Reunion Newsletter


Summer 2018 Reunion A glimpse at what's inside:
  Surprised by History
Surely junior high youth would find a walk through Anabaptist history boring? The Belmont Mennonite youth sponsors were surprised with how their youth connected with the stories of faith at Menno-Hof. Read more.
Spring 2018 Reunion A glimpse at what's inside:
  Yellow Paint
Yellow paint isn't exactly what you would like painted on your church or splattered on your new house or even poured upon your head. Yet some Mennonites experienced just that one hundred years ago in 1918. Read more.
Winter 2018 Reunion A glimpse at what's inside:
  Stories of Peace
In the winter of 1569, Dirk Willems was fleeing for his life from a band of thief-catchers who had been hired to capture members of the outlawed Anabaptist movement. Read more.
Fall 2017 Reunion A glimpse at what's inside:
  Frequently Asked Questions about the Amish
About 318,500 adults and children live in North America. This is an increase of approximately 10,360 since 2016, a growth rate of 3.36 percent. Read more.
Summer 2017 Reunion A glimpse at what's inside:
  Tracing Anabaptist Roots
Rodney Hofer gives a brief history of the Hutterites in Romania that are also his ancestors. Rodney and his wife, Roberta, spent the month of June 2017 volunteering at Menno-Hof. Read more.
Spring 2017 Reunion A glimpse at what's inside:
  "I am an Amish Man"
I am an Amish Man; we have much history,
In Switzerland, France, Holland and Germany.
Orva Hochstetler is a member of the Old Order Amish Church in Missouri. He has written approximately 430 poems. His poem "I am an Amish Man," is featured in the Menno-Hof newsletter. Read more.
Winter 2017 Reunion A glimpse at what's inside:
  Anabaptist perspicacity at Menno-Hof
The ship at Menno-Hof has somber meaning for Amish and Mennonites whose ancestors came to America seeking religious freedom. The ship is a reduced size replica of sailing vessels that crossed the Atlantic in the 1760's. Read more.

Menno-Hof Musings
Sandra reflects on spending winters at Menno-Hof for the past several years. Read more.
Fall 2016 Reunion A glimpse at what's inside:
  Anabaptist movement changed Christianity
The presentation in the courtyard at Menno-Hof shows a re-enactment of the first adult baptism in Zurich, Switzerland, in 1525. Most American Christians have likely not heard of this 1525 event, although they likely have heard of Luther, Calvin or Zwingli. Read more.

A new, good experience
As a new volunteer at Menno-Hof, Linda was unsure what to expect as she entered through the doors that first day. Read more.
Summer 2016 Reunion A glimpse at what's inside:
  A week at Menno-Hof
Jan and Joe Yoder, local volunteers, reflect on the rewarding week they spent at Menno-Hof this summer helping out where needed - making Menno-Hof their home for one week. Read more.

It's a small world
Visitors come from all over the world to visit Shipshewana and sometimes Menno-Hof. Jeff Miller, local volunteer, had an exciting reunion with a former high school friend. Read more.
Spring 2016 Reunion A glimpse at what's inside:
  What a difference love makes!
Rachel and Glenn Wadel from Pa. reflect on their time as volunteer hostess and host at Menno-Hof the beginning months of 2016. Read more.

Did you know? The Ausbund, one of the oldest hymnals, is still used by the Amish today. The "Loblied" (#131) is used as the second hymn in every Amish church service. Listen online.
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Winter 2016 Reunion A glimpse at what's inside:
  Hutterites in North America
Hutterites, like the Mennonites and Amish, trace their origins to the Swiss Anabaptists in the 1520's. Hutterites, also known as Hutterian Brethren, live in diversified agricultural communities consisting of 50-100 people. Their highly structured lives reflect their long past, but they have seen considerable changes in the past century as they cope with technology and the pressures of the culture. Read more.
Fall 2015 Reunion A glimpse at what's inside:
  Ten questions about a lifestyle that fascinates many
Loren Beachy, a local Amish bachelor, answers some common questions about the Amish.
Summer 2015 Reunion A glimpse at what's inside:
  Learning about, from and with: a reflection on connecting with the Amish community
David Smith in Learning from the Stranger suggests that as we get to know new people we can move from "learning about, to learning from and finally, to learning with." In many of our visits we uncovered areas of commonality. An attitude of mutuality and good listening go a long way to helping with this.
Spring 2015 Reunion A glimpse at what's inside:
  Those special "aha" moments
Menno-Hof is a place full of possible "aha" moments, those special times when a person sees, hears, and experiences things that suddenly come together and turn that person's life in a new direction.
Winter 2015 Reunion A glimpse at what's inside:
  Volunteering as a lifestyle?
Would you be willing to sell your home, give up your vehicle and move from volunteer opportunity to volunteer opportunity? Fred Tillery reminisces about how God led him to be a self-described "freelance volunteer."
Fall 2014 Reunion A glimpse at what's inside:
  Community rallies together to support pieces of their "quilt"
Young Amish bachelor, Loren Beachy, writes about how the Amish community supports each other in many areas of life. "The thread holding us all together is love. And even that thread, that love, is God."
Summer 2014 Reunion A glimpse at what's inside:
  Why the 600-mile trip is worth it
Read about Richard & Annie Boshart's experiences at Menno-Hof and the connection between the fountain in the Menno-Hof courtyard and Zollikon, Switzerland.
Spring 2014 Reunion A glimpse at what's inside:
  How I met the Mennonites
Beverly Schmitt tells about meeting the Mennonites back in the early seventies while visiting the Shipshewana Flea Market. She and her family noticed a sign inviting interested persons to attend a presentation at a local Mennonite church titled "Who Are These People?"
Winter 2014 Reunion A glimpse at what's inside:
  2013: What a year!
2013 was a celebration year - celebrating 25 years since Menno-Hof opened in 1988. A year of realizing more than ever the value of community, the necessity of remembering and celebrating, and the promise of God's faithfulness!
Fall 2013 Reunion A glimpse at what's inside:
  Telling our stories points to Jesus
Menno-Hof's 25th anniversary celebration dinner
  More than 350 friends of Menno-Hof gathered on October 3 at the Shipshewana Event Center to celebrate God's faithfulness during 25 years of "telling the story" at Menno-Hof.
Summer 2013 Reunion A glimpse at what's inside:
  The barn raising and beyond
The story of Menno-Hof: part II
  In six days, 200 volunteers and an Amish crew raised the entire structure that is now Menno-Hof! 1,000 wooden pegs were used to pin the oak beams together. The length of the longest beam is 36 feet.
Spring 2013 Reunion A glimpse at what's inside:
  Do the Amish use banks?
The story of Menno-Hof: part I
  In 1972 signs were posted at the Shipshewana (Ind.) Flea Market inviting curious tourists to Shore Mennonite to hear a lecture about the Amish and Mennonites. There was still a sense that more could be done and the vision for Menno-Hof was born.
Winter 2013 Reunion A glimpse at what's inside:
  My miracle in Shipshewana
Joanna Rangel, a Menno-Hof visitor, shares about her visit and first impressions of Shipshewana--including an unlikely invitation from a Menno-Hof volunteer.

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