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    In 2009 President Barak Obama appointed Myers director of the office s center embedded in the U S Department of Homeland Security Myers has been impressed with the freedom he and the center have been given in relating to faith based groups He credits his bosses FEMA director Craig Fugate and Melissa Rogers director of White House Office of Faith based and Neighborhood Partnerships for allowing that freedom to grow over the years as they have seen the results of the center s efforts Myers role with FEMA has given him a unique view into how the agency works with partners like MDS FEMA director Craig Fugate has a high appreciation and respect for VOADs as partners said Myers I have been amazed at the relationship between FEMA and the faith based VOAD groups The fact that they can work so close together without getting messed up in the First Amendment establishment clause is remarkable The MDS California Unit Board hosted the All Unit Meeting at the Double Tree Inn in Bakersfield Among the local Mennonite Brethren people involved on the planning committee were Lee and Donna Thomas Judy Lopez Phil Stangland and David Jost of Laurelglen Bible Church and Roger Riley of Shafter MB Church Photos by Steve Wiest Photo 1 David L Meyers addressed the Mennonite Disaster Service All Unit Meeting February 8 in Bakersfield Calif Photo 2 The California Unit Board hosted the MDS All Unit Meeting in early February Volunteers Roger Riley Shafter MB Church Lee Thomas and Bob and Jana Tingle from Laurelglen Bible Church of Bakersfield stand at the registration table Photo 3 Long time MDS volunteer Bill Mast who attends Memorial Road MB Church in Edmond Calif has served with MDS long enough that his MDS cap sports an outdated logo Kevin King MDS binational director corrected that situation during the All Units Meeting when he presented Mast with a hat bearing the current logo Leave a comment Comment Name E mail Post 0 Comments Official calls for church state partnership in disaster relief Tuesday Feb 25 2014 California unit hosts MDS All Unit meeting featuring speaker David Myers by Kathy Heinrichs Wiest In disasters the church and the state need to work closely together said David Myers director of the Center for Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships at the Department of Homeland Security in his address to Mennonite Disaster Service s MDS Annual All Unit Meeting That statement should make the hair on the back of your neck stand up he added Myers who serves as a senior advisor to Federal Emergency Management Agency FEMA Director Craig Fugate spoke at MDS s February 8 gathering in Bakersfield Calif The meeting brought together some 250 MDS leaders and volunteers from throughout the United States and Canada In his formal remarks and in an interview Myers reflected on the value as well as the hazards of church and government working together An ordained Mennonite minister Myers is well aware of the tension that a

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    a camp there In addition Brown says they dream about helping to start similar festivals in other locations This year s 20th anniversary Film Festival will have many of the elements participants have come to expect but Brown says we ve decided to kick it up a notch So the event will feature festival alumni serving as emcees a time for co founders to reminisce and a number of celebrity guests including rising star Jenn Gotzon and veteran actor Basil Hoffman An early screening will highlight entries that didn t make the top 10 as well as entries from past years Brown says it should be fun to see how skills and technology have improved in 20 years As Brown reflects on this milestone for CYFF he talks about the need for perseverance It would have been easy to give up 10 years ago but each year when I hand that giant check to the winning group I remind myself that God set this up and for whatever the reason he put me in the place of making it happen So I m going to be faithful to that as best I can To those with a vision for ministry he says If God puts a ministry in your heart persevere Don t give up For more information on the Christian Youth Film Festival visit www ChristianYouthFilmFestival org or contact Brown directly at joe heritagebible us CL featured Christian Youth Film Festival in the June July 2009 issue read that article here www usmb org film festival features movies by christian teens Photos provided by Joe Brown are from previous CYFF events Photo 1 Trophies award at the annual Christian Youth Film Festival have improved since the recycled trophies with new nameplates that were given out the first year of the festival Photo 2 A two day film camp was added last year and a second camp will be held next month Leave a comment Comment Name E mail Post 0 Comments Youth film festival celebrates 20th anniversary Tuesday Feb 25 2014 Short movies made by Christian teens tell stories of faith encourage teamwork By Myra Holmes Two decades ago Joe Brown youth pastor at Heritage Bible Church Bakersfield Calif wanted to encourage teens to express their faith in creative ways On March 9 the ministry he co founded will not only mark its 20th anniversary but also celebrate significant growth and increasing impact The Christian Youth Film Festival CYFF is an annual festival of short movies made by junior senior high and college age youth groups We celebrate and encourage and equip the young people to tell stories of faith through making movies says Brown founder and director of CYFF Nothing but good things come of it Youth groups work together during the year to write cast and produce 10 minute films each reflecting a Christian worldview Individual entries are not accepted in order to encourage teamwork and bonding among youth groups The entries are then judged by a

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    for Community Transformation and School of Education Other speakers included Randy White executive director of CCT and Gary Gramenz dean of the FPU School of Education Too often education discussions are about data rather than children and young people said Bedell Success stories happen when education is placed in human terms Relationships are really what make a difference he said Where it s really working is in the lives of real people What s working A school district where teachers go to homes and meet children and their parents before each new school year Another district hires mothers of children in low performing schools to work with other parents on behavioral problems and other issues Schools and other groups that combine forces to apply for grants they would normally compete for find more success in collaboration than competition The burger chain owner who offers up to 22 000 in college scholarships and pays above minimum wage to qualified employees Not every big idea requires a big budget said Bedell In one community the churches all ring their bells at 6 00 a m the day SAT tests are given It says We want students to notice we notice it s a big day Bedell said Bedell has a wide background in education and the church Ordained in the United Methodist Church he led congregations for 16 years in New York Maryland and Ohio and has taught in junior high high school college and theological schools He taught in Swaziland with Mennonite Central Committee an inter Mennonite relief organization and visited schools in Africa South America and Asia as executive secretary of the International Association of Methodist Schools Colleges and Universities He is the author of five books and numerous articles and scholarly papers Wherever Bedell has been he has seen that the bottom line in education is not just a grade or a job It s about our shared humanity he said Leave a comment Comment Name E mail Post 0 Comments White House advisor shares education success stories Tuesday Feb 25 2014 Fresno Pacific University hosts White House senior advisor FPU news story When Ken Bedell travels the country he finds good news about education Bedell is senior advisor to the White House Office on Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships in the U S Department of Education He spoke Feb 18 to about 50 area educational church and non profit leaders at a luncheon sponsored by the Fresno Pacific University FPU Center for Community Transformation and School of Education Other speakers included Randy White executive director of CCT and Gary Gramenz dean of the FPU School of Education Too often education discussions are about data rather than children and young people said Bedell Success stories happen when education is placed in human terms Relationships are really what make a difference he said Where it s really working is in the lives of real people What s working A school district where teachers go to homes and meet children and

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    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 USA MUSA National Youth Board of Faith Life Events 2016 National Gathering Event Archives Contact Us News Find a Church Home In This Section News News Archive Name that partner Monday Feb 24 2014 With a limited budget for church planting one of my goals is to help find truly capable church planters whom God has called to plant a Mennonite Brethren church Church planters must be entrepreneurs able to create something new be team builders be vision casters be intrinsically motivated understand the culture of the plant location have an incredible passion for reaching the lost and if married have a wife who is also all in Do you know of someone or a couple like this If so would you be willing to pray about it and if led supply the name to me As an MB family we can all have a role in discerning gifted people for planting Don Morris Misson USA director Leave a comment Comment Name E mail Post 0 Comments Name that partner Monday Feb 24 2014 With a limited budget for church planting one of my goals is to help find truly capable church planters whom God has called to plant a Mennonite Brethren church Church planters must be entrepreneurs able to create something new be team builders be vision casters be intrinsically motivated understand the culture of the plant location have an incredible passion for reaching

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    young fledgling church we have many young families and babies abound It was awesome to see so many young parents say yes to fostering spiritual growth in their children As a church we collectively sensed a high calling to begin a legacy with these babies at our very first family dedication Of the three people baptized Linderman says We heard their stories of transformation tears flowed in abundance the Spirit of God spoke to those who witnessed their baptisms and Jesus was clearly exalted before everyone in attendance He adds We are so thrilled with what Jesus is doing in and through Axiom Brad Klassen pastor of Copper Hills Community Church the mother church to Axiom writes It is wonderful to see a group of young leaders love their generation and the church the way Gavin his wife Kendall and their team do To have their facility full to overflowing is wonderful To see so many young families growing in Jesus and wanting to raise their children in a godly manner is fantastic And of course to see people have their defining moment with Jesus and be baptized is beyond joy But this is just the beginning for Axiom Klassen says This is a genuine community of apprentices to Jesus who love the Scriptures express their worship to Him with honesty actively live the gospel in the community and embrace that they are part of a bigg er church family with such joy They are an expression of what Jesus says in John 13 35 NLT Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples Klassen continues We are so thrilled to have partners like Mission USA and the Pacific District Conference who have come alongside Copper Hills and Axiom to in a very real way be spectators to the grace of Jesus Thank you for praying for Axiom Church as they continue forward in 2014 Leave a comment Comment Name E mail Post 0 Comments A landmark Sunday for Axiom Wednesday Feb 19 2014 Axiom Church our MB church plant in Peoria Ariz baptized three people and dedicated six children Feb 9 in a standing room only service Their 150 seat facility was packed with 216 people their highest participation in a Sunday gathering to date It was wall to wall celebration of Jesus Christ and what He is doing at Axiom writes church planter Gavin Linderman As a young fledgling church we have many young families and babies abound It was awesome to see so many young parents say yes to fostering spiritual growth in their children As a church we collectively sensed a high calling to begin a legacy with these babies at our very first family dedication Of the three people baptized Linderman says We heard their stories of transformation tears flowed in abundance the Spirit of God spoke to those who witnessed their baptisms and Jesus was clearly exalted before everyone in attendance He adds We are so thrilled

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    Article 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

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    Church Home In This Section News News Archive USMB moves forward with church planting vision Monday Feb 17 2014 2013 fiscal year finishes with positive balance USMB press release BAKERSFIELD Calif USMB ended its 2013 fiscal year with a strong positive balance and is now able to move forward in 2014 with its aggressive vision to plant six new churches a year and 60 churches in 10 years We are pleased to be able to reassure our partner districts and specifically their district ministers and church planting boards that we can move ahead with passion and confidence says Steve Schroeder Leadership Board chair We are deeply thankful that significant fund raising efforts by both Don Morris MUSA director and Ed Boschman USMB executive director resulted in generosity by God s people and partner churches USMB is in the process of shifting from a fiscal year that runs from June 1 to May 31 to a calendar fiscal year As part of this shift the national conference had a seven month fiscal year from June 1 2013 to Dec 31 2013 We want to celebrate that God has provided a surplus from last year that will help us continue ministry full speed ahead says Boschman We anticipate the opportunity to continue our mission in 2014 beyond what we previously thought would be possible Leave a comment Comment Name E mail Post 0 Comments USMB moves forward with church planting vision Monday Feb 17 2014 2013 fiscal year finishes with positive balance USMB press release BAKERSFIELD Calif USMB ended its 2013 fiscal year with a strong positive balance and is now able to move forward in 2014 with its aggressive vision to plant six new churches a year and 60 churches in 10 years We are pleased to be able to reassure

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    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 Leader

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