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News & Notes for our Alberta family

February 5, 2020


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A Menno Minute

by Donna Dinsmore,
Intentional Transitional Pastor at Foothills Mennonite Church

What Do You Want?

“What do you want?”  The tone says it all.  The words are more of a put-down than a question spoken by a belligerent teen or a ticked off boss.  But when the question is asked by someone who really wants to know, it can be a key that opens a mysterious door with wonders inside.

This question, “what do you want”” are the first words of Jesus recorded in John’s gospel. I love that.
And we know without checking, don’t we, that the answer was surely not, “We want change!” Of course not.  We hate change. It is unsettling and annoying and makes us feel out of control and uncomfortable.  Who in the world would ask for change? 
Thus says the privileged ones, the satisfied ones, without reflecting first. Would any of Jesus’ disciples have followed him if they were satisfied with the status quo?
Living with the Nuxalk people in Bella Coola, there was not a day went by but I was aware of all sorts of situations that I wanted to see changed; everything from the return of the ooligan to the Bella Coola river, to more employment opportunities, to healing for Residential School survivors and their families, and ever so much more. 
A couple weeks ago I spoke with a friend working in the Silicon Valley who wants the attitudes of male employers to change. She’s sick and tired of blatant sexism.
There’s nothing like caring for a refugee family to fuel ones desire for wars to end, for power-mongering to cease.
Imagine that Jesus asked you, asked us, “What do you want?” really wanting to know. Imagine that we knew. And were honest with him.
“What do you want, MCA?” 
What do we want?
WHAT do we want?  What DO we want?  What do WE want?  What do we WANT?
Imagine that we told Jesus and listened for his response.
What a conversation!

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This Saturday Calgary vs. Edmonton

3rd Annual Trivia Night

Camp Valaqua's third annual trivia night is happening this February  8th at 6:30. Both Calgary (Foothills Mennonite Church) and Edmonton (First Mennonite) will be hosting again this year. Everyone is welcome! The cost will be $20 at the door and donations will be taken. Sign up with a team or as a individual by emailing Kevin @ (Calgary) or Dan @ (Edmonton).

New Name! New Site!

Coming February 11, 2020!

Pastor & Spouse Retreat

April 28-30
Camp Valaqua
Pastor Donna Dinsmore, speaker

More information to come.

Summer Camp Registration is OPEN!

MCA Annual Delegate Sessions

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

March 20-21
Edmonton First Mennonite Church

Each congregation is permitted one (1) delegate for every fifteen (15) members. However, everyone is encouraged to attend. See what is happening in our Alberta family.

Registration Opens Next Week!

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

February 11–12, 2020 at CMU
**Alberta Registrants receive a $125 travel subsidy.**

Christians are Made, Not Born: Transforming Faith Formation

More information available at
MCA Calendar

Feb 8            General Council (Bergthal)
Feb 8             Trivia Night
Mar 20-21      Annual Delegate Sessions
Apr 28-30       Pastor & Spouse retreat
June 5-7,        MCA Women's Retreat

Stories, Events, Announcements?

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Mennonite Church Canada selects young adult reps for GYS 2021 

Five young adults will represent Mennonite Church Canada’s regional churches at Global Youth Summit in Salatiga, Indonesia, from July 2-5, 2021. The successful applicants are: 

  • Andrew Klassen Brown (Mennonite Church Manitoba) 

  • Madison Harms (Mennonite Church Saskatchewan) 

  • Rebecca Janzen (Mennonite Church Alberta) 

  • Christen Kong (Mennonite Church Eastern Canada) 

  • Ashley Rempel (Mennonite Church British Columbia). 

These representatives will attend the summit, which takes place four days before the 18th Mennonite World Conference Assembly. Read the full release.

Pictured below: Rebecca Janzen, representing MCA

International Witness

MCEC congregation builds relationships in Philippines 

Thank God for the amazing learning and connecting opportunities experienced in the Philippines by a group from East Zorra Mennonite Church (MCEC).  Dann and Joji Pantoja, the PeaceBuilders, Inc., community and many of their Indigenous co-workers hosted this group as they grew in knowledge and relationships.  Read more here

Prayer: that God will use these partnerships to help us grow in love and understanding of each other.  

Witness worker starting peace journal in South Korea 

Bock Ki Kim engages in peace work in different ways and different places in his community. This year, starting the Peace Journal, a quarterly national-level magazine, is one of his important projects. Pray for the editorial committee to sense the needs of the Korean peninsula.  

Prayer: for wisdom in launching the first edition, adequate funding, networking and creative ideas. 

Mennonite Church Canada explores relationship on West Bank 

Mennonite Church Canada International Witness, together with the Palestine Israel Network, is exploring ways to walk more closely with the Bethlehem Bible College.  

Prayer: that this relationship will be transformative for us as a Canadian church as we journey together with West Bank Christians, especially in these days of political uncertainty in the region.   

Coronavirus affecting workers in China 

Pray for George and Tobia Veith who remain in Malaysia after a conference because of travel restrictions and closed universities in China because of the coronavirus. Pray for the sick and all those affected by this unprecedented disruption to their lives. Read the full release.

News from our partners 

Mennonite Mission Network Latin America director Linda Shelly writes: A Chilean congregation received an opportunity to build a church in a new neighborhood and in order to raise money works together every Friday night making French fries from 100 pounds of potatoes to sell on the street, and then on Saturday preparing lunches to sell at the market. Pray that congregations like this who commit to following Jesus with their whole lives will reflect God’s light and love in their communities.

Mennonite Church Canada annual reports available through CommonWord 

Mennonite Church Canada’s full and one-page annual report are available for download at CommonWord

Indigenous Settler Relations


ISR organizing bus journey to NAIITS 2020  

Mennonite Church Canada’s Indigenous-Settler Relations (ISR) is organizing a bus journey to take 50 Indigenous and settler persons to this year’s NAIITS gathering in Sioux Falls, South Dakota—June 4-6, 2020. Would you like to join us? NAIITS is a Christian Indigenous Learning Community that hosts theological gatherings intended for pastors and activists, young and old. ISR wants to bring a diverse group of friends from across our nationwide church to attend this event that will explore “Conversations on Health and Wholeness.” The bus ride from Winnipeg is free, registration is covered, and we’re looking to crash at a local church (dorm rooms are an option, but at your own expense). If interested, please e-mail Steve Heinrichs for more details ( It’s going to be a lot of fun! 

News from our partners

CPT offers resources for solidarity action with Wet’suwet’en 

Christian Peacemaker Teams has been invited to accompany the land defenders in Wet'suwet'en territory and document the actions of the RCMP while supporting nonviolent resistance to the pipeline. We need you! Our presence in Wet'suwet'en is reliant on your financial support. Join us in partnership through OR send a cheque to Christian Peacemaker Teams, 103 Bellevue Ave, Toronto, ON, M5T 2N8. A  

Download CPT’s Faith Action Toolkit for ideas on how to support and stand with Wet'suwet'en.

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Abuse response and prevention 

CommonWord is proud to be partnering with Mennonite Central Committee on their new website This website provides resources so that churches can become a place of healing for those in need. This Canadian-based website addresses various types of abuse, offering definitions, guidelines and additional resources for individuals and communities of faith. 


Cheaper By the Dozen: 

Cheaper by the Dozen is a bulk loan option for pastors, librarians and church committees to preview new materials, host thematic displays over several weeks, or circulate items within the congregation. You’ll receive 12 different loan items to keep on hand for an extended period of six weeks. For more information on this great opportunity visit

Featured Resources: 

2020 Lenten Guided Prayer Experience 

Participating in this six-week experience will take you on a journey of discovery and challenge. As you pray with scripture texts for Lent, you will be invited to consider how God is present in the gritty or difficult places in life in order to find grace and hope. Visit  to participate.

Worship Calendar:

Feb 20             World Day of Social Justi
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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