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    that success was due to Lois Karen adds Mom was involved with his ministry all the way through She was an encourager for Dad she would make a lot of pastoral visits along with Dad and welcomed many people into our home Congregations grew under Roland s care thanks in large part to his strengths of empathy and listening Even in tough situations there was a warmth says David You had the feeling he really liked you Marriages were also healed through his parents work with the Recovery of Hope counseling program In addition pastors were nurtured Roland was very attentive to pastors under his care Not a quarter would go by that you didn t hear from him says Mark Isaac executive director for university advancement at Fresno Pacific University who pastored churches in Tulsa Okla and Newton Kan when Reimer was district minister He was a real shepherd Karen says her parents are committed consistent and unflappable Their sense of call permeated every ounce of energy she says Most significantly the lifestyle of ministry is who they are which shows in what they accomplished Converting his natural talents into abilities that helped couples congregations and the kingdom of God were skills Roland learned at the seminary Our dad speaks very warmly of those days and the great friends he had says David He has a deep and abiding respect for professors D Edmund Hiebert Waldo Hiebert and J B Toews Roland Reimer shepherded others as he was shepherded With this scholarship Reimer s family anticipates that future pastors will enjoy the same benefit David a 1995 graduate of the seminary and his wife Sandy live in Reedley Calif where David is president and CEO of Palm Village Retirement Community Karen lives in Wichita with her husband Jim Roland and Lois have five grandchildren and four great grandchildren One grandson David Jr D J is a student at Fresno Pacific University Leave a comment Comment Name E mail Post 0 Comments New seminary scholarship encourages pastors to be shepherds Monday Nov 25 2013 Scholarship honors Roland and Lois Reimer s 44 years of ministry Fresno Pacific University press release The Dr Roland and Lois Reimer Endowed Scholarship created in 2013 by the couple s children aims to honor the couple and to encourage servant leadership It s a way not only to honor my parents but to acknowledge something that s very important to them that we provide good servant leaders to all the flocks in the Southern District says David Reimer who established the scholarship with his sister Karen Reimer Fleming Reimer pastored congregations in Kansas and Colorado and served as the Southern District Conference minister for 13 years Roland and Lois retired mostly in 2004 after 44 years of ministry and currently live in Wichita Kan MB Foundation will manage the endowment funds The Fresno Pacific University Student Financial Services Office in coordination with the seminary dean and faculty will select the recipients Preference will be given

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    the projects offered was building a children s cottage for 25 000 providing micro loans for widows at 120 and purchasing mosquito nets for 5 each In addition to children s Sunday school classes the Sunday before the event MOH catalogs are distributed in the Worship Center and Pinault reviews the projects with the congregation Prayer is always key says Pinault challenging people to really consider what God would have them do above and beyond the tithe Families friends home groups and Sunday school classes are encouraged to go through the booklet together discerning what projects they will support Shoppers are also encouraged to give an item in someone s name as a birthday or Christmas gift or to celebrate any special occasion Gift cards are available for these purchases Shopping Sunday Come MOH Sunday shoppers are provided with an abbreviated shopping list They can roam among the various booths sampling ethnic snacks as they learn about the countries and ministries they are supporting LBC volunteers recruited by Joel and Cari White MOH coordinator staff the various booths Some dress in clothing worn in the country they are representing Shoppers mark their purchases on the shopping lists and then visit the market cashiers who total the cost and receive payment While most funds are collected on market day donations are received for two weeks When the MOH account is closed organizers audit the records several times before compiling a list for each agency of exactly how much money was given to each project If something is overfunded givers are aware that those funds will be given to the project that most closely matches the donor s intent It is so much fun to be part of something bigger than yourself when you know it is God at work moving his people says Penault who this year continued to receive donations after the MOH deadline It just doesn t get better than that Leave a comment Comment Name E mail Post 0 Comments Bakersfield church fundraiser highlights needs sharing Christ Monday Nov 25 2013 Annual Market of Hope supports five agencies serving the poor By Connie Faber The courtyard at Laurelglen Bible Church LBC in Bakersfield Calif was transformed Nov 3 into a classroom of the world known as Market of Hope MOH and visitors were invited to consider what they could do to make a difference for the poorest of the poor around the globe MOH organizers describe the annual event as a way for people in the congregation to respond to great physical needs that could change the life of a person and ultimately their eternity Since our first Market of Hope in 1998 our focus has always been to provide life changing necessities for the poorest of the poor and the most vulnerable around the world write organizers Rille Pinault and Joel and Cari White in the MOH catalog that describes various mission projects Jesus showed great compassion for the poor the powerless the vulnerable and the hurting

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    learn how to create such applications Someone noted on the Android app market that they had been searching for such a devotional and were so pleasantly surprised to find just what they were looking for through their smartphone says Isaac The devotionals focus on the coming of Jesus Christ into this world From his first prophesied coming as a baby to his second coming we celebrate the in breaking of Jesus into this world and into our lives says Isaac This year s Bible passages are taken largely from the Gospel of Luke and from the prophets Isaiah and Jeremiah Faculty staff administrators and students of the seminary and university are invited to contribute devotionals At times seminary alumni have written as well There is never a shortage of willing writers says Isaac No one person typically writes more than one devotional for the entire season of devotionals which now cover the season from a couple of days before Advent through Christmas to Epiphany January 6 Over the years Advent devotional readers have expressed their appreciation for the resource Though we have received mailed and emailed notes of thanks we have heard many more personal words of appreciation in conversations during and after the Christmas season says Isaac Several churches in the U S and Canada have told us their people really look forward to the devotionals and are glad we are serving the churches in this way Isaac has heard from pastors who used the devotionals to illustrate their sermons Families say they read the devotionals at the breakfast table and alumni report sharing it with colleagues at work The devotional can be printed from the website in either a single sided copy or as a booklet to be reproduced The USMB conference website will again carry a link Those without computer access may call the FPU advancement office 559 453 7139 and request a single copy There is no cost Leave a comment Comment Name E mail Post 0 Comments Seminary offers online daily Advent devotional Monday Nov 25 2013 Free smartphone app broadens reach of annual project By Connie Faber Looking for a unique Advent devotional guide Consider using the 2013 Advent devotionals written by Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary and Fresno Pacific University faculty The daily devotionals begin Saturday Nov 30 and continue through Jan 6 The devotional is available on the university website and there is also a free smartphone app It was also mailed in printed form to many seminary and university donors and supporting church pastors Since the seminary Advent devotionals were first offered in 2008 they have accomplished some important things for both the seminary and its constituency says Mark Isaac execitove director for university advancement While seminary donors were initially the intended audience the readership has expanded This is a tool for sharing the hope of our faith in Jesus and the expectancy of his return says Isaac It has focused our attention on Jesus inspired people who wouldn t otherwise benefit

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    We look like the Central Valley said Menjares We don t have a dominant culture FPU was recently recognized nationally for their high graduation rate for Hispanics In a lighthearted gesture of friendship between FPU and Tabor College Menjares s wife Virginia presented an FPU hoodie to Tabor College President Jules Glanzer s son in law Jason Quiring who is a PDC church planter With a grin Menjares challenged Quiring to wear it to the Glanzer Thanksgiving A discussion about Article 13 of the MB Confession was one of several Friday afternoon workshop options This workshop drew 50 attendees in a lively interchange on the revision entitled Love Peacemaking and Reconciliation Some workshop attendees affirmed the less restrictive wording of the new version noting that they had asterisked the current version of the article as less central than other core beliefs If I had preached and highlighted the current version of Article 13 people would have been freaked out said Pastor Jeff Gowling of The Bridge He felt that the new version would be more effective in standing for something We wouldn t have to de emphasize it like we do the current one Others spoke of the value of a clear and definitive statement on military service including Slavic church pastor Alexandr Kaprian He recalled how under pressure from the Soviet government the Evangelical church had removed statements about pacifism from their statement of faith and left the decision to individuals He lamented the way Christians were left to choose prison or even execution without the clear support of the church It put the burden on the shoulders of the soldiers he said Several including those who would have favored a stronger statement affirmed the revision as representing a shared conviction and opening up opportunity for teaching youth about the Christians calling to peacemaking In other business delegates affirmed new leaders and approved a fairly flat budget for the coming year Leave a comment Comment Name E mail Post 0 Comments PDC delegates celebrate 100th anniversary Wednesday Nov 13 2013 Convention highlights church planting as DNA of conference by Kathy Heinrichs Wiest The year was 1912 and the place was Reedley Calif Forty four delegates representing six churches gathered for the first time as the Pacific District Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches One hundred one years later Pacific District Conference PDC delegates gathered again in Reedley meeting in the Reedley MB Church s new student center Nov 8 9 One hundred twenty two delegates represented 43 of the district s 121 churches including six new church plants begun since the last convention in 2012 In his report to the conference District Minister Gary Wall led in celebrating the conference s 100th anniversary The 1912 conference delegates had spent nearly a full day discussing home missions he said Throughout our 100 year history home missions has been the core of our calling the DNA of our conference said Wall By the grace of God many of our largest and leading

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    after hearing reports and updates Guest David Wiebe executive secretary of International Community of Mennonite Brethren ICOMB gave a presentation on the diversity and gifts found within the global Mennonite Brethren family and how ICOMB seeks to connect expand and strengthen that family Board and staff also discussed the budget for 2014 Both staff and board members expressed a strong commitment to pass a balanced 2014 budget that does not compromise ministry Staff members will continue to work with USMB treasurer David Hardt to reach that goal before the budget is finalized Illness and various schedule conflicts significantly impacted attendance for both staff and board at these meetings five board members and five staff members were present The full LB includes Steve Schroeder chair Hillsboro Kan Marv Schellenberg vice chair Wichita Kan David Hardt treasurer Bakersfield Calif Sue Kliewer secretary Auberry Calif Clyde Ferguson Jr Hudson NC Aaron Hernandez LaGrulla Texas Vyacheslav Slavik Gladysh Clovis Calif and Jodi Thomas Rapid City SD Matt Kolbert Clovis Calif has resigned the LB hopes to fill his board position by their next meetings in March 2014 USMB staff also met before the board Oct 23 24 to pray connect and plan A significant amount of time was dedicated to prayer for each other for the national Mennonite Brethren family and for the nation When it came time for staff business agenda a key topic of discussion was C one ction 2014 the biennial national convention coming in July 2014 Staff also discussed plans for two Plant 2014 fundraising dinners Feb 22 2014 at Bethany MB Church Fresno Calif and Mar 8 2014 at First MB Church Wichita Kan The six staff USMB members live and work in four different states Boschman and Taylor work out of Bakersfield Calif Morris is based in Edmond Okla Sullivan and Faber work from offices in Wichita and Hillsboro Kan and Holmes works from a home office in Littleton Colo Leave a comment Comment Name E mail Post 0 Comments Leadership Board affirms revised Article 13 Tuesday Nov 12 2013 Board plans for executive director transition by Myra Holmes When the USMB Leadership Board met Oct 24 26 in Wichita Kan they affirmed the preliminary recommendation for a revised Article 13 of the USMB Confession of Faith as proposed by the national Board of Faith and Life BFL and they made decisions regarding leadership transition following the July 2014 retirement of Executive Director Ed Boschman USMB staff met Oct 23 24 and joined the board for meetings Oct 24 25 Article 13 of the USMB Confession of Faith currently titled Love and Nonresistance describes biblical peacemaking in a violent world The proposed title is Love Peacemaking and Reconciliation The BFL will hold one more meeting to finalize the revision before publishing a formal recommendation The revision of Article 13 will be presented to the USMB constituency at the biennial convention in July 2014 as a joint recommendation from BFL and the LB In meetings Saturday after staff was

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    for MCC s work in Southeast Asia say that communication has been sketchy and team members do not know what they will find They will try to go by foot to some of the areas that are not yet accessible by road because of debris landslides and bridges out the Jantzis report From 2009 to 2012 MCC partnered with Peacebuilders Community to train peace and reconciliation teams in disaster preparedness a project planned in the Philippines because previous conflicts have arisen amid the severe needs after major disasters The Philippines Council of Evangelical Churches has connected Peacebuilders Community with local pastors in the area and the team plans to help mobilize train and deploy some 50 volunteers from five churches to help in several affected areas The goal is that working with local pastors and congregations using the training the team has had in responding to disasters and distributing assistance systematically and peacefully will help to prevent conflict In a situation like this training in disaster preparedness gives team members the experience to help communities respond in their own areas the Jantzis say That has more impact than trying to send volunteers from outside the country Two of the team members are psychologists with experience in disaster trauma healing work They will bring training materials and be prepared to work in this area as the need arises Bruce Guenther MCC director of disaster response stresses that this is the beginning of MCC s response which will help to meet immediate needs and support longer term recovery There are urgent needs to be addressed now Guenther says At the same time we want to explore how to support communities longer term efforts to restore livelihoods and recover from this devastation Marla Pierson Lester is publications coordinator for MCC U S Mennonite Central Committee is an inter Mennonite agency that provides relief and development aid and works for peace in the name of Christ Leave a comment Comment Name E mail Post 0 Comments MCC responds to Typhoon Haiyan Tuesday Nov 12 2013 MCC funding a Philippines assessment response team that will determine needs By Marla Pierson Lester for Mennonite Central Committee Mennonite Central Committee MCC is responding to Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines providing funding for relief supporting an initial assessment team of an MCC partner organization and working with partners to determine needs for longer term recovery Typhoon Haiyan struck Friday Nov 8 with powerful possibly unprecedented winds and enormous storm surges that flattened more than 20 000 homes hurled ships far inland and forced 800 000 people from their homes according to the United Nations More than 2 million people in need of food aid says the Philippine government Four days after the storm President Benigno Aquino III lowered initial death projections from 10 000 to 2 000 to 2 500 The storm weakened as it left the Philippines but went on to kill 14 more people in Vietnam and five more in China MCC is providing an initial

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    line Crisfield is surrounded by salt marshes and was built on a floodplain As Hurricane Sandy passed Maryland Oct 29 2012 a five foot storm surge left most of the city underwater Over 500 homes were flooded rendering most of them unlivable MDS was contacted in November 2012 about the possibility of helping with rebuilding and recovery in Crisfield Most of the homes that can be repaired have been gutted and dried out and now the work includes wiring drywall painting new floors etc It is also anticipated that in the coming months there will be multiple new homes to build MDS volunteers at projects in New York are also repairing and rebuilding homes that were damaged by Hurricane Sandy Thanks to input from the 23 Mennonite affiliated congregations in New York City MDS was directed to the Far Rockaway community and the First Church of God To date more than 1 300 volunteers have come to Far Rockaway working on 88 projects A mobile camp will be set up on the church grounds and MDS will work cooperatively with local and city leaders to identify clients most in need Beginning in July 2013 the Far Rockaway Project will host the summer youth program For four weeks youth groups and their advisors will work in Far Rockaway Prior to World War 2 Far Rockaway was a popular seaside resort After the war New York City began a major urban renewal project and there was a need to relocate people displaced from the slums Because of the distance from the rest of the city Far Rockaway became the chosen location Over the years this community has been a poor and underserved area of the city The average income of the area s 220 000 residents is 25 000 Hurricane Sandy hit New York and the Eastern Seaboard in late October 2012 An estimated 300 000 homes were damaged or destroyed in New York Leave a comment Comment Name E mail Post 0 Comments MDS continues rebuilding after Hurricane Sandy Tuesday Nov 12 2013 MDS projects following Hurricane Sandy serve Crisfield Md and Far Rockaway NY MDS news release website It s been a long year of wondering and then waiting but two Crisfield Md residents are moving back home A year after Hurricane Sandy pummeled the East Coast Mennonite Disaster Service MDS volunteers celebrated with Charlie Adams and Ruth Fountain as they dedicated homes for both Crisfield residents MDS volunteers have been working in Crisfield since Nov 2012 first cleaning up and now rebuilding bringing storm survivors home When Hurricane Sandy hit a five foot storm surge inundated Crisfield and left virtually the entire town under water Working together with Lutheran Partners in Disaster Response The American Red Cross the Diocese of Easton Episcopal Churches and the Somerset County Long Term Recovery Committee more than 300 MDS volunteers have repaired over 35 homes and have rebuilt two new homes have two homes underway and have several additional new homes planned Crisfield

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    beginning point for a conversation The October open letter outlines BFL s desire to create such a beginning point the reasons for reviewing Article 13 and the process BFL has followed The letter states From the first discussion within the BFL it has been clear that we want a strong statement in support of being a peace loving peace making and peace keeping people in keeping with our identity as one of the historic peace churches It was also clear that we needed a clearly biblically based position around which we could be unified The letter acknowledges that some have challenged the appropriateness of the goal of unity The letter says that Jesus plea for unity in the church prior to his arrest torture and crucifixion is what compels BFL to search for unity regarding Article 13 The letter asks Is it more important to have a statement which people have not and likely would not follow or one around which we can agree giving us a new opportunity to preach teach and live as faithful followers of Jesus The open letter concludes by saying that BFL hopes revising Article 13 will ignite a new discussion within our church family a discussion which begins with our agreement that the Prince of Peace has called us to a clear witness for seeking peace in every way possible BFL states its commitment to working with districts in an effort to deepen the commitment to seeking peace in all things We understand that simply changing the wording to our Confession of Faith alone will yield minimal results in how we live It is the BFL s intention to work with our District Boards of Faith and Life to strengthen our understanding of and commitment to conflict resolution says the letter Responses to the preliminary recommendation for Article 13 can be sent to Larry Nikkel at larrynikkel tabor edu or Ed Boschman at ebed usmb org Leave a comment Comment Name E mail Post 0 Comments BFL circulates preliminary recommendation Tuesday Oct 29 2013 National BFL one step closer to finalizing recommendation to be voted on this summer By Connie Faber Taking into account feedback the USMB Board of Faith and Life BFL received on drafts to a new version of Article 13 of the Confession of Faith BFL has drafted a preliminary recommendation for a new version of Article 13 The preliminary recommendation Love Peacemaking and Reconciliation can be read online The board s third open letter to the USMB constituency and a document comparing the current version of Article 13 with the recommended version are posted with the preliminary recommendation This is a preliminary recommendation primarily because we will have one more BFL meeting before we have to publish the formal recommendation says BFL chair Larry Nikkel pictured right in an email interview We are reserving the right to tinker a bit more before formalizing the recommendation We are putting this out so people can know where we have landed on Article

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