Welcome to weNote, a monthly collection of announcements and information we want to share with you and invite you to share within your congregation.

MDS Opportunity

Mennonite Disaster Service will be working in Westside Chicago neighborhoods beginning May 3rd. Volunteers will be working in homes affected by flooding in July, 2023. 

The work will include removing damaged belongings and fixtures, such as drywall and flooring, and performing mold remediation. The work will be conducted on Fridays and Saturdays, as well as Memorial Day, recruiting daily volunteers within driving distance of Chicago. 

This will be a cooperative effort with a number of disaster response organizations. The work involves energy but not advanced skills or construction knowledge. Youth who are 14 years or older and accompanied by parents/adults are welcomed. Volunteers should plan to get dirty, bring their own lunch for the day. Water and snacks will be provided. 

The days currently being scheduled are:

  • May 3,4
  • May 10,11
  • May 17,18
  • May 24, 25
  • May 27, 31
  • June 1

If interested and available, please contact George Kalopisis at cookcounty@mds.org.

Practical Leadership Training in Fall 2024

AMBS’s new Practical Leadership Training modules are designed to help pastors, lay leaders, community leaders and leaders of nonprofit organizations increase their capacity to provide effective Anabaptist leadership in a variety of settings. You can select the modules that are best suited to your interests and needs.

The modules — which vary in depth, length and format — focus on four areas: administration, leadership, contextual engagement and well-being.

Learn more or download the one-page flyer to share and post.

Employment Opportunities

  • Mennonite Mission Network is searching for a Divisional Coordinator for Advancement (Full time – Hybrid or In-Office in Elkhart, Indiana or Newton, Kansas). The Divisional Coordinator for Advancement involves supporting the Senior Executive of Advancement by coordinating workflows, facilitating team communication, assisting with fundraising campaigns, and managing administrative tasks within the Advancement division. Find out more and/or apply at www.MennoniteMission.net/about/Employment
  • Mennonite Mission Network is searching for a Development Representative (Full-time – In office, Hybrid or Remote in Elkhart, Indiana or East Coast area). The Development Representative provides a role in developing, maintaining, and growing relationships with Mennonite Mission Network’s financial supporters, donors, and churches to ensure that organization continues to thrive and fulfill its goals. Find out more and/or apply at www.MennoniteMission.net/about/Employment
  • Mennonite Education Agency lists openings throughout Mennonite-affiliated schools on their employment page.
  • Explore pastoral opportunities in Indiana-Michigan Mennonite Conference and beyond on MC USA’s  Pastoral Openings list.

Restorative Justice Peace Camp

Are you, or a young adult you know, passionate about justice, healing, and community? Come be a part of our weeklong journey into the heart of restorative justice (RJ) in the vibrant city of Chicago, May 26-31!

MCC young adult Peace Camps are opportunities for young adults to explore dynamics of social change, experience personal transformation and apply Anabaptist, Biblical foundations of peace and justice to real world issues.  Spaces that offer healing, hope, and practical tools for actively building a different world are sorely needed amid the violence and disconnection present today. Young adults are tasked with forging a different course ahead—one that can bring about true healing, transformation, and repair to our communities, the Earth, and beyond. 

Next month, we are hosting a Peace Camp focused on restorative justice in one of the country’s restorative justice centers – Chicago! From May 26-31 we will explore creative ways to create transformative change in individuals and communities. Specifically, participants can expect the following:

  • Understanding RJ as a movement and lifestyle: Dive into the heart of RJ and learn how to integrate RJ practices into your daily life.
  • Hands on learning: Immerse yourself in RJ through experiential activities.
  • Engaging with experienced practitioners: Witness RJ practitioners’ work firsthand and explore RJ in real-life.
  • Exploring faith and justice: Learn about accountability, healing, and restoration within justice system.
  • Expressing justice creatively: Unleash your creativity for justice through art and music.

Peace Camps are one way to encourage and support the next generation of the Church to live out an active faith as peacemakers. MCC covers all costs of travel, lodging and meals beyond the $250 registration fee. We encourage churches, schools, families and friends to support participants in the registration fee where possible. This is an opportunity not to be missed, so tap someone on the shoulder or, if you are a young adult, come join yourself!

Feel free to contact us if you have questions or concerns you’d like to talk through. Otherwise, head over to our website to register. Don’t miss the incredible opportunity to put theory into practice with an MCC young adult Peace Camp!