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The MCA Communiqué
News & Notes for our Alberta family
July 22, 2020

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E3 Prayer  A Menno Minute  •  Invitation to Prayer  MC Canada Online Sunday Service  90 Seconds of Nature  Indigenous-Settler Relations news  •  Student Bursary deadline  •  Help Double the Donation for MWC 

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  E3 Celebration  •  International Witness Sunday
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E3=MCA: Year 1 - Christ in life

God, use my hands and feet to carry groceries, cards,
or messages of care to those who are alone or at risk.
May the little things I do help me to embody you
to those who may be getting discouraged.

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Andrea Zapf  -  Trinity Mennonite Church

A Menno Minute

Seeing God at Work in MCA, in our Congregations, in Ourselves

This week’s Menno Minute comes to you as a reflection within a conversation.

As the new Communications Coordinator, I (Ruth) appreciated Andrea’s offer of assistance particularly re publishing the Communique. In a subsequent email conversation we chatted about a question I had once been asked by a spiritual director “How have I seen God working today?”. I then asked her to reflect on how she saw God working in her role as Communications Coordinator at Trinity Mennonite Church.

Andrea replied with, “I find questions like this easiest to answer after finishing a role. Answering while in the role is always tough! The saying "hindsight is 20/20" rings quite true! 

In 1 Corinthians 12, it talks about how we are all parts of the Body of Christ. Once a pastor asked a group of us which body part we thought we were being called to be. Most typically people replied with eyes, hands, feet, brain or mouth. Each one saw themselves as some sort of active part of the Body of Christ. I've thought about that question long and hard several times over the years, and each time I come back to the same answer: I am an elbow. I help the brain direct the hands of the Church to the right place, to make sure they can do the work. On the other side, sometimes I feel I'm called alongside someone and to give them a nudge. 

My work as a Communications Coordinator often follows the elbow analogy. Most of the time in my role I am helping others find the information they need. Little things I do can make a great impact on the ability of others to do their job. Although, if I move too fast too soon the hands can't keep up and they can get hurt. Or I end up hurt because I back myself into something and I hit my funny bone. I have to think through my choices carefully and consider the impact I'll make. Thankfully I haven't needed to nudge anyone yet, however I haven't been in this role long...  

I may not be able to see any direct impact of my work, but I trust that God is using me to accomplish some great things.” 

That question, “How have I seen God working today?”, one that I had then been asked to journal about daily, continues to intrigue me. Perhaps this would be a good homework assignment for us all. 

Every day, write down how you’ve seen God at work today. Then, after 30 days, reread what you’ve written. Like all good assignments, this one requires us to pay attention.

MCA Invitation
to Morning & Evening Prayer

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Congregants from across MCA are invited to join us on Zoom for morning and evening prayer, which began June 15, 2020. We will be participating in morning prayer on Monday’s 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
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Online Service 
July 26, 2020

Mennonite Church Canada weekly worship service comes to us this week
from Mennonite Church Alberta. First Mennonite Church Edmonton
welcomes our nationwide community to join us for worship this Sunday, July 26th.

Pastor Craig Neufeld will use Romans 8:26-39 to explore the theme of Scattered, but not Separated.
 


 Go to https://www.mennonitechurch.ca/worshipservices for the link or watch on our YouTube channel
 
90 Seconds of Nature     
This week -- a little winter to cool us off!
Thanks Jon!
Click on Jon for a link to the video.
(originally published on Instagram).                                                  

INDIGENOUS-SETTLER RELATIONS 

For the Love of Creation 

Churches and faith organizations across Canada have recently come together to pursue climate justice by forming an initiative called, “For the Love of Creation.” The goal is to facilitate climate conversation through theological reflection, congregational engagement and political advocacy. The most recent opportunity for action is a parliamentary petition calling on the Government of Canada to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 60 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030, and to honour Indigenous rights, particularly around energy and infrastructure development. Learn more and sign the petition

Webinar: Stories of Decolonization 

What are Indigenous activists and settlers doing to understand and challenge settler colonialism in Canada? Join a screening and discussion of the documentary film, Stories of Decolonization: Land Dispossession and Settlement on July 29 at 7 p.m. Steve Heinrichs, director of Mennonite Church Canada’s Indigenous-Settler Relations program, will be one of four panelists. Register here



If you missed the recent webinar hosted by Mennonite Church BC
for the recording, click here
“Living the Declaration: A Webinar on Indigenous Rights.” 
 

RUNNING OUT OF TIME TO APPLY!!


Student Bursary Application

Submission Deadline is July 31, 2020.


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! Sept 27

E3 Celebration and Commitment Service

MCA is asking all congregations to include MCA’s E3 theme, “Encountering, Embracing, Embodying Christ in Life”  in your worship service Sept 27. There will be a worship outline and resources available soon. Watch for further information in the coming weeks.
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.
               

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

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

SAVE THE DATE: International Witness Sunday, October 18, 2020 

Resources for International Witness Sunday on October 18, 2020, are coming soon! Online resources including: recorded sermons, videos, worship ideas, children’s stories, pictures and information about International Witness to inform and inspire will be made available to your congregation through our website. Ways to give. Ways to learn. Ways to get involved! Questions? E-mail jhanson@mennonitechurch.ca or kdsawatzky@mennonitechurch.ca.  

Terrorist attacks in Burkina Faso 

Evangelical Mennonite Church of Burkina Faso asks us to pray for them as they continue to suffer terrorist attacks. Pray for protection, for the resolution to this conflict and for political stability. Mennonite Church Canada partner Africa Inter-Mennonite Mission supports the church in Burkina Faso through community outreach and leadership development.   

COVID-19 awareness project reaches many churches in Congo 

Evangelical Mennonite Church of Congo asks us to thank the Lord for the success of COVID-19 education workshops, which reached many of the local churches. Mennonite World Conference and Africa Inter-Mennonite Mission provided funds for the project. Thank you for your support for these projects.   

Witness workers in China finish school year from home 

Praise God for another year of teaching in China for Tobia Veith.  She finished her classes and exams online from home. Pray for George and Tobia as they travel in China to visit Anabaptist study groups to encourage and collaborate on resource development.   

Summer Reading List  

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

  

Living the Declaration:  A Webinar on Indigenous Rightshttps://www.commonword.ca/ResourceView/82/22566 

MCBC recently hosted this webinar, featuring Judy Wilson (Secwepemc) from the Union of BC Indian Chiefs, Romeo Saganash (Cree) who helped draft the Declaration, and Quaker advocate Jennifer Preston, who explored both the challenge and the promise of implementing the Declaration on the ground, with our communities, and in our lives. 

  

Featured Resource: 

“Virus as a Summons to Faith” by Walter Brueggemann   

Brueggemann explores how the devastating effects of COVID-19 summon us to renew our covenantal relationship with God and to renew our responsibilities within that relationship.  Available to borrow or special order. 

  

Anti-Racism Resources  

In this time of overt racial tensions (in the US … and in Canada … and confessionally, in ourselves), we humbly offer these resources – biographies, group studies, worship services, biblical retellings – to inspire us toward true reconciliation and love of neighbour.   

  


 

Expanding our Witness:  Equipping Ministry for Anti-Racist Change” webinar.  An “Adaptive Church” webinar that unpacks the work our churches have to do to bring about God’s vision of shalom. What does dismantling racism, racial justice and “no justice, no peace” mean in our congregations? 

Previous webinars: 

  

Free, extra edition of Leader focused on COVID-19  

Articles are written by pastors and practitioners from the U.S. and Canada on topics including trauma and grief, how to keep church members connected, and pandemic pastoral care for marriages, among others.  

  


Free digital Special Editions of Rejoice! during COVID-19 

 

Borrowed Items Ship Free with Membership  

Self-isolation should not mean a lack of reading material.  Have a book dropped off at your door! Online retail, loan and digital services continue during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

 

The Church and the Coronavirus Pandemic

 

Beginning June 12,  Alberta moved into Stage 2 of its relaunch strategy. MCA continues to recommend caution. Congregations may hold worship services as long as they follow all distancing requirements and guidelines outlined for worship gatherings and for businesses. Watch for Stage 2 updates: https://www.alberta.ca/restrictions-on-gatherings.aspx.
 

Phase 2: Reopening Strategy

Now in Stage 2 of Alberta's relaunch strategy, MCA encourages caution, careful assessment, and preparations before congregations decide to reopen.

  1. Take time to discern together.
  2. Take the time to ensure readiness before opening.
  3. Share the work.
  4. Share the responsibility.
  5. If you decide to delay reopening,

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MCA Calendar

Jul 31           Application deadline for MCA Student Bursary
Sept 27        E3 Celebration & Commitment Service
Oct 18          International Witness Sunday
Oct 22 - 24   MC Canada Study Conference - Online
Oct 31          Christian-Muslim Dialogue
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