Moving from one tent to another

News Note:  The Old Fool had lunch this noon, October 18,  with LeRoy and Irene Bechler.

The Old Fool is in the process of transferring his church membership.  He began the Christian walk as a member of the Marion Mennonite Church, Marion, Pennsylvania.  He entered the ministry at the Ida St. Mennonite Church, Tampa, Florida.  As a conference executive he moved to Sarasota and joined the Bahia Vista Mennonite Church. When he moved to Goshen he joined Forks Mennonite Church.  All of these former churches were a blessing to The Old Fool. And now in what is likely to be the final leg of the journey he has found a home in College Mennonite Church.

Willie Kanagy, Member of Pastoral Team and Executive Secretary of Amity Corporation

The Old Fool as a young man could not have imagined himself in Goshen, Indiana and belonging to the college church.  Goshen was too far west, and the college had the reputation of being too modernistic and far too liberal for him to think about.  The Old Fool has learned that the Goshen College and College Mennonite Church share a campus owned by the Amity Corporation.  The corporation is composed of members of both college and church. 

In The Old Fool’s opinion, sharing a campus has produced a unique congregation unlike any other in the Mennonite Church. Not better, just unique.  At this link you may visit a church service .

Joe Springer

Joe Springer, Archivist

The church has eight pastors. At present The Old Fool is in a class for new members.   The pastor in charge of our orientation is Willie Kanagy.  Last Sunday’s class was led by Joe Springer.  Joe is the archivist of the College’s historical library and is a member of the church. Springer told us of the history of CMC.  He helped The Old Fool gather resources for his books, so he is a friend.  

 The Old Fool appreciates this opportunity to learn move about the College Mennonite Church.  One of his valued groups is the Men’s Fellowship that meets most Wednesday noons for lunch and sharing.  This past Wednesday was a study of Ephesis 3:1-14 with a discussion of what it means to be “speaking the truth in love.” 

On Sunday morning The Old Fool, unless otherwise occupied, meets with a group called “Borderland.” The group explores the narrow space between knowing and believing.  This is not a class because we have no teacher as such.  However, we often go through a “one on one” when we go around the circle and each one has one minute to speak his current interest or question. Often in the process there emerges a topic that the group agrees to explore.

The church’s big tent includes a group called New Perspectives on Faith.  This group meets most winter months on a Sunday evening.  A guest speaker, not necessarily a christian, but a scholar who can enlighten us on some perspective on faith.  These lectures and the question and answer periods that followed are available at the website.

True, the CMC tent is so large that some people are uneasy.  It is difficult to find a tent that suits everyone’s needs. 

The next post should begin a narrative about Guatemala from the recent visit by Eldon Stoltzfus, son-in-law


About Martin Lehman

I was born 92 years ago, the son of a Mennonite pastor and organic gardener in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. At age 10 I was baptized as a member of the Marion Mennonite Church. I own the "Old Fool" moniker because I want to walk the Jesus Way even though the world and much of the church takes me as a fool for doing so. In my life I have moved from being a young conservative to an elderly radical. I tell that story in My Faith Journey posted on my website.
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