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    end including everyone in the morning with singing with an international choir and in the evening with a worship service that will include participation from all continents Question Why should I take a week off and come to PA 2015 García We hope that North Americans will feel called to join this global experience Yes it does involve committing time and money but we believe that this is a rare opportunity to become involved in a spiritual experience that will be truly transformative Are North Americans really so busy that they can t set aside 5 days to spend time worshiping and fellowshipping and sharing about their faith lives with sisters and brothers who live faithfully in many parts of the world North Americans are being offered a chance to practice true hospitality by sharing life with our global faith family What s more important than participating wholeheartedly and seeing what we can learn And why not include children and young people so that they have an indelible experience of life in God s rich community which could shape their understanding of church for the rest of their lives Question What is Mennonite World Conference If it is more than a once every six years conference why is it called a conference García Mennonite World Conference began as an event a single meeting in 1925 when a relatively small group of European and North American Mennonites planned a conference to celebrate the 400 th anniversary of the founding of Anabaptism in Switzerland in 1525 The Mennonite world at that time was largely confined to Europe and North America Other Mennonite World Conferences followed being held about every five or six years often to celebrate an historical occasion and over time to consider themes of interest and concern to Mennonites as a whole Fellowship and support for each other became increasingly important although MWC has never had the authority to control or impose doctrine or practice on its members The word conference accurately described the activities of these early get togethers And the name has stuck although there is periodic discussion about using the term communion instead of conference Over the years as fellowships began to form around the world MWC began to recognize ways in which national churches could become resources to each other MWC began to develop programs that are year round and ongoing to bring the global family into greater relationship with each other Today in addition to its global Assemblies MWC sponsors World Fellowship Sunday nurtures solidarity and networking among its member churches publishes periodicals encourages the publishing of the Global Anabaptist Shelf of Literature includes Commissions who support the faith life of MWC member churches and much more All of this contributes to our becoming a global communion As the founder of MWC said 90 years ago We are stronger when we are together In the midst of persecution and suffering MWC brings hope to a world that needs to see that in Christ it is possible to find an interdependent multicultural community that loves and serves in the way of Jesus For more information about PA 2015 the next Mennonite World Conference Assembly to be held July 21 26 2015 at the Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg Pennsylvania USA go to www mwc cmm org pa2015 Photo caption Photos by Merle Good César García MWC general secretary at the opening of the Assembly office in Akron Penn Leave a comment Comment Name E mail Post 0 Comments Why attend PA 2015 Monday Jan 19 2015 García responds to questions overheard in North America about PA 2015 Mennonite World Conference news story Amid growing anticipation and excitement about the Mennonite World Conference Assembly PA 2015 to be held in Harrisburg Pa July 21 26 a number of questions keep surfacing within North American churches MWC General Secretary César García shares his thoughts and answers to questions being talked about in hallways and over dinner tables PA 2015 is the first assembly planned under the leadership of García a Mennonite Brethren from Bogotá Colombia who began serving as the general secretary in 2012 Question Should we really come to PA 2015 I hear they don t want too many North Americans there Will there be enough internationals for this to be a truly global event García At Mennonite World Conference MWC Assemblies the people of the hosting country always outnumber their guests It was true in India in Zimbabwe and in Paraguay Those who live in the host country know there s a rich feast to experience and they don t want to miss it It s also a chance for the various Anabaptist groups from within the hosting country and continent to work and worship together This will include not only the host churches Mennonite Mennonite Brethren Brethren in Christ Conservative Mennonite Conference but also newer immigrant churches for example Vietnamese Ethiopian and Korean congregations which are firmly planted and growing in strength and numbers in the United States and Canada All of these MWC members based in North America will be at PA 2015 fully participating You ll have them as friends and resources long after our guests have gone home You are ALL absolutely welcome And yes there will be enough internationals for this to be a truly global event Registration so far shows strong enthusiasm Question Why have the event in the U S with the visa issue What is being done about ensuring that our sisters and brothers from the Global South can get visas García We learned something from the Zimbabweans when they invited all of us to their country for the MWC Assembly in 2003 They had worrisome food and fuel shortages Inflation was out of control Daily life was a major struggle for many church members But they wanted to share what they had and they needed to experience the support of their sisters and brothers from around the world So they stockpiled food and fuel for months before

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    Faith Condensed Version Confession of Faith Spanish Version Artículo 1 Artículo 2 Artículo 3 Artículo 4 Artículo 5 Artículo 6 Artículo 7 Artículo 8 Artículo 9 Artículo 10 Artículo 11 Artículo 12 Artículo 13 Artículo 14 Artículo 15 Artículo 16 Artículo 17 Artículo 18 Anabaptism The 12 Principles of Anabaptism Christian Leader Mission USA MUSA National Youth Board of Faith Life Events 2016 National Gathering Event Archives Contact Us News Find a Church Home In This Section News News Archive Sanctuary Fremont Sunday Jan 18 2015 Sanctuary Fremont was planted out of Stony Brook Church of Omaha itself a current USMB church plant A sanctuary is a place of rest healing safety redemption and restoration Fremont is located 30 miles northwest of Omaha Church planters Wes and Michele Wilmer began serving in June of 2014 as resident church planters at Stony Brook Church The Wilmers worked to develop a core team for planting in Fremont a city with a lively main street and hometown atmosphere Following the resignation of Wes Wilmer as church planter effective January 5th 2016 Mission USA has determined to finalize financial subsidy and personnel resources for Sanctuary Fremont As the Wilmers focus on their family life we continue to pray for them and their future work and ministry The Central District is diligently seeking the counsel of God and their board to determine the future of Sanctuary Fremont Sanctuary Fremont Sunday Jan 18 2015 Sanctuary Fremont was planted out of Stony Brook Church of Omaha itself a current USMB church plant A sanctuary is a place of rest healing safety redemption and restoration Fremont is located 30 miles northwest of Omaha Church planters Wes and Michele Wilmer began serving in June of 2014 as resident church planters at Stony Brook Church The Wilmers worked to develop

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    it possible for CDC convention delegates to approve a 2014 15 budget of 386 000 a 122 000 increase over the previous year s budget The additional funds are designated for four areas that will benefit new and existing congregations In 2014 USMB officially switched to a fiscal year that matches the calendar year The 2014 budget was set in 2013 at a time when the Leadership Board was uncertain of the outcome of the 2013 fiscal year and so the board approved a 2014 budget that did not include funding for new projects But when the national conference finished the 2013 fiscal year with a strong positive balance of almost 35 000 the USMB Leadership Board revisited the 2014 budget and increased the budget by 50 000 earmarking those funds for church planting Global MB community gains new conference In 2014 the International Community of Mennonite Brethren grew to 21 national conferences in 19 countries when the Free Christian Church in Lithuanian was officially accepted as an ICOMB member at the May annual ICOMB summit Colleges continue to grow The two U S Mennonite Brethren colleges Tabor College in Hillsboro Kan and Fresno Pacific University headquartered in Fresno Calif reporte d strong enrollments for the fall 2014 semester For the first time FPU enrollment numbers surpassed 3 700 students a 7 percent rise above the previous year TC enrollment increased overall by 4 percent with 766 students enrolled compared to 736 in 2013 Tabor College launched its new master s in entrepreneurial ministry leadership with a daylong free seminar April 24 hosted by Rick Bartlett director of theological education on how faith and human need correspond The Higher Learning Commission approved the program for accreditation Feb 25 FPU President Pete Menjares abruptly resigned Sept 11 2014 Five days later the FPU Board of Trustees announced the appointment of Richard Kriegbaum photo right as the university s 12th president and endorsed a new leadership model that increases the role of the provost Local church news The Gospel Fellowship Church Wolf Point Mont building was severely damaged by a morning fire Nov 18 pictured left The congregation was invited to worship with Wolf Point s Community Bible Church through the month of December and possibly longer depending on how the temporary arrangement works out Two USMB congregations celebrated 50th anniversaries Greenhaven Neighborhood Church Sacramento Calif and Grace Bible Church Gettysburg SD Three USMB congregations each working with MB Foundation concluded facility improvements during 2014 MB Foundation is the U S Mennonite Brethren stewardship ministry In November College Community Church Mennonite Brethren of Clovis Calif completed construction of a new sanctuary building and is remodeling the existing fireside wing The new building was dedicated Jan 3 4 2015 Ethiopian Evangelical Church Aurora Colo completed work on the renovation of a former YMCA that they purchased for their new worship home They dedicated the facility in November 2013 New Life Missionary Church Portland Ore purchased a facility that was dedicated Nov 23 Photos Thumbnail Ed Boschman far left retiring USMB executive director and his wife far right pray for Don and Jana Morris center as Morris will be the interim executive director Top photo Delegates attending the 2014 National Convention Article 13 photo Delegates were invited to speak to the proposed revision of Article 13 of the USMB Confession of Faith during the Board of Faith and Life report and during an afternoon workshop pictured Leave a comment Comment Name E mail Post 0 Comments Looking ahead the big news for 2014 Wednesday Jan 7 2015 Strategic review of USMB vision structure is top 2014 news story By Connie Faber Reviewing the top Christian Leader news stories of 2014 the big news of this past year concerns the future 2015 and beyond Being a healthy denomination A representative group of USMB leaders is currently fleshing out a preferred scenario for the future of the U S Conference of MB Churches Their assignment stems from two working retreats held in the fall of 2014 that were led by consultant George Bullard Bullard pictured right was hired by the Leadership Board to help the conference assess where we are as a denomination and where we need to go if we desire to be a healthy conference that can make a difference in the world About 40 individuals representing USMB districts institutions and agencies met with Bullard in September and then again in November During the November retreat the group identified a preferred ministry model that is currently being developed by a small group of nine participants This group will present their description of the preferred scenario in March during the annual meetings of the Leadership Board and the Leadership Summit a gathering of key leaders from national district and partner ministries Executive director transitions The review of USMB vision and structure was prompted by Ed Boschman s decision to retire as the USMB executive director effective August 2014 Boschman had served as the executive director since 2007 For 40 years he served as a Mennonite Brethren pastor and conference leader An emotionally charged celebration at the 2014 National Convention honored Boschman Terry Hunt one of four individuals that reflected on Boschman s leadership washed Boschman s feet as an indication of how much we appreciate you pictured left Rather than appoint a new executive director prior to knowing the outcome of the strategic review the Leadership Board tapped Don Morris Mission USA director to serve as the interim executive director The new Article 13 Many delegates to the 30th USMB National Convention viewed the decision regarding Article 13 of the Confession of Faith as the reason to attend the 2014 biennial gathering held July 25 26 at the Santa Clara Calif Marriott It was evident from comments made during the Saturday morning business session and the afternoon workshop that U S Mennonite Brethren continue to debate whether a Confession of Faith should be prescriptive or descriptive and do not agree on what the Bible means

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    sending light back out As part of the rebuild a wall that separated the church from the neighborhood was removed and replaced with a visually open wrought iron fence Braun says this is just one example of how the new facility is designed to reflect transparency with the community Over the last several years he says the congregation has been making better connections with those in their neighborhood like building relationships with the children and families involved in the Head Start program that uses the CCCMB facility and they wanted their new facility to reflect their desire to be even more open to their community Braun says the new facility will make it easier for those in the congregation to continue to reach out to their neighbors in ways that make sense It will help us remember why we re here he says Space reflects appreciation for the arts Like the dedication weekend the new space reflects CCCMB s longstanding appreciation for the arts Acoustics in the sanctuary are alive and well suited for congregational singing and live performances It sings very well Buller notes The building as a whole is shaped like a boat or a fish a nod to biblical imagery Three axes meet in the narthex a worship axis that runs through the sanctuary a community axis that points toward the neighborhood and a history or tradition axis that runs through a new memorial garden Each is marked with appropriate Scripture stained into the floor We ve tried to build meaning into the structure Braun says Buller says calls the building as a whole classically elegant He says It s a very beautiful building Photos by Dennis Becker Photo caption Eugene Friesen center playing his own composition with orchestra and choir Leave a comment Comment Name E mail Post 1 Comments Lisa Keith 2015 01 07 14 46 00 0 Just driving by it s a magnificent building and I would expect a significant meeting place in the community California church dedicates new facility Tuesday Jan 6 2015 CCCMB designs addition with theology neighborhood in mind By Myra Holmes College Community Church MB CCCMB Clovis Calif dedicated a new facility the weekend of Jan 3 4 The church was founded in 1963 and has been worshiping at the original facility since 1965 The congregation broke ground on this new facility as they celebrated 50 years in May 2013 and began worshiping there Nov 23 They dedicated the new facility with a weekend of events that included a special Sunday morning worship service and two concerts Eugene Friesen world renowned cellist and Milton Friesen professor of music at Fresno Pacific University Fresno Calif presented a concert of original compositions classical music and duets Saturday evening The formal dedication service Sunday evening featured an original composition for choir and orchestra with music composed by Eugene Friesen and lyrics by poet and CCCMB member Jean Janzen The composition Songs of Dedication was prepared specifically for this occasion and reflected on

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    of the expectation that must have been at the time of Jesus birth Brenda Deason added to the atmosphere of the night as she portrayed a fruit and vegetable vendor She said the event gave participants and visitors alike a chance to focus on the spiritual meaning behind the event It s so easy to get caught up in Santa but for me when we do Bethlehem it feels like it s really Christmas People take their kids to the mall to see Santa but this way they can take their kids to Bethlehem Aside from the booths and various stations children also got a chance to see goats donkeys sheep and chickens Rebekah Lehrman brought her goat Chica a 4 H project to the event to make the grounds seem more like the biblical setting It s fun to walk around and if people want they can pet the goat said Lehrman Kids pet the goat a lot But this is the night the Christ child is born it s an exciting time for all of us Portraying the part of Dorcas in the clothier s shop Maribel Gonzalez said sharing a bit of history about the use of fabrics at the time was only one aspect of her part The more important was sharing the news of the importance of the birth that s taken place The people are talking about a rumor that this newborn will be the Messiah said Gonzalez Since the Spanish congregation here is not that big everyone was willing to help It s nice to have this here in Kingsburg to give Spanish speaking visitors a real sense of what Christmas is in their own language Note Kingsburg MB Church and Iglesia Agua Viva capped off their Bethlehem Experience partnership with a joint Spanish English bilingual service Sunday morning Dec 21 It was a taste of heaven says Kathy Heinrichs Wiest who directed Bethlehem Experience Leave a comment Comment Name E mail Post 0 Comments Kingsburg church stages first Spanish Bethlehem Experience Monday Jan 5 2015 Four USMB congregations join in Christmas outreach By Laura Brown The Kingsburg Recorder This article was first printed in the Dec 17 2014 issue of The Kingsburg Calif Recorder and is reprinted with permission What could be more important than Christmas at this time of year For the faithful organizing the Kingsburg MB Church s Bethlehem Experience the answer becomes evident the closer and closer visitors got to the manger where infant Cristian Jacob Cruz was held by Jessica Gallegos You live it You re in the scene said Agua Viva pastor Alfred Foth who greeted visitors as they finished the walk and entered a large banquet room The congregation has presented the walk through experience on alternating years since 1995 but this is the first time the group has done an evening of Spanish language tours There s nothing like hearing it in their own language Foth said This year the Kingsburg church members were joined

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    the River East MB Church in Winnipeg Man and a doctoral candidate at Queen s University in Kingston Ont Her project title is Picturing Anabaptism Mennonites and the Art Market in the Dutch Golden Age Schroeder is exploring 17th century Mennonite artistic engagement and how it contributed to Anabaptist cultural and religious heritage She hopes the project will shed new light on a period of Anabaptist history that has many fascinating parallels with the current urban Mennonite experience in North America Dueck teaches at Bethany College in Hepburn Sask and is a doctoral candidate at Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam Netherlands His project title is Faith Development in Emerging Adulthood Toward a Developmental Theological Anthropology Dueck is pairing a theological engagement with the question of faith development among emerging adults paying particular attention to the Canadian Mennonite Brethren context He hopes this research can both fill an existing developmental gap in the theological anthropology of the Canadian Mennonite Brethren church while affirming and clarifying its historic emphasis on personal experiential faith Dyck teaches at Canadian Mennonite University in Winnipeg Man and is also a doctoral candidate at Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam Netherlands His project title is The Place of Contemplative Practices within the Spirituality of Canadian Mennonite Brethren Dyck is making a detailed description of the spiritual life of Mennonite Brethren over the past 165 years including ways in which Mennonite Brethren have appropriated practices from other Christian groups He hopes the project will promote engagements marked by generosity discernment and integrity among people of diverse Christian traditions The Historical Commission is pleased to make these awards noting that these projects represent the kind of work that it wants to support encourage and fund The MB studies project grants are made possible with support from U S and Canadian Mennonite Brethren churches See www mbhistory org for information on these awards and other research grants and internships offered by the MB Historical Commission Leave a comment Comment Name E mail Post 0 Comments MB studies project grants awarded Monday Jan 5 2015 Grants support historical theological research and publication Historical Commission press release Nina Schroeder Gil Dueck and Andrew Dyck are the 2014 recipients of the Mennonite Brethren Historical Commission s first MB studies project grants Each award comes with a grant of 2 500 The selection committee chose the three from a strong field of applicants all working on projects of historical and theological interest to Mennonite Brethren around the world Schroeder is a member of the River East MB Church in Winnipeg Man and a doctoral candidate at Queen s University in Kingston Ont Her project title is Picturing Anabaptism Mennonites and the Art Market in the Dutch Golden Age Schroeder is exploring 17th century Mennonite artistic engagement and how it contributed to Anabaptist cultural and religious heritage She hopes the project will shed new light on a period of Anabaptist history that has many fascinating parallels with the current urban Mennonite experience in North America Dueck teaches at

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    be great theologians or historians or students but if we fail to communicate these lessons well to our congregations then these lessons are of limited value The purpose of my spoken word is to encourage people and equip them for another week of life and ministry The act of preaching is vaster than a simple speech Not only are there a myriad of methods but the invisible work of the Holy Spirit unction as we used to say in our sermon preparation in the heart preparation of the listener and in that moment when sound waves travel across space seeking fertile ground a mighty work of the Holy Spirit is something for which we long But it truly remains the work of another person Several years ago I had a memorable encounter with Psalm 141 O Lord I call to you come quickly to me Hear my voice when I call to you May my prayer be set before you like incense may the lifting up of my hands be like the evening sacrifice Set a guard over my mouth O Lord keep watch over the door of my lips vv 1 3 Verse three the last sentence quoted above stood out to me then and remains with me today The spoken word is powerful It has always been powerful But from the pulpit it should be drenched in authority inspiration conviction love and encouragement For something to have that impact it must be free from the uninspired That is why in the moments before I walk on stage many times I pray that the Lord will set a guard over my mouth That the words I speak will only be what he desires to be spoken that no idea or notion of me will ever make it past my lips O Lord these lips are imperfect guard them closely Amen Luke Haidle is the lead pastor at Henderson Neb MB Church Leave a comment Comment Name E mail Post 0 Comments Psalm 141 Guard my mouth Thursday Jan 1 2015 The power of words to encourage equip by Luke Haidle Set a guard over my mouth O Lord keep watch over the door of my lips Psalm 141 3 I am a pastor meaning I talk for a living Obviously I do other things as well but my role of preacher presenter teacher speaker is dominant As a Christian and especially as a pastor I value the teaching of Scripture I have always valued good preaching and strive for presentations of excellence But it really wasn t until I was regularly in the pulpit that I learned how valuable it is to have skill in the spoken word In seminary I took many good classes on apologetics hermeneutics theology and leadership But it is through the avenue of preaching that all of these come together and find their most meaningful expression We may be great theologians or historians or students but if we fail to communicate these lessons well

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    keeping with your income 1 Cor 16 2 Read The Generosity Ladder by Nelson Searcy As you give focus on the ministries that reflect God s heart Scripture seems clear that God is interested in evangelism discipleship taking care of those who teach us and the poor If you would like to grow in your generosity contact us info mbfoundation com or 800 551 1547 for a free copy of Searcy s great little book The Generosity Ladder Supplies are limited Let us recommit to doing good and being generous with time and money In doing so we have the opportunity to experience real life the life Jesus came to bring 1 Tim 6 19 Jon C Wiebe is the president and CEO of MB Foundation the U S Mennonite Brethren stewardship ministry Leave a comment Comment Name E mail Post 1 Comments Garry Kargel 2015 01 17 08 34 09 0 Question Do you love to give Answer Yes Sometimes we hear back about how the recipient was able to reach others for Christ Sometimes we hear how the gift was able to meet an urgent need Sometimes we do not hear right away how the gift impacted a life but trust God s blessing it s use Richness in good deeds comes in many forms words of encouragement or hope or help actions to meet needs money to improve or even sustain the lives of others and service to our neighbors church community or even to somewhere far from home God has given all of us resources which we are allowed to share with others While they may differ in type or quantity or timing all of our resources have a common origin They are truly God s blessings in our lives How awesome that God allows us the opportunities to share with others from His storehouse His blessings in our lives can become the blessings in another s life The return on investment of good deeds is true richness You love to give Thursday Jan 1 2015 Mennonite Brethren love our churches love to give By Jon C Wiebe I Timothy 6 18 is becoming one of my favorite passages Command them us to do good to be rich in good deeds and to be generous and willing to share That pretty much captures the essence of generosity does it not Twice this verse tells us to be generous with our time for the sake of others And not just to do good but to be rich in good deeds As Andy Stanley puts it our deeds should be above average Rich in good deeds Then the focus shifts to our money Twice we are encouraged to give The apostle Paul says we should be generous and willing to share Not just people who give but people who are willing to give Not just donors but generous donors Yet an analysis by the Chronicle of Philanthropy verified once again that on average Americans give about 3 percent

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