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News & Notes for our Alberta family

March 11, 2020


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MCA Assembly 2020

Encountering, Embracing, Embodying Christ in Life
(Year 1 Vision 20/20 rollout)

March 20-21
Edmonton First Mennonite Church

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Note: Alberta continues to be low risk for the Coronovirus. However, we will be taking extra precautions during the Assembly. We continue to monitor the situation and adjust plans according to healthcare leaders advice.

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Three children have been abducted in South Sudan. Two children belong to Pastor Reuben Tut's step-sister, Nyaluak Tuituit Nyoach and Reuben Tharjiath Tut Nyoach. The children's names are Nyakach and Nyabuoi Nyuon Dojiok. He did not know that name of the third child. Please pray for the children, their families, and their safe return home.

Pastor Siaka Traoré from Burkina Faso visiting Edmonton & Calgary

Pastor Siaka Traoré, from the Église Évangelique Mennonite du Burkina Faso will be in the Edmonton and Calgary areas speaking about Peace Witness in the struggles of present-day Burkina Faso.

Sunday, March 15, 12:30pm at First Mennonite Church: You are welcome to join us for lunch and conversation. To help with lunch planning, please RSVP Cari Friesen Buhr at 780-461-9459 or

Sunday, March 15, 10:30 am at Holyrood Mennonite Church. Come for the morning service.

Monday, March 16 - Calgary MCC at noon.  This is a brown bag lunch.  12 Noon, Monday, March 16, 2020, at MCC (2nd floor, 2946 32 St NE). RSVP to

Come learn about our brother and sister Mennonites in Burkina Faso, West Africa.


Come Away

a pastor and spouse retreat

April 28-30
Camp Valaqua
Pastor Donna Dinsmore, facilitator

Open to anyone on Pastor's Council, the retreat will emphasize spiritual reflection, rest and rejuvenation, and is intended to help our pastors begin to live into the first year of MCA's vision on Encountering, Embracing, and Embodying Christ in our personal lives.

More information to come.

Valaqua Events:

June 13 - Hike-a-thon

More info to come.

June 14 Garden Party


Come and celebrate our corner of God’s Garden!

We will have an outdoor worship service at 10am (feel free to bring lawn chairs, weather permitting) and then provide a lunch and a chance to participate in a few camp activities as well as to wander around and explore.The event is a free of charge. A free-will offering will be taken to help cover the costs.

Preparing for Year 1

Have you personally considered how to engage in Year 1 - Christ in Life? Has your congregation or committee discussed opportunities?

How do we . . .
. . . nurture our relationship with God?
. . . claim prayer & spiritual practices?
. . . remember that we are deeply loved?
. . . open ourselves to transformation in Christ?

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more information available on the website
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Table Talk: Does the church still have legs?

A Mennonite Church Canada Study Conference 

Thursday, October 22 – Saturday, October 24, 2020 
Steinmann Mennonite Church, Baden, Ont.

Does your congregation seek renewal? Does it feel as though you are “going through the motions”? Is the church still the answer to corporate discipleship? Why continue to invest in the church when religious structures are buckling under the weight of our time? Why the church when so many people are content to live life without stepping into a sanctuary or being part of a small group? 

Join our nationwide community of faith as we gather around the table in Ontario this fall for Mennonite Church Canada’s inaugural study conference. Together we will lament, listen and learn, moving forward with hope, as we ask these important “Why?” questions. Sara Wenger Shenk, former president of Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, will help us to reflect on the scripture text from 1 Peter 2. Mark your calendars; more details will follow. 

MCA Calendar

Mar 15          Siaka Traore from Burkina Faso in Edmonton
Mar 20-21     Annual Delegate Sessions
Apr 18           All Committee meeting, Bergthal
Apr 28-30      Pastor & Spouse retreat
Jun 5-7,         MCA Women's Retreat
Jun 13           Camp Valaqua Hike-a-Thon
Jun 14           Camp Valaqua Garden Party
Oct 22 - 24    MC Canada Study Conference

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