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The MCA Communiqué
News & Notes for our Alberta family
March 17, 2021

In this issue

E3 Prayer 
MCA ADS WEEKEND!
Our Stories -- Foothills
One Good Thing  --  Darrel Krahn
Mission and Service Update
Camp Valaqua Rentals 
and more

Plus... updates from MC Canada and our wider faith communities
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Year 1  Christ in life

Our E3 Prayer

With St. Patrick, I pray for God’s strength to pilot me; God’s might to uphold me, God’s wisdom to guide me.

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

Saturday, March 20, 9:30 a.m.
MCA Annual Delegate Sessions.


Come hear how our shared ministries make us better together. 


 Late registrations welcome. Register at www.mcab.ca.

The Zoom link has been emailed to those registered. Late registrations will receive theirs via the MCA website.

Report books and other documents including the audited financial statements are available here: https://mcab.ca/ads21  

Year Two of our E3 Action Plan:
Encountering, Embracing, Embodying Christ in Community

launches with the

March 21, 10:30 a.m.

ALL MCA WORSHIP

 

Including a Time for the Young (and Young at heart)
with contributions from 6+ MCA congregations! 


See www.mcab.ca to register or watch your email for a zoom link from your church office. 

Our Stories 

SHOW AND TELL. (OR SERVE AND SHARE)

Foothills Mennonite

Hello my name is Kate Janzen and I spent most of my career as a Kindergarten teacher. A very popular event was ‘Show and Tell’. Often it felt like ‘Bring and Brag’! I serve as a committee member of Community Building/Program for MCA and I attend Foothills Mennonite church. One of our goals in Community Building is to find ways of connecting our stories with each other. I want to name our story ‘SERVE and SHARE’

When the COVID virus first invaded our lives we, like most of you,felt stuck. We wanted to follow the rules but how could we continue to be the church? At Foothills we felt doubly challenged as our two pastors, interim pastor and office administrator all moved on to new positions.

We tried social distancing but sitting in the sanctuary 6 feet apart and not allowed to visit after the service seemed hollow. Then God’s spirit began to move! Under the capable leadership of our board and technological expertise of a few of our members we began to find meaningful ways to worship.

It didn’t take long before everyone knew what ZOOM meant! It was a bit shaky at first. Screens showed only foreheads or we forgot to mute or unmute! Now we see the benefits of Zoom at Foothills. Weather and road conditions don’t keep us away. We can invite speakers from other countries to deliver a sermon at no cost!

Various groups socialized outdoors, around fire pits , and pathways. Thankfully the weather cooperated quite often. We live on a farm and the young people came several times to stretch their legs, play in the snow and visit around the fire pit.

A small group regularly volunteered at the Mustard Seed where meals are prepared and served to many in need. The Chin Church renovated their church and needed some funds to instal some technology. We were able and willing to help. A Care Group was formed that included a retired nurse. This group visits folks who appreciate a meal, a visit, and advice for medical concerns. A new initiative from our internal missions is TAG “Targeted Acts of Generosity “. It works like this: if you receive a card, flowers, or a simple meal, etc. then you have been tagged! Now you reach out and bring joy to someone else during this time of isolation. 

Every Wednesday the office sends out information that keeps us connected. Some examples are photos from nature , artwork and devotionals. One Wednesday a boy in grade 3 sent a picture of his math test that got a 100% mark! This week we will find out the answer to a riddle sent via video last week.

Our worship service includes a wide range of participants. The children’s feature has become an important and popular part of worship. Folks who want a recorded version of the service rather than Zoom can do so. After the Zoom service we are invited into ‘rooms’ where we can visit with a small group. I love this feature as you never know who you will meet. It’s like visiting in the foyer but better!

But Zoom isn’t perfect. It’s odd to sing during worship. Rituals like funerals, farewells and weddings feel empty. Kids who love going to Camp Valaqua feel disappointed. The screen gets tiresome at times. But we are doing the best we can.

There is hope on the horizon right? Vaccines are beginning to be available and infections are decreasing in some areas. We pray that all will be well soon. To all the MCA churches we greet you in the name Christ and look forward to your turn at ‘ Serve and Share’!

Missed some Our Stories?  Read them all at https://mcab.ca/ourstories

Wondering when your congregation gets to tell a story?  Email Karen at karen@janzfamily.ca

One Good Thing. Just One Good Thing. 

CORRECTION FROM LAST WEEK:
Oh my...Gwen Wellington's surname was inadvertently typed as Worthington. My most sincere apologies!!

That was NOT One Good Thing!!

We are, however, looking forward to introducing Gwen and her husband Ken Wellington at our Annual Delegate Sessions March 20. 
One Good Thing. Just One Good Thing. 

Darrel Krahn, Foothills Mennonite

This is my drum kit, when I am playing it makes me smile. When the end to our physical distance draws near. I smile knowing I will play in front of you all once again with no fear.
 

Missions and Service Committee
is inviting you to join two events beyond our Mennonite family.

Continuing the Conversation

A three part monthly  series, which began in February, patterned after the yearly Christian Muslim Dialogue

This series brings together people in small Zoom Rooms,
on the first Tuesday of the month. 
Remaining date April 6.  7-8 p.m. Mountain Time.

Topics: Know your Neighbour, Hospitality, Embassy, and Unity.  

Registration required: http://acwalberta.ca/

And ...

from Donna Entz at North Edmonton Ministry   
Peacemakers Confessing Christ International (PCCI)is a network of Mennonites who engage Muslims somewhere in the world.   We in MCA and NEM are now partners in this network. Please join us for a stimulating discussion about engaging Muslims.  We will meet weekly for 8 weeks right after Easter, on zoom for one hour.    

If you want to join us , please click on every time slot that you can make work, not just your first preference. https://doodle.com/poll/u49c5d8ymdyreqya?utm_source=poll&utm_medium=link.  Please spread the word .  Check out a sample video.  https://sites.google.com/emm.org/peace-theology-christians-and-/homes  


Itching to get out of the city for the weekend? A night?
Or maybe you want to do school with your kids in nature for the week.

Rental options and inquiries at www.campvalaqua.com/rentals

We're renting individual units to members of the same household.
No shared space due to Covid-19 restrictions. 

                                                            Just 1 hour NW of Calgary. Starting at $50/night.








We're HIRING!

Mennonite Church Canada invites applications for the position of executive assistant. The position is full-time and located in Winnipeg, Man. Applicants from across Canada are invited to apply. The start date is May 1, 2021.

The role's main responsibilities include assisting the executive minister and providing administrative support to the Executive Staff Group, Joint Council, Church Leadership Ministers and the Company of 1000 study reserve fund.

The full job posting is available on our website.

Job posting

 

Meet Mennonite Church Canada’s Sustainability Leadership Group 

 


 

The SLG focuses on the environmental and social impacts of Mennonite Church Canada activities. It identifies ways the regional churches and nationwide community can improve in these areas while remaining economically sustainable. 

Visit our Sustainability webpage: https://www.mennonitechurch.ca/sustainability

 

INDIGENOUS-SETTLER RELATIONS 


ISR online book club runs this April 

Join Steve Heinrichs (director of Indigenous-Settler Relations) for an online book club this April on Beloved Amazonia. Beginning April 8, we’ll gather by Zoom each Thursday at 1:30 p.m. (CST) for five weeks of circle conversation. Together, we will dream new paths for the Church in these lands now called Canada. Together, we will consider what roles we can play to help make this gospel dream a reality. To register, visit https://www.mennonitechurch.ca/beloved-amazonia



NAIITS virtual symposium, June 3-5 - A Mennonite Church Canada ‘virtual delegation’ 

Mennonite Church Canada is sponsoring 20 friends from across our nationwide community to attend this year’s virtual NAIITS symposium — Treaty and Covenant: Creating Space for Hope, June 3 – 5, 2021. It will be a rich time of learning and relationship building. For more information and to register, visit https://www.mennonitechurch.ca/naiits-2021

International Witness
 

Continued prayer for Myanmar 

With news of increasing violence in Myanmar, we invite you to continue to pray for the people of Myanmar. Pray also for our nationwide siblings in our community of faith, many of whom are still unable to reach their family members in Myanmar. We invite you to reach out with encouragement to:  

  

Colombia Mennonite Church asks for prayer amid violence 

Mennonite Church of Colombia (IMCOL) asks us to pray for them as they support congregations in areas of violence. “Violence is widespread and affects us all. There is not a day that goes by that we do not hear of deaths, fighting and coca crops and fear for the welfare of children, young people and the whole church. But as a Church we cannot fall into despair. These events pain us but we must strengthen our hope in God.” Praise God for the witness of peace they bring to the region and the strong message of hope in darkness. 

Pray for the future of PeaceBuilders Community, Inc. 

PeaceBuilders Community, Inc., in Mindanao, Philippines, invites you to pray with them as they plan with Witness workers, Dann and Joji Pantoja, a sustainable future of training for peace and reconciliation and economic development with marginalized communities.  Pray for wisdom as they seek God’s vision for peace and harmony with the people and the land.  

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New Guide - Season & Event Calendars 

A comprehensive set of links to church season resources, lectionary materials, thematic items for holidays and calendar events - www.commonword.ca/go/calendars 

 

Healing Haunted Histories by Elaine Enns and Ched Myers 

A family memoir, racial analysis and decolonization workbook from members of Nutana Park Mennonite Church. Shipping generously subsidized by Mennonite Church Canada Indigenous-Settler Relations office – www.commonword.ca/go/2243

The Confession by Richard Toews 

The Confession – Richard Toews examines questions of theodicy, culpability and loss of story in this novel of Mennonites in Ukraine during the years encompassing the Russian Revolution and Hitler’s invasion of Stalin’s USSR - www.commonword.ca/go/2325


 
Calendar and resources: 

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


Saturday, March 20, 9:30 a.m.                            Annual Delegate Sessions -- via ZOOM
Sunday, March 21, 10:30 a.m.                  Online Worship for ALL MCA congregations
  
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