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The MCA Communiqué
News & Notes for our Alberta family
June 17, 2020

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Daily Communal Prayer    Stage 2   Hike-a-thon  •  YA Week 5 •  Help Double the Donation for MWC  •  Online Sunday service 
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New MCA Communications Coordinator Named


MCA is pleased to welcome Ruth Bergen Braun from Foothills Mennonite Church as its next Communication Coordinator.

MCA Moderator Brenda Tiessen-Wiens said, “Ruth brings a depth of experience in connecting with people from diverse backgrounds and we look forward to the new lenses that she will bring to our community of congregations!” She brings a variety of attributes to her role including an eye for photography, creative energy, a passion for storytelling, and what she describes as a deep joy for “documenting the life of the church”. Her training includes a Master’s of Education in Counselling Psychology, as well as earlier studies in Journalism Administration.

After some orientation time with June Miller, Ruth will begin her duties the week of June 29. We pray God’s blessing on Ruth as she serves with MCA in this way!
 
Tim Wiebe-Neufeld
Executive Minister
 

Personnel Committee

Issue #7



One of my favourite quotes is: “There is an unrepeatable grace in the life of each person.”  It doesn’t matter who the person is, what they can or can’t do, what they have or haven’t done, whether they’re kind or mean, pleasant or offensive – this unrepeatable grace is there to be revealed, nurtured, and celebrated.   The closer we live to the heart and will of God, the clearer this unrepeatable grace becomes.  Isn’t this the work of the church – of MCA?  To help each other know who we are in the heart and will of God, so that we can be a transformed and transforming witness to the world around us?  This is one of the things that excites me about being a part of Mennonite Church Alberta, and one of the reasons I said "yes" to serving on the Personnel Committee.
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E3=MCA: Year 1 - Christ in life

God, Help me to embrace the message of love you have given through the scriptures, and know that, though I am imperfect, you love me as I am.

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A Vision Led Life
a sermon by Tim Wiebe- Neufeld
 
A Prayer from North Edmonton Ministry

Our God, we acknowledge that you have created all people in your image. Over the past few weeks we have again been reminded by street protests in major cities around the world that black people’s lives have not always been treated with respect and human dignity. We want to recognize our own racist attitudes, thoughts, actions and white privilege that many of us have benefited from. We confess our shortcomings and ask for your forgiveness. We pray for real change in our individual hearts and the institutional structures of society at large. We pray that peace and justice would reign in all segments of our society and that the rights of colored and indigenous people will be upheld and that they would be treated with respect, and dignity as human beings created in your image. In the name of Jesus the Prince of Peace we pray. Amen.

Don Baergen
Representative on the North Edmonton Ministry Advisory Committee
Mennonite Church Alberta
Week 5 of 6

Becoming an Ally to the oppressed.

Sundays at 2 pm


Engaging the culturally "other."
a six-week Young Adult discussion; hosted by Camp Valaqua and North Edmonton Ministry







Jun 21 Becoming an Ally to the oppressed
Jun 28 Assets based community development.

Register and join! Last Sunday is June 28. The event is free, but you do need to register by clicking the link below.
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MCA Invitation to Morning & Evening Prayer


Congregants from across MCA are invited to join us on Zoom for morning and evening prayer, beginning June 15, 2020. We will be participating in morning prayer on Monday’s and Wednesdays at 7:30 am and evening prayer on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:00 pm for about 15-20 minutes, using Take Our Moments and Our Days. Register online at mcab.ca/events
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Phase 2: Reopening Strategy

Now in Stage 2 of Alberta's relaunch strategy, MCA encourages caution, careful assessment, and preparations before congregations decide to reopen.

  1. Take time to discern together.
  2. Take the time to ensure readiness before opening.
  3. Share the work.
  4. Share the responsibility.
  5. If you decide to delay reopening,

Photo by KOBU Agency on Unsplash
 

Student Bursary Application

Submission Deadline is July 31, 2020.
Extended dates
The Hike-a-thon is back on!

Join us in collecting pledges and go on a hike between June 13th and July 13th (although if you collect pledges and hike before or after that, you will not be disqualified from incentives). Details and registration: www.campvalaqua.com/events/hike-a-thon-2020/


Guest House Reopening July 1



Beginning July 1, 2020 the Foothills Mennonite Guest House will begin accepting guests who are visiting/supporting family members or loved ones in Hospital. We will be limiting guests to one family (cohort) unit at a time.

The Guest House will be thoroughly cleaned when guests leave and before new guests are able to come in.  Preference will be given to guests needing a stay of 3 days or longer.  

For detailed information regarding operating  details during this re-opening phase and bookings please contact the Foothills Mennonite Guest House at 403-282-7101.

AIMM seeks new Executive Director

Africa Inter-Mennonite Mission welcomes applications for position of Executive Director. Applications are due July 15, 2020. For information, visit http://www.aimmintl.org/executive-coordinator-search.

Mennonite Church Canada AGM, June 27, 2020, 11 a.m., CST via Zoom.

Email June Miller to register: communications@mcab.ca. A link to the zoom meeting and the financial documents will follow.

Help double the donation - Mennonite World Conference


Mennonite Church Canada donates $50,000 to Mennonite World Conference for COVID-19 relief fund; asks constituents to match or exceed donation. To contribute to the MWC relief fund please go to mcab.ca/giving.

The Church and the Coronavirus Pandemic

 

Beginning June 12,  Alberta moved into Stage 2 of its relaunch strategy. MCA continues to recommend caution. Congregations may hold worship services as long as they follow all distancing requirements and guidelines outlined for worship gatherings and for businesses. Watch for Stage 2 updates: https://www.alberta.ca/restrictions-on-gatherings.aspx.
 
SAVE THE DATE:

International Witness Sunday on October 18, 2020

Mennonite Church Canada International Witness invites congregations across our nationwide community of faith to celebrate International Witness Sunday on October 18, 2020. Come prepared to give, learn and get involved with International Witness ministries. To help church leadership prepare for this day, promotional material and worship resources, such as readings, prayers and music, will be made available in August. For more information contact the IW Communications committee via jhanson@mennonitechurch.ca or go to https://www.mennonitechurch.ca/international-witness.
               


Online Service

June 21, 2020: Mennonite Church Canada weekly worship service

Springridge Mennonite Church in Pincher Creek, Alta. will share the June 21 worship service with our nationwide community of faith. We welcome you to reflect with us on how the gifts of each of our members are needed to strengthen the body of Christ as a whole (1 Corinthians 12:12-27).

View this service at www.mennonitechurch.ca/worshipservices

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?
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MCA Calendar
Jun 13 - Jul 13       Hike-a-thon
Jun 14-21     YA fellowship week - Menno. World Conf.
Jun 21          Young Adult Series: Engaging the culturally "other." Week 5
June 27        MC Canada AGM
Jun 28          Young Adult Series: Engaging the culturally "other." Week 6
Jul 31           Application deadline for MCA Student Bursary
Oct 22 - 24   MC Canada Study Conference - Online
Oct 31          Christian-Muslim Dialogue

International Witness


Partners in Burkina Faso ask for prayer amid terrorist attacks 

Evangelical Mennonite Church of Burkina Faso asks us to pray for the suffering caused by continued terrorist attacks. This past weekend there were again many killings.  Pray for safety for the people and wisdom for the government. People are becoming angry because they see the government taking little action. Mennonite Church Canada works with Evangelical Mennonite Church of Burkina Faso through Africa Inter – Mennonite Mission (AIMM).  

Witness workers witness scarcity of food in Philippines due to COVID-19 measures 

Continue to pray for the ongoing COVID-19 response coordinated by PeaceBuilders Community, Inc. (PBCI) in Mindanao, Philippines. Witness workers Dann and Joji Pantoja report that many areas in Davao City where they live are severely affected. Food scarcity continues to be a huge challenge in the cities. Pray that God will bless and multiply their efforts to bring food from the farmers into the cities.   



Witness workers face stress and uncertainty 

Times of uncertainty bring stress and exhaustion to all of us. Please pray for our Witness workers as they deal with change and uncertainty in their own lives and in the lives of those around them. Pray for health, strength and joy as they make decisions and continue their work in uncertain times.   

INDIGENOUS-SETTLER RELATIONS 


News from Mennonite Church Canada Palestine and Israel Network

Prayer request for peace in Palestine and Israel as threat of annexation looms


Please pray for peace in Palestine and Israel in the coming days. Israel's government has announced it will begin annexing significant parts of the Palestinian territory of the West Bank. The Palestinian people, including Christian partners of Mennonite organizations, are concerned that this violation of international law will further deepen dire human rights abuses, land expropriation and economic injustice they have experience under Israeli military occupation since 1967. Pray for Palestinians, Israelis and advocates around the world who are promoting a durable and just peace, with equal rights and dignity for Israelis and Palestinians alike, using what Palestinian Christians call "the logic of love."


Prayer: God of peace and justice, you have created all people in your image to serve both Creator and creation in love. We lift up the people of Israel and Palestine on the eve of the threatened annexation in the West Bank. May all recognize that the "earth is the Lord's" (Psalm 24:1), and that the forced acquisition and use of the land by one people at the expense of another is far from your will. Strengthen and give courage to those who speak your truth to the powers of this world. Protect the weak and the dispossessed. May your people shine the light of your love and care for this troubled but "holy" land. In the name of Jesus, the Prince of Peace, Amen.

 

Make June a Jubilee!  

June is Indigenous History Month—a time to intentionally reflect on Indigenous-Settler relationships both past and present; a time to grow in right relations with host peoples and the lands in which we live. To learn more about how we can pursue paths of decolonization visit www.commonword.ca/go/1512. This month all proceeds will go to Mennonite Church Canada’s Jubilee Fund, which supports Indigenous communities repairing and renewing relationships with ancestral lands (see www.commonword.ca/go/2042). 
 

Worship Calendar 

  

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

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

Jul 30         International Day of Friendship - https://www.commonword.ca/go/771 

Aug 6         Hiroshima Day - https://www.commonword.ca/go/772 

 

 

 

CommonWord online service continues during the pandemic 

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

  

Two new books in The Jesus Way series from Herald Press.  Available to buy or borrow. 

What is the Trinity and Why does it Matter?  www.commonword.ca/go/2082
Why do we Suffer and Where is God When We Do?  www.commonword.ca/go/2083 

 

 
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