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April 22, 2020

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A Menno Minute

by Joanne DeJong

You're more interesting than you think


Last week I interviewed an ex-offender who had successfully gone through the Mennonite Central Committee-Alberta Bridges program. He mentioned that when you are locked up in prison you have no internet and no fresh air. He then shared how his ex-offender friends who are currently quarantined or under self-isolation due to COVID-19 joke about how it feels like being locked up again, but this time they’re at the Hilton Hotel with Skip the Dishes and Netflix.

These are the conversations that I get to enjoy as Alberta Correspondent for the Canadian Mennonite magazine. My job is to report on what is going on in Mennonite Church Alberta whether it’s news, events or stories. I also try my best to keep a pulse on what is happening with Mennonite organizations in the province. Regardless, there is always something interesting going on or someone interesting to talk to.
 
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At our Assembly at the end of March MCA officially launched the first year of our 3-Year Action Plan: Encountering, Embracing, Embodying Christ…in Life.

Throughout the year we will be asking:
  • How do we nurture our relationship with God?
  • How do we reclaim prayer & spiritual disciplines?
  • How do we remember that we are deeply beloved?
  • How are we spiritually formed so we are able to give ourselves in the world?
 
This time of physical distancing provides a perfect opportunity to live into these goals. With so many activities on hold how might we each move into a time of prayerful connection with God?  

Click for a list of personal action items.

Click to read reflections from Laura Wiebe, Debbie Baergen, and Werner De Jong on Encountering, Embracing, Embodying Christ.
 

Encounter

by Laura Wiebe

I think when we talk about the word “encounter”, we feel like it needs to be something big—earthshattering, life interrupting—like a burning bush or a blinding Damascus Road moment. 

Embrace

by Deb Baergen

To Embrace – to hold closely in one’s arms – not something we can do with too many people these days, but when we can, there is a feeling of belonging, of connectedness.

Embody

by Werner DeJong

When I think about encountering Jesus versus embodying Jesus, the metaphor of inhaling and exhaling comes to mind.
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Dialogue about Dialogue in Calgary

from Donna Entz
 
Thank you all for your prayers for the Calgary meeting last Thursday the 16th. It was an encouraging meeting because the circle had expanded to other faith communities, and pulled in those already active in Christian-Muslim engagement. We blessed what is already happening in Calgary and were pleased that they see value in some of our Edmonton experiences.   With Zoom now, there are ways that Edmonton and Calgary can work together. Folks in Calgary, for example, are planning to take part in a monthly reading group.  We praise God for the expanded potential during COVID 19. 

A Common Word Alberta hosts Virtual Dialogue - Covid-19 Pandemic

Naz Qureshi and Donna Entz have a Muslim-Christian dialogue by interviewing each other.
 

Student Bursary Application


Anyone making plans to attend an Anabaptist post-secondary institution in the fall? AMBS, CMU, CBC to name a few.

Check out mcab.ca/bursary for more information. The application process has changed, please read the instructions carefully. Before you apply, follow steps 1-4 listed on the website.

The application will go live May 1, 2020.  Submission Deadline is July 31, 2020.
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This week Bethel Mennonite Church in Winnipeg will share their service with our nationwide community of faith for Sunday, April 19. Go to https://www.mennonitechurch.ca/worshipservices to view.
 
Weekly Worship

What's available?

Links and list of resources from across MC Canada can be found at mcab.ca/pandemic-prep.

Rostern Jr. College


RJC Virtual Choirs & Cakes: Join us online on Sunday, April 26 at 7:00 pm (CST) on the RJC website for our newly imagined online fundraising event.  The event will feature music by the RJC Concert Choir, a Virtual Alumni Choir, student and alumni reflections on community support during COVID-19, and an online auction. Visit rjc.sk.ca the day of the event to watch and to make your donation. 
 
RJC Virtual Open House - Tuesday, May 12 at 7:00pm: Prospective students & families are invited to learn more about RJC from the comfort of their own home! Experience a virtual school tour, a brief presentation, as well as an opportunity to hear from current students and teachers. The event will be held over Zoom. Please register at admissions@rjc.sk.ca to be sent the Zoom link. 
MCA Calendar

Apr 28-30      Come Away - Pastor & Spouse retreat - Cancelled
May 22-23     MCC Sale - Cancelled
Jun 5-7,         MCA Women's Retreat - Cancelled
Jun 13           Camp Valaqua Hike-a-Thon - Lord willing
Jun 14           Camp Valaqua Garden Party - Lord willing
Oct 22 - 24    MC Canada Study Conference - Going Virtural

The Church and the Coronavirus Pandemic

In the current state of emergency and in accordance with health guidelines,

MCA urges the cancellation of all in-person congregational gatherings until further notice.

MCA will continue to reassess this recommendation as new information emerges.


Stories, Events, Announcements?
communications@mennonitechurch.ab.ca


CommonWord online service continues during the pandemic. Please visit www.commonword.ca! 

 Self-isolation should not mean a lack of reading material. Have a book dropped off at your door! (Loan items ship free.)

CommonWord is curating pandemic materials daily

Here are a few of the recent COVID-19 resource additions: 

 Check https://www.mennonitechurch.ca/outbreakresources for all the materials 

  

Shaping Faith in a Digital Culture 

Six video plenary sessions from the Deep Faith conference held at AMBS March 2-5. These discussions are perhaps more poignant now than even a few weeks ago!  Visit www.commonword.ca/go/2011.  

MennoMedia offers free Shine curriculum

During the pandemic, MennoMedia offers free Shine curriculum for use by churches for online learning or to send to parents for use at home .https://shinecurriculum.com/shineathome/free-resources/

Worship Calendar: 

Apr 22     Earth Day - www.commonword.ca/go/1733  

May 15    International Day of Families - www.commonword.ca/go/1751 

May 21    Ascension Day - www.commonword.ca/go/1752 

May 31    Pentecost - www.commonword.ca/go/1759  

Jun 7       Trinity Sunday - www.commonword.ca/go/1769 

Jun 20     World Refugee Day - www.commonword.ca/go/1770  

Jun 21     National Indigenous Peoples Day - www.commonword.ca/go/1474  

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