These monthly updates are shared so that you are aware of events and information from Mennonite Central Committee and our partners. We encourage you to share these announcements with your church leaders and congregation through email, a weekly printed bulletin, a monthly newsletter, Sunday morning announcements, your church website, or social media. Use your discretion and share what your congregation will find helpful.
New Bulletin Announcements
Center for Sustainable Climate Solutions Event
Join MCC's United Nations office and the Center for Sustainable Climate Solutions (CSCS) on Tuesday, June 25th at 7:00 p.m. for an evening with Dr. Sibo Ncube, a Zimbabwean participant in the 2018 Center for Sustainable Climate Solutions' (CSCS) Global South Voices (GSV) tour. Dr. Sibo works with Compassionate Development Service, a department of the Brethren in Christ Church in Zimbabwe.
If you are in the New York City area and interested in education, organization, community-building and mobilization surrounding the topic of climate change, come to Menno House (314 East 19th Street, New York, NY 10003) on June 25th for this engaging event, where a light catered dinner will be provided.
For more information and to RSVP, contact Abby Hershberger, Communications and Advocacy Assistant at the MCC United Nations Office, at AbbyHershberger@mcc.org or call (212) 880 - 8970.
School kits currently needed
MCC is currently in need of school kits! Items such as notebooks and pencils are treasures for families who struggle to afford basic school supplies. School kits often are requested after disasters and help bring normalcy to children whose families have been forced to flee their homes. Last year, MCC shipped 78,035 school kits to Jordan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Iraq, Zambia, Ukraine, Somalia, Burkina Faso, Canada and the U.S.
For a full list of school kit contents and information on where to drop-off completed kits or kit items, visit mcc.org/kits.
Visit an MCC Thrift shop this summer!
Thrift shopping is more than just a fun way to find a new outfit, de-clutter your home or escape the summer heat. When you visit an MCC Thrift shop, you help raise money for MCC's relief, development and peace work here in the U.S. and around the world. Last fiscal year, MCC Thrift in the U.S. contributed nearly $7 million to support MCC's ministries! Whether you're interested in shopping, donating items or volunteering at an MCC Thrift shop this summer, you can be part of the work MCC is doing around the world.
The MCC Material Resources Center (MRC) in Ephrata, Pa. needs volunteer groups from September through December. Tasks include book recycling, baling items for recycling, kit checking, sewing, quilting and more. Tasks are available for people with and without physical limitations.
Groups of 15 to 30 people can volunteer Thursdays from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. For more information and to get started, contact David Miller-Glick, Volunteer Coordinator, at DavidMillerGlick@mcc.org or call the Ephrata MRC at (717) 733-2847.
Save the Date(s) for the Great Winter Warm-up
Join MCC in celebrating 100 years in January 2020 by collecting 5,000 comforters in the East Coast for distribution to people in need all around the world. To participate, you can...
CREATE a comforter at one of three locations:
MCC Material Resources Center (MRC) in Ephrata, Pa. on January 18th
Material Resources Center (MRC) of Harleysville (Souderton, Pa.) on January 13th
Franconia Mennonite Church (Telford, Pa.) on January 7-9th
BRING a comforter to the Ephrata MRC or MRC of Harleysville the week of January 13th
SPONSOR a comforter with an online donation
HOST a comforter-making event at your church
These comforter events are just a handful of various events in 2020 to celebrate MCC's centennial. Learn more about the three distinct comforter events at the Ephrata MRC, MRC of Harleysville and Franconia Mennonite Church by visiting the MCC Material Resources Center - Ephrata Facebook page. More locations and dates will be announced soon!
MCC encourages your church or sewing group to host your own comforter event as part of the Great Winter Warm-up! For general information, tips and resources for the Great Winter Warm-up, visit greatwinterwarmup.org or contact the Ephrata MRC at 717-733-2847 or email EastCoastMRC@mcc.org.
MCC Vietnam Anniversary Project Facilitator (Stipend): This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to create a work of celebration and re-engagement for someone who's bilingual (English and Vietnamese), strong in writing & editing, interested in blending history and storytelling, familiar with peace theology and ready to travel & connect with an extensive network! This is an exciting 11-month opportunity starting September 2019.
Coordinator of Projects and Relationships - Northern Mexico (Stipend): Are you skilled at both relationship building & administration; engaging churches & civil society organizations; assessing broad themes & monitoring individual projects; initiating and following; conversing in English and Spanish? Would you enjoy traveling and using these skills within the context of Mexico's northern border region? If so, apply to MCC's Coordinator of Projects and Relationships role in northern Mexico!
Receptionist and Administrative Assistant - Ephrata MRC (Stipend): The Receptionist and Administrative Assistant is a full-time position for an international volunteer at the Material Resources Center (MRC) based in Ephrata, Pennsylvania. The MRC functions to process and ship quality material resources for MCC domestically and internationally. Caring volunteers come to the MRC to help package and ship these resources. The MRC Administrative Assistant helps to coordinate the volunteer efforts and educates visitors about MCC's total mission.
Join MCC for an alumni and friends summer picnic at Shady Oaks of Weavers Mennonite Church (2501 Rawley Pike, Harrisonburg, VA 22801) on June 29, 2019 to learn more about MCC's work in climate change! Hear from Dr. Sibonokuhle Ncube, national coordinator of Compassionate Development Service, an MCC partner agency in Zimbabwe on the topic, "Who is under your carbon footprint?" We will begin with a 6 p.m. outdoor picnic (weather permitting), with food provided by MCC, and then move inside for the program beginning at 7:30 p.m.
On July 13 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., come say 'Hi" to MCC and other mission agencies at the 24th annual EMM Global Fair at Hans Herr House (1849 Hans Herr Dr. Willow Street, PA 17584). Celebrate summer with international culture and flavor at EMM's most exciting event of the year! Talk to mission workers and hear their stories about God's work in different countries around the world. Every year features something new, but it's always family-friendly, fun, and interactive!
For more information, visit emm.org or contact Darlene Sommers at 717 898-2251 ext. 205.
TriState Relief Sale (McHenry, MD)
You're invited to support Mennonite Central Commitee (MCC) at the TriState Relief Sale on July 19-20 at the Garrett County Fairgrounds (270 Mosser Rd. McHenry, MD 21541). Enjoy food booths, quilts, silent auction, a pancake and sausage breakfast, children's activities, barbeque chicken, horse-drawn carriage rides and more while supporting the international ministries of MCC!
The MCC office in Akron, Pa. has an ongoing need for volunteer drivers and housekeeping volunteers. Volunteer drivers use MCC vehicles to pick up and drop off MCC staff and guests at airports and train terminals, most often driving to Harrisburg and Philadelphia. We would also love to have one or more volunteers who would help with ongoing housekeeping needs at the MCC Welcoming Place campus in Akron. You would volunteer at times that fit your schedule. Please contact Tina Mast Burnett at TinaMastBurnett@mcc.org or call (717) 859-1151.
2020 Alumni Reunions at the Welcoming Place
MCC welcomes alumni to host reunions at the Welcoming Place in Akron, Pennsylvania in 2020 as we celebrate our 100th anniversary. To see if a reunion is already scheduled for the country where you served or to organize a reunion, call 888-563-4676 or contact email@example.com.
Resources for Church Leaders
"Kits are for Caring" MCC relief kit curriculum
Is your congregation looking for a giving project to connect children with the work of the global church? MCC has a resource for churches to get children and people of all ages excited about collecting relief kits!
Relief kits are a valuable resource for families who have been displaced due to war or disaster. Last year, MCC distributed more than 24,500 relief kits, and the need for relief kits continues to grow. This resource is designed to be ready to use and even contains a curriculum that includes everything you need to guide a group of children toward a celebration of sharing God's gifts by collecting humanitarian aid for those in need around the world.
Are you looking for a way to engage your congregation with the work of MCC in the U.S.? Check out MCC's Youtube channel, where you'll find some recently released videos on the topic of gun violence in the U.S. and hear stories of hope from mothers who have been directly affected by gun violence in Chicago. To view these videos and hear other stories on our work around the world, click here.