On the way

Janeen Bertsche Johnson is Campus Pastor and Alumni Director at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary. In 1974, my family loaded up the station wagon and drove from central Illinois to St. Catharines, Ontario for the triennial sessions of the General Conference Mennonite Church. On the way through Ontario, we passed a camper that had pulled over […]

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Convention and Family Reunions

Scott Hartman is Convention Planning Coordinator for Mennonite Church USA. How would you describe the Mennonite Church USA convention to someone who doesn’t know anything about it? After helping plan the convention for over 17 years, I have started describing it as a reunion (with 5,000 of my closest friends/family members). Everyone seems to be […]

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The 411 on Convention Lodging

  There are many lodging options in Kansas City for convention attendees, and if you’re looking for a hotel, registration will open on March 3. In order to register for a hotel, you must already be registered for convention. We want to make sure you’ve got all the info you need at your fingertips, so […]

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Registration tips and tricks

Registration for convention opens this Thursday, January 15. In case you missed them in our most recent newsletter, here are some tips and tricks from our in-house registration expert, Carol Epp. Happy registering!  Prior to Jan. 15, download the registration booklet, which will help you gather all the information you need before registering online. Check […]

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Andrea de Avila: Hope for the Church

Andrea de Avila lives and works in Kalona, Iowa. She served as one of the youth worship leaders at the Phoenix 2013 convention. I have always been a people person. Maybe that is why I love convention so much. Seeing old friends and meeting new people both excite me. I also consider myself an extrovert. […]

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Remembering “Momma Brenda” Matthews

It is with great sadness that we share with you today that one of our beloved former convention speakers, “Momma Brenda” Matthews, passed away yesterday after suffering a stroke during a routine surgery. In a 2010 Facebook post, Matthews wrote, “Life is moving so fast and tomorrow is not promised. I was thinking if I […]

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Phil Schmidt: “Delegating” at convention

Phil Schmidt is a pastor at Tabor Mennonite Church in rural Kansas (just north of Newton). As a pastor, he seeks to center the church community on Jesus, proclaim the good news of God’s kingdom, and live into God’s mission here and now. He is married to his best friend, Mary, and they have an extremely cute baby, […]

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Snapshots from the Kansas On the Way Youth Rally

On Saturday Nov. 1, around 100 youth and their sponsors from Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska came together for a small glimpse of what convention in Kansas City will be like. Youth groups gathered at Hesston (Kan.) Mennonite Church for a scavenger hunt, service projects in the local Kansas and Newton area, participated in worship led by […]

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Goshen College creates “Menno’s Best Coffee” as convention fundraiser

In an effort to help Mennonite youth groups raise money to attend Kansas City 2015, Goshen (Ind.) College has developed a fundraising opportunity through sales of organic, direct-trade coffee. Youth groups will have the opportunity to sell bags of “Menno’s Best” organic coffee, which is grown by small-scale farmers that Goshen College students have worked […]

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Jean Kilheffer Hess: Being Church Together

Jean Kilheffer Hess is a member of East Chestnut Street Mennonite Church.  She is a management consultant with Core4, Inc. and owner of StoryShare, an oral history interviewing and life story services business. She is a 2004 graduate of Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary with a Master of Arts in Theological Studies.  Jean and her spouse, Gale, […]

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Gerald Mast: Looking for Friendship and Rebirth in the New Jerusalem

Gerald J. Mast is Professor of Communication at Bluffton University and the author of Go to Church, Change the World: Christian Community as Calling (Herald, 2012).  He belongs to First Mennonite Church, Bluffton, and serves on the Missional Church Committee of Central District Conference. He is married to Carrie (Roth) Mast and is the father […]

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