For many years our congregation has offered its pastors a twelve-week sabbatical every four years. According to our Handbook, pastoral sabbaticals have three purposes:
- Develop and enrich specific skills.
- Provide refreshing change and new experiences for the pastor.
- Provide time and space for reflection and a broader view of the congregation so that the pastor may return with a greater awareness of how his or her gifts may better be used by God in service to the congregation.
To work at these purposes, this summer I learned more about the biblical practice of Sabbath by reading three books: Walter Brueggemann’s Sabbath as Resistance: Saying No to the Culture of Now
, Abraham Joshua Heschel’s The Sabbath
, and Bryan P. Stone and Claire E. Wolfteich’s Sabbath in the City: Sustaining Urban Pastoral Excellence
. I also successfully observed a full 24-hour Sabbath every Sunday during the sabbatical. Eventually I may prepare a few sermons on Sabbath-keeping.
Finally, I completed the first draft of a manuscript tentatively entitled The Perceptive Eye
, which focuses on the spiritual practice of contemplative gazing. In the coming year or so I hope to revise this manuscript and begin working with a publisher. Thank you for having a sabbatical policy that helps your pastors to learn and grow.
~ Dan Schrock
This Sunday, we'll have a brief congregational meeting in the sanctuary following the Christian education hour to discuss and approve the budget. We will NOT have a potluck lunch.
Thank you for your generous contributions into the college fund. We have met our goal for the fall semester!
Online Photo Directory Status Report
We have completed the draft of the 2014 directory. There will be several edits to make, and we need your help! Please take a minute to review your personal details
to make sure everything is up to date, including any information omitted. If you have a family photo you would like to use, please email it to us
ASAP for inclusion. Additionally, for those of you that have college students or young adult children recently transplanted, we have several individuals with little or no information. We will allow one week to get updates to us before putting the final directory on the website. Thank you for your patience with this process.
Update from the Third Pastor Search Committee
The process to hire a replacement for Lois Mast has begun. This 1/3-time job is being called the Third Pastor position and will focus on Faith Formation, particularly as it relates to youth and young adults. This is a slight expansion on the job description Lois had. The search committee includes Randy Horst (chair), Roy Bergey, Abbe Buller, Lindsay Rheinheimer, and Deb Williams. We have almost completed our Congregational Information Form, and once it is completed it will be submitted to the Indiana-Michigan Conference to be officially posted as a job. If anyone in the congregation is interested in applying for this position, they must fill out and file a Ministerial Leadership Information (MLI) form with Mennonite Church USA (that process begins by visiting http://home.mennonitechurch.ca/MLI
). Read the job description
to learn more or contact Randy
or any other member of the search committee.
The 47th Michiana Mennonite Relief Sale
The 47th Annual Michiana Mennonite Relief Sale is September 26-27, 2014 at the Elkhart County 4-H Fairgrounds. The sale begins Friday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday opens at 7:00 a.m. until mid-afternoon. Come and make this weekend a family event! For more information about the sale, or to download printable forms, see our website: www.mennonitesale.org
. To preregister for an auction bid number, go to www.mennonitesale.org/Auctions
or email your request (please include name, address, telephone number and email address) to firstname.lastname@example.org
by September 19, 2014. If you are interested in learning more or with questions, contact Bev Krabill
Marriage Retreat: a Bicycle Built for Two
A Bicycle Built for Two
is a hard-hitting comedy that takes a playful look at marriage, commitment, and divorce. It follows three couples at various stages in their relationships: a young couple, bright-eyed, bushy-tailed with their recent engagement, an aging pair of empty-nesters who are trying to rediscover their marriage after some-odd 30 years and a dueling duo just entering a divorce. Come on out on September 12 at 7:00 p.m., to Waterford Mennonite Church and catch the show. Tickets are $10 per person and are available in the church office. Additionally, the marriage retreat will continue on Saturday morning from 10:00 a.m. until noon. There will be light refreshments at 9:45 a.m. and childcare will be provided. Learn more
. If you have a tandem bike that you would be willing to let us use on Saturday morning, please speak with Marilyn Rudy-Froese
or Terri Brenneman
. We are also looking for a few folks that might be interested in helping with childcare on Saturday morning. If you can help, please contact Elisabeth Barahona
Head on over to our Facebook page
for a photographic collection of our early history -- complete with difficult to recognize building features, incredible hairstyles and clothing, and who knows what else we will dig up! Play along and see if you can spot anybody you know, and don't forget to like our page if you haven't already!
Bethany Christian Schools
Your regular shopping can support Christian education when you buy gift cards/certificates to over 75 national and Goshen-area businesses and restaurants, which donate a percentage of your purchases to benefit a student through the Bethany Association for Reducing Tuition. The benefit can go to support a specific student, to Bethany’s general fund, or to a congregation’s partnership plan. Visit the website
or contact Lisa Weaver
at (574) 361-1587 with questions.
GC a Sustainable Leader
As Goshen College's carbon footprint continues to shrink, its reputation as a leader in sustainable colleges is growing. GC was recently named to Sierra Magazine’s eighth annual list of “Cool Schools,” a ranking of America’s greenest colleges. The official publication of the Sierra Club, Sierra Magazine named GC number 131 on their list of 173 colleges and universities with the biggest commitment to sustainability on campus. The ranking is open to all four-year undergraduate colleges and universities in the United States. Learn more
Afternoon Sabbatical: Amazing Grace
Join us for an afternoon sabbatical trip to Chicago on October 25, 2014. Amazing Grace
is the awe-inspiring true story behind the world’s most beloved song. Coming of age as Britain sits atop an international empire of slavery, John Newton finds himself torn between following in the footsteps of his father — a slave trader — and embracing the more compassionate views of his childhood sweetheart. But when a perilous voyage on the high seas finds John in his darkest hour, a transformative moment of self-reckoning inspires a blazing anthem of hope that will finally guide him home. The cost is $130 and includes coach travel, best-seating theater tickets and a box supper. Space is limited. Tickets will be sold until September 9 or until sold out. Please call (574) 535-7565 to register and assure your spot.
Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary
Rooted and Grounded Conference
Registration is open for Rooted and Grounded: A Conference on Land and Christian Discipleship
, September 18-20, 2014. More than 50 presentations and workshops are planned, along with worship, immersion experiences and time to work in the AMBS gardens. Keynote speakers include Ellen Davis, S. Roy Kaufman, and Barbara Rossing. This conference will engage in theology that cares for God’s creation, for the land and all that lives on it. We invite pastors, scholars, creation care advocates and practitioners to join the discussion. Learn more
The Window Open again for First Friday
The Window's kitchen will be open for September's First Friday. Friday's meal runs from 4:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. or until the food runs out. We will feature barbeque sandwiches, potato chips, coleslaw and cookies. The suggested price is $8.00.
Goshen Ministerial Association
We will resume in September following our summer hiatus. Our next gathering at Rolling Scones will be on Thursday, September 18 at 7:45 a.m. We will begin a time of coffee and fellowship, with devotions starting at 8:00 a.m.
Relief Sale: Attention Quilters
Quilt registration forms have been mailed out. Please check with your church office or relief sale representative if you are in need of a registration form. We are excited to again offer online registration. Find the online quilt registration form at www.mennonitesale.org
under the heading ‘Get Involved’. If your registration is received by Friday, September 5th it will be included in the printed buyers guide. For questions, please contact Mafra Maust
or call 574-875-6280. We are also looking for machine quilted quilts for the 2014 Silent Auction. If you would like to donate a machine quilted quilt, please contact Anne Horst Hanby at (574) 349-7473 no later than September 12th. Beginning in 2015, we will be accepting machine quilted items in the Quilt Auction.
Relief Sale Choir
All who love to sing, men and women, are invited to join the Michiana Mennonite Relief Sale Choirs for 2014. Rehearsals will be held at Bethany Christian Schools Sundays, September 7, 14 and 21, 4:00-5:30 p.m. Dress rehearsal will be Thursday evening, September 25, at the quilt building at 7 p.m. We sing Friday, September 26, 7:00 p.m. in the quilt building at the sale, and Sunday evening, September 28 at 7:00 p.m. at Sauder Hall, Goshen College. Nathan Swartzendruber, choir director at Bethany Christian Schools, will again directing the Men’s Choir and Debra Brubaker, Professor of Music at Goshen College will direct the Women’s Choir. For more information contact Dan Steiner
at (574) 534-2717.
Maple City Walk
The sixth annual Maple City Walk hosted by Downtown Goshen, Inc, will be held Saturday, September 20 with the core of the 10K, 1/2 marathon and marathon courses on the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail. Register online for a reduced fee before September 13 or register the day of the walk. The walk starts and finishes at the Powerhouse Park by the Goshen Farmer's Market and begins at 7:30 a.m. The 10 K walk begins at 9:00 a.m. On-site registration starts at 7:00 a.m. This is a great opportunity to enjoy walking for health on a beautiful trail. Form a team with family and friends! A drawing for a free pair of walking shoes will take place for all who finish. See www.cityonthego.org
or Sherry Wenger if you have questions.
Oaklawn Fall Lineup
Oaklawn is excited to announce fall education events. We are partnering together with other community organizations to offer three events during Mental Illness Awareness Week, October 5-11 to reduce the stigma that surrounds mental illness. In addition, there will be four mental health breakfasts and Mental Health First Aid training. Learn more
Fundraiser for Kids Alive International
On Monday September 8, Culver's Better Burgers will donate to Kids Alive International on behalf of Joan Troyer. Culver's Cares will give a percentage of all sales within the hours of 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at Culver (2019 Lincoln Way E., Goshen). Learn more and donate online
Have something to sell, rent or lend? Want to buy or borrow something? Looking for a job or wanting to volunteer? This is the place to have it be known!
MDC Goldenrod is seeking direct care workers on either a full time or part-time basis. The applicants must be comfortable with people with disabilities and must also be available for the 2nd shift and weekends. Complete an online application
and email completed applications to email@example.com
The Michiana Mennonite Relief Sale Silent Auction is still seeking donations of new items valued at more than $40 each, especially gift certificates and gift baskets, or services and unique experiences. Donations must be received before the sale, by September 12. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
. Thank you for supporting Mennonite Central Committee!
Denise Risser recently started her own business as a professional organizer: That's Enough Organizing. If you need help sorting, purging, organizing, clearing clutter, etc., talk to Denise! She'd love to chat and give you a business card or postcard with a great logo designed by Rafael Barahona. See thatsenoughorganizing.com
for more information.
Waterford Mennonite Church, a healthy congregation with an average Sunday morning attendance of about 300, seeks to fill four positions related to the administrative ministry of the congregation. We seek a Coordinator of Administrative Ministries, two administrative assistants and trustee. Candidates for all positions must be committed Christians with an active life of discipleship and be in agreement with the vision and ministries of Waterford Mennonite Church. For more information, go to www.waterfordchurch.org
, or email Veronica Berkey
Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) is searching for two Service Workers to serve in central Pennsylvania. A Warehouse Assistant/Truck Driver is needed and must be 21 years or older. (CDL training may be available.) An Administrative Secretary provides administrative support for the Administrative Services Director and the Hosting Team. Go to the MCC website
for more information, or BeckyReam@mcc.org