The MCA Communiqué
News & Notes for our Alberta family
May 19, 2021

In this issue

Our E3 Prayer 
A Menno MInute -- Brenda Tiessen-Wiens
Camp Valaqua Hike-a-thon
90 Seconds of Nature
Highlights from the ADS -- our bulbs are blooming!
 E3 Resources -- thanks Trinity!
Student Bursary Applications Open
Camp Valaqua Rentals 

Plus... updates from MC Canada, ISR, our schools and CommonWord
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E3 = MCA             Year 2  Christ in Community


Our E3 Prayer

Holy Spirit, come with power, breathe upon your congregation, and inspire us with your word.

Please also remember in your prayers
those in our congregations for whom Covid-19 is much more than a daily statistic.
Pray for peace for those isolating, renewed health for those who are ill, and comfort for those who are grieving.

Pray and act for peace in the Holy Land. In recent days, hundreds of people have been killed and injured in fresh violence fueled by pent-up hatred and ongoing injustice. Pray for our partners at Bethlehem Bible College and for all Palestinian Christians as they bear witness to Jesus' way of peace. Contact your MP to ask Canada to take a clearer stand for justice and international law. For more, please visit:

A Menno MInute
Stuff I Say
Brenda Tiessen-Wiens, MCA Moderator. 

A few weeks ago I was invited to speak at Bergthal Mennonite Church. As I was preparing, I started wondering about my “themes” and if I’m prone to saying the same things over and over again.

So I wandered down a rabbit trail and dug through everything I could remember that I’d written or said during my time as MCA moderator. I looked through sermons, devotions, fundraising letters, reports, Menno Minutes, even blurbs I’d said at meetings to introduce topics - anything I could think of and could still find. I put them all together and by the magic of an online Word Cloud generator, this graphic was created. (Apparently Andrea Zapf and I have been on the same Word Cloud wave length, recently!) I call it “Stuff I Say.”

Not surprisingly, the words “church” and “congregation,” “God” “people” “together” “community” and “MCA” all stand out. I thought “community” might show up a little bigger. I do like to talk about community, especially the community that extends beyond our congregations and pushes at our comfort zones. Being a part of an extended community is one of the reasons that I enjoy my time with MCA as much as I do.

Other words that stand out for me are “support,” “relationships,” “sharing,” “experiencing,” “exploring, “worship” and “gathering.” In other words, being church!

And then there’s a group of less prominent words that surprised me a bit. These were words like “serving” “peace” “joy” and “diversity.” I actually thought those were words that I use more often and that they would have shown up bigger in this image.

This exercise made me pause and reflect on the words we use and the words we think we use. I wonder if words like “peace” and “service” are slipping from our vocabulary. These two concepts have long been central to our beliefs and the way we live out our faith. But do we explore, talk about and live them as intentionally as we did in the past, or as much as we think we do? What would it mean if they are, actually, beginning to disappear from our vocabulary?

I hope to be more intentional about when and where I use the words “peace” and “service” in the coming year. Perhaps they’ll become my new themes as I explore ways to give them meaning and new life, and as I continue to say stuff.

A little longer than...90 Seconds of Nature
Click on Jon to watch another 90 Seconds of Nature with Jon from Camp Valaqua. 
Check out the Great Grey Owls!

Just as a bulb can grow to show the beauty of its Creator,

we too are created with the potential to show
God and God's love to those around us. 

May these plants encourage us to show
God's love to others.

If you are a designated bulb grower,
email photos to 
More blooming bulbs --  Springridge and Calgary Chin Christian Church 
Are you looking for ways that you and your congregation can connect with E3 Year 2?

As a Reference Group, we have agreed that hands symbolize community. 

How do we connect with each other?  We give. We receive. We reach out in love to those around us. We serve each other. We reach for God and for community.  

All E3 Y2 Resources are available HERE. 

The creative folks at Trinity Mennonite have used a combo of the Commitment Cards
with the row of hands to create this graphic.

$$ for students attending Canadian Mennonite University or Columbia Bible College is available -- don't miss out!!

Need a break?
Considering a night or two in a yurt at Camp Valaqua?


 $75 per yurt per night. Accepting bookings now. 
Contact the camp office at 403-637-2510 or email 

Did you get a SPAM email from someone masquerading as MCA staff or leadership? 

Please know:

  • We will NEVER send an email asking for gift cards or contact you with an urgent request without explanation or signature.
  • If an email seems odd, check the From line for the actual sending address. If it looks suspicious, delete the email. 
  • If you are uncertain, please call rather than responding by email. 

Intercultural Church Steering committee 

provides guidance on fostering diversity 

Meet the group guiding Mennonite Church Canada on the road to intercultural church. 


Indigenous Settler Relations

TRC says, "Time to Pass Bill C-15"
The Truth and Reconciliation Commissioners are supporting Bill C-15 legislation to implement the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

"This is about our survival, our dignity and our well-being," says Chief Willie Littlechild. "It is not a time to be playing with our lives. It is not a time to be playing partisan politics. It is a time to advance reconciliation." Watch our webinar with the Honourable Murray Sinclair, Dr. Marie Wilson and Chief Willie Littlechild and find out how you and your church can help #PassBillC15.

RJC Spring Showcase - Sunday, May 30, 7:00pm (SK CST). Join us for our annual Spring event, showcasing RJC students in the music & arts program. Watch it on the RJC Youtube channel or visit

CMU Admissions Webinar: Money Matters Discover different ways CMU can help new students find financial assistance to pay tuition and other university costs. Wednesday, May 19 at 4:00 PM (CDT). More information and registration at

CMU is looking for a Donor and Alumni Relations Associate who will champion the capacity of students to change the world by building connections with individuals and groups within and beyond the university's support network. Visit for more information. 

Think you can’t afford seminary? Think again! Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary offers generous need-based financial aid, scholarships and matching grants to help you study either on campus or at a distance. Focus on areas such as pastoral ministry, Christian formation, peace studies, Anabaptist theology, environmental sustainability leadership and more. Apply now!
Anabaptist Short Course Bundle. Deepen your understanding of Anabaptist history, thought and witness through discussion-based online short courses from the AMBS Church Leadership Center! Participate in four online courses in 2021–22 for only $995 total. No grades, no papers! Each course is six weeks long. CEUs available.


Special Orders 

We gladly special order your retail request when we don’t have the title in stock.  Our prices are competitive and you’ll be supporting your own bookstore/resource centre. 


We have an increasing number of children’s picture books – to borrow or buy.  Check

Special Books! 

CMU, MCC Manitoba, A Rocha, Canadian Foodgrains Bank have published Germinating Conversations after many years of dialogue on food, faith, farming and the land.  Includes a study guide.  Pre-order the Ebook if you prefer.  Book Launch is June 3, 7:00 PM (CDT) – register at 

Buy or borrow - 

Read more -- an interview with Marta Bunnett Wiebe


The Church and the Coronavirus Pandemic

See the MCA website for up-to-date Covid-19 information as it impacts our worshiping together.

MCA Calendar
June 12 Camp Valaqua Hike-a-thon
July 31 Deadline for Student Bursaries
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