Friday, December 13, 2019

Fwd: FACT: 38% of Abortion Facilities in PA have closed since 2012!



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From: PA Family Institute <mail@pafamily.org>
Date: Fri, Dec 13, 2019 at 12:34 PM
Subject: FACT: 38% of Abortion Facilities in PA have closed since 2012!
To: Kelly Horning <philandkelly@gmail.com>


Good News: Nine abortions clinics have closed in Pennsylvania over the last eight years.

The year 2012 was a turning point in Pennsylvania regarding protections for the sanctity of human life. In the wake of the Kermit Gosnell scandal and trial - where it was found that abortion facilities had gone without city or state Health Department inspections for decades and there was more oversight of hair salons than on abortion facilities - state lawmakers passed a law that would treat any facility performing abortion surgery just like any other surgical facility, including mandated safety inspections. The law took us almost a year to get passed and nearly did not happen, with Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry fighting it every step of the way. 

As a result of this law going into effect in 2012, five abortion clinics immediately closed. Another four abortion facilities have shut their doors since, making it nine abortion facilities closed in PA in the last eight years. That's over one-third (38%) of Pennsylvania abortion facilities now closed.

In addition, Planned Parenthood has closed many of their "feeder facilities" in Pennsylvania that were not generating revenue from on-site abortions (but making many referrals to ones that did). Since 2010, fifteen (15) Planned Parenthood feeder facilities have voluntarily shut down.  

The complete list of closings is available now on our website.

 

"While Gov. Wolf stated he vetoed the bill over concern for women's rights granted in Roe v. Wade, it seems like more of an attack on babies with Down syndrome than a move to protect women. It's not Wolf's place to make a value judgement on the life of unborn babies diagnosed with Down syndrome—this is unscientific and unethical."

- Nicole Russell, in The Epoch Times - Pennsylvania Governor Defies Constituents, Allows Modern-Day Eugenics

 

Harmful state bill, local ordinance threatens places like Williamsport

An ongoing threat here in Pennsylvania deals with your rights to religious freedom and privacy. Some local and state officials want to pass special protections that result in attacks on small business owners and the use of locker room and restroom facilities.

Often called "nondiscrimination ordinances," these laws can have the impact of forcing small business owners to participate in events or messages that are contrary to their sincerely-held beliefs. They've also been used to force open sex-specific locker rooms and restrooms in public places like schools to members of the opposite sex. One recent report shows Williamsport is one of the next places being targeted for this type of ordinance.

If you find your local community is considering one of these harmful local ordinances, contact the Pennsylvania Family Institute for help at 717-545-0600.

For more on the statewide bill and how to take action, click here for our Citizen Action Center.

 

"Sometimes I lay here and think I'm going to die. I don't wish this on anybody."

- Raphael Rodriguez, in a hospital bed after suffering from lung disease due to vaping marijuana cartridges bought at a "licensed and regulated" state dispensary in Michigan. More on the issues with marijuana vaping from The Daily Signal: My Son Was Addicted to Pot Vaping. Now, Congress Wants to Aid the Industry.

 

Mark your calendars

Tuesday, April 28, 2020 - Primary Election

Monday, May 18, 2020 - First-ever Pennsylvania March for Life. Details: PAMarchForLife.org.

July 19-25, 2020 - 20th annual City on the Hill Youth Leadership and Worldview Conference for high school students. Details: pafamily.org/coth

 

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Fwd: Following the example of Christ



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From: Mennonite Mission Network <Beyond@mennonitemission.net>
Date: Fri, Dec 13, 2019 at 2:00 PM
Subject: Following the example of Christ
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In Villa Mercedes, Mónica Canan (far left) and her daughter, Loana, talk with church and business planter, Ramón Godoy, about how his arrival to build the fence behind them transformed their lives. Ramón came with a job to build a fence, but Mónica said his listening to her and then calling his wife, Mariana Romero, to share more deeply and pray together resulted in not only her commitment to Christ, but also to a church that has become family for them. Photo by Linda Shelly.

Mennonite Church in Argentina celebrates 100 years

By Zachary Headings with Laurie Oswald Robinson 

Since the Iglesia Evangélica Menonita Argentina (Argentina Evangelical Mennonite Church) celebrated the 100th anniversary of its first baptisms on Sept. 27–29, its commitment to spreading the good news of Christ has grown stronger. During the festivities, church members and visiting North American partners reviewed the denomination's history: from the first Mennonite missionaries, Mae and Tobias Kreider (T. K.) Hershey as well as Emma and Joseph Wenger (J. W.) Shank and their families, to the current work of its mission programs.  

The early missionaries were sent by Mennonite Board of Missions, a predecessor agency of Mennonite Mission Network. By the mid-20th century, the Argentina Mennonite Church was taking responsibility for church planting, and by the mid-1990s, regional mission programs began forming.  

In the historic central Argentine region of the church, pastors organized Visión Evangelística y Misionera de la Región Central (VEMCE, formerly known as VEMZO). Their vision was to plant new churches and reestablish others that had been planted but that didn't mature into stable congregations.   

"The significance of the centennial is the celebration of the dream achieved by those who, 'leaving everything,' came to bring us the good news. They did not 'look at it from afar,' but believing in God's faithfulness, they came," said Sara Buhlmann, a retired gynecologist and current church planter with VEMCE.  

While most VEMCE church plants are geographically close to existing congregations, the church in Carlos Casares sent workers six hours west to Villa Mercedes, San Luis, with the vision to plant both a business and a church.

Clockwise beginning at left: In a partnership meeting, Daniel Oyanguren explains the mission strategy of Visión Evangelística y Misionera de la Región Central (VEMCE, formerly known as VEMZO). Ramón Godoy and Javier Miguel are mission workers who coordinate the broader ministries. Sara Wiegner (Akron, Pennsylvania) and Stephen Crane (Ridgeview, Pennsylvania) represent partner churches in an Atlantic Coast Conference cluster of churches in partnership with VEMCE. Photo by Linda Shelly.

Currently, Beraca Premoldeados, a creative block-making and construction business, provides income for the church planters and creates jobs for people in the community. VEMCE anticipates partnering with Argentine businesspeople with a heart for mission moving into the next century, combining income-generating work with church planting in cities beyond their current locations. 

In the mid-1940s, missionaries felt called to branch out beyond central Argentina to the indigenous people of the Chaco province. Through the decades, many North American missionaries served on the Mennonite team in the Chaco. By 2005, the team included a German family and three Argentine families. One of the Argentine families, Alfonsina and José Oyanguren, have led this ministry together with Toba Qom partners since 2011.  

They work with indigenous leaders to support the use of the Toba Qom language through Bible ministries in the churches and at the Centro Educativo Say˜aten (Qom Knowledge Educational Center). The Center hosts a recording studio and FM radio station, as well as multiple educational opportunities, including the Castelli Bible Institute and a program for high school completion. After graduating, students can continue their education to become bilingual teachers in a program that indigenous leaders and the Oyangurens also support. 

Germán Díaz, a Toba Qom leader who works closely with Alfonsina and José, explained, "We continue to talk with students about studying and then coming back to participate with and for their people.  We are trying to help them understand their history so their studies will help their people."  

"The challenge for the next century is the same," Buhlmann said, "to carry the message 'to every creature,' with technological advances, yet not forgetting the model of Jesus, that the most important thing is 'person-to-person' communication." 

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A circle of prayer in Quito, Ecuador, brings together people of multiple nationalities, including refugees. Photo by Jon Carlson.
 

Jesus models mission

A message from Stanley W. Green, executive director

In a post-Resurrection appearance, John reports that Jesus offered God's peace to the group of terrified and fearful disciples locked behind closed doors (John 20:21). Jesus adds to his benediction an important elaboration: "As the Father has sent me, I am sending you." Jesus makes it clear that God's mission of restoration and reclaiming the world through the reconciling work of the cross will continue—through them.  

Importantly, Jesus clarifies that not only is he sending them, but he is sending them as the Father sent him. In other words, our posture and approach in mission are prescribed by the example of Jesus. How did Jesus think about the nature of his mission? And what are the practices he modeled? Jesus gives us a clue in his words and through his actions. In Luke 4, Jesus talked about his mission in this way:  

"The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor." In Mark chapter 10, he also says this, "For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many." 

Even though Western mission often found its emergence in noble motivations, unfortunately, its alliance with the historical quest for dominance and control—fueled by greed—sometimes meant that missionaries became agents of colonialism. The influence of the colonial mentality on mission too often blinded missionaries to their own ethnocentrism. Cultural appropriations of the gospel were confused with the gospel itself. Sadly, moreover, the cultural medium within which the gospel was transmitted was deemed to be superior. Mission thus devolved into telling unevangelized cultures how their inferior cultures would be enriched by an embrace of Western cultural forms and practices.  

Determined to pattern ourselves after the example of Jesus, we at Mennonite Mission Network are striving to learn how to listen, show empathy and respect, and to cultivate mutuality in our mission engagements. Taking Jesus' injunction seriously demands that the witness of our approach, presence and lifestyle mirror the message we seek to proclaim in our words. The witness embedded in the manner of our engagement in mission should never contradict the spirit of Christian love, diminish the dignity of any human being, or communicate condescension toward potential sisters and brothers in the family of God. 

David Bosch's influential text, Transforming Mission, has profoundly shaped thinking about mission in the 21st century, insisting that it be rooted in the transformation of all people engaged in the mission encounter. It is imperative that those who see themselves as called to share the gospel should also anticipate—indeed, even invite—transformation with regard to their understandings of racism and injustice, ethnocentrism and cultural superiority, coercion and violence, along with the many other ills that encumber cross-cultural exchange.  

Reflecting the Anabaptist influences on his thinking, Stanley Hauerwas has argued that the Church does not have but is a social ethic. Anabaptists have long insisted that the character of the kingdom community is its primary mission. At Mennonite Mission Network we believe we need constantly to be asking critical questions: How does our mission practice reflect the way of Jesus? How can we listen more than speak, and refrain from providing answers before we understand the questions? How can we be more self-critical of our own ethnocentric points of view and assumptions about our cultural superiority? Paradoxically, we believe that such humility will allow us to be more bold, and more honest, in our proclamation of the good news that is ours in Jesus Christ. Thanks for joining us on this journey of transformation and seeking to do mission in the way of Jesus. 

Stanley W. Green
Executive Director
Mennonite Mission Network

Argentina: Meet our mission workers

José and Alfonsina Oyanguren (back row, on right) along with their children, Emilia, Felipe, Tomás, and Juan (left to right), serve in Castelli, Argentina. They serve with indigenous churches and communities in the Argentine Chaco, providing continuity in long-term relationships and valuing indigenous languages and cultures.

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Fwd: Message from Hinkletown Mennonite School



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From: Hinkletown Mennonite School <office@hinkletownschool.org>
Date: Thu, Dec 12, 2019 at 5:45 PM
Subject: Message from Hinkletown Mennonite School
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Message from the Director of Advancement
December 12, 2019
The Light of Christ Shining in Us!
Good afternoon1
  
A founder of the school recently observed how the beauty of Christmas lights reminds him of the Light, Christ, who shines in and through us each day. 

From our beginnings in 1980 through today, the Light of Christ shining in and through us remains the source of our strength and mission. It is a joy to see students and alumni serving the Savior both locally and globally. An HMS donor recently commented, "investing at HMS offers a more significant return than the ebb and flow of the stock market!"

Join us in praise for God's work among us! Both enrollment and programs have grown dramatically at HMS the last 40 years. In just the last 5 years we were able to accomplish $1 million in improvements to our facility, transportation, technology and grounds! Last year we also celebrated a beautiful new gym floor that will serve the decades to come at HMS!

Our churches and the charities we support depend on our generosity to cover costs. HMS is no exception. About 1/3 of our annual costs are only possible because of generous giving and fundraisers. Thank you for your prayers and financial support as God leads you!

If you or someone you know would like to make an end-of-year personal or business contribution toward our school, we would be most grateful! Feel free to contact me with any questions.
Middle school fieldtrip to New York City for their project-based learning unit.
Venture Program Acapella Ensemble at last week's Christmas Concert.
Praising God for the success of last year's Score the Floor, which resulted in a beautiful new gym floor!
May the joy of Christmas attend our hearts and homes,
Jody Fausnight
Director of Advancement
P.S. Call (717-512-8985) or email me with any questions about how your tax-advantaged gift can happen smoothly in 2019.
Tax-Sensible Opportunities
Here are some tax-sensible opportunities that may be of interest to you as a parent, grandparent or other friend who supports HMS through giving and tuition:

STOCK OR MUTUAL FUND SHARES - Gifts of appreciated stock or mutual fund shares to HMS or any church or charity may cost far less than giving cash.

SPECIAL INTEREST TAX DEFERMENT - Your PA personal income tax in excess of could support HMS scholarships through a PA tax credit for up to 90% of your gift amount.
REQUIRED MINIMUM DISTRIBUTION GIFTS - All gifts by friends of HMS directly from an IRA of a Reqiured Minimum Distribution (if over 70.5 years of age) have the dual benefit of gift support in lieu of cash and reducing the taxable income accrued to the donor for the tax year. See your financial advisor for more details on this creative opportunity several HMS donors have utilized.

END-OF-YEAR GIVING - All gifts by cash or check to Hinkletown Mennonite School postmarked by December 31, 2019, may be deducted on your federal tax return, in accordance with IRS regulations.
ONLINE GIFTS - You can give ONLINE at the HMS website! Gifts by 12:00 am on January 1, 2020, will be receipted for 2019 giving and eligible for a federal tax deduction.
Hinkletown Mennonite School
717-354-7100