Category Archives: WDC-Stories

Congregational snapshot: First Mennonite Church, Beatrice, NE

Third in a series featuring congregations in WDC  First Mennonite Church is a rural congregation located outside Beatrice, a town of about 12,000.  The church was founded in 1877 by immigrants from Prussia seeking a home that might grant them … Continue reading

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Joining in Mission: Stewardship Commission

WDC Commissions: Joining in Mission WDC’s four commissions provide leadership and resources to carry out the priorities and ministries of the conference.  Each issue of the Garden in 2019 will feature a glimpse of one commission’s work. Stewardship Commission What are … Continue reading

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Love the Stranger! Get the Word Out!

For the Lord your God …loves the strangers, providing them food and clothing.  You shall also love the stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt. (Deuteronomy 10.17, 19) If you had seen the long lines of young families at the … Continue reading

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WDC Commissions: Joining in Mission

WDC’s four commissions provide leadership and resources to carry out the priorities and ministries of the conference.  Each issue of the Garden in 2019 will feature a glimpse of one commission’s work. Ministerial Leadership Commission The Western District Conference Ministerial Leadership … Continue reading

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Congregational snapshot: Hoffnungsau Mennonite Church

First in a series featuring congregations in WDC Begun in 1875 by immigrants from the Molotschna Colony in Russia, Hoffnungsau Mennonite Church is located in a rural cross-section between Buhler, Inman and Moundridge, KS. “Hoffnungsau” means “View of Hope.” The … Continue reading

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Know Jesus 2019

by Melissa Landis Junior high students from around Kansas came together for Know Jesus 2019 on February 9 and 10 at Hesston College. For 24 hours, youth explored their Anabaptist heritage and what it means to follow Jesus today. The … Continue reading

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82 Years of Growth

The Western District Conference Resource Library started in 1936 with three bookshelves and mostly German-language materials.  We now have over 12,500 books, DVDs, and other materials (have you seen the Bible board games?) available for checkout in two locations. You … Continue reading

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Count the Ways

“How do I love thee? Let me count the ways… “  These words from a famous love poem by Elizabeth Barrett Browning come to mind as I think about Western District Conference in this season of giving and gratitude!  Let … Continue reading

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Year of Evangelism

“Can I be baptized here?” a newcomer asked on visiting Beatrice (NE) Mennonite Church (BMC) for the first time.  Her question was an act of wondering as she imagined herself  becoming part of this faith community.  Pastor Tim Amor has … Continue reading

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Missional Communities of Peace Church Planting Retreat

A retreat in Dallas, TX, July 13-15, gathered WDC Church Planting Commission members, church planters, other leaders and guests seeking to proclaim the kingdom of God by planting missional communities of peace.  The theme Missional Communities of Peace emphasized the … Continue reading

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