Two of our churches in Harper, KS, Pleasant Valley and Harper United Methodist, have partnered together for the past 3 years for a Wednesday night kids program called Kmotion. We trade each year hosting duties, and have been truly blessed. This past Wednesday marked our annual Spring Cleaning of the community park and assisted living center. It is a true joy to see the children of the Harper community come together laugh, serve, and share joy together. Communion in Christ is a beautiful thing! -Kenzie Intemann
Pleasant View Mennonite Church is doing a new thing in 2019. For the first time, a theme for the year has been chosen to help the congregation be more intentional in the practice of their faith and engagement of the surrounding communities. Pastor Jeff introduced the theme of “Sent” to the congregation during his “State of the Church” sermon February 3. “Sent” has its roots in Jesus’ words to his disciples as found in the later chapters of the Gospel of John. Twice, Jesus tells his disciples “as the Father has sent me, I am sending you”. As a way of tracking the congregation’s “sentness”, individuals are invited to turn in volunteer hours each Sunday during the offering time. A running total of volunteer hours are listed each week in the bulletin. ‘Volunteer hours’ are broadly defined as anything done for someone else in which one doesn’t receive financial compensation. The ultimate hope in choosing the theme of “Sent” is that God will use it and the tracking of volunteer hours to spur the congregation on to share Christ through their lives, in their communities and to the world.
Light of Life Mennonite Church is located in Farmington, New Mexico. It was founded on 1993 by a group of Navajos and Anglos who were living in the area and discovered their shared Anabaptist Roots. Worship Services were held in rented spaces until 2000, when land was purchased and our facility was constructed. In 2006 Phil Rosenberger was called to be the pastor on a part-time basis. Light of Life continues to be a bi-cultural congregation with about 75% being Navajo Indians. We love each other and we love studying God’s Word together. Our Tuesday evening Bible Study started at Genesis 1:1 in April of 2009, and we are currently in Revelation 4. It is always a great time of fellowship, prayer and digging into Scripture.
Pastor Ulises from the Iglesia Menonita Buenas Nuevas (Good News Mennonite Church) in San Juan, Texas is working to call and encourage new leaders in the congregation. With the help of Marvin, persons who have been called for this outreach group began personal discipleship training in December. The church, it seems to Ulises, has reached as many persons as it can in San Juan and has plans to use the discipleship group training to reach persons in the city of Edinburgh. This is a “hands on” effort to train leaders within the church. The thought is to maybe start another group in Edinburgh with services in a house led by the pastor on days other than Sunday. Responsibilities for beginning this group have begun to be delegated and young people from the Buenas Nuevas congregation are also being involved in the new group. Pastor Ulises is excited and has been encouraged by the ways the discipleship training group is already working toward furthering the Kingdom.