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Christmas Eve: Light amid the darkness

12.24. 2017 Posted By: The Mennonite

Martin Navarro is a member of Prairie Street Mennonite Church in Elkhart, Indiana, and is a Stewardship Consultant with Everence Financial.     Reflection on Luke 1:46b-55.  Mary’s song, the Magnificat, is a reminder of Advent’s darkness and the anticipated hope we wait for in Jesus. Every year, Advent is celebrated in faith communities to reflect […]

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Christmas: Hope Restored, Hope Reclaimed

12.24. 2017 Posted By: The Mennonite

Beryl Jantzi is the Stewardship Education Director for Everence.  Watching the evening news has been a long time practice of mine, but it is becoming more difficult. I want to remain informed in spite of all the distressing accounts that seem to dominant the headlines these days, but lately I find myself waiting with anticipation […]

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Advent day 21: The water that sustains in the wilderness

12.23. 2017 Posted By: The Mennonite

Katherine Jameson Pitts is Executive Conference Minister for the Pacific Northwest Mennonite  Conference. She has pastored congregations in Kansas, Pennsylvania and California and now resides in Portland, Oregon. She and her husband, Ken, have three adult daughters and a granddaughter. Two days until Christmas. Pastors and musicians are putting the final touches on tomorrow’s services. […]

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Advent day 20: Let’s dance

12.22. 2017 Posted By: The Mennonite

Rodger Schmell is the pastor at Deep Run West Mennonite Church in Perkasie, Pennsylvania, the church where he grew up. He and his wife, Diana, will be celebrating their 26th anniversary on December 28. They have three adult children of their own and host three young men from Mexico, China and Liberia. They were overjoyed […]

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Advent day 19: The longest night

12.21. 2017 Posted By: The Mennonite

Marathana Prothro is assistant professor of communication at Bluffton (Ohio) University. She and her family attend Grace Mennonite Church in Pandora, Ohio. Once upon a time, I would have told you the longest night was Christmas Eve. It felt like an eternity as I tossed and turned, willing myself to sleep so Christmas would hurry […]

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Advent day 18: Stomping through the stubble

12.20. 2017 Posted By: The Mennonite

Kay Bontrager-Singer is co-pastor of Faith Mennonite Church in Goshen, Indiana.  She is a “farm girl” turned social worker/pastor and mother of three sons, along with a few extras who call her “mom.” She is an avid gardener, enjoying the sensation of rich garden soil under her feet. Reflections on Malachi 3:16-4:6 stub·ble /ˈstəb(ə)l/ noun […]

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Advent day 17: Advent is for emphasis

12.19. 2017 Posted By: The Mennonite

Tonya Keim lives in Hesston, Kansas, with her three young children and six rowdy chickens. She works for Bluestem Communities. Reflections on Psalm 77:11-14 and Acts 3:17-4:4. There are certain things we repeat, like teeth brushing, telling the kids to pick up their rooms, lines before performing in a play, basketball practice drills, passwords typed in for […]

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