Alyssa Cable: Prayer Break

Alyssa Cable is a 19-year-old from Johnstown, Pa. currently in her junior year Eastern Mennonite University majoring in Elementary Education. Mennonite Church USA is a big part of Alyssa’s heart and she is so excited to be blogging about Convention.  She loves writing, playing guitar and piano, and laughing. She is a member of a […]

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Sherah-Leigh Gerber: Getting Ready/Alistándose

Sherah-Leigh Gerber is a member of the pre-convention blogging team. Sherah-Leigh (Zehr) Gerber, works for Ohio Conference half-time as Coordinator of Volunteers, planning resourcing events and relating to the ministry teams of the Conference. A graduate of Eastern Mennonite University and Seminary, she has served in a variety of congregational and Conference ministry positions. In addition […]

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Two important announcements from the Leadership Development team

We know that many youth are already stepping into leadership roles, and maybe even testing the waters to see what it might be like to be a pastor or church leader. At Phoenix 2013, there will be several opportunities for youth to explore their calls, and also to speak out about what they think makes […]

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Janet Trevino-Elizarraraz: Getting out of our heads

Janet Trevino-Elizarraraz of San Antonio, Texas is Anabaptist at heart and in mind, yet her journey has moved her to seek the Kingdom where the church is absent.  She walks this path of solitude with her husband, Roberto and their four beautiful children, ages 7 and under. As one of our regular convention bloggers, Janet […]

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Samuel Voth Schrag: Being the Church in Phoenix

Recently, I, along with the rest of the Mennonite Church USA Executive Board, took the Borderlinks Trip to Mexico, an opportunity that people coming to Phoenix 2013 this summer can also have. I strongly recommend it. While in Mexico, we saw the 25-foot-tall border wall, and met a border guard who had been watching us on surveillance […]

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Marvin Zehr

We took 13 youth to Pittsburgh in 2011 and it was purely inspirational to all of us.  Our group session after the main session was in a secluded hallway of the convention center and was valuable and meaningful to us.  When we returned from the convention, there was a new bond and fresh resolve to […]

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Special Convention Offering: Support Mennonite DREAMers

At convention in Phoenix, we will have two formal opportunities to practice stewardship and generosity (we’re sure you could find others, too, if you looked carefully enough). Throughout the week, we are going to have two special offerings that will support ministries that members of Mennonite Church USA are engaged in. One opportunity is to […]

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Sean Slaughter to perform at Phoenix 2013

Christian hip hop artist Sean Slaughter will perform at Phoenix 2013 during the Urban Youth gathering and at the Wet N’ Wild Water Park. After initially producing a few tracks for members of The Wu-tang Clan in the late 90’s, Sean Slaughter surrendered his life to Christ and began using his music to positively impact […]

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Tory Doerksen: We are Story People – Time to hear and tell our testimonies!

Schedules tend to be so demanding in our lives.  As an urban Mennonite Church, my youth come from over 20 different high schools this year, and our families are part of at least 7 different school districts.  Not only do we have multiple recreational activities, extra curricular opportunities, and demanding academic workloads, we also rarely […]

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Convention is for Junior High Youth!

Convention is not just for adults and high schoolers. In fact, the Junior High Youth Convention planners are hard at work prepping for an awesome summer convention.  Each day will feature a special event.  No four days are the same with a big event each day! Tuesday – City Scavenger Hunt Wednesday – Bafa Bafa […]

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Alyssa Cable: Pack your bags and prepare your hearts, Part 2

In my last blog post, I brought up the fact that preparing my heart should be more important than packing my bag – especially as I look toward Convention and what it has in store for me there. I mentioned that this had been an internal struggle, while my external self was seemingly unaware, preoccupied, […]

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