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Menno-Hof to host winter series

Menno-Hof, the Amish-Mennonite information center located in Shipshewana, is hosting a Sunday evening winter series of events titled “Coffee, Cookies and Community: Part II” with the themes being on service and community. Attendees are invited to bring cookies to share. Coffee will be provided.

On February 16 at 6 p.m., “Reaching Out to Others: Realizing and Sharing Gifts” will be presented by speakers Larry and Maxine Miller of Macon, Miss. The Millers were married in Middlebury in 1969. They decided to return to Noxubee County, Miss., where Larry had been in 1-W service (“1-W” was a Selective Service classification given to conscientious objectors). They pursued education degrees and received teaching licenses. But they were “Yankees” and the schools would not hire them. “We were poor and couldn’t leave,” Larry, said. “And we were stubbornly involved in the civil rights struggle in rural Mississippi.” Now, 44 years later, the Millers recount their experiences, realize their gifts and share the stories of God’s faithfulness in their lives.

On March 16 at 6 p.m., “Creating a Safe Place: Let the Children Come” will be presented by Merlin Miller, a member of The Haven Steering Committee in White Pigeon, Mich. Prompted by God’s leading, The Haven was started in 2009 as an afterschool hangout for children from Central Elementary School in White Pigeon. In just four years it has become not only a safe place for the children but for their parents as well. Come hear how God is using love in the form of positive interaction to change a community.

On April 13 at 6 p.m., “When the Ordinary Becomes the Extraordinary: Jesus and Coffee,” will be presented by Paul Kurtz of Hemisphere Coffee in Mechanicsburg, Ohio. Over 10 years ago Paul and his wife, Grace, began a journey of discovering how to help the poor as Jesus would. From their work with Rosedale Mennonite Missions they saw firsthand extreme poverty. This journey would lead them to begin a coffee roasting company that would export coffee in such a way that would benefit the Christian church. Come and be challenged to allow yourself to be a blessing to those around you while enjoying a coffee tasting experience!

RSVP is required for the events since seating is limited. To reserve a seat, call 260-768-4117 or e-mail info@mennohof .org.

Menno-Hof is located at 510 S. Van Buren St. in Shipshewana and offers tours Monday throuth Saturday from 10 a.m. until 4:15 p.m. Multimedia presentations, historical environments and colorful displays take visitors on an interactive journey inside the unique world of the Amish and Mennonites.