40 Days, 40 Quotes

Lent is a 40-day period from Ash Wednesday to Easter in which we journey with Jesus on his way of the cross.  It is a season dedicated to discipleship and often associated with disciplines such as prayer, fasting, and silence.  

Visit the Toledo Mennonite Church facebook page throughout Lent for select daily quotes from a variety of Christian thinkers and leaders.  We hope you will find inspiration and support to deepen your walk with Jesus during this time.  


Quote for Ash Wednesday

Mark 1:4 - John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness preaching a baptism of repentance...

"In all this I hear the simple assertion that we must submit to change if we would be formed into this cruciform faith. We may come singing 'Just as I am' but we will not stay by being our same old selves. The needs of the world are too great, the suffering and pain too extensive, the lures of the world too seductive for us to begin to change the world unless we are changed, unless conversion of life and morals becomes our pattern. The status quo is too alluring. It is the air we breathe, the food we eat, the six-thirty news, our institutions, theologies, and politics. The only way we shall break its hold on us is to be transferred to another dominion, to be cut loose from our old certainties, to be thrust under the flood and then pulled forth fresh and newborn. Baptism takes us there." William Willimon.


Team Recovery: Ohio vs. Heroin Rally

Click Here to visit the "Team Recovery" facebook page for more information.  


Bring a sign and spread a message that recovery is possible! Let’s Educate, spread awareness, change the stigma, honor our lost loved ones. And let people know that recovery from heroin is possible!

Pre Game: (optional) 11AM at the Zepf Recovery House (formerly Compass) Tailgating, corn hole, music, sign making, socializing, FREE PARKING HERE at this starting and ending point
Game Time: 1PM Rally begins. We will walk straight down Collingwood to Monroe street, congregate at the park/courtyard for photos/press/sign holding, and walk back. Total is just over 1 mile (1.1 miles)
After Party: Around 2:30 arrive back at starting point and go inside to warm up with coffee, cocoa, snacks, socializing, music, networking, press, brief speech, etc.

Zepf Recovery House (formerly known as Compass) at 2465 Collingwood Blvd Toledo OH 43620
Contact us at 419-561-LIFE or TeamRecovery419@gmail.com for any questions regarding this event. 

Q- What can we put on our sign
A- Anything… no profanity, the less words, the better. The bigger the words, the better

Q- Who can come? 
A- ANYBODY! The more, the better. Strength in numbers!

Q-Can I have a booth?
A- Yes, if its recovery/health/wellness related. Having a booth or table set up is 100% free

Q- What can I do to help?
A- Show up with lots of people! If interested in donating time, services, goods or funding, please contact us.


Church Retreat January 31st

This Sunday, January 31st is our Church Retreat. 

The retreat will be from 9:30 - 12:30 at Secor Metropark.  Don't come to the TMC building.  Go to the Secor Room at Secor Metropark located at 10001 W. Central Ave. (six miles west of I-475).  

The retreat day will include group activities, worship, and interaction with our spiritual gifts.  At the end of our morning session we will share lunch toghether.  Chili and drinks will be provided.  Please bring a side dish or snack to share.  

 We will continue the work we've begun with our church re-structuring process and discovering our spiritual gifts.  Below are links to the Spiritual Gifts Discovery Tools that we asked people to complete.  If you have not alreay completed one, you are still invited to do so and bring it to the retreat.  

Click Here for the Spiritual Gifts Discovery Tool.

Click Here for the Personality and Passion Survey.

We hope to see you all at the retreat!  


Advent Reflection

"The Strange Language of the Kingdom"

An Advent Reflection by Pastor Joel Shenk on the Anabaptist Witness Blog.


When fear of others causes the world to speak the language of hatred and suspicion, love must lead the church to speak the language of hospitality and understanding.

When injustice causes the world to speak the language of violence, God’s vision of shalom must lead the church to speak the language of peace.

When pain causes the world to speak the language of vindictiveness, the cross must lead the church to risk speaking the language of forgiveness.

Read more here...