WESTERN DISTRICT CONFERENCE
January 7, 2014
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:
*Pick My Brain
Pick My Brain – Seven ways to begin a meeting
by Marlene Bogard, Minister of Christian Formation
Meetings have the potential to be a mighty big blessing, a primo opportunity for Christian Formation. Pastors, I request that you route these ideas to all your committees. I challenge you to create space in all your meetings to reflect, pray and listen to God.
Resources available at the WDC Resource Library:
Attentive to God: spirituality in the church committee by Karen Marie Yust. Chalice Press, 2001.
Cornerstones for Christian Communities: openings and closings that empower church meetings by Kurt Bickel. Cornerstone, 1996.
Growing Together: Spiritual Exercises for Church Committees by Rochelle Mellander and Harold Epply. Augsburg, 1998.
Meeting God in the Bible: 60 Devotions for Groups by Donald Griggs. Kerygma, 2003.
50 Ways to Pray: from many traditions and times by Teresa Blythe, Abingdon, 2006.
3. Circle of Grace Training – Saturday March 1, 9:30 am – 11:30 am.
Recently, most WDC congregations have been contacted to see if they wish to receive the updated Circle of Grace, a Christian safe environment curriculum that helps to form and educate children and youth about the value of positive relationships with God and others. COG teaches children and youth how to identify and maintain appropriate physical, emotional, spiritual and sexual boundaries; recognize when boundary violations are about to occur; and demonstrate how to take action when boundaries are threatened or violated.
26 WDC churches have asked for this resource. Packets with DVD curriculum and additional helps will be sent to these churches on Jan. 10. A two-hour training will be held on March 1 at WDC Offices, in North Newton, KS. Please contact Nancy Funk if you and others from your church will attend. Registration Deadline: Feb. 25.
4. Please forward this announcement to your Church Librarians: Church Library supplies for cheap: (Until they are gone….)
* Buff colored catalog cards – 50 for $1
* Buff colored book pockets with self-stick backing – 20 for $1
* Clear Mylar plastic book jackets – for 9 ” books; 10″ books and 14″ books. These are for hard-cover books and will be attached to the dust jacket and will protect them for years. 10 for $2.00
And.. of course – if you come in and visit with me, you can choose a free book to add to your shopping cart. 🙂
5. Lent planning begins soon! Get a jumpstart on ideas for visuals, dramas, music, and special services by attending the Lent Worship Planner to be held at Tabor Mennonite Church on Saturday, January 18 from 9:30-11:30 am. Norma Peters Duerksen, one of the writers for the 2014 materials will be our leader. Bring your own copies of the Winter Leader magazine. Call WDC by January 15 to sign up! 316-283-6300
6. A Hopeful View – Celebrating the Past, Faithfully Embracing the Future, an Anabaptist Mennonite Historical Series about the Buhler and Inman, Kansas, region: The Mennonite congregations of Hoffnungsau, Bethel, Hebron (no longer in existence), Buhler and Inman invite you to this series about their unique history that linked them as sister congregations. The series will be held on Wednesday evenings (7-8 pm) as follows:
Jan. 15 – Reformation Soil and Seeds, Dale Schrag (Meeting at Hoffnungsau Mennonite)
Jan. 22 – Anabaptist Seedlings, Dale Schrag (Meeting at Hoffnungsau Mennonite)
Jan. 29 – A Long Sojourn in Poland/Prussia, Mark Jantzen (Meeting at Hoffnungsau Mennonite)
Feb. 5 – A Short Sojourn in Russia, Mark Jantzen (Meeting at Hoffnungsau Mennonite)
Feb. 12 – Buhler Mennonite Church annual chicken noodle soup supper (serving 5-7 pm), proceeds for mission projects (Event at Buhler Mennonite)
Feb. 19 – Hoffnungsau and Bethel Mennonite Churches present (Meeting at Bethel Mennonite)
Feb. 26 – Hebron and Buhler Mennonite Churches present (Meeting at Buhler Mennonite)
Mar. 5 – Joint Ash Wednesday supper and worship service (supper is part of the worship service, serving from 5:30-6:30) (Meeting at Hoffnungsau Mennonite)
Mar. 12 – Inman and Hoffnungsau Mennonite Churches present (Meeting at Inman Mennonite)
7. At the beginning of this new year, churches are encouraged to send last year’s bulletins and newsletters to Bethel College Mennonite Library and Archives (300 27th St, North Newton, KS). These items are important for Mennonite Church USA’s historical records.
Mennonite Church USA Announcements
1. Attached are the prayer requests from the member schools of Mennonite Schools Council, and the colleges, universities, seminaries and educational programs of Mennonite Church USA for January. MEA also posts these prayer requests on its website. The prayer request of the day is displayed on our home page and the document is available at www.MennoniteEducation.org/
2. Everence is hosting our second Creating Congregational Cultures of Generosity (CCCG) workshop this spring – March 7 & 8 at the Hesston Mennonite Church (8:30 – 3:30 each day). Five congregations have committed to participate, and Everence is willing to accept four more. The maximum is 9 congregational teams of 4-5 people per team. Cost is $100 per team plus $40 per participant for printed materials. Let Pete Flaming know of your interest by January 20 –620-327-4043.
3. Transitional ministry has a unique place in the mission of the church. While “interim pastors” have provided preaching and pastoral care for many years, “transitional ministry” involves training to lead congregations through a process of preparation for entering a new chapter of leadership.
March 10-14, 2014, Amigo Centre will host a Transitional Ministry Training retreat for individuals interested in pursuing this type of ministry. Visit http://tmt.amigocentre.org/ for additional information, or contact Amigo Centre at 269.651.2811.
4. Why settle for a job, when you can find your calling? MVS invites you to join a faith community where you can begin your career with meaningful work. Apply today at MennoniteMission.net/Serve.
5. The Fall 2013 issue of the Church Relations Update fo
6. Cornelius Krahn Mennonite Multimedia Contest for High Schoolers: The Mennonite Life journal invites high school scholars and artists to submit essays, creative writing, multimedia projects, or original works of art or music on topics related to Mennonite and Anabaptist history, identity, or theology. Deadline: April 1, 2014. Cash prizes. A poster is attached to this email. Details at http://mennonitelife.
7. AMBS Church Leadership Center – Register by Tuesday to save on Pastors Week and Clinics:
Help Me See Jesus! Help Me See, Jesus! (Pastors Week)
January 27-30, Early registration deadline is January 7
Leadership Clinic: How Dare We Call Ourselves Anabaptist?
Presenter: Maurice Martin; Monday, January 27, Early registration deadline is January 7
Leadership Clinic: Sex Offenders in My Church?
Presenters: Jeanette Harder and Nancy Kauffmann; Monday, January 27, Early registration deadline is January 7
Gathering for New Pastors
Presenters: Terry Shue and Karen Martens Zimmerly; Sunday evening, January 26, Monday, January 27, and lunch Thursday, January 30, Early registration deadline is January 7
8. Register now for a short, two-day practical course in peacemaking: “Managing Differences in Faith Communities” taught by Kirsten Zerger of Kansas Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution, February 20-21, 8:30-5:00. Credit for AMBS-Great Plains and Bethel College students; certificate option for congregational members–$300 per person–but sliding scale for multiple registrations from one congregation. Call KIPCOR to register 316-284-5217.
11. “Footsteps of Paul” Tour to Greece, Rome, Corinth, Thessalonica, Athens and more – May 4-16, 2014 hosted by Pastor Weldon Martens. Price guaranteed until February 1. Call Weldon at 402-202-9276, Faith & Life Bookstore in Newton, or www.travelwithweldon.com
12. Western District, South Central, and Mountain States Mennonite Conferences invite you to attend the annual Snow Camp at Rocky Mountain Mennonite Camp. Be inspired by singing and worshipping with other youth, slide down the tube run (hopefully!), play a competitive game of broom hockey, explore beautiful scenery around camp and more! For more information, visit www.rmmc.org or your church information area. Hope to have you join us! 2014 Snow Camp dates: Junior High – Jan. 24-26, Senior High 1 – Feb. 14-16, Senior High 2 – Mar. 14-16.
Western District Conference
2517 North Main, PO Box 306
North Newton KS 67117
316-283-6300; FAX: 316-283-0620