Grace Hill Mennonite Church
 
Blessed are those who hunger
and thirst for righteousness, for
they will be filled
Matthew 5:6
 

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 people.
Grace Hill is seeking to be such a place. Our prayer is that you too may find such a place for your life.

We welcome you!

Bulletin for 05/24/2015


Sunday Scripture

Luke 14:12-27

12 Then said he also to him that bade him, When thou makest a dinner or a supper, call not thy friends, nor thy brethren, neither thy kinsmen, nor thy rich neighbours; lest they also bid thee again, and a recompence be made thee.
13 But when thou makest a feast, call the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind:
14 And thou shalt be blessed; for they cannot recompense thee: for thou shalt be recompensed at the resurrection of the just.
15 And when one of them that sat at meat with him heard these things, he said unto him, Blessed is he that shall eat bread in the kingdom of God.
16 Then said he unto him, A certain man made a great supper, and bade many:
17 And sent his servant at supper time to say to them that were bidden, Come; for all things are now ready.
18 And they all with one consent began to make excuse. The first said unto him, I have bought a piece of ground, and I must needs go and see it: I pray thee have me excused.
19 And another said, I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to prove them: I pray thee have me excused.
20 And another said, I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.
21 So that servant came, and shewed his lord these things. Then the master of the house being angry said to his servant, Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in hither the poor, and the maimed, and the halt, and the blind.
22 And the servant said, Lord, it is done as thou hast commanded, and yet there is room.
23 And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.
24 For I say unto you, That none of those men which were bidden shall taste of my supper.
25 And there went great multitudes with him: and he turned, and said unto them,
26 If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.
27 And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.

Grace Hill Mennonite Church

Founded: 1811

10218 SE 12th St
Whitewater, KS 67154


Church Events

May 26, 2015 - Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.  Structure Task Force meets.

May 27, 2015 - Wednesday

 

7:00 p.m.  Administrative Council meets.

May 28, 2015 - Thursday at 8:00 a.m.  Senior Breakfast at The Breadbasket, Newton.

June 1-5, 2015 - 8:30-11:30 a.m.  Vacation Bible School at Remington Middle School in Whitewater.  See the poster in the hallway for more information or talk to Theresa Toews.  Pastor Randy will be providing the opening each day at Bible School along with teaching the 5th-6th grade boys.  Registration welcomed at VBS or register online at:  http://whitewatervbs2015.eventbrite.com.

June 5, 7 & 9, 2015 - Grace Hill week at the Harvey County Homeless Shelter.  Please see the sign-up sheet on the bulletin board to help provide food or volunteer.

June 7, 2015 - Join in the fun June 7 at 6 p.m. in the north Pavilion as we enjoy a summer evening of fellowship roasting hot dogs and listening to bluegrass music provided by the Flannelbacks!  Matthew Graber is a member of this group along with 3 other Bethel students.  Hot dogs, buns and drink will be provided.  Bring a salad or dessert, table service and some friends! 

June 11, 2015 - at 7:00 p.m.  Spiritual Council meets in the library.

August 8, 2015 - Grace Hill and Friends at the K (Kaufman Stadium Home of the Royals) will be Saturday, August 8.  The bus will hold 56 people so sign-up soon or be left home.  We will leave at 1:00 p.m. and be back late but in time for church.  The cost for the seat on the bus and a Royals ticket will be about $80.  There is a sign-up sheet on the table in the foyer.  Sign-up and bring a friend.  Let’s fill the bus!  Quesitons?  Talk to K. John Klaassen.

 


Bulletin Archive


Listed below is a raw directory of past bulletins in PDF format. They are listed in a mildly random, Month/Day/Year format.
There are currently over 400 bulletins listed. Additional bulletins will be added over time. To view a bulletin, scroll to the one you want to see and click the bulletin link. To find a specific date, press Ctrl-F and enter the date by Month-Day-Year (i.e. Ctrl-F and then October 17, 2004 or December 5, 2010).


February 19, 2006
June 2, 2013
November 2, 2008
September 4, 2011
July 21, 2013
August 19, 2007
February 1, 2009
May 22, 2011
December 8, 2013
November 20, 2011
March 22, 2009
July 17, 2005
March 19, 2006
June 20, 2004
April 11, 2010
January 13, 2013
June 29, 2014
March 1, 2009
April 23, 2006
February 22, 2009
May 1, 2011
September 30, 2012
November 18, 2012
August 29, 2004
February 17, 2013
December 21, 2008
March 30, 2014
May 25, 2014
June 4, 2006
March 6, 2005
June 5, 2011
June 14, 2009
August 10, 2014
April 6, 2014
October 27, 2013
June 10, 2007
April 21, 2013
March 17, 2013
July 27, 2008
June 8, 2008
October 14, 2012
June 26, 2011
April 17, 2005
February 6, 2005
October 23, 2005
December 17, 2006
February 2, 2014
June 11, 2006
March 13, 2005
April 13, 2014
August 7, 2005
January 14, 2007
July 1, 2007
May 20, 2012
July 5, 2009
February 12, 2012
March 2, 2014
August 28, 2005
July 10, 2011
February 13, 2005
December 20, 2009
September 2, 2012
May 29, 2005
October 8, 2005
June 15, 2008
November 14, 2004
January 27, 2008
January 18, 2009
January 9, 2011
September 26, 2010
September 23, 2007
October 16, 2011
March 18, 2007
August 10, 2008
June 24, 2012
April 10, 2011
October 28, 2007
April 5, 2009
September 10, 2006
April 22, 2007
December 15, 2013
May 11, 2008
September 11, 2011
February 18, 2007
June 3, 2012
April 26, 2009
January 30, 2005
August 22, 2010
September 14, 2008
December 4, 2005
October 7, 2007
May 23, 2010
June 30, 2013
December 9, 2012
April 4, 2010
August 17, 2014
April 1, 2007
November 30, 2008
November 21, 2010
March 23, 2008
January 6, 2013
September 27, 2009
June 19, 2011
March 24, 2013
January 10, 2010
April 29, 2012
February 3, 2013
September 25, 2005
June 18, 2006
May 6, 2012
September 12, 2004
April 24, 2005
January 22, 2006
July 8, 2007
November 4, 2012
January 23, 2011
December 6, 2009
December 2, 2007
May 12, 2013
August 21, 2005
October 9, 2005
March 3, 2013
November 10, 2013
February 24, 2013
December 31, 2006
August 24, 2014
August 31, 2014
January 11, 2009
April 3, 2005
October 24, 2010
September 7, 2014
October 21, 2007
June 16, 2013
June 13, 2004
March 11, 2007
January 20, 2013
March 14, 2010
November 7, 2010
November 16, 2008
August 8, 2010
November 29, 2009
February 15, 2009
December 23, 2012
May 18, 2008
May 9, 2010
September 18, 2011
August 5, 2007
March 27, 2011
February 5, 2006
July 3, 2005
May 27, 2007
October 12, 2008
September 14, 2014
August 14, 2011
September 9, 2007
July 29, 2012
February 14, 2010
February 11, 2007
November 28, 2010
October 30, 2011
May 14, 2006
August 9, 2009
March 15, 2009
August 26, 2007
November 13, 2011
March 5, 2006
April 8, 2007
May 15, 2011
July 24, 2005
February 27, 2011
October 25, 2009
October 2, 2011
August 15, 2010
July 28, 2013
October 31, 2010
April 19, 2009
June 6, 2004
February 8, 2009
March 4, 2007
December 1, 2013
January 12, 2014
June 17, 2012
June 12, 2005
November 6, 2011
April 18, 2010
July 31, 2005
January 29, 2012
December 22, 2013
September 19, 2010
May 8, 2011
April 15, 2007
February 4, 2007
March 8, 2009
July 7, 2013
May 13, 2012
December 3, 2006
August 25, 2013
December 28, 2008
July 18, 2010
February 16, 2014
November 11, 2012
December 13, 2009
February 20, 2005
April 7, 2013
June 22, 2008
March 31, 2013
August 12, 2012
March 16, 2014
December 24, 2006
January 4, 2009
March 25, 2012
December 25, 2011
April 28, 2013
April 20, 2014
September 16, 2012
December 12, 2010
September 29, 2013
July 9, 2006
December 7, 2008
April 8, 2012
December 5, 2010
December 14, 2008
May 18, 2014
September 4, 2005
January 20, 2008
August 26, 2012
March 9, 2014
September 21, 2014
February 19, 2012
December 27, 2009
July 17, 2011
November 20, 2005
June 21, 2009
November 25, 2012
January 2, 2011
August 11, 2013
July 29, 2007
September 9, 2012
July 16, 2006
May 22, 2005
May 27, 2012
August 5, 2012
April 14, 2013
February 9, 2014
October 17, 2004
December 26, 2010
May 1, 2005
December 11, 2011
September 15, 2013
March 11, 2012
December 10, 2006
July 14, 2013
September 20, 2009
November 8, 2009
August 29, 2010
July 11, 2004
February 3, 2008
January 5, 2014
June 5, 2005
March 6, 2011
December 2, 2012
September 28, 2014
November 4, 2007
July 8, 2012
May 6, 2007
September 17, 2006
October 4, 2009
February 6, 2011
April 29, 2007
January 15, 2012
August 17, 2008
June 26, 2005
January 26, 2014
June 22, 2014
March 13, 2011
November 5, 2006
November 15, 2009
March 12, 2006
March 28, 2010
October 23, 2011
May 7, 2006
October 5, 2008
February 7, 2010
July 4, 2004
March 25, 2007
August 6, 2006
August 16, 2009
August 7, 2011
June 27, 2004
October 10, 2010
July 15, 2012
September 21, 2008
February 13, 2011
October 11, 2009
August 28, 2011
July 10, 2005
November 27, 2011
August 12, 2007
November 26, 2006
October 1, 2006
June 1, 2014
February 12, 2006
June 9, 2013
December 30, 2012
March 29, 2009
February 25, 2007
May 28, 2006
November 11, 2007
March 7, 2010
November 14, 2010
April 20, 2008
May 29, 2011
May 13, 2007
October 26, 2008
January 8, 2012
May 16, 2010
April 10, 2005
August 1, 2004
April 15, 2012
August 4, 2013
October 16, 2005
September 26, 2004
September 11, 2005
May 5, 2013
January 21, 2007
March 10, 2013
November 3, 2013
June 17, 2007
October 20, 2013
December 4, 2011
September 5, 2004
August 22, 2004
January 30, 2011
March 4, 2012
January 25, 2009
February 10, 2013
November 21, 2004
January 3, 2010
November 24, 2013
September 8, 2013
May 26, 2013
February 17, 2008
September 25, 2011
March 30, 2008
March 21, 2010
April 6, 2008
January 19, 2014
June 23, 2013
September 24, 2006
October 14, 2007
May 30, 2010
June 19, 2005
September 7, 2008
January 23, 2005
January 22, 2012
April 24, 2011
December 29, 2013
August 24, 2008
June 10, 2012
December 16, 2012
February 21, 2010
September 13, 2009
June 8, 2014
October 8, 2006
October 9, 2011
August 21, 2011
August 30, 2009
September 28, 2008
September 3, 2006
May 31, 2009
October 5, 2014
October 12, 2014
April 3, 2011
April 12, 2009
August 3, 2008
November 18, 2007
May 21, 2006
September 30, 2007
August 8, 2004
November 7, 2004
June 13, 2010
July 12, 2009
July 3, 2011
April 27, 2014
February 5, 2012
January 16, 2011
March 27, 2005
June 25, 2006
December 19, 2010
May 4, 2014
September 18, 2005
September 22, 2013
January 28, 2007
January 7, 2007
January 13, 2008
August 14, 2005
October 6, 2013
February 27, 2005
September 1, 2013
July 24, 2011
May 15, 2005
August 19, 2012
October 30, 2005
June 29, 2008
February 26, 2012
April 1, 2012
May 11, 2014
May 19, 2013
December 9, 2007
February 23, 2014
August 15, 2004
October 7, 2012
October 2, 2005
August 18, 2013
November 17, 2013
June 3, 2007
June 6, 2010
October 31, 2004
July 31, 2011
June 7, 2009
April 22, 2012
November 6, 2005
June 12, 2011
March 23, 2014
July 13, 2008
January 17, 2010
January 6, 2008
October 28, 2012
June 24, 2007
May 8, 2005
December 18, 2011
March 18, 2012
September 23, 2012
October 13, 2013
January 29, 2006
February 20, 2011
May 3, 2009
October 19, 2014
April 30, 2006
July 18, 2004
August 31, 2008
November 1, 2009
September 2, 2007
July 22, 2012
April 13, 2008
November 19, 2006
May 20, 2007
July 1, 2012
December 25, 2005
November 22, 2009
March 20, 2011
June 15, 2014
September 6, 2009
March 2, 2008
January 27, 2013
April 25, 2010
May 2, 2010
July 6, 2014
July 13, 2014
July 20, 2014
July 27, 2014
August 3, 2014
October 26, 2014
November 2, 2014
November 9, 2014
November 16, 2014
November 23, 2014
November 30, 2014
December 7, 2014
December 14, 2014
December 21, 2014
December 28, 2014
January 4, 2015
January 11, 2015
January 18, 2015
January 25, 2015
February 1, 2015
February 8, 2015
February 15, 2015
February 22, 2015
March 1, 2015
March 15, 2015
March 8, 2015
March 22, 2015
March 29, 2015
April 5, 2015
April 12, 2015
April 19, 2015
April 26, 2015
May 3, 2015
May 10, 2015
May 17, 2015
May 24, 2015

Total Number of Files = 493

Sermons

May 17, 2015 - Contagious Hospitality: Multiplying Time
Pastor Randy Smith

May 10, 2015 - Risky Hospitality: Sacrificing Time
Pastor Randy Smith

April 26, 2015 - Intentional Hospitality: Making Time
Pastor Randy Smith

April 19, 2015 - Bible Stories
Deryll Amstutz

April 12, 2015 - Doing a One-Eighty
Pastor Randy Smith

April 5, 2015 - The Never Ending Story
Pastor Randy Smith

March 29, 2015 - First Things First
Pastor Randy Smith

March 22, 2015 - Getting in the Way
Pastor Randy Smith

March 15, 2015 - What's In a Name?
Pastor Randy Smith

March 8, 2015 - Even the Best Laid Plans
Pastor Eric Massanari

March 1, 2015 - What About Pigs?
Pastor Randy Smith

February 22, 2015 - Indiscrimanent Farmer
Pastor Randy Smith

February 15, 2015 - Feet First
Pastor Randy Smith

February 1, 2015 - Leading by Being Led
Pastor Randy Smith

January 18, 2015 - Body Parts
Pastor Randy Smith

January 4, 2015 - Journey to Jesus
Pastor Randy Smith

December 28, 2014 - The Trouble With Normal
Pastor Randy Smith

December 21, 2014 - Surpise!
Pastor Randy Smith

December 14, 2014 - What If?
Pastor Randy Smith

December 7, 2014 - A Tribute to Joseph
Pastor Randy Smith

November 16, 2014 - Losing Your Mind
Pastor Randy Smith

November 9, 2014 - Let it Shine
Miriam Regier

November 2, 2014 - From Bowing, To Bringing, To Hearing the Word
Pastor Randy Smith

October 19, 2014 - Starting Right
Pastor Randy Smith

October 12, 2014 - The Myth of the Self-Made Man
Pastor Randy Smith

October 5, 2014 - Seeing the Big Picture
Pastor Randy Smith

September 28, 2014 - This Could Go Either Way
Pastor Randy Smith

September 14, 2014 - Wait, Where Are We Going?
Pastor Randy Smith

September 7, 2014 - Please Be Patient, God is Not Finished With Me Yet
Pastor Randy Smith

August 31, 2014 - What You See is What You Get
Pastor Randy Smith

August 24, 2014 - Attending, Responding and Releasing with Love
Eric Massanari

August 17, 2014 - Once Upon a Time
Weldon Schloneger

August 10, 2014 - Whistleblower
Weldon Schloneger

July 20, 2014 - Body of Christ
Pastor Peter Goerzen

July 13, 2014 - Breath Giving
Pastor Peter Goerzen

July 6, 2014 - Control
Josh Toevs

June 29, 2014 - Spiritual Gifts
Pastor Peter Goerzen

Grace Hill Mennonite Time Line

Compiled by Doreen Harms in September of 2014


 

200thGrace Hill Menonite 200th Anniversary Home Coming Celebration Information

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.

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Presentation 1 & 2 -

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.

 

Lois Barrett - 16th and 17th Century: Reformers and Martyrs - Part 1 from Gypsum Creek on Vimeo.


Lois Barrett - 16 and 17 Century: Freedom and Restrictions - Part 2 from Gypsum Creek on Vimeo.

 


Presentation 3 & 4 -

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.

 

Mark Jantzen - Seeking Out the Crevices of a Rigid Society from Gypsum Creek on Vimeo.

Mark Jantzen - Squeezed Between Nationalism and Opportunity from Gypsum Creek on Vimeo.


Presentation 5 & 6 -

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.

James Juhnke - Migration: Go East, Go West or Stay at Home - Part 1 from Gypsum Creek on Vimeo.

James Juhnke - Migration: Go East, Go West or Stay at Home - Part 2 from Gypsum Creek on Vimeo.


Presentation 7 -

Dale Schrag,  Vice President of Church Relations at Bethel College, North Newton, spoke on August 7 on middle to late 20th century, presenting “From Nonresistance to Justice:  Crossing the Jordan or Crossing the Rubicon.”

Dale Schrag - From Nonresistance to Justice: Crossing the Jordan or Crossing the Rubicon from Gypsum Creek on Vimeo.


Presentation 8 -

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?”

Gordon Houser - Who Are Mennonites in a Time of Diversity and Change? from Gypsum Creek on Vimeo.


Grace Hill Heritage - Living Stones ©

Grace Hill Mennonite Church history, including stories of founding members of the church. Written by Lisa Schmidt and Doreen Harms. Directed by Lisa Schmidt.

Grace Hill Heritage - Living Stones from Gypsum Creek on Vimeo.



Grace HillStories and Slide Show

Stories and memories of Grace Hill Mennonite Church from members and friends of the church.

 

Grace Hill Stories and Slide Show from Gypsum Creek on Vimeo.

 

   

Sunday Worship Service begins at 9:30 a.m      Sunday School begins at 10:45 a.m.