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Conference News

April 8, 2019

Practicing Our Hope: Annual Sessions 2019 takes place June 13-15 at Amigo Centre. Hear stories from Michigan congregations about how they are experiencing God in their communities; attend worship and listen to engaging sermons; and attend three of the 15 seminars/activities offered by representatives from our associated organizations. Check out the website for more information.

Staff celebrated Anna’s birthday and Sharon’s beginning as Conference Pastor for Leadership Transitions with a lunch outing.
MLT celebrates the way details for speakers and seminars are coming together for Practicing our Hope, Annual Session 2019.
Alternate activity resource materials for the regional meeting sabbatical made available to congregations at the end of February.
Fifteen individuals from IMMC attended the Healthy Boundaries 101 training at AMBS in February.

This week Dan will attend the CAMFELL area council in Indianapolis, and a gathering of northern Michigan churches on Saturday. He will preach at Cedar Grove March 17.
Dan will be present at Olive Mennonite on March 24.
About a dozen individuals attended the March 6 lunch gathering for retired pastors. Conference updates were shared and there was good back and forth conversation. This was the first gathering like this in recent memory, and those present encouraged occasional gatherings like this.

Dan was present February 17 at Holdeman Mennonite to recognize the new relationship with congregational coach Tim Lichti, and February 24 at North Goshen to preach.

Sharon officiated at the February 17 installation service for Mark Schloneger as one of the pastors at Berkey Avenue Mennonite.

This week Sharon joined the quarterly meeting of transitional and interim pastors.
Sharon and Dan attended the Pastors and Leaders Wednesday lunch with MDiv students.
Bob Yoder, Shannon Dycus and Dan Miller attended Constituency Leaders Council on February 28-March 2 in Hesston, KS. See Mennonite Church USA News for coverage.
During the month of March, Sharon connected with 8 congregations and 12 potential candidates.  One search process was completed, and there are 5 processes continuing.  Sharon attended the quarterly meeting with transitional and interim pastors on March 12.
Dan was part of a small group of individuals that met February 14 with Michael Gulker to hear about developments and the newest curriculum at Colossian Forum.

Credentialing and Leadership Development
For those still needing Healthy Boundaries 101 training before the end of the year, it will be available at MennoCon19 for a greatly reduced price of $30. It will be available in Spanish and English.
Paula Killough, Gary Martin and Dan Miller will participate as presenters at Transitional Ministry Training the first week in April, at Amigo Centre.

An ordination service for Brian Bither is scheduled on April 7 at Shalom Mennonite in Indianapolis.
Pastors, mark your calendars for the third Pastor Gathering at Amigo Centre, November 11-13, 2019. Watch for more details.

“Save the date for the first ever Youth Creation Care Summit from Sunday, June 28 – Friday, July 3, 2020. Elkhart County Mennonite pastors and leaders are planning a local learning and service trip about creation care and climate change for youth groups in the area. The week will include a mix of worship, bible studies, field trips, service projects, and fun. We are working very hard to keep this low cost. At this point, we are not asking for commitment, only interest. If you would like to receive updates as this event takes shape, please email Ben Bouwman at