MennoCon19: Get excited!

Joy Cotchen lives in Johnstown, Pennsylvania and attends Stahl Mennonite Church. She serves as minister for children and youth for Allegheny Mennonite Conference, and also works as a laboratory technician at a local hospital. In her spare time she likes to walk, be outdoors and spend time with her four grandchildren. Joy is on the […]

Worship speakers announced for MennoCon19

(Mennonite Church USA) — Mennonite Church USA convention planning staff is excited to announce the worship speakers for MennoCon19, the Mennonite convention taking place in Kansas City, Missouri, July 2-6. Worship will be intergenerational, bringing together youth, junior youth and adults. “This amazing group of speakers is passionate and skilled, inviting everyone to join God’s […]

Voices Together: The invitation to communion

Sarah Kathleen Johnson is the worship resources editor for Voices Together and the editor of a companion volume for worship planners and leaders. She is a doctoral candidate in theology at the University of Notre Dame and is currently based in Toronto, Ontario. Communion is about unity. It is about unity with God and with […]

MennoCon19: A diverse yet coherent body of believers

Madalyn Metzger is the Vice President of Marketing for Everence, a member of the MennoCon19 worship planning team, and will serve as a worship leader in Kansas City. She is a member of Anabaptist Communicators, the American Marketing Association, and the Manchester University Board of Trustees. Madalyn is passionate about social justice, leadership development and relationship building. She […]

Worship service encourages uncertainty, healing

By Brianna R. Lugibihl KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI (Mennonite Church USA) — A speaker’s sermon challenged the idea of cultural certitude and focused on congregational unity during Friday morning’s adult worship service. Dale Schrag, recently retired director of church relations and campus pastor at Bethel College, North Newton, Kansas, referenced the “spiritually barren verses” of Luke 24:13-24’s […]

Opening worship emphasizes unity

By Meg Short KANSAS CITY, Missouri. (Mennonite Church USA) — This year’s opening worship, a combined service for youth and adult attendees, focused on drawing all together in Christ. Worshipers were encouraged to celebrate the fact that God is doing something great in the midst of God’s people. The theme for the event was “Come […]