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    passages or multiple passages from that week s lectionary listing A short devotional guides the reader s focus for the week The short homily is intended to highlight the chosen theme offer questions for the reader s consideration or suggest a new way to view the text Three prayers follow Prayer of Invitation that asks for God s aid in daily life Prayer of Mission that emphasizes the reader s desire to participate with God in what he is doing Prayer of Thanksgiving that remembers who God is and what he has done while expressing gratitude for God s presence Life is messy write Ussery and Phelps in the prayer guide information sheet It is full of surprises Rather than taking the roads less traveled alone why not look for a tour guide and dare to ask some friends to join you for the adventure Phelps says the words Vade Mecum refer to a handbook or guide that is constantly at hand for consultation In ancient times these documents served a travel maps and guides Phelps says these guides provided survival information for travelers and entertainment for those who enjoyed learning about other places but wanted to avoid the risks that came with actually traveling Phelps describes the first five books of the Bible as originally given by God to people as a travel guide Deut 6 1 15 The five books in the Law reveal God himself as the earliest travel guide when he told Abraham Go from your country and your kindred and your father s house to the land that I will show you Gen 12 1 says Phelps Imbedded in the concept of a travel guide is the reliance on the guidance of someone who has the knowledge about the journey and thus can provide a means of direction insight and assistance for your journey This is the essence of Watershed s travel guide Vade Mecum says Phelps Leave a comment Comment Name E mail Post 0 Comments Watershed seeking writers for prayer guide Monday Feb 2 2015 Prayer guide reflects commitment to learning from others By Connie Faber Watershed Church a missional USMB community in Kansas City Mo s Waldo and Brookside neighborhoods is preparing its 2015 16 Vade Mecum a 12 month prayer guide that also includes a weekly homily and list of Scripture readings that follow the Revised Common Lectionary This year co pastors Paul Bartel and Jason Phelps are inviting contributions from writers outside of their congregation Our community was formed around a vision to live life together knowing and loving God others and ourselves write Phelps and Mel Ussery a Watershed congregant in the Vade Mecum general information fact sheet The Vade Mecum was our attempt to connect our spiritual journeys together more Watershed Church has published Vade Mecum for five years the 2015 16 guide will be their sixth prayer guide The Watershed community contributed many of the prayers in the 2014 15 prayer guide while Pastors Bartel and Phelps

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    Tim 6 17 19 by being generous and willing to share says Jon C Wiebe president and CEO 2 Corinthians 9 11 says that we are made rich so we can be generous While none of us would call ourselves rich we still want to share this blessing with our family Three actions were taken by the MB Foundation Board of Directors in order to share the blessing The annual firstfruits gift to USMB was increased from 10 percent to 11 percent A one time gift to the five USMB districts was made in the amount of 17 000 each for a total distribution of 85 000 in December 2014 A ministry rebate was issued to all MB ministry borrowers of record in 2014 This resulted in 200 000 being distributed back to borrowers It is our hope that all of us can rejoice in God s provision says Lynn Schneider 2014 board chair We now challenge each ministry which receives a distribution to also prayerfully consider how to use the funds being generous on every occasion Leave a comment Comment Name E mail Post 1 Comments You model what you teach The gifts to the five districts it brilliant To reach this while we are here in India is heart warming Elmer Martens 2015 02 03 20 01 39 0 You model what you teach The notion of giving to the MB Foundation gives back Monday Feb 2 2015 Record setting earnings prompts grants rebates MB Foundation press release While 2014 books will not be closed and audited for several months it is clear that it will be a record setting year for MB Foundation in terms of earnings Rather than building bigger barns the stewardship ministry for U S Mennonite Brethren decided to share these earnings with the

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    the Jackson Neighborhood Residents of this neighborhood experience many life challenges including living in one of the lowest per capita income areas of Fresno In a proposal to the PDC and Mission USA Joe White writes There are 920 homes in the Jackson Neighborhood and we want our neighbors to walk and bike to a vibrant and fun Jesus focused worship service and midweek small groups We dream of a church that addresses the 18 percent unemployment rate in this area of Fresno White was raised in the Lowell Neighborhood of Fresno another of Fresno s low income neighborhoods which shaped his life and ministry This has given me a heart for the poor a cultural awareness a realistic perspective of how Jesus Kingdom comes and an honest perspective of my own brokenness and wounding as a man saved by grace Don Morris director of Mission USA says Joe and Heidi have a very strong call to this challenging neighborhood They are willing and excited about the opportunities that lie before them White says their motivation for church planting in the Jackson Neighborhood is simple We want to see Jesus transform the lives of residents in our neighborhood and participate in Jesus renewal of Fresno the city we love To read the most recent church planting news from Mission USA click here Leave a comment Comment Name E mail Post 0 Comments Announcing a new church plant in Fresno Monday Jan 19 2015 Mission USA announces a new USMB church plant Neighborhood Church in Fresno Calif The Pacific District Conference PDC and Mission USA th e church planting arm of USMB are supporting Neighborhood Church Church planters Joe and Heidi White pictured and their three children are moving this month to the Jackson Neighborhood a predominantly Hispanic community in downtown

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    Joshua is an energetic and biblically focused preacher He is well trained and brings solid life experience In addition to strengthening the pastoral staff the merger enhanced the worship team by adding new musicians and worship leader Zinna Paraguison The new FOJ is planning to add life groups to their ministry The groups will be formed by dividing the church s impact area into four quadrants with people in each of those four areas joining together to form a group Groups will meet weekly for study and discussion of that Sunday s sermon prayer fellowship and missional activity within the community It s all about discipleship says associate pastor Aris Tolentino As the church grows space has become an issue As the photo shows the small meeting area is full Decisions need to be made Does the church begin a second worship service or try to find a larger and thus more expensive facility How does the church best use their limited funds Don Morris Mission USA director points out that with 80 000 Filipino Americans in Las Vegas the potential for impact and growth is enormous FOJ is supported by the Pacific District Conference PDC and Mission USA For a glimpse of worship at FOJ watch this video To read the most recent church planting news from Mission USA click here Leave a comment Comment Name E mail Post 0 Comments Full house in Las Vegas Monday Jan 19 2015 Friends of Jesus FOJ the USMB church plant in Las Vegas Nev recently merged with another Filipino American congregation of similar size The merger has been a perfect fit each church supplied resources the other did not previously have says Richard Novick FOJ elder chair Not only did membership increase overnight but the added church also brought with them

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    sooner Voth died Sept 22 2014 and about four months later Bergdahl also met his Savior face to face Bergdahl was born February 9 1959 He is survived by his parents Robert and Beverley Bergdahl his sister Deborah and her husband John Teats all of Gilbert Arizona his wife Janine and their daughters Kayleigh and Pradnya all of Madera Remembrances may be made to the Kroeker Bergdahl Memorial Scholarship at Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary 1717 S Chestnut Fresno CA 93702 Leave a comment Comment Name E mail Post 3 Comments LouAnn Voth 2015 01 20 18 16 25 0 It is with sadness I read of Tim s passing My heart goes out to his wife Janine and daughters May they find comfort in knowing they were well loved Thank you for this life sketch It was also gracious of you to include mentioning my dearly loved husband Ron Both were faithful servants of our Lord Jesus and His church Remember your leaders who spoke the word of God to you Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith and do not forget to do good and to share with others for with such sacrifices God is pleased Heb 13 7 16 Thank you Ron and Tim for showing us your faith and sacrificial lives Honored to be Ron s wife LouAnn Voth Trent Voth 2015 01 20 21 16 57 0 Amen José Arrais 2015 01 21 02 11 04 0 Me and my wife Paula are extremely glad that we meet Tim during our time at MBBS Fresno He had an office there and it was quite common after classes to stop by and chat a bit with him What we will never forget was the way he was always calm and his smile it was not a forced one it was a genuine and calm smile when we were at his office door Tim is close by now in Heaven delighting himself with the Lord Bergdahl remembered as leader Monday Jan 19 2015 USMB pastor dies after battle with cancer By Connie Faber Timothy Allen Bergdahl pastor of Madera Avenue Bible Church the USMB congregation in Madera Calif died Jan 8 Bergdahl was diagnosed with cancer 3 years ago and continued with his pastoral duties until just recently Bergdahl who died at the age of 55 served the Mennonite Brethren church as a mission leader writer pastor and teacher Tim Bergdahl was a man wholeheartedly committed to Christ and living and speaking and teaching in such a way that others would see Christ and find their hope in him said Gary Wall the Pacific District Conference minister in his remarks at Bergdahl s memorial service held Jan 15 Bergdahl loved learning Bergdahl whose first friend was books loved learning He graduated from Point Loma College in San Diego Calif and earned masters degrees from MB Biblical Seminary now F resno Pacific Biblical Seminary in Fresno Calif and Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena Calif

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    out of the LDS faith Z one of the guys I Jason meet with weekly for discipleship is now reaching out to a friend of his He called me last week and was so excited about what was happening in his discipleship relationship Over 30 minutes he told me what was happening and it was almost word for word why we came here how we want to do things and who we want to be I Jason met with a couple last night who are relatively new to Saratoga Springs and are believers They found our information and are excited about living on mission in Utah In the year they ve been here they ve already made good connections with their neighbors and want to find a community who also wants to live missionally incarnationally Pray that this relationship continues to deepen God is at work We want to be faithful and available Thanks for your part in making all this happen Seriously We can t say it enough Thanks for journeying with us The Greenhouse is being planted in partnership with Mission USA the Pacific District Conference PDC Henderson Neb MB Church Fairview Okla MB Church and New Hopedale Church Okla To read the most recent church planting news from Mission USA click here Leave a comment Comment Name E mail Post 2 Comments Ron Seibel 2015 01 20 07 28 13 0 Your report of what God is doing through you and others is very inspiring Praise be to God and thank you for giving yourselves for others I pray God fill you with His Spirit and work powerfully Nothing thrills me more than learning of people who have placed their faith in Christ and now follow Him Also what really makes a day for me is when I get an opportunity to talk to someone about Christ and the Gospel Dave Buller 2015 01 22 04 28 31 0 Awesome This is great news and some answers to prayer Greenhouse update Monday Jan 19 2015 The Greenhouse our USMB church plant in Saratoga Springs Utah continues to build relationships with people in their community Church planters Jason and Nicole Quiring share some of the highlights from the past month We had over 35 people come to a Birthday Party for Jesus at a local trampoline place We had so much fun especially with some new people we ve been connecting with Pray that those connections continue to deepen We had over 60 of our neighbors over to our home for our second annual Christmas Cookie Decorating Night We really need to come up with a cleverer name for that We met a few neighbors that we haven t been able to connect with much and had some great conversations The highlight of the night was when one of our neighbors pulled Nicole outside and told her You guys know how to love us so well Wow That is huge Nicole continues conversations with our friend S who

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    us Current lament future hope The future of Bethany College s campus staff and faculty are unknown Our first priority is to ensure that students are cared for says Dueck We intend to sit down with each individual student says Dueck to ensure a strategy for the furtherance of their education Most of the third year students can graduate with a bachelor of biblical studies or receive a bachelor of arts in 2016 after completing an internship with a church or ministry Second year students can receive a diploma and have good transferability prospects with partner schools and colleges Of course says Dueck none of this fully satisfies those students who fully intended to finish a Bethany degree and who are now grieving that loss Saskatchewan MB director of ministry Terrance Froese acknowledges the sadness of the closure and expresses gratitude for the legacy of staff and students of the octogenarian institution It s a hard decision but a clear one he says and clarity is very helpful in these situations Froese says the provincial conference will continue to support discipleship training through scholarships for post secondary study and internships with local churches and agencies In some sense this closure opens a whole new door for something we don t know God is bringing In a similar spirit the Bethany board of directors expressed its sincere desire that this decision will not mark the end of conversation around discipleship and theological formation and invited input from any who are interested in this vital ministry going forward What doesn t change says Toews is the need for believers and local churches to grow in their understanding of the Word We ve just got to reimagine a fresh and succinct articulation of the role of theological education Bethany College photo The Administration Building houses classrooms the Library and Chapel It also contains the general offices faculty staff offices cafeteria student lounge and email center Leave a comment Comment Name E mail Post 0 Comments Saskatchewan Bible college to close Monday Jan 19 2015 Declining enrollment prompts MB college to close By Karla Braun of the Mennonite Brethren Herald The board of Bethany College Hepburn Sask emerged from December meetings with sobering news the current school year 2014 2015 will be the 87 year old rural Saskatchewan institution s final year The college co sponsored by the Mennonite Brethren churches of Saskatchewan and Alberta and the Saskatchewan Evangelical Mennonite Mission Conference began in 1927 and was renamed in 2002 following full accreditation with the Accrediting Association of Bible Colleges A trend of declining enrollment hit a critical point in spring 2014 This year there are 64 on campus students and eight fourth year interns The college sent out appeals for financial support prayer and students and laid off staff for the summer Constituency response made the current year possible but despite an October discernment summit where key denominational and church partners affirmed the need for places like Bethany to disciple young people and

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    employ other graduates a shop selling parts and maybe eventually new motorcycles which now people drive to other towns to buy What he s done so far he says is only the beginning I ve got a shop here but I want to have an enterprise Learn more about how MCC s Haiti earthquake response and ongoing challenges at mcc org haitiearthquake MCC is a faith based nongovernmental organization that works in more than 60 countries responding to disasters encouraging sustainable development and strengthening local peace and justice initiatives MCC works for relief development and peace in the name of Christ MCC s Haiti earthquake response By the numbers 16 9 million spent since 2010 Nearly 2 million in addition is being spent on earthquake response projects in 2015 and beyond 45 528 people received food assistance 26 788 comforters distributed 6 680 water filters provided 6 344 people received cash transfers or were part of cash for work projects 2 981 participants gained skills in agriculture or livelihoods trainings 1 718 homes repaired or constructed 1 616 people learned tools for trauma healing or conflict resolution 1 131 students benefited from school reconstruction or support Photo 1 Gladys Joseph who holds her one year old son Jean Pierre Romain especially loves the opportunity to grow plants and vegetables in the yard of her new home one of 100 homes in Cabaret Haiti that MCC helped fund after the 2010 earthquake Before Joseph moved to her own house she and her husband and children lived with friends MCC Photo Silas Crews Photo 2 Dieunold Sterling works on a motor at his motorcycle repair business in Desarmes Haiti as his nephew Dumas John watches The advanced mechanical skills he learned at a vocational school that MCC helped re energize allowed Sterling to get an education and develop a business in his hometown without going to overcrowded Port au Prince MCC Photo Silas Crews Leave a comment Comment Name E mail Post 0 Comments MCC working to rebuild homes lives in Haiti Monday Jan 19 2015 MCC continues to work in Haiti five years after earthquake By Marla Pierson Lester for Mennonite Central Committee In Cabaret Haiti 24 miles outside the capital city of Port au Prince breezes flutter the sheer fabric hanging in the doorway of Gladys Joseph s new home There s room in the yard for her children to play And for the first time since she was sent to Haiti s capital city as a child she s able to have a garden corn beans manioc and okra Five years after a devastating earthquake tore across Port au Prince and surrounding towns Mennonite Central Committee MCC has spent 16 9 million to help Haitians recover Despite the many challenges that remain MCC s work done during those years continues to positively impact Joseph and many other people both in the capital city and in rural areas An additional 2 million is allocated for earthquake recovery projects in 2015

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