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News & Notes for our Alberta family
May 6, 2020


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A Menno Minute

“Help Yourself to the Bag of Chips”

By Danika Warkentin

I am a witness to the power of summer camp. We have all had experiences that have molded and formed us, but working at Camp Valaqua was one of my most transformative experiences. It was what transitioned me from an uncertain girl of sixteen to a more self-assured leader.

I remember clearly the first time I walked from my vehicle to the camp lodge as a Counsellor-In-Training. I recall catching a glimpse of some faces from within the building, and immediately averting my eyes so that they wouldn’t see how nervous I was-- because this was it. This was the moment I had to make the best first impression of my life so that I would be accepted as a fellow staff member for the rest of the summer. Little did I realize that that is not the way Camp Valaqua works.
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Camp Valaqua Committee

Issue #3

Camp Valaqua is dedicated to proclaiming the Good News that God is the Creator, we are God’s people, and the earth is placed in our hands as a gift and a trust.  We give campers the opportunity to develop a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, to be with others in a Christian community, to learn how to care for God’s creation, and to have a lot of fun. – “Valaqua’s Purpose” as stated in our visioning documents.
What does this mean?  It means we strive to provide a place for people to grow in relationship with God, each other, and themselves.  We strive to form positive relationships with everyone who walks with us through the trees.  We strive to empower not only campers but new leaders, guiding and teaching them with grace about servant leadership.

Submitted by Jon Olfert, Camp Director

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E3=MCA: Year 1 - Christ in life

What has God been doing in your life? Share a story or reflection. Click link below. We'll post answers in future Communiqué's

How are you nurturing your relationship with God? / How are you reclaiming prayer & spiritual disciplines? / How are you remembering that you are deeply beloved? / How are you spiritually formed so you are able to give yourself in the world?
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Rebecca Janzen featured in "Sunday@CMU"

On April 26, MCA's Rebecca Janzen was featured in CMUs weekly radio spot series "Sundays@CMU."  During the month of April, three CMU 2020 graduates were asked about their experiences over the past few years and what's next. 

Rebecca is one of five Global Youth Summit (GYS) representatives appointed by Mennonite Church Canada to attend GYS and the Mennonite World Conference in 2021. She is a past recipient of MCA student bursary and member of First Mennonite Church in Edmonton. And most recently she will be hosting of the new Young Adult six-week discussion group, beginning May 24.

We’re hiring! Communications Coordinator

With the upcoming departure of June Miller, Mennonite Church Alberta is hiring a .5FTE Communications Coordinator. We’re looking for a self-starter with strengths in preparing written materials, collaborative work and creative initiative. Skills in working with social media, websites, and the ability to create promotional materials are essential, as you will be doing things like creating this weekly newsletter. For a full job description, see Have questions or would like to submit your resume? Contact Brenda 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.

Student Bursary Application

Anyone making plans to attend an Anabaptist post-secondary institution in the fall? AMBS, CMU, CBC to name a few.

Check out for more information. The application process has changed, please read the instructions carefully. Before you apply, follow steps 1-4 listed on the website.

The application is live.  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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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!
Topics include:
Engaging the culturally "other."
Unpacking our International experiences or cross cultural North American experiences.
Q and A on the prophet and faith of Islam.
Engaging the religious "other."
Becoming an Ally to the oppressed.
Assets based community development.
The event is free, but you do need to register by clicking the link below. Have questions, ask!
Here is the registration link:

Canadian Mennonite Online

We were in the midst of the Christian season of Lent as I wrote this. Shortly after Lent ended and Easter came, Muslims began the season of Ramadan. The month-long period of daily... Read More
May 6, 2020 | Opinion | Randolph Haluza-DeLay

Holyrood Mennonite hosts service
Sunday, May 17, 2020 


"An Accompanied Life"

Text: John 14:15-21
Holyrood Mennonite Church invites you to join in worship as we consider Jesus' parting words to his disciples, words intended to comfort and strengthen them for the very uncertain days which lay ahead.
Link to service

Hope Unleashed

video resources by Mennonite Church Manitoba

The Palestine Question:

Is it really complex or complexified?

Saturday, May 16th, 2020
11:00am - 1:00pm (MDT)
more info here

The topic of the webinar is “The Palestine Question: Is it really complex or complexified?”. It is going to be a forum to discuss why Palestine is often referred to as a complex question, problem, or issue that needs a solution. The discussion will shed light on the politics and interests that are entangled in how the Palestine question is framed in the global discourse.

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....

International Witness

Sermon by IW director offered for use in congregational services 

In a recorded sermon “The Kingdom of God is like a banyan tree,” originally for Morden Mennonite Church, International Witness Director Jeanette Hanson looks at Ephesians 2:17-22 and shares how each expression of church enlivens the whole, using examples from International Witness ministries around the world. Share this resource with your church community.

Korean Mennonite church eager to meet face to face 

Pray for the Mennonite Seoul meeting group led by South Korea Witness workers Bock Ki Kim and Sook Kyoung Park. They have cancelled meetings since the first Sunday of March due to COVID-19 and gather through online Zoom meetings. The group is eager to meet face to face.  Pray that they find peace as they stay at home and find ways to support one another.   

New worship building for Vietnamese congregation 

Pray for the construction of a worship place in Di Lang, Quang Ngai, Vietnam. This is one of the 78 congregations that are part of the Evangelical Mennonite Church Vietnam (EMCV). North American Vietnamese Evangelical Fellowship relates to this conference. 

Witness workers getting vegetables to the hungry in Philippines  

In response to urban food security issues during the COVID-19 lockdown, Witness worker Joji Pantoja in the Philippines has secured food lane passes that allow vegetables to be transported into the cities from the 400 farmers that work with Coffee for Peace. Pray for Dann and Joji as they organize this social enterprise initiative through their Peace and Reconciliation teams in various parts of the country.  Read more about this story here.

Workers and leaders from various community-based organizations, including PBCI MetroManila team, join hands together in Bayanihan to meet the needs of rural farmers and urban poor. 
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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 ( 

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.
MCA Calendar

May 16         The Palestine Question: Complex or complexified
May 17          Holyrood hosts online service for MC Canada
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.

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 15    International Day of Families - 

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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