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.
There are refugees who are coming to the United States who need sponsors to help them get settled in their new homes, find jobs and learn to live in a new environment. Jesus taught us that we are to be concerned about the stranger and people who are in need. The South Central Conference Executive Committee is recommending that our congregations consider the feasibility of helping some refugee families get settled in our areas. In most of the larger cities in our area like Wichita, Oklahoma City or Kansas City, there are agencies that are looking for groups that would be willing to sponsor refugees. If your congregation has interest, you can get information about who to contact at the Office of Refugee Resettlement web site
programs/orr. If you have interest, please also let the SCC office know.
Journey Mennonite Church @Yoder, Ks prepared and served lunch for the Haven Kansas School teachers. Pastoral staff Mark Horst and Phil Kaufman also relate to the athletic teams. Journey @ South Hutchinson prepared and served lunch for teachers at Central Christian High School at Hutchinson, Ks. “Seek the welfare of the city where I sent you” the prophet Jeremiah tells the people of God. Rick Warren asks, “Does your community know you care about them?” You may care about the community but do they know it?
–Marion Bontrager RCM
As an executive committee, we have been able to be share with a sister in need a $500 grant. We have also had a request from the women of Journey Church, McPherson, for a grant to help fund a weekend ministry called IF:Gathering. Their purpose is to “exist to gather, equip & unleash the next generation of women to live out their purpose.” As we think about giving, we are making grants available to women to help with Christian Education for second semester. Talk with your church representative and then make your requests known to our committee for help with second semester tuition. These grants are available to Mennonite Women of South Central Conference through January 2016. We are looking forward to the Comforter Blitz March 7-9, 2016 and Spring Supper, March 17, 2016.