In recent Sundays 17 persons have been baptized at the three Journey Campuses. Eleven were baptized at Journey McPherson including adults, college students and youth. Four were baptized at South Hutchinson and two at the Yoder campus. McPherson adults baptized include persons with little or no Bible knowledge or church since childhood. Two men’s and 3 women’s study and discipleship groups are meeting along with discipleship mentoring and a missional community. After 3.5 years Journey McPherson attendance has averaged 173 since Christmas. Jim Ostlund is pastor. Pray for their search for an associate to help with worship.
On Dec. 6, 2015, Herold Mennonite Church celebrated the 100th anniversary of the church sanctuary with songs of praise and a message entitled “What Do These Stones Mean?” by former pastor Eugene Thieszen. After a time of fellowship over a carry-in dinner, the afternoon service focused on the history of the church with skits, pictures, and stories. The sanctuary was dedicated on Dec. 5, 1915. On that day, there were 3 services with numerous speakers. If these walls could talk, they would tell of over 5,000 Sunday services, revival meetings held, missionaries sent out, lives changed.
The history included the adding of a basement, the education wing, and then the family center. A time-line of the history of pastors, missionaries, and important events was put up in the family center by Jane Janzen.
–by Marilyn Harms
The Mt Pisgah Mennonite Church is re-visioning their life and mission in their rural community of large farms in northeast Missouri. With young people moving away they need to reach out into the community. It is one of the oldest Mennonite Churches, and only conference congregation, in the state. They have a regular attendance of about 50. John Thomas is a the part time pastor.