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The MCA Communiqué
News & Notes for our Alberta family

February 19, 2020


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A Menno Minute

by Laura Wiebe
Member of Trinity Mennonite Church and MCA Women's retreat leadership

I'm just so tired!

Ever commit to an event or a responsibility and slowly as the time draws closer, you just feel more tired and less interested in attending?  Or a friend calls and wants to go out for some fun and you just want to stay at home?  (Okay, tiredness might be a theme here.)  Well, I have for sure, and if we’re honest, we’ve all probably been there at some point.  But more often than not, when I push past that first hesitancy, I almost always find some joy or meaning in the very activity I sought to avoid.
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Thank You for making our 3rd annual Trivia Night a success!

In the brutal rivalry of Calgary vs. Edmonton, Calgary came out on top after their humbling defeat in year 2. Winning with 40 points was "MCC and Friends." Edmonton's "Not Cheating Again" came in a close 2nd.

Thank you to Foothills Mennonite and Edmonton First Mennonite for hosting the events.  The total number of participants per location were 82 and 43, respectively. A total of $5240 was raised for Camp Valaqua. A HUGE thank you Deanna Willm, Jon Olfert, Dan Nielsen, Justin Stoesz, Allison Goerzen, and Kevin Stoesz for pulling off a successful event.

top photo: "MCC and Friends"
back row -  Hossein Talebi, Carol McNaughton, Earl Raatz, Debra Raatz, Tinu Ruparell
front row - Linda Dickinson, Steve Retzlaff, Tyler Retzlaff, Donna Ruparell

"Not Cheating Again!"
back row - Lowell & Cheryl Thiessen, Pat Buhr, Karl Blank, Jean & Martin Blank.
front row - Ev Buhr, Ramona Blank, Lizzie Blank

New Site! New Address!


Come Away

a pastor and spouse retreat

April 28-30
Camp Valaqua
Pastor Donna Dinsmore, speaker

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.

Summer Camp Registration is OPEN!

MCA Annual Assembly

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

March 20-21
Edmonton First Mennonite Church

Registration is Open!

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?

Click on button below to access available resources.
more information available on the website
All resources available here

Rethinking Dinner: The Essence of Church

Study Conference 2020, Ontario
a nationwide event

OCTOBER 22-24, 2020

Make plans to join our nationwide community of faith at the October 22-24, 2020 study conference in Ontario. Come together to study 1 Peter 2, learn from each other and be encouraged by Sara Wenger Shenk, former president of AMBS. More details coming soon!

MCA Calendar

March 12-19  Siaka Traore from Burkina Faso in Edmonton
Mar 20-21      Annual Delegate Sessions
April 18          All Committee meeting, Bergthal
Apr 28-30       Pastor & Spouse retreat
June 5-7,        MCA Women's Retreat
June 13         Camp Valaqua Hike-a-Thon
June 14         Camp Valaqua Garden Party
Oct 22 - 24    Study Conference "Rethinking Dinner - the Essence of Church" - Ontario

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Participating in this six-week experience will take you on a journey of discovery and challenge.

Worship Calendar:

Feb 23             Transfiguration Sunday
Feb 26             Ash Wednesday
Mar 8               World Women’s Day
Mar 21             International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
Mar 22             World Water Day
Apr 5                Palm Sunday
Apr 7                World Health Day 
Apr 9                Maundy Thursday 
Apr 10              Good Friday 
Apr 12              Easter 
Apr 22              Earth Day 



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