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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History: Inventors improved the harvest

Jun 15, 2020 by

Summer is here and with it farmers’ annual hopes for plentiful yields of wheat, oats and other crops. The equipment to harvest those crops has improved dramatically over the years, and three Mennonite...

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‘Mosaic’ name celebrates conferences’ reconciliation

Jun 15, 2020 by and

Eastern District & Franconia Conference has become Mosaic Mennonite Conference, a change announced during a conference-wide virtual worship service on Pentecost Sunday, May 31. With about 8,500 members in...

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Pa. community centers report to ‘a different front line’

Jun 15, 2020 by and

When Ripple Community Center in Allentown, Pa., decided to remain open after stay-at-home orders were announced, it began with four staff on site and seven disposable face masks. Eight weeks later, Ripple...

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MCC canned meat eases economic hardship in U.S.

Jun 1, 2020 by and

Meat canned by Mennonite Central Committee has traveled around the world, and now it’s hailing a taxi in New York City. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic in the U.S., Mennonite Central Committee U.S. is...

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MDS Lancaster churns out thousands of masks

Apr 20, 2020 by and

The Mennonite Disaster Service unit in Lancaster, Pa., is coordinating volunteers making coronavirus protection masks at a rate of 21,000 every three days. By April 13 they had made 55,000. The effort —...

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MHS facilities in multiple states report COVID cases

Apr 7, 2020 by and

At least seven residents at Mennonite Home Communities in Lancaster, Pa., who tested positive for COVID-19 had died as of April 14. Twelve staff members tested positive and were self-isolating. MHC is one of...

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Kriss: Passion week, Pentecost, pandemic

Apr 6, 2020 by

“Because of the virus.” I mulled the phrase, letting it sink in. I was taking a walk in my neighborhood, where it’s strangely quiet while the blossoms peak. At the supermarket, an intercom voice...

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Sunday morning, March 22, 2020

Apr 6, 2020 by and

7:20 a.m. — I drove from Lancaster City, Pa., where I live, on 222 North toward Reading. My assignment: photograph the 8 a.m. service at Weaverland Anabaptist Community Church to get an example of worship in...

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Coronavirus sparks creativity

Mar 30, 2020 by and

The people who came on Sunday, March 22, to Mellinger Mennonite Church in Lancaster, Pa., never got out of their cars. Pastors Roger Weaver and Dan Cloyd offered drive-through prayer in the carport...

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History: A rural people? Not at first

Mar 23, 2020 by

Mennonites have long lauded rural settings as the ideal locations for faithful life and practice, nestled in the hard-working, simple- living communities away from the seductive evils of the city. It’s...

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Churches, institutions suspend activities due to virus

Mar 16, 2020 by and

Mennonite churches and other organizations are finding new ways to operate or canceling activities to stem the spread of coronavirus. Colleges are replacing in-person classes with remote classes. Mennonite...

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Book supports Plain abuse awareness

Feb 17, 2020 by

Jeanette Harder had not even received a printed copy of her new book when she learned 740 fresh-off-the-press copies had been handed out at a conference. Harder, co-founder of Dove’s Nest, authored For the...

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9,500 comforters warm the winter

Feb 10, 2020 by , and

With the whir of sewing machines, the snip of scissors and the hum of conversation as music to work by, volunteers across two continents completed 9,504 comforters as part of Mennonite Central Committee’s...

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Creamery scheme cost investors millions

Feb 10, 2020 by

A Pennsylvania man has been charged with fraud for targeting conservative Mennonites and Amish with a scheme that left nearly $60 million unpaid to investors in a Berks County creamery and investment...

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Kriss: Saturday night at Chick-Fil-A

Jan 13, 2020 by

I turned around to see a young woman with a blue hijab trying to stop a girl squealing loudly and running. It’s a Saturday night in Lancaster County, Pa. The Route 30 Chick-Fil-A is filled with those of us...

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Great Winter Warm-up opens MCC centennial activities

Jan 6, 2020 by and

Throughout 2020, Mennonite Central Committee is inviting supporters to celebrate its centennial with commemorative events, comforter making, giving opportunities, storytelling and more. Activities begin Jan....

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History: From Dirk Willems to Hurricane Camille

Dec 23, 2019 by

Another year is about to pass into history. But before it does, let’s recognize some of the anniversaries of 2019 that commemorated special events and developments in the annals of Anabaptism. 450 years ago...

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EMM’s move to city marks a shift in strategy

Nov 11, 2019 by and

LANCASTER, Pa. — In late 2020, Eastern Mennonite Missions plans to open a cross-cultural center in Lancaster City and move its global ministry headquarters there. EMM will sell its properties in Salunga and...

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Book review: On the Banks of Jacobs Creek

Oct 28, 2019 by

For more than a century, Scottdale was known for the printed word. The southwestern Pennsylvania city was the location of the (Old) Mennonite Church’s Mennonite Publishing House, which produced books,...

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Welcome the stranger

Oct 28, 2019 by

Anabaptist history is defined by migrations, typically to escape persecution or pursue opportunity. What can get overlooked, on the flip side, is the welcome that made each chapter possible. Northern German...

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Unconditional love sustains a journey of redemption

Aug 26, 2019 by and

Though it’s been 28 years since tragedy struck Landisville (Pa.) Mennonite Church, current and former church members continue to embody the unconditional love of God. In February of 1991, Clair and Anna May...

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History: Big family begat bigger church

Jul 8, 2019 by

Christian (1788-1846) and Christiana Buzzard Holdeman (1788-1865) had Mennonite church leaders in their family tree. Christian’s father had been a minister, while Christiana’s great-grandfather was the...

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Pennsylvania church gets a charge out of creation care

Jun 17, 2019 by

LANCASTER, Pa. — About 15 years ago, a Sunday school class discussion at East Chestnut Street Mennonite Church led to an initiative that is still reverberating today. In the church’s parking lot, two new...

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Book review: Captive

Jun 10, 2019 by

Captive is a coming-of-age novel about friendship and self-discovery in the context of war, pacifism and the little-known story of German prisoners of war in the United States during World War II. About...

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