“Works of Art” Quilts Contributed to IGH

IGH quilt 3Several quilts from members and churches of Allegheny Conference have been recently contributed to the International Guest House in Washington, DC. The double wedding ring and green quilts were made by Maple Grove Mennonite Church and the brown zig-zag quilt was made by Philippi Mennonite Church. The woman in the photos is Liz Hunsberger, year-long volunteer from University Mennonite Church. IGH quilt 1

I wish each one of you could come for a visit and sleep under them!  Thank you all for your labor of love — to each one, young and old, male and female–we are grateful and so are the guests who come for Christian hospitality, the mission of IGH. We invite all of you to come for a visit or to volunteer.

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Thanks again, in the name of Christ,                              Cleta and Orv Gingerich


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Pittsburgh student named to Bluffton dean’s list

Bluffton logoBLUFFTON, Ohio—Samuel Stucky, a Bluffton University senior from Pittsburgh Mennonite Church, has been named to the Bluffton dean’s list for the spring semester.

Students with a GPA of 3.6 or higher are eligible for the dean’s list. With a cumulative GPA of at least 3.75 based on 20 semester hours, Stucky received distinction for continued high achievement.

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News Bites about Mennonite World Conference

GOING GREEN!  The MWC Assembly next month will be the “most green” ever event at the Farm Show complex in Harrisburg, PA, according to state officials.  Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Hannah Smith-Brubaker told Howard Good, National Coordinator for PA 2015: “My goal is to be able to apply what we’ve witnessed from you PA 2015 planners to our Annual Farm Show event, which attracts 500,000 attendees each year.”  Smith-Brubaker added, “I see stewardship as part of the Mennonite commitment, and I’m thrilled that this can play out here at our complex.”

MWC logoThere’s still time for your family and friends to register, full-time or part-time, at www.mwc-cmm.org/pa2015

News Flash. This just in…the choir from Zimbabwe is definitely coming!

Highlight AMC Ministries at World Conference!  A visual display is being planned for the Global Village highlighting some of the missional ministries in our conference.  If you have photos to share or ideas to present, please contact sendamcnews@gmail.com.


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Sister Care Level 2 Retreat Coming to Pennsylvania

Rhoda Keener and Carolyn Heggen

Rhoda Keener and Carolyn Heggen

A first Sister Care: Level 2 “Going Deeper” week-end retreat led by Carolyn Heggen and Rhoda Keener will be offered October 2-4, 2015 at Camp Hebron north of Harrisburg, Pa. Helen Miller, Lancaster, is now accepting registrations.  We encourage you to register soon as space is limited and the lodging accommodations are varied.  Access the brochure at https://www.mennonitewomenusa.org/resources/sister-care-seminars/.

The retreat will include new material while building on the core concepts from the original Sister Care seminar.  (Prerequisite:  Attend Sister Care Level 1 seminar or view Sister Care DVD and read manual.)

As women we rarely have the opportunity to reflect on our own life journeys.  Come, join others as we go deeper with Sister Care core teachings and grow in our ability to:

  • See ourselves as God sees us and know that we are truly beloved.
  • Clarify how we want to use the rest of our one precious life so that we spend our time and energy in ways that help fulfill our life calling and mission. 
  • Develop skills to establish healthy boundaries in friendships, family relationships, and commitments in the church, community, and work.
  • Identify wounds from the past that still need God’s healing touch and learn tools for deep healing.
  • Explore ways of helping others through times of despair and sorrow.
  • Recognize and celebrate God’s grace and love in our lives.

Sister Care:  Level 2 “Going Deeper” provides time for personal reflection, table conversations, and learning activities.                              Rhoda Keener, Sister Care Director

(Carolyn and Rhoda will be doing a workshop about the new Sister Care DVD resource at Kansas City 2015  in Room 2205 on Thursday, July 2 from 2-3 pm. They are also doing a workshop on Sister Care Level 2 on Saturday from 2-3pm.)



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