Category: Shalom News Articles

On Being a Watchman

by Raquel Rivera “As each night watch begins, get up and cry out in prayer. Pour your heart out face-to-face with the Master.”   —Lamentations 2:19  Our second son, Judah, was born at the start of a global pandemic. As for many living in the United States, our daily way of living was put on pause and our calendar plans were stomped on. The quarantine bummed… Read More

Birthing Something New

Growing closer to Jesus during quarantine by Joshua Rivera On Monday, March 9th, 2020, at 9:37 in the morning, Raquel gave birth to our second son, Judah, in the peace and comfort of our own home. Raquel and I serve in a co-pastor role at Bethlehem Community Fellowship. As the due date approached, we spoke with church leadership about taking four weeks away from ministry… Read More

Revelation, Prayer, Healing and Provision 

By Deacon Chantal Kabamba At the Evangelical Center for Revival, we believe in the power of prayer and the command  given to us from our Lord in Colossians 4:2, “Devote yourselves in prayer, being watchful and thankful” (NIV). We have two intercession teams within the church that meet twice a week on a prayer chain. These two prayer groups intercede for the needs of the… Read More

Training Emerging Leaders and Discipling Children with Vacation Bible School

by Lam Nguyen In July 2019, the youth of four LMC churches collaborated to deliver a Vacation Bible School for Lancaster city children. It was an amazing success. Fifty middle school and high school youth from Habecker Mennonite Church, Lititz Mennonite Church, RiversEdge Fellowship, and Crossroads Mennonite Church worked together to plan and run the entire VBS for 65 children in southeast Lancaster city and… Read More

¡Concebir el futuro para disfrutar el presente!

Muchas veces me han preguntado: “¿Qué lleva a un hombre a abandonar su país de origen, su casa, su familia y su seguridad para mudarse a un lugar desconocido donde se habla otro idioma, impera otra cultura y grandes retos están en espera de ‘abrir nuevos caminos’ en su vida?”. En 2005, servía al Señor como evangelista en Chile, celebrando reuniones multitudinarias en la parte… Read More

Ministerial Activities

The following men and women were licensed, ordained or installed in recent months. Nelson Rutt (Christa) was ordained as associate pastor at Parkview Mennonite Church.  Sheldon Martin (Ashley) was ordained as associate pastor at Parkview Mennonite Church.  Gregory Stokes (Joanne) was licensed toward ordination as lead pastor at Bender’s Mennonite Church. Jonathan Martin (Miranda) was ordained as lead pastor of Glade Mennonite Church. Merlin Maust… Read More

Steal My Show

by: Jackie Hibsmann But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?”  And God said, “I will be with you.” Exodus 3:11-12 If only we each received our direction or calling through a burning bush and the voice of God.  That is not how it happens for most people and definitely not for… Read More

Me…a pastor?

Pastor Kevin Dodge At the recent LMC Fall Leadership Assembly (2018), my friend and mentor Earl Yoder (Western Maryland district bishop) introduced me to several people as his pastor. I was taken aback by that introduction, as I often am when someone refers to me as a “pastor.” Why is that? I looked around the room that morning at the (mostly) men who had answered… Read More

Day by Day with God

By: Crystal Nguyen   In the 1980’s, the Vietnamese Mennonite Church in Philadelphia had about ten people. They met in a second floor room rented from the Second Mile Center every Sunday. The leader was pastor Quang Tran. Pastor Quang served as a missionary for Vietnamese people in Philadelphia and gradually more people joined the Sunday service.  The Vietnamese congregation moved to a bigger space… Read More

Human Sexuality Series

Weaverland Anabaptist Faith Community held a six-session sermon series on human sexuality in May and June. To listen to the sermon series press here. On June 2 and 16, as an extension of the six-week sermon series on human sexuality, Ken Nafziger, MD, presented two Sunday school sessions entitled “Making Sense of the Current Gender Debate.” Dr. Nafziger addressed the current cultural trends that are… Read More

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