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The MCA Communiqué
News & Notes for our Alberta family
July 12, 2020


A Menno Minute   E3 Prayer   MCA Communal Prayer   MC Canada Weekly Worship  •  E3 Celebration  • E3 Celebration Save the Date • Help Double the Donation for MWC   •  International Witness Sunday
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   Ruth Bergen Braun

A Menno Minute

This is me

Thank you to all who have already welcomed me to my new position as MCA Communications Coordinator! I look forward to meeting more of you as the days and weeks unfold. 

I’m excited to embrace this position as it takes me back to an earlier passion for communications. In the mid 1990s, I was the volunteer “editor” of what I believe was the first Conference of Mennonites in Alberta newsletter. I typed it out on my new computer, printed it at the church, and mailed bulletin inserts to each congregation. My farm kitchen table was the assembly line for getting the word out. No one could have foreseen the instant communication we expect now! I also represented Alberta on the very first Canadian Mennonite board/executive and thus have some background in church communications. Surprisingly, still a few connections. 

Since then, however, much in my life changed. I went back to university in 2004 and completed two degrees at the University of Lethbridge “as fast as a middle-aged woman can do them”. Since my graduation in 2009, I have worked as a counsellor. My professional designation is Canadian Certified Counsellor (C.C.C.). I will continue, for a time, to have a small private practice alongside my MCA position. I moved to Calgary from Lethbridge in late 2018 to be the host at the Foothills Mennonite Guesthouse. I also re-started my counselling practice out of an office on 16th Avenue. Now, thanks to Covid-19, I work from home via video and telephone. 

In addition to being Mom and Grandma to my family, I’m a photographer. Sometimes I’m their photographer! I particularly enjoy doing portraits and and being “on the floor” at pow-wows. A number of years ago, when I lived in Lethbridge, I was invited to a pow-wow by my Lethbridge neighbour, an international jingle dress champion, with the words “and bring your camera”. Since then, I have been warmly welcomed by the pow-wow community. I treasure my indigenous friends.

As I grow into this role, you may see that indigenous/settler relationships are important to me. I try to live out the articles of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in my own life and look forward to learning how we as a church can do this better collectively. The book Lifting Hearts off the Ground, published by Mennonite Church Canada is one I treasure and quote. 

I continue to have warm relationships with those in the L’arche Lethbridge community, as I once worked in a L'arche home as a respite worker, and hold friends with different abilities close to my heart. I currently work weekly, as a photography mentor, with a young man whose different abilities always amaze me. 

I look forward to meeting many of you in my new role as we continue to tell the story of the church, our church, together. Our Vision Statement is communal: God calls US to be followers of Jesus Christ… 







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E3=MCA: Year 1 - Christ in life

Let us pray together


Oh God, as I feel the warmth of the sun enveloping me on a summer day,
remind me that you, too are all around me, warming me with your love.

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MCA Invitation to Morning & Evening Prayer

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 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

Mennonite Church Canada Online Service

July 12, 2020

Niagara United Mennonite Church will share their service with our nationwide community of faith this coming Sunday, July 12. Join Daniel Janzen from Niagara United Mennonite Church will reflect on Exodus 3:1-6: I am here. How many times did Moses walk by the burning bush before he noticed it? How long was God trying to get Moses' attention? It is often in the wilderness where God meets people. 

Go to for the link or watch on our YouTube channel

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.

Help double the donation - Mennonite World Conference

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

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

Click Watch now for the MWC video for Covid-19 Relief.


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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,

Photo by KOBU Agency on Unsplash

Student Bursary Application

Submission Deadline is July 31, 2020.
Extended dates
The Hike-a-thon is back on!

Join us in collecting pledges and go on a hike between June 13th and July 13th (although if you collect pledges and hike before or after that, you will not be disqualified from incentives). Details and registration:

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.  

 Also see related “Decolonization” resources


Guesthouse Reopened July 1

Beginning July 1, 2020 the Foothills Mennonite Guest House began accepting guests who are visiting/supporting family members or loved ones in Hospital. The Guesthouse will be limiting guests to one family (cohort) unit at a time.

The Guesthouse will be thoroughly cleaned when guests leave and before new guests are able to come in.  Preference will be given to guests needing a stay of 3 days or longer.  

For detailed information regarding operating  details during this re-opening phase and bookings please contact the Foothills Mennonite Guest House at 403-282-7101.

AIMM seeks new Executive Director

Africa Inter-Mennonite Mission welcomes applications for position of Executive Director. Applications are due July 15, 2020. For information, visit

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:

Guided Healing for those Harmed

In spring of 2020, Mennonite Central Committee’s Abuse Response and Prevention program launched its updated website,, which offers resources for victim-survivors of abuse, those supporting victim-survivors and churches looking to address abuse in their congregation. 

CommonWord contributes resources to the website – to buy, borrow or access online. 

Read the full interview with MCC’s Abuse Response and Prevention coordinator, Jaymie Friesen. 


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 or go to

Mennonite Church Canada Study conference goes virtual
 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  

Stories, Events, Announcements?

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

International Witness

Vietnamese Mennonite church trains 10 pastors 

Praise God for the week-long pastoral training in mid-June taught by leaders of the Evangelical Vietnamese Mennonite Church (EVMC).  About 10 pastors gathered to study, pray and fellowship together.  Pray for the president of EVMC, Rev. Hong Thi Nguyen, as she gives leadership to this group of congregations and develops resources for pastoral training.   

Remembering 70 years of war and working for peace 

Pray for Witness workers, Sook Kyoung Park and Bock Ki Kim as they work with others in South Korea to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the beginning of the Korean war on June 25.  Pray that the message of peace and reconciliation, through Jesus, Prince of Peace, will bring healing to people caught in this 70-year conflict.   

Prayer request for the Veiths and MPC 

As political and economic tensions between Canada and China increase, pray for George and Tobia Veith, Witness workers in China, and the Mennonite Partners in China program.  Pray that God strengthens their bonds of friendship, common purpose and fellowship with church and education partners in the country.   

Prayer request for AIMM executive coordinator search 

Pray that God will lead in the search for a new executive coordinator of the Africa Inter-Mennonite Mission partnership. Pray that the international search committee gives wise council during this process.   

News from Mennonite Church Canada Palestine and Israel Network 

Israel to annex Palestinian territory in West Bank 

Israel’s government has announced it will begin annexing significant parts of the Palestinian territory of the West Bank. The Palestinian people, including Christian partners of Mennonite organizations, are concerned that this violation of international law will further deepen the dire human rights abuses, land expropriation and economic injustice experienced under Israeli military occupation since 1967. Pray for Palestinians, Israelis and advocates around the world who promote a durable and just peace, with equal rights and dignity for Israelis and Palestinians alike, using what Palestinian Christians call “the logic of love.” 

Prayer: God of peace and justice, you have created all people in your image to serve both Creator and creation in love. We lift up the people of Israel and Palestine on the eve of the threatened annexation in the West Bank. May all recognize that the “earth is the Lord’s” (Psalm 24:1), and that the forced acquisition and use of the land by one people at the expense of another is far from your will. Strengthen and give courage to those who speak your truth to the powers of this world. Protect the weak and the dispossessed. May your people shine the light of your love and care for this troubled but “holy” land. In the name of Jesus, the Prince of Peace, Amen. 


Jul 30         International Day of Friendship - 

Aug 6         Hiroshima Day - 

Sept 20      International Peace Sunday –   

Sept 30      Orange Shirt Day – 

Oct 4         World Communion Sunday – 

The pandemic should not mean a lack of reading material.  Check out the new – your national online bookstore and resource centre with Anabaptist resources on COVID-19, anti-racism, and much more - to buy, borrow or access online.  All loan items ship free.   

2020 Summer Reading List 

Check out our 12th annual summer reading list –  Recommended titles for the lawn chair, hammock or beach blanket during the warmer months! Tip: These, and other titles, can be bundled together for an extended loan period with our Cheaper by the Dozen program. 

CommonWord launches new website 

On June 1 CommonWord launched a new website at that is mobile-friendly, easily searchable, and beautifully designed!  We are thrilled to offer this gift to the church and university communities, and the wider public – and invite you to take a peek, especially if you’ve never visited us before.  Our goal is to make Anabaptist and related resources easily found for the pastor and the parishioner, the student and the casual reader – and have them available in multiple forms:  to buy, borrow or access online.    

COVID-19 Resources 

Resources to help communities of faith live well in this time of pandemic.  See 

As MCA congregations, we connect with each other in a variety of ways.
Of course, face-to-face was our favourite but we now do much of our interaction online and via social media.

We invite you to take some time this week to check out the MCA website (, to Like us on Facebook (two pages, the Mennonite Church Alberta sharing group and the official page, Mennonite Church Alberta),  and to follow us on Instagram (mennoab1).

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