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The Kansan - Newton, KS
  • North Carolina district minister to highlight Center for Mennonite Brethren Studies annual dinner

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  • Highlighting the history of the Mennonite Brethren in the eastern United States and casting a vision for the future, Terry Hunt, district minister of the North Carolina Mennonite Brethren Conference, was invited to provide the keynote address for the CMBS annual spring dinner meeting.
    The dinner will be at 6:30 p.m.May 5  in the Wohlgemuth Music Education Center lobby.  Tickets are $15 and reservations can be made by contacting CMBS director, Peggy Goertzen at (620) 947-3121 ext. 1211 or ext. 1212 or by email peggyg@tabor.edu.
    “We are pleased that  Hunt has agreed to come to Kansas and speak at our annual spring dinner,” Goertzen said. “It is an honor and we look forward to hearing of the history of the early African-Americans Mennonites that lived in the region and their dreams for ministry in the future.”
    The North Carolina MB Conference has its beginnings with a local couple, Henry V. and Elizabeth Wiebe from the Springfield KMB Church, rural Lehigh, Kansas, in 1899.
    In addition to the dinner, a Mennonite heritage tour will be offered at 11:45 a.m.  May 5,.  CMBS director, Peggy Goertzen, will serve as the interpretative tour guide, offering insight and narrative to significant historical sites in the area.
    The tour will be accommodated on a 48-passanger bus, following a light, ethnic lunch, Faspa, in the historic church on the Tabor College campus. At this location a brief history of the Polish Mennonites of the French Creek area, some of whom founded the Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church, will be given.
    Other stops during the afternoon tour will include the Gnadenau KMB village, orphanage and cemetery site, Ebenfeld Mennonite Brethren Church, Walton historic marker, Goessel Mennonite Brethren church site and cemetery, Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church, Springfield Krimmer Mennonite Brethren church site and cemetery, and Spring Valley Mennonite Church.  The tour  is scheduled to conclude at the Historic Church by 5 p.m.
    Tickets for this enriching tour of significant historical locations are $25 each.  Seating is limited.  Tabor students are eligible for scholarships.
    To reserve a seat call (620) 947-3121 ext. 1211 or ext. 1212 or by email peggyg@tabor.edu.