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    takes several months to complete but a small tied comforter can be done in a single day It s so much a creative art form and everybody just gets so excited and happy about what they re doing says Warkentine North Fresno s quilts have not been officially tallied yet but Warkentine estimates they have about 150 Quilt auction raises large portion of total sales Altogether the relief sale usually sells about 500 quilts Roughly half are auctioned off and the others are pre priced and sold regularly Items in the auction are typically purchased in the range of 45 to several hundred dollars though some bids reach into the thousands Dee Patrick quilt chair for the sale and a member of Grace Community Church the USMB church in Sanger Calif remembers a quilt six or seven years ago that sold for 12 000 According to Patrick the quilt auction generally raises about 90 000 for MCC This makes up a large portion of 200 000 total raised by the entire relief sale which is used to fund relief for people around the world Among the other contributing churches are Reedley MB Shafter MB Rosedale Bible of Bakersfield Grace Community Church and El Faro of Reedley The next largest contributors are the MCC Center and the Mennonite Community Quilters which each donate about 30 quilts Patrick says they also usually receive quilts from 20 to 30 individuals The West Coast Mennonite Relief Sale takes place Friday April 10 and Saturday April 11 at Fresno Pacific University in Fresno Calif The quilt auction will begin at 6 p m Friday night and resume Saturday at 9 a m until 3 p m Photo provided by Dotty Warkentine Barbara Janzen Phyllis Neufeld and Gisela Bigbee left to right are among the quilters that gather weekly at North Fresno to create beautiful quilts for the annual MCC sale and to enjoy one another s company Leave a comment Comment Name E mail Post 0 Comments Quilting group makes 150 quilts for charity Monday Mar 16 2015 West Coast relief sale receives annual boost from dedicated quilters By Jared Janzen Many beautiful handmade quilts will be featured for purchase at the West Coast Mennonite Relief Sale WCMRS April 10 11 Churches and individuals work hard to prepare each quilt sold for Mennonite Central Committee MCC but quilters at one church in Fresno Calif have turned their hobby into a large scale operation This year the quilters at North Fresno Church are donating about 150 items to the quilt auction This surpasses their total from last year which was 135 According to Dotty Warkentine leader of North Fresno s quilting group the appeal for making so many quilts comes from the tremendous satisfaction of helping MCC and the excitement of creating a beautiful product Mennonite Central Committee is an international organization that provides relief development and peace in the name of Christ North Fresno Church s quilting group began in the mid 80s by making

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    the Christian it is a demonstration of God s handiwork in faith and a transformed life Many people are not interested in the details of theology or proving that God exists but may be moved by our experiences of God God has revealed himself in the story of his people recorded and canonized in the Bible It should be an encouragement to us today to continue to share our story and see how God wishes to use it for his glory and purpose David Wiebe has been a member of a Christian rock band a pastor and a Canadian MB Conference executive Since 2011 he has served the International Community of Mennonite Brethren as executive director Photo courtesy of MB Mission Did you know Uncle John s association now numbers 45 000 members making it the third largest MB conference in our global family This conference is made up of close to 500 congregations plus preaching points locations where pastors travel to share the gospel Though the association focuses on Khumu peoples some 8 000 to 9 000 Hmong members plus several thousand members of other ethnic groups are also included in this conference In part this is because preachers share gospel village to village no matter what ethnic group lives there State level opposition to Christianity has eased In 2013 the national government asked Mennonite Central Committee MCC to convene an ecum enical gathering of major religious present in the country MCC is an inter Mennonite world relief and developmen t agency Local incidents of opposition arrest without charges or other harassment continue to persist in rural settings Association of South East Asian Nations ASEAN is an alliance of 10 states to foster cooperative economic activities This holds tremendous interest to our church in the region A new bridge l inking Thailand to Laos will drive up land prices introduce new economic activity and possibly make travel easier for church events Leave a comment Comment Name E mail Post 0 Comments Wiebe s Witness The power of transformation Monday Mar 16 2015 Uncle John s testimony is a Mennonite Brethren St Patrick story By David Wiebe Drawing from his travels to visit Mennonite Brethren churches around the world ICOMB executive director David Wiebe offers insights on faith in this series of articles Thanks to the MB Herald the magazine of the Canadian Conference of MB Churches for providing this yearlong series This month we travel to South East Asia St Patrick established Christianity in Ireland in the early fifth century by returning to the land of his enemies to bring the gospel and suffering persecution and deprivation Tradition holds that he died Mar 17 460 AD now known as St Patrick s Day Where are the St Patrick stories among the Mennonite Brethren Though I haven t met all of our 450 000 members give or take worldwide I did meet a man whose story has been used to call people to true faith in Christ in a difficult

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    The selection committee chose Wittrig from several strong candidates from Mennonite universities and colleges in the United States and Canada As an intern Wittrig will spend a total of five weeks visiting each of the MB archival centers in North America Fresno Calif Hillsboro Kan Winnipeg Man and Abbotsford BC during the months of June and July In addition to discovering the unique character of each of these Mennonite archives she will explore the stories and images housed in them especially pursuing her interest in women s voices in relation to the Anabaptist peace witness We are very pleased to award the archival internship to Liz says Don Isaac chair of the Historical Commission We hope it will be a rich experience for her and that it will provide insights for the Commission too We see this as another part of our mandate to document and communicate the story of God s work among us Wittrig is a senior student completing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Bible Religion and Philosophy She will graduate in May 2015 from Goshen College Goshen Ind She is also currently completing an internship at the Mennonite Church USA Archives in Goshen collecting and summarizing primary sources and assisting in exhibit creation The summer internship is made possible with support from U S and Canadian MB churches Leave a comment Comment Name E mail Post 0 Comments Summer archival intern selected Monday Mar 16 2015 Intern will research women who were peace witnesses By Jon Isaak Liz Wittrig is the recipient of the Mennonite Brethren Historical Commission s summer archival internship for 2015 The selection committee chose Wittrig from several strong candidates from Mennonite universities and colleges in the United States and Canada As an intern Wittrig will spend a total of five weeks visiting

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    Gehrett completed the doctorate in May 2014 and was impressed by the quality of the GFU faculty and the curriculum They challenged and supported me he says Faculty understand many doctoral students languish in the dissertation phase when they are back in the workplace and no longer immersed in their program The last set of classes is designed to give students a good start on their proposal which is also the beginning chapters of the dissertation They re interacting with you all through the process Gehrett says The Ed D in Educational Leaderships builds on FPU s strong master s degree and reputation in the field We are a leader in public education Gehrett says At 716 a unit and an estimated four years to completion the program is also a good value providing high quality at less than half the price of many doctorates Unlike the Ph D the Ed D focuses on applying theory to everyday situations faced by principals and administrators and is the standard in K 12 education It s more of a broad scope Gehrett says Interest in the doctorate has already been high Hopefully this becomes another academic program that pulls people to Fresno Pacific Gehrett says I guarantee it will be an experience that will change your life Allen says We learn to love each other and to love learning Key dates Admissions deadline April 1 2015 Interview day April 18 2015 Online class start June 8 2015 Orientation June 21 2015 Residency dates June 22 July 3 2015 For more information visit the George Fox University at georgefox edu education programs doctor of education or contact Megan Janes in the GFU Admissions Office at mjanes georgefox edu or 503 554 6168 FPU representatives are Gramenz gary gramenz fresno edu or 559 453 5574 and Matt Gehrett Ed D executive director Office of Online and Continuing Education matt gehrett fresno edu or 559 453 3670 Leave a comment Comment Name E mail Post 0 Comments FPU to host doctoral program in education Monday Mar 16 2015 Doctorate targets administrators those interested in higher education FPU news story Fresno Pacific University FPU the Mennonite Brethren university headquartered in Fresno Calif will host the George Fox University GFU Doctor of Educational Leadership Ed D program starting in spring 2015 The doctorate targets K 12 administrators and those who want to go into higher education particularly in student life financial aid and similar areas Anyone in the education community who wants to get into leadership says Gary Gramenz dean of the FPU School of Education This partnership between FPU and GFU provides maximum accessibility for working professionals Candidates will complete classes online during the fall and spring semesters with summer sessions offered in a hybrid format of three weeks online and a two week on campus residency on the main FPU campus in Fresno George Fox faculty will travel to Fresno each summer from the main GFU campus in Newberg Ore Candidates choose from one of

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    am doing but later you will understand At the time Peter understood that Jesus was acting as a servant while washing his feet but he did not yet comprehend the full extent to which Jesus would humble himself This would only come after Jesus allows himself to go to the cross By washing their feet Jesus was looking forward to his ultimate act of humble service that would clean his disciples completely This also explains why Jesus tells Peter that Unless I wash you you have no part with me John 13 8 Following Jesus requires us to humbly receive what he has done for us on the cross The idea that washing their feet points to the cross becomes all the more remarkable when we remember how the disciples fail Jesus in the coming chapters Immediately after this scene Jesus predicts that Judas will betray him 13 18 and that Peter will deny him 13 38 These two are specifically pointed out but all of the disciples will likewise abandon him when the cost of discipleship becomes too great Knowing this Jesus still stooped down to serve all of them at this Last Supper The full extent of his love included even dying for those who were not faithful to him Foot washing in John s Gospel then takes on a comprehensive scope where it acts as an illustration of Jesus willingness to humble himself as a servant not just in ministry during his life but ultimately in his obedience to death on a cross This understanding helps us to solve one of the mysteries of the Gospel of John A symbol on many levels Earlier in John 6 54 Jesus taught whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life but when we come to the events of the Last Supper there is no mention of Jesus actually establishing the ceremony of communion On the surface it seems strange that John would omit such an important event In his Gospel though foot washing functions in the narrative as the symbolic prediction of the crucifixion serving as a parallel to the Lord s Supper that we find in the other three Gospels When Jesus washed his disciples feet he provided a symbol with multiple levels that continually reward our ongoing reflection It is especially significant as we prepare for Good Friday and Easter identifying with Jesus suffering death and resurrection His faithfulness to a path of humility and self sacrifice throughout the events of his last week is astonishing While we know this intellectually it is made all the more real when we physically act out the symbol ourselves sharing a small taste of the shock of that first experience We remember that like the disciples we also are unworthy of our Lord and have abandoned him in various ways yet he remains committed to serving us We remember that this kind of love for others is what we are also called to Foot washing helps us better understand what the Son of God submitted himself to from beginning to end when he walked the road to the cross It reminds us that we too are walking in that same road of humble sacrificial service following in Jesus footsteps Del Gray is associate professor of biblical and religious studies at Tabor College the Mennonite Brethren college headquartered in Hillsboro Kan He is a member of Parkview MB Church Hillsboro Leave a comment Comment Name E mail Post 0 Comments Incredibly awkward service Monday Mar 2 2015 Jesus act of washing his disciples feet characterizes his entire life by Del Gray My first foot washing service was incredibly awkward I was 41 years old and had been in church all my life but this was all new to me having joined a Mennonite Brethren congregation a few months before I had no idea what to expect and I kept looking around at other people to see what I should be doing I didn t know the person I was paired up with and when we began the actual foot washing I was self conscious and uncomfortable Everything went fine but throughout the event I had to continually suppress the thought that this was not a normal socially acceptable thing to do in polite company On further reflection it occurred to me that the embarrassment that I felt was also a significant part of the disciples experience when Jesus washed their feet at the Last Supper in John 13 I identified strongly with Peter who was ashamed when he saw Jesus acting as his servant and cried out No you shall never wash my feet John 13 8 In Peter s world this task was demeaning even insulting to the social status of his Lord It would have been extremely awkward for the disciples to be treated this way by a social superior Some ancient sources suggest that the job of foot washing was too undignified for even most servants and was assigned to their children instead Typically feet were physically dirty and needed to be washed when entering a home More significantly feet were symbolically unclean in a way that went beyond hygiene Cultural norms in that day regarded feet as offensive and profane the lowest part of a person Even the seraphs in Isaiah 6 2 covered their feet in shame in the presence of God s holiness Culturally speaking Peter s protest was warranted it was inappropriate for Jesus to wash his feet An act of service When Jesus voluntarily took the posture of a servant and touched his disciples feet they were astonished because it turned the social order upside down But this was precisely the point of Jesus actions By humbling himself he continued to reject a model of ministry that would use power and honor in this world to accomplish God s goals He refused to adopt the ways of politicians and religious leaders of the day who used their power over people

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    and now she her husband and six children help run a Christian camp in Alaska There are many more whom God transformed by his amazing power But the most exceptional transformation I have yet to see was a woman in her late 60s I ll call her Lucy She had just retired from being a truck driver and was very hard around the edges Swear words peppered each spoken sentence A friend brought Lucy to our church Even though this friend had explained to her that it was a Bible study somehow Lucy thought she was attending a weight loss class Lucy hated the church with a passion because her physically abusive father had forced her to attend church when she was growing up Even though Lucy wanted absolutely nothing to do with the church she was hesitantly willing to come to this weight loss class because of her friend It was the first time she had stepped into a church in over 50 years The Bible study began with singing and in a miraculous way God began to speak to her heart as Lucy listened to these songs Then came Easter Sunday and Lucy made her way to church As the story of Jesus resurrection was told this hard cold woman with tears streaming down her face gave her life to Jesus Lucy s countenance was immediately transformed Her facial features softened so much that her grown children almost didn t recognize her Her swearing ceased in that instant Lucy became the Lord s ambassador to women in prison at times spending days on end witnessing to these women watching as God transformed lives Today Lucy enjoys a happy life with her new husband and together they continue to serve the Lord This is why Mission USA strives to help create more churches in more places so that more people have the opportunity to meet the One who radically transforms lives Leave a comment Comment Name E mail Post 0 Comments Transforming news Monday Mar 2 2015 Jesus changes the lives of his followers by Don Morris The truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ is indeed transforming news Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 5 17 Therefore if anyone is in Christ the new creation has come The old has gone the new is here Over the years I have had the wonderful privilege of witnessing many people become new creations as they become followers of Jesus There was Sean who at age 17 had been involved in gangs and criminal activity He told me he wanted to become a follower of Jesus even though he knew that meant his gang leaders would physically beat him But as he prayed to his new Savior the tears flowed and his confidence in being able to withstand the anticipated gang abuse soared There was Carole who witnessed numerous satanic rituals as a young teen Why Because her dad took her to them She remembers terrifying activities She became a new creation

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    Kate feels like she is being manipulated and controlled He wrote of his love for Kate but acknowledged My selfishness or stress or impatience have ruled my actions and behavior and shown Kate just the opposite For Kate the options seemed clear She could stay bound in a miserable marriage or she could strike out on her own and build a new life for herself Feeling no hope for their future and having no will to work for a different future Kate moved out of their home and filed for divorce that summer Kyle s journey of discovery continued He realized he could not control Kate s feelings for him but he could assume responsibility for the direction of his life He adopted Paul s challenge to Timothy as his own But you man of God flee from all this and pursue righteous godliness faith love endurance and gentleness 1Tim 6 11 He discovered and experienced more and more of God s cleansing grace and life transforming power In October Kyle wrote In an odd way I am thankful for this situation and trial These circumstances have brought me to a whole new level of love faith and understanding of myself Painful progress Due largely to their children Kyle and Kate had ongoing contact Kate knew that Kyle continued to meet regularly with a counselor She was also aware of the spiritual steps he was making through our weekly meetings and of his renewed commitment to a local church She however remained skeptical There were just too many broken promises Authentic transformation is neither quick nor easy Progress involves pain A painful and powerful moment for Kyle came in January 2014 when his counselor confronted Kyle s failure to love Kate in the unconditional way God loves us That night Kyle made this entry in his journal God is impressive and incredible in the way he works I left the counselor understanding how I have been failing myself Kate and God I am so thankful for his work in my life Thank you Lord I love you Several months later Kyle received an unexpected text from Kate Hi my name is Kate I am recently separated from a creepy man I am wondering if you might want to go out on a date sometime Guess what He did It must have gone well because they decided one date wasn t enough Many more followed Shortly before Easter Kate and Kyle re chose each other as husband and wife So we joined their family and friends on Easter Sunday to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ as well as the ongoing resurrection power of God in the marriage of Kyle and Kate As we celebrated the earth again was shaken This has not been a fairy tale where the still handsome prince and beautiful princess ride off into the sunset to live happily ever after Rebuilding trust involves setbacks and successes failures and forgiveness Kyle once the controlling husband is learning to surrender control to the Lord Kate his hurt and distrusting wife is learning to forgive and trust Easy No Possible Yes With God all things are possible Paul W Klassen is a USMB pastor who retired from pastoral ministry after serving in two churches for 38 years Paul lives with his wife Gladys in Edmond Okla where Paul is a chaplain and does wood inlay art as The Carpenter s Apprentice Leave a comment Comment Name E mail Post 0 Comments The resurrection earthquake Monday Mar 2 2015 Once again God announces a message of hope we need to hear By Paul W Klassen When it happened the first time only Matthew records it There was a violent earthquake Matt 28 2 Have you ever seen someone pick up a present and shake it On this day it was as though God took the earth and shook it good And then he opened his gift to the world It was an amazing gift The Savior lives The power of death was swallowed up in the victory of life Dark despair was trumped by the light of hope God s power was truly made perfect in situations of human impossibility This was Easter The power of the resurrection has been evident throughout history and we continue to experience it today It was 2014 There was the stench of death The hopes and dreams of a loved filled marriage were dead and were being buried through a process called divorce It was over And again it happened The house where we gathered Easter Sunday April 20 2014 was shaken Again the earthquake signaled a resurrection Once again God announced that he has a message of hope we need to hear God continues to turn the frustrated cries of the wounded into songs of joy to restore shattered hopes and to bring new life and love out of that which was dead This is one family s resurrection story Kyle and Kate met during their college years at a Kansas university Their attraction became a friendship friendship a romance and romance a marriage They exchanged their vows March 14 1998 and began life together The flame of hope burned bright and their future appeared promising The handsome prince had met and married the beautiful princess They liked and loved each other Both were well educated Kate worked as an elementary school teacher Kyle initially worked in the computer industry and then embarked on what would become a prestigious law enforcement career Two sons were born into this family Behind the facade From all outward appearances this appeared to be Exhibit 1 of a dream marriage love between two beautiful healthy and talented people who were highly intelligent professionally successful and financially prosperous Their sons were wanted and well cared for What more could one want Much Behind the all American marriage façade all was not well From the beginning Kyle and Kate were on a collision course of expectations Both entered marriage

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    my last breath I wonder I would despair if death were the end But death is not the end My father is very much alive today God is not God of the dead but of the living My dad is more alive than at any time during his earthly journey I am profoundly thankful for the heritage that my earthly father left me He loved the Lord He served the Lord Generations of my forefathers knew Jesus and followed him I am at the receiving end of the promise of love to a thousand generations Psalm 90 gives me great confidence God has been our dwelling place in all generations He has always existed and in the beginning he created the world by the power of his might speaking the world into existence He then breathed life into man a living soul We are dust wonderfully animated and living image bearers of our Creator When we die we return to dust Eighty four years or a thousand years makes no difference to God they are but a watch in the night In a moment we are swept away and our place remembers us no more like a dream like the grass like a flower like the evening that fades into darkness and then the end But death is not the end When we lay down this temporary dwelling this broken and sinful body life will have just begun How can we be sure How can we be certain Jesus Jesus is alive Jesus died for my sins on the cross Jesus conquered death by rising from the dead Jesus satisfied God s justice and righteousness And now I know that I will live forever even as Jesus is alive forevermore We have a limited number of days Live well and make your days count for eternity J ames Epp is the pastor at Crossroads Bible Fellowship the USMB church in Balko Okla Leave a comment Comment Name E mail Post 0 Comments Death is not the end Monday Mar 2 2015 Psalm 90 gives us confidence for the future By James Epp So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom Psalm 90 12 ESV I ve been thinking about death lately Not in a morbid way but rather about the inevitability of it for everyone as well as the reality of my own inevitable demise Part of this thinking was brought about by the death of my father He was 84 when he died I was 40 A couple of years later I realized that I was half the age of my father at his death So theoretically if I live as many years as my father I was already half done The implications are sobering Is it possible that I ve been alive for more days than I have left as though a clock that had been ticking up has begun ticking down Is there a clock somewhere in eternity that is

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