World’s Attic Celebrates 35th Anniversary

Fall windowNow in its 35th year, World’s Attic Thrift Shop in Somerset continues to change and grow while supporting the work of the Mennonite Central Committee. Three things stay the same: nothing is wasted; volunteers carry the load; and customers always leave with something. Sometimes it is clothing. Other times it is hope or a feeling of community.

The shop’s atmosphere is warm and comforting. Some customers seek out good listeners during hard times. The volunteers gladly accommodate. “If someone is having a bad day, we have a good ear,” shop manager Sheri Speigle said.

The shop plans to hold a 35th Anniversary Celebration during the second weekend in October by offering sales, refreshments and door prizes to customers. Continue reading

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Community Foundation Gives Back to Service Adventure

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Nicole Schwartz is a Service Adventure participant who serves with Family Kitchen. She is originally from Elkhart, Ind. and attends Silverwood Mennonite Church (Goshen, Ind.). Photo by Theresa Wolf.

ELKHART, Ind. (Mennonite Mission Network) – The Community Foundation for the Alleghenies awarded a grant to the Johnstown (Pa.) Service Adventure unit, showing confidence in and appreciation for its work in the neighborhood.

Johnstown has hosted Service Adventure participants serving 10-month terms for the past 15 years. This commitment to the community earned the Service Adventure unit a $1,000 grant to help support a Service Adventure participant during their term. Funding for Service Adventure comes from host and sending congregations, donors, participants, and the service placements, but additional funding from grants is always welcome.

“This will allow one of the team members to work for an agency that is unable to [support] a volunteer, but could definitely use our help!” said Theresa Wolf. Wolf and her husband, Rob, lead the Service Adventure unit. Although this is Theresa Wolf’s first grant-writing experience, she hopes to continue writing grants to further the work of Service Adventure in the Johnstown community.

The grant will help support a Service Adventure participant in the Family Kitchen, a ministry of the Society of St. Vincent De Paul and the Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank. Each day, the participant will help serve a free lunch to anyone at 231 Bedford Street, as well as help to distribute fresh fruits and vegetables to the Produce to People ministry.

The community’s need is one reason that the Wolfs have a passion for partnering with the community to address food issues. “We spend many nights talking about food choices, reading labels, thanking God for people who gave us good meat or fresh veggies to enjoy,” Theresa Wolf said.

Loreen “Sis” Link, the Children and Youth Ministries director at New Day, an area nonprofit, is impressed by the growth she sees in Service Adventure participants who serve there. She appreciates how the participants help with vacation Bible schools, have a membership and volunteer at the YMCA, and “come alongside [New Day workers] as [they] host family nights.”

“It’s not just that they come in and [serve]; they come to be part of the community,” Link said.

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Plan Now for KC2015

They asked each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?”—Luke 24:32 (NIV)

KC2015Come and see for yourself what KC2015 is all about! Convention is about faith formation, fun activities, fellowship and worship with Mennonites from across the country and around the world. We desire that each and every participant would experience the love of Christ and the positive impact of convention during our time together—whether they’re coming as adult delegates, international visitors, youth sponsors, youth, junior youth or children. Do you have questions about KC2015? Connect online or give us a call. We hope you’ll join us in Kansas City June 30–July 5, 2015. May our hearts burn with joy within us as we worship together.                                              —Glen Alexander Guyton, chief operating officer and director of convention planning

Engage-Visit the Convention website to experience this video feature

Luke Hartman and Alyssa Cable (Green) share their experiences of convention. Luke, vice president for enrollment at Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, Va., is scheduled to speak at convention, and Alyssa is a young adult from Allegheny Conference who has served on the convention planning committee. (Credit: Wayne Gehman)

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Pinto Hosts Successful Block Party

steeple and bounce house      The first Pinto Community Block Party held on August 16 was deemed an unqualified success by those who organized and attended this event. The idea for this community day was conceived by the elders of Pinto Mennonite Church with the goal of “connection” between the church and its neighborhood and between generations within the church. A group of enthusiastic volunteers planned and carried it out with the financial assistance of a hospitality grant from the International Guest House. Continue reading

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