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    11 Article 12 Article 13 Article 14 Article 15 Article 16 Article 17 Article 18 Confession of Faith Condensed Version Confession of Faith Spanish Version Artículo 1 Artículo 2 Artículo 3 Artículo 4 Artículo 5 Artículo 6 Artículo 7 Artículo 8 Artículo 9 Artículo 10 Artículo 11 Artículo 12 Artículo 13 Artículo 14 Artículo 15 Artículo 16 Artículo 17 Artículo 18 Anabaptism The 12 Principles of Anabaptism Christian Leader Mission

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    10 Article 11 Article 12 Article 13 Article 14 Article 15 Article 16 Article 17 Article 18 Confession of Faith Condensed Version Confession of Faith Spanish Version Artículo 1 Artículo 2 Artículo 3 Artículo 4 Artículo 5 Artículo 6 Artículo 7 Artículo 8 Artículo 9 Artículo 10 Artículo 11 Artículo 12 Artículo 13 Artículo 14 Artículo 15 Artículo 16 Artículo 17 Artículo 18 Anabaptism The 12 Principles of Anabaptism Christian

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    is the featured guest Saturday for an evening of family friendly humor music and illusions Workshops offered The National Convention schedule includes two Saturday afternoon workshop slots The workshops presented by USMB pastors and ministry leaders cover a variety of topics Workshop topics include relating to college students doing theology church planting effective small church ministry and reaching the unlikely A complete list of workshop topics and leaders is given online at www usmb org conection 2014 The National Convention July 25 26 is the second of two events that comprise Conection 2014 as the USMB biennial gatherings are known The National Pastors Conference a gathering for USMB pastors and their spouses initiated in 2004 and preceding the convention will be held July 24 25 National Pastors Conference Stetzer is also the resource speaker for the pastors gathering He will speak twice and will answer questions during a third session The National Pastors Conference also includes a one hour workshop session A new feature of the workshop time slot will be the opportunity for affinity group discussions which will allow pastoral staff members with similar job responsibilities to network Conection 2014 is a three day event compared to a five day gathering when the National Pastors Conference was first added to the program in 2004 The 2014 schedule has been streamlined to allow for a shorter stay and reduced costs for delegates and guests The National Pastors Conference begins in the late afternoon July 24 and the National Convention begins at the same time the following day Registration deadlines Conection 2014 will take place at the Santa Clara Marriott Participants are encouraged to make their hotel reservations early July 7 is the hotel registration deadline Delegates and guests can register for the National Conference and National Pastors Conference online at www usmb org The final registration deadline is July 22 Additional information about the events lodging and area attractions is provided online Leave a comment Comment Name E mail Post 0 Comments Conection 2014 features Ed Stetzer ministry updates Tuesday May 6 2014 Convention schedule includes can t miss evening events general sessions and workshops By Connie Faber Delegates to the 2014 USMB National Convention to be held July 24 26 in Santa Clara Calif will be challenged by keynote speakers prepared for ministry through workshops and informed and inspired by firsthand accounts from USMB ministries and partner agencies of how God is working in the United States and around the world Typically these stories particularly from Mission USA church planters are a convention highlight At every convention we celebrate what God is doing in our church plants and in our individual congregations says Steve Schroeder USMB Leadership Board chair It is a story we retell because God continues to work in new ways and we celebrate this This is our opportunity to hear how God has worked among us in the last two years Recognizing Ed Boschman In addition to providing a platform for sharing stories of transformation Schroeder

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    led the soccer and craft activities shared personal testimonies and prepared and served lunch Most importantly our students hung out with the kids says Wilkinson talked to them about Jesus and gave them the chance to respond to the gospel which 22 of them did That s a highlight right there I left impressed by their the volunteer s excellent attitudes to serve and invest in the lives of kids they ve never seen before and may never see again this side of heaven says Wilkinson Traver Building on pastor s community outreach Together Spring Break Mission volunteers at the Traver site helped to continue the community ministry Pastor Juan Templo de Oracion s bi vocational pastor has been doing for several years The volunteers worked at the church at the local kindergarten through eighth grade school with the help of Superintendent Steve Ramierez and with the Traver Community Assistance Programs and Services TCAPS The teens pulled weeds cleaned up trash trimmed trees and bushes planted a flower bed patched the church parking lot and installed a new floor in the church s youth room The host church and local school provided lunch and students and adults from the host church and even some students from school helped with the projects It was a lot of fun to see the students interacting with our Hispanic brothers and sister and to have the Hispanic students teach our youth about the community says Ringhofer the Kingsburg youth pastor who was responsible for the Traver site Teens were encouraged to not just complete the work projects but to also take advantage of opportunities to become familiar with the community and to share their faith Several students from the local school were present the day one volunteer shared her testimony with the group With Pastor Juan s blessing the volunteers did a prayer walk through the neighborhood on both days The first day groups of students selected a street to walk down while praying The next day the students knocked on doors to ask if they could prayer for the resident or offered the same to people that were outside Ringhofer said this experience helped the students realize that first impressions can be misleading One sweet elderly lady brushed the group of students off and said she already had a church to pray with says Ringhofer while another group had an individual that might be considered intimidating gladly accept prayer Ringhofer is also very appreciative of the help provided by Pastor Juan who missed a week of work to assist with the project Bi vocational pastors don t have the luxury of being around their church full time like so many of us do says Ringhofer It s a huge sacrifice to dedicate as much of the week to the project as they do Bringing a diverse district together Together Spring Break Mission is becoming a valuable experience for the churches and students involved says Ringhofer I m confident it will continue to bring us closer together Opportunities to forge ties that bind are important given the diversity of the Pacific District Conference says Voth It s my hope that this Pacific District event will foster deeper connections between our congregations especially the English and Spanish speaking ones so that we can expand our impact and participation with Christ in the kingdom says Voth Hopefully that translates into deeper relationship and more partnership in kingdom work Leave a comment Comment Name E mail Post 0 Comments Spring break project connects nine PDC congregations Tuesday May 6 2014 Teens partner with Hispanic congregations to serve three communities By Connie Faber More than 100 youth and sponsors from nine USMB congregations in California teamed up April 13 16 for Together Spring Break Mission a service project that targeted three Central Valley communities Fresno Selma and Traver This year s project was similar to the 2013 endeavor that was spearheaded by the same group of youth pastors but with one key difference This time the organizers partnered with three USMB Hispanic congregations that have distinctive ministries to their communities Youth group interaction a highlight According to Trent Voth one of the planning team members and the youth pastor at College Community Church in Fresno this collaboration made for an even better event Our congregations already had a relationship with the hosting churches and will continue to have relationship after the event says Voth in an email interview The fact that students pastors and youth pastors from these nine congregations desire connection community and Christ together is alone worth celebrating The more often we do this event the more we see youth from the various congregations developing friendships says Voth That s one of our primary goals to facilitate relationships between our congregations through the youth groups The three Hispanic congregations United Faith Christian Fellowship of Fresno Templo de Oracion of Traver and Selma MB Church hosted more than 80 youth and sponsors from Bethany MB Church College Community Church North Fresno Church and Mountain View Community Church all of Fresno Dinuba MB Church and Kingsburg MB Church Jordan Ringhofer Kingsburg MB Church youth pastor and a member of the planning team was impressed with the participants willingness to mingle with one another I was really encouraged to see how all the churches got along and just blended together during the week says Ringhofer in an email interview From the worship and lessons in the evening to the work done at the sites and even to the game time after dinner it was often difficult to distinguish one group from the other Daily schedule includes worship service George and Marcia Sawatzky long time members of Dinuba MB Church offered their ranch as base camp for the four day event Local ethnic restaurants catered meals served at the camp site Mornings during Together Spring Break Mission were spent in personal devotions and a large group session For the rest of the day the teens divided into three teams that

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    in the Certificate Program help fund the Loan Program which had a portfolio size of over 64 million spread among 93 borrowers There were 15 million new gifts received in 2013 the second highest total since 2006 Of that 15 million over 2 2 million was distributed in accordance with the donor s recommendations to ministries and charities Donors gave a variety of gifts such as stocks business interests real estate wheat organic almonds corn silage and a coin collection More than 200 different non profits benefited from the generosity of MB Foundation donors Fund Management services continue to grow as new services and money managers are offered The standard endowment portfolio returned 14 52 percent in 2013 improving on last year s return of 12 52 percent Regarding the growth in total assets MBF President Jon C Wiebe says This represents a faithful God faithful donors a faithful church family and a faithful staff It also represents a lot of trust says Wiebe God entrusts resources to us and it takes trust in God to turn them back to him Finding a partner you can trust to walk beside you on that journey is important We are pleased so many have selected MB Foundation to help them fuel ministry To view the complete 2013 Annual Report visit mbfoundation com financial profile Leave a comment Comment Name E mail Post 0 Comments MB Foundation reports increase in total assets Tuesday May 6 2014 USMB stewardship ministry releases 2013 report MB Foundation news release MB Foundation finished the 2013 fiscal year with an increase in several financial categories that ultimately lead to increased resources for ministry Total assets increased by 10 percent to a 2013 total just over 153 400 000 Ten years ago total assets were 47 319 000 representing

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    events says Boschman Entertainer Pete McCleod is the featured guest Saturday for an evening of family friendly humor music and illusions Workshops offered The National Convention schedule includes two Saturday afternoon workshop slots The workshops presented by USMB pastors and ministry leaders cover a variety of topics Workshop topics include relating to college students doing theology church planting effective small church ministry and reaching the unlikely A complete list of workshop topics and leaders is given online The National Convention July 25 26 is the second of two events that comprise Conection 2014 as the USMB biennial gatherings are known The National Pastors Conference a gathering for USMB pastors and their spouses initiated in 2004 and preceding the convention will be held July 24 25 National Pastors Conference Stetzer is also the resource speaker for the pastors gathering He will speak twice and will answer questions during a third session The National Pastors Conference also includes a one hour workshop session A new feature of the workshop time slot will be the opportunity for affinity group discussions which will allow pastoral staff members with similar job responsibilities to network Conection 2014 is a three day event compared to a five day gathering when the National Pastors Conference was first added to the program in 2004 The 2014 schedule has been streamlined to allow for a shorter stay and reduced costs for delegates and guests The National Pastors Conference begins in the late afternoon July 24 and the National Convention begins at the same time the following day Registration deadlines Conection 2014 will take place at the Santa Clara Marriott Participants are encouraged to make their hotel reservations early July 7 is the hotel registration deadline Delegates and guests can register for the National Conference and National Pastors Conference online at www usmb org The final registration deadline is July 22 Additional information about the events lodging and area attractions is provided online Leave a comment Comment Name E mail Post 0 Comments Conection 2014 features Ed Stetzer ministry updates Tuesday May 6 2014 Convention schedule includes can t miss evening events general sessions and workshops By Connie Faber Delegates to the 2014 USMB National Convention to be held July 24 26 in Santa Clara Calif will be challenged by keynote speakers prepared for ministry through workshops and informed and inspired by firsthand accounts from USMB ministries and partner agencies of how God is working in the United States and around the world Typically these stories particularly from Mission USA church planters are a convention highlight At every convention we celebrate what God is doing in our church plants and in our individual congregations says Steve Schroeder USMB Leadership Board chair It is a story we retell because God continues to work in new ways and we celebrate this This is our opportunity to hear how God has worked among us in the last two years Recognizing Ed Boschman In addition to providing a platform for sharing stories of transformation Schroeder

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    record breaking bid was made Driggers says she almost cried It was an answer to prayer she says Her prayers had begun months before the sale as she began the careful process of marking the quilt Groups of three HMBC quilters take turns selecting the pattern for their sale quilt This year Susan Hein Marilyn Hiebert and Fran Rhodes headed up the project and were also on hand to see the quilt sell Hein selected the pattern Flowers for my Wedding Ring designed by Judy and Bradley Niemeyer and sold by Keepsake Quilting a quilting catalog company and retail shop located in Center Harbor N H Double Wedding Ring is an old pattern says Driggers that the Niemeyers updated with appliqued flowers along the top and bottom The quilt kit came with pages and pages of instructions as well as the quilt s bright batik fabric says Driggers Hiebert and Rhodes did the applique work by hand Driggers estimates that eight HMBC women hand stitched the quilt working one morning a week November through February with afternoon sessions added as needed The HMBC quilt wasn t the only thing that set a record at the 46th Kansas Mennonite Relief Sale held April 11 12 at the Kansas State Fairgrounds in Hutchinson Kan This was the first time the Kansas sale topped 500 000 The 2014 sale raised a total of 501 607 up from 476 000 the year before The 2014 quilt auction raised 142 290 and the general auction raised 74 649 Other leading sources of income included 37 687 from the Feeding of the Multitude verenike dinner 22 430 at the Run for Relief 21 513 from baked goods 18 896 at Quilters Corner and 17 656 in Penny Power coins Proceeds from the sale of a House Against Hunger are counted separately According to Mennonite Central Committee the 2012 Abbotsford B C sale holds the record at 734 289 Leave a comment Comment Name E mail Post 0 Comments HMBC quilters make top dollar quilt at Kansas relief sale Tuesday May 6 2014 A colorful quilt sewn by Hillsboro quilters raises 11 600 for MCC By Connie Faber Members of Hillsboro Kan MB Church made the top selling quilt pictured above at last month s Kansas Mennonite Relief Sale The hand stitched quilt brought a record bid of 11 600 that earned a standing ovation from the auction crowd That s a lot of money for pieces of fabric says Charlene Driggers with a smile in her voice Driggers is a HMBC quilter and a member of the relief sale quilt committee While Driggers does not know what motivated the out of state buyers to purchase the quilt she is thankful for their willingness to give generously to Mennonite Central Committee MCC an inter Mennonite agency supported by USMB congregations MCC is the beneficiary of 27 relief sales held annually in the United States and Canada In 2012 North American relief sales raised over 5 million to

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    been clear in their passion and points but respectful That is to be applauded BFL published a preliminary recommendation in October 2013 and the board finalized its recommendation for Article 13 Love Peacemaking and Reconciliation in March The final recommendation has been forwarded to churches and is available online Revising Article 13 is only the first phase of a more extensive journey says Nikkel Our broader goal is to create an environment in which the constituency can be re engaged in addressing with the great passion of Jesus on issues of peace and justice says Nikkel Delegates will conduct other business as well during the 2014 National Convention The North American MB Historical Commission is asking both USMB and Canadian Conference of MB Churches convention delegates to approve a revised Historical Commission memorandum of understanding Delegates will act on a recommendation and bylaw change brought by the Leadership Board that the USMB fiscal year shift to the calendar year retroactive for 2014 Delegates will elect members to the USMB Leadership Board and Board of Faith and Life as well as members of partner ministry boards including MB Foundation MB Mission and the Historical Commission Delegates will also be asked to affirm representatives to three inter Mennonite agencies Mennonite Disaster Service Everence and Mennonite World Conference Convention sessions will also include firsthand accounts from USMB ministries and partner agencies of how God is working in the U S and around the world Typically these stories particularly from Mission USA church planters are a convention highlight At every convention we celebrate what God is doing in our church plants and in our individual congregations says Steve Schroeder USMB Leadership Board chair It is a story we retell because God continues to work in new ways and we celebrate this This is our opportunity to hear how God has worked among us in the last two years Delegates can register online for the National Convention Leave a comment Comment Name E mail Post 0 Comments Delegates to discuss revising Article 13 Wednesday Apr 23 2014 Business agenda includes revising Article 13 MOU updates By Connie Faber When U S Mennonite Brethren gather in Santa Clara Calif this July for the 2014 National Convention much of the time they will sail familiar seas hearing firsthand updates from USMB church planters and USMB partner ministry leaders for example But delegates will also navigate new waters having the opportunity to approve changes to the Confession of Faith article on peacemaking the first article to be revised since the confession became a national rather than a North American statement The Confession of Faith a theological document developed cooperatively by the Canadian and U S Mennonite Brethren conferences working as the General Conference was significantly revised in 1999 in preparation for the divestiture of the bi national General Conference in 2000 The Board of Faith and Life BFL has been piloting USMB through the choppy seas of revising Article 13 to better reflect the various and conflicting viewpoints

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