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The MCA Communiqué
July 6, 2022

In this issue

Our E3 Prayer and Prayer Updates
A Menno Minute  -- Suzanne Gross
Greater Things than These -- and MC Canada update
Camp Valaqua 

And more from MC Canada, International Witness, our schools and Common Word. 
MCA Calendar
July 29 - August 1  We Declare: Gathering 2022, Edmonton
July 31 - August 4   Amplify: Youth Gathering, Camp Valaqua

E3 = MCA             Year 3  Christ in the World

Our E3 Prayer
Thank you for sharing your creative artistry in the beauty of plants, animals, and all the rest of your creation.

For our Prayers
Camp Valaqua Staff Commissioning Service

If you would like to offer a short prayer for the camp, summer staff, and campers as part of the commissioning, please send it to Tim at execmin@mcab.ca by noon on Friday, July 8.

International Witness:  Tom and Christine Poovong, Thailand

  • Pray for Thai pastors and leaders, specifically that God will give them time off from their busy lives to be able to participate in an upcoming Bible Camp.
  • Pray for the visiting teacher, Dr. Derek Suderman, who will be with the Poovongs from July 8 to 23 and for travelling mercies for all.
  • And always, pray for God’s protection and blessings for us all.
Pray for all those attending Mennonite World Conference in Indonesia, July 5-10.  Pray for our MC Canada executive minister, Doug Klassen as well as the group of young adults representing MC Canada at the Global Youth Summit. Rebecca Janzen is our MCA representative. 
A Menno Minute

Suzanne Gross, MCA Interim Worker

Random Closing Thoughts and Queries on Intercultural/Interfaith Relationships

I recently participated in a Senior’s Week event organized by the Shaama Centre – a centre for newcomer seniors to do art together and to share their gifts of life and stories. I sat beside an Indonesian couple who have been in Canada since 1970. The man found out I spoke some German, so we switched to German since he had lived in Stuttgart for 4 years before coming to Canada and loves speaking German. He explained how it was the local mosque that led him to the Shaama Centre after he retired in 2012. I shared with him how Mennonites from around the world are gathering in his home country of Indonesia, and told him the story of how a local Indonesian Mennonite pastor in a community of moderate Muslims and Mennonites, both struggling with threats of an extremist Muslim group, played a role in bring the community together in peace. The reconciliation even prompted the different groups to work together to rebuild homes after the Tsunami of 2004. We agreed that this sort of local dealing with conflict can only happen in a tolerant country where the military and police stay out of the way of community conflict resolution. In this story, that space was filled by our third-way Mennonite belief that friendship can lead to reconciliation, which is the pillar of a peaceful and harmonious community. May those attending our Mennonite World Conference, experience the blessings and hospitality of their wise Indonesian hosts.

This may be one of my last chances to share with you my reflections as your Interim Interfaith Worker on behalf of Mennonite Church Alberta. It has been an honour and a privilege to serve in this capacity. After July 15, there will be a short hiatus as the leadership of Mennonite Church Alberta fill this position permanently for a start-date in September 2022. The permanent job description will be taking into account the desire to lodge this work in all of our Mennonite Church Alberta communities through building on intentionality around what is already taking place. This will be done through resourcing congregations with access to a menu of possible activities that may include learning through book clubs or study series, and for planning to reach into uncharted relationship and solidarity territory right in our local contexts.  It is exciting to think about the relationships and insights God will lead us into! 

And so I leave you with some Queries. Queries are a tool Quakers like to use to encourage their Society of Friends to reflect on the practice of simplicity, peace, integrity, equality, community, and stewardship of the Earth.  I have always appreciated Quaker queries because they are more about reflecting on the question rather than arriving at definitive answers. They are the sort of thing one can come back to over and over again, and gain new insights from. 

I leave you with four Queries to reflect on Intercultural and Interfaith relationships with our invitation to engage with the world through “expanding the circle.”
  • How do you seek to see and experience God’s image reflected in your neighbour, at home, at school, in grocery stores, in community gatherings?
  • What exists in your church community, and what would need to change for a neighbour to feel fully welcomed and included in your church gatherings?
  • What are some of the stories you have heard or experienced yourself, that give you the courage to continue to “expand the circle”?
  • How has God been present in unexpected ways through relationships and conversations with people outside of your faith tradition? 

Song commissioned for Gathering 2022
blends virtual voices from across Mennonite Church Canada
 

Click image or HERE to watch.

“When Doug Klassen started to dream about the in-person gathering of MC Canada, he wondered if I might be able to write something based on the theme. That was so long ago that the key scripture passage has even changed:) But what hasn't changed is the desire Doug felt to hold two seemingly contradictory things at the same time - the need to confess failings as seen through our complicity in things like colonialism and climate change, and the conviction that in spite of failings, our faith in Jesus and our efforts to follow him should be invitational. Even though we make mistakes, come and join us, and see what amazing things God will do through us.” -- Phil Campbell-Enns, songwriter of “Greater things than these” 


MC Canada congregations invited to watch Gathering 2022 sessions online 
 



MC Canada is offering congregations discounted group and individual registration rates to attend Gathering 2022 sessions online.

Share in live worship and plenary sessions, participate in online workshops and network with other virtual participants from across our nationwide community of faith. Information and to register visit www.mennonitechurch.ca/gathering2022






Mennonite Church Canada shares worship services again this summer 

Mennonite Church Canada will once again share worship services from congregations across our nationwide community of faith this summer. The services and a schedule are available at mennonitechurch.ca/worshipservices. 

July 10, 2022   Eden Mennonite Church -- Mennonite Church British Columbia
A Life of Wonder    Psalm 8
At times in life, we all need to stop and recapture the WONDER of a God who is all around us all the time. Psalm 8 offers much to the reader, but perhaps nothing emerges more than an invitation to simply notice, embrace and participate in the WONDER of God here and now.

Summer Camp has begun!
A slightly-damp-but-so-much-fun Family Camp! 
Thanks Rita Heidebrecht and Jill Peters for the photos!  More here!








Camp is still seeking kitchen volunteers and chaplains, as in previous summers so if you have the skillset and time for volunteering -- please do! CLICK for more information and registration links are available.

International Witness

MWC Assembly in Indonesia this week 

This week many of our international partners are gathering with siblings in faith in Indonesia for the Mennonite World Conference Assembly. Pray for open sharing and understanding as representatives from around the globe worship together, learn from and encourage each other. 

Korean church group celebrates meeting in person  

Mennonite Seoul, a worshipping community facilitated by MC Canada Witness workers Bock Ki Kim and Sook Kyoung Park, is rejoicing in their ability to have an in-person retreat this July after much time apart. Pray that God will bless and guide this important time of fellowship.   

Derek Suderman sharing resources with Thai believers 

Pray for Derek Suderman, from Conrad Grebel University College, as he travels to Thailand and spends two weeks with Friends of Grace pastors and lay leaders exploring the relevance of the Old Testament for modern Thai believers. To support the sharing of teaching resources with global partners, consider giving at https://www.mennonitechurch.ca/giving and designate your donation “Short Term Ministry – Grebel.” 

Attending one of our post-secondary schools in fall 2022? Or, know a student who is?

An MCA Student Bursary helps covering tuition costs and shows our young adults that they are valued in our faith community.

Applications close JULY 31



Did you attend Bible School or Bible College and appreciate all that you learned there? Consider donating so that a young adult today can benefit from a similar experience!
Click to DONATE.

 Free tuition for a year at CMU! Apply to CMU for a chance to have your undergraduate tuition covered! To be eligible Canadian students must return a completed CMU application for the 2022/23 academic year starting in September. Visit cmu.ca/admissions for further eligibility requirements. 

MHC Gallery and Mennonite Heritage Archives are hiring a full-time term Administrative Assistant & Receptionist starting July 18, 2022. Visit cmu.ca/employment for more details. 

MHC Gallery’s next exhibition is: “Mennonite Village Photography: Views from Manitoba, 1890–1940” by Mennonite Historic Arts Committee. The exhibit runs from June 24 to September 10, 2022. Visit cmu.ca/gallery for more details. 

As with E3 Years One and Two, the E3 Reference group has created worship resources for Year Three for our MCA congregations.


NEW! Worship service options, Commitment Cards, and Bucket Lists,  posters and even a sermon are now available for download on our website. 

We celebrate those in our community gifted with the skills to create worship material to be used to bring our E3 vision to life.

All E3 Resources found HERE. 

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Summer Reading List 

Recommended titles for the lawn chair, hammock or beach blanket! - https://www.commonword.ca/go/3034  

  






CommonWordKids 


Illustrated picture books for young children – including biblical stories and themes – https://www.commonword.ca/go/2371 

 

Community-Developed Resource 

Praying the Psalms:  My Spiritual Practice by Len Rempel.  A way of spending meditative, contemplative time with a psalm, allowing the words to speak to me, and allowing me to speak to God – https://www.commonword.ca/go/3054.    



New Video Guide for commonword.ca 



Are you new to our website or curious about how it works?  Take a few minutes to view this video tutorial and open up your world to thousands of Anabaptist and related resources – to buy, borrow or access online! 

https://www.commonword.ca/go/tutorial  


New from Mennonite Church Canada 

Walking Together: Intercultural Stories of Love and Acceptance by Edith and Neill von Gunten. Covering almost fifty years of peace and reconciliation work--from the Black-led civil rights struggles of the 1960s to decades-old relationships with Indigenous peoples on both sides of Lake Winnipeg in Manitoba--these stories draw similarities between familiar biblical concepts and Anishinaabe seven “A Way of Life Teachings.”   

  • Includes a study guide 

  • Book launch will be held in person and by livestream on Thursday, September 29, 7 p.m. (CDT). 


New from CMU Press 

Dora Dueck’s new book Return Stroke is available to buy or borrow – https://www.commonword.ca/go/2940. Her earlier book This Hidden Thing is again available – https://www.commonword.ca/go/3031.   

 

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