IMH gathers for first in-person conference in years

Iglesia Menonita Hispana gathers at Iglesia Sonida de Alabanza in Cicero, Ill. — Ulises Arenas/IMH Iglesia Menonita Hispana gathers at Iglesia Sonida de Alabanza in Cicero, Ill. — Ulises Arenas/IMH

The theme for the first in-person gathering of Iglesia Menonita Hispana (IMH, Hispanic Mennonite Church) after almost three years of pandemic emphasized connections.

“Conectados” took place May 5-6 at Iglesia Sonido de Alabanza (Sound of Praise Church) in Cicero, Ill.

Participants joined in praise and prayer, seeking God’s direction in every decision. Pastor Juan B. Ferrera opened the assembly by sharing the word of God. Pastor Alberto Parchmont gave a finance report, and IMH sought to establish an action plan for the next two years.

Outgoing IMH executive director Ulises Arenas, former pastor of Iglesia Buenas Nuevas in San Juan, Texas, was recognized for his service. He presented his resignation and said his farewells. He also blessed the outgoing board of directors for their two years of work integrating the conference, especially during the pandemic’s tough times.

New Executive Board leaders were welcomed: moderator Josué González, moderator-elect Suhelen Cazares, secretary Rosa Solís, treasurer Sergio Navas, and Misael Araujo, music.

IMH is a racial-ethnic group of Mennonite Church USA.

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