Without relief sale, multitude still fed

May 11, 2020 by and

GOESSEL, Kan. — The activity echoed the sign on the east side of Keith’s Foods: “Small town, big heart.” Nearly 700 people from Goessel and the surrounding area demonstrated that on April 26 by...

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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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Washington Witness: Fearful turn to guns

May 4, 2020 by

COVID-19 has forced federal and state governments to con­sider what is an essential business allowed to remain open during the pandemic. Grocery stores, gas stations and auto-repair shops are a few of the...

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MWC to lift up creation care

May 4, 2020 by

Mennonite World Conference on April 22 announced the formation of a creation-care task force and the selection of Ethiopia to host the 2027 global assembly. Meeting March 30-April 2 by video conference after...

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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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Bible: We reject the bunker mentality

May 4, 2020 by

Drive south out of our community toward Wichita and you’ll spot an advertisement for a bunker. It’s not a billboard, but a display of the real thing: a full-size corrugated steel hidey-hole. It looks like...

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Book review: Signs of Life

May 4, 2020 by

Each day can carry with it reminders of what we have lost. As time passes, we lose our youth, shedding as well some of the dreams and ambitions we once cherished. We may lose a sense of invincibility,...

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Asia, Middle East director to lead Mission Network

May 4, 2020 by

The ​Mennonite Mission Network board of directors on April 21 announced the appointment of Michael J. Sherrill as executive director. An ordained educator, scholar, administrator and leader, Sherrill has...

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Exposing inequity

May 4, 2020 by

“Pandemic” comes from the Greek words for “all” and “people,” meaning it affects everyone. But COVID-19 doesn’t strike everyone equally. People in poverty, people of color and those who live in...

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History: Fleeing the Russian catastrophe

May 4, 2020 by

In 1920, Mennonites in Russia were in the middle of a catastrophe. Political and social upheaval, including a devastating famine, had left them dying of starvation and facing a dire future under Communist...

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Isn’t it deceptive?

May 4, 2020 by

Regarding “Illinois Pastors ­Allowed to Officiate Same-Sex Marriages” (March 9): I realized a couple weeks ago that the writer of our current Adult Bible Study by MennoMedia, which our Sunday school class...

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To be rebaptized?

May 4, 2020 by

For me the most significant words in “Should Anabaptists Still Rebaptize?” (Blog, April 20) by Gareth Brandt were those of J. Denny Weaver: “Baptism was not the most defining issue [even] at the...

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Want to go back to church (as usual)?

May 4, 2020 by

Central District Conference’s theme for this year is “Spirit, Bless Our Souls with Yearning.” Our yearnings have shifted as we’ve journeyed through this season of COVID-19. Most of us yearn to worship...

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Growing church in Indiana helps another in N. Carolina

May 4, 2020 by and

Growth at Assembly Mennonite Church in Goshen, Ind., is benefiting a congregation 650 miles away. When Assembly enlarged its facilities, it tithed a portion of the expenses to aid others. A program called...

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Andres: How disaster stories give us hope

May 4, 2020 by

In the last two months, my go-to stories featured disasters and dystopias. I watched the Hunger Games films, Contagion, 2012, the Insurgent series, World War Z, Oblivion, the new Amazon series Tales from the...

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Storm response prepares Congolese churches for COVID-19

May 4, 2020 by and

A March medical clinic organized by Communauté Mennonite au Congo (Mennonite Church of Congo) proved to be a training ground for the looming challenge that confronts the Democratic Republic of Congo as...

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Hope Series expands to build community in an isolating time

May 4, 2020 by and

To reduce isolation caused by physical distancing, Mennonite Mission Network expanded its Hope Series to launch two new programs in mid-April. One of the programs, Hope Communities, consists of three virtual...

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South Dakota MB churches mourn COVID-19 deaths

May 4, 2020 by

A cluster of COVID-19 cases around Huron, S.D., including a 74-year-old lawmaker and his 51-year-old niece, who both died of the disease, left two South Dakota Mennonite Brethren congregations mourning their...

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King: Getting through

May 4, 2020 by

Years ago after I had published some of her books, I slipped into a talk Mennonite author Katie Funk Wiebe was giving at a retirement community. Although I had long connected with Katie in relation to...

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Groups respond to pandemic’s fiscal challenges

Apr 27, 2020 by and

Less than a month after the COVID-19 pandemic led to cancellations and closures in communities big and small, Western District Conference of Mennonite Church USA established a “Hope Fund” to help...

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Pandemic disrupts Plain life

Apr 27, 2020 by and

On Easter morning, an Old Order Mennonite friend invited me to worship with the horse-and-buggy Groffdale Mennonite Conference. But I did not need to travel to an Old Order meetinghouse. I simply dialed the...

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