October 20, 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.

WDC Sprouts is also available at:  www.mennowdc.org (Publications)



WDC Announcements

  1. Western District Conference announces openings and seeks applicants for the positions listed below.  Full job descriptions are at mennowdc.org.  Send cover letter and application materials to Heidi Regier Kreider, Conference Minister, PO Box 306, North Newton, KS 67117, or heidirk@mennowdc.org.  Applications will be accepted until positions are filled.
  • Full-time Associate Conference Minister based in Texas, to direct church-planting partnerships and support pastors and congregations in relevance to cultural/ethnic context.  Ministerial credential and experience, cross-cultural and urban ministry competency and Spanish proficiency required.
  • 3/4 time Associate Conference Minister based in Kansas, to resource congregations in a variety of ministry areas and assist in supporting pastors and congregations in relevance to cultural/ethnic context. Ministerial credential and experience required.
  • 1/4 time Resource Library Directorto manage and promote WDC library.  Library science degree or experience required.
  1. Western District Annual Assembly planners ask that you pray for God’s guidance during the event, October 30-31, especially if you are not able to attend in person.  There is a list of prayer prompts at mennowdc.org/annual-assembly/ that will help you to pray about what is happening at the gathering when you are able to pray.  Thank you!
  1. Child care and children’s activities at the WDC Annual Assembly have been cancelled.
  1. The West Zion Mennonite Church Concert Series continues with a concert at the church on Sunday evening, November 1 at 7 p.m. The church is located at 101 S. Washington, Moundridge, KS.  Featured performers include Rosewood Winds, a woodwind trio comprised of Amanda Friesen, Kristin Kliewer & Valerie Klaassen; Kenneth Rodgers, organ; Donna Stucky, piano; Sunflower Trio, which includes Matthew Schloneger, Rebecca Schloneger & Kenneth Rodgers; The Flannelbacks a vocal/acoustic band whose members are Chase Stucky, Matt Graber, Tim  Regier & Braden Unruh.  No admission will be charged, but a free-will offering will be received during the concert.  After the concert there will be a time of fellowship with refreshments being served.  Some of the performing groups will have CDs available for purchase during the fellowship time. (It is requested that this announcement be placed in Oct 25 and Nov 1 bulletins.)
  1. Scrappy Happy!  If you’re a scrappy happy (or maybe croppy hoppy?) type of person, Camp Mennoscah still has a few spots open at the Fall Scrapbooking Retreats.  We think you ought to come out with all your pictures and spend some time with some nifty folks and do some nifty things.  Crafters are also welcome; contact us about space requirements.  Retreats are Oct. 30-Nov. 1 and Nov. 6-8.  Register online at www.campmennoscah.org or call us at 620-297-3290.

Mennonite Church Announcements

  1. Preaching Workshop:  Are you looking for preaching tips and new ideas for sermon writing? AMBS-Kansas Center will be hosting a Preaching Seminar led by Allan Rudy-Froese entitled “Preaching as Testimony.” It will be held November 13-14, 2015 and February 26, 2016 on the Bethel College Campus in North Newton, KS. This three-day workshop is open to all who are interested in practical preaching tips and learning more about the power of testimony in preaching.  Registration and more information are available at:  https://www.ambs.edu/churchleadershipcenter/Preaching-Seminar.cfm. Early Registration deadline is October 23 (prices increase $50 on Oct. 24).
  1. On Wednesday, November 4, at 7 pm, the Peace Group at the First Mennonite Church of Christian, 719 South Christian, Moundridge, will sponsor a presentation by Sister Mary Ellen Loch and Sister Dorothy LeBlanc, of the Sisters of St. Joseph in Wichita.  They will be sharing with us and helping to educate us about human trafficking  —  What does it look like?  How do we recognize it?  What can we do about it?  These topics and a few more will be addressed.   All are welcome to attend.


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