Date published: May 14, 2012
The new $7 million office building for Mennonite Church U.S.A. in Elkhart, Ind., was dedicated on April 14, with around 325 people in attendance. The building is located adjacent to the campus of Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary (AMBS). The building brings together 70 staff members of MC U.S.A. agencies and ministries, all who were previously housed in various locations in northern Indiana. The building is a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design-certified greenfacility, designed and constructed using the U.S. Green Building Council standards for sustainable building. Green features of the building include the use of many windows and skylights for natural light, digital heating and lighting systems, bicycle storage, rain gardens, and catchment areas for rainwater to be filtered and absorbed into the ground.
Brent Zorgdrager, left, CEO of Mennonite Savings and Credit Union (MSCU) is pictured at the 48th annual general meeting with, from left to right: Rebekah Winter, winner of the 2011 Peace in Action Essay Award; Karen Smith and Dawn Penner of Healing Streams, an international trauma counselling and training organization; and Nolan Andres, CEO ofPeaceWorks Technology Solutions. Winter spoke of her experiences since winning the contest, including a recent service trip to Guatemala. PeaceWorks and Living Streams were featured at the meeting held April 10 at Steinmann Mennonite Church, Baden, Ont. Susan Schultz Huxman of Conrad Grebel University College and Rick Cober Bauman from Mennonite Central Committee Ontario - not pictured- addressed the membership in appreciation for the substantial financial gifts provided by MSCU in support of their respective building projects.