We welcome the community to participate in congregational activities.
9:30 am Worship
11:00 am Sunday school
12:00 pm Fellowship meal
10:00 am Worship
No Sunday school and no fellowship meals
Mennonite Youth Fellowship is hosted once or twice a month by volunteers from the congregation; sometimes for education and discussion, sometimes for playing games and fellowship. All students in 8th-12th grades are welcome.
Friendship Sewing Circle meets the second Wednesday of the month from 9:30 am to 3 pm except in January and February. A part of Mennonite Women, the women who gather make quilts and comforters and do other projects to share around the world and in our neighborhood. Bring a dish to share for lunch, which is followed by a devotional and business meeting.
Moms in Prayer is an international ministry of prayer for schools. Two local groups meet at the church on school days unless there is a two-hour delay.
The Benton Elementary group meets every Wednesday 9 – 10 am when classes are in session. Childcare is provided. Contact Laura Peachey at firstname.lastname@example.org or 574.642.4656 for more information.
The Fairfield Junior-Senior High School group meets every Thursday 8:30 – 9:30 am when classes are in session. Contact Lisa Kropf at email@example.com or 574.642.4139 for more information.
Learn about the Green Group, River Stewards, River Clean-up and other creation care activities on our creation care web page.
Benton @ Greencroft meets the third Wednesday of every month 6:oo – 7:00 pm in the in the conference room next to the Sideboard restaurant at Greencroft. This is a time of Bible reading, discussion, sharing, and prayer.
Peacemaking delegations. Are you a Benton participant interested in learning about Christian peacemaking in places of violence? Would you consider a Christian Peacemaker Teams, Mennonite Central Committee or other delegation? Chelsea Risser went on a CPT delegation to the borderlands of the U.S. and Mexico in February 2015. Other delegation opportunities can be found on the mission section of our bulletin board. The congregation offers financial and other support. See Doug Kaufman or Donna Risser for more information. This is part of our congregation’s commitment to the peace pledge. This is a way of reinvigorating our peace witness at a time when our nation’s wars require so little of us, and so peacemaking seems less critical.
Christian Service. Are you already serving in some way or thinking about serving? The congregation offers grants of up to $25o for short-term and $500 for long-term service work. The money supports participants who are working in some way for a ministry and can help pay for the participant’s expenses or be a donation in support of the ministry. See Donna Risser or Doug Kaufman for more information.
Congregational love feast happens about 4 times a year, before congregational meetings. It is a potluck fellowship meal including a time of open communion with bread and cup.
An LGBT Welcome Group within the congregation meets periodically. The group desires to create a place of welcome in the congregation for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered people. The congregation bears with our diversity on this. For more information contact Barb Meyer-Reed.
Barnabas Ministers are volunteers from within the congregation who agree to make monthly visits to a person in the congregation or neighborhood for care and connection. The Barnabas Ministers meet about twice a year for resourcing and sharing about their work. Contact Brenda Meyer if you are interested in participating.
Congregational Retreat from Friday evening to Sunday afternoon on Labor day weekend at Amigo Centre, Sturgis, MI.
One Sunday in the summer we usually have outdoor worship and a picnic.
Hot dog roasts, holiday parties, and international themed meals are just some of the things that we do when someone makes the effort to plan it.
A community worship service honoring the feminine side of God is held periodically with Barb Meyer-Reed from the congregation giving leadership with others. In fall 2014 a series called “Body and Soul” ran monthly. Scriptures were Song of Songs and Tamar from 2 Samuel 13.