Welcoming New Board Members

 

 

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Janet Lynn Kroeker (left), MW USA board west coast representative; Teresa Boshart Yoder (right), MW USA east coast representative

Mennonite Women USA would like to extend a warm welcome to our two newest board members: Janet Lynn Kroeker and Teresa Boshart Yoder.

Kroeker, who represents the west coast, began her four-year term in 2016. She lives in San Francisco where she is a member of First Mennonite Church. The now-retired Kroeker studied voice at the Music Academy of the West and theology at Fuller Theological Seminary, although she spent most of her career working as a graphic designer and art director.

Of her appointment to the MW USA board of directors, Kroeker says, “I would be honored to serve in any way as part of the wondrous women in leadership in our church. I so seek to figure out how best we can empower the church through our gifts.”

Boshart Yoder, who replaces Twila Yoder as the east coast representative, will begin her four-year term in 2017. She lives in Harrisonburg, Virginia with her husband Lonnie. She is a member of Community Mennonite Church.

Boshart Yoder currently works as a stewardship consultant at Everence, before which she served for 35 years as a registered nurse in women’s health care. She is the board chair for the Collins Center, a local child advocacy center and she also serves on the advisory board for Eastern Mennonite University Biomedicine program.

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Registration

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

Connecting Women and Money by Everence President Ken Hochstetler

by Ken Hochstetler. Ken is President and CEO of Everence, which helps people and institutions integrate faith and values into their financial decisions to accomplish their stewardship goals.

Betty Loewen (left) and Camille Adrian of Emmanuel Mennonite Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota model the new Sister Care T-shirts, thanks to Everence.

I am delighted Everence is the sponsor for the Sister Care t-shirts for Mennonite Women USA. Everence wants to be identified with Mennonite Women USA as a financial organization that supports women and their futures.

Women are not the first group many people associate with financial matters. The traditional stereotype is that money issues are centered within the orbit of men. That is indeed true among many couples. In other households, married and single women take responsibility for financial decisions. You know other women all along that spectrum.

Our goal is not to treat women like men.

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