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The MCA Communiqué
News & Notes for our Alberta family

March 25, 2020

The Church and the Coronavirus Pandemic

In the current state of emergency and in accordance with health guidelines, MCA urges the cancellation of all in-person congregational gatherings until further notice. MCA will continue to reassess this recommendation as new information emerges.

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A Menno Minute

by Michael Ediger, outgoing chair Personnel Committee
member, Edmonton First Mennonite Church


My Time on Human Resources at MCA


I have just completed two terms on the Personnel Committee at Mennonite Church Alberta, and Goodness, how quickly the time has gone by!

This was a time of change for Mennonite Church Canada, and the transitions were a challenge for our MCA staff, committees and volunteers. The focus was always on how we can better serve the wider church and our regional churches. MCA responded by adding a communications staff role, we strengthened our leadership capacity through an Executive Minister role, and we have expanded staff resources in administrative areas. The results have been a tremendous lift to the churches I believe; we have greatly improved communications to and from the churches, and we have had strong leadership in implementing the changes that are taking place. We are doing it all with a commitment to visioning that invites everyone to be involved.

I have enjoyed working with the various committees who do the work of MCA. These are dedicated people and strong leaders who care deeply for the church and are passionate about where we can grow in the future. I am excited about the ‘Triple E’ path that lies ahead. We have great staff as well, delivering programs and ministries in North Edmonton, Camp Valaqua, in our churches, and in our own office of sorts.

In some ways the regular trips from Edmonton to the Didsbury Bergthal Church meetings could be a metaphor for my overall experience. We were building the present and future of MCA in one of our oldest churches - and therefore we were kept rooted in where we came from.  The path ahead (read ‘drive’) was long but once you got there it was worth it. And sometimes the road was a bit slippery but we always made it and felt blessed and watched over. I really enjoyed the whole experience, and I feel the work of the spirit in this special group.
 

MCA Assembly 2020 - Rescheduled


Encountering, Embracing, Embodying Christ in Life

March 28 10:30am - 12:30pm
Zoom Conference

Test meeting Thursday at 7pm
All details are at mcab.ca/delegates

You must be registered

to be admitted into the conference
Max capacity 100.
30 spots remain.

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New Resources for life during a pandemic


There are new pages of resources now available at mcab.ca/pandemic-prep.
  • Why precaution is important
  • Online services
  • MC Canada pandemic prepardness
  • Pastoral Care help

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You are not alone, a message from leaders across Canada


We are living in difficult times. But we need to remember that we are not alone! In fact, God is always with us. Also, the community of the church, the body of Christ, stands together and united in this time. Here are some greetings from fellow leaders across Mennonite Church Canada. We are in this together, and we trust that God will take care of us. All will be well.


March 25, 2020
Congregations across Mennonite Church Canada offer online worship services during pandemic


Regional churches to offer live-stream and recorded services until and including Easter


Mennonite Church Canada, in collaboration with its regional churches and their local congregations, will share worship services each week for congregations across our nationwide community of faith. These services are available through links on the Mennonite Church Canada worship resource webpage: https://www.mennonitechurch.ca/worshipresources.

This and other information is also posted on Mennonite Church Alberta's website www.mcab.ca

Pastor Siaka Traoré's Alberta visit cut short


Pastor Siaka Traoré, from the Église Évangelique Mennonite du Burkina Faso was scheduled to be in the Edmonton and Calgary areas speaking about Peace Witness in the struggles of present-day Burkina Faso on March 15 & 16. Due to the coronovirus, his trip was cut short.

If you would like to know more about his work and the work in Burkina Faso, check out these articles. 

The Mennonite: The Bible undergirds human rights. by Pastor Siaka Traoré
Mennonite World Conference: People of Burkina Faso call for prayer by Nelson Kraibill

Spring at CMU

an online event April 3

Due to COVID-19, our in-person Spring at CMU event has been canceled. However, we invite you to participate in a virtual, online take on Spring at CMU on April 3, 2020 from the comfort of your living room.

Join us for a virtual gathering—a 45-minute event, featuring music from the CMU Singers, sharing from graduating CMU students, and a celebration of the CMU Communications & Media program.

The presentation of the PAX award to Senator Dr. Mary Jane McCallum is postponed to a later date.

Date: Friday, April 3, 2020
Time: 7:00–7:45 PM

If you have questions about accessing this online event, or how to make the in-person donation you were planning to make on April 3, please call Julie Derksen at 204.594.0517 or visit the website

MCA Calendar

Apr 18           All Committee meeting, Zoom
Apr 28-30      Come Away - Pastor & Spouse retreat
Jun 5-7,         MCA Women's Retreat
Jun 13           Camp Valaqua Hike-a-Thon
Jun 14           Camp Valaqua Garden Party
Oct 22 - 24    MC Canada Study Conference

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