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The MCA Communiqué
News & Notes for our Alberta family
May 27, 2020


Hike-a-thon is back on!  •  We're hiring!  •  YA Week 2: Unpacking International Experiences  •  Valaqua is growing [a garden] again!  •  New MC Canada Updates
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A Menno Minute

Art of Steel

By Kate Janzen

John Wiebe, a long-time member of Foothills Mennonite Church, has been creating works of art from steel since 1973. All of the proceeds have been sent to MCC. He’s made hundreds of bookend sets and no two are alike. This will be the first year that John will not have a piece at the sale as all events like the MCC sale are cancelled.

John has one piece that he remembers well. The ‘Dove’ inspiration came from Menno Epp who was a well known Mennonite leader in Canada. A professor from California a Mr. Byler was attending an Alberta sale and was very interested in the ‘Dove’ candle holder. Kurt Janz kept bidding until $700.00. Kurt gave the piece to Mr. Byler who took it to the MCC sale in California. John found out later that the ‘Dove’ went for $3000.00! Thank you John for your unique way of building community! You truly are a ‘poet of ironwork’.

A gallery of photos of his work is available on the website.

Community & Program Committee

Issue #5

The Community and Program Committee is a newly combined effort of the Community Building and Program & Festival committees. Since both committees had a common goal to bring people together, why not join forces? Together we are stronger and more complete!

So what do we do?

Gather Stories: In collaboration with the Communications Coordinator, we gather stories from our MCA congregations. Is there a church or community event to share? In the current situation, how is your congregation staying connected? How are they experiencing God's presence? We want to hear all of that. Shared stories spark imagination and thoughts.

MCA Women's Retreat: An event that brings women together is the annual MCA Women's Retreat. This event grew out of AB Women in Mission. When the chapter closed there was still a desire to meet. Yearly, a multi-cultural group of MCA women meet in Sylvan Lake for a weekend of connecting, learning and having fun. The speakers are always encouraging us in our Christian walk. The highlight has always been the "talent" show on Saturday night! ​

Student Bursary: To support and encourage MCA post-secondary students to attend Mennonite institutions, a student bursary is offered yearly and is administered by this committee. We maintain contact with these students during the year. The deadline to apply is July 31 each year for the upcoming school year. Applications are available at

Assembly & Delegate Session: The Assembly & Delegate sessions are an important way that MCA congregations come together.  Every year a different MCA congregation gets to host the annual meeting and have the opportunity to participate in the visioning & planning for the event and share God's love while serving others.

If we have learned anything in the last two months it is that we want to be together. While some of us have enjoyed the additional time to be with family, work in the yard, or be on our own, others of us have experienced loneliness, anxiety and separation, really missing gathering for Sunday worship. We are so grateful for the ways that we have been able to still worship from our homes, but there is the wish that we could be together in our houses of worship. It is now evident that when we do meet again, worship will need to be different. What will that mean? How can we encounter, embrace and embody Christ in this new way of living and worshipping? 

Keep the stories coming! Every congregation has the opportunity to share their experience in this interesting time.
Coreen, Karen, & Kate

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We’re hiring! Communications Coordinator

 MCA is looking for a creative individual to work with committees and staff as our Communications Coordinator. See for a job description. Inquiries and resumes can be directed to Brenda Tiessen-Wiens at
Career Opportunities

E3=MCA: Year 1 - Christ in life

I see your work
in the greening grass
and budding trees,
help me to embrace
your creative love,
and be open to grow into
whoever you want me to be.

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The Hike-a-thon is back on!

Join us for our first (and hopefully last) Physically Distanced Hike-a-thon! I know we can't get together, but that doesn't mean we can't share a hike.

How it works: You collect pledges and then go for a hike sometime from June 8-14. It can be a mountain hike, a city park hike, or a hike around your living room. Send us pictures and we'll send you a custom event sticker (instead of a t-shirt... they are easier to mail) and top fundraisers receive Mountain Equipment Coop Gift Certificates... to spend online of course!

We're sad we won't get to share the trail with you, but we can't wait to see (pictures of) you on the trail!

Valaqua is planting a garden and needs your help.

Even without campers, the garden will be planted, cared for, and harvested. All food will be donated to the Calgary Food Bank. Contact Jon if you can lend a hand this summer.

New attendees still welcomed

Engaging the culturally "other."


a six-week Young Adult discussion
hosted by Camp Valaqua and North Edmonton Ministry

On Sunday May 24, the first of six sessions, fourteen young adults joined the Zoom discussion on the cultural "other." Next week, May 31 at 2pm, the group will be unpacking international experiences. New participants are encouraged. Last Sunday is June 28.

The event is free, but you do need to register by clicking the link below. Have questions, ask!
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Student Bursary Application

Submission Deadline is July 31, 2020.
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Online Service

Pentecost Sunday May 31, 2020 

Theme: “Will the Fire Change You?  Text: Acts 2:1-4  

Springstein Mennonite Church from Springstein, Man., invites you to join in worship as we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit.  Our theme is taken from this spring’s Leader magazine resources written by Joani Neufeldt of Lethbridge, Alta. This service includes communion so please be prepared with bread/cracker and wine/juice. 

Link to service

Hiring: P/T Youth Worker

Foothills Mennonite Church, Calgary is seeking to hire a part-time youth worker for a one-year term. Interested parties may reply via Email ( or regular post) to: The Chair, OR  2115 Urbana Rd, Nw, Calgary, AB T2N 2B9.

Young Anabaptist Fellowship Week

Young Anabaptist: Mennonite World Conference: 5th annual Young Anabaptist Fellowship Week (virtual platforms) June 14-21. For ages 18-30.

Mennonite Church Canada Study conference goes virtual on October 24, 2020 

Table Talk: Does the church still have legs?
a virtual one-day conference with Sara Wenger Shenk

OCTOBER 24, 2020

During this global COVID-19 pandemic, the Holy Spirit calls us to re-examine what it means to be the church.

Registration coming soon!

Stories, Events, Announcements?

MCA Calendar
May 31         Young Adult Series: Engaging the culturally "other." Week 5
Jun 4-7          NAIITS online gathering
Jun 8-14        Hike-a-thon
Jun 14-21      YA fellowship week - Menno. World Conf.
Jul 31            Application deadline for MCA Student Bursary
Oct 22 - 24    MC Canada Study Conference - Online
Oct 31           Christian-Muslim Dialogue

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.


AIMM asks for prayer amid COVID-19 in Africa  


CommonWord online service continues during the pandemic 

Self-isolation should not mean a lack of reading material.  Loan items ship free.  

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