Congregations encouraged to apply for Spread the Peace Grants

To encourage congregations and conferences to “spread the peace” in and beyond Mennonite Church USA, the Peace and Justice Support Network of Mennonite Mission Network has small start-up and sustaining grants available. Funds will be given to those meeting the following criteria and as funding allows: To Mennonite congregations or conferences for projects based in the United States. For church…

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Giving to Conference increases in September

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Giving to the Ohio Conference increased during September, according to figures provided by Financial Coordinator Stan Helmuth. Total receipts for the month were $34,991, the highest monthly amount so far in this fiscal year. Expenses for September totaled just $23,520, resulting in a surplus of $11,471 for the month. That surplus helped to reduce the Conference’s running deficit. As of…

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Join MCC’s Great Winter Warm-Up

Mennonite Central Committee is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2020 with a comforter-making campaign. The goal is to complete 6,500 comforters for distribution to people in need all around the world. As part of this campaign, on Jan. 17 and 18, Salem Mennonite Church in Kidron will host The Great Winter Warm-Up, a comforter-making event. All are invited to attend…

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Check CommonWord for Advent resources

Looking for additional Advent resources? Check CommonWord for possibili­ties, including free down­loadable resources. Go to http://bit.ly/CommonWordAdvent to start exploring. CommonWord is a collaboration of Mennonite Church Canada and Canadian Mennonite University.

If you get one of these requests, don’t reply

A note from the Ohio Conference Leadership Team: It has come to our attention that several Ohio Conference pastors have been hacked recently, supposedly sending out emails and most recently, text messages, asking for gift cards. These requests are, of course, not legitimate. The office of Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost recommends that recipients of these text messages simply block…

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Ohio Conference leaders share at Constituency Leaders Council

By Paula Snyder Belousek Assistant Moderator Conference Minister Dick Barrett, Moderator Lynn Miller and Assistant Moderator Paula Snyder Belousek presented information about the Ohio Conference during the Oct. 17-18 meeting of Mennonite Church USA’s Constituency Leaders Council in Glendale, Arizona. Each conference and constituency group gave 10-minute presentations over the two days of the Constituency Leaders Council (CLC). Each group answered…

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Congregations to share stories at regional gatherings

Ohio Conference is holding four fall regional gatherings beginning the week of Oct. 21. These gatherings are not just for delegates from Ohio Conference but for all who would like to learn about the exciting things that are taking place in Conference and our congregations. There will be a time of fellowship and sharing. We are asking congregations to answer…

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Hesston’s Weekend College to offer Bib Lit course to congregations

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Hesston, Kansas — As Hesston College prepares its new church leadership program — the Center for Anabaptist Leadership and Learning (CALL) — it is also offering its famous Biblical Literature course to congregations and other groups across the country in an arrangement called Weekend College. Instead of requiring people to travel to Hesston, Weekend College will bring Hesston College professors…

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Churches come together for World Communion Sunday

Ohio Conference congregations from Wayne and Summit counties gathered at Central Christian School on the afternoon of Oct. 6 for a World Communion Sunday service. The worship service was a partnership of several local Mennonite churches and the Swahili Community Church of Akron, a Congolese Mennonite congregation. The worship service was held in English, Spanish and Swahili and included prayer,…

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2019 Advent guide for families is now available

Anabaptist Faith Formation and Mennonite Church USA are offering a free, downloadable guide for family worship during Advent written by Elsie Rempel. This resource, titled Waiting and Wondering, is designed for parents to use at home with their children. With this free worship guide, families can create a space to notice important questions and bring them to God. For six weeks from…

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Camp Luz to host spiritual direction event for pastors

Ohio Conference will be offering a day-long event to introduce the concept of spiritual direction to pastors on Feb. 4 at Camp Luz in Kidron. Led by Janice Hershberger, Randy Murray, and Christine Nafziger, attendees will learn about spiritual direction while also experiencing how spiritual direction functions. Registration cost is $25 and includes the event and lunch. Lodging and breakfast…

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Hesston conference to examine ‘the good life’

Save the date: Hesston College in Hesston, Kansas, will host the 2020 edition of its Anabaptist Vision and Discipleship Series Feb. 21-23, 2020. The theme for this conference will be “Living More with More: Redefining the Good Life.” The conference will seek to answer the questions, “What truly is the good life and how do we get there? How do…

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Everence event to focus on faith and values

Everence is sponsoring a “Faith and Values in the Marketplace” workshop on Monday, Oct. 21, from 7 to 9 p.m. at The Gardens at Homestead, 8233 S.R. 241, Mt. Hope. The theme for this event is “Learning: a lifetime journey.” Please see the event flier for details. This workshop is especially designed for business families, pastors, community leaders and key…

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The Mennonite seeks submissions for December issue

The Mennonite Inc. invites your original submissions for the December 2019 issue focusing on the theme “the unexpected.” Submissions are due to Editor@TheMennonite.org no later than Nov. 1. For more information about this theme, see http://bit.ly/TheMennoniteDec2019.

Explore a call to ministry with Journey

When God calls someone to ministry, a journey begins. Perhaps you are on that journey. Perhaps you are looking for mentors and companions along the way. Ohio Conference invites you to join Journey: A Missional Leadership Development Program. This program is for pastors and other congregational leaders who are called without specific training for ministry or who are exploring a…

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Delegate News – Fall 2019

Plan to attend a regional gathering As part of our Gathered & Sent initiative Ohio Conference will be holding four regional gatherings this fall. These gatherings are in place of our traditional fall cluster meetings and are intended not just for pastors and delegates but for all persons from our congregations who want to learn about the exciting things that are…

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Join the church planting conversation

Individuals from around Ohio Conference are invited to partici­pate in Visible Kingdom Communities, a church planting conver­sation, on Tuesday, Oct. 15, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Ohio Confer­ence office, 5358 Kidron Road, Kidron. For those who cannot at­tend in person, a video conferencing option will be available. If you would like to take part in this conversation, please…

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Adriel benefit set for Oct. 24

Adriel is holding a fall benefit dinner at its Archbold office Oct. 24 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. This year’s event will include a catered dinner, presentations about Adriel’s mission and impact, and a live auction. Go to http://bit.ly/AdrielFall2019Benefit to download a registration form.

Four fall regional gatherings scheduled

As part of our Gathered & Sent initiative Ohio Conference will be holding four regional gatherings this fall. These gatherings are in place of our traditional fall cluster meetings and are intended not just for pastors and delegates but for all persons from our congregations who want to learn about the exciting things that are going on in the congregations around…

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Prayer volunteers sought

Prayer volunteers needed: The Ohio Conference Ministry Development Team has affirmed Growing Visible Kingdom Communities (formerly known as church planting) as a priority. An initial conversation for interested people has been scheduled for Oct. 15, 2019, at the Ohio Conference Office in Kidron from 1 to 3 p.m. If you feel led to help provide prayer support for this conversation, please…

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Church planting conversation set for Oct. 15

Individuals from around Ohio Conference are invited to participate in Visible Kingdom Communities, a church planting conversation, on Tuesday, Oct. 15, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Ohio Conference office, 5358 Kidron Road, Kidron. For those who cannot attend in person, a video conferencing option will be available. If you would like to take part in this conversation, please…

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Concert to benefit Open Arms

Open Arms Hispanic Ministry is hosting “Songs and Salsa,” an evening concert in the Kidron Park Community Building, 4434 Kidron Road, Kidron, on Sunday, Oct. 13, beginning at 6 p.m. The musi­cal group Honeytown will be performing, as will the worship team from Salem Mennonite Church in Wooster. There will be a variety of chips and salsas available. A freewill offering…

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World Communion Sunday to be celebrated at Central

Join in celebrating World Communion Sunday on Oct. 6 at 2 p.m. at Central Christian School in Kidron. This worship service is a partnership of several local Mennonite churches and the Swahili Community Church of Akron, a Congolese Mennonite congregation. The event will include prayer, scripture, communion, and worship offerings from the Salem Mennonite dance group, Congolese Swahili choirs, and…

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Fundraiser to benefit Wycliffe

Beech Mennonite Church in Louisville is hosting a fundraiser for Wycliffe Ministries on Saturday, Oct. 5, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event will include helicopter rides, activities for children, and motorized surrey rides. Lunch will be available. Beech Mennonite Church is located at 10037 Easton St. NE, Louisville. See the event flier for details.

Tony Doehrmann to serve as regional pastor

The Ohio Conference Leadership Team and the Ministry Development Team are pleased to announce the appointment of Tony Doehrmann as the new regional pastor covering the western half of Ohio Conference. He will begin his work with the Conference on Oct. 1. Tony served as pastor of Jubilee Mennonite Church in Bellefontaine from 2008 until the end of 2017. During…

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Credentialed leaders meet in Upper Sandusky

Forty of Ohio Conference’s credentialed ministers gathered Sept. 12 at the Upper Sandusky Public Library as part of the Conference’s continued Gathered and Sent initiative. It was a day of dwelling in God’s Word (Ephesians 5:1-21), reflecting on the Conference’s Identity Statement released by the Leadership Team in April, fellowship and looking forward to what lies ahead for the Conference.…

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Why faith-based education? A conversation with Susan Schultz Huxman of EMU

In this episode of the Ohio Conference Cast, host Thomas Dunn talks about Mennonite colleges and faith-based education with Susan Schultz Huxman, president of Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Also joining the conversation are guest co-hosts Doug and Miriam Zehr, pastors at Oak Grove Mennonite Church in Smithville.   https://ohiomennoniteconference.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/19_09_14_Susan-Schultz-Huxman_-Submitted.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts |…

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Giving to Conference drops in August

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Giving to Ohio Conference was down in August, according to figures provided by Financial Coordinator Stan Helmuth. Total receipts for the month were just $15,776, including $15,084 in congregational giving. That amount was less than half the amount received in July, $34,968. Expenses for the month totaled $26,574, resulting in an operating balance for the month of -$10,798. As of…

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Healthy Boundaries training to be offered in Michigan

All pastors credentialed by the Ohio Conference are required to complete Healthy Boundaries training. Ohio Conference first offered this training in 2017 and 2018. For pastors who have not yet completed this training, Indiana-Michigan Mennonite Conference is hosting a Healthy Boundaries 101 training course Nov. 11 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Amigo Centre in Sturgis, Michigan. Instructors John…

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Everence event to focus on faith and values

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Everence is sponsoring a “Faith and Values in the Marketplace” workshop on Monday, Oct. 21, from 7 to 9 p.m. at The Gardens at Homestead, 8233 S.R. 241, Mt. Hope. Co-sponsors for this no-fee event are Mennonite Economic Development Associates and the Amish & Mennonite Heritage Center. The workshop will feature three presentations: “Learning to identify and grow business opportunities”…

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