Save the Date: Annual Assembly 2019 will be July 19-20, 2019
at Pleasant View Mennonite Church in Hydro, OK
More Information Coming Soon!!
More Information Coming Soon!!
At the Anabaptist Vision and Discipleship Series the weekend of Feb. 23-24, over 200 persons, including a significant number of Hesston College students, were present to deal with areas of injustice and inequality that we face, some that are clearly obvious and visible, some that are more subtle and even hidden. I could not help but be reminded of the way that one SCC congregation is responding to the needs in their community .
For the past several years, the Rey de Gloria congregation in Brownsville, Texas, has organized a summer daycare program for children whose parent or parents, many of them undocumented, are working at minimum wage (or less) jobs that do not provide enough income to cover childcare service. Members of the congregation, along with whatever other volunteers they can recruit, offer a safe place for such children during the day. They provide food, clothing, access to health care as needed, transportation, recreation and consistent supervision. They raise the funds however they can, including the sale of meals throughout the year. Some years, the Schowalter Foundation has provided grants to help.
Conference leadership has endorsed this service, which will happen again this coming summer, encouraging congregations and individuals to consider providing financial assistance to help relieve the burden being carried by Rey de Gloria. Funds can be channeled through the conference office.
–Bill Zuercher, SCC Ministry Coordinator
The Junior High Youth group from Bethel Mennonite Church (Inman) recently spent a couple of days in Kansas City for a service project at Omot and Hanna Aganya’s home and then went on to the Creation Museum in Kentucky. On Saturday afternoon the 14 youth and 8 adult sponsors cleaned up the yard, cleaned and stained the deck, did other repairs and planted flowers at the Aganya’s. Argentine Mennonite Church hosted the group Saturday and Sunday nights in their church building and Sunday morning the group joined their worship service and presented a skit. In the afternoon, they went to the Sundanese Church and helped in the Sunday School program. After that, they attended the Eden Life Church which is made up mostly of people originally from Ethiopia. After participating in those three 2 hour services, they went to the site of a church building that Eden Life Church wants to purchase. After looking around and hearing about the building, everyone held hands in a circle on the sidewalk and a number of youth and adults prayed for God’s direction about this possible meeting space for the Eden Life Church. Regional Conference Minister James Wenger, who was present, commented on how hard the youth worked, while also having a good time on Saturday. He was also impressed by their participation in all of those church services on Sunday with such a good attitude. On Monday morning the group continued their journey to the Creation Museum which they also enjoyed.