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    developing and implementing beginning with the 2014 15 academic year was made possible in part by funding that was provided by USMB and MB Biblical Seminary Inc for the purpose of serving the college constituency with distance theological education I am honored for the new opportunity at Tabor College says Bartlett It is an exciting time Developing programs that will help people achieve their goals of advanced degrees in ministry and be able to serve the Lord in greater capacities is a wonderful opportunity in which I am blessed to play a role Tabor College the Mennonite Brethren college serving the Southern Central LAMB and North Carolina district conferences is participating with other MB institutions of higher learning in providing courses in Anabaptist history theology and principles Bartlett will administer this program as well Bartlett comes to Tabor after serving as the lead pastor for Bethany Church a USMB congregation in Fresno Calif He has also served as dean of students and director of constituency relations at MB Biblical Seminary and as director of Ministry Quest while teaching at MBBS as well as Fresno Pacific University He holds a doctorate of ministry from George Fox Evangelical Seminary a master of divinity from MB Biblical Seminary and a bachelor of arts from Fresno Pacific University Bartlett and his wife Karen have two children Leave a comment Comment Name E mail Post 0 Comments Bartlett leads new GTE programs at Tabor College Wednesday Jan 9 2013 Distance theological education made possible by USMB MBBS Inc funding From Tabor College Rick Bartlett Fresno Calif has been hired as the first Tabor College director of the theological education program Tabor College President Jules Glanzer announced Jan 7 Bartlett will also serve as an assistant professor of Christian Ministry and provide direction to the Christian

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    of how to follow Jesus in a way that transforms said U S Midwest short term mission coordinator Joanna Chapa during a panel discussion Asked to name things that distract North Americans from Jesus the young attendees listed comfort individualism independence leisure activities broken families tolerance of sin and failure to see those who are different e g Indo Canadians in Abbotsford First Nations people in Canada As the hour neared midnight prayer coordinator Esther Corbett spoke about the freedom Jesus offers Confession and repentance move us out of sin management into freedom she said If we want to move into our inheritance we as a community need to repent of our collective sins She called MB Mission staff a generation older than most attendees to lead prayers of repentance for the cultural sins named earlier and the new year was rung in with songs of praise to God Seattle pastor Herb Marks closed the conference the following day by praying for a baptism of the Holy Spirit on attendees When Jesus gives you full revelation of who he is it s not to keep it to yourself it s to take him to your town John 4 he said U S participants contacted by the CL agree that the re TURN conference was an experience worth the investment of time and resources I was able to worship passionately to receive uplifting prayer and to listen to some great words from the speakers says Lee Waldron Hillsboro Kan in an email interview following the conference Waldron says the conference impacted him corporately as well as personally Corporately I was able to connect with some leaders that care about what God is doing in Hillsboro Kan We prayed for Tabor College and for an uprising of leaders in the high school youth groups We prayed for leaders to lead and for Christian families to be reunited and lived out the way God intended Leave a comment Comment Name E mail Post 0 Comments Young adults celebrate new year on their knees Wednesday Jan 9 2013 re TURN conference calls participants to renew their call from God By Karla Braun of the MB Herald with files from Connie Faber Some 220 young people from across Canada and the U S elected to spend New Year s Eve at church repenting of corporate sin They were responding to a challenge from MB Mission to mark the turn of the calendar by renewing or perhaps discovering the call of God on their lives at re TURN a conference to inspire 18 35 year olds We didn t expect life to get hard when we turned our lives to Jesus often as young children said MB Mission mobilizer Sam Dick We need revival but we don t know what that s going to look like The conference was intended to make space to pull the call off the shelf he said It was a great way starting the New Year off by allowing God to

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    of the joint work of members of Colombia s three MWC member churches Iglesia Christiana Menonita Mennonite Church Iglesia Hermandad en Cristo Brethren in Christ and Iglesias Hermanos Menonitas Mennonite Brethren The theme for the 2013 MWS is Justice and the Witness of the Church Today an issue relevant in all kinds of contexts God s justice is often contrary to human beings understanding of justice We need to understand God s vision and desire for justice as we seek to know him says the WFS worship resources guide God s own Word tells us that our thoughts are not his thoughts Isa 55 8 9 unless these are renewed by him Rom 12 1 2 Government authorities and religious leaders are challenged to promote justice among peoples and communities but they often fail Jesus followers therefore need to live out and proclaim God s authentic justice in a world where many forms of injustice exist says the worship resources guide Worship materials are available on the MWC website in English French and Spanish www mwc cmm org MWC encourages congregations to choose and adapt materials that fit their context MWC also asks that congregations record how they celebrated World Fellowship Sunday and share the information with MWC so that it can be shared with others in the worldwide family of faith Leave a comment Comment Name E mail Post 0 Comments MWC World Fellowship Sunday resources available Wednesday Jan 9 2013 Colombia s MWC member churches prepare worship resources Mennonite World Conference news story Each year Mennonite World Conference MWC encourages Anabaptist related churches around the world to worship around a common theme on a Sunday close to January 21 On that day in 1525 the first Anabaptist baptism took place in Zurich Switzerland World Fellowship Sunday WFS provides

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    to show prospective donors what we are doing says Boschman Madden cites two goals of the project Encouraging USMB congregations to support church planting by celebrating life transformation stories from within USMB church plants is one objective of the video series Madden also hopes that people who see the testimonies will relate to God working in someone s life be inspired and want what people in the video have Boschman says We wanted to show what it is that we are prioritizing in our ministries and to highlight the centerpiece church planting We wanted to invest resources in capturing that story linking life transformation with church planting With funding approved by the USMB Leadership Board Madden was able to secure the services of Helmut Schleppi a Southern California film director editor and videographer with whom Madden had worked in the past Madden says Schleppi is someone who connects well with people who brought his professional expertise as someone from the Hollywood community to the project and who is also a believer Schleppi the son of missionary parents understands the importance of missions and is personally committed to the mission of Jesus says Boschman Madden worked with pastors Paul Robie at South Mountain and Art Azurdia at Trinity to identify individuals within their congregations who would be willing to tell their transformation stories Madden who accompanied Schleppi on his filming trips to Salt Lake City and Omaha estimates that Schleppi came away from these filming trips with four to five hours of footage per trip That footage was edited down to six minutes or less with an emphasis on the ongoing nature of each individual s journey says Madden These video testimonies focus on real lives and congregations that are on the front lines of evangelism says Madden These are real people with real stories that focus on the Gospel says Madden You can view the USMB testimonies by Kimberly Chad and Chubby Leave a comment Comment Name E mail Post 0 Comments USMB video testimonies tell of changed lives Wednesday Dec 19 2012 Video series intended to garner support for new church plant projects By Connie Faber At first glance Chubby Chad and Kimberly don t appear to have much in common Chubby is a veteran from Portland Ore who struggled with alcohol and drugs and spent time fighting and partying when he returned from Iraq Chad a pastor serving in Omaha Neb attempted suicide as a college student Kimberly is a young mom from Salt Lake City whose life once centered around the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints in spite of not having a Mormon husband The trio has never met and yet they are members of the same family Not a biological family but a spiritual one Chubby Chad and Kimberly are each part of a different USMB church Trinity Church Stony Brook Church and South Mountain Community Church respectively Each one has experienced God s transforming work in his or her life and all

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    year old brother Ian helps too As a child Brin s grandfather Arlyss went with his parents too In those days canner sites would vary shifting between the Buhler and Inman areas Later Arlyss and Letha s four children volunteered with canning as far back as I can remember says Mark Brin s father He too started out labeling cans but when he was older he stirred meat in the large steam kettle on the canner itself Growing up Mark helped out mainly because in his family doing so was an expectation When he went to Tabor College in Hillsboro Kan he chose to continue helping on his own When you see a need you want to help out where you can he says Gifts of work time and money come from God he says They are to be shared with people around the world Arlyss and Letha Schroeder hope for their grandchildren what they tried to impart to their children a sense of responsibility for people of faith to serve and assist those in need Jason Unruh Peabody Kan in his second year with MCC s traveling canning crew has no doubts about the essential role played by volunteers At every site we need a minimum of 30 volunteers present at a time he says A variety of skills and capabilities are needed says Unruh Some do heavy work like grinding and stirring meat or stacking boxes of finished cans Labeling cans can be done while sitting down Preparing and serving meals or refreshments to the canners and volunteers is another need says Unruh Besides Unruh this year s traveling canning crew includes David Bricker Chambersburg Pa Toby Penner Enns Paratodo Chaco Paraguay and Andrew Keeler Bluffton Ohio People or groups interested in volunteering can contact John Hillegass MCC s canning coordinator at JohnHillegass mcc org or 717 859 1151 For additional information about the meat canner visit canning mcc org Leave a comment Comment Name E mail Post 0 Comments Volunteering with MCC s meat canning program a family affair Wednesday Dec 19 2012 Three generations have supported ministry of inter Mennonite relief agency By Ed Nyce Almost every year an entry appears on the October page of the Schroeder family calendar that looks a lot like the previous year s It s near the bottom of the page late in the month It says something about meat canning Since 1950 three generations of the Arlyss and Letha Schroeder family members of Buhler Kan MB Church who live in Inman Kan have volunteered almost annually with Mennonite Central Committee s MCC meat canner before and when it comes to North Newton Kan They are in good company More than 10 000 volunteers in Canada and the United States help at various sites each year not only when the canner is in town but for months before handling site preparation as well as gathering meat and volunteers MCC s meat canning program has been operating since 1946 Its purpose

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    and non profit worlds Coming out of talks between FPU and community leaders and the university s revision of its master s in missions degree in an M A in urban mission the CCT is built around three kinds of action Convening The center plans to bring together 20 congregations to examine ways to start businesses and teach basic work skills such as how to write a resume and shine during a job interview to people with significant barriers to employment such as having served time in prison Training CCT staff members are exploring ways to provide education to Latino pastors While fewer than 5 percent of Hispanic pastors in Fresno have seminary training many are interested in alternative types of learning such as certificates since traditional master s and doctorate programs in divinity do not fit the special circumstance of their lives Researching There is a blueprint for a CCT Fellows Society whose members will come from the FPU faculty and the community Fellows will research community transformation issues through the lens of their discipline business sociology non profit leadership Christian ministry etc White is not worried about the size of the problems If the goals of the CCT seem large innovation in addressing concentrated poverty human trafficking predatory lending a broken immigration system low levels of educational attainment then so be it I ve decided at this point in my life to give up small ambitions he said Other speakers at the luncheon included Elias Loera senior pastor Christian Temple and H Spees pastor at large First Presbyterian Church of Fresno Among the groups represented were United Way Fresno Rescue Mission Fresno City Council Fresno Urban Neighborhood Development Corporation Inc Care Fresno Youth For Christ Fresno Street Saints The Evangelical Alliance Mission Faith In Community Habitat For Humanity Fresno Business Council ESA Love Inc Every Neighborhood Partnership Central Valley Justice Coalition and Christian Businessmen Connection More at www TransformCentralValley org Leave a comment Comment Name E mail Post 0 Comments Center for Community Transformation brings hope to Fresno Wednesday Dec 19 2012 Center to combine strengths of Fresno Pacific University with community resources FPU news story Looking into the heart of the city some observers see statistics high rates of poverty crime drug use gang activity and violence low levels of income education and employment Others see people leaders working to make things better and followers who know there s an alternative to what they have even if they don t always know just how to reach it They also see something hard for computers to crunch they see hope The Fresno Pacific University Center for Community Transformation CCT will build on hope in Fresno and beyond The CCT is a new effort to connect the strengths of the university with the resources of the region to transform cities The center part of Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary was launched at a luncheon November 15 held on the main FPU campus About 105 representatives from churches non profit and

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    of the Minot project director Economic prosperity complicates recovery Life in Minot is tricky right now if you are still displaced from the flood Unrau says that economic prosperity in Minot has complicated the disaster caused when record flooding of the Souris River also known as the Mouse River forced nearly a third of the 45 000 residents to evacuate and left more than 4 000 homes and businesses heavily damaged Minot North Dakota s fourth largest city is in the midst of an unprecedented building boom as it recovers from the flood But Minot was already experiencing rapid growth thanks to the state s booming oil patch Minot s population grew from 36 500 in 2000 to about 41 000 in 2010 U S Census data show City officials say the present population is nearing 50 000 Plentiful work and good pay are bringing people to North Dakota which has some 22 000 more jobs than takers and the lowest unemployment rate in the nation at 2 4 percent Job Service North Dakota data show The unemployment rate in Minot is 2 3 percent A Nov 29 Associated Press story reports that a recent listing for a pizza delivery driver in Minot was advertised at 15 to 20 per hour plus a 250 signing bonus The same news story reports that home improvement retailer Menard Inc has begun flying workers hired from its headquarters in Wisconsin to Minot to work in week long stints housing them in hotels The company is offering a starting wage of 13 an hour at the Minot store well above the national minimum wage of 7 25 per hour It s going fast and furious here Minot Mayor Curt Zimbelman told the Associated Press As it is there is not a big enough labor force around here and as it gets colder there is less of one The boom has resulted in a housing shortage and high construction and rental costs Deckert says he typically receives one phone call a week asking if the church can help a new resident find housing for his or her family But we can t really help he says because nothing is available Deckert says the onslaught of out of state construction companies has included some less than reputable firms that have left homeowners with sub standard work and a big bill Some of these homeowners have come to MDS for help The building boom also means that securing skilled tradesmen in a timely manner for MDS construction projects is a challenge Unrau the Minot MDS project director persuaded a retired master electrician to renew his license so that MDS volunteers could work under him MDS electricians have wired at least 25 homes saving each homeowner 10 000 or more estimates Deckert Dave is a real gift to MDS says Deckert of the master electrician As Deckert considers the impact the 2011 flood had on his community he refers to a conversation with Unrau during which the MDS project director reflected on the complexity of many natural disasters Too often we wonder why something happens Deckert recalls Unrah saying But the same flood that brings disaster also brings welcome rain to someone else I thought that was a good reminder Those interested in volunteering with MDS is Minot is invited to contact the agency at minot mds mennonite net To view videos of MDS work projects visit their YouTube channel Leave a comment Comment Name E mail Post 0 Comments Minot congregation values MDS partnership for itself community Wednesday Dec 19 2012 USMB congregation benefits from renovated facility partnership with MDS By Connie Faber Bible Fellowship Church a USMB congregation in Minot ND and its pastor Duane Deckert are enjoying a new normal this Christmas season The same can be said for their community Many of the changes the congregation has processed are directly connected to the Souris River flood that occurred in late June 2011 The flood left the Bible Fellowship Church BFC facility with three feet of water inside and destroyed everything in the building except for a copy machine two pianos and a drum set Deckert doesn t have an exact figure for total damages but he estimates it was more than 150 000 just in materials alone not including labor The congregation is thankful for 100 000 in donations it received from Central District Conference and other USMB congregations So last Christmas the congregation was meeting for afternoon worship services at Immanuel Baptist Church while their facility was being remodeled and updated with the help of Mennonite Disaster Service MDS Enjoying benefits of a new worship facility This December BFC is celebrating Christ s birth in their new worship center that has chairs instead of pews and a contemporary look including a professionally selected color scheme Deckert is especially excited that the congregation is holding a Christmas Eve family oriented service in addition to the children s program This will be the first Christmas Eve service held at BFC since Deckert came to Minot almost 10 years ago The congregation held its first service in the refurbished facility on Easter Sunday April 8 The building was again filled to capacity later that month when the renovated building was dedicated April 20 During the afternoon dedication service attendees walked around the building singing hymns in keeping with biblical dedication events Now that we re back in the church we ve seen quite a few visitors and have had some growth says Deckert In addition to newcomers from the Minot community BFC is enjoying temporary numerical growth thanks to the congregation s partnership with MDS MDS a volunteer network of Anabaptist churches that responds to natural disasters in the United States and Canada is using the BFC facility to house its volunteers Six to 10 long term workers who are housed in the former BFC parsonage regularly worship with the Bible Fellowship congregation and are involved in church life Deckert says their participation is refreshing While

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    decision in middle age to pursue with purpose a life with words The focus of the book then broadens to encompass the history of her father s Russian Mennonite family She writes of her grandmother s suicide her father s emigration from Russia and the greater themes of loss and the rupture of family history and relationships In all of this her art and her faith commitment continually engage with the people and the story She has an ability to bring her faith commitment and her poetry together in such a way that one never negates the other says Phyllis Pellman Good executive editor at Good Books She is being totally truthful the whole time which makes for the best poetry Not many people are willing to walk up to that edge between faith and art and allow them to purposefully interact with each other with integrity Good Books has published several books of Janzen s poetry including Piano in the Vineyard Tasting the Dust Snake in the Parsonage and Paper House Knowing that she had an interesting life story the publishers urged her to write it for publication Jean Janzen is one of our most gifted writers says Merle Good publisher with Good Books She writes with simplicity complexity maturity sensuality and courage all wrapped in a gift one cannot forget We have been fortunate indeed to have published her work She s among the best Although prose autobiography was a bit of a new genre for her she did it so well staying true to herself and her art says Good We ve always considered her one of the finest poets among our Mennonite peoples She s an unmistakable voice whether poetry or prose Janzen is a winner of the prestigious Creative Writing Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts Highly regarded American poets and journals as well as well known Mennonite poets have also praised Janzen s work Leave a comment Comment Name E mail Post 0 Comments MB poet publishes memoir Tuesday Dec 4 2012 Jean Janzen s memoir reflects on life roots and faith by Jeanne Bye for Good Books News Service Award winning Mennonite Brethren poet Jean Janzen has recently written her memoir Entering the Wild Essays on Faith and Writing In this new book published by Good Books Janzen reflects on her life her family and roots her writing and her faith She enters the unknown dark of her own family s history using her art to explore themes of separation love pain and new ventures Beginning in the present in California the book s chapters retrace the author s own history from her earliest years in Saskatchewan to her family s move to the United States as World War II was beginning in Europe through her marriage and the raising of four children and finally to her decision in middle age to pursue with purpose a life with words The focus of the book then broadens to encompass the history of

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