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Camp Valaqua Work Day May 4

posted 17 Apr 2019, 22:29 by June Miller, MCA Communications

Camp Valaqua Work Day May 4, 9-4



Join us to help get camp ready for summer! Wood splitting, tipi setup, brush clearing, and cleaning are on the agenda. We'll feed you lunch and provide snacks!

Facebook Event

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

posted 17 Apr 2019, 22:28 by June Miller, MCA Communications



Menno Simons Christian School presents
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
May 2 & 3 @ 6:30 pm and May 4 @ 4:30 pm

See Mackenzie Miller or
Eugena Lee for tickets.
Or contact June for more information: jmiller@mennonitechurch.ab.ca

Witness worker Joji Pantoja speaks on women’s leadership

posted 17 Apr 2019, 22:27 by June Miller, MCA Communications

Witness worker Joji Pantoja speaks on women’s leadership 

On March 28, MC Canada Witness Worker Joji Pantoja was the keynote speaker at the provincial government of Davao Occidental’s 2019 National Women’s Month Celebration. Speaking on the theme “We Make Change Work For Women,” Joji emphasized the roles of women as community leaders. She shared her journey as a mother and her Coffee For Peace story. The government is exploring whether PeaceBuilders Community, Inc., and Coffee for Peace, can help establish a quality coffee industry, framed in Peace and Reconcilitation Principles and Practices. (Story adapted from https://peacebuilderscommunity.org

New Website Coming!

posted 17 Apr 2019, 22:26 by June Miller, MCA Communications

New Website Coming!

MCA will be getting a new website this year. Churches will have the option to setup a new one too. More information to come.

Cook and Asst. Cook needed for Summer

posted 17 Apr 2019, 22:25 by June Miller, MCA Communications


Cook and Asst. Cook needed for Summer
Camp Valaqua is still in search of a summer cook and an assistant. Anyone interested in the paid position, please contact Jon at valaqua@xplorenet.com


*Note: Cook does not need to be Sweedish.

Tuition Assistance for Post-Secondary Students

posted 17 Apr 2019, 22:24 by June Miller, MCA Communications   [ updated 17 Apr 2019, 22:25 ]

https://docs.google.com/a/mennonitechurch.ab.ca/viewer?a=v&pid=sites&srcid=bWVubm9uaXRlY2h1cmNoLmFiLmNhfG1jLWFsYmVydGF8Z3g6NDg5MzBjM2VjMDZlMTBlNw
Tuition Assistance for Post-Secondary Students

MCA offers tuition assistance for any MCA students attending a post-secondary Mennonite / Anabaptist affiliated institution or program. Please click the picture to download an application. Deadline to apply is July 31, 2019.

Joint Council Update, Apr 6-7, 2019

posted 10 Apr 2019, 13:37 by June Miller, MCA Communications

Joint Council Update
submitted by Margaret Kruger Harder, MCA Member-at-large

The Joint Council of Mennonite Church Canada met on April 6 and 7 in Calgary. In case the name “Joint Council” doesn't immediately connect, it is the board of Mennonite Church Canada which is comprised of the moderator ( Brenda Tiessen-Wiens from Mennonite Church Alberta) and a member at large from each of the regions (me), along with a general moderator, a vice moderator, and a secretary/ treasurer (Allan Hiebert- MCA).  The five Executive Ministers from each region ( Tim Wiebe Neufeld-MCA) and the Executive Minister of MC Canada ( Doug Klassen as of June 1) meet along with the Joint Council. 

 Our meetings were held at the Calgary Chinese Cultural Center.  Some of the agenda of the meetings was to update and support each other in the activities of the Regional Churches.  We also made recommendations about policies and structures of the nationwide church, and worked together on joint initiatives like updating the websites, involving young adults in the church, and planning the gathering of Mennonite Church Canada in Abbotsford, BC, June 28-July 1.

On Saturday evening we were hosted by Foothills Mennonite Church to sing together, to share stories of what is happening in Mennonite Church nationwide and in the Alberta region, and to visit informally.  The weekend of meetings was exciting to be part of as we, together, sought to discern and make space for the ongoing presence of God among us.


UK Witness Assignment Concludes

posted 10 Apr 2019, 13:22 by June Miller, MCA Communications


April 3, 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Mennonite Church Canada and The Mennonite Trust conclude assignment in United Kingdom

International Witness Workers, Michael and Cheryl Nimz, will return to Canada June 2019

Winnipeg, MB - Mennonite Church Canada and The Mennonite Trust have mutually decided to conclude the assignment of Witness workers Michael and Cheryl Nimz in the United Kingdom.

During their time in the UK, Michael and Cheryl Nimz demonstrated passion for ministry, relationship building and commitment to Anabaptist principles. Mennonite Church Canada and The Mennonite Trust have enjoyed a mutually beneficial collaboration since 2013, when Michael and Cheryl began their ministry assignment in the United Kingdom. We have appreciated the efforts Michael and Cheryl have made to connect with people beyond the current reach of the Anabaptist Network, and educate them about the Anabaptist tradition. They have interacted especially well with young adults and those on the fringes of the church, making effective use of social media as well as face-to-face conversations. We affirm that their ministry among these people has been greatly valued.

Mennonite Church Canada invites prayer for the Michael and Cheryl as they return to Canada and leave a meaningful ministry and friendship network. We trust that Michael and Cheryl will be able to share their learnings and experiences over the past five-and-a-half years with Mennonite congregations in Canada. 

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For more information, contact Jason Martin, Director, International Witness, 600 Shaftesbury Blvd., Winnipeg, MB, R3P 0M4, 519 – 638 – 0870, jmartin@mennonitechurch.ca.


(PDF document attached below)

International Witness Updates April 3, 2019

posted 2 Apr 2019, 21:30 by June Miller, MCA Communications

International Witness Updates


Bock Ki Kim & Sook Kyoung Park give an update regarding the Seoul church plant 

 “We just moved to a new meeting place last Sunday. The people are happy to have the new place with a reasonable rent fee. Once our people have a clear identity as an official church, they will be more comfortable to announce it. […]. I am glad the group has been careful in discerning next steps as a Mennonite congregation from the beginning.” 

 

Columbian Mennonite Church provides for Venezuelan refugees  

In his words to the National Assembly of the Columbian Mennonite Church, Erwin Mirabal, President of Mennonite Church of Venezuela, offered words of thanks for the Columbian Mennonite Churches that have provided refuge to Mennonites fleeing Venezuela:

“Dear Brothers, we deeply appreciate all your accompaniment and love with which you have treated us, for your efforts in getting the medicines, for your prayers and also for accepting us in your midst. May the Lord continue to bless you greatly.” 



MMN staff share support team model with Witness workers 

During this first week of April, MC Canada's International Witness workers are meeting virtually with two Mennonite Mission Network (MMN) staff with more than 15 years of experience with the Witness Support Team (WST) model. These MMN staff members will share their history working with support teams, how they addressed challenges, provide their counsel and input into what MC Canada can anticipate as we face this significant transition and opportunity. The first meeting went well with good questions asked and MMN staff providing helpful responses. (See video below for more information about WSTs.)

Witness workers & New Funding Model


#passbillC262 now!

posted 2 Apr 2019, 21:26 by June Miller, MCA Communications   [ updated 2 Apr 2019, 21:28 ]





Indigenous-Settler Relations

#passbillC262 now! The Indigenous Rights Act, Bill C-262, is stuck in the Senate. It needs to get into Committee and through to 3rd reading fast, or it will die on the order paper. 262 would harmonize Canada’s laws with the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, which is “the framework for reconciliation” (Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada). Most, if not all, Independent and Liberal Senators are on board, but more support is needed. Please email Opposition Whip, Senator Don Plett, and ask him to support Bill C-262 and the basic rights of Indigenous peoples—don.plett@sen.parl.gc.ca

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