Apply for Youth Venture by April 1

Calling everyone ages 15-22: Are you looking for a fun and meaningful way to serve this summer? There are a few spots left to join a 2018 Youth Venture team! See and join in the work God is doing in Ecuador, Peru, Spain, or Benin. Apply by April 1. Visit to learn more, or contact John Murray at

Laughter is Sacred Space coming to Springfield

Laughter is Sacred Space, performed by Ted and Co., is coming to Springfield, Ohio, on Friday, May 4, at 7p.m. at the John Legend Theater, 700 S. Limestone St., Springfield. The event is a collaborative effort of Southside Mennonite Church, Huber Mennonite Church and NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) along with several mental healthcare resources. The Ohio Conference also has provided…

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Shalom to host boundaries training April 21

Friday, April 6, is the registration deadline for the Healthy Boundaries training event at Shalom Counseling and Mediation Center in Archbold on April 21. Healthy Boundaries training is mandatory for continued credentialing in the Ohio Conference. The Ohio Conference Credentialing Ministry is encouraging each congregation to send a layperson to the training along with the pastor to share the experience.…

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Stewardship Ministry seeks volunteers for study

The Ohio Conference Stewardship Ministry Team has spent some time recently brainstorming ways to save money for the Conference. One possible area of focus is the expenses of the Conference office located in Kidron. Consequently, the Stewardship Ministry would like to form a group to do a feasibility study. This group would review the current Conference office structure to see…

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The Wheelhouse – A bicycle ministry in the city

“We don’t feel like we were particularly gifted to do this. Every time, though, we were worried about something — like where would we store the bikes, how would we learn how to fix bikes — every time we were worried about that, something came forward. An answer came from God.” — Ginny Cress, speaking about the Wheelhouse, a bicycle ministry…

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Evangelism and discipleship – How are they related?

What’s the relationship between evangelism and discipleship? Ohio Conference Cast hosts Thomas Dunn and Bill Seymour discuss this question with Meghan Good and Marvin Lorenzana, the speakers at the Gathered and Sent Missional Conference at Bluffton University. Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Play | RSS

Evangelism – Is Jesus Christ worth knowing for his own sake?

Ohio Conference Cast has come to Bluffton University! In this podcast episode, Ohio Conference Cast hosts Bill Seymour and Thomas Dunn discuss the Gathered and Sent Missional Conference with two conference participants, Sarah Geiser, and Robb Esh. On Thursday night, featured speaker Meghan Good, teaching pastor at Trinity Mennonite Church in Glendale, Arizona, opened the missional conference by talking about…

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Stories from Tanzania – seeking peace and dealing with difficult issues

“We have been praying for you [Mennonite Church USA],” says Bishop Amos Muhagachi, a leader in the Tanzanian Mennonite Church who is currently studying at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart, Indiana. In this episode of the Ohio Conference Cast, hosts Bill Seymour and Thomas Dunn talk with Bishop Amos Muhagachi about his experiences with seeking peace on the national level…

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The Mennonite welcomes submissions for May issue

The Mennonite, Inc., welcomes your original submissions for the May 2018 print magazine issue and corresponding online content focusing on the theme Love Across Borders. Submissions are due to no later than March 19, 2018. For more details, see

Online course to focus on transforming conflict

Online short course: Transforming Congregational Conflict and Communication: April 11 – May 22. In this online Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary short course, Betty Pries will introduce Anabaptist conflict transformation techniques for leading in the midst of difference and disagreement — drawing from biblical, theological and practical sources. Cost is $200 before March 21, and $250 after. For details, see

MHF offers grants for cross-cultural study to graduate students in health care

Graduate Students in Healthcare Professions: Mennonite Healthcare Fellowship (MHF) offers educational grants for Anabaptist students to learn and serve in cross-cultural mission/service settings in developing countries. The application deadline for the 2018-19 academic year is May 15, 2018. For details and an application form, see, email, or call 1-888-406-3643. See the flier about this grant program for more…

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Berlin Mennonite seeks music leader

Berlin Mennonite Church is looking for a music leader to lead congregational singing on Sunday mornings for worship. Applicants will be able to play an instrument, and are asked to lead congregational singing from songbooks and lead/accompany contemporary songs. Our church has several musicians who currently make up praise teams (pianists, guitar players, violin, percussion, singers). We are looking for…

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Discovery: A Comic Lament is coming to Ohio

Ted & Co. is bringing its production titled Discovery: A Comic Lament to Ohio this weekend for two performances. Admission is free and open to the public at both performances. Lima Mennonite Church will host a performance of Discovery: A Comic Lament on Saturday, March 3, at 7 p.m. Lima Mennonite Church is located at 1318 N. Main St., Lima.…

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Delegate News – Winter 2018 #2

Service project to benefit trafficking victims We are looking forward to seeing you at Bluffton University next week for the Gathered and Sent Missional Conference March 8-9 and Annual Conference Assembly March 9-10. A reminder for all Annual Conference Assembly participants: This year for a service project, the Conference is collecting donations to benefit survivors of human trafficking through the…

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Church planting and seeing the church differently

This episode of the Ohio Conference Cast features a conversation with Jason Rissler, a church planter from the Ohio Conference based in Strasburg, Ohio. Hosts Bill Seymour and Thomas Dunn discuss church planting with Jason, and they consider Jason’s question, “Can we give ourselves permission to see the church differently?” What if new churches don’t look like traditional congregations? Play…

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Event focuses on ‘Reading the Bible with Jesus’

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Salem Mennonite Church in Kidron hosted a four-part Bible study with Bryan Moyer Suderman, “Reading the Bible with Jesus,” Feb. 16-17. Fifty people participated. On Sunday, Feb. 18, Bryan Moyer Suderman took part in the morning worship service at Summit Mennonite Church in Barberton, followed by a community concert for people of all ages. Photos by Judy King.

Kidron Mennonite to host ‘Growing Young’ seminar

Kidron Mennonite Church is sponsoring a “Growing Young” seminar on Saturday, April 14, from 9:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. This seminar will focus on making young people a priority in your church. Speaker Dr. David “Duffy” Robbins, professor of youth ministry at Eastern University, will share about Keychain Leadership, empathy, taking Jesus’ messages seriously, and creating a warm community that…

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Peacebuilding institute adds shorter courses

The Summer Peacebuilding Institute (SPI) at Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, has recently added a series of three-day workshops on June 18-20, 2018. These shorter workshops are designed for individuals who want to come for trainings but are unable to take a week or more away from home or work. See the latest SPI newsletter for details:

Healthcare students invited to submit essays

Healthcare Student Essay Project: Anabaptist students in all healthcare disciplines are eligible to submit an essay in connection with the Mennonite Healthcare Fellowship (MHF) Annual Gathering 2018, June 22-24, 2018, at Bluffton University. Share your perspective on the theme “Stories of Healing.” This contest is open to those currently enrolled in an undergraduate, graduate, professional, residency, fellowship, or internship program…

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Giving is stronger during January

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Ohio Conference experienced stronger-than-normal giving during January, according to figures provided by Financial Coordinator Stan Helmuth. Total receipts for the month were $58,189, including $48,544 in giving from congregations. (Congregational giving also was strong in December, totaling $43,591.) January’s receipts from congregations were the highest monthly total since December 2015, when congregations gave $60,121. Expenses for January totaled $28,146, resulting…

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Leadership Team reports on search process

After many hours spent discussing the conference minister position and a very comprehensive search process, the Search Committee and the Leadership Team are in agreement that hiring someone at a half-time capacity is not a healthy thing for any candidate or the Conference at this time. We apologize to the Conference staff and to those of you who have counseled…

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Have you registered for ACA yet?

The deadline to register for Annual Conference Assembly (ACA) is approaching quickly. Have you registered yet? ACA will take place March 9-10 at Bluffton University, and the Gathered and Sent Missional Conference will take place immediately prior to ACA on March 8-9, also at Bluffton University. Registrations for ACA and the Gathered and Sent Missional Conference are both due by…

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Mediation training to be offered

Lombard Mennonite Peace Center will be offering its Mediation Skills Training Institute for Church Leaders March 12-16 in Columbia, South Carolina. To receive the discounted registration rate, register by Feb. 9. See for details.

OC viewpoints shared at EMU meeting

During January all Ohio Conference congregations were asked to complete a Mennonite Colleges Survey. Thanks to all congregations who completed to survey. The survey responses provided valuable information for Keith Hostetler as he represented Ohio Conference at Eastern Mennonite University’s Constituent Conferences Committee meeting on Jan. 18. To learn more about what was discussed at this meeting, see his report: 2018…

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Shue announces resignation from MC USA role

Mennonite Church USA — Terry Shue has announced his resignation from his position as MC USA director of leadership development. His end date will be no later than June 1, 2018. See the complete news release at

Lenten resource is for families

Anabaptist Faith Formation Network is offering a free at home Lenten worship resource for families titled Between Me & You. Written by Elsie Remple and illustrated by Megan Kamei, this resource includes daily Bible readings, songs, hands-on activities and questions to ponder together. To download this resource, go to To see more resources available from Anabaptist Faith Formation, go…

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Delegate News – Winter 2018

Four meetings planned for delegates Ohio Conference will hold four winter regional cluster meetings for delegates to Annual Conference Assembly. Each meeting will begin at 7 p.m. and end at 8:30 p.m. The following meetings have been scheduled: Feb. 13 — Sonnenberg Mennonite Church in Kidron Feb. 15 — West Clinton Mennonite Church in Wauseon Feb. 20 — Maple Grove…

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New Pastors in Ohio Conference

In the latest episode of the Ohio Conference Cast, co-hosts Bill Seyour and Thomas Dunn talk with four pastors who are new to the Ohio Conference — Verle Brubaker (Maple Grove Mennonite Church in Hartville), Matthew Peterson (Midway Mennonite Church in Columbiana), Matt Reed (Beech Mennonite Church in Louisville), and Sue Short (Zion Mennonite Church in Archbold). Listen to this episode…

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