Sunday afternoon August 28th at 6:00 PM was a very happy occasion for the congregations of UCIM. Most of the congregations in South Texas met in the new church plant to commission Alejo Solis and his wife Alma Solis as pastors. There were about 100 persons in attendance for this evening of worshiping and praising God with voice and song. Pastor Lupe Aguilar, the RCM for the Southern District of Texas commissioned the pastors. All of the congregation was asked to participate in the commissioning. A short, but very to the point sermon was given by Pastor Conrado Hinojosa. Afterward the whole company was treated to a wonderful supper. We all offer our prayers, help and congratulations to the newly commissioned pastors.
The transition from summer break to start of school has seen two memorable events take place at Pleasant View Mennonite Church in Hydro, OK. On August 14, the church broke ground on a building project that will include a new sanctuary, additional classrooms, a new library and new office space. Everyone present participated by adding rocks, not cut by human hands, to a cairn located at the building site. These rocks will be displayed in the new building as a reminder that we are each uniquely gifted but are part of one body with Jesus Christ as our head. Two weeks after the ground breaking, James Wenger, Regional Conference Minister, journeyed to Pleasant View to install and license our new Associate Pastor, Gabriel Pennington. Gabriel and his wife, Christa joined Pleasant View in July in response to God’s calling upon their lives. We look forward to what God has in store for our congregation as we continue to transition into who God is calling us to be.
On July 17, 2016, Journey@South Hutch had a groundbreaking ceremony for the new gym/community center after 3 years of planning and seeking God’s guidance. Journey is committed to not just build to meet their needs for space, but to be a community connection. They are exploring community partnerships so that this space is used as much (if not more) during the week than it is on Sundays. There were prayers of dedication in the 4 corners of the mapped out site for children, youth, adults and community. Journey would love for you to pray with them for safety and efficiency in the building process and that God would lead them to partnerships that would enrich our community.
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.