The MCA Communiqué
News & Notes for our Alberta family
May 12, 2021

In this issue

Our E3 Prayer 
A Menno MInute -- Elsie Harder
Highlights from the ADS -- our bulbs are blooming!
More E3 Resources
Student Bursary Applications Open
Camp Valaqua Rentals 

Plus... updates from MC Canada, ISR, and CommonWord
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E3 = MCA             Year 2  Christ in Community


Our E3 Prayer

Jesus, this week we remember your ascension, and give thanks for the time you spent among us, teaching us to love one another and those we meet.

Please also remember in your prayers
those in our congregations for whom Covid-19 is much more than a daily statistic.
Pray for peace for those isolating, renewed health for those who are ill, and comfort for those who are grieving.

A Menno MInute

Elisie Harder, Foothills Mennonite

On Pentecost, we remember how God gave us the gift of the Spirit so that we can say and do the wonderful things Jesus did. I would like to share my video of the Pentecost story with you and this is my story of how this video project came to be. 

  Over 30 years ago, commissioned by our church in Winnipeg to find a curriculum for our children that would nurture faith formation, I attended a training event with Sonja M. Stewart. During that week, Bible stories came to life for me as they were told with wooden figures on a felt underlay or in the desert box. I received a gift so precious I couldn’t keep it to myself.  And so, in 1989, pregnant with a two-year-old in tow, I set out to create a children’s worship centre based on “Young Children and Worship” ©1989 by Sonja M. Stewart and Jerome W. Berryman. 

 In 1996 our family moved to Calgary. Grieving the loss of our church family in Winnipeg and not finding anything quite like it here in Calgary we were without a faith community for many years.  After many years of searching, I finally found Foothills.  And soon began creating another worship centre for the children here. For the past 10 years I have told stories to the preschool class at Foothills almost every Sunday. 

Last fall, there was such an emptiness. The joyful weekly connection of young children and loving adults, talking, touching, singing, laughing, praying and exploring Bible stories together was gone. Our Sunday morning experience had disappeared. How would we stay connected? A new idea started percolating and I began recording Bible stories and sharing them with the whole congregation through our weekly community connection email.

 Then I was asked if I would share the stories with MCA.  I am so delighted that I have received conditional permission from the publisher to share my videos.  

If you would like to find out how to access these stories contact me at  My most recent recording is the story of Pentecost. 

A good-sized group worked hard Saturday, May 1, while still being careful to follow health restrictions. The theme seemed to be WOOD.  Trees were felled, logs were hauled, rolled and split. Firewood was stacked. And, of course, cabins were cleaned.

For more Camp Work Day images and a peek inside the yurts, see the Mennonite Church Alberta Facebook page or check out the Flickr album here.!


Just as a bulb can grow to show the beauty of its Creator,

we too are created with the potential to show
God and God's love to those around us. 

May these plants encourage us to show
God's love to others.

If you are a designated bulb grower,
email photos to 
The first blooming bulb -- First Mennonite Calgary
Kenai -- Springride's bulb keeper.   
Are you looking for ways that you and your congregation can connect with E3 Year 2?

As a Reference Group, we have agreed that hands symbolize community well. 

How do we connect with each other?  We give. We receive. We reach out in love to those around us. We serve each other. We reach for God and for community.  

All E3 Y2 Resources are available HERE. 

$$ for students attending Canadian Mennonite University or Columbia Bible College is available -- don't miss out!!

Need a break?
Considering a night or two in a yurt at Camp Valaqua?


 $75 per yurt per night. Accepting bookings now. 
Contact the camp office at 403-637-2510 or email 

RJC Virtual Info Night: Prospective students and their families are invited to a virtual information evening on May 17, 2021 at 7:00pm (SK CST), featuring a Q & A with staff and students. Register by email to  

Intercultural Church Steering committee 
provides guidance on fostering diversity 

Meet the group guiding Mennonite Church Canada on the road to intercultural church. 


Indigenous Settler Relations

TRC says, "Time to Pass Bill C-15"
The Truth and Reconciliation Commissioners are supporting Bill C-15 legislation to implement the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

"This is about our survival, our dignity and our well-being," says Chief Willie Littlechild. "It is not a time to be playing with our lives. It is not a time to be playing partisan politics. It is a time to advance reconciliation." Watch our webinar with the Honourable Murray Sinclair, Dr. Marie Wilson and Chief Willie Littlechild and find out how you and your church can help #PassBillC15.

CMU Admissions Webinar: Money Matters Discover different ways CMU can help new students find financial assistance to pay tuition and other university costs. Wednesday, May 19 at 4:00 PM (CDT). More information and registration at

CMU is looking for a Donor and Alumni Relations Associate who will champion the capacity of students to change the world by building connections with individuals and groups within and beyond the university's support network. Visit for more information. 


Special Orders 

We gladly special order your retail request when we don’t have the title in stock.  Our prices are competitive and you’ll be supporting your own bookstore/resource centre. 


We have an increasing number of children’s picture books – to borrow or buy.  Check

Special Books! 

CMU, MCC Manitoba, A Rocha, Canadian Foodgrains Bank have published Germinating Conversations after many years of dialogue on food, faith, farming and the land.  Includes a study guide.  Pre-order the Ebook if you prefer.  Book Launch is June 3, 7:00 PM (CDT) – register at 

Buy or borrow - 


The Church and the Coronavirus Pandemic

See the MCA website for up-to-date Covid-19 information as it impacts our worshiping together.

MCA Calendar
June 12 Camp Valaqua Hike-a-thon
July 31 Deadline for Student Bursaries
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