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The MCA Communiqué
News & Notes for our Alberta family
October 21, 2020

In this issue

E3 Prayer - Our Stories
90 Seconds of Nature
Table Talk
Christian-Muslim Dialogue
Engage
MCA Special Check-In


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E3 = MCA 
Year 1  Christ in life


Our E3 Prayer

Use my hands and feet, oh God, to bring your message of caring to those around me.

Our Stories
Our Stories is a new series both in the Communiqué and on the MCA website. One congregation per month will share a story for our wider MCA family. The series is coordinated by the Community Building/Program Committee. If you have a story idea, please contact Kate, Correen or Karen or email communications@mcab.ca  
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The Presence of God With Us in the Midst of our Hardship

Rev. Leng Nawn Thang     
Calgary Chin Christian Church

As the Bible told us that life is uncertain, everything in the world has been change. Things are not going as planned. I visited my native country (Myanmar) in February this year due to sharing the word of God at one of the gospel conferences as well as to see my parents. During my stay in Myanmar, the government announce that all foreign visitors need to be left due to the impact of COVID-19. I promptly prepared the flight and flew back to Canada and I was in quarantine for 15 days. My kids were so bored for a long time and eventually got back to school even in the risk of their lives and taking extra caution. It was a nightmare for everybody, but we felt the presence of God in the midst of the problems.

Since the effect of COVID-19, the lifestyle, the activities of the church, and community are very limited. All individuals and families’ income have change. Some numbers of our church got lay-off including my wife but finally she got back to work by the grace of God. Even though everything seems to be slow down, but the presence of God is always with us. 

Since it has been a long dream of buying our own building, the chin church finally bought a building church in June, even though the mortgage payment was expensive, and the work of renovation which caused on a heavy finance during this pandemic. Also, the renovation work had been able to carry on in spite of financial crisis. There were so many invisible obstacles in front of us, but in the providence of God, the Chin Church had been having a prayer meeting and Sunday worship service by means of the zoom / online until July. Since August, we have been meeting in person in limiting numbers and maintaining social distance. 

Especially for the Calgary Chin Christian church, buying the church is an excitement but it’s risky, and challenging.  Even though everything seems to be slowly recovering, our future is still obscure.

In the meantime, the renovation of the church has been slowly closed to finish by 70%, however, the chin church is now desperately need of another $40,000.00, in order to be able to finish the renovation. As how we have done the work so far, by the individual church member’s generous contributions of their times, energy and money, donations and commitments. Besides, some individual and family lent some big amount of money for the church without interest despite low income. Our God the provider, provides the need of the family and the church.

I here finally would like to encourage all MCA members, I hope this is a great opportunity for you and the churches to participate at the work of Calgary Chin Church’s renovation by your generous donations, contributions. Therefore, we should join our hands together, support and care one another, so that the financial need of the Chin Church’s renovation will be met and an able to be finished in time as God is with us. 

    May the Lord bless.
    In Christian Service.   

   For more photos of the Calgary Chin Christian Church's renovations see Our Stories.

   Donations welcome!

Click on Jon for another 90 Seconds of Nature.
Be sure to turn your volume up!
Although winter seems to have arrived,
we continue to be grateful for the beautiful fall weather we all experienced this year. 

LATE REGISTRATIONS WELCOME
If you have registered, remember to watch the first two sessions prior to the event.  Check your email!


Table Talk:  Does the Church Still have Legs?             October 24, 2020 
Join our nationwide community of faith as we gather virtually for “Table Talk: Does the Church Still have Legs?”, a virtual study conference on the nature and identity of the church and the role of worship. Plenary speakers from Mennonite Church Canada-affiliated universities and colleges will present on themes of ecclesiology and worship.
 
Registration is now open!

Meet some of our speakers!

  1. Sara Wenger Shenk
    Former President of Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary
  2. Brian Born
    President of Columbia Bible College
  3. Irma Fast Dueck
    Associate Professor of Practical Theology at Canadian Mennonite University
  4. Gerald Gerbrandt 
    President Emeritus of Canadian Mennonite University
  5. Jeremy Bergen
    Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Theological Studies at Conrad Grebel University College
  6. Sheila Klassen-Wiebe
    Associate Professor of New Testament at Canadian Mennonite University.
  7. Jesse Nickel
    Professor of Biblical Studies at Columbia Bible College
Meet our Table Talk host and moderator: Kim Penner

Get to know the folks who will be leading discussion at our study conference on Saturday, Oct. 24

Kim Penner is an adjunct professor of Christian Ethics at Conrad Grebel University College and professor of ethics at University of Toronto. She lives in Kitchener, Ont. She will be the conference host and moderator for Table Talk 2020: Does the church still have legs?.

Briefly describe your academic journey and interests.

I developed a love for theological ethics rooted in scripture growing up as a pastor's kid. I found the Bible fascinating and experienced a real appreciation for many aspects of congregational life. Over time, I developed questions and concerns about experiences of "Mennonite" ethics. Who has authority in discernment processes? How is scripture authoritative? What are the norms and criteria that guide the use of sources for ethics? I have since completed a PhD in theology. My dissertation considered the potential of Mennonite peace theology, ecclesiology, and Christ-centeredness for a sexual ethics that is life-giving for all. I am currently teaching ethics, which I love, and considering a call to ecclesial ministry. I believe that the life of the church is inherently connected to Christian ethics and that the academic study of ethics can greatly enrich congregational life.

Read more
North Edmonton Ministries
Christian-Muslim Dialogue, October 31 -- Online
1:30-4:30 p.m.
Register today!

Latecomers welcome!
Join the North Edmonton Ministries and Camp Valaqua as we host a 6 week Zoom conversation series on Wednesday evenings from October 14 to November 18 on how we can better engage with people of other faiths and backgrounds.  The series will feature presentations and conversations and will is focussed on creating an interactive space. 

Topics include:
-Unpacking our international or cross cultural experiences
-Basics about Islam.
-How to engage with Muslim people.
-Understanding the Iceberg of Culture
-Allyship, Racism, and BLM,
-Working for the Common Good and Neighbouring

Contact Jon Olfert (valaqua@xplornet.com, 403-637-2510) for registration information or access the link at https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcqdO2orTguGt2Ec0Ou4jwA2RmarSxylHnG

REGISTER TODAY

MCA Special Check-In Zoom Meeting

November 7, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM.
All MCA congregations are invited to a Special Check-In Zoom meeting. 
At this event congregations will have the opportunity to give updates from their church and hear about the ministries we share. Although there will be no official motions, the MCA Executive looks forward to this time of mutual support and discernment about our MCA priorities and ministry direction.
All are welcome, with the hope that each congregation would be represented by their chairperson, pastor(s), treasurer, and at least 1-3 others. 
Regististration form at https://mcab.ca/   (Scroll down.)
Please pray for our MCA pastors as they gather at King's Fold Retreat Centre,
November 3 to 4.

Pastors, register with Tim Wiebe-Neufeld.  tim@mennonitechurch.ab.ca

International Witness
The webpage of resources that Mennonite Church Canada  created for International Witness Day now contains streaming and download links for all of the video resources. 

The introductory videos can also be found on our newly updated International Witness web page. 
Introductions to the various ministries of International Witness will be featured in upcoming editions of the MCA Communiqué. 

"God's path to new creation through reconciliation"

 a two-minute introduction to ministry in South Korea, featuring Witness workers Bock Ki Kim and Sook Kyoung Park

Indigenous Settler Relations   

Land reparations. Treaty rights. Political and spiritual covenants. Over the past 50 years,      Mennonites – at their best – have publicly resolved to uphold the rights of Indigenous peoples, and promised to work for change. Be It Resolved is a new anthology that shares the commitments that our churches and partner coalitions have made, and explores what it might mean for today. With an 8-session study guide, this is a great tool to stoke Adult Ed conversations over zoom, or individual reflection. Groups can purchase five copies for $75 through CommonWord.  

  

Pray for Six Nations Land Defenders 

Since July 19, Haudenosaunee land defenders have mobilized near Caledonia, Ont., to stop a development in the Haldimand Tract that does not have the consent of the people. Many land defenders and their supporters have been arrested for violating an interim court injunction. Indigenous communities from coast to coast have demonstrated to show their solidarity for the land reclamation. On October 22, Justice R.J. Harper is set to rule on the injunction, but will not hear arguments from land defenders unless they vacate the occupied land. Please pray for a peaceful and just resolution to this situation. Christian Peacemaker Teams has been in touch with those at #1492LandBackLane site. Learn more


    RJC Annual Corporation Meeting: Saturday, October 24, 11:00am-12:00pm (CST). This year's meeting      will be via Zoom. Please visit the website rjc.sk.ca for further details or call the school at (306) 232-4222. 

    RJC Homecoming Fundraiser: This Hour Has 115 Years! Join us virtually on Sunday, October 25 at 7:00pm (CST) for an evening of entertainment, playing off the CBC program of a similar name. The evening will feature: an online auction, alumni interviews, musical performances, and more! Visit rjc.sk.ca/homecoming to watch the event. 

Help match Mennonite Church Canada’s donation to Mennonite World Conference’s COVID-19 relief fund!       

Since the spring our nationwide community of faith has raised over $30,000 for MWC’s Global Church Sharing Fund to help our sister churches around the world who are struggling to meet basic needs due to pandemic-response measures in their countries. If you haven’t already donated, please help us reach our $50,000 goal. We’re almost there. 

Just arrived from Mennonite Church Canada!  Be It Resolved is an anthology that brings together over 90 documents that trace the history of Anabaptist commitments to Indigenous justice and decolonization since the mid-1960s.  A valued reference book and inspiring group study.  Affordable – and it ships free.  www.commonword.ca/go/2142      


    An important read during COVID-19 when we all have faced many losses.  Available to buy at     discounted rates.  Group study guide and a link to a discussion with author Stephanie Lobdell      is also available – www.commonword.ca/go/2124 




Consider the Palestinian Christian call to “Preach Palestine” this November 29 (first Sunday of Advent and International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People).  Worship resources can be found here – www.commonword.ca/go/2157 


Watch Recent Recorded Webinars/Zoom Events  

Seeing through the Pandemic – CMU Face2 Face panel conversation – www.commonword.ca/go/2144 

Liberating the Politics of Jesus: Women’s Wisdom and Experience – MC USA Women Doing Theology – www.commonword.ca/go/2153  

Doctrine of Discovery: Honouring our Connections to the Land – MCBC conversation – www.commonword.ca/go/2154 

It Can Be Done: Children's Sunday School during COVID – MennoMedia Shine – www.commonword.ca/go/2155 

Treaty as Sacred Covenant with Myeengun Henry – MCEC conversation – www.commonword.ca/go/2156 

Join an Upcoming Online Event 

MCA’s Engage: Learning to Walk with People from other Faith Backgrounds – Oct 14-Nov 18 

MCBC’s Searching for Peace in Palestine/Israel – Oct 15 

Mennonite Church Canada’s Table Talk:  Does the Church Still have Legs? – Oct 24 

CMU’s Renew:  Resources for Preaching – Oct 27, Nov 24 

Voices Together Digital Launch – December 13 

For more information, see www.commonword.ca/go/events 

The Church and the Coronavirus Pandemic

See the MCA website for Phase 2 Reopening information. 

Have a story to tell? Feedback on the MCA Communiqué?
Email communications@mcab.ca
MCA Calendar
Oct 14-Nov 18.      Engage: Learning to Walk with People from other Faith Backgrounds
Oct 24                    MC Canada Study Conference - Online
Oct 31                    Christian-Muslim Dialogue -- Online
Nov 3/4                  MCA Pastors Retreat at King's Fold Retreat Centre
Nov 7                     Special Congregational Zoom Check-In       
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