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  • Art – Mennonite Church USA
    Calendar Directory Publications Resources Who We Are What We Do What We Believe Find a Church Contact MENU Archive Home Art Tag Art Art a place of mystery and marvel Posted on May 1 2015 For more than a year the Mennonite Spiritual Directors Network has been posting brief articles about spiritual direction testimonies that witness to the potential of spiritual direction for encouraging and deepening spiritual growth Now the focus of these testimonies expands In addition to continuing articles about spiritual direction the series will also include brief Posted in Christian Formation Menno Snapshots Tagged Art Mennonite Spiritual Directors Network Vera Smucker Shenk 2 Comments Email Subscription Subscribe by Email Recent Snapshots Love is a Verb Resources for pastors conferences and congregations Hope for the Future Questions and concerns determination and confidence Discovering the root of my fear Hope for the Future What does inaction reveal about us Hope for the Future Angst and expectation together Orlando then and now Commemorating the Reformation Positive steps for creating a culture of giving in your church Stop Look And Listen Archives February 2016 January 2016 December 2015 November 2015 October 2015 September 2015 August 2015 July 2015 June 2015 May 2015

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  • Vera Smucker Shenk – Mennonite Church USA
    Publications Resources Who We Are What We Do What We Believe Find a Church Contact MENU Archive Home Vera Smucker Shenk Tag Vera Smucker Shenk Art a place of mystery and marvel Posted on May 1 2015 For more than a year the Mennonite Spiritual Directors Network has been posting brief articles about spiritual direction testimonies that witness to the potential of spiritual direction for encouraging and deepening spiritual growth Now the focus of these testimonies expands In addition to continuing articles about spiritual direction the series will also include brief Posted in Christian Formation Menno Snapshots Tagged Art Mennonite Spiritual Directors Network Vera Smucker Shenk 2 Comments Email Subscription Subscribe by Email Recent Snapshots Love is a Verb Resources for pastors conferences and congregations Hope for the Future Questions and concerns determination and confidence Discovering the root of my fear Hope for the Future What does inaction reveal about us Hope for the Future Angst and expectation together Orlando then and now Commemorating the Reformation Positive steps for creating a culture of giving in your church Stop Look And Listen Archives February 2016 January 2016 December 2015 November 2015 October 2015 September 2015 August 2015 July 2015 June 2015

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  • #WeAreMenno: China, seminary, sacrifice and Sabbath – Mennonite Church USA
    this summer she and her husband will live in a room above a church office with no facilities for a shower or kitchen As I travel to visit my students after they graduate and start working in churches I find that this is quite common They often are assigned to extremely simple living quarters and are expected to work long hours often 11 or so hours a day usually six days a week or five official days of work with sermon writing in their free time And in addition they face stricter bureaucratic realities than what I m used to For example almost all of them are denied requests for vacation days for the first several years of work When I visit seminary grads in my travels I hear the same lament from each student I am so tired I m impressed with the sacrifices my students are making I am also worried about them because burnout is all too common among Chinese pastors I am noticing a trend of Chinese congregations expecting their church staff to work long hours without vacation time because they are serving God It would be decadent to rest or take a vacation One Chinese pastor told me that this martyr mentality of church work in China was learned from watching the behavior of early Western missionaries in China He saw this martyr mentality as toxic and encouraged pastors to find joy in their ministries instead of serving out of obligation to find more balance in their lives Since teachers in China are traditionally regarded as role models and mentors for how to live outside of the classroom it makes sense that the missionaries were seen as models for behavior I m trying to model something different in my own life and service in China as a seminary teacher finding a healthy balance between work and rest and including students in my hobbies and free time modeling curiosity and joy in life I am attempting to model the Sabbath I encourage my students to attempt to cultivate a Sabbath spirituality now while they are students so those habits can sustain them later in life When I was a seminary student I read novels cooked from scratch did crafts and swam laps when I felt mentally exhausted from reading and studying Many of my classmates wouldn t allow themselves to read novels or watch movies because they wanted to spend every waking minute being productive but I found I needed to take breaks from theology books to be sane and balanced Those Sabbath habits helped me as a student and have also helped to keep me refreshed and curious in my work in China As I develop a growing concern for my students who show signs of exhaustion I try to encourage them to see the importance of the Sabbath woven throughout the Bible as something essential Because self care in a non individualistic context should also include relational aspects I also encourage my students to

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  • China – Mennonite Church USA
    Publications Resources Who We Are What We Do What We Believe Find a Church Contact MENU Archive Home China Tag China WeAreMenno China seminary sacrifice and Sabbath Posted on June 2 2015 Kate Wentland teaches at China s national seminary in Nanjing serving under Mennonite Central Committee and Mennonite Partners in China Her home church is Peace Mennonite Fellowship in Claremont California She graduated from Fresno Pacific University and Fuller Theological Seminary and writes a food blog with recipes and food travel stories at http keitopotato wordpress com I was Posted in WeAreMenno Menno Snapshots Tagged China Kate Wentland Mennonite Central Committee Mennonite Partners in China Sabbath 3 Comments Email Subscription Subscribe by Email Recent Snapshots Love is a Verb Resources for pastors conferences and congregations Hope for the Future Questions and concerns determination and confidence Discovering the root of my fear Hope for the Future What does inaction reveal about us Hope for the Future Angst and expectation together Orlando then and now Commemorating the Reformation Positive steps for creating a culture of giving in your church Stop Look And Listen Archives February 2016 January 2016 December 2015 November 2015 October 2015 September 2015 August 2015 July 2015 June

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  • Kate Wentland – Mennonite Church USA
    Resources Who We Are What We Do What We Believe Find a Church Contact MENU Archive Home Kate Wentland Tag Kate Wentland WeAreMenno China seminary sacrifice and Sabbath Posted on June 2 2015 Kate Wentland teaches at China s national seminary in Nanjing serving under Mennonite Central Committee and Mennonite Partners in China Her home church is Peace Mennonite Fellowship in Claremont California She graduated from Fresno Pacific University and Fuller Theological Seminary and writes a food blog with recipes and food travel stories at http keitopotato wordpress com I was Posted in WeAreMenno Menno Snapshots Tagged China Kate Wentland Mennonite Central Committee Mennonite Partners in China Sabbath 3 Comments Email Subscription Subscribe by Email Recent Snapshots Love is a Verb Resources for pastors conferences and congregations Hope for the Future Questions and concerns determination and confidence Discovering the root of my fear Hope for the Future What does inaction reveal about us Hope for the Future Angst and expectation together Orlando then and now Commemorating the Reformation Positive steps for creating a culture of giving in your church Stop Look And Listen Archives February 2016 January 2016 December 2015 November 2015 October 2015 September 2015 August 2015 July 2015

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  • Mennonite Partners in China – Mennonite Church USA
    We Are What We Do What We Believe Find a Church Contact MENU Archive Home Mennonite Partners in China Tag Mennonite Partners in China WeAreMenno China seminary sacrifice and Sabbath Posted on June 2 2015 Kate Wentland teaches at China s national seminary in Nanjing serving under Mennonite Central Committee and Mennonite Partners in China Her home church is Peace Mennonite Fellowship in Claremont California She graduated from Fresno Pacific University and Fuller Theological Seminary and writes a food blog with recipes and food travel stories at http keitopotato wordpress com I was Posted in WeAreMenno Menno Snapshots Tagged China Kate Wentland Mennonite Central Committee Mennonite Partners in China Sabbath 3 Comments Email Subscription Subscribe by Email Recent Snapshots Love is a Verb Resources for pastors conferences and congregations Hope for the Future Questions and concerns determination and confidence Discovering the root of my fear Hope for the Future What does inaction reveal about us Hope for the Future Angst and expectation together Orlando then and now Commemorating the Reformation Positive steps for creating a culture of giving in your church Stop Look And Listen Archives February 2016 January 2016 December 2015 November 2015 October 2015 September 2015 August 2015

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  • Ask my neighbor – Mennonite Church USA
    What must I do to get eternal life Jesus in return asked him how he understood the law The man replied with what we call the greatest commandment Jesus again replied If you do those things you will live However the man wanted to justify himself He wanted to excuse away this challenging and poignant call of the Kingdom of God In a hope of differentiating and excusing he asked but who really is my neighbor Who is it that I am really called to love The answer Jesus gave was through the story of the good Samaritan It s a story that tells us that it is actually those who are literally next to us that are our neighbors Those most like the guy those easiest for him to love because of their commonalities are actually the ones that overlooked him It was the guy who saw the injured man even through their differences as his literal neighbor to love and to help The Good Samaritan as we call him engaged his neighbor and moved from a place of stranger to acquaintance and then to relationship The question is how well are we living out the greatest command How well do we know those that are our actual and literal neighbors It is easy to love those that are most like us or call our friends and acquaintances at the gym our neighbors but this isn t the definition that Jesus gave us Pause for a second Draw a tic tac toe board and try to name all eight of your neighbors some relevant information about them and then some in depth information about them Sadly usually about 10 percent of us can name all eight of our neighbors three percent can fill out relevant information and just one

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  • East Petersburg Mennonite Chruch – Mennonite Church USA
    Publications Resources Who We Are What We Do What We Believe Find a Church Contact MENU Archive Home East Petersburg Mennonite Chruch Tag East Petersburg Mennonite Chruch Ask my neighbor Posted on December 29 2015 Jeff McLain is a coffeeholic in chuck taylors neighboring in East Petersburg Pennsylvania He is also the associate pastor at East Petersburg Mennonite Church who blogs at jeffmclain com A few years ago I heard the story of an Amish man who was asked Are you a Christian The Amish man paused and looked at his interviewer Posted in Holistic Witness Menno Snapshots Tagged East Petersburg Mennonite Chruch Jeff McLain Love your neighbor Email Subscription Subscribe by Email Recent Snapshots Love is a Verb Resources for pastors conferences and congregations Hope for the Future Questions and concerns determination and confidence Discovering the root of my fear Hope for the Future What does inaction reveal about us Hope for the Future Angst and expectation together Orlando then and now Commemorating the Reformation Positive steps for creating a culture of giving in your church Stop Look And Listen Archives February 2016 January 2016 December 2015 November 2015 October 2015 September 2015 August 2015 July 2015 June 2015

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