Weekly Word

Pleasant Valley celebrates Ordination

Pleasant Valley Mennonite Church at Harper, KS celebrated the ordination of Kenzie Intemann on Sunday, October 4.  The service was planned by the elders and worship committee and included an account of the search and ordination process, a children’s time, letters of affirmation from former pastors, and presentation of a ceramic platter created by Isaac Shue, a local artist.  Elders Richard Aldis, Brad Shue and Bobbie Hochstetler led the service.  Howard Keim, Regional Conference Minister, brought a meditation and led the ordination ceremony.  A potluck after the service was accompanied by stories and words of wisdom for Kenzie, Mallory and Silas. 

SCC Pastors meet for encouragement

Four pastors who serve rural congregations in South Central Conference have begun to meet quarterly with their Regional Conference Minister to learn from each other.  Josh Patterson (Crystal Springs), Kenzie Intemann (Pleasant Valley), David Roth (Kingman) and Jeff Blackburn (Greensburg) along with Howard Keim comprise this group.  All are located West of Wichita in smaller towns that face a variety of economic and social challenges.  The pastors vary in age and experience and enjoy sharing perspectives and encouragement.  They alternate locations and introduce each other to the unique opportunities in their respective churches and communities.  At the most recent meeting on September 30, David Roth hosted the group at Kingman.  The group typically meets for about three hours beginning at 5:00 and shares the evening meal at a local hot spot.