Relief sales adapt to online auctions, find bidders

Aug 10, 2020 by and

It can pay for a Mennonite Central Committee relief sale to try out an online auction. Prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic, many sales around the U.S. and Canada are shifting to virtual events, often with...

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Tractor whisperer

Jul 6, 2020 by and

Each year, relief sales raise more than $4.5 million for Mennonite Central Committee’s work around the world. They are made possible by the work of hundreds of volunteers. Some, like Jerry Toews of Goessel,...

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Relief sales succeed without main event

Jun 29, 2020 by and

NORTH NEWTON, Kan. — COVID-19 stopped the Kansas Mennonite Relief Sale’s main event, but it couldn’t stop people from coming together to support Mennonite Central Committee. They’ve already raised...

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Longhurst: Now there are fewer sacred cows

Jun 29, 2020 by

Plummeting donations, program cutbacks, and staff layoffs — that’s the finding of a new survey of 2,630 Canadian churches and ministries about the impact of the pandemic. Sponsored by the Canadian Council...

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A bid for something new

May 4, 2020 by

If nearly every congregation — large and small — can find a way to worship online, it stands to reason that relief sales can collect donations in similar fashion. Some already do. Events such as those...

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MCC fundraisers get creative

May 4, 2020 by and

Matt Schmidt hates running but loves supporting Mennonite Central Committee. When the Kansas Mennonite Relief Sale’s main event was canceled, it opened up opportunities for volunteers like Schmidt to take...

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Support sought as Tanzania hospital prepares for spread of coronavirus

Apr 6, 2020 by

A Mennonite-run hospital in East Africa is preparing to deal with the global coronavirus pandemic. The first case of COVID-19 in Tanzania was confirmed March 16 after an individual traveled to the nation from...

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In MCC’s centennial year, relief sales keep evolving

Jan 20, 2020 by and

As one relief sale sets a lofty goal to celebrate Mennonite Central Committee’s centennial in 2020, others continue a trend of reinvention to be smaller and less reliant on scores of volunteers. The Kansas...

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Fond farewell to the blue hymnal

Dec 9, 2019 by and

WINNIPEG, Man. — Over the span of a single weekend, Sean Goerzen sang or played every hymn in Hymnal: A Worship Book. All 658 of them. “I feel like I know the hymnal in a very intimate way now,” he said...

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Relief workers respond to east coast hurricane

Sep 24, 2018 by and

Mennonite groups are beginning the process of responding to Hurricane Florence’s devastation along the Atlantic coastline. The Category 4 hurricane had maximum sustained winds of 130 mph, but weakened and...

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Behind the scenes of making a hymnal

Sep 18, 2018 by

What is your all-time favorite hymn or spiritual/religious piece of music? If you go to church and participate in regular worship services, you also likely enjoy the songs and hymns most churches count as a...

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$1 million award gives pastor clear vision

Sep 10, 2018 by and

Greg Wiens was a Mennonite Brethren pastor for 21 years, but since winning a $1 million award he has transitioned into full-time ministry of another kind — restoring clear vision in developing nations by...

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Statue to honor martyr

Jun 18, 2018 by and

STEINBACH, Man. — Manitoba sculptor Peter Sawatzky has been commissioned to create a bronze statue of martyred Anabaptist Dirk Willems. Based on an engraving of Willems by Jan Luyken in Martyrs Mirror, the...

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‘Voices Together’ announced as title for new hymnal

Jun 1, 2018 by

HARRISONBURG, Va. — The new worship and song collection for Mennonite Church USA and Mennonite Church Canada will be called Voices Together. “In early February more than 900 people responded to a title and...

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Four obstacles to raising relief funds

May 29, 2018 by

As a part of an initiative last year to increase funds raised at our Virginia Relief Sale for Mennonite Central Committee, some of us came up with a plan to solicit cash donations in addition to the money...

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Bible: Different ways, reasons to give

Apr 23, 2018 by

Here we are, ex-slaves from Egypt, camped around Mount Sinai, on the top of which Moses and God regularly converse. What’s the next move? As it turns out, a building project. Moses presents an extremely...

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Mennonite Men build faith bonds

Feb 19, 2018 by and

The binational organization Mennonite Men has been long known for building churches through its grant fundraising. Now it’s making more intentional efforts to build spiritual bonds of masculinity. Over the...

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Loving hymns, aiding refugees

Dec 26, 2017 by and

A new album of hymns has raised around $6,000 for Mennonite Central Committee in one month. The Midnight Hymn Sing is a collection of 10 classic hymns recorded in a blues-rock-folk style. Shannon Koehler of...

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Miller: What can I do?

Oct 23, 2017 by

“What can I do to help?” peo­ple ask after natural disasters. The question became more pertinent for me after dodging Hurricane Irma as it made its way toward Sarasota, Fla., where I live. Thankfully, the...

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MCC responds to Hurricane Irma devastation in Cuba, Haiti

Sep 12, 2017 by

Osa Jonmarits and his family were awakened in the middle of the night as water rushed into their mud and stone house on the mountains of La Chapelle, Haiti, and covered them in their beds. The flash flooding...

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An urgent case for some ‘hilarious’ giving

Aug 30, 2017 by

All of us are shocked by the terrible effects of Hurricane Harvey on Houston and surrounding areas. And this represents only a fraction of the ongoing suffering experienced by millions in northern Africa and...

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Anabaptists respond to violence in Congo

Aug 17, 2017 by

A collaborative Anabaptist response will soon reach some of the 1.4 million people displaced by armed conflict in the Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of Congo with food, household items and shelter...

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Violence escalates in Congo

Aug 7, 2017 by , and

KIKWIT, Democratic Republic of Congo — Violence continues to leave suffering and destruction in its wake in Congo’s three Kasaï provinces where most of the Mennonite churches are located. The situation...

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Longhurst: Faith begets giving

Jun 19, 2017 by

A new survey is out about Canadians and religion, and it reveals some interesting things. The survey by Canadian pollster Angus Reid found that 21 percent of Canadians identify as religiously committed; 30...

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Artist’s lost work turns up in thrift shop

Apr 3, 2017 by and

Thrift store manager Karla Richards thought one of her volunteers was joking when he brought her a painting that had been donated, saying it could be worth a lot. But Louis Silcox insisted it was an original...

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