Category: News

LMC Legacy Foundation

The Legacy Foundation awarded grants to the following projects: Eastern Mennonite University was awarded $69,000 for “Christian Faith Communities Improving Outcomes in Mental Illnesses and Addictions.”  The focus of the grant is to build the capacity of Christian faith communities to support individuals and families living with mental illnesses or addictions. Joseph Wesley Furlong, Sr. was awarded $59,400 for “City Flourish”.  The focus of the… Read More

Fan the Flame ~ Youth Workers Retreat

This event is for everyone who works with or ministers to youth. Youth leaders, Sunday School teachers, youth ministry educators, school teachers, sponsors, youth pastors or anyone else passionate about reaching teens with the love of Jesus. Spouses are welcome. Youth Workers are invited to a retreat to support and encourage their ministry to junior high and senior high youth. Participants will be asked to… Read More

Ministerial Activities

The following men and women were licensed, ordained or installed in recent months: Bernardo Rodriguez (Linda) was ordained as co-pastor at Iglesia Cristiana Valle de Jesús.  Brandon Dasilva was licensed for specific ministry as pastor of student ministries at Weaverland Anabaptist Faith Community.              Carlos Saravia (Emelva) was licensed toward ordination as lead pastor at Evangelical Garifuna Church de Houston.… Read More

New Staff at LMC

Sherri Martin began work as an administrative assistant on March 25, 2019. As full-time staff, she will focus on support  for the Credentialing Commission, Shalom News, and the Moderator. Sherri and her husband Mel are members of Weaverland Anabaptist Faith Community. She serves on the Elder Team there.   Felixa Valladares de Kunkle began work in a part-time administrative support role on March 25, 2019. Felixa,… Read More

Special Ordination Service

On Sunday, July 21, a special ordination service was held at Glade Mennonite Church in the Maryland District of LMC.             Bishop Earl Yoder ordained four pastors serving within the district churches: Jonathan Martin, Kevin Dodge, Mert Maust and Ronald Beiler.                 Approximately 200 persons were in attendance and together enjoyed the warm… Read More

MCUSA & LMC Leaders meet

On March 29, leaders from Mennonite Church USA met with LMC leaders. This annual meeting was arranged several years ago as a way to maintain relationship with one another. Glen Guyton, Joy Sutter, and Michael Danner met with LMC officers and some staff who then gathered for a meal and sharing.

Moderator Travels:

 Keith Weaver, LMC Moderator, traveled extensively in recent months with several visits  to Indiana and Ohio, one to western New York state, and several visits to New York City, one to Philadelphia, and one to Florida. His level of travel has greatly increased in the last two years. As LMC continues to expand, travel is expected to remain high. Technology additions at the LMC office… Read More

Church on the Other Side

Church on the Other Side, LMCs multiplication ministry,  collaborated with Bethlehem Community Fellowship to offer a workshop on church multiplication. The October 27 conference, “Spreading the Flame,” explored making disciples from the perspective of a number of “twenty-something” speakers who are active in the life of the congregation, including starting new faith communities. The stories and testimonies offered testified over and over again to the… Read More


During the month of September, West End Mennonite Fellowship celebrated 20 years of ministry during four consecutive Sunday. Josef Berthold is the lead pastor. The final Sunday included a baptism related to the Muslim ministry in the congregation. Both of these congregations are church multiplication hubs that have begun numerous new faith communities.   On November 3, the Garifuna Mennonite Church of Manhattan celebrated its… Read More

Scholarships and Grants

The LMC Grants Committee awarded $14,000 to 23 applicants in August. Four grants are administered annually in August by this committee: Leadership Education Grant, STEP Study Award, Urban Education Grant, Women’s Education Grant. Thirteen of the awards went to STEP students. Each of these grants makes awards once a year except for the Leadership Education Grant, which also has a winter cycle with applications due… Read More

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