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The congregations and pastors of SCC’s southern District, Unidad Cristiana de Iglesias Menonitas (UCIM) gathered for their annual meeting November 1-2.  Reflections on Philippians 2:1-5 were shared from three pastors of congregations in UCIM, Mayra Hernandez, Norma Schmucker, and Claudia Cedillo.        Reflecting on the gathering, outgoing Regional Conference Minister, Lupe Aguilar found encouragement in the […]

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Pastor and Congregation News Josh Patterson, pastor of Crystal Springs (KS) Mennonite Church, was married on August 28 to Adrienne Hock. Zach Batson, associate campus pastor at Journey@McPherson, was approved for licensure toward ordination by the Ministerial Commission on December 16. Kay Schroeder began as Pastor of Congregational Life at Hesston Mennonite Church on December […]

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A number of members of conference-related congregations are serving or have recently served, in short- or long-term assignments .  These include: Serving with Mennonite Central Committee Elisabeth Wilder, Whitestone Mennonite Church, Cochabamba, Brazil Megan Baumgartner, Whitestone Mennonite Church, Ololulunga, Kenya Serving with Mennonite Mission Network Michael Oyer, Whitestone Mennonite Church, Service Adventure unit leader in […]

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Pastor and church planter, Omot Aganya of Eden Life Church, has a vision for continuing his ministry of church planting with outreach initiatives in cities where he has connections with communities of people from Ethopia.  He has recently received a $15,000 grant from the Schowalter Foundation Inc. to pursue this outreach task.  Pray with us […]

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The idea of a mystery church visit had been percolating in my mind for several weeks.  I had prayed about it, brainstormed about it, and knew it required action. I finally e-mailed pastor Jeff Blackburn about my crazy idea.  Several days later I was overjoyed to get an enthusiastic response: “Miriam, this is an excellent […]

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In 2015, during a time of discouragement and depression, Hal connected with Journey@Yoder campus pastor, Dale Yoder.  During the months and years after this connection Dale worked alongside Hal through some difficult situations resulting in a re-connection his faith family.  In 2018 the community realized Hal’s need for an accessible housing situation.  After discussing different options they […]

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On April 1, the Kingman Community kicked off the Circles program.  The mission of Circles is to help people get out of poverty through education, emotional support and mentoring. The first class began with 19 family units with 11 units graduating on August 26. At the graduation ceremony, four individuals shared their stories of experiencing […]

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Twenty persons met for a time of worship, fellowship, sharing and learning at the Pastor/Leader/Spouse retreat held on October 4-5 at the Crosswind Conference Center near Hesston.  Clayton Gladish, member of the pastoral team at Hesston Mennonite Church, led the group through a number of leadership principles developed by the Kansas Leadership Center, with a […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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