In September 2019, the junior and senior youth from Light of Life Mennonite Church of Farmington, New Mexico each enjoyed their own retreats. The Junior Youth went camping in the La Plata Canyon and hiked to the top of Cumberland Pass. The Senior Youth spent a weekend at a mountain cabin. Each group of young people were responsible for planning their own meals which were all cooked over an open fire. Both events were exciting and enriching as the youth were able to get away from their regular routines and enjoy the beauty of God’s Creation.
Pastor, Light of Life Mennonite Church
Crystal Springs hosted their first “Unrehearsed Christmas Pageant” on December 15th. Through a connection with SCC Regional Conference Minister Howard Keim, pastor Talashia Keim Yoder shared details of the service her congregation (College Mennonite in Goshen Indiana) has been using for the past four years. Pastor Josh Patterson reports, “We had a wonderful evening but due to the snow storm we didn’t have our regular attendance. It was our congregants doing the pageant for ourselves, however, we greatly enjoyed the service. Thanks to Talasha for helping by providing the service to us. We had a wonderful time dressing up and allowing ourselves to be present in the moment of Jesus’ birth as we listened to scripture and sang songs aligned with the story of Christ’s birth. We were able to weave our tradition of singing candlelit carols in at the end as though we came to the manger to have our candles lit. This was followed by a bountiful fellowship with plenty of snacks and laughter.”