Join the MWC Prayer Network

MWC logoMennonite World Conference is establishing a Prayer Network, recognizing the importance of prayer in preparation for its global assembly July 21-26 in Harrisburg, Pa. “We are organizing an event which will bring people together from all over the world,” said Lynn Roth, MWC North America representative. “I believe it can happen only if it is bathed in prayer and is God’s doing.”

The first worry on everyone’s mind is obtaining visas. “Our main concern is for young people,” he said. “But older persons from some of the countries where the largest Anabaptist churches are located — Ethiopia, Congo and India, for example — may have trouble, too.

A visa task force is prepared to support registrants going through the visa process. “We promised to do all in our power to work with U.S. government officials and embassies in those countries where this issue is especially difficult,” he said. “We believe that prayer is essential.” Continue reading

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Penny Power 2015 to Aid South Sudan

SudanWalkingPhotoThe TriState Relief Sale is coming and July 17 & 18, 2015 will be here before you know it. Begin to prepare now by collecting your pennies and other change for Penny Power. The project for Penny Power in 2015 is aiding refugees from South Sudan as they have fled their war-torn country.

New resources, including stories, pictures, map, posters and coin bank posters are available to be downloaded on our web site www.tristatesale.org on the Penny Power and Resources pages. If you are unable to download and would like information mailed, please contact 814-445-6945.

We are working on a goal of $20,000 for 2015 –spare change can make a difference!                       Many thanks as we serve together,  TriState Relief Sale Board

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Unique Opportunity Offered for Graduate Students in Healthcare

MHF logoMennonite Healthcare Fellowship (MHF) is offering scholarship funding for Anabaptist students to learn and serve in cross-cultural mission/service settings in developing countries.

In the past, SET was a program for medical students.  With Mennonite Healthcare Fellowship, it has been expanded!  We suggest that you think of dental students, Masters in Nursing students, physical therapy students, and Masters in Social Work students for starters and then be further attuned to any other students in healthcare-related fields at the masters or doctoral level.

Deadline for 2015-16 academic year is May 15, 2015.  For details and application form, see http://mennohealth.org/SET, email info@mennohealth.org, or call 1-888-406-3643.

 

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Pastors Week Explores Anabaptist Identity for a Multi-Cultural Church

AMBS_logoElkhart, Ind. (AMBS) – Pastors Week will explore the intersections of culture and theology for Anabaptists during the annual gathering at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, January 26-29.

The theme, “Where culture blurs theology: What is an Anabaptist Christian?” will provide four presenters with opportunities to look at what in Anabaptism is needed for the church today. Included will be the question of what it means to be Anabaptist and Mennonite when we are no longer defined by ethnic ties. The speakers are:

  • Greg Boyd, pastor and best-selling author;
  • Drew Hart, pastor and blogger on issues of discipleship and confronting racism, systemic oppression and violence;
  • Janet Plenert, director of Region V Operations of Mennonite Disaster Service;
  • Elizabeth Soto Albrecht, moderator of Mennonite Church USA.

Pastors Week is an annual AMBS event, offering congregational leaders an opportunity for learning, worship and fellowship. Details and registration are available at www.ambs.edu/pastorsweek.                                                           Mary E. Klassen

 

 

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