Sonnenberg seeks lead pastor

Sonnenberg Mennonite Church of Kidron, Ohio, is seeking a full-time lead pastor. To learn more about this position, please see the SMC Lead Pastor Job Description outlining the requirements and responsibilities of the position. Additional information about the church can be found on the church website: Interested candidates may contact the regional pastor, Ralph Reinford, at, or the…

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Sonnenberg Mennonite Church Bicentennial Celebration


Two hundred years have passed since the Sonnenberg congregation was formally organized  in Wayne County, Ohio, in 1821. The congregation is planning to celebrate these years of God’s faithfulness with a weekend of fun, fellowship and thanksgiving on Sept. 24-26. All events are free and open to the public. See the 2021 Sonnenberg Anniversary event flier for details:

Maple Syrup Festival to support missions

Please note: This event has been postponed until further notice. Sonnenberg Mennonite Church in Kidron will hold its 23rd annual Maple Syrup Festival including a pancake and sausage breakfast on Saturday, March 28, from 7 to 10:30 a.m. This annual event features locally-made maple syrup, and pro­ceeds support missions, both local and international. For more de­tails, please see the event…

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Churches support radio ministry in Argentina

For several years Sonnenberg Mennonite Church in Kidron and Pike Mennonite Church in Elida have been supporting a radio ministry which reaches out to the Indigenous population in the Chaco region of Argentina. To learn more about this ministry, which is also supported by Mennonite Mission Network, see

Delegates approve immigration resolution

Delegates overwhelmingly affirmed a resolution on immigration at the 2019 Annual Conference Assembly (ACA) of the Ohio Conference. Those gathered at Salem Mennonite Church in Kidron March 8-9 numbered 204, including delegates from 38 congregations. Ninety-five percent of the delegates affirmed the immigration resolution, which calls for individuals to become better informed about the issues surrounding immigration, as well as…

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Sonnenberg Mennonite plans mission event

Sonnenberg Mennonite Church in Kidron will welcome Howard and Cathy Wagler from Journey Mennonite Church in Hutchinson, Kansas, on the weekend of April 6-7. Over the past 25 years Howard and Cathy have helped shape Journey Mennon­ite into a thriving community of mission-minded believers wor­shiping at three campuses in central Kansas. They have a passion for leadership development and seeing…

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Workshop to promote healthy conversations

In a world that seems increasingly polarized, how can we promote healthy conversations? Sonnenberg Mennonite Church in Kidron is hosting a Healthy Conversations Workshop Nov. 9-10. Jes Stoltzfus Buller, the peace education coordinator for Mennonite Central Committee, will be the facilitator for this free workshop, and all are invited to attend. Many people today bemoan the difficulty of conversing with…

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Sending comforters with love

By Ellen Nussbaum It all began during this past summer with a vision: Ken Neuenschwander, leader of the Outreach and Service Ministry at Sonnenberg Mennonite Church (Kidron), and his daughter, Sara Obri, who attends Lee Heights Mennonite Church (Cleveland) and is on the MCC Great Lakes Board, began talking together about doing a joint comforter knotting bee with the two…

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Ministry Development Team awards six grants

The Ohio Conference Ministry Development Team (MDT) has awarded six grants totaling $22,100 to Conference congregations and related groups. The MDT approved the 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…

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Worship is formation — formation is worship

By Ellen Nussbaum Members of Oak Grove Mennonite Church (Smithville) and Sonnenberg Mennonite Church (Kidron), having discovered a common interest in exploring training and resources for leading congregational worship, came together to plan a Worship Resourcing Seminar. It was held on Saturday, May 6, at Sonnenberg Mennonite Church. Sixty-three participants gathered from 16 different Ohio Mennonite congregations. Participants included youth,…

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Rachel Miller Jacobs leads Worship Resourcing Seminar

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Sixty-three people from 15 congregations participated in the Worship Resourcing Seminar at Sonnenberg Mennonite Church on May 6. This event was co-sponsored by Sonnenberg Mennonite Church and Oak Grove Mennonite Church in Smithville with additional financial support from the Ohio Conference.

Seminar to focus on worship

Are you interested in deeper, more meaningful worship experiences in your congregation? Sonnenberg Mennonite Church in Kidron will host a worship resourcing seminar on Saturday, May 6. This seminar, featuring speaker Rachel Miller Jacobs, will provide participants with practical training, resources and theological teaching for planning and leading worship. Rachel Miller Jacobs is an assistant professor of congregational formation at…

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