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The MCA Communiqué
News & Notes for our Alberta family
May 20, 2020


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A Menno Minute

“Let's get JAZZED!

By Brenda Tiessen-Wiens


Our Finance Committee, in the "Y" MCA column for May 20, notes that giving to operational expenses doesn’t have the same pizzazz as giving to other more visual and tangible ministries such as post-secondary bursaries that support students, camp and children’s ministries that bring smiles to everyone’s faces and grow roots for the future church, or women’s retreat, where engaging in personal growth together creates spiritual connections. Ministries like these easily flow into story-telling opportunities and create great photo ops. They’re wonderful things to support! Giving to “where needed,” on the other hand, is not as exciting. So to give it a boost, let’s jazz it up!

J –  is for Jesus (of course!) who said “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
A – is for our attentive Finance Committee
Z – is for the zippy way that Tany replies to emails and reimburses expenses
Z – is for our zesty staff and the passion they bring to their work
E -  is for essential; the underlying structure is what makes all our other ministries possible
D – is for donors, the people of MCA who make up our churches, share their visions and create a community of congregations that grows together as God’s people.

The next time you make a donation to your congregation, to MCA, or to one of our partner organizations, remember that "where needed" is a jazzed way of giving!

Finance Committee

Issue #4

Finance is a somewhat unique committee within MCA in that we have touch points with every MCA ministry, congregation, donor, partner, and constituent. You may have heard from one of us:

  • Jim Moyer contacting your congregation to inquire about your annual budget or to thank you for your donation.
  • Tany Warkentin reimbursing an expense, seeking approval to pay a bill, or sending you a donation receipt.
  • Wayne Janz providing a financial update or presenting the annual budget for approval.

Keeping an accurate account of MCA finances for all our stakeholders, paying the bills, compensating staff, and issuing donation receipts may not sound glamorous, but we find joy in supporting others as they lead MCA programs and ministries. The numbers we track are a reflection of all the volunteers, staff, and donors who are passionate about being Christ’s church together. And that is what energizes us with every thank you we send, every cheque we write, or every spreadsheet we present.

The one ask we have of all MCA supporters is to keep in mind that like any organization, we have operational costs that need to be covered every year. Office rent, insurance premiums, and web site fees may not have the pizzazz of an outreach ministry, growing church leadership skills in young adults, or a flourishing camp program, however, covering these operational costs are essential to keeping the pizzazz going. Please continue to generously support our ministries as well as our ongoing operations through the means our Lord provides.

Tany, Jim, and Wayne

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Engaging the culturally "other."


a six-week Young Adult discussion
hosted by Camp Valaqua and North Edmonton Ministry

Camp Valaqua
is excited to be working with Donna Entz of the North Edmonton Ministry and incredible former staffer Rebecca Janzen to create and host a Young Adult Discussion Series! Join us for zoom chats on Sunday afternoons at 2 starting on May 24. We're looking forward to some great discussions!

The event is free, but you do need to register by clicking the link below. Have questions, ask!
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Student Bursary Application

Anyone making plans to attend an Anabaptist post-secondary institution in the fall? AMBS, CMU, CBC to name a few. Apply for the MCA student bursary.  Check out for more information. Submission Deadline is July 31, 2020.

This bursary qualifies for church-matching grants offered by many schools. Contact your school for more information. 
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Mennonite Church British Columbia hosts
Sunday, May 24, 2020

Link to service

Rostern Jr. College Spring Showcase

RJC Spring Showcase (Spring Concert): Join us online on Sunday, May 24 at 7:00 pm (CST) or a showcase of RJC student and staff music, art, and activities. This event will be held on our YouTube channel. Visit for more information. 

Young Anabaptist Fellowship Week

Young Anabaptist: Mennonite World Conference: 5th annual Young Anabaptist Fellowship Week (virtual platforms) June 14-21. For ages 18-30, meet with young adults around the globe to encourage and celebrate together through sharing, bible studies, worship and prayer. You can download the invitation and the worship resources here.

We’re hiring! Communications Coordinator

MCA is looking for a creative individual to work with committees and staff as our Communications Coordinator. See for a job description. Inquiries and resumes can be directed to Brenda Tiessen-Wiens at
Career Opportunities

Hiring: P/T Youth Worker

Foothills Mennonite Church, Calgary is seeking to hire a part-time youth worker for a one-year term. Interested parties may reply via Email ( or regular post) to: The Chair,
OR  2115 Urbana Rd, Nw, Calgary, AB T2N 2B9.

Mennonite Church Canada Study conference goes virtual on October 24, 2020 

Table Talk: Does the church still have legs?

During this global COVID-19 pandemic, the Holy Spirit calls us to re-examine what it means to be the church. While technology allows us to join each other on Sunday mornings, without gathering together how can we be Christ’s Body? What does this crisis reveal about our current practices of being the church? Join our nationwide community of faith as we gather virtually for a time of discernment on the nature and identity of the church and the role of worship. Sara Wenger Shenk, former president of Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, and several other scholars from our Mennonite schools will reflect on themes related to 1 Peter 2:9-10. Mark your calendars!

Kim Penner announces Mennonite Church Canada's inaugural study conference in October 2020. For information, visit https://www.mennnonitechurch/tabletal....
MCA Calendar
May 24          Young Adult 6-week Series: Engaging the culturally "other."
Jun 4-7          NAIITS online gathering
Jun 14-21      YA fellowship week - Menno. World Conf.
Jul 31            Application deadline for MCA Student Bursary
Oct 22 - 24    MC Canada Study Conference - Online
Oct 31           Christian-Muslim Dialogue

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.


News from our partners

Indigenous theological gathering online – June 4-7, 2020 

The North American Institute for Theological Studies (NAIITS) is moving its annual symposium online, bringing Indigenous and settler peoples together to explore “Community Health and Well-Being: Conversations on Wholeness.” Indigenous-Settler Relations would love to see a good number of participants from each of our regional church bodies join in this rich learning. We have several scholarships to help cover the cost of registration. For more information, visit Contact Steve Heinrichs if you would like to receive support from Mennonite Church Canada ( 

Stories, Events, Announcements?

CommonWord online service continues during the pandemic 

Self-isolation should not mean a lack of reading material. Visit to explore over 13,000 resources. You can also pick up a Herald Press title – for sale or loan at

Featured resources 

  • Pandemic materials for home and congregation 

  • Seeking A Common Word:  A Local Christian-Muslim Dialogue Guide.  A good primer for engaging inter-faith dialogue between Christians and Muslims.  Representative of MCA’s work in Edmonton - 

  • Suffering the Truth: Occasional Sermons and Reflections by Chris K. Huebner.  A collection of chapel presentations, sermons and meditations by CMU prof, Chris Huebner – 

  • Bible Storytelling with Carrie.  Video stories for children, presented by Carrie Martens, former pastor in MCEC - 

  • Wandering the Wilderness:  A Guide for Weary Wanderers and Searching Skeptics.  Recent title by Ray Friesen, retired pastor in MC Sask - 

  • Advocating for Peace:  Stories from the Ottawa Office of Mennonite Central Committee, 1975-2008.  Recent title by William Janzen, former Director of MCC’s Ottawa office - 

  • New from Herald Press - Speak Your Peace:  What the Bible Says about Loving Our Enemies by Ron Sider –

Worship Calendar: 

May 21    Ascension Day - 

May 31    Pentecost -  

Jun 7       Trinity Sunday - 

Jun 20     World Refugee Day -  

Jun 21     National Indigenous Peoples Day -  

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