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 07/16/2017

Worship – 9:30 a.m.
Sunday School – 10:45 a.m.

 

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Sunday Scripture

Genesis 6:5-8

And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.

And it repented the Lord that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.

And the Lord said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.

But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.

Genesis 7:1-5

And the Lord said unto Noah, Come thou and all thy house into the ark; for thee have I seen righteous before me in this generation.

Of every clean beast thou shalt take to thee by sevens, the male and his female: and of beasts that are not clean by two, the male and his female.

Of fowls also of the air by sevens, the male and the female; to keep seed alive upon the face of all the earth.

For yet seven days, and I will cause it to rain upon the earth forty days and forty nights; and every living substance that I have made will I destroy from off the face of the earth.

And Noah did according unto all that the Lord commanded him.

Genesis 8:1

And God remembered Noah, and every living thing, and all the cattle that was with him in the ark: and God made a wind to pass over the earth, and the waters assuaged;

Genesis 8:13-14

13 And it came to pass in the six hundredth and first year, in the first month, the first day of the month, the waters were dried up from off the earth: and Noah removed the covering of the ark, and looked, and, behold, the face of the ground was dry.

14 And in the second month, on the seven and twentieth day of the month, was the earth dried.

Genesis 8:20-22

20 And Noah builded an altar unto the Lord; and took of every clean beast, and of every clean fowl, and offered burnt offerings on the altar.

21 And the Lord smelled a sweet savour; and the Lord said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man's sake; for the imagination of man's heart is evil from his youth; neither will I again smite any more every thing living, as I have done.

22 While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.

Genesis 9:8-17

And God spake unto Noah, and to his sons with him, saying,

And I, behold, I establish my covenant with you, and with your seed after you;

10 And with every living creature that is with you, of the fowl, of the cattle, and of every beast of the earth with you; from all that go out of the ark, to every beast of the earth.

11 And I will establish my covenant with you, neither shall all flesh be cut off any more by the waters of a flood; neither shall there any more be a flood to destroy the earth.

12 And God said, This is the token of the covenant which I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for perpetual generations:

13 I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth.

14 And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow shall be seen in the cloud:

15 And I will remember my covenant, which is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh.

16 And the bow shall be in the cloud; and I will look upon it, that I may remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is upon the earth.

17 And God said unto Noah, This is the token of the covenant, which I have established between me and all flesh that is upon the earth.

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Pastor Weldon Martens

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10218 SE 12th St
Whitewater, KS 67154

Sunday School – 9:30 a.m.
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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.
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August 25, 2013
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July 18, 2010
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March 16, 2014
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April 28, 2013
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Youth Events

 

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Sermons

June 18, 2017 - PARTNERING FOR PURPOSE: TO SERVE
OSCAR SIWALI

June 11, 2017 - The Beginning Matters
Pastor Weldon Martens

June 4, 2017 - The Holy Spirit is at Grace Hill
Pastor Weldon Martens

May 28, 2017 - The Church is Dead. Long Live the Church
Sara Wenger Shenk

May 21, 2017 - Living as Aliens and Strangers
Pastor Weldon Martens

May 14, 2017 - Being God’s People
Pastor Weldon Martens

May 7, 2017 - The Gate to Abundant Life
Pastor Weldon Martens

April 23, 2017 - The Eighth Day
Pastor Weldon Martens

April 16, 2017 - He is Risen
Pastor Weldon Martens

April 9, 2017 - Who is This?
Pastor Weldon Martens

April 2, 2017 - Do You Believe This?
Pastor Weldon Martens

March 26, 2017 - I Was Blind But Now I See
Pastor Weldon Martens

March 19, 2017 - Drink From the Living Water
Pastor Weldon Martens

March 12, 2017 - Nicodemus at Night
Pastor Weldon Martens

March 5, 2017 - Just Say No
Pastor Weldon Martens

February 26, 2017 - Regarding Those Who Have Fallen Asleep
Pastor Weldon Martens

February 19, 2017 - Regarding Spiritual Gifts & Love
Pastor Weldon Martens

February 12, 2017 - Regarding Idol Meat
Pastor Weldon Martens

February 5, 2017 - Now Regarding Sex & Marriage
Pastor Weldon Martens

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.

 

   

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