Special Invitation to the “Empowering Women” event with Mennonite Women USA

Dear Mennonite woman,

Yes, that’s you! We are delighted to invite you to a special summer event designed to resource you!

Empowering Women: Money, Health and Faith is a resourcing event that will take place August 12-13, 2016 at Peace Mennonite Church in Aurora, Colorado, just east of Denver.

In previous years, this kind of event was called PREP (preparing, resourcing, encouraging, praising) and was held specifically for area-conference women leaders.

This year, this event is being opened up to all women, because, let’s be honest – who among us doesn’t need to be empowered with regards to our understanding of money and our personal health?

So… come…it’s for all women!


MW USA PREP 2016 poster 2016.05.17

Here are two documents you will want to open:

1. A colorful poster. Please print and post in your church.

2. An information and schedule sheet.

Please forward both of these documents to any women you think might be interested.


What will happen at this event?

  • Networking
  • Friend-making
  • Worship
  • Inspiration
  • Nurture
  • Eating
  • Education
  • Empowerment

Who are the presenters?

Rhoda Blough, of Denver and Teresa Boshart Yoder of Harrisonburg, VA. As staff of Everence, they bring passion, experience and tools for us to understand our relationship with money and our personal health. These professionals will provide handouts, books, journals and other resources.


This is easy! Just click here to register.

Space for 75 women will fill up fast. Spread the word, get registered by August 2 and read your information sheet.

Then…add your prayers to ours for a fantastic weekend.

-Marlene Bogard, MW USA Executive Director & Berni Kaufman, MWUSA Executive Assistant

Women Meet to Tell Their Sacred Stories

By Anne M. Yoder, Coordinator, EDC/FMC Sistering Committee

On March 12, 2016, over 35 women met together for a Day Apart, held at Towamencin Mennonite Church. A large group came from Centro de Alabanza de Filadelfia, a church located in South Philadelphia that is made up primarily of immigrants from Mexico, Central America, and Latin America; other attendees came from various Mennonite churches in Eastern District and Franconia Mennonite Conferences.

This gathering was a bilingual retreat that gave the opportunity to reflect on the theme “Sistering for Life.” The term “sistering” refers to a practice in carpentry in which structural repairs are made by attaching new wood beams to weak (sagging, cracked or twisted) joists to make the original stronger. All of us are strong at times and can help those who are weak; all of us find it difficult to make it on our own at times and need others to support us. Sistering is a gift that we embody as God’s women who are following Jesus throughout our lives.


The program’s theme was fleshed out in various ways. Songs were led in Spanish and English by a team from CAF and by Dorothy Beidler. A meditation was given by Ana Rosa Hernandez on Proverbs 17:17 (“A friend loves at all times, and a [sister] is born for a time of adversity.”) and Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 (“Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor; if either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up.”) Four women — Linda Esh, Dania Hernandez, Ligia Canavan, and Jenny Duskey – were designated to tell a story of being sistered. From them came accounts of loss, sexual abuse, stepping into unknown territory during a move, and Continue reading

Cuidándonos entre Mujeres en Cuba

Por Mennonite Women USA Traducido por Milka Rindzinski
4 de enero de 2016

Luego de presentar en Cuba los dos primeros seminarios sobre Cuidándonos entre Mujeres, Carolyn Heggen, psicoterapeuta especializada en sanación de traumas, y Rhoda Keener, Directora de Sister Care de Mennonite Women USA, visitaron el museo de arte de La Habana Vieja. Conversaron brevemente con las dos distinguidas mujeres encargadas, y cuando se iban, una de ellas les preguntó, “¿Tienen algún jabón?” Heggen, que había estado en Cuba antes y sabiendo lo escaso y costoso que es el jabón allí, tenía dos jabones pequeños y se los entregó a las mujeres.

En esta exuberante y hermosa isla, la necesidad de la gente de artículos esenciales contrasta con la calidad excepcional del sistema educativo de Cuba, que provee educación gratuita para todos. Carreteras de cuatro carriles con buses modernos y autos de fabricación china van lado a lado con autos Ford y Buick de los años 40 y 50. Continue reading

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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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

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.

FREE for Women 25 and Younger :: Camp Friedenswald Women’s Retreat :: 9/25-9/27


Bring your sisters, bring your friends. Come on your own for the peace of the woods

Come – with your brokenness, your strength, your laughter. Open to the Spirit – come….

Expect worship, fellowship, free time, workshops, recreation, time on the water and in the woods. Laura Brenneman will draw upon key scriptural imagery of trees to engage us in dialog about the meaning of authenticity, leadership, and wholeness in a broken world.

The retreat will begin Friday evening, 9/25 and close Sunday, 9/27 after lunch.

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Virginia Conference :: Annual Mission’s Day

Join area Mennonite Women at the Virginia Conference Annual Mission’s Day on May 2, 2015 hosted at Trissel Mennonite Church in Broadway, Virginia.

The theme is “Mission Work” lead by guest speaker, Eve Knupp missionary in Jamaica.

Sowing Sisterhood :: The First Volume of Illinois Mennonite Women Quarterly

This is Volume 1 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.

Download the PDF of Sowing Sisterhood.

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