The Mennonite seeks submissions on health care

The Mennonite Inc. invites your original submissions for the September 2019 print mag­azine issue and corresponding online content focusing on the theme “Faith-filled responses to health-care costs.” Submis­sions are due to Editor@TheMennonite.org no later than July 29. For more de­tails, please see http://bit.ly/TheMennoniteSept2019.

Cliff Brubaker to end his term as regional pastor on Sept. 13

It was with considerable sadness but also with a clear sense of direction that Cliff Brubaker recently submitted his notice of resignation from serving as a regional pastor of Ohio Conference, effective Sept. 13, 2019. In his notice Cliff shared, “I count it an honor to have served the Ohio Conference for these 3+ years. This stretch of time in…

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Looking for newer car for regional pastor

Due to a recent car-deer accident, the Conference is looking for a vehicle to replace a 2012 model with more than 170,000 miles. We are looking for a car that is newer and has approximately 50,000 miles. If you or someone you know might be willing to donate a car to Conference or perhaps have a lease which is soon…

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Learning tour to focus on criminal justice system

Join MCC Great Lakes for a week-long Pipeline to Prison learning tour on Aug. 4-9. Based in Goshen, Indiana, the tour will focus on the challenges and complexities of the U.S. criminal justice system and include day trips to South Bend, Elkhart, and Bunker Hill, Indiana. Participants will journey from the local community level through the criminal justice system, learning…

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Candidate for AMBS president announced

Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart, Indiana, has announced that David W. Boshart, Ph.D., of Wellman, Iowa, is the candidate of choice for the next president of the seminary. See the seminary news release at http://bit.ly/AMBSPresCandidate for more information.

Training to focus on Doctrine of Discovery

MCC Great Lakes is excited to offer a unique training opportuni­ty for individuals to explore and engage with the legacy of colo­nialism and to understand the intersecting history between Native people and European settlers. This training will use the frame­work of the Doctrine of Discovery to explore the taking of land from Indigenous people, which led to the justification of…

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Deficit increases during May

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During May giving to the Ohio Conference was lower than ex­penses for the second month in a row, according to figures sup­plied by Ohio Conference Financial Coordinator Stan Helmuth. Receipts during May totaled $19,256, including $18,914 in giving from congrega­tions. Expenses for May were $24,260, resulting in an operating balance of -$5,004 for the month. After the first two months…

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Strawberry Festival set for June 22

Salem Mennonite Church in Waldron, Michigan, will hold its third annual Strawberry Festival on Saturday, June 22, from 4 to 7 p.m. This fundraising event will feature a variety of foods, in­cluding strawberries, ice cream, pulled pork sandwiches, and popcorn. The festival will include activities for all ages, such as inflatables, a car and tractor show, a petting zoo, wagon…

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MDT to award Ministry Grants

Ministry Grants are back! Is your congregation looking for a way to fund a ministry that impacts your community? Aug. 5 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 has $24,750 available for grants. Please note…

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Pine Grove’s closing service marks 70 years of ministry

By Dick Barrett Conference Minister On June 9 Pine Grove Mennonite Church, just outside of Stryker, Ohio, held its last worship service. It was a time of both grief and celebration. Many recent and former members shared memories of God’s faithfulness during the congregation’s 70 years of ministry in the community. Pastors Gary and Sandy Stuckey led the service with…

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Therapy dog assists in ministry

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By Vickie Yoder In this essay, Vickie Yoder, a recently retired chaplain, describes the way that Shadow, a therapy dog, has helped in her ministry. Shadow became a certified therapy dog in 2013.  He takes his visitation responsibilities quite seriously.  When he puts on his vest, he is ready to bring joy and smiles to those he comes in contact…

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Laughter, tears and truth-telling at SENT 2019

By Travis Duerksen Mennonite Mission Network ENGLEWOOD, Colorado — More than 80 church leaders from across the country came together for SENT 2019 at Beloved Community Mennonite Church on April 26-28 in Englewood, Colorado. The SENT conference, now in its fourth year, is a peace church conference hosted by Mennonite Mission Network that helps connect, inspire, and equip church leaders…

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The Good News people

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By Dick Barrett Conference Minister “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” — Luke 4:18-19 (NIV) Jesus…

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Newest issue of Vision deals with fear

A new issue of Vision has been released! The Spring 2019 issue of Vision: A Journal for Church and Theology — on the theme “Be not afraid” — is now available for free online. The authors of the essays reflect on resources within the Christian tradition to help us cope with, and even overcome, our fears. You can download this…

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New Mennonite Mission Network booklet focuses on making disciples

By Ann Leaman Marvin Lorenzana is the author of the newest booklet in Mennonite Mission Network’s   Missio Dei series titled Not just disciples but disciple makers. The director for discipleship initiatives at Mennonite Mission Network, Marvin Lorenzana was one of the speakers at Ohio Conference’s 2018 Annual Conference Assembly and 2018 Gathered and Sent Missional Conference. “Biblical discipleship,” he says,…

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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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Anabaptist Disabilities Network offer Barrier-Free Grants for congregations

Anabaptist Disabilities Network (ADN) is announcing a new Barrier-Free Grant program that offers financial assistance to congregations for projects that facilitate barrier-free community life. Some examples of projects which would qualify for this grant are accessible restroom projects, classroom support persons, hearing devices, and mental health awareness events. The grant application lists many other examples of qualifying projects. You may…

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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 submissions 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

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 2019 Pastor-Spouse Retreat brochure. To…

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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.