Postcard & a Prayer :: May Email Newsletter

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MW USA May Email 2015

Carol Roth on New Beginnings

 

by Carol Roth. Carol lives in Clinton, Mississippi, and is a member of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians. She works as staff leader for Native Mennonite Ministries. She and her husband, Mark, serve at Nanih Waiya Indian Mennonite Church in Preston, Mississippi, where Mark is pastor. Carol is the Mennonite Women USA board representative from Native Mennonite Ministries. 

This month is new beginnings for our family. We have a High School graduate, a college graduate and a graduate school graduate. High School diploma, bachelor’s degree and master’s degree. Each graduate set their own goal and accomplished it.

In life we each have a goal we set (whether it is a formal goal or an informal goal) that we want to accomplish. To some it may seem like an easy goal and to others it may be a long journey with many ups and downs. Continue reading

Kitchen Table :: May 2015

By Pam Risser

I recently had the privilege of helping my oldest daughter and her family as she recuperated from the birth of her third child. As each of my daughters have given birth I have been able to spend the first week with them doing the cooking, cleaning, shopping, laundry, caring of older children and lots of cuddling of the newborn so that the new mothers could get the rest that their bodies needed. My mother did the same for me and all my sisters.

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Mennonite Women USA donations double since 2001

This article by Anita Hooley Yoder originally appeared in The Mennonite. Look for a book by Anita Hooley Yoder in summer 2017 about Mennonite Women USA.

Rhoda Keener was a reluctant fundraiser.

“I would tease her that our meetings felt more like therapy sessions,” said Rebekah Basinger, an organizational consultant. “And she’s the trained counselor!”

Basinger started working regularly with Keener in 2003, about two years after Keener became director of Mennonite Women USA (formerly Mennonite Women), the denominational women’s organization of Mennonite Church USA. Basinger shared her understanding of fundraising as a ministry, a spiritual act in itself, not something you just add on to help you do ministry.

“That really resonated with Rhoda,” Basinger said in a January 2015 interview. “She shaped her whole approach to fundraising around that idea. And I really believe that’s been the key to the success.”

The “success” Basinger refers to is the transformation of Mennonite Women USA (MW USA) from a floundering organization—like many of today’s church-related groups—to a now stable and relatively thriving one, financially and otherwise.

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The Marlene Effect

by Rhoda Keener, Sister Care Director

Marlene Bogard began her work as executive director of Mennonite Women USA a month ago on April 13. For the five weeks between the time that Ruth Guengerich retired on March 8 and Marlene began on April 13, I assumed the “Interim Executive Director” role.

One would think a person would not organize nearly every closet in her house during this busy interlude, but that’s exactly what I did; I began calling it the “Marlene effect.”

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