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News & Notes for our Alberta family

February 26, 2020


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A Menno Minute

A Popeye church?

by Tim Wiebe-Neufeld

A “Popeye church”? Doug Klassen worries we may focus on overdeveloping the arms of our church and ignoring the strength of our core.

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Pastor Siaka Traoré from Burkina Faso visiting Edmonton

On Sunday, March 15, 12:30pm: Pastor Siaka Traoré, from the Église Évangelique Mennonite du Burkina Faso will be at First Mennonite Church for a casual lunch and conversation. He will also be speaking about the quickly changing peace witness for the church in the context of growing tension from increasing radical Jihadist attacks. You are welcome to join us for lunch and conversation. To help with lunch planning, please RSVP Cari Friesen Buhr at 780-461-9459 or

Pastor Traoré will also be speaking at Holyrood Mennonite Church earlier that day at 10:30am.

Come learn about our brother and sister Mennonites in Burkina Faso, West Africa.

Press Release

New websites launch for Mennonite Church Canada and regional churches

Congregational website hub begins with launch of regional and nationwide websites

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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 Assembly 2020

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!

"Restoration of Relationship: Making peace with all creation"

by Randy Heluza-DeLay

originally published in Leader magazine, Winter 2019-2020 issue

"The extent of human-created damage to the planet is stupendous - an ecological violence of World War scale. Let's say that we humans are at war with (the rest of) nature. Into other such situations of violence, Anabaptists bring a peacemaking practice. Could we engage in 'making peace with all creation'?"


Randy attends Edmonton First Mennonite Church. He is a social scientist teaching at King's University in Edmonton. Leader, a magazine published by Meno Media as a resource to pastors and leaders of Mennonite Church Canada and Mennonite Church USA.

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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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Worship Calendar:

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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