Little Bits of Important News

Report from the sessions of the Southeast Mennonite Conference:

It was a great event – wish you all could have been here. It enjoyed the largest attendance since Marco Guete has been here. Thank God for Marco! It was held again at Ashton as last year. The facilities were more than adequate and they were great hosts. For the Friday evening meal we were served by waiters in formal server uniforms by members from the Fort Myers Church (I think). I asked for an empty plate so Miriam & I could share – one serving was too much.

Friday evening’s speaker, Mitch Samuel from College Hill, did not have his turn until Saturday evening because he was caught in the 40 – car pile up on I-75 near University exit around three o’clock—some people were going too fast for the heavy downpour. As far as I know there were no fatal casualties.

– From Email message by Lowel Nissley

New Sister Church Relationship

College Mennonite Church and Iglesia Menonita Arca de Salvacion, of Fort Myers, Fla., are beginning a sister church relationship. This Sunday, David and Madeline Maldonado, pastors of the congregation, will be visiting CMC.

Iglesia Menonita Arca de Salvacion is a growing church in Fort Myers. The congregation is in the middle of a build­ing project, which when completed will provide additional opportunities for out­reach into the community. The congrega­tion has many immigrants and young families.

One of the goals of a sister church relationship is what we can learn from each other as the relationship develops. For example, Arca de Salvacion can teach us how to do outreach in the com­munity and how to bring new families into the congregation. Even though they are in the middle of a building project and have lost families due to deportation, they continue to grow. CMC is a long-standing traditional Mennonite congrega­tion, while Arca de Salvacion is newer to the Anabaptist faith. We can walk with them as they grow in their Anabaptist Mennonite teaching and understanding.

The Sister Church ministry group includes Rebecca Sommers, Claudia Granados, Larry Miller, and Marty Lehman.

Mennonite Church USA Online

The latest issue of On the Way, Menno­nite Church USA’s online newsletter, is available at On the Way is a free, short, bilingual online resource—published about every six weeks—for everyone in Mennonite Church USA. You can subscribe to receive On the Way directly at The issue’s focus is on Leadership Development. Leaders are formed in community. As you look around your congregation, where do you see leaders being formed? How are they being mentored? We hope you’ll enjoy the content and consider sharing your responses and ideas via our website or Facebook page. Blessings, Annette Brill Bergstresser and Joanna Shenk, co-editors.

From College Mennonite’s Newsletter

Family News

Eldon, son-in-law, is home from Guatemala and is telling stories. Some of the stories will be posted later.

Betheny’s orchestra

Last night the family went to Bethany Christian School’s fall orchestra concert to hear Kassy, great granddaughter, play the trumpet. She is the “brown one” in the second picture.


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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