Friday, August 30, 2019

Fwd: Phil Horning, Pastor, are you missing out on this free event?

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Date: Fri, Aug 30, 2019 at 9:42 AM
Subject: Phil Horning, Pastor, are you missing out on this free event?
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Register today!
GoGlobal 1Day is only 1 week away so
today is the perfect day to sign up.
It's a fun, FREE, and internationally-flavored event for the whole family, with music and drama, food, stories, crafts, and lots to learn about God at work around the world.
Be one one of the first 200 people to register and you'll receive a coupon for a FREE milkshake from our friends at Chick-fil-A!
September 6, from 5 to 8:30pm
Landis Hall, at the WJTL Junction Center
Admission is free, but registration is recommended at

Global Disciples | 315 West James St. Ste 202, Lancaster, PA 17603
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Fwd: Bulletin Items for September 8th from the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society

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Date: Fri, Aug 30, 2019 at 11:48 AM
Subject: Bulletin Items for September 8th from the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society
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Dear Communicator:

Your faith community can engage in the wonder of story, learning, and meeting new friends. Thank you for offering these opportunities in your regular communications: bulletin, e-news, or PowerPoint. Thanks for your partnership!

  • Annual Storytelling Night—Hear life stories from Keith Weaver and Linda Gehman Peachey at 7 pm on Monday, September 9, at Stumptown Mennonite Church. Weaver is a bishop and moderator of LMC. Peachey is a freelance writer who has worked for Mennonite Central Committee on women's concerns and as co-director of Peace and Justice Ministries.

  • Underground Railroad Tour—Follow the trail of freedom seekers across Lancaster County, farm-to-farm to Christiana, from 8 am to 4 pm on Saturday, September 14. Tickets cost $80 for members, $95 for non-members. Register at or call (717) 393-9745.

  • Hearth Cooking—Learn colonial cooking techniques, making food on an open hearth on Saturday, September 21, from 10am to 12pm. Class will take place in the Küche (kitchen) of the Herr House. Cost for the class is $35.  Register at or call (717) 464-4438. 

  • Community-Focused Architecture—Mennonite Central Committee's Welcoming Place was uniquely designed for community. Has it delivered on its promise? Explore the space and engage with a panel reflecting on its first 18 years at 6:30pm on Tuesday, September 24 at 21 South 12th Street, Akron.

  • Plain Meetinghouses Learning Tour—On Saturday, September 28 from 8am to 4pm, visit meeting-houses belonging to Weaverland, Groffdale, and Lancaster Conference Mennonites. Tour led by Beth Oberholtzer and Lloyd Weiler. (Repeat of May 18 Tour). Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society—2215 Millstream Rd., Lancaster. Tour cost $95 for non-members, $80 for members. Register at or call (717) 393-9745.

  • Maize and Snitz Fest—Celebrate the heritages of local Native American and Pennsylvania German cultures during this festival of food, crafts, and life at Herr House on Saturday, October 5 from 10am to 3pm. Multiple demonstrators and artisans will be on hand. Adult admission - $12. Children 7 to 12 years old - $6. Kids, 6 years old and under, are free. Purchase tickets at or by phone at (717) 464-4438.

  • Explore QuiltingWhere and when did quilting begin? Learn about the history of quilting and the quilt shops of today. See samples of Mennonite and antique Amish quilts. The class will be held on Thursday, October 17 from 7 to 8:30pm at the Mennonite Information Center2209 Millstream Rd, Lancaster. Cost $20 for non-members, $15 for members. Register at or call (717) 393-9745.

  • Book BindingJoin us at the Herr House on Saturday, October 26 from 9am to 2pm for a bookbinding class taught by Ramon Townsend. Students will learn the steps of bookbinding and take home their own personally handcrafted blank book. Cost is $150. Register at or call (717) 464-4438.

Our vision is diverse communities connecting across boundaries by knowing and valuing their own and each others' stories of life, faith, cultures, and histories.
Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society | (717) 393-9745 | 2215 Millstream Road, Lancaster, PA 17602 |
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Fwd: Open Custodial Position at Lancaster Mennonite School - Please share with your church

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Date: Fri, Aug 30, 2019 at 7:17 AM
Subject: Open Custodial Position at Lancaster Mennonite School - Please share with your church
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Cc: Troy Hurst <>, Lorri Hengst <>

Lancaster Mennonite School is looking for great people to join our team. Would you please place the following announcement in your church bulletin, e-newsletter or other means of communicating with your congregation in the next week?

CUSTODIAN – New Danville Campus

The New Danville Campus is seeking a custodian for four hours a day. Cleaning can be done anytime between 3:00 pm and 7:15 am.

Interested persons should contact Troy Hurst, at

Thank you!


Aubrey Kreider

Director of Marketing & Communications


Lancaster Mennonite

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Fwd: A vibrant church grows, despite our flaws

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Jane Ross Richer, Rubén, and Elena Grefa who, along with her husband and family, invited Rubén to live with them while he is in high school and has received him like one of her own sons.

A young boy finds a home

By Zachary Headings

In Ecuador, the Ross Richers support indigenous pastors and leaders in themes of creation care, economic justice, inclusion of women and children, youth empowerment, and community development initiations. Their commitment of creating deep roots and relationships gives them opportunities to respond in appropriate and loving ways to the needs around them.

As Christians we pray … "on earth as it is in heaven." However, there are times when it is difficult to know how heaven should look. In these moments we look for guidance from Scripture, through prayer, and from our brothers and sisters who surround us.

Jane and Jerrell Ross Richer serve in a two-way mission: They accompany indigenous communities and churches in the Amazon rain forest in Ecuador half the year, and then return to the United States where they are intentional about sharing in educational and church settings what they learn from brothers and sisters in Ecuador. Recently, they navigated a complex situation in Ecuador where they felt led to care for a 14-year-old Cofán boy, Rubén.*   
Ross Richers released a prayer letter on May 3: "Last month, a day before we left the village of Zábalo, Rubén's aging father passed away, and we believe the Good Shepherd brought the boy to our home."  

The Ross Richers have known Rubén for four years. He often arrived at their home early in the morning and stayed until late evening. In that time, Jane said, they have found that he contributes much to the world. "He has a profound understanding of the rain forest and what it takes to survive. He is a hunter and a fisherman. These skills are core to his indigenous identity." The Cofán of Zábalo call themselves the guardians of the rain forest. They possess the title to 160 thousand hectares (395,000 acres) of protected rain forest.

Several months earlier when the Ross Richers returned to Zábalo from the United States in January, Rubén no longer lived in the village. At the time that his father's health was deteriorating, Rubén faced the choice that many indigenous youth face: stay in his community or pursue a high-school education away from home. When his father passed, it was clear that he didn't have a support system to stay where he was. The Ross Richers felt God calling them to act, and so they received him into their home.
Rubén (second from left) joins students Segundo Requelme, Magaly Rivadeneyra, Jennyfer Gaibor, Lensin Waam, and Santiago Segarra during a time of worship at the Instituto de Misiones Ninawachi in Huaticocha, Ecuador.
They had sensed the presence of Christ within Rubén. "As Christ, through this beloved child, is teaching us, we are also loving and affirming him. Together, we are experiencing the kingdom of God, here and now."

The Ross Richer family returned to Goshen at the end of June. Before they came back, through prayer and discernment, they found Rubén a home that fit his goals. He was received by a foster family from a Kichwa indigenous church near a rural public school where he can study.

Jane said, "We trust that this new family and community … will be equipped to guide and direct Rubén, while at the same time helping him to remain connected to the land."

In caring for Rubén, the Ross Richer family asks for prayer for Rubén that God's love will console his lonely heart and restore that which is broken.  

While Sierra attends Goshen College, Jane, Jerrell, Naomi, Teresa and Jordan will return to Zábalo in January 2020, where they will continue their two-way mission—supporting and learning from the Cofán and other indigenous peoples as they serve Christ.
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At the Ecuador Partnership meeting held in Quito, all voices are heard around the table.

Post-colonial mission

A message from Stanley W. Green, executive director

The modern missionary movement's greatest advance came during the period when colonial powers were engaged in a massive land-grab in the global south. To be sure, many missionaries were actively engaged in resisting some of the heinous, even brutal, excesses of colonial expansion and rapacious greed that dispossessed people of their lands, livelihood, and cultural treasures. At the same time, waves of missionaries sailed from their home countries, with a deep sense of obligation that too often made little distinction between communicating the gospel and conferring the benefits of what they considered a superior civilization upon the unenlightened (sometimes referred to as savages) in the colonial territories. Many tragic outcomes resulted from these beliefs. Whole cultures were infantilized, and local agency and initiative were destroyed. The locals were rendered dependents of the outsiders and were themselves made to feel like outsiders within the very places that had been their homes. 

It is, indeed, a mystery of unfathomable proportions that the church of Jesus Christ grew and flourished in the global south, especially in Africa, which experienced the compounding atrocity of the slave trade that killed millions even before they arrived in the slaving nations, many of which claimed a Christian identity. For the mystery of this growth we give thanks, even if the Christian faith that was imposed bore little resemblance to Jesus of Nazareth. Along with giving thanks it is imperative that we repent of the harm and the suffering that was caused by mission. We are duty bound to change our approach so that the good news we seek to proclaim is consistent with the "fullness of life" that Jesus promised to all those who responded to God's reign. 

For the last several decades, Mennonite Mission Network (and our predecessor agencies) have been on a journey to move away from any form of mission characterized by imperialistic and denigrating paternalistic approaches. The title of a text published by three former long-term members of the Mennonite team in the Chaco (Willis Horst, Ute Mueller-Eckhardt, and Frank Paul), which is supported by Mennonite Mission Network, Mission Without Conquest (also published in Spanish as Misión Sin Conquista) captures our commitment to the form of mission in which we intend to be engaged. This alternative mode of being in mission is to walk in the way of Jesus, embracing weakness and vulnerability instead of with attitudes of superiority. Our priority is to respect the integrity, creativity and dignity of those with whom we work in a spirit of reciprocity and mutuality.

We give thanks for the ways the Spirit of God transformed our sometimes flawed and often faltering efforts in mission in the past, enabling a vibrant church to grow in the global south even despite the flaws in our efforts.  
Thank you for joining us on this journey. We are grateful that you walk with us even as we seek to walk in the way of Jesus as we bear witness to the good news of God's reign before a waiting world. 
Stanley W. Green
Executive Director
Mennonite Mission Network

Ecuador: Meet our mission workers

Delicia Bravo Aguilar and Peter Wigginton with their daughters, Ariana and Aliyah, serve as Ecuador Partnership coordinators and also in the church programs with their gifts in music, education, and children's and youth ministries. They serve with Iglesia Cristiana Anabautista Menonita de Ecuador (ICAME) through the Ecuador Partnership, which includes Iglesia Cristiana Menonita de Colombia and Central Plains Conference.
Jerrell and Jane Ross Richer and their children, Sierra, Naomi, Teresa and Jordan, work half the year with indigenous church leaders in the Ecuadorian rain forest, and half the year as educators in the United States. They serve with Iglesia Cristiana Anabautista Menonita de Ecuador (ICAME) and Consejo de Pueblos y Organizaciones Indígenas Evangélicas del Ecuador (FEINE) through the Ecuador Partnership, which includes Iglesia Cristiana Menonita de Colombia and Central Plains Conference.
María Helena López supports the leadership team of Quito Mennonite Church, sharing her gifts in ministry, providing encouragement, and coordinating volunteers serving in the ministries. Iglesia Cristiana Menonita de Colombia is the sending partner for María Helena.
Jaden Hostetter will work with the Quito Mennonite Church in music and youth ministries, including both Ecuadorian and refugee youth. He will also serve in the broader work of the church in the Vida Juvenil after-school program and the refugee project.
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