A group from Hesston Mennonite Church traveled to Kansas City, MO on Saturday, May 19 to help do some repairs on the Eden Life Church facility. Some of the group organized by that congregation’s Missions Committee stayed over for Sunday morning and attended the first of three services that Eden Life Church has each week. That first service was in English and Amharic and started around 10 AM. There were 17 in attendance including 5 persons from Hesston Mennonite. The second service started at approximately 2 PM and it was entirely in English and focused on persons who are second generation immigrants and other English speakers with about 11 people in attendance. The third service started at 4 pm and was entirely in the Anuak language which is Pastor Omot Aganya and his wife, Hanna’s tribal language. There were about 40 people there including children. Pastor Omot has been disappointed that the Amharic service has not grown as much as he had hoped, but he is encouraged with the potential of the English service and the Anuak language service.
Persons from eleven South Texas congregations visited Nuevo Amanecer Mennonite Church on Good Friday afternoon. Nuevo Amanecer is a new Mennonite congregation located in the eastern part of Brownsville, Texas. They are now part of Unidad Cristiana de Iglesias Menonitas (Christian Union of Mennonite Churches) or UCIM. UCIM had asked Nuevo Amanecer to be host to all of the congregations in the district. This yearly celebration seems to be becoming a regular gathering. Last year it was held at the Fuente De Agua Viva Mennonite Church. All of the congregations were represented with the exception of Prince of Peace and Cordero. Nuevo Amanecer went all out to make this a wonderful evening. There was a time of fellowship, praising and worshiping. Each pastor took about 10 minutes to share a short message with the congregations. Before ending the service, we celebrated Holy Communion by breaking bread and drinking the fruit of the vine. The best part of the service represents what church is about; a time of catching up with current happenings at the different congregations, speaking with old friends, and enjoying time together. Many thanks to our brothers and sisters of Nuevo Amanecer Mennonite Church!
–Lupe Aguilar: Regional Conference Minister
Journey@McPherson celebrated their fifth anniversary on Sunday, January 28, with thanksgiving to God and a fellowship dinner of soups and pies. In its beginning the church met in rental space in the local middle school with a trailer load of furnishings to set up and tear down every Sunday morning. They have since bought and substantially renovated a former grocery store one block off Main Street in downtown McPherson. A current focus is the development of children’s and youth ministries including an after school arts and music program that runs Monday – Thursday. Current pastoral staff in the picture are Zach Batson, Worship Pastor; Howard Wagler, Lead Pastor; Kevin Wilder, Associate Pastor; Jim Ostlund, Campus Pastor; and Josh Wardle, Youth Ministry Intern from Central Christian College.