Allegheny congregation plans first responders appreciation event

 On Sunday August 12, 2018 Scottdale Mennonite Church is introducing an open house for Scottdale and Everson first responders. The church invites the public to an Open House at Scottdale central fire station on Pittsburgh Street, Scottdale, between the hours of 10:00 AM  to noon.

One of three priorities of the church is to support local first responders, according to recent church council minutes. This open house is one way to show that appreciation.

All ages are invited to stop in to meet and thank first responders including Scottdale police, ambulance personnel, Mutual Aid workers as well as Everson and Scottdale volunteer fire departments. Scottdale volunteer firemen will open the station and be on hand to answer questions. Everyone is encouraged to sign the giant “Thank You” cards at this time.

At least four Scottdale Mennonite members regularly support various aspects of the first responding. Brothers Ben Savanick and Nathan Savanick are active in the Scottdale fire department. Brian Howard is a Mt. Pleasant Fire Volunteer. Michael Butti is employed by Mutual Aid Ambulance Service.

Pastor Dave Mishler said the three priorities have grown out of congregational processes following a couple board retreats two years ago. “Individuals with a concern ave motivated others to adopt their cause and three have stood out.”

This plan follows a Sunday last year when the Scottdale fire company parked a fire truck behind the Scottdale Mennonite church and the church served an informal breakfast.

“The first responders do so much for our community. We wanted to organize an event that tells them how much we appreciate that” said Audra Shenk, former owner of Brilhart Hardware and church member.

A Boot Drive is also being organized for the two volunteer fire departments. Local churches are passing the boot during their worship service and will bring those donations to the Open House. The public may also contribute at this time by stopping in or driving by the station.

“We want the local community to see that our church supports everyone. We especially appreciate the help and neighborly responses from our first responders,” said David Hiebert, a member of the peace and mission committee of the church.

The Scottdale Mennonite Church was formed in the early 2000s as a merger of the former Kingview Mennonite and Mennonite Church of Scottdale. Currently about 50 members worship each Sunday. Mennonites were some of the first European settlers in southwestern PA. World-wide, Mennonites are known for their service ethic, stance on pacifism/world peace and following Jesus in daily life.

– submitted by David Hiebert

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Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) is in need of Canner Operators

URGENT: Two Canner Operators needed for the Upcoming Season!

Are you interested in an exciting opportunity to travel across the U.S. and Canada canning meat for those in need all over the world? Consider serving with MCC as a canner operator! Canner operators travel with the mobile meat cannery to 30 different locations, canning beef, turkey, chicken and pork. Canners are responsible for all aspects of the project including: operating steam and pressure vessels, coordinating volunteers, maintaining and communicating USDA regulations and the maintenance of all machinery in the process. Potential applicants should be male, single, at least 21 years old with CDL eligibility and possess mechanical aptitude. Student loan assistance available. Visit mcc.org/canning for more information!

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Allegheny Miscellany

By David Mishler, Conference Minister                Volume 8 – July 2018

#1 – Our 2018 Celebration of Congregations and Conference

In less than two weeks, we will be gathering at Laurelville Mennonite Church Center for our annual Celebration event.  Abundance on the Journey is shaping up to be a formational weekend which pastors, delegates and everyone interested in engaging with the regional and national church won’t want to miss.  Doug Luginbill, Conference Minister for Central District will be on hand to interact and share from the perspective of their delegates as our mutual-get-acquainted-strategic-cooperation-ongoing-focus rolls on.

We ended our fiscal year much stronger than anticipated.  Our reserves are larger than we expected.  We are beginning to receive updated information on next year commitments from congregations which could get us closer to our goal of a balanced budget with reasonable reserves.

ALAS and ANEW will be part of our worship focus as we share our identified pain and our hope for the future in the context of God’s provision.  Expect to be challenged and encouraged!

 #2 – FUTURE EVENTS

Much significant work is on horizon.  In addition to the reporting from Central District Conference and our processing of how an affiliation might work as we meet at Laurelville, please get on your calendar our next Faith and Life Gathering where we will potentially be making more formal decisions about such an affiliation.  November 3 we will be meeting at University Mennonite Church in State College, PA where a proposal from the Affiliation task Force is expected to be on the floor for discussion and decision.

University Mennonite Church is also in the news as they welcome new lead pastor Kathryn (Kate) Heinzel, who will begin her term of service on September 1.  Be on the watch for a date for an installation service to be held this Fall.  Congratulations and blessing as UMC moves into this new chapter of ministry in their neighborhood!

Pittsburgh Mennonite Church is CELEBRATING!  50 years of ministry in their neighborhood will be recognized in a weekend long event, August 10-12, 2018.  A coffee house and ice cream bar, worship services, and several festive meals will be part of the happenings.  Check out PittsburghMennonite.org/50th for more information.

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Joy Cotchen Ordained

Allegheny Mennonite Conference ordains Joy Cotchen
on June 3, 2018 as Minister of Children and Youth            by David Mishler

For over 18 years, Joy Cotchen has served the children and youth of Allegheny Conference as Minister of Children and Youth.  She was licensed on November 9, 2003 after being hired for the position on November 8, 1999.  From her congregational base of Stahl Mennonite Church (Johnstown, PA), Joy grew into the role, was noticed beyond Allegheny, and has been called to serve numerous Mennonite Church Youth  Conventions as part of the on-site staff and planning committees.

Joy sees her primary role as “mentor”.  Under her leadership, the conference “youth cabinet” has grown into a place where high school juniors and seniors develop leadership skills, and she has been a catalyst for beginning the journey into pastoral and youth ministry for numerous persons now serving across the church.  She has been a visionary leader for re-framing the summer youth camping program at Laurelville Mennonite Church Center beyond initial commitments for Christ into a place of forming young disciples who follow Jesus.

So, her congregation and conference leadership joined together to confirm her calling, honor her service, and grant her the credential of ordination, following a unanimous recommendation from the conference credentialing committee.  Congratulations, blessing, and hope for many years ahead as Joy follows her passion of forming disciples who walk in the way of Jesus

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