March is here and while this seems like a winter with no end, we at least know our days are getting longer! This Sunday you have to spring forward one hour. Daylight Savings Time begins at 2:00 a.m. on Sunday, March 9. Don't forget to set your clocks a head 1 hour. Hopefully, the weather will follow suit!
Communications and Office Manager
We’d like to hire a Communications and Office Manager to work in the church office for 20 hours a week, beginning in late August. This person will focus on communications (maintaining and further developing our website, posting on social media, preparing bulletins and newsletters, etc.) and on general office management. See a complete job description
. If you want to apply, please contact Dan Schrock
by Sunday, March 23.
Fundraiser Tea for Kenya
The Mission Commission and the Metekai family's small group invite you to join us on Sunday, March 16, for fellowship and a fundraiser tea between worship and nurture hour. We will be collecting free-will donations for the Metekai family to purchase textbooks and supplies for a school in their home village in Kenya. Cookies, drinks, and Kenyan treats will be provided. Please help us support this worthwhile effort!
Animate: Faith Sunday School Class
Were you disappointed not to be able to discuss the 2 missed lessons in the Animate:Faith class? Come join us for the next 2 weeks as we ponder, reflect on, and discuss "Jesus" and "Church". We will watch a DVD portion by a leading voice who will set up the conversation, spend time in personal reflection and journaling, and engage in conversation. Marilyn Rudy-Froese will facilitate this class. This week, Bruce Reyes-Chow, explores "Church: An Imperfect Family". Learn more and hear excerpts
New to the Library
This week we have four new selections for the Library. Bonnet Strings
by Saloma Miller Furlong presents a view of Amish life more realistic than the romanticized fictional accounts of some Amish novels. Jacob's Choice: Return to Northkill
by Ervin R. Stutzman is Historical fiction about the most famous Amish experience in colonial America. The Letters
by Suzanne Woods Fisher is a story of an Amish farmhouse turned into a bed and breakfast,and the surprising results. Unspoken
by Dee Henderson tells the recovery story of Charlotte Graham, a woman at the center of the most famous kidnapping in Chicago history. Learn more
Community Garden Update
Coffee grounds are high in nitrogen and great for garden plants. There is a 5 gallon pail with a lid under the serving counter at BAMF that I would like for the coffee makers to put the coffee grounds in. Would also invite others from the congregation to put your coffee grounds in it. If it is easier to put the strainer in with the grounds, that is ok, I will take them out when we put the coffee grounds on the garden. I will keep the grounds in the barn when the pail gets full for the gardeners to use this summer. ~ Lowell Nafziger
Marriage Retreat: You, Me, We and God
This marriage retreat is for all married couples! Time is running our to register! Pleasejoin us on March 15 from 9:00 a.m. to noon at Waterford Mennonite Church for an enriching time featuring candid panel discussion and engaging break-out time for couples. Guided questions and materials will also be provided for couples, along with additional resources for further spiritual engagement following the conclusion of the retreat. Plan now on setting aside this time to work at nurturing your marriage relationship. This free retreat is jointly planned by and for Waterford Mennonite Church and Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship. You can register by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or on Facebook.
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
Students in grades 3-11 interested in exploring Bethany Christian Schools can shadow a Bethany student on Monday, March 24, 8:50 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Parents are invited to a 8:45 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. coffee and conversation. Parent tours are available at 9:15 a.m. This is a great way for prospective students and families to discover Bethany! For more information, to register, or to schedule a visit on another date see bethanycs.net
John McCutcheon Concert
Internationally-renowned folksinger John McCutcheon will be in concert at Bethany Christian Schools on March 29. Reserved-seat tickets are $20 and may be purchased online.
Goshen Community Schools
Goshen High School will be performing Willy Wonka the Musical. Performance dates are March 13, 14 and 15 at 7:30 p.m.; and March 15 and 16 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets can be reserved by calling (574) 971-4150 or emailing email@example.com. Cost is $7.00 for students and $9.00 for adults. Annika Bontreger, Natalie Neufeld, Christy Sessa, Mason Short, and Mathew Williams are part of the production.
Goshen College again offers an online resource to help believers make time and space in their hearts and minds to reflect during the season of Lent. Beginning March 5 (Ash Wednesday) and culminating on April 20 (Easter), Goshen College students, faculty and staff will provide weekday reflections based on the upcoming Sunday’s lectionary Scripture passages, available online at www.goshen.edu/devotions
, by daily email or via an RSS feed. Many writers will reflect on the theme: “Encountering God: What Have We Witnessed?” taken from Mennonite Church USA and Mennonite Church Canada worship resources. Learn more
Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary
Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary hosts Dr. Mark Smith for this year’s Theological Lectureship. His presentations will ask questions about how God is portrayed in the Bible, including “Why is God angry in the Bible (and what’s love got to do with it)?” He will speak Wednesday afternoon and evening, March 19, and Thursday afternoon, March 20. Learn more
Celebrate Mennonite Central Committee
Please plan on joining us to Celebrate Mennonite Central Committee in May 6-9, 2014 when we are excited to offer a special update from Haiti. Kristen & Wawa Chege, MCC Haiti Policy Analyst & Advocacy Coordinators, and Garly Michel, Executive Director of MCC partner Wozo, will be sharing stories of how your contributions to MCC have made a difference to Haitians recovering from the devastating 2010 earthquake. For more information, contact Les Gustafson-Zook at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (574) 534-4133. Learn more
Spring VORP Training
The Center for Community Justice is pleased to offer its Spring VORP Training, April 3-5, 2014. Get involved in your community with a great learning and volunteer opportunity! Interested in learning basic principles of Restorative Justice? Want to know more about the Victim Offender Reconciliation Program & how it works? Join us for two and a half days of concentrated training that includes hands-on practical experience. Learn more.
Oaklawn Lecture: Adolescents and Substance Abuse
Michelle Olson, LCSW,CADAC II, LCAC, and Janelle Roberts, LAC, CADAC IV, will be leading our presentation on adolescents, substance abuse and the effect that addiction can have on further development. This breakfast will be offered on March 18 in Elkhart. Register online
Totally Tropical Luau
Grace Community Church is holding its annual Totally Tropical Luau on Saturday, March 15, from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. This is a free event focusing on families affected by disabilities. Kindly RSVP by March 11 at ( 574) 533-7546. Additional questions can go to Connie Walters at (574) 370-9866. View the Facebook promo video
(featuring our own Ellie and Emma getting down with some percussion).
The Window First Friday Meal
The Window invites you to our March 7 First Friday meal from 4:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.. River Oaks Community Church Gardeners will be hosting this event which features 1/2 BBQ Chicken, potatoes, green beans, relish (carrots/celery) with dip and dessert. There is a suggested donation of $ 9.00. Please call (574) 533-9680 for more information.
MCC Relief Sale Choir
We are very excited to announce that this year’s MCC Relief Sale Choir programs will involve two choirs: the men’s choir as we’ve had for many years, and a women’s choir. Debra Brubaker, professor of music at Goshen College will lead a Women’s Choir focusing on international music and Nathan Swartzendruber will again lead the Men’s Choir. Each choir will perform several songs separately and a few together. Learn more
Center for Healing & Hope’s Fiesta Feast
Tickets are on sale now for the Center for Healing & Hope’s Fiesta Feast featuring a Puerto Rican Meal by Rolling Scones. Join us on Saturday, March 22, from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at College Mennonite Church Fellowship Hall (1900 S. Main St. Goshen). Eat in or carry out will be available. The family friendly fundraising dinner supports the Center for Healing & Hope, which provides urgent medical care and advocacy to those in need in our community. The Puerto Rican meal includes savory chicken & pork, rice & beans, salad, bread, & dessert. Tickets are $20 Adults, $10 Children 12 & under and are available until March 19 or until sold out. You may order them online at www.CHHclinics.org
, by calling (574) 534-4744 ext. 201, emailing info@CHHclinics.org
, or mailing a check to Center for Healing & Hope, P.O. Box 195, Goshen, IN 46527.
LaCasa is looking for Goshen homeowners for Help-A-House 2014. Don’t miss this opportunity to get the new roof, or windows your home needs. Help-A-Houses is income based and is provided on a first-come first-serve basis. Homes must be within the city limits of Goshen. Get your application in now! Call LaCasa at (574) 533-4450 for more information.
You’re invited to attend Creating a safe place: let the children come
led by Merlin Miller from The Haven, White Pigeon, MI on March 16 at 6:00 p.m. at Menno-Hof. Prompted by God’s leading, The Haven was started in 2009 as an after school hangout for elementary students. Come hear how God is using love in the form of positive interaction to change a community. This is the third event in Menno-Hof’s “Coffee, cookies and community: Part II
” winter series. Bring cookies to share – coffee will be provided. RSVP is requested to email@example.com
or 260-768-4117 as seating is limited.
Living our Faith in the Workplace
MEDA invites you to Living our Faith in the Workplace on Thursday, March 20 at 6:30 p.m. This event will be held at Clinton Frame Mennonite Church (63846 County Road 35, Goshen). Lavon Detweiler has been in business for 17 years developing three different areas of business: machinery, trucking, and recycling. He’ll share his story of connecting faith with his work. Kindly RSVP by Monday, March 17 by firstname.lastname@example.org. (If you don’t receive a confirmation email or phone call, please let us know.) Meal and program costs are $15 for members and $20 for non-members.
Senior Tuesday Luncheon
You are invited to the next Senior Tuesday Luncheon at Yellow Creek Mennonite Church on Tuesday, March 18, noon in the Fellowship Hall. Invite your friends and neighbors to join us! The program will feature local author Patricia Hochstetler. She will speak about her Amish background and have her books available for purchase. The cost is $5.00 per person, paid at the door and our menu features chicken rice casserole, California blend vegetables, tossed salad, and sherbet/cookies for dessert. Rolls and coffee/tea will also be available. For reservations, call Yellow Creek Mennonite church office at (574) 862-2595 by Monday, March 10.
LaCasa Annual Luncheon Meeting
Save the date for LaCasa's Annual Luncheon Meeting, March 26, 2014 at noon. We will gather in the Crystal Ballroom at the Lerner Theater in Elkhart. Annual meeting seats are $30 each or $225 for a table of eight. Reservations can be made by calling (574) 533-4450 ext 16 or emailing email@example.com
. LaCasa has been helping Families and improving neighborhoods for 44 years. We want to share what we are doing now!
Days of Prayer and Action (DOPA) for Colombia
We are encourage MCC constituents in our Great Lakes region to participate in the upcoming Days of Prayer and Action (DOPA) for Colombia! This annual event draws attention to issues currently impacting our brothers and sisters in Colombia and involves a day of prayer followed by a day of action. We are trying to involve as many U.S. churches as possible in this event. Learn more.
Scrapbooking, Crafting, and Quilting Retreat
March 14-16, is our first retreat of 2014. You may come as early as Tuesday, March 11! Amigo Centre invites you to a weekend of productivity along with the opportunity to rest, restore and refresh your body and soul. Whether you scrapbook, quilt, or have another craft that you love, we invite you to come and we will provide the space, lodging, great food and just the right amount of focused input to allow you time for your projects as well as fun and fellowship. Brochures have been mailed, and information and online registration is available at www.amigocentre.org
. You may also reach us at (269) 651-2811 with questions.
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!
Jennifer Schrock is looking for a woman, ages 47 to 57, to act as a control for her in a medical trial related to restless leg syndrome. If you know anyone who could benefit from a free round trip to Baltimore, MD and an extra $400, see Jennifer for more details.
Bethany Christian High School is seeking a girls tennis coach for spring 2014. Position begins in early March. To apply or ask questions, contact athletic director Gary Chupp at firstname.lastname@example.org
Bethany Christian Schools invites applications for the position of food service manager. The position begins March 31, 2014, and continues in the 2014-15 school year. For details and application procedures, see bethanycs.net/jobs
Be intentional. Be transformed! Serve with “DOOR: Dwell” in urban areas like Atlanta, Chicago, Denver, L.A., Miami, or San Antonio. Dwell is a yearlong opportunity for young adults, ages 19-30, to live together, serve, study, reflect, worship, and learn individually and as a team. Participants serve in matched agency placements and together in joint service projects. Learn more
Mennonite Mission Network has an immediate opening for a full-time Church Relations Associate. Work will be based in Elkhart, Indiana, or Newton, Kansas, with regular travel to U.S. locations in the mid-states and West coast, approximately 35% of the time. Candidates need a passion for God’s mission, and the ability to build relationships, listen carefully, and inspire participation. The position description can be read online at www.MennoniteMission.net
. Interested persons please send a letter of interest and résumé to Linda Krueger, Human Resources Coordinator, at staffrecruitment@MennoniteMission.net
. Mennonite Mission Network is an antiracist organization and welcomes applications from people of all races and nationalities.
Food Services Director opening at College MennoniteCollege Mennonite Church seeks a full-time person to continue the food services ministry at CMC. Prior experience in food service is required. This position requires regular attendance at College Mennonite Church in order to perform essential job duties. For more information and a job description, contact Willie Kanagy at 535-7262 or email@example.com
; or Geof Landis at 831-3613 or firstname.lastname@example.org