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Iglesia Menonita Rey de Gloria has been operating a summer daycare for many years and had been planning their summer programs when COVID-19 hit and School Districts closed in mid-April.  The daycare fills the supervision void left when schools close for the summer but parents must continue to work without means to pay for full-time […]

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By Kevin B. Santiago on April 29, 2020 Change is difficult. Like cement, the older we get the more set in our ways we become. Serving as a pastor in a congregation that has a substantial older demographic comes with its challenges. Most of my congregants are over twice my age and some three times […]

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Due to an unknown timeframe for the ability to safely gather in person, SCC leaders have made the hard decision NOT to meet in person as a conference this summer.  We will, instead, host our first Interactive Digital SCC Assembly July 24-26, 2020 on Zoom.  We will worship, pray, share, and make decisions around the […]

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The town of Greensburg, Kansas was devastated by an EF5 tornado on the evening of May 4, 2007.  Pastor Jeff Blackburn of Greensburg Mennonite Church published his reflections of that night and the following years in a book, Light at the end of the Funnel: A Journey Through Disaster and Trauma, on the 10th anniversary […]

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Regional Conference Minister Howard Keim’s normal pattern had been to have a monthly hour-long conversation with the pastor of each congregation he serves.  When the pandemic crisis began to build he contacted each of them individually and noted that they were doing things a bit differently but all had ideas that might benefit others.  After […]

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Eden Life Youth gather for discipleship (photo taken before COVID outbreak) Hanna Aganya, church planter in Kansas City, has expressed appreciation for the Bethel Mennonite Church Youth Group that visited two times over the last three years.  She said, “The first time that they visited, Eden Life was looking for a meeting place for our […]

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Though it feels long ago and would be impossible in our current world, we would like to share with you Howard (Church Growth and Visioning Team Chair) and Cathy Wagler’s reflections on their visit to south Texas a few months ago to visit some SCC pastors and churches.  We delivered 36 detainee kits/backpacks from MCC […]

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Pastor and Congregation News Dale Kauffman, pastoral team member at Journey@Yoder, has concluded his ministry there.  Joel Schroeder has joined that team effective February 1. Joel was formerly part of the pastoral team at First Mennonite Church in Newton, KS Kurt Horst, former lead pastor of Whitestone Mennonite Church in Hesston, is serving a two-month […]

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Rod and Norma Schmucker of Hope for the Broken congregation in Los Fresnos, Texas have discovered a new way to connect with their community. It is a great example of how God is moving even in these days of social distancing. Rod writes, “Our church (Hope For The Broken) like most others went online. It wasn’t […]

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Worship at Amani Community Church (pastor Wakibogo playing keyboard on the left) One of  the core values discerned during South Central Mennonite Conference’s (SCMC) time of visioning last year was to be alert and ready to respond to new kingdom initiatives in our region: networking Anabaptist church planting partnerships.  We are thrilled to announce that […]

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