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The MCA Communiqué
News & Notes for our Alberta family
June 3, 2020

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Call to Prayer  Open to God's Whisper    Hike-a-thon is back on!  •  We're hiring!  •  YA Week 3  •  Valaqua is growing [a garden] again!  •  Support Mennonite World Conference  •  Online Sunday service
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The Church and the Coronavirus Pandemic

Alberta has entered into Stage 1 of its relaunch strategy.


During this time congregations are encouraged to continue holding worship services remotely, but does offer substantial guidance and requirements should churches choose to move forward with smaller worship gatherings. More information can be found here: https://www.alberta.ca/restrictions-on-gatherings.aspx

A Call to Prayer


MCA with other regions of Mennonite Church Canada is asking all MCA congregations to set aside a specific time of prayer on Sunday, June 7, to join Mennonite Church USA as they lament the injustice and violence suffered by people of colour in the U.S. Go to mcab.ca/news to read more about how you can pray for our churches as they confront racism in our communities.

A Menno Minute


Building bridges in Burkina Faso

By Donna Entz

God brought Siaka Traore of Burkina Faso into our lives in 1979.  In spite of opposition from every direction possible, he has always been consistent in responding as Jesus would.  As a young man, he joyfully embraced Jesus as Lord and Saviour. Instead of demonizing the Islamic faith that nurtured his incredible spiritual development and character traits, he used it as a springboard for relationships in the Muslim community. He inspired us to pursue a similar track in our life. Tany Warkentin and family of Pincher Creek were also honoured to work with him.  Below are stories from a recent inter-faith Zoom call.

Pastor Siaka Traore, the founder and leader the Evangelical Mennonite Church of Burkina Faso. Violence in country has been given religious overtones. Tensions are high and are profoundly felt by all religious communities. Pastor Siaka carries within his own life these tensions. He was born and raised in a faithful Muslim family and within which his outstanding personality traits were shaped.


 
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Mission & Service Committee

Issue #5


The Mission & Service Committe explores areas of need and concern in Alberta relating to outreach, promotes the Christian peace witness, connects with International Witness workers and ministries, considers possible church planting opportunities, and oversees work of North Edmonton Ministry.

Currently the committee, in conjunction with the South Sudanese Mennonite Church, are working to fulfill a request by South Sudanese in Gambela Ethiopia and in South Sudan. Riek Tut, a member of Edmonton South Sudanese and the Missions & Service committee, we to the region last November for several months.

Drought, malnutrition, civil war, economic issues, violence, and then wide-spread flooding in Fall, 2019 have ravaged the young country of South Sudan. A civil war began soon after independence in July, 2011 causing massive migration to neighbouring countries. Because of the work of MCC in South Sudan, many congregations there identify with the Mennonite Church. Those in Edmonton, who came in the early 2000's following a previous civil war in Sudan, formed the  Edmonton South Sudanese Mennonite Church (ESSMC), now a member of MCA.

Naturally, this community is very concerned for families and friends they left behind, most still in refugee camps. Werner and Joanne De Jong, during their teaching furlough at the Meserete Kristos College in Addis Ababa in 2019, visited with some leaders of these Mennonite Congregations in Gambela, Ethiopia and in South Sudan. These congregations echoed the call to Paul in Acts 16:9, “Come over and help us!” Their request was for an Anabaptist training proposal focusing on

  1. What is a Mennonite?
  2. Discipleship
  3. Leadership training
The proposal would involve a 2-person team: a pastor or teacher from MCA to teach over a ten day period accompanied by a member of the ESSMC for translation and cultural navigation. This was to take place now in May, 2020, however, due to COVID-19, this mission has been postponed indefinitely.
 
Jake Froese is starting work with a group of South Sudanese in Calgary. That story will have to wait for another time.
 
As well, funding is always a need.
Members of MCA, will you “come over” on side and help us?
 
This proposal would fulfill one of our committee’s obligation’s “to partner with/or facilitate partnerships amongst interested member congregations in missional activity within the province or beyond.”
 
Mission & Service Committee: Vince Friesen, Chair; Jake Froese; Beth Moyer: William Tut
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We’re hiring! Communications Coordinator


 MCA is looking for a creative individual to work with committees and staff as our Communications Coordinator. See mcab.ca/careers for a job description. Inquiries and resumes can be directed to Brenda Tiessen-Wiens at moderator@mcab.ca.
Career Opportunities

E3=MCA: Year 1 - Christ in life

Opening to God's Whisper

Year 1: Encountering, Embracing, Embodying Christ in Life
Tany Warkentin, pastoral leader at Springridge Mennonite Church and treasurer for Mennonite Church Alberta, reflects her experience and challenges us to be open to God's whisper.

God, Speak through me.
Use my words to help others to feel your love .


 
Share a story or reflection

June 1, 2020  Press Release

Mennonite Church Canada donates $50,000 to Mennonite World Conference for COVID-19 relief fund; asks constituents to match or exceed donation


Read full press release here
To contribute to the MWC relief fund please go to mcab.ca/giving.
The Hike-a-thon is back on!

Join us for our first (and hopefully last) Physically Distanced Hike-a-thon! I know we can't get together, but that doesn't mean we can't share a hike.

How it works: You collect pledges and then go for a hike sometime from June 8-14. It can be a mountain hike, a city park hike, or a hike around your living room. Send us pictures and we'll send you a custom event sticker (instead of a t-shirt... they are easier to mail) and top fundraisers receive Mountain Equipment Coop Gift Certificates... to spend online of course!

We're sad we won't get to share the trail with you, but we can't wait to see (pictures of) you on the trail!

campvalaqua.com/events

Valaqua is planting a garden and needs your help.


Even without campers, the garden will be planted, cared for, and harvested. All food will be donated to the Calgary Food Bank. Contact Jon if you can lend a hand this summer. valaqua@xplorenet.com

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Week 3

Engaging the culturally "other."

 

a six-week Young Adult discussion
hosted by Camp Valaqua and North Edmonton Ministry








This Sunday, June 7 will be a Q&A on the Prophet and Islam. People are still welcome to 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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Student Bursary Application

Submission Deadline is July 31, 2020.
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Online Service

Trinity Sunday June 7, 2020 

Message: "Lighten Up"
Avon Mennonite Church
Scripture: Luke 11:33-36 and Matthew 5:14-16

Please Join Avon Mennonite Church in Stratford, Ont., this Sunday, June 7, as we reflect on Jesus teachings in Luke 11:33-36 and Matthew 5:14-16. Shane and Angela Wiebe, Cyrille Fopoussi and Mary Anne Musser will lead us in worship. Troy Watson will unpack what Jesus might mean when he says, "You are the light...your eye is the lamp." The service will be available at https://www.mennonitechurch.ca/worshipservices.

Link to service


Hiring: P/T Youth Worker



Foothills Mennonite Church, Calgary is seeking to hire a part-time youth worker for a one-year term. Interested parties may reply via Email ( or regular post) to: The Chair,  office@foothillsmennonite.ca OR  2115 Urbana Rd, Nw, Calgary, AB T2N 2B9.

Young Anabaptist Fellowship Week


Young Anabaptist: Mennonite World Conference: 5th annual Young Anabaptist Fellowship Week (virtual platforms) June 14-21. For ages 18-30.

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?
communications@mcab.ca


MCA Calendar
Jun 7            Young Adult Series: Engaging the culturally "other." Week 3
Jun 8-14       Hike-a-thon
Jun 14          Young Adult Series: Engaging the culturally "other." Week 4
Jun 14-21     YA fellowship week - Menno. World Conf.
Jun 21          Young Adult Series: Engaging the culturally "other." Week 5
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

 

AIMM asks for prayer amid COVID-19 in Africa  
 

INDIGENOUS-SETTLER RELATIONS 


CommonWord online service continues during the pandemic 

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

 
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