WESTERN DISTRICT CONFERENCE
July 3, 2017
A weekly communication for:
WDC Churches and Pastors
WDC Executive Board, Commission, Committee and Task Force members
Any content may be used in bulletins and newsletters and
forwarded to congregational leaders and members.
WDC Sprouts is also available at: www.mennowdc.org (Publications)
IN THIS ISSUE:
by Jennie Wintermote, WDC Resource Library Director
Did you know we’ve been able to add 278 items to the Resource Library collection in 2017? I’m always looking for timely resources that help us engage our faith in ways that help us grow! Some new resources you may want to check out include:
Recovering from Un-natural Disasters by Laurie Kraus, David Holyan, and Bruce Wismer – A handbook for pastors and church leaders in responding to disasters such as gun violence, suicides, sexual abuse, etc. This volume includes step-by-step suggestions, and worship resources (prayers, music suggestions, and sermons to use during periods of trauma and recovery).
Smart Compassion: How to stop “doing outreach” and start making change and Smart Compassion: A handbook for making a difference when you don’t know where to start by Wesley Furlong – New book and study guide from MennoMedia that calls Christians to strategic, prayerful, and biblically based approaches to compassion. Discover wise strategies that bring Jesus’ love to your neighbors with practical steps for real change.
Upside down living adult Bible studies (various authors) – New study guides from MennoMedia on money, identity & aging, Sabbath, violence, sharing faith stories, and technology. Each 6-session guide encourages conversation and reflection on one of these relevant topics from an Anabaptist perspective.
We also have many new children’s titles, including many on the parables to follow up with this year’s MennoMedia VBS theme “Digging for treasure: Parables revealed” written by local WDC and SCC authors.
WDC Annual Assembly is Aug 4-6, in Arlington, TX. Register now to participate in worship services, workshops, delegate assembly, and a mini-festival on Saturday evening at Iglesia Luz del Evangelio with food, music, other activities and fellowship! For more information and to register, see http://mennowdc.org/annual-assembly/#2017annualAssembly
2. A bus has been chartered from North Newton, KS to Arlington, TX for the WDC Annual Assembly August 4-6. Bus departs from Kauffman Museum in North Newton on the morning of August 4, and can also pick up riders at the Best Western in Park City, KS. Bus registration includes ride to Saturday evening mini-festival. Anticipated return to North Newton is 8 pm on August 6. Complete information about Annual Assembly, the chartered bus option, and online registration is at: http://mennowdc.org/annual-assembly/#2017annualAssembly. Register soon to secure your seat on the deluxe motorcoach! Seats available until filled.
Camp Mennoscah announcements
You can still register for summer youth camps at Camp Mennoscah! Register online at campmennoscah.org to join us in Branching Out and Connecting with Christ. We’ve had a great time these first weeks and can’t wait to share the fun with more campers. Openings are in camps for grades 4-12. Call us at 620-297-3290 with questions. What a blast we’ll have!
Family Weekend, July 29-30–Camp Mennoscah is offering families, friends, and everyone a weekend of relaxing and enjoying creation with others. We’ll have campfire, crafts, and swimming, but the time is yours to do as you choose. Register online at campmennoscah.org or call us at 620-297-3290. It’s going to be a grand time for everyone!
Young Adult Weekend, Aug. 4-6, is unstructured. Meals are planned and you have the rest of the time to be with others and do what works for you (like rest and relax? play Spikeball?). Tammy Duvanel Unruh will share with us. Other stuff we might do includes campfire, music, crafts, swimming, river stuff, nap and play board games. It’s all up in the air! Register online at campmennoscah.org. Scholarships are available; request as part of your registration.
We’re at MCUSA convention this week! Camp Mennoscah will be part of the Mennonite Camping Association display at the convention in Orlando. If you happen to be there, stop by and say hi to Olivia at the MCA booth. She’ll be there talking with everyone and getting to hear all the great camp stories. We love camp!
Western District Conference
2517 North Main, PO Box 306
North Newton KS 67117