Tuesday
Nov142017

Missional Benediction

Here is the benediction that Jess Schrock-Ringenberg left us with after her sermon on Sunday.  We are greatful for her message, and as her work as Missional Consultant with the Ohio Conference of Mennonite Church USA.

You can listen to her sermon here.

 

Now may the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,

and the love of God the Father be with you;

and may the Holy Spirit come upon you and disturb you,

   and trouble you,

   and set before you an impossible task,

   and dare you to do it;

until in your desperation

you fall on your knees

and remain there until God fills you with his power

which alone will enable you to do it;

and then... but only then,

may the Lord grant you his peace.

AMEN

Tuesday
Oct312017

Harvest FAST

This year's Harvest Fast service will take place on November 19th at 4:00pm.  

We want to gather, give thanks, and celebrate the gifts God has given us throughout the previous year.  But we know that this time of year marks the beginning of a long holiday season characterized by much feasting and over-consumption.  Therefore, we will gather to give thanks through worship followed by a simple meal of vegetable soup.  

 

We will receive an offering of non-perishable food items for Feed your Neighbor.  Items of need include:  crackers, canned fruit, canned potatoes, canned green beans, personal needs items, toilet paper, bar soap, toothpaste, tooth brushes, deodorant, and shampoo.   

We will also receive a monetary offering to be given to the Aurora Project.  Aurora Project, Inc. is a comprehensive housing and life skills program that empowers homeless women and their children to achieve self sufficiency and independence by providing resources and learning opportunities in a supportive and safe environment.  Aurora Project, Inc. was established in 1986 to provide service enriched housing to homeless women and their children. Aurora is the only program in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan that will allow children to reside with their mothers while addressing the issues which led to their homelessness. The families Aurora serves have extremely complex service needs and are homeless for a variety of reasons, i.e., chemical dependency, severe mental health, domestic violence and economic downturn (loss of employment/foreclosure). In fiscal year 2015/2016, Aurora served 46 women and 53 children (resident/visiting) The yearly cost of serving a family is approximately $10,000 and of those women who complete the program, 70% will remain successful, i.e. housing, employment/education.  

Tuesday
Oct172017

Race/ism: A Tale of Two American Sons

Join us on October 22 as we welcome Professor Tejai Beulah from Methodist Theological School of Ohio.  This is part of our Fall series "Bind us Together" as we look into the topic of race and racism in America.
Professor Beulah will help us to consider What is the root of race/racism in the U.S.? Using the story of the prodigal son, what is God’s will for those who have privilege and those who do not in addressing the issues that divide them? How can these two groups be properly reconciled?
Tejai Beulah is a PhD candidate in American Religious History at Drew University in Madison, New Jersey. Her dissertation examines the theological writings of black evangelical preachers and activists in the black power era, and she argues that their attempts to center “blackness” in evangelicalism not only challenged white supremacy and paternalism (American Christianity), but served to create a truer form of Christianity (the religion of Jesus) that espoused dignity and humility in community.
Professor Beulah is currently an adjunct instructor, and the Coordinator of Partnerships and the Black Church Studies and African Diaspora Studies Specialization at Methodist Theological School in Ohio (MTSO).
Professor Beulah is a 2011 graduate of MTSO with the Masters of Theological Studies in Church
History. She earned her first master’s degree in African American and African Studies from The Ohio State University (2007), and in 2005, she received her bachelor’s degree in English, History, and Gender and Diversity Studies from Xavier University (OH). In addition to studying race and religion in the 20 th -century, her other research interests include: slave revolts, the work of Howard Thurman and Maya Angelou, hip hop and literary studies, feminist and womanist ethics and theologies, criminology, and the carceral state.
Professor Beulah is a native of Youngstown, Ohio. Besides her family and friends, she loves
music, ice cream, bookstores, metro parks, and watching sports. Professor Beulah may never
pursue pulpit ministry full-time, but she welcomes opportunities to proclaim the good news of
freedom and justice anywhere and everywhere. She lives in Delaware, Ohio.
Sunday
Oct012017

Guns to Gardens

Saturday October 14 from 10:00am to Noon.
4336 King Road, Sylvania Ohio
Join us for a morning experience with RAW Tools, a grassroots non-profit dedicated to creative community peace-making. Watch as they forge a gun, taken out of our community, into a garden tool to be used in a community garden.

Free and Family Friendly.

Includes:
Hindu Bhajans and Mennonite Hymns
Light drinks and refreshments
Statements by area Police Chiefs
Temple Tours
 

 

Tuesday
Sep122017

Weekend of Quilts

Quilt Display plus fabrics, supplies, and books for sale

  • Friday September 29 from 10am to 8pm
  • Saturday September 30 from 10 am to 5 pm

 

Admission by Donation.

Lunch and light refreshments available for donation.  

Proceeds benefit the tutoring program of Toledo Mennonite Church, serving 1st-3rd graders from McTigue Elementary school.  

 

Special Evening Program  

  • Friday Evening Concert and Meal
  • 6:30 - 8:00
  • Featuring Cottonwood Jam String Band
  • Italian Meal with Dessert
  • Suggested donation:  Whatever you would typically spend going out to eat