Welcome to the January 2012 issue of Equipping . Beginning in February 2012 Equipping will come out in smaller issues but more frequently. If it were candy we’d call the new, smaller issues “Fun Sized!”

Leader to leader

An Interview with Janet Elaine Rasmussen: From College President to Mennonite Pastor

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Conducted by Joanna Shenk Janet Elaine Rasmussen is pastor of First Mennonite Church of Champaign-Urbana, Ill. She is a graduate of Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart, Ind. Before joining the Mennonite Church, she served as president of Hollins...

Hope for the New Year: The Power of God

Ervin Stutzman

On the Sunday before Christmas, our congregation at Park View Mennonite sang, “Hope is a candle once lit by the prophets, never consumed though it burns through the years; dim in the daylight of power and privilege, when they...

Church to church

Deepening roots in Brooklyn

Mennonite Church USA

In her recent Mennonite Weekly Review article, Joanna Shenk shares about the relationship between Radical Living, a discipleship community in Brooklyn (NYC), and Atlantic Coast Conference.

Communication

Subscribe to Mennonite Church USA News Service

Mennonite Church USA

If you do not already receive the MC USA News Service e-mails, subscribe by e-mailing mcusanews@mennoniteusa.org. Annette Brill Bergstresser, news service coordinator, sends the News Service e-mails on Mondays—sometimes weekly, sometimes a few weeks apart, depending on the season...

Healing and Hope banners available

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Customize the Mennonite Church USA VISION: Healing & Hope mission statement for your congregation. One basic size 21 1/2″ x 72″ includes your congregation’s name and dove symbol with the statement below. For information about ordering options and pricing...

Leadership development

Think about summer study already

Mennonite Church USA

Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary has posted its brochure of summer 2012 offerings on the website: www.ambs.edu/academics/courses/summer. Offerings include Spirituality, Pastoral Care and Healing with Tilda Norberg, founder of Gestalt Pastoral Care; Anabaptist History and Theology with Lois Barrett; Family...

Gather ideas for Lent worship

Mennonite Church USA

Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary will host a daylong Lent Planner workshop in January 14, and an evening Lent Planner webinar on February February 2. Join Marlene Kropf and Rosanna McFadden to explore and expand on worship resources published in...

Pastors Week and Leadership Clinics still open

Mennonite Church USA

Plan to join in Pastors Week, January 26-29, at Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary and explore what the book of Revelation means for us today. Loren Johns is the main presenter, and Nelson Kraybill will lead on session. Come for...

The Pastoral Search Process: Tribulation or Opportunity

Nancy Kauffmann is denominational minister for Mennonite Church USA

By Nancy Kauffmann , in consultation with the denominational ministry team of Mennonite Church USA Pastoral search processes can cause anxiety in congregational members. This anxiety creates a desire to simply find a pastor to fill the pulpit. As...

Mutual aid

Chuck’s Story – MAX Mutual Aid Ministries

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We also took notice of the many ways Chuck gave back to his church with what he had – his time and energy. His is a prime example of a ‘Pay it Forward’ spirit and is the best of...

Making a Difference through Mutual Aid

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Mutual aid is never simply a paper/pencil transaction. It is always relational. Mutual aid is never one-way. It is always reciprocal. Each party has something to offer the other. Have you wondered what the Bible says about poverty? A...

Resource advocates

Greetings Resource Advocates!

Mennonite Church USA

The Conference Resource Advocates annual gathering is just around the corner and we hope you are planning to participate. If you haven’t already reserved the weekend of February 3-5, 2012 please mark your calendar and plan to attend. If...

Welcome to the January 2012 issue of Equipping . Beginning in February 2012 Equipping will come out in smaller issues but more frequently. If it were candy we’d call the new, smaller issues “Fun Sized!”

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