MW USA Announces New Ministry Name and Coordinator: The Housewarmer Project

MENNONITE WOMEN USA (MW USA) announces a new name and new coordinator for one of their important ministries. The Housewarmer Project ministry provides quilted wallhangings to individuals and families whose homes have been destroyed by disaster and have received a new or rebuilt home through Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS).

The Housewarmer Project’s newly appointed volunteer coordinator, Becky Koller, gathers quilted wallhangings from a network of volunteer quilters found across the US. Once gathered, Koller coordinates the distribution of The Housewarmer Project wallhangings with MDS during home dedication ceremonies.

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Goshen, Hesston and Bethel Colleges to Host Sister Care for College Women

by Marlene Bogard

Katy, a recent college graduate posted an Instagram photo of a meal she prepared with local, fresh ingredients. It included squash fritters and truffled green beans. Yum. She considered this food fest, “Advanced Adulting,” proposing that such cooking finesse marked her journey from youth to adult.

When Katy moved out of her childhood home to her own apartment last spring, she snatched a professional job, got a scriptural tattoo with her first paycheck and shared with me that she was on the brink of “adulting.” She knew in her heart that the freedom and fun of college days were done, that loan payments were about to begin and she was in serious transition to adulthood.

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Postcard & a Prayer :: September Email Newsletter

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It is an easy way to get all the latest information, reflections and images that cover all our national and international happenings from our Sister Care seminars to our upcoming Timbrel coverage and giving tree. We also include a pertinent prayer, excerpts from women in the greater church and content relevant to Mennonite women everywhere.

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MW USA September Email 2015

Kitchen Table :: September 2015

by Pam Risser

Forty-two jars of applesauce line my kitchen counter tops. I spent the day with my oldest daughter and her children, cutting, simmering and pressing apples into applesauce for the winter. Last week I worked alongside another daughter canning apple pie filling.  The week before that, all my daughters came together for us to can quart after quart of peach halves, slices and pie filling.  Eager granddaughters jostled one another to have a place at filling jars with peach halves or turning the crank on the applesauce strainer.

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Luann Yutzy to speak on “Time in a Bottle” // Central Plains Conference // Fall Women’s Retreat September 19 & 20 at Swan Lake

 

 

 

 

 

by-Barb Voth, Bethesda Mennonite Church, Henderson, Nebraska

Central Plains Mennonite Conference Women invite you to their annual retreat at Swan Lake Christian Camp near Viborg, South Dakota. Bring a friend and enjoy a weekend of inspiration, relaxation, interest sessions, and fellowship in a retreat setting.

The speaker for the retreat, Luann Yutzy, is a 2006 graduate of Eastern Mennonite Seminary in Harrisonburg, Virginia and an ordained minister in Mennonite Church USA, serving most recently in Central Plains congregations as a transitional pastor at Bethesda Mennonite in Henderson, Nebraska, and Salem-Zion Mennonite near Free­ man, South Dakota. She also was a part of the Emmanuel Mennonite faith community, worshipping with them while her husband served as their interim pastor. She has served in congregations in Pennsylvania and Kansas and has been a staff chaplain at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita, Kansas.

Luann’s journey has had many twists and turns and she counts it a privilege to walk with others in the ups and downs of their lives. Continue reading

Online Shop Fulfills Mission of Mennonite Women USA

Mennonite Women USA announces the newly launched online shop added to their website in late June 2015. It was created and developed in response to the needs and desires expressed by their supporters. Instead of having to call the office or send a letter indicating interest for particular materials, the Mennonite Women USA shop has all of their resources and materials available at the touch of a button.

The store is fully functional and responds to customers shopping from their desktop, laptop, tablet or smart phone. Now you can purchase as many copies of the latest Bible Study Guide Spark: Igniting Your God-Given Creativity right online for your groups or Sunday School classes.

With the launch of this new digital store Mennonite Women USA is offering bundle pricing for Sister Care materials, too. The discount encourages visitors to purchase their desired materials in a bundle to save money. One such offer brings a 20% savings over purchasing items individually. Continue reading

Ohio Conference :: Mennonite Women Retreat :: Where’s the Pause Button?

Join area Mennonite Women at the Ohio Conference women’s retreat September 18-20, 2015 at Camp Luz.

Three sisters are slated as speakers: Michele Rizoli, Ginny Hostetler and Willie Stoltzfus.

“Where’s the Pause Button? Making Space for God in Everyday Life” will be the theme of the Ohio Mennonite Women’s Retreat Sept. 18-20 at Camp Luz in Kidron, OH. Sisters Willie Stoltzfus, Michele Rae Rizoli and Ginny Hostetler will be the speakers for the retreat. Registrations are due Sept. 4. See the retreat flier for more information and a registration form.

Email Willie Stoltzfus for more information.

Women’s Artwork Bridges Cultures at Mennonite World Conference :: by Audrey Kanagy

by Audrey Kanagy

I danced all the way to the car after Elizabeth Soto Albright invited me to create artwork with women who would be attending Mennonite World Conference. After months of preparation, I headed to convention loaded down with supplies, bubbling with nervous anticipation. Along with my supplies were three example pieces of art created by the women of Living Light Mennonite Church. Although their own original purpose was to serve as a model, God had something more in mind.

Each afternoon women from various continents gathered in the Delaware room above the Main Hall to encourage women engaged in theological work and explore ways to connect across cultures. My role was to create a space where women could engage creatively, working with their hands even as they engaged their minds and hearts in the discussions. Using a method of art called decoupage, we brushed pieces of magazines onto canvases with glue, forming five images combined to create a whole picture. This project would include a compilation of women in conversation from every continent, symbols of communion, scripture, and the Holy Spirit. Continue reading