Category Archives: WDC-Stories

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 features a glimpse of one commission’s work. The WDC Church Planting Commission encourages churches to be … Continue reading

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Congregational snapshot: Peace Mennonite Church, Dallas, Texas

Fourth in a series featuring congregations in WDC Peace Mennonite Church, Dallas, is one of two Peace Mennonite Churches in the Western District. Peace gathers for worship in Farmer’s Branch, the first suburb north of Dallas, TX in a rented … Continue reading

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Glimpses of a new year

This issue of Garden marks the beginning of a new church year with Advent (December 1), a new calendar year (January 1) and WDC’s new fiscal year (February 1).  In this season we anticipate the coming of Christ and prepare … Continue reading

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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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