Other seed fell into good soil and brought forth grain, growing up and increasing and yielding thirty and sixty and a hundredfold.’ And he said, ‘Let anyone with ears to hear listen!’  -Mark 4:8-9

a newsletter for Central Plains Mennonite Conference leaders

Pastors, Elders, Deacons, Central Plains Delegates, Church Moderator, Treasurer, Christian Education Chair, Missions Committee, Mennonite Women, Church Librarian, Youth Sponsors.

June 15, 2016

For Your Prayers: weekly bulletin announcements

      Here are weekly prayer requests for each week between now and the next issue of The Sower. Please share them with your congregation by whichever method works best, whether it be in your bulletin, in the pastoral prayer or some other way. Thank you!
For Sunday, June 19
This morning Central Plains Mennonite Conference Annual Meeting 2016 wraps up with a final worship service.  Pray for your sisters and brothers gathered in Des Moines this weekend.

For Sunday, June 26
(No prayer request.)

For Sunday, July 3
(No prayer request.)

For Sunday, July 10
Next weekend, youth from all over Central Plains will gather to consider how their identity in Jesus Christ shines from the Inside Out.  Pray that God may speak to all who attend through music, activities, fellowship, and Michele Hershberger's messages. 

For Sunday, July 17
(No prayer request.)
Next month, The Sower will be dated July 20.  Send submissions to by July 5
El Sembrador, the Spanish version of The Sower, is available here. Please be aware that there may be items in The Sower that are not in El Sembrador and that there may be items in El Sembrador that are not in The Sower.  

Upcoming Events

Central Plains Annual Meeting 2016 will take place June 16-19, 2016, in Des Moines, Iowa.
Youth Escape 2016 will take place July 15-17, 2016 in central Iowa.

Finance update

Central Plains budget started the new fiscal year on the short side of income.  Income for the month of May came in at $29,303.18, with a portion of that coming from Annual Meeting registration income.  Meanwhile, expenses for the month held steady at $33,056.53.  As a result, we begin the fiscal year with a deficit of $3,753.35.  We are thankful for all of your contributions and look forward to seeing most of you at Annual Meeting in Des Moines!   Stewardship Task Group

Staff News

June 15-19  Staff will be at Annual Meeting in Des Moines.
21  Dave will attend Torre Fuerte partnership meeting in Iowa City.
21-27 Shana will be out of the office.
26  Tim will preach at Salem-Zion in Freeman, South Dakota.
July 10-16  Tim will be on vacation.
15-17  Shana will be at Youth Escape in central Iowa.
16  Dave will attend Shalom Mennonite Church partnership meeting in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.
July 18 - August 2  Dave will be on vacation.
     Just added!!  You can now register online AND pay online!
     Have you seen Michele Hershberger giving an introduction to what she will talk about at Youth Escape?  It's on our Facebook page--check it out! ...And,it's time to register if you haven't already!  Register by June 23 to get a T-shirt.  July 7 is the last day to register.

     Find everything you need to know on our Youth Escape web pages.

Women's Retreat 2016: Rest and rejuvenate

     Women of every age and walk of life are invited to retreat at Swan Lake Christian Camp on September 17 and 18. Come to rest, enjoy the quiet and beauty of nature, sing, laugh and reflect on stories from Debra Worth, relax with a Saturday evening coffee house, and rejuvenate with a Sunday morning communion service. Save the date now -- more information will come later!
Villatoro family support
     Max has relocated to Ensenada, Mexico, and is hopeful that this could be a good place to stay. Please pray for Max and Gloria as they seek God's guidance in how to reunite their family. Other ways to support the Villatoros:

Mennonite Women summer event 

Networking, friend-making, worship, inspiration, nurture, eating, education and our favorite word:  empowerment – that’s what you can expect on August 12-13, 2016 in Denver. Empowering Women: Money, Health and Faith is an event for and by Mennonite Women that will take place at Peace Mennonite Church in Aurora, Colorado, just east of Denver. Presenters Rhoda Blough, of Denver and Teresa Boshart Yoder of Harrisonburg, Virginia, bring experience and tools for us to understand our relationship with money and our personal health.  These professionals from Everence will provide handouts, books, journals and other resources. For more information and to register, go to Mennonite Women USA's PREP page.

Deep Faith:
A Faith Formation Conference

This isn’t your average gathering for faith formation! The Deep Faith Conference will be the first of its kind: a formation conference for and by Anabaptist formation leaders! The conference will gather Anabaptist pastors, teachers and lay leaders to re-imagine what faith formation ministry looks like in this century through theology, relationship and practice. This gathering will take place October 6–8, 2016, at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart, Indiana.  Find more information and register at

Are you going to Women Doing Theology?

      If you plan to attend the Women Doing Theology conference in Leesburg, Virginia, November 4-6, Shana Boshart would be interested to know.  Contact her at 
      Read a full description of the conference, a call for papers, and a call for workshops at  
      Registration opens August 1. 
Minnesota Peacebuilding Leadership Institute
Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience – the STAR Training 
Mon-Fri Aug. 8-12, 2016, Minneapolis 

STAR-Lite Training: Learning Strategies Awareness and Resilience in a Single Day.   
Saturday September 24, 2016 in Minneapolis

Restorative Justice 101: Training for Practice in Everyday Life (RJ 101) 
Friday November 18, 2016, Minneapolis

 –Donna Minter, director of the Minnesota Peacebuilding Leadership Institute.

The Sower is published the third Wednesday of each month for Central Plains pastors, delegates, conference leaders, congregational leaders and other interested persons. Please include items from this newsletter in your church bulletins and newsletters. Find back issues at
Editor: Shana Peachey Boshart:
Spanish translation by Steven Rhodes: 319-930-7303

Office: P.O. Box 101, Freeman, SD 57029
         Monica Clem, Office Manager: 605-929-3325;
Conference Ministers: P.O. Box 352, Kalona, IA 52247
         David Boshart:; 319-936-5904
         Tim Detweiler:; 319-458-0224
         Shana Boshart:; 319-936-5905
Hispanic Ministries Coordinator: Ramiro Hernandez 319-621-3725
Moderator Margie Mejia Caraballo:  309-235-3011
Assistant Moderator Sid Burkey: 402-761-2093

The mission of Central Plains Mennonite Conference is to create settings for our congregations and partners to grow in holistic witness to God's reconciling mission in the world by developing leadership, encouraging fellowship and promoting lifelong discipleship.
Copyright © 2016 Central Plains Mennonite Conference, All rights reserved.

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