The MCA Communiqué
News & Notes for our Alberta family
January 27, 2021

In this issue

E3 Prayer 
Our Stories  -- First Mennonite Edmonton
One Good Thing - Melinda Doerksen
Chin Church Update (and Correction)
Missions and Services Updates
Camp Valaqua Rentals 
Family Feud Fundraiser
and more

Plus... updates from our wider faith communities
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Year 1  Christ in life

Our E3 Prayer

As the cold and storms of the Polar Vortex descend on Alberta,
warm us with your love and help us pass that love on to those around us.

Please also remember in your prayers those in our congregations for whom Covid-19 is much more than a daily statistic.
Pray for renewed health for those who are ill and comfort for those who are grieving.

Our Stories
First Mennonite Church Edmonton

The Joy of Giving
Story and card by
Ev Buhr, Office Administrator

A little creativity, a lot of joy!

“How are we going to get our Christmas Cards to everyone in church?”  “We usually just bring them before Christmas and put them into the church mail boxes.”  “I don’t want to spend that much on postage.” These were a few wonderings and concerns that we heard in mid-November. One comment came with a suggestion from a friend that lived out of town. “Why don’t you have everyone drop their cards off at the church and then arrange for times when people can come pick up their cards?” Sounded like a great idea. Then we received the news that there would be further restrictions on gathering/visiting indoors and we wondered how to move forward. “We’ve done other drive-by drop-offs. We should be able to find volunteer drivers to deliver the cards in person.” 

An announcement was put into the bulletin for the first Sunday in December:

  • Christmas Card Drop Off: Every year, many of us put Christmas Cards into our foyer church mailboxes for friends and family. Community Building branch would like to offer that as an option this year as well. Drop off your cards (incl. mailbox # from directory) by Dec. 16th, preferably during business hours. There will be a collection box outside the front door for after-hours drop off. We will sort and deliver the cards. If you are able to help with delivery, contact Ruth Friesen.

Just prior to this, the new Voices Together Hymnal arrived! Wow. We have 200+ copies of the new hymnal just sitting here in boxes. “Why don’t we offer everyone the opportunity to borrow one of the church copies for use on Sunday morning?” Sounds great. We can incorporate this into our drive-by card delivery service.

“What about the Christmas treat bags that our Sunday school children always receive at the Christmas program?” Let’s add those to the list as well.

December 16th came and the mailboxes were stuffed with cards. What a response! Ruth and Vince Friesen and Ev Buhr bagged each household’s items (cards and treat bags) and sorted them into 14 neighbourhoods around Edmonton and surrounding area (a few congregants further afield had their cards mailed to them). Over the weekend of Dec. 19-20, 14 volunteers delivered cards and hymnals to 112 households. The appreciation for the cards and hymnals, as well as the brief visits with the drivers gave a lot of Christmas joy to our congregation.

For the rest of Our Stories

One Good Thing. Just One Good Thing.  
Melinda Doerksen, Trinity Mennonite 

 As I think about the multitude of things we cannot do during this COVID season, I remind myself of the amazing things that we can still do.  One good thing is the access and availability I have to our amazing hiking and X-country skiing trails in Kananaskis and the Rocky Mountains.  I am also appreciative of my health, which allows me to enjoy them and appreciate their stunning beauty. 

Calgary Chin Christian Church Update 

Having received an extension to continue in their current space, the Calgary Chin Christian Church has made the decision to delay their official move-in date. On March 14, 2021 they will celebrate both their Grand Opening and their 10-year anniversary.
They celebrate the work that has been completed and have shared a virtual tour on the MCA Facebook page.  
They will continue to fundraise for tech equipment (TVs, projectors, monitors, computers, a sound system)  and office furniture. Donations accepted with gratitude!  

Read the latest News Story on the MCA website, Walking together -- with so much to Learn, a relationship building update, thanks to Jake Froese, Missions and Service committee. 

Missions and Service Committee
is inviting you to join two events beyond our Mennonite family.

1.  Continuing the Conversation.   

A three part monthly  series patterned after the yearly Christian Muslim Dialogue

This series brings together people in small Zoom Rooms, on the first Tuesday of the month. 
Dates:  Feb 3, March 2, April 6.  7-8 p.m. Mountain Time.

Topics: Know your Neighbour, Hospitality, Embassy, and Unity.  

Registration required

2. United Nations World Interfaith Harmony Week,
a week long event hosted by  Calgary Interfaith Council

Theme is "Harmonious Relations"  

Opening: Monday, February 1, 7- 8 pm  with Mayor Nenshi

Closing:   Sunday February 7, 3-4 pm. 

For more information and to register.  

Itching to get out of the city for the weekend? A night?
Or maybe you want to do school with your kids in nature for the week.

Rental options and inquiries at

We're renting individual units to members of the same household.
No shared space due to Covid-19 restrictions. 

 Just 1 hour NW of Calgary. Starting at $50/night.
Get access to:
- Outdoor firepits
- Walking trails
- Cross country skis and trails (weather permitting)
And of course, NATURE'S BEAUTY ❄️
   from Kevin Stoesz, Camp Valaqua committee chair

Camp Valaqua's Family Feud Fundraiser 
March 6, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. 

We are changing things up this year for our annual Camp Valaqua Fundraiser! Join us on March 6th from 7-8:30 for our first Family Feud evening. This event will be held over Zoom.

Sign up with a group of people or sign up as an individual and I will find a team for you. Please fill out the Registration form. I look forward to seeing you all on March 6th. Feel free to email for any additional questions. 
Mark your calendars and plan to join our MCA family of congregations for Worship via Zoom
as we launch Year Two of our E3 Action Plan:
Encountering, Embracing, Embodying Christ in Community

March 21, 11:00 a.m. (Details and zoom link to follow.) 

Mennonite Church Canada’s annual report, “Looking Back on 2020,” is available through CommonWord.
A one-page summary and full report are both available for congregational AGMs

Mennonite Church Canada congregations match $50,000 donation for MWC COVID-19 fund in 2020

Congregations across Mennonite Church Canada have matched a $50,000 donation made by Mennonite Church Canada to a COVID-19 relief fund operated by Mennonite World Conference / Congreso Mundial Menonita / Conférence Mennonite Mondiale (MWC).
The fund, which is part of MWC’s Global Church Sharing Fund, helps MWC-member churches struggling because of the COVID-19 global pandemic.

ord, Herald Press and MC USA partner
for Commo
n Read winter title 

The book chosen for Common Read's winter title is I Am Not Your Enemy: Stories to Transform a Divided World by Michael T. McRay. Read more about the author and his book.

And more:  The Intersection of Peacemaking and Storytelling

Indigenous-Settler Relations

35 years and going strong: A webinar with Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) 

 For more than three decades, Mennonite Church Canada partner CPT has been transforming violence and undoing oppressions around the world. Join us for a webinar this Jan., 28, noon CT, to learn about the current work in Colombia, Greece, Iraqi Kurdistan, Palestine and here on Turtle Island. Be inspired and discover ways that you can support. Click to register

Join a February book club on Unsettling the Word 

In partnership with the New Leaf Network, Mennonite Church Canada’s Indigenous-Settler Relations is co-hosting a four-week book club on Unsettling the Word: Biblical Experiments in Decolonization. Join editor Steve Heinrichs, along with Indigenous authors and activists Cheryl Bear and Sylvia McAdam, for life-giving conversations on justice, faith, reparations, and healing. Borrow or order the book through CommonWord. For more info, and to register, click here


International Witness


Is your congregation interested in mutual faith learning with brothers and sisters around the globe? 
Join a Witness Support Network and connect with other congregations who support International Witness ministries. 
Five networks currently support ministry in China, Philippines, South Korea, Thailand and Burkina Faso. Learn more at

Anabaptist Global Fellowship Sunday – January 24, 2021 

Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021, is Anabaptist Global Fellowship Sunday! MWC calls us to prayer on this day. Praise God that Anabaptists around the world are united in faith in God’s kingdom across language and cultural differences. Give thanks for the growing networks in the MWC family: mission, service, health, peace and education.  

Myanmar congregation builds church 

Pray for the Mission Anabaptist Church in Chin State, Myanmar, as they build a place where they can worship with and train members of their community. Pray that God will bless this place and use it to be a blessing to their region and country.   

Daycare program offered by Bolivia Mennonite Church forced to close 

Iglesia Evangélica Menonita de Bolivia (IEMB) community daycare program for vulnerable and marginalized children in Santa Cruz has been forced to close due to COVID-19 numbers in the area. Pray for the families affected by this closure. Pray they can find ways to work while taking care of their children. Pray for the staff of the daycare program who have been without work for many months due to the closure. 


Lent resources 

  •  Including resources for Ash Wednesday, Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday, Easter Sunday – 

  • Lenten Guided Prayer from Mennonite Spiritual Directors of Eastern Canada – 



Our winter 2021 CommonRead title –
Additional savings for group studies:  20% off when purchasing 5 or more copies! 

Featured Mennonite Church Canada resources: 

  • What happens to Mennonite Church Canada plastic communion cups once they are blessed and then used?  In 2016 Lois Siemens was asked to "take care of them." So she did! She began to photograph them in Mennonite worship spaces across Canada to remind us that we are all beloved children of God - 
  • A personal memoir by former General Secretary of Mennonite Church Canada - 

  • A novel set in Lusaka Zambia in 1974 by First Mennonite Church, Edmonton writer –  

  • A new companion study guide by Dan Epp-Tiessen for Peaceful at Heart, Anabaptist Reflections on Healthy Masculinity – free to download at   

MC USA devotional guides for family  

An At-Home devotional guide for families
from Mennonite Church USA –


The Church and the Coronavirus Pandemic

See the MCA website for up-to-date Covid-19 information as it impacts our worshiping together.

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MCA Calendar

March 6                    Camp Valaqua Family Feud Fundraiser

March 20-21, 9:30 a.m.                            Annual Delegate Sessions -- via ZOOM
Sunday, March 21, 11:00 a.m.                  Online Worship for ALL MCA congregations
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