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.
On Sunday, January 24, 2016, Sandeep Thomas was installed as pastor of the Argentine Mennonite Church in Kansas City, Kansas. Pastor Thomas is a graduate of Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, Pittsburgh PA, and previously served as associate pastor of the Asian Indian Christian Church of Pittsburgh and then worked as a campus pastor in Pittsburgh. In Kansas City Sandeep works half-time for International Students Inc., a ministry to international students studying in Kansas City. The installation service included about 30 guests in addition to the regular attendees. Many of the guests are part of Sandeep’s extended Spiritual circle, largely as part of his student ministry. To learn more about the Thomas family (wife Sufi and children Ahia and Andrew) check out the bio at the Argentine Mennonite Church web site: http://www.argentinemennonite.org/about/staff/.
Regional Conference Minister, Kurt Horst, preached the installation sermon using 2 Peter 1 to encourage Pastor Thomas to: Keep Jesus at the Center, Make Disciples of Jesus, Love the Church and Keep a Balanced Life. The Argentine congregation has had a children’s Venture Club ministry for a number of years and are currently looking for a part-time youth pastor to continue this ministry as those children move into Jr. and Sr. High School.
Pleasant Valley Mennonite Church in Harper, Kansas has just chosen a new pastor, Kenzie Intemann. Kenzie and his wife Mallory are living in Northern Indiana where Kenzie is working part-time in a pastoral assignment and Mallory is teaching school. Since Mallory needs to finish her contract in her school, they will not be moving to Harper until summer. Kenzie may travel about once per month to participate in the congregational worship and life until they move. Kenzie is a graduate of the pastoral ministries program at Hesston College. Jerry Weaver just finished an interim assignment at Pleasant Valley at the end of 2015. At present, members of the congregation are planning the services and are taking turns preparing messages. They may also later have some visiting ministers.