The MCA Communiqué
June 29, 2022

In this issue

Our E3 Prayer and Prayer Updates
A Menno Minute  -- Derek Cook
 Gathering 2022! 
Camp Valaqua update

And more from MC Canada, International Witness, our schools and Common Word. 
MCA Calendar
July 29 - August 1  We Declare: Gathering 2022, Edmonton
July 31 - August 4   Amplify: Youth Gathering, Camp Valaqua

E3 = MCA             Year 3  Christ in the World

Our E3 Prayer
Open my ears to hear your voice, even in words spoken by people of other faiths.

For our Prayers
from International Witness:  Werner and Joanne DeJong, Ethiopia

Praise: we’re in Canada! We think we have all the documents we need now! We have received one month business visas to enter Ethiopia in August!
Pray the application for a work permit will be a success.
Pray for Werner as he prepares his new courses for the fall.
Pray that Joanne’s role will be clarified.
And of course, pray for the students, for safety and for spiritual growth as they live into their callings.

Pray for all those attending Mennonite World Conference in Indonesia, July 5-10.  Pray for our MC Canada executive minister, Doug Klassen as well as the group of young adults representing MC Canada at the Global Youth Summit. Rebecca Janzen is our MCA representative. 

The ART of Hope
Derek Cook, Foothills Mennonite

In Matthew 6, Jesus instructs us not to worry about what we will eat or wear for God, He says, provides. Yet how can we not worry, especially today? Although Jesus says that God provides, society operates on a very different logic. The early bird, we say, gets the worm. And there is only one worm, reserved for the fastest, shrewdest, earliest rising and hardest working among us. The rest get left behind.

This is the world of scarcity. Our economy runs on it. Contrary to Jesus’ assurance, economists tell us there are limited resources and unlimited needs. If true, life is a zero sum game where anything you have is less for me. This leaves us pitted against each other in a competitive dog-fight and hopelessly alone. Alone, we are painfully aware of our vulnerability. In the face of forces we don’t understand and can’t control, we recognize our own social and economic precariousness. Yet we also feel the pressure to be independent, strong and in control.

Fear is the fruit of this dilemma. We fear for ourselves that we will get left behind. We fear our neighbour, who may just be faster, shrewder, earlier rising and harder working than us. Yet we also fear being alone. And we fear a God that may be either unable or unwilling to provide for us. In fear we either withdraw and try to take control of what we can, or we turn against each other, as there is always someone to blame for our fear. But these two responses only increase our scarcities, leaving us even more vulnerable and alone, further amplifying our fears. It is a vicious circle; one that diminishes us materially, socially and spiritually.

Poverty is the name we give to this condition. When we think about poverty, we usually think about a lack of money and the things it can buy. But is the goal of reducing poverty simply to make people better consumers? Or is it to envision a different world where all people can flourish? Perhaps such a world is what Jesus envisioned when He spoke of the “kingdom of God”. Seeking that kingdom, He said, is the key to God’s provision.

Seeking the kingdom requires, first of all, trust. We must trust that God has indeed provided enough for everyone, not just the fastest, shrewdest, earliest rising and hardest working among us. Then, we can begin to trust our neighbour and set aside our tendencies to withdraw or turn against each other in acts of aggression or blame. This allows us to cooperate, rather than compete, recognizing that we are in fact inter-dependent, not independent, beings, deeply in need of God and each other.

In so doing, we become resilient, both individually and as a society. Resilient societies are ones with high levels of trust that welcome diverse voices, share power and cooperate. When we are able to do that, we can unlock the resources abundantly present within and around us. Contrary to the vicious circle of scarcity, vulnerability and fear, we instead create a virtuous circle of abundance, resilience and trust (ART). Trust creates resilience, which leads to abundance.

The key is to transcend the prevailing myths of scarcity and autonomy that leave us materially, socially and spiritually diminished. In their place we must think about ourselves differently, not as independent, rational, competitive, self-seeking beings, but rather as inherently inter-dependent, spiritual, and cooperative seekers of meaning. In so doing we restore the marred relationships we have with God, ourselves, and each other.

Applying the principles of ART is a creative process that engages the mind, body and spirit. It challenges us to tend to the things that bring life and presents us with the opportunity to flourish, not merely survive. And in that, there is great hope. This is the vision of the book The ART of Hope: Healing the Wounded City recently published by Tyndale Academic Press. For more information or to order a copy visit

MC Canada congregations invited to watch Gathering 2022 sessions online 

MC Canada is offering congregations discounted group and individual registration rates to attend Gathering 2022 sessions online. Share in live worship and plenary sessions, participate in online workshops and network with other virtual participants from across our nationwide community of faith. Information and to register visit

Mennonite Church Canada shares worship services again this summer 

Mennonite Church Canada will once again share worship services from congregations across our nationwide community of faith this summer.

July 3, 2022
Sherbrooke Mennonite Church
Mennonite Church British Columbia

The services and a schedule are available at 

Mennonite Church Canada announces Young Leaders Experience at Gathering 2022 

Ten participants (ages 17-23) from across the regional churches of Mennonite Church Canada will attend Gathering 2022 in Edmonton as part of the Young Leaders Experience. They will take part in the Gathering’s main sessions, engage with MC Canada denominational leaders and engage in activities on their own throughout the weekend to build connection and fellowship with one another. Read the press release.  

Join the MWC Assembly Online!

Host a “watch party” with your congregation, family or friends.

Register to enter Assembly Hub:

  • access live streams of the daily plenaries sessions,
  • participate in hybrid and online workshops and discussions,
    follow Assembly on-site through vlogs,
  • participate in mixed online and on-site small groups.

Recorded sessions will stay in the Assembly Hub until 30 September 2022, so you can re-visit the sessions at another time. (But don't wait! You cannot register after 9 July)

The Hub is a virtual platform where people can participate in different spaces that enrich the virtual experience.

A few photos from Edmonton First Mennonite.  June 26, 2022.
Saying farewell to Pastor Craig Janzen Neufeld. 
Summer Camp is almost here. The lodge will soon be buzzing with energy.
Family Camp starts this weekend!

(photos next week!)

Camp is still seeking kitchen volunteers and chaplains, as in previous summers so if you have the skillset and time for volunteering -- please do!

More information and registration links are available at:


Currently, the Camp Valaqua Hike-a-thon has  raised about $7,000  with more trickling in.

But it's not too late. If you missed sponsoring a hiker, you can still...

Click to donate!

Donations accepted until TOMORROW June 30.


International Witness

Witness workers back in Canada for summer 

This week Werner and Joanne De Jong arrived in Canada for a summer of speaking in various congregations, study, visa applications and rest from their first semester at Meserete Kristos Seminary in Ethiopia. Pray that they will be renewed in body and spirit, that their visa application will be successful and that they will be able to return with energy at the end of August.   

FGC ordains new pastors in Thailand 

Friends of Grace Church Association (FGC) held an ordination service for Pastors Prayet and Sunan on June 8 in Roi Et. Pastors Dang, Phairat and Tawi, leaders of regions organized by FGC to support the network of churches, officiated. Witness workers Tom and Christine Poovong helped to form this network and work to support leaders and provide opportunities for leadership development and income-generation projects. FGC pastors and leaders also attended to support the new pastors. 

Pantojas mourning loss of aunt and sister 

Last week the Pantoja family and PeaceBuilders Community, Inc., lost a supporter, cheerleader and friend, as well as sister to Lakan. Please pray for the PBCI and the Pantoja family as they mourn the loss the celebrate the life of Edna Labrador Pantoja.   

Attending one of our post-secondary schools in fall 2022? Or, know a student who is?

An MCA Student Bursary helps covering tuition costs and shows our young adults that they are valued in our faith community.

Applications now accepted!

Did you attend Bible School or Bible College and appreciate all that you learned there? Consider donating so that a young adult today can benefit from a similar experience!
Click to DONATE.

 Free tuition for a year at CMU! Apply to CMU for a chance to have your undergraduate tuition covered! To be eligible Canadian students must return a completed CMU application for the 2022/23 academic year starting in September. Visit for further eligibility requirements. 

MHC Gallery and Mennonite Heritage Archives are hiring a full-time term Administrative Assistant & Receptionist starting July 18, 2022. Visit for more details. 

MHC Gallery’s next exhibition is: “Mennonite Village Photography: Views from Manitoba, 1890–1940” by Mennonite Historic Arts Committee. The exhibit runs from June 24 to September 10, 2022. Visit for more details. 

As with E3 Years One and Two, the E3 Reference group has created worship resources for Year Three for our MCA congregations.

NEW! Worship service options, Commitment Cards, and Bucket Lists,  posters and even a sermon -- thank you to Bill Christieson -- are now available for download on our website. 

We celebrate those in our community gifted with the skills to create worship material to be used to bring our E3 vision to life.

All E3 Resources found HERE. 


New Video Guide for 

Are you new to our website or curious about how it works?  Take a few minutes to view this video tutorial and open up your world to thousands of Anabaptist and related resources – to buy, borrow or access online! 

New from Mennonite Church Canada 

Walking Together:  Intercultural Stories of Love and Acceptance by Edith and Neill von Gunten. Covering almost fifty years of peace and reconciliation work--from the Black-led civil rights struggles of the 1960s to decades-old relationships with Indigenous peoples on both sides of Lake Winnipeg in Manitoba--these stories draw similarities between familiar biblical concepts and Anishinaabe seven “A Way of Life Teachings.”   

  • Includes a study guide 

  • Book launch will be held in person and by livestream on Thursday, September 29, 7 p.m. (CDT). 

  • Buy or borrow the book -

New from CMU Press 

Dora Dueck’s new book Return Stroke is available to buy or borrow –  Her earlier book This Hidden Thing is again available –   

June is Pride Month and National Indigenous History Month 

Check out our resources: 

June 20 was World Refugee Day – check out our resources: 

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