oct. 5-6, 2018, Central Mennonite Church in Archbold is hosting Rachel Miller Jacobs for a one-and-a-half-day workshop titled “Enhancing and Equipping for Worship.” Break-out workshops, worship, food, and fellowship are planned for this educational and inspirational experience for worship leaders and planners, lay persons and pastors. Brochures will be available in August. The Worship Ministry Team at…

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