Our History Book Update // by Anita Hooley Yoder

by Anita Hooley Yoder

The past few weeks have been full ones for me. I am grateful for connections made at convention in Kansas City and anticipate making more at World Conference this week. In between these two events, I made a quick trip to Mississippi on other business. I decided to make use of my time there to connect with a few Mennonite women in the area.

I went from the airport in Jackson to the home of Jody Miller. Jody provided some context on the area and helped me understand the diverse and connected nature of Gulf States conference. (This conference is currently in flux due to things happening in the larger denomination.) Continue reading

MW USA at Kansas City Convention :: Recap

Convention 2015 was truly amazing for Mennonite Women USA. If you were there, thank you for visiting with us at our booth, in our seminars and at our gatherings. If you weren’t there, thank you for your support and prayers over us during this important event.

Here’s a fun recap of how we were involved:

BOOTH

We had a polkadot theme this year as a kick-off to our mega polkadot theme for our 100-year anniversary being celebrated at the 2017 convention in Orlando. With visitors and friends wearing polkadots we had a lot of fun! (PS: I only wore polkadots so I was always easy to “spot.”)

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Here come the polkadots!

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Polkadot purse!

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Sowing Sisterhood :: Volume 2 of Illinois Mennonite Women Quarterly

This is Volume 2 of the Illinois Mennonite Women Quarterly Newsletter ‘Sowing Sisterhood.’ It was created and designed by Kim Litwiller and Shannon Unzicker. Kim is the Associate Conference Minister for Illinois Mennonite Conference and the Co-Coordinator for Illinois Mennonite Women. Shannon is the Great Lakes representative to the board of Mennonite Women USA.

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A Word on Giving

Last fall I attended the Anabaptist Communicator’s Conference. This is an annual gathering drawing communicators from MC USA and MC Canada including editors, writers, recruiters, pastors, directors and many more people looking to enhance their communications with our Anabaptist sisters and brothers.

One seminar I attended was lead by Rebekah Burch Basinger. She has been instrumental in guiding Mennonite Women USA in powerful asking which results in generous giving. Her seminar “Fundraising and Storytelling: Asking that Touches Hearts and Inspires Imaginations” was brilliant. Even though I am not at the forefront of asking individuals for support, I am part of the creation of communications, so her seminar was particularly relevant.

Rebekah lead with this truth about storytelling as part of fundraising: Continue reading