Delegate News – Winter 2017

Three regional meetings scheduled Ohio Conference has scheduled three regional meetings for delegates to Annual Conference Assembly. The meetings will take place at these locations: Feb. 21 — Tedrow Mennonite Church in Wauseon Feb. 23 — Crown Hill Mennonite Church in Rittman March 7 — Oak Grove Mennonite Church in West Liberty All three meetings will begin at 6:30 p.m.…

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Cliff Brubaker reports on his conversations with congregations

In this episode of the Ohio Conference Cast, hosts Bill Seymour and Thomas Dunn check back in with Regional Pastor Cliff Brubaker to get an update on his conversations with church leaders from around the Conference. Cliff also talks about the Feb. 2 meeting for pastors. Improving relationships is an important goal of both of these endeavors.     https://ohiomennoniteconference.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Cliff-Brubaker-Second-Interview.mp3Podcast:…

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Year of Covenant Meeting for Pastors set for Feb. 2

The third Year of Covenant Meeting for Pastors will take place Thursday, Feb. 2, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Toledo Mennonite Church. Pastors of Ohio Conference congregations will meet for a day of discussion. The first two Year of Covenant meetings have focused on the nature of covenant making and on the mission of God as a backdrop for…

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Pastors meet for Year of Covenant discussion

Pastors from around the Ohio Conference gathered Sept. 28 at Maple Grove Mennonite Church in Hartville for a Year of Covenant meeting. David B. Miller, associate professor of missional leadership at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, was the presenter. Covenants contain both privileges and commitments, but it is the commitments which tend to be neglected, Miller said. He noted that in…

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Maple Grove in Hartville hosts second Year of Covenant Meeting

Forty-five people took part in the second Ohio Conference Year of Covenant Meeting, which took place Sept. 28 at Maple Grove Mennonite Church in Hartville. The resource speaker for the day was David B. Miller, associate professor of missional leadership at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart, Indiana.

Delegate News – Fall 2016

Fall meeting schedule is altered In most years, delegates to Annual Conference Assembly (ACA) are asked to attend cluster meetings in both the fall and the winter in preparation for ACA. This fall instead of holding smaller cluster meetings in seven or eight locations, the Conference will hold Fall Mission Event gatherings in three separate locations throughout the state. All…

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Cliff Brubaker accepts additional assignment

The Ohio Conference Leadership Team has invited Interim Regional Pastor Cliff Brubaker to work with the Conference on a full-time basis, beginning Sept. 18. Since April he has been serving as regional pastor on a half-time basis. This additional half-time assignment will have two areas of focus: Working with the continuing process of the Ohio Conference Year of Covenant Identifying…

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What will we “take away” from Event Two?

Any reasonable person might well ask this question or one much like it in considering the prospect of Ohio Conference’s credentialed leaders meeting together on Sept. 28. I would suggest the more important question might be, “What will we bring to Event Two?” If we bring only expectations about the rules, the answers, the procedures, we may be disappointed, each…

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Striving to be my best self

I have sometimes quoted a quip from Garrison Keillor of A Prairie Home Companion: “They say wisdom comes with old age — but sometimes old age comes alone.” I suppose I haven’t quite admitted I am old yet, but I can feel myself getting there. I also should admit I haven’t quite gotten to “wise” yet, but I can feel…

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Group to continue Year of Covenant process

George O’Reilly, who has served the Ohio Conference as transitional conference leader and more recently as the Year of Covenant facilitator, has taken a full-time position as one of the pastors at First Mennonite Church in Bluffton. He will continue his work on the Year of Covenant on a one-quarter-time salary through September.  He is working on composing a group…

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Sharon Mennonite hosts Year of Covenant Meeting

Fifty people participated in the first Ohio Conference Year of Covenant Meeting, which took place May 11 at Sharon Mennonite Church in Plain City. Credentialed leaders from around the Conference attended. The special resource speaker for the day was David Boshart of Iowa, who serves as executive conference director of Central Plains Mennonite Conference. In addition to input from David…

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