ELKHART, Ind. (Mennonite Church USA)—A dedication service for the new Mennonite Church USA office building will be held Saturday, April 14, 2012, at 4 p.m. Eastern Time. The building is located at 3145 Benham Avenue in Elkhart, Ind., adjacent to the campus of Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary (AMBS).
The dedication service will be held in the Chapel of the Sermon on the Mount at AMBS, with gathering music beginning at 3:45 p.m. A ribbon cutting and tour of the new offices will follow the service. Refreshments will be served.
The new building is one of several Mennonite Church USA centers for creative work, training, global communication, and logistical support for the mission of the church; other denominational offices are located in Newton, Kan., and Harrisonburg, Va.
The building houses 70 staff members of Mennonite Church USA agencies and ministries, including Executive Board, Mennonite Education Agency, MennoMedia, Mennonite Mission Network, and The Mennonite—all who were previously housed in various locations in northern Indiana. There is room for 10-12 additional staff members in the currently finished space, which measures 35,000 square feet.
The building is a LEED-certified (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) green facility, designed and constructed using the U.S. Green Building Council standards for sustainable building. DJ Construction Co. of Goshen, Ind., served as the building contractor.
—Annette Brill Bergstresser for Mennonite Church USA
See Mennonite Church USA’s Facebook page for an album of images of the building and the Jan. 24 open house for the AMBS community: www.facebook.com/MennoniteChurchUSA?sk=photos