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The MCA Communiqué
News & Notes for our Alberta family
August 5, 2020

In this issue

EQ Prayer - A Menno Minute
Online Worship - Student Bursary Recipients
Volunteers Needed - Invitation to Prayer
90 Seconds of Nature
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E3=MCA: Year 1 - Christ in life


Our E3 Prayer

God use my ears to listen to those who do not feel heard.
Help me to embody your message of love and acceptance to those around me.

A Menno Minute


Art Koop, MCA rep to the Canadian Mennonite

"Since I was a young boy, I’ve been fascinated by words, stories, and ideas. So when I heard that I had an opportunity to be a regional representative for Alberta on the Canadian Mennonite Publishing Society board of directors, which acts in an advisory capacity for the direction of the periodical Canadian Mennonite, I took them up on it.

As it happened, the annual meeting for the CMPS was taking place in Calgary in my first year. That meant that my responsibilities included helping to arrange accommodation, venues, meals, and a fundraising event. Although I am capable of being organized, my natural way of thinking is pretty random, so it was a challenge – but ultimately everything worked out.

The Canadian Mennonite is about journalism. Canadian Mennonite reports on events and ideas concerning Mennonite Churches and items of interest to Mennonites in Canada. Mennonite Churches and regional conferences that wish to have their events or important discussions covered by Canadian Mennonite do well to provide information about their events well ahead of time. 

Canadian Mennonite sometimes covers uncomfortable topics. Representing authenticity and fact can be uncomfortable, but it builds trust in the long run. Also, for anabaptists who have a history of theology that includes the idea of a “priesthood of all believers”, it’s challenging to imagine a single medium that could represent the whole diversity of ideas in discussion as our community grapples with what it means to be “church” in the twenty-first century. There is no Mennonite pope to hand down truth from on high. To be honest, that’s part of what keeps me in the Mennonite Church.

There are economic advantages to having a national journalistic publication, too. Being a journalistic publication makes Canadian Mennonite eligible for grants from other sources. These grants make up a considerable portion of the periodical’s budget. Additionally, the economy of scale provided by having one national publication means that the cost per unit per household is much lower than it otherwise would be. 

Now, one of my roles is being part of the Nominating Committee. The CMPS board is a dynamic group – it’s not just a matter of “plugging people in” to fill positions. The board itself develops, as Mennonites in Canada do, in interaction with the whole “priesthood of all believers”. Most of the people I know have a lot in common with me, which doesn’t necessarily make the board more representative of the community as a whole. I’d love to ultimately even find a replacement for myself - someone who can bring new perspectives and ideas to the Canadian Mennonite board. 

Maybe people are intimidated by the idea of being a board member, or feel insecure about their ability to contribute, or wonder if they will have an opportunity to contribute. I felt all those things, but there was a welcome for me, and I’ve learned a lot in the process."

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Online Service        

       Mennonite Church Canada weekly worship service for August 9


    Charleswood Mennonite Church in Winnipeg will prepare worship for us  this week. In Matthew 14: 22- 33, Jesus walks on the water and beckons Peter to follow him. How is the church being invited to step out of the boat and walk toward Jesus amid a storm of injustice, a pandemic, a climate crisis and uncertainty swirls around us?  Please join us as we gather to praise our Lord, who calls out to us to say, "Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid."  Watch at https://www.mennonitechurch.ca/worshipservices.  
Announcing our Student Bursary recipients for Fall 2020-Spring 2021!

Anne Retzlaff (Columbia Bible College)
Bryant Neufeldt (Canadian Mennonite University)
Cassidy Brown (Canadian Mennonite University)
Danika Warkentin (Canadian Mennonite University)
Jaden Krahn (Canadian Mennonite University)
Jonathan Wiebe (Columbia Bible College)
Olivia Neufeldt (Canadian Mennonite University)

Congratulations!  We wish you well in your studies!
Construction Volunteers Needed! 
 Calgary Chin Christian Church's renovation project continues to progress! As you can see, the walls are up and the space is humming with electricians and plumbers. The congregation would welcome volunteers for the next steps -- particularly taping, mudding and painting.
Email Peter at calgarychinchurch@gmail.com for details.
As many of their congregants were laid off due to Covid, they would also appreciate donations to their building fund. Donations accepted via https://calgarychin.mcab.ca/
 
Do you have a favourite worship service to share?

After over 4 months of being "scattered" as we heard from First Mennonite Edmonton a few weeks ago, our MCA congregations have produced more recorded worship services than anyone ever imagined they would. As you think about these, is there one from your congregation that stands out, that you would love to share with the rest of the MCA community? If so, check with your local leadership and pass the link on to communications@mca.ab.ca to be included in a future Communique. 
 

MCA Invitation
to Morning & Evening Prayer

(Click the photo for more information)

Congregants from across MCA are invited to join us on Zoom for morning and evening prayer.  We will be participating in morning prayer on Mondays and Wednesdays at 7:30 am and evening prayer on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:00 pm for about 15-20 minutes, using Take Our Moments and Our Days. Register online at mcab.ca/events
90 Seconds of Nature  (or...Jon needs our help)    
Thanks Jon!
Click on Jon for a link to the video.
(originally published on Instagram).                                                  

Camp Valaqua looks a bit different these days without summer camp happening, but there’s still lots going on! If you are looking to escape to the beautiful Alberta foothills for a bit, we have several small facility rental options for a family or small cohort. Email or call Jeff for more information: manager@campvalaqua.com | 403-637-2510
 
(Photo credit: Ryan Hermanson) 

                                                        Save the Date! Sept 27

         
E3 Celebration and Commitment Service

MCA is inviting all congregations to include MCA’s E3 theme,
“Encountering, Embracing, Embodying Christ in Life”  
in your September 27 worship service.

 A worship outline and resources
will be available soon.

 

INDIGENOUS-SETTLER RELATIONS 

Final stages of new book project 

Indigenous-Settler Relations and MCC Canada are collaborating on an exciting new book—Be It Resolved, an anthology of commitments Anabaptists have made to walk in solidarity with Indigenous peoples. We are in the final stages of designing this work that’s intended for small-group and congregational engagement. Please pray for us, that the Spirit would use this resource to encourage and equip our community. 

Persistent Widows Needed for Declaration Legislation 

Jesus reminds us in the parable of the unjust judge (Luke 18:1-1-8), that holy persistence can pay off. Over the last few years we have asked you, time and again, to advocate for legislation that implements the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. We are so grateful! And we need you to keep at it. Please raise your voice and let the government know that you care by signing your name to this Mennonite Central Committee Canada letter to the Minister of Justice—see www.tinyurl.com/UNDRIPNOW

 


Help double the donation -
Mennonite World Conference


Updates available soon!

Mennonite Church Canada donates $50,000 to Mennonite World Conference for COVID-19 relief fund; asks constituents to match or exceed donation. To contribute to the MWC relief fund please go to mcab.ca/giving.
SAVE THE DATE:

International Witness Sunday on October 18, 2020

Mennonite Church Canada International Witness invites congregations across our nationwide community of faith to celebrate International Witness Sunday on October 18, 2020. Come prepared to give, learn and get involved with International Witness ministries. To help church leadership prepare for this day, promotional material and worship resources, such as readings, prayers and music, will be made available in August. For more information contact the IW Communications committee via jhanson@mennonitechurch.ca or go to https://www.mennonitechurch.ca/international-witness.
               

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN! 

Mennonite Church Canada Study conference  October 24, 2020

Table Talk: Does the church still have legs?
a virtual one-day conference with Sara Wenger Shenk

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. For more information, visit https://www.mennonitechurch.ca/tabletalk2020.  

International Witness

Anabaptist training for local Chinese congregations 

Pray for George Veith, Witness worker in China, and Chinese colleague Yin Hongtao, as they organize and translate Anabaptist materials for congregations asking for training. Pray that they would produce a program that meets the needs of local believers and built on by local leaders.  Praise God for the opportunity to meet with congregational leaders face to face at the end of July.   

Creative responses to pandemic in Philippines 

Dann and Joji Pantoja, Witness workers in the Philippines, and their organization PeaceBuilders Community, Inc., are creatively meeting the challenges of COVID-19.  Read their blog post for examples of five women working new jobs due to the pandemic. Praise God for seeds of resilience planted in the lives of these families and communities.   

Witness worker leads restorative-circle workshop this month 

Pray for Bock Ki Kim, Witness worker in South Korea, and the Chuncheon Community Peace Center as they work at restorative-circle practices in local families and schools. Pray for the three-day workshop on August 3-6, for training 20 facilitators to help in this work of healing in their communities.     

New and expanded Sunday School resources from MennoMedia. 

Shine: A dynamic curriculum for age 3 – grade 8. 

Many new features: 

  • New weekly story cards help facilitate the teaching of the larger “biblical arc of shalom” by connecting the quarter’s stories each week 

  • All of Us retells the biblical story twice – a longer version, closely retold from the Bible, and a shorter version retold with pictures 

  • A stronger emphasis on the child’s active participation in God’s work of love and justice 

  • Teachers are generously affirmed and equipped as spiritual leaders with additional helps and lesson plans that are clean and simple 

  • The core outline is now the same for all age levels allowing greater coordination in worship and at home 

 Additional help during COVID-19 

  • Shine At-Home (for parents at home) 

  • Shine Connect (for online teaching) 

Online samples and more information 

Purchase copies 

Preview a loan copy 

Salt and Light 

A new quarterly Anabaptist Bible study that replaces the former Adult Bible Study series 

  • Includes daily spiritual practice suggestions for each week’s study 

  • Available in English and Spanish 

Purchase copies 

Preview a loan copy 

2020 Summer Reading List 

Our 12th annual list of recommended titles for the lawn chair, hammock or beach blanket during the summer months! 

Including: 

The Church and the Coronavirus Pandemic

See the MCA website for Phase 2 Reopening information. 
 


Stories, Events, Announcements?
communications@mcab.ca


MCA Calendar
Sept 27        E3 Celebration & Commitment Service
Oct 18          International Witness Sunday
Oct 24          MC Canada Study Conference - Online
Oct 31          Christian-Muslim Dialogue
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