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    Washington state to Phoenix for project team meetings several times a year Art meets after preaching to attend meetings for Christ Church Sellwood Portland Ore Josh spends a Sunday afternoon several times a year away from his family to attend Sellwood meetings Mike provides free accounting and sits on the project team for Stony Brook Rick drives to Omaha Neb from North Dakota to attend meetings for Stony Brook and Sanctuary Fremont Fremont Neb Melissa creates and serves a tremendous thematic dinner for Stony Brook team members every time they meet Burt leaves work to attend meetings for Friends of Jesus Las Vegas Nev He also keeps the books Melissa leaves her two kids with a sitter to attend Greenhouse meetings Richard gives hours and hours of time for Friends of Jesus including project team meetings Albert and Jessica were a part of Grace Point McAllen McAllen Texas when it was just a dream and they are still involved Tim has driven countless miles and provided countless hours of counsel for several project teams Another Tim has driven many miles from Kansas where he pastors a USMB church to Denver Colo Jay has an extremely busy schedule but still makes time for Stony Brook meetings driving three hours each way Aaron not only serves on a project team but he s also pastoring one church and planting another Joe Fito Rafael and Moi all give substantial time for project team meetings for Iglesia Biblica de la Gracia Mission Texas Elurden and Thelma serve a wonderful dinner every time Iglesia Biblica meets This isn t an exhaustive list There are many more people involved to ensure that our church plants have necessary leadership in place In addition new dedicated team members are being sought for church plants in Denver and Fresno A big big thank you to all who serve To read the most recent church planting news from Mission USA click here Leave a comment Comment Name E mail Post 0 Comments Project teams dedicated people Monday Nov 17 2014 By Don Morris Church plant project teams a team of key stakeholders that functions as an elder board while a church plant is on subsidy are central to how we do USMB church planting These teams are made up of church planters volunteers district ministers Mission USA representatives district representatives and church leaders from an assisting mother church or from the church plant itself These people give substantial time and sometimes make long trips to be part of important project team meetings I d like to offer a list of people by first name only and ways they have sacrificed to serve our church plants Troy has been a project team member for Stony Brook Church Omaha Neb for four years running John drives 1 500 miles to Mission Texas and 445 miles to Omaha Neb for meetings Debbie flies from Denver Colo to Salt Lake City Utah for project team meetings for The Greenhouse Saratoga Springs Utah Curtis provides

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    work but those who came to help had such servant hearts Humber says Even though the volunteers diverted some material directly to the landfill the church was still left with a large pile of material in the corner of the parking lot while they waited for the dumpster to be returned which took about a week In the meantime the wind picked up and blew trash around vagrants picked through the pile and made a mess and the weather turned wet with both rain and snow We had a real mess on our hands Humber says And what were we communicating to the neighborhood The project came to an encouraging end the day the dumpster was finally returned In less than three hours after a call for help went out via email volunteers had loaded all of the junk The weather was awful that day Humber remembers It was blowing like mad and the temperature was in the 20s But once again a handful of go getters showed up and took care of it in no time It s hard to describe how good it feels to be a part of a group that serves so well I can only imagine what the immediate neighbors thought when they returned home that night to our cleaned up lot Humber says SBC will plan for more dumpster space from the start next year and will partner with a thrift store to keep even more usable ite ms out of the landfill It s kind of remarkable how this neighborhood clean up effort has expanded as the years go by he says Not only is there more junk but there is more energy from our folks to be involved with the expansion Stony Brook Church is a four year old church plant supported by Mission USA and the Central District Conference CDC To read the most recent church planting news from Mission USA click here Leave a comment Comment Name E mail Post 0 Comments Stony Brook s Dump Run expands Monday Nov 17 2014 Stony Brook Church SBC Omaha Neb reached out to their neighborhood by organizing a free Dump Run Nov 1 This was the fourth year for the event and the response this year was beyond their wildest expectations according to Stephen Humber discipleship pastor A week before the event flyers were delivered to the 700 homes in the immediate neighborhood inviting them to put their junk out on the curb to be hauled away An enormous 40 cubic yard roll off dumpster was placed in the church parking lot On the day of the event teams split up and headed out with pickups and trailers to retrieve whatever had been left out and put it in the dumpster As for the past two years a scrap metal and technology recycler was invited to help separate out the usable material and keep it out of the landfill It s a lot of fun to work together like this Humber says

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    broken relationships shattered dreams writes Terry Brensinger vice president of Fresno Pacific University and dean of Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary in his introduction to the devotional Yet the truth of Scripture is that we have hope in Jesus Christ As we move into and through the upcoming seasons of Advent Christmas and Epiphany we at Fresno Pacific University Seminary invite readers to join us in celebrating the hope that Jesus Christ offers to the entire world says Brensinger We have written these devotionals because we believe that in Christ Christians are people of hope The seminary Advent devotionals were first offered in 2008 and the Android app was developed the next year The devotional can be printed from the website in either a single sided copy or as a booklet The USMB conference website will again carry a link Those without computer access may call the FPU advancement office 559 453 7139 and request a single copy There is no cost Whenever people celebrate the birth of Jesus it is always a season of light says FPU President Richard Kreigbaum With this devotional we pray that the Father of light giver of every good gift might shine the light of Jesus in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ Leave a comment Comment Name E mail Post 0 Comments Advent devotional focuses on hope Thursday Nov 13 2014 Daily devotionals written by FPU seminary for sixth year By Connie Faber Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary and Fresno Pacific University are again offering daily devotions during Advent The daily devotionals begin Sunday Nov 30 and continue through Jan 4 The devotional is available on the university website www fresno edu and there is a free smartphone app available on

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    working retreats led by consultant George Bullard to be held Nov 17 18 in Phoenix Ariz This is the second meeting of the review the first was held Sept 22 23 in Kansas City Kan While a consultation like this has a limited number of participants in this case 45 individuals everyone can join in praying for the work being done says Schroeder Schroeder lists five specific requests for the Nov 17 18 consultation that participants will come with a humble spirit Schroeder says this attitude was evident at the group s first meeting in September that the group will clearly sense God s vision for U S Mennonite Brethren that consensus for moving forward will emerge That we continue to put aside our own interests and seek God s call says Schroeder that God s favor will fall on the group and the process As God leads us I pray that we will also have favor with the rest of the denomination as we seek to inspire and lead says Schroeder for Bullard While George brings his experience and wisdom says Schroeder he also needs to hear from God how to lead us in the process Schroeder also invites others in the USMB constituency to join the consultation participants in 24 hours of fasting and prayer prior to the November gathering Leave a comment Comment Name E mail Post 0 Comments Will you pray with us Thursday Nov 13 2014 We are calling for your prayers says Steve Schroeder USMB Leadership Board chair Those involved in the process of reviewing USMB ministries and structures are calling for prayer surrounding the second of two working retreats led by consultant George Bullard to be held Nov 17 18 in Phoenix Ariz This is the second meeting of the review the first

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    family opened the convention Thursday evening The concert featured songs and stories about life on the farm and on the road as well as Hatzenbuhler s trademark use of fracture words and phrases The audience soon realized that many of Hatzenbuhler s hits were not exactly what they seemed Rock Around the Clock Tonight for example was really a song about farm life entitled Rock Around the Barn Tonight The evening concluded with Clyde Bauman Hatzenbuhler s creator performing sacred music as well as ballads including several written by Dakota composers A special guest recognized by Minot pastor Duane Deckert that evening was Dave Demaree a licensed North Dakota electrician who came out of retirement to manage the short term volunteer electricians recruited by Mennonite Disaster Service following the 2011 flood Convention attendees could attend two of three workshops offered Friday afternoon In a workshop on outreach Heather Deckert who works with Child Evangelism Fellowship in Minot encouraged participants to consider sponsoring Bible clubs in their communities Frank Lenihan pastor of Lustre Mont MB Church led a workshop related to traveling in Israel that also discussed discipleship from a Jewish perspective Lenihan serves on the national board of Bridges for Peace a Christian ministry headquartered in Jerusalem that supports Israel and seeks to build relationships between Jews and Christians Jon Wiebe and members of the MB Foundation staff spoke on developing a culture of generosity in the local church Todd and Kim Erickson were the respective speakers at the annual men s and women s convention luncheons Todd is the North Dakota state director of Child Evangelism Fellowship The couple that has five children on earth and one in heaven told how the death of their young son 10 years ago has impacted their faith journey Photo 1 Wes Wilmer center Sanctuary Fremont church planter is surrounded by John Langer Church Planting and Renewal Committee chair Don Morris hidden Mission USA director Rick Eshbaugh hidden CDC minister and Roger Engbrechts CDC Ethnic Ministries director for a time of prayer for the Wilmers as they lead the newest CDC church plant Photo 2 Duane Deckert right Bible Fellowship Church pastor prayers for speaker Sam Dick Photo 3 Everyplace I go I m wanted someplace else rock star Milo Hatzenbuhler told the crowd Leave a comment Comment Name E mail Post 1 Comments biblefellowship srt com 2014 11 14 18 52 13 0 Hi Connie Great job of reporting on the Convention I regret that in my busyness I didn t take time to communicate personally with you as well as with many others I guess that s part of hosting I do have a personal highlight that took place at the Men s luncheon which obviously you would be unaware of Note the setting was a good sized restaurant with a bar on the opposite side of the restaurant that we were in The only thing that separated our luncheon from the rest of the restaurant was a cloth curtain We opened our time together with 48 men singing a cappella 3 verses of To God Be The Glory great things he has done so loved he the world that He gave us HIs Son What a moving experience I couldn t help but think that not only did we all need to hear that somebody in the restaurant that day was touched by the magnitude of the men s voices united in praise to God our Father Thanks again Pastor Duane Deckert CDC delegates vote to invest estate gift funds into ministry Thursday Nov 13 2014 104 th CDC convention celebrates God s new things By Connie Faber God s desire to do new things was the theme of the 104 th Central District Conference CDC convention held Nov 6 8 in Minot ND As one would expect guest speakers Sam Dick from MB Mission and Don Morris from Mission USA based their messages on the theme taken from Isaiah 43 But new things also proved to be a common thread running through the financial decisions made by delegates Saturday afternoon Quick Links Business sessions Worship sessions church planting banquet Other convention highlights Gift enhances ministry possibilities A significant gift of 1 2 million from the Katy Glanzer estate made it possible for CDC leaders to recommend a budget of 386 000 a 122 000 increase over the previous year s budget The enhanced budget will make it possible for the CDC to do a number of new things expand the Legacy Fund an endowment intended to fund church planting extend the subsidy for four churches Stony Brook Church Omaha Neb Christ Community Church and Ethiopian Christian Fellowship both of Sioux Falls SD and Sanctuary Fremont Fremont Neb supported by the CDC eliminate interest on existing loans to CDC congregations and establish a 70 000 fund for a new church renewal and leadership development ministry under the direction of Church Planting and Renewal Board The income budget for the new fiscal year also includes an increase in church giving a recommendation that delegates responded to both favorably and with concern CDC congregations gave 153 949 to the CDC during the 2013 14 fiscal year and the 2014 15 fiscal year budget for church offerings is 175 000 a 14 percent increase Building on the generous attitude of the trustees delegates designated 6 500 a 5 000 increase from the past year for Lakota Gospel Church Porcupine SD This church is one of a handful of congregations on the Oglala Lakota Native American reservation Delegates increased CDC funding as a way to encourage the congregation and to begin developing additional church leadership The delegate s desire to encourage this small congregation was fueled by the report from Roger Engbrecht CDC director of ethnic ministries Engbrecht said that Pastor Howard Whiteface reports that the majority of churches on the reservation have closed The voice of evangelical Christians on the reservation is quite small says Engbrecht in an email to the Christian Leader

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    percent of church plants survive after four years Morris says the USMB success rate is 80 percent New churches don t all make it but I think the way we plant churches is quite effective and our survival rate is higher than the national average says Morris But it takes money and hard work for that to happen That s why we do this together Giving Tuesday the first Tuesday in December follows Black Friday and Cyber Tuesday and is a global day dedicated to giving back Many organizations including evangelical Christian outreach and mission agencies are providing creative ways for people to financially support causes that are important to them The Giving Tuesday website www givingtuesday org says We have a day for giving thanks We have two for getting deals Now we have Giving Tuesday a global day dedicated to giving back On Tuesday Dec 2 2014 charities families businesses community centers and students around the world will come together for one common purpose to celebrate generosity and to give back Morris learned about Giving Tuesday when he did a Google search for non profit fundraising campaigns Morris says The more I read and learned about Giving Tuesday the more I thought it could help us raise awareness of Mission USA s need for financial resources to plant churches The Giving Tuesday program provides a lot of flexibility to tailor the campaign according to our needs USMB staff members have worked with Morris to develop the MoreTogether campaign Everyone on our USMB staff has had a part in developing our MoreTogether campaign from developing the web page writing stories and text developing our social media coverage for it and just getting the word out says Morris The staff s been great Morris and the staff are optimistic that Giving Tuesday can continue to grow in years to come I m hoping this builds and builds over the years says Morris Leave a comment Comment Name E mail Post 0 Comments Donations to fund church planting Thursday Nov 13 2014 USMB to participate in global Giving Tuesday movement By Connie Faber Looking for another opportunity to be generous during a holiday season that highlights commercialization and consumerism Join the Giving Tuesday movement by making an online donation Dec 2 to USMB church planting and see your contribution double I think people are a little weary of the focus on consumerism during the Christmas season says Don Morris director of Mission USA the church planting arm of USMB I believe that we make a huge impact in our world for God s kingdom when we join forces I am inviting U S Mennonite Brethren to join a global effort to celebrate generosity as USMB joins the Giving Tuesday movement Morris says When you contribute to our MoreTogether campaign you will be part of bringing salvation and life transformation to individuals families and communities as new Mennonite Brethren churches are planted This is the first year USMB and Mission USA have

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    1 Article 2 Article 3 Article 4 Article 5 Article 6 Article 7 Article 8 Article 9 Article 10 Article 11 Article 12 Article 13 Article 14 Article 15 Article 16 Article 17 Article 18 Confession of 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 Together we plant churches Thursday Nov 6 2014 Because US Mennonite Brethren came together to plant Axiom Church God is changing lives in Peoria Ariz On Giving Tuesday Dec 2 will you partner with us with an online donation to Mission USA to plant new churches in 2015 Read more at www usmb org GivingTuesday Leave a comment Comment Name E mail Post 0 Comments Together we plant churches Thursday Nov 6 2014 Because US Mennonite Brethren came together to plant Axiom Church

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    Giving Tuesday is More Together Look for our hashtag MoreTogether on Facebook and Twitter We know that together we do more and together we give more Our church planting program depends on the financial and prayer support of all of us and working together we can see lives transformed It will be very easy to give to Mission USA on this day set aside for giving back Just go to www usmb org GivingTuesday on the USMB website Follow MoreTogether on Facebook and Twitter during the day to stay updated and watch our progress toward meeting the goal I d love it if this became a huge event that we all participate in together to raise funds for church planting We ll wisely invest every penny in the kinds of things required to get a new church plant off the ground and be ready to make an impact in the community discern and assess potential church planters provide ministry and discipleship material purchase equipment such as sound systems video projectors and baptismal tanks and provide compensation for our church planters Life transformation is happening as a result of our USMB church planting efforts Lives are being changed forever I love being present at one of our church plants when new believers are giving their salvation testimonies and are then baptized I wish you could join me Many tears are often shed tears of joy and gratefulness to God for his grace When you contribute to our MoreTogether campaign on Giving Tuesday you will be part of bringing salvation and life transformation to individuals families and communities as new Mennonite Brethren churches are planted It s easy to remember the date the first Tuesday of December We believe that everyone whether a large or small donor can help make a difference in bringing the good news to our nation Let s do MoreTogether and do something great Dec 2 for God s kingdom Leave a comment Comment Name E mail Post 0 Comments MoreTogether for church planting Saturday Nov 1 2014 Join the Giving Tuesday campaign support Mission USA by Don Morris I believe that we make a huge impact in our world for God s kingdom when we join forces I am inviting U S Mennonite Brethren to join a global effort to celebrate generosity as USMB joins the Giving Tuesday movement Giving Tuesday Dec 2 is a global day dedicated to giving back and many organizations including evangelical Christian outreach and mission agencies are providing creative ways for people to financially support causes that are important to them Black Friday and Cyber Monday highlight the commercialization and consumerism that characterize the Christmas season We want our Giving Tuesday efforts to underscore that the birth of Jesus Christ the Savior of our sins is the reason for this season and that as his disciples we are commissioned to share this good news with our neighbors And planting new churches is the most effective way of evangelizing our communities For every

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