Mennonites aid tornado rebuilding in eastern Mississippi
MERIDIAN, Miss. (AP) — Mennonite volunteers are helping rebuild homes in a Mississippi community damaged in a 2018 tornado.
The Meridian Star reports that Mennonite Disaster Service arrived last week.
Kim Waters, a member of a disaster recovery committee, said some residents still haven't returned to their homes or are living in houses with damage such as leaky roofs. She said older people with fixed incomes have had trouble affording repairs.
Church groups cash in on leaf collection in Elkhart County
GOSHEN, Ind. (AP) — Trees have dropped cash in an Indiana county.
Elkhart County distributed thousands of dollars Tuesday to church groups and community organizations for collecting tons of leaves. Officials wanted to provide an incentive to reduce leaf burning.
Democrat, a Mennonite, turns heads in heavily GOP House seat
LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) — Voters in the heart of Pennsylvania's rolling dairy farms and Amish countryside have rarely seen a Democrat mount a competitive campaign for Congress — until now.
From all appearances, first-time candidate Jess King is giving freshman Republican U.S. Rep. Lloyd Smucker a fight to the finish in Tuesday's midterm election in this heavily conservative district on Pennsylvania's southern border.
Ties between urban horsemen, Mennonites bolster old trade
BALTIMORE (AP) — At an inner-city stable in one of the grittiest areas of Baltimore, a vanishing breed of urban horsemen prepares for its weekly visit to Pennsylvania Dutch country, where Mennonite farmers are helping to carry on a merchant tradition handed down through generations of African-American families.
NEWTON, Kan. (AP) — Two Mennonite churches in Kansas say they could provide sanctuary to immigrants who are living unlawfully in the country.
The Shalom Mennonite Church in Newton has voted as a congregation to help such immigrants, and church members are working on transforming part of the basement into living quarters.
First Mennonite Church of Christian in Moundridge also says it is willing to offer sanctuary.
GOSHEN, Indiana (AP) — The sermon had been preached, the last prayers offered. Now, Mike Yoder decided, the time had come to share unsettling news.
BALTIMORE (AP) — A Mennonite missionary from Virginia who lived in Haiti for more than a decade has been sentenced to 23 years in prison for child sexual abuse in the impoverished Caribbean nation, officials said.
James Arbaugh, 40, of the small Virginia town of Stuarts Draft is the latest American missionary to receive a hefty sentence for taking advantage of Haiti's extensive poverty and anemic rule of law to sexually abuse vulnerable youngsters.
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican authorities have slapped a 10.3 million peso ($540,364) fine on a Mennonite community for clearing tropical vegetation that was home to a protected olive-throated parakeet.
The Attorney General for Environmental Protection said Monday that members of the community removed plants including endangered chit palm and jobillo trees from 3,251 acres (1,316 hectares) in Quintana Roo state, on the Yucatan Peninsula.
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Two churches in Kansas say they'll protect immigrants facing deportation even if it means arrest.
Members of Houston Mennonite Church will host a grand opening celebration for their new church facility on Saturday, May 12, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The public is invited to the celebration at the church, located at 1231 Wirt Road. The new facility will provide needed space for church activities and will help accommodate the congregation’s growing engagement with local community groups.
HARRISONBURG, Va. (AP) — A half-century ago, Earl Martin and Pat Hostetter Martin became acquainted while getting their exercise during the Vietnam War, where they were service workers for Mennonite Central Committee.
"We were assigned to the same area in the Vietnam Christian Committee," said Pat Martin, 75. "Every day, we rode bicycles together, and that's how we got to know each other."
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — A Colorado criminal defense investigator jailed for refusing to testify in a death penalty appeal because of her faith was released Monday after she agreed to appear in court.
Greta Lindecrantz, a Mennonite who opposes capital punishment, was set free after spending two weeks in jail. Lindecrantz was part of Ray's original defense team and is now scheduled to testify Wednesday.
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — The Latest on a Colorado criminal investigator jailed for refusing to testify in a death penalty case because of her faith (all times local):
A Colorado criminal defense investigator jailed for refusing to testify in a death penalty appeal because of her faith has been released.
DENVER (AP) — A Colorado criminal defense investigator jailed for refusing to testify in a death penalty case now plans to take the stand because it might help save the defendant's life.
Greta Lindecrantz, a Mennonite who opposes capital punishment, refused to testify for prosecutors during an appeal of the conviction and death sentence of Robert Ray, fearing her testimony could be used to help execute him.
Goshen College set for campus solar energy project
GOSHEN, Ind. (AP) — A Mennonite college in northern Indiana is planning to install more than 900 electricity-generating solar panels on its campus.
DENVER (AP) — A Colorado criminal defense investigator who refused to testify for the prosecution in a death penalty case because she says it's against her Mennonite faith will remain jailed after an appeals court on Friday ruled against her request to testify under alternative conditions.
Greta Lindecrantz, who opposes capital punishment, requested to be called as a witness by the court instead of in response to the prosecutors' subpoena.
DENVER (AP) — The Latest on a Mennonite investigator jailed in Colorado after refusing to testify (all times local):
A Colorado appeals court says a defense investigator who has been jailed indefinitely for refusing to testify in a death penalty case cannot testify as a witness of the court rather than by prosecutors' subpoena.
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DENVER (AP) — Colorado appeals court judges rejected a request to release a defense investigator as she appeals her jail sentence for refusing to testify for prosecutors in a death penalty case.
The decision released Thursday was based on a technicality, and the panel plans to hear arguments about the case on Friday.
Mennonite investigator who won’t testify goes back to jail
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — A defense investigator in a death penalty case has been jailed indefinitely for refusing to testify for prosecutors, saying that helping their effort to execute a defendant would violate her religious beliefs.
Greta Lindecrantz, a Mennonite who opposes capital punishment, refused for a third day Wednesday to answer questions in court about her work as part of a death penalty appeal.
The Latest: Mennonite investigator again jailed for contempt
DENVER (AP) — The Latest on a Mennonite investigator jailed in Colorado after refusing to testify (all times local):
A private investigator in a Colorado capital punishment appeal is facing a third night in jail and possibly more for refusing to testify on religious grounds.
Paraguayan rebel group frees 2 kidnapped Mennonite men
ASUNCION, Paraguay (AP) — A small rebel group in Paraguay has released two Mennonite men that it kidnapped four months ago in the country's north, authorities said Monday.
Mexican citizen Franz Hiebert, 32, and Paraguayan Bernhard Blatz, 22, were released in a forest in the state of Concepcion, about 250 miles (400 kilometers) north of the Paraguayan capital, said Col. Victor Urdapilleta, spokesman for Paraguay's anti-terror force.
Christian underground club thrives at Doylestown church
DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Bright blue and orange café tables fill the basement of Doylestown Mennonite Church twice each month.
Photographs of landscapes and teddy bears, quilts and more than a dozen trees decorate the room.
And everything in the underground Christian club has a design. The decorations give the room a warmth, the tables encourage closeness and the spiritual music connects them to the church and the community.
You see, Karen Curtis would have liked it that way, say the founders.
Mennonites mourn deaths of children after truck hits buggy
SHERIDAN, Mich. (AP) — The Mennonite community is mourning the deaths of three children following a collision between their horse-drawn buggy and a pickup truck in central Michigan.
Family and friends attended a visitation Wednesday in Sheridan for Cameron Martin, 11; Kayla Martin, 9; and Kendra Martin, 7. Funeral services are scheduled for Friday at Vickeryville Old Order Mennonite Church, the Daily News reported .
South Dakota school raises money for Puerto Rican school
FREEMAN, S.D. (AP) — Students at a Mennonite school in southeast South Dakota are selling items from their garden to raise money for a Puerto Rican sister school severely damaged by Hurricane Maria.
3 men, apparently Mennonites, killed in northern Mexico
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Three men have been found shot to death in the northern Mexico state of Chihuahua, and prosecutors say they appear to be members of the state's Mennonite community.
The state prosecutors' office said Sunday the bodies were found in the cab of a pickup truck with New Mexico plates in an area known as Campo Menonita 35. The men had been shot multiple times.
While the bodies have not been identified, the office said their appearance suggested they were Mennonites.
Kansas author talks about future of rural churches
MOUNDRIDGE, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas pastor has written a book that focuses on what rural churches can and must do to stay alive.
The Hutchinson News reports that Brad Roth is a pastor at West Zion Mennonite Church in Moundridge. He says his experiences in rural settings and his career in ministry led him to write his first book, "God's Country: Faith, Hope and the Future of the Rural Church."
Woman moves to church, hoping to avoid deportation to Mexico
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A woman trying to avoid being deported to Mexico and separated from her U.S.-citizen children has moved into an Ohio church offering her sanctuary in a symbolic gesture.
LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) — From the road, you'd never guess what's inside Habecker Mennonite Church in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, on a Sunday morning.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The Mennonite Church USA voted Thursday to sell its holdings in companies that profit from the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories, the latest American Christian group to do so.
The decision was made at a national Mennonite convention in Orlando, Florida. Although the economic impact is expected to be minimal, such votes are closely watched as a measure of views on Israel and the Palestinians from within the U.S., the Jewish state's closest and most important ally.
Second Mennonite Church: A soul-saving station where people begin in Christ
As one of a handful of Black Mennonite churches in Philadelphia, Second Mennonite Church is a novelty just because of its denomination. Even so, they keep it simple to accomplish their mission, using love, acceptance and God's Word as the formula to fulfill the intricate Christian business of salvation.
Paraguayan rebel group releases kidnapped Mennonite man
ASUNCION, Paraguay (AP) — Paraguayan authorities say a Mennonite man walked 20 kilometers (12 miles) to reach his home in the Rio Verde Colony after being released by a small rebel group that had kidnapped him in July.
Franz Wiebe was kidnapped by the Paraguayan People's Army while he was harvesting corn at a farm about 210 miles (340 kilometers) north of Asuncion. At the time, his father said the rebels set 15-day deadline to pay a $700,000 ransom but the family didn't have the money.
Woman found dead of exposure at mother’s grave
PORCUPINE, S.D. (AP) — Authorities say the frozen body of a missing woman was found near her mother's grave on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.
An initial investigation found 49-year-old Donna Scout died from exposure on the property of Lakota Mennonite Church in Porcupine Tuesday. Scout was last seen the last week of January.
Amid protests, church’s message of welcome echoes across US
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Amid the weekend tumult over President Donald Trump's executive order restricting immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries, Walter Hansen's two-man sign shop in Waynesboro was besieged.
As protesters massed and lawyers descended on airports across the country offering to help anyone ensnared in the confusion over what the ban meant, Hansen was bombarded with requests for a simple design that originated with a Mennonite church in Harrisonburg.
94-year-old retired pastor knits hundreds of hats for needy
LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) — Shelley Shellenberger sits in a chair by the window in his Landis Homes apartment, wrapping strands of yarn around the pegs of a Knifty Knitter loom.
After he has wrapped enough yarn and used a hook to pull the colorful strands together and back up over the pegs many times, a multicolored ski cap will emerge from the round loom.
ABERDEEN — There’s a new pastor at First Mennonite Church in Aberdeen.
Kevin Chupp and his wife, Jessica, who is serving as the secretary, recently moved to the small city in Bingham County. Both are from Indiana.
“We’re really excited. This is my first full-time ministry out of seminary,” Chupp said.
Still, Chupp is no stranger to the ministry. His father, Ken Chupp, is also a pastor, so in a way, he’s joining the family business.