In March, members of the Zion congregation traveled to the North Newton MCC Center to pack relief kits that they had donated in honor of Elena Entz's upcoming marriage to Dave Wiebe. After packing lots of relief kits, they surprised Dave and Elena with another gift and then enjoyed snacks.
Zion Mennonite is currently seeking donations for the Kids 4 Food project. This project serves between 60 and 70 children around the Whitewater-Potwin area in the summer. Zion Mennnonite will be distributing food on June 17th. Items needed include peanut butter, jelly, 4 pack fruit cups or applesauce cups, fresh fruits, string cheese or 4 pack of pudding, boxes or bags of dry cereal, packets of oatmeal, canned goods such as spaghetti-o's, ravioli, macaroni and cheese cups, chicken or tuna salad packages, chicken noodle soup, beanie wienies, vienna sausages, or ramen noodles. Monetary donations are accepted as well. The purchase of loaves of bread will take place the week of June 11. Your continued prayers are appreciated for this project. We will be collecting items until June 11. Drop off is at Zion Mennonite. For more information, contact the church.
For the second year, Zion Mennonite Church participated in Faith in Action Sunday. It is a Sunday set aside to serve our local neighbors and agencies and then come together for a late afternoon time of worship and celebration. Regular Sunday morning services were canceled exchanged for a day of spreading into the community with various projects.
Faith Mennonite Church of Newton began this activity in 2008 and Zion joined them in 2010. This year, joining Faith and Zion churches was Iglesia Menonnita Casa Betania of Newton.
The goals of Faith in Action Sunday are:
We had a wonderful day on September 25, 2011. It was a good time to meet neighbors in our communities and between our churches. There were around 50 people from Zion who participated among the approximately 180 total.
See the video for a recap of the day.
July 4-9 the youth group from Zion Mennonite Church attended the Mennonite Youth Convention in Pittsburgh PA. The week was filled with worship, fellowship, seminars, free time, conversation, games, service projects, food and much more. The theme for convention was “Bridges to the cross,” and many of the worship services were centered around the theme of reconciliation. All the youth attended seminars daily, some on music others on issues of race and immigration and many more.
The youth group participated in a servant project on Wednesday. For our servant project we worked at a community garden; weeding, weed whacking, mulching and creating a mulch path. On Thursday evening the youth group supported Zach Preheim and his cousin as they participated in the trash fashion show put on by Eastern Mennonite University.
It is hard to summarize the experience at convention on behalf of the youth group, we all had different experiences. For myself convention was meaningful as a time to see many friends from all over the US, to be inspired and learn from other leaders in the Mennonite church and an exciting time to bond with my wonderful sponsors and youth and see the many ways in which we are all challenged to make our faith more authentic.
Posts from various members of the congregation.