Upcoming Events

March 3, 2018 – March 4, 2018

Nebraska Sister Care Seminar and Retreat

The Nebraska Mennonite Women’s Retreat will host “Sister Care: Equipping Women for Healing Ministries” at the Leadership Center in Aurora, Nebraska, on March 3-4, 2018. Sister Care seminars are a ministry of Mennonite Women USA. These seminars provide women with tools for ongoing personal healing, for recognizing and celebrating God’s grace in their lives, and for responding more confidently to the needs of others.

Sister Care director for Mennonite Women USA Rhoda Keener and psychotherapist Carolyn Heggen have been leading Sister Care seminars in the USA and around the world since 2010. Although they will be continuing with Sister Care Level 2 and International seminars, this Nebraska retreat will be the last Level one seminar they will lead in North America before training others to teach Level 1 seminars in USA. If you would like more information, please contact Lincoln First Mennonite Church member Carol Knieriem at carolknieriem@hotmail.com or text/call 402-366-6598.

Lodging: The Leadership Center
•private bathrooms in all rooms
•linens and towels provided
•Complimentary Wi-Fi in all rooms
•swimming pool, bring your suits!
•air conditioned and heated rooms
•no TVs or telephones provided in rooms

Use the Registration Form, and return by mail by February 15, 2018
or REGISTER ONLINE by clicking here

Start: March 3, 2018 8:30 am
End: March 4, 2018 1:00 pm
Venue: The Leadership Center
2211 Q Street (E Highway 34) , Aurora, NE, 68818, United States

April 14, 2018

Darkness Unfolding As Light: Journeying with Ruth and Naomi

The Eastern District / Franconia Conference Women’s Gathering will meet on Saturday, April 14, 2018, at Towamencin Mennonite Church. Rose Bender Cook and Marilyn Handrich Bender will be leading us on the theme of Darkness Unfolding As Light: Journeying with Ruth and Naomi. Please save this date on your calendars now so that you don’t miss out on a delightful time of worship, reflection, and fun!

 Nuestra reunion de mujeres (de las Conferencia de Franconia y Eastern) sucederá en sabado, 14 de abril, 2018, en la iglesia menonita Towamencia. Rose Bender Cook and Marilyn Handrich Bender nos va a dirigir sobre el tema  Las tinieblas que nos llevan a la LUZ: Caminando con Rut y Noemí. Favor de apartar esta fecha en sus calendarios ahora para no pedir un tiempo lindo de adoracion, reflexion, y diversion!

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Start: April 14, 2018 9:00 am
End: April 14, 2018 3:00 pm
Venue: Towamencin Mennonite Church
Phone: 215-368-2450
1980 Sumneytown Pike, Kulpsville, PA, 19443, United States

July 26, 2018 – July 27, 2018

Empowering Women: Creating Healthy Personal Boundaries

Dove’s Nest and Mennonite Women USA are teaming up for “Empowering Women: Claiming Healthy Personal Boundaries,” a two-day event in Omaha, Nebraska, July 26-27.

1:00 PM Family Patterns and Cultural Communication

What do healthy boundaries mean for us in this #metoo #churchtoo climate? Why do some of us easily claim healthy boundaries and others of us struggle to do so? Keynoter Jenny Castro of Mennonite Church USA Women in Leadership Project will help us understand the big picture of boundary management.

2:00–3:30 PM: Finding Your Voice
Is it really okay to be assertive or to refuse to people-please? Can we be empowered to be clear about our individual needs? Here you’ll learn the top ten ways to set and model healthy boundaries. The girls’ presenter will be Kathy Haake, associate director of Dove’s Nest: Faith Communities Keeping Children and Youth Safe.
The women’s presenter will be Carol Hurst, Dove’s Nest’s Speaker Bureau member and associate professor and social work program director at Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, VA.

4:00–5:00 PM: Celebrating Self
What about you do you absolutely adore? This session will offer tools on gaining self-awareness, personal empowerment, and claiming positive messages about ourselves. The presenters will be Dove’s Nest’s Speaker Bureau members Carol Hurst, associate professor and social work program director at Eastern Mennonite University, for girls and Brenda Yoder,licensed mental health counselor and author, for women.

6:00–9:00 PM: Catered dinner, worship with Pastor Andrea Wall (Jesus is a model for boundary setting!), art expression opportunities, and fellowship.

9:00 AM–Noon: Claiming It Now and Taking It Home
After an energetic wrap-up, you will work individually and in small groups to create a tangible take-home plan that names how you will claim healthy personal boundaries in your own life.


Cost: $60/person. Payment can be made through our secure website link, dovesnest.net/donate, or by check. Checks should be made payable to “Dove’s Nest” and mailed to the following address:

Dove’s Nest
5723 N 99th St
Omaha, NE 68134

Participants are responsible for travel and housing. Here is a list of REGIONAL HOTELS.
Scholarships are available.
For more information, email kathy@dovenest.net.

Start: July 26, 2018
End: July 27, 2018
Venue: Community Engagement Center at the University of Nebraska at Omaha
Phone: (402) 554-6000
6400 South, University Drive Road North, Omaha, NE, 68182, United States

September 21, 2018 – November 23, 2018

Cuidándonos entre Mujeres: Canadensis, Pennsylvania

El Comité de Hermandad de las Conferencias de Franconia y Distrito Este están patrocinando un taller de Cuidándonos Entre Mujeres (las Mujeres Menonitas EEUU) en español presentada por la Pastora Ofelia Garcia de Mexico en el Centro de Retiro Spruce Lake el fin de semana del 21-23 de septiembre, 2018.

The Sistering Committee (Franconia and Eastern District Conferences) and Franconia Mennonite Conference is hosting a Mennonite Women USA Sister Care event in Spanish with a presenter from Mexico (Pastor Ofelia Garcia) at Spruce Lake Retreat Center on the weekend of September 21-23, 2018.

Start: September 21, 2018
End: November 23, 2018
Venue: Spruce Lake Retreat Center
Phone: 570-595-7505
5389 PA-447, Canadensis, PA, 18325, United States