Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ!
In a world of hurt, fear, greed, hatred and mistrust, the living God
is providing a sanctuary; a place of healing, forgiveness, hope, giving,
peace and trust. That sanctuary is the church, the gathering of God's
20 And there were certain Greeks among them that came up to worship at the feast:
21 The same came therefore to Philip, which was of Bethsaida of Galilee, and desired him, saying, Sir, we would see Jesus.
22 Philip cometh and telleth Andrew: and again Andrew and Philip tell Jesus.
23 And Jesus answered them, saying, The hour is come, that the Son of man should be glorified.
24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.
25 He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal.
26 If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour.
27 Now is my soul troubled; and what shall I say? Father, save me from this hour: but for this cause came I unto this hour.
28 Father, glorify thy name. Then came there a voice from heaven, saying, I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again.
29 The people therefore, that stood by, and heard it, said that it thundered: others said, An angel spake to him.
30 Jesus answered and said, This voice came not because of me, but for your sakes.
31 Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out.
32 And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.
33 This he said, signifying what death he should die.
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March 21 - Wednesday at 6:15 p.m. All Church Meal - following the meal - Valecia Scribner, Director of Discipleship from First Methodist Church in El Dorado will speak on “Poverty.” She, along with others in the El Dorado community have done extensive work in benefiting persons in their community to move out of poverty. She shared with the Mission Council at a meeting last fall and they are pleased to welcome her to Grace Hill for all to hear.
Menu this week: Pizza
Cost of the meal: High School & Adults $3.00 Children $2.50
This is our last Wednesday meal & session for the winter/spring.
March 21 - Wednesday at 8:00 p.m. Care Council meets.
March 22 - Thursday at 8:00 a.m. Senior Breakfast at Mom’s Café, Whitewater.
March 25 - Next Sunday at 7:00 p.m. On Palm Sunday we recall the words of Matthew 21:5, "Look, your King comes to you." We are pleased to invite our friends from Zion Mennonite Church for a Palm Sunday evening worship service at 7:00pm at Grace Hill. Together we shall recall the extraordinary coming of our King Jesus Christ. A time of refreshments will follow the service.
March 26 - Monday, at 1:00 p.m. Hands of Friendship meets Monday, March 26 at 1:00 p.m. to bake peppernuts for the MCC Sale. Plan to come for an afternoon of baking peppernuts and fellowship. All are welcome to attend. Questions? Rita Patterson 316-744-0363 or Marge Harms 316-283-4314.
March 29 - Thursday, at 7:00 p.m. All are invited to a joint Maundy Thursday worship service of the Zion and Grace Hill congregations meeting at Zion in Elbing on Thursday, March 29 at 7 p.m., including celebration of the Lord's supper. We're planning a worship service in the spirit of the Taizé community, and anticipate departing in silence (thus, no fellowship after the gathering this year).
April 13-14 - 50th Annual Kansas Mennonite Relief Sale, in Hutchinson, the theme is “Praising God through Service”.
REMEMBERING 50 years of the Relief Sale in Kansas The 1998 Sale was held with nice weather and a good crowd on both Friday night and Saturday. The Friday evening musical program was enjoyed by a large crowd. The theme for the sale was “Feed My Lambs”. It was observed and reported that most of the workers and volunteers were smiling and enjoying their work. The “House Against Hunger” was being constructed in Hutchinson. The project was not completed but was on its way by Sale date. Both auctions were blessed with good donations and successful auctions. The quilt auction was deemed a success because it was apparent people were bidding because they supported the cause of MCC. Items for sale in Building #4 ranged from a child’s play house that brought over $3,000 to 15 loads of hedge wood averaging $100 per load. 80 volunteers met at Moundridge High School to make bohne berogie. 504 pies were sold during the course of the Sale. The quilt auction sale total was $150,472. Many volunteers and many smiles enabled the proceeds of the Sale to feed many lambs.
Compiled by Doreen Harms in September of 2014
GRACE HILL MENNONITE CHURCH
200TH ANNIVERSARY “HOME COMING” CELEBRATION
Saturday September 3rd and Sunday September 4th
This is a special time in the history of the Church from 1811 until today. Grace Hill has continued to be a place of worship, a place for the church to come together as community to celebrate birth, life and death. It is right that in this 200th year of this fellowship that we came together to celebrate and pay tribute to those who paved the way for us today.
The 200th Anniversary “Home Coming” Celebration on Labor Day week-end was special in that participants were able to trace their family heritage, if they came with the group in 1874. With an updated cemetery information book it was possible to locate burial sites of relatives.
It was also a time to reconnect with other relatives, friends and persons that were here when you were.
Saturday’s (September 3, 2011) schedule included a variety of activities that kept us busy all day, from assisted cemetery tours to a storytelling hour to practice time for singing in the choir for the evening program, to the hymn sing festival to free time to interact with those persons that we may not have seen in years. There was also an opportunity for self-guided tours of current and former locations of homesteads and one-room school house locations, as well as a self-guided tour of the route from Grace Hill to Peabody the immigrants took in 1874. The evening program told the story of the people who moved across Europe and then to America to find freedom of religion and a better life. From the low county of the Netherlands to Polish Prussia to Volhynia Russia (western Ukraine) and then to this place called Grace Hill (Gnadenberg, the German name of the Church until 1953).
Sunday morning worship (September 4, 2011) service was a celebration of the past and present and a look forward. There was a social hour before lunch. The afternoon featured a local storytelling time, with assisted cemetery tours for those who wished to locate burial spots of relatives, and self-guided tours of homestead locations and one-room school locations.
For those who are interested in the church cemetery, you may download the Grace Hill Mennonite Church Cemetery Master File. (5Mb file download). This master file was updated with new information received during the 200th anniversary celebration.
The 200 Year Journey
In 2011, Grace Hill Mennonite Church celebrated the 200th anniversary of the founding of the congregation. The congregation was founded in1811 near Berditchev in Polish Russia, in what is now Ukraine. The church and settlement were known as Michalin. All members of the congregation emigrated to America in three groups from 1874 to 1878.
Leading up to the 200th celebration, a series of speakers provided a background and setting for the Anabaptist faith of this congregation, from the beginning of the Anabaptist movement and into the 21st century. Following are the presentations by these speakers. More of these presentations will be added over time.
Lois Barrett, M.Div, Ph. D., is Director of the AMBS Great Plains Seminary in North Newton, and Assistant Professor of Theology and Anabaptist Studies. Her presentation provided insight into the 16th and 17th century Anabaptist history and church life. Her presentations were entitled “Reformers and Martyrs” on June 12 and “Freedom and Restrictions” on June 19.
Mark Jantzen, Ph. D., Associate Professor of History at Bethel College, North Newton, Ks., spoke on 18th and 19th century history, presenting “Seeking Out the Crevices of a Rigid Society” on June 26 and “Squeezed Between Nationalism and Opportunity” on July 17.
James Juhnke, Ph. D., Professor Emeritus of History at Bethel College, North Newton, spoke on 19th and early 20th century history, presenting “Migration: Go East, Go West or Stay at Home” on July 24 and July 31.
Gordon Houser, Associate Editor of The Mennonite, the denominational magazine of Mennonite Church USA, spoke on August 14 on the 21st century, presenting “Who Are Mennonites in a Time of Diversity and Change?”
Grace Hill Mennonite Church history, including stories of founding members of the church. Written by Lisa Schmidt and Doreen Harms. Directed by Lisa Schmidt.
Stories and memories of Grace Hill Mennonite Church from members and friends of the church.