College Mennonite Church’s Big Tent

On Wednesday evening The Old Fool joined about thirty volunteers in lopping lamb’s quarters and other weeds from the plots set aside for plants native to Indiana. This illustrates College Mennonite Church’s big tent. College and church share the same campus.

Goshen College set aside the plots. College students, church members and their children, and some not so-able-bodied seniors combined to relieve the plot of the weeds that if left unchecked would choke out the native plants.  It was a good experience. A college professor told The Old Fool that his students are monitoring the plots.

Other volunteers were at work at other local agencies on this same Wednesday evening, thus joining God at Work in the Goshen community.  Other evening activities at CMC brought together Adult and Handbell Choirs, and a group for Wednesday evening prayers.   CMC also has Spanish and deaf ministires.  You may visit College Mennonite Church through its website.

CMC is the largest of eight Mennonite congregations in the city of Goshen and its environs.  The Old Fool has not visited all of them but he expects that each congregation has a unique ministry.  Being on the college campus and its size allows CMC to have some unique ministries.  One of these is called New Perspectives on Faith.  This is a presentation and respectful critique of various theological views and religions not usually found in a church setting.

The Old Fool belongs to a Sunday morning group called Borderlands which is more personal.  We are free to confess doubt as well as faith.  (Perhaps the Mennonite Church would benefit from writing a Confession of Doubt according to the Anabaptist Perspective. But The Old Fool digresses.) 

Pastor Phil Waite preaching from Rhoda’s Bible at her memorial service at College Mennonite Church

When Rhoda and The Old Fool  stopped going to Forks Mennonite regularly we started attending churches in Goshen.  While she was in the hospital, someone asked her where we go to church she replied without hesitation, “We go to  College Mennonite.” (The Old Fool didn’t know we had made a decision.)  As he recalls it, it was on the day before she left us that she said, “I like Phil Waite,” the CMC pastor.  So The Old Fool continues to attend that church regularly and  has deided that its tent is probably big enough to include an old fool like him.  Beginning this coming Sunday The Old Fool will begin attending a six Sunday morning series of classes for new members.  Rhoda would like that.

The next post will be a Highlight and will likely begin a series on his political pilgramage. 

About Martin Lehman

I was born 92 years ago, the son of a Mennonite pastor and organic gardener in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. At age 10 I was baptized as a member of the Marion Mennonite Church. I own the "Old Fool" moniker because I want to walk the Jesus Way even though the world and much of the church takes me as a fool for doing so. In my life I have moved from being a young conservative to an elderly radical. I tell that story in My Faith Journey posted on my website.
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