Archive for July, 2017

Following the Renewing a Vision vote at Annual Sessions, John Powell suggested as the first step in living into our vision, taking three months to pray at the same time for 15 minutes. He suggested Sunday morning. “What can God do through our prayers?” John asked. Pastors and congregations are invited to consider this idea. Probably few congregations have taken this up yet. It takes time to work at the ... [ More ]
Posted July 19, 2017 by Vanessa Kelleybrew
We celebrate the Spirit’s presence at Annual Sessions in June. Holy Spirit guidance sometimes means last-minute adjustments, and MLT worked well with that. About 140 delegates attended the gathering. We celebrate Karla Minter’s words at Annual Sessions as she reflected from the Emmaus road story. We celebrate those who were conference delegates to the Mennonite Church USA convention in Orlando: Todd ... [ More ]
Posted July 19, 2017 by Vanessa Kelleybrew
Several leadership gatherings this fall that will begin shaping what it means for us to live into Renewing a Vision: August 11-12      Missional Leadership Team meets in a retreat setting; Sept 29-30         conference leadership teams meet; Nov 8                  Pastor Summit (see credentialing note below about two events before the summit) What is IMMC? This is a shorthand way ... [ More ]
Posted July 19, 2017 by Vanessa Kelleybrew
Doug Kaufman will install and license Ben Bouwman as associate pastor of Walnut Hill Mennonite Church, Goshen, IN on Sunday, July 23. Doug will install Phil Bontrager as pastor at Grand Marais Mennonite Church, Grand Marais, MI, August 6. Previously he was interim pastor. Plans continue for pastor search committee resource people. Doug is planning a training for August 24. If you have suggestions of qualified ... [ More ]
Posted July 19, 2017 by Vanessa Kelleybrew
Thanks to your generosity we ended the year much better than expected. Our income for the month of June was $12,960 above budget and $9,062 above expenses. This allowed us to end the year much better than expected with only a shortfall of $5,163 of expenses over ... [ More ]
Posted July 19, 2017 by Vanessa Kelleybrew
Due to staff vacation times, the conference office may be closed during regular office hours at different times during the summer. Please forgive the ... [ More ]
Posted July 19, 2017 by Vanessa Kelleybrew
The Mennonite, Inc. welcomes your original submissions and contributions for their October 2017 print magazine issue and corresponding online content. Submissions are due no later than August 1, 2017. Please click the link https://themennonite.org/october-call-submissions-scripture/ for text in both English and ... [ More ]
Posted July 19, 2017 by Vanessa Kelleybrew