Berry Friesen: Prepare Ye the Way

As I write, the season of Advent has begun and Isaiah 40 echoes through my thoughts:  “Prepare you the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.” These stirring words speak to us as individuals and as members of families, congregations and communities.  Do they also speak to us […]

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Alyssa Cable: Pack your Bags and Prepare your Hearts, Part 1

Not to be stereotypical, but packing luggage as a girl is a tedious task. (Note: This does not apply to all girls or all women.) We have to prepare shoes for every type of weather and walking, clothes for all occasions, and all the products that go into showers and on faces. Packing lightly is […]

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Marty Lehman: You’re Invited to the Purposeful Plan Banquet

We are having a fundraising banquet at Convention. This is something new. When we think about attending the Mennonite Church USA Convention, we don’t generally think of fundraising events. We think about delegate sessions, denominational decisions, workshops, reconnecting with friends, worship, servant projects and lots of fun. Fundraising is not on the list. Many of […]

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Registration starts TODAY!

That’s right. You can now register for Mennonite Church USA’s convention Phoenix 2013. Register yourself, family, friends, fellow church members, etc. and spread the word! Can’t wait to see you in Phoenix in six short months. Click here to get started… Once you  have registered, you will receive a confirmation e-mail with a link to […]

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Registration begins January 8! Helpful hints here…

It may seem hard to believe, but registration begins tomorrow, January 8, at 10:00 a.m. EST. We want this process to be painless and easy, so check out these videos for some helpful hints and tricks to help your registration process to flow smoothly. Quick Tip #1: Getting Started Quick Tip #2: Checkout and Payment […]

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Sherah-Leigh Gerber: The Earth is the Lord’s

Sitting at a corner table, devouring the most delicious creamsticks, my dad and I were reflecting on this phrase from Psalm 24. He was preparing a sermon as part of a series he has been leading at his church on the Purposeful Plan. I was ruminating on the phrase, knowing I had this blog post […]

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Registration instructions from the expert herself, Carol Epp/Instrucciones de incripción de la misma experta, Carol Epp.

Some of you may be wondering about registering for Phoenix 2013. Here is some information that will help you prepare for the on-line process, which will begin on Tuesday January 8. First, download a registration form from the website, so that you willhave all the information you need before going on-line to register. If you […]

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Arloa Bontrager: The Skinny on Servant Projects

“Service isn’t how we act out our spirituality; it’s how our spirituality gets shaped” – Doug Pagitt I have come to love servant projects.  Not because the work we do is particularly remarkable, or the service given in the end is all that profound. I love servant projects because it’s a space during convention where […]

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Phoenix 2012 Speakers Announced!

We’ve got a great slate of worship speakers lined up for the Phoenix 2013 Mennonite Church USA convention. Check it out, and check back often for more updates! Adult Worship Speakers Elizabeth Soto Albrecht is moderator-elect of Mennonite Church USA. Elizabeth is coordinator of field education at Lancaster Theological Seminary and Associate Chaplain at Lancaster […]

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Janet Trevino-Elizarraraz: Conflict and the Kingdom of God

The most visible conflict is the one between two people, two communities, two nations. This is the kind of conflict that is reported, that gains the attention of the world. Jesus came as our peace, making two into one. This is the center of one of the passages selected for convention. (Ephesian 2:14-22) But what […]

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Sherah-Leigh Gerber: Citizens of God’s Kingdom: Healed in Hope

I couldn’t tear my eyes from the Willow Tree figurine my spiritual director had added to the small table in the room where we met. She had it there for someone else, but hadn’t removed it. The comfortable room in her home is very neutral and unadorned, so this small addition stood out to me. […]

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