by Denise Nickel (left), Mennonite Women USA Board representative for Central States Conference. Denise is a member of Tabor Mennonite Church in Newton, Kansas. She is active with the Worship Team, Children’s Ministries, Deacon and Women’s Group. She is secretary to the principal of Goessel Elementary School. She and her husband, Elton have 3 children and 6 grandchildren.
In Isaiah we are told that God’s chosen ones became a wild vine because Israel didn’t obey; but God also promised that a few who believed would be preserved. From those remnants would come the choicest of vines—our Savior Jesus Christ. “I am the true vine. My Father is the gardener” (John 15:1).
I am one of his cherished branches and his fruit of the spirit of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness and self-control will grow within me as I let Christ fill me. It’s not always pleasant to be pruned, but I am developed in character by the pruning, tending, feeding, watering, and nurturing that he has done to me. Because of this process, I am now better prepared to care for others. Continue reading
Join Mennonite Women at the Gulf States Conference retreat on February 21, 2015 hosted at Pine Lake Camp. The focus this year will be the Sister Care DVD including various women sharing special devotionals and testimonies with the focus of: We are God’s Beloved Daughters.
Email the Mennonite Women USA offices for more information.
Women leaders hope to translate, contextualize materials for other cultures.
by Heidi Martin for Mennonite Women USA
Carolyn Holderread Heggen, psychotherapist specializing in women’s issues, trauma recovery and healing, has accepted a role as co-facilitator of Mennonite Women USA’s (MW USA) Sister Care.
During the past year she provided leadership in the revision and expansion of the manual and seminar, collaborating with Rhoda Keener and Ruth Lapp Guengerich.
“Sister Care brings together the best of our theology and psychological understandings in practical ways that are accessible for lay women,” Heggen says. “It provides training women can use for their own healing and as they reach out to help others.” Continue reading
Carolyn Holderread Heggen, Ph.D., is a psychotherapist specializing in trauma recovery. Although she spent most of her clinical and academic career in Albuquerque, New Mexico, she currently lives in Corvallis, Oregon, and is an active member of Albany Mennonite Church. Carolyn has also lived and worked in Latin America, Pakistan, and Nepal, and often travels internationally in a consulting/teaching role. She has served on a variety of church boards including Hesston College, Mennonite Board of Missions, and Mennonite Women USA. She is the author of Sexual Abuse in Christian Homes and Churches and is a frequent speaker and workshop leader on personal and communal healing, pastoral boundaries, gender issues, and PTSD. She and her husband, Richard, are the parents of three adult children. For fun, Carolyn plays piano, bikes, and kayaks.
Men join women for seminar
Published: February 14th, 2012, by: Annette Brill Bergstresser of Mennonite Church USA.
By Joan Kropf
Some came because their wives wanted them to, others because they are in leadership positions and their congregations encouraged them to. But the underlying reason men participated in a [Compassion] Care seminar for the first time was the same reason women have been coming to Sister Care: to be better equipped for caring ministry.
So the harmony was four-part for the Jan. 20-21 seminar in Portland, Ore., with men adding their voices to the hymns and their insights to the discussions. Continue reading
By Emily Ralph, first published in The Mennonite, May 2012.
SOUDERTON, Pa.—One hundred and thirty women gathered for training and fellowship at Souderton Mennonite Church on March 23-24. The Sister Care seminar, developed by Mennonite Women USA, was sponsored by Eastern District and Franconia Conferences as part of their continuing work to equip and train congregational leaders.
Souderton’s Sister Care seminar was groundbreaking for Mennonite Women USA; it was the first time the seminar used materials translated into Spanish. Spanish-speaking participants were also equipped with translation headsets. As a result, the seminar was well-attended by Spanish-speaking members of Philadelphia Praise Center, Nueva Vida Norristown New Life, First Mennonite Church of Brooklyn, and Mennonite Evangelistic Tabernacle, New York City. Continue reading
Juany Garcia, Pamela Leon, Maria Bergen and Alma Tello signing the banner during Sister Care Chihuahua.
The Latin American Anabaptist Women Theologians Movement (also known as MTAL from the Spanish name) celebrated its 10th Anniversary in Mexico this year. Part of the celebration included the creating of a banner with the idea that people could sign it with words of encouragement to MTAL. The banner is set to travel to Sister Care workshops in various countries during 2013 for people to sign.
Women sign the 10th Anniversary banner during Sister Care Mexico City.
There was such an outpouring of love and encouragement for this important movement that a second banner was prepared in Guatemala allowing more space for signatures.
Read more about the 10th Anniversary of MTAL by Ofelia Garcia.
For more historical data on the MTAL download this PDF titled: Mennonite Women USA MTAL Historical Summary 2008.07.21