August 18, 2015

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.

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WDC Announcements

  1. Yesterday, WDC welcomed Heidi Regier Kreider as she began in her new role as Conference Minister!  She can be contacted by phone or email:  316-283-6300, heidirk@mennowdc.org.
  1. Women & Girls! Remember to register for the retreat at Camp Mennoscah Sept. 11-13. Registration forms have been sent to all WDC church offices in Kansas. The registration forms are also available to download and send in from the Camp Mennoscah website at: http://campmennoscah.org/camp-retreats/. Please register by August 29 to avoid a late fee.
  1. It’s our Fall Scrapbooking lineup!  Camp Mennoscah has two Fall Scrapbooking Retreats–Oct. 30-Nov. 1 and Nov. 6-8.  Sign up online at www.campmennoscah.org, but don’t wait too long!  Both retreats are almost half full.  Bring a friend for fun and a discount–and empty a box or two of all that photo clutter!
  1. Everybody needs a bit of mental health!  The Mental Health Spiritual Retreat is for everyone affected by mental illness–family, friends, random acquaintances.  Spend some time by the river, do some crafts, worship, and a number of other things.  Call Camp Mennoscah at 620-297-3290 or find the brochure online at www.campmennoscah.org under Retreats.
  1. Double Whammie!  Camp Mennoscah is having a combo event on Sept. 20–it’s our annual meeting and the beginning of Work & Play Camp!  Starting at 3pm, we’ll be saying hi and checking in all the Work & Play folks and then at 3:30pm, all the pre-annual meeting activities will start.  There will be disc golf (brand new course & baskets), new bath house tours (not quite completed), and a scavenger hunt.  Next up is a brief business meeting plus a simple meal and gobs of chat time.  Work & Play continues through Sept. 23 with projects, cleanup, and fun times.  Call Camp Mennoscah for more information.  No camp fees!  (Meal donation of $4/meal suggested.)

Mennonite Church Announcements

  1. Where is the Good News for Rural Folk? AMBS-Kansas Center will be hosting S. Roy Kaufman’s webinar entitled “Where is the Good News for Rural Folk?” This webinar will take place on Wednesday, September 30 from 1:00 – 2:30pm at the AMBS-Kansas Center classroom at 2517 N Main in North Newton, KS. This webinar will explore how a ministry of community formation might take place in the lives of declining rural congregations, enabling these congregations to become missional agents of change in their communities.  Cost is $10 per participant. Please contact Katherine Goerzen at kgoerzen@ambs.edu to register. The registration deadline is September 23.
  1. Attention high school students! Win $1,000 by writing an essay for the MCC U.S. Washington Office annual public policy essay contest. Topics include the militarization of police, climate change, and prisoner re-entry. All students who attend Mennonite high school or are members of Anabaptist congregations are eligible to participate. Learn more at: http://mcc.org/get-involved/advocacy/washington/contest.

Western District Conference

2517 North Main, PO Box 306

North Newton KS  67117

316-283-6300; FAX:  316-283-0620

Email:  wdc@mennowdc.org

Website:  www.mennowdc.org