NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – When he was in southern California at the end of January, Bethel College president Barry C. Bartel delivered the third check from the Bethel College Admissions booth four-day fundraiser at the Mennonite Church USA Youth Convention and delegate assembly in San Jose, Calif., last summer.
The check, for $1,029, went to L.A. Urban Corps, which seeks to build a network of young adults in Mennonite congregations in the greater Los Angeles area, and ultimately across Pacific Southwest Mennonite Conference, for spiritual reflection, service and church leadership.
L.A. Urban Corps director Joel Shenk accepted the gift of money along with a large piece of canvas signed by youth who visited Bethel’s booth and dropped off the tickets that added up to the donations made to several service projects in the PSMC area. L.A. Urban Corps will use the funds “as seed money for the program and to host a region-wide youth and young adult event,” Shenk said.
Other fundraiser recipients in the PSMC area were Goldensun Peace Ministries, Glendale, Ariz., and Hopi Mission School, Kykotsmovi Village, Ariz. The youth group at Harrisonburg (Va.) Mennonite Church won the fourth-day drawing. They plan to give the money to Cornerstone Christian Academy in Philadelphia, where they are scheduled to do their summer service project.
Bethel College is a four-year liberal arts college affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. Founded in 1887, it is the oldest Mennonite college in North America. Bethel is known for its academic excellence and was the highest ranked Kansas college in the national liberal arts category of U.S. News & World Report’s listing of “America’s Best Colleges” for 2008. For more information, see the Bethel Web site at www.bethelks.edu.