SCC Mennonite Women have an 11:30 a.m. Luncheon/Meeting on June 11, at Whitestone Mennonite Church in the Community Room. During this time, we would like to share with the women our hopes for the coming year. We are happy to announce the we received $1000 in donations for our grant program. We are working on finding a name for the grant. Currently, we are also working on getting our web site up and running.
Maria Hernandez, a Bluffton University math major from Iglesia Menonita Buenas Nuevas, recently returned from a spring break spent, not focused on herself, rest, or relaxation, but on service. Hernandez, along with a group from the university, spent her spring break doing service work in Pennsylvania.
The group began their week at Laurelville Mennonite Church Center clearing brush, trimming trees, and organizing storage. They ended their break rehabbing homes for Habitat for Humanity in Pittsburgh, PA. Hernandez said that portion of the trip reminded her of all the people that helped her family succeed as she grew up. “I feel that they best way I can help out now is to make them proud by paying it forward,” she said, “It is good to take a timeout from the real world and take some time to reflect and give back.”
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