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The MCA Communiqué
News & Notes for our Alberta family
May 26, 2021

In this issue

Our E3 Prayer 
A Menno MInute  Lois Epp
Mennonite Voluntary Service Adventure
Camp Valaqua Hike-a-thon
90 Seconds of Nature
 More blooming bulbs
 E3 Resources -- thanks Trinity!
Student Bursary Applications Open
Camp Valaqua Rentals 

Plus... updates from MC Canada, ISR, International Witness, our schools, and CommonWord
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MCA Calendar
June 12 Camp Valaqua Hike-a-thon
July 31 Deadline for Student Bursaries
September Heritage Retreat via ZOOM.  Date to be finalized.

E3 = MCA             Year 2  Christ in Community

Our E3 Prayer

Oh God, great gardener, plant your truth and love within us and help us bear the fruit of your love 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 peace for those isolating, renewed health for those who are ill, and comfort for those who are grieving.

Pray and act for peace in the Holy Land. In recent days, hundreds of people have been killed and injured in fresh violence fueled by pent-up hatred and ongoing injustice. Pray for our partners at Bethlehem Bible College and for all Palestinian Christians as they bear witness to Jesus' way of peace. Contact your MP to ask Canada to take a clearer stand for justice and international law. For more, please visit: https://www.mennonitechurch.ca/pin.

A Menno Minute
Lois Epp, Trinity Mennonite

On Perspective
The book of Acts draws the reader into the birth of the church. Readers learn of the huge changes that happened in the lives of the early Christians. They received the Holy Spirit. They faced persecution. They experimented with ways of living communally. They received many into their fellowships. They faced differences of opinion among themselves. They were scattered from their places of living.

Reading Acts leads readers to a place of perspective when facing changes in our society today.

Yes, we have social distancing that is difficult for some, catastrophic for others and comparatively easy for many people.

Applying perspective, I note that Canadian political parties of all stripes reacted similarly, sending funds to those immediately affected, and giving prominence to medical authorities.

Yes, there are challenges to some of our entrenched habits. Our culture values social life outside the home, and now gatherings are forbidden. Our culture values travel, but now travel is discouraged. Some in our culture value families, and now families are asked not to get together.

Applying perspective, the restrictions also led to some really good experiences. Some Zoom gatherings are much larger than in the days when people had to be in the same physical place. The post Covid world will lead to changes to lifeways that some people will miss, and also changes that some people will welcome.  

Yes, it’s heartening to learn that churches adapted to send services to people where they are. More adaptations will be needed, from smaller adaptations, such as how to greet people when they join us after watching our services for weeks! Temporary geographic moves are less relevant than previously to how people interact with our congregation, a larger change.  

Applying perspective, let's work with each other as churches experiment with the limits and the power of media communication in the post Covid world.  

The people of faith in Acts adapted and took opportunities to build the faith and the church, and spread the influence of God in lives. May we also feel the strength of the Spirit in the coming months and years, and do likewise.  

New on the MCA website!
Mennonite Voluntary Service Adventure volunteers, usually referred to as VSers, come to Lethbridge for a year of both service and adventure. This year has presented unique challenges but all agree they are glad they came.
 

The Mennonite Voluntary Service Adventure handbook has no protocol for navigating a global pandemic. And yet, that is the challenge for volunteers and committees in 2020-2021. A challenge for which there is no road map!  Read more

 
 
Join in this annual event to raise funds for the ministry at Camp Valaqua!
Register as a hiker and collect pledges, or sponsor a hiker.                                     Details HERE 
A little longer than...90 Seconds of Nature
Click on Jon to watch another 90 Seconds of Nature with Jon from Camp Valaqua. 
Check out the Great Grey Owls!
And a few seconds more.  Be sure to do what Jon says Turn Your Volume Up!

Just as a bulb can grow to show the beauty of its Creator,

we too are created with the potential to show
God and God's love to those around us. 

May these plants encourage us to show
God's love to others.

If you are a designated bulb grower,
email photos to communications@mcab.ca 
More blooming bulbs -- Trinity and Bergthal
Are you looking for ways that you and your congregation can connect with E3 Year 2?

As a Reference Group, we have agreed that hands symbolize community. 

How do we connect with each other?  We give. We receive. We reach out in love to those around us. We serve each other. We reach for God and for community.  

All E3 Y2 Resources are available HERE. 

Thank you to Common Word for again compiling E3 Resources for us!

Pastor Will from Trinity Mennonite shared this combo graphic -- the Commitment Cards
with the row of hands. What can you create?


 
2021-2022 STUDENT BURSARIES

$$ for students attending Canadian Mennonite University or Columbia Bible College is available -- don't miss out!!

Apply today. Deadline July 31, 2021

 

Need a break?
Considering a night or two in a yurt at Camp Valaqua?

Yes!!

 $75 per yurt per night. Accepting bookings now. 
Contact the camp office at 403-637-2510 or email manager@campvalaqua.com 
Missing the Heritage Retreat?

Members of our Community Building & Program Committee are brainstorming how to bring it back safely via ZOOM. Details will be announced as soon as they are available. 
In case you missed it  "The promise is for you!" - Pentecost greetings from Mennonite church Canada  

Germinating Conversations:  a grassroots model for navigating difficult conversations 

Read our latest interview with Marta Bunnett Wiebe, editor of Germinating Conversations, a project that opened up space for listening, discernment and dialogue on faith, food and farming. 

 

Save the Date:     Mennonite Church Canada AGM June 19.     Registration details to follow. 
Indigenous Settler Relations

Support Bill C-15 – time is running out...again! 

Last year, Bill C-262 died in the senate in June on National Indigenous Peoples Day. Now Bill C-15, “An Act respecting the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples,” is in its second reading in the House and pre-study in the Senate. There is now only a month to see it get royal assent and, once enacted, ensure Canadian laws are consistent with the Declaration. This is an important step toward reconciliation. Faith in the Declaration, an ecumenical coalition, has a list of actions individuals and congregations can take to show support. Visit https://www.faithinthedeclaration.ca/take-action-1.  

International Witness

Veiths devote time to relationships before leaving China 

Witness workers George and Tobia Veith are visiting places in China they have ministered, strengthening connections as they finish their time in China in the next few months. Pray that these relationships are strengthened and that Chinese colleagues have a sense of peace and clear vision for the future.   

COVID complicates ministry in Thailand 

COVID-19 restrictions on travel in Thailand are keeping infection rates down but also making ministry more difficult for Witness workers Tom and Christine Poovong, and Myrrl and Ruthie Byler, who work jointly for Mennonite Church Canada and MC USA in Asia. Pray that relationships can be formed and maintained in creative ways.   

Witness Support Networks meet this summer 

Witness Support Networks joining congregations across Canada meet virtually in June. Pray that God will give a sense of excitement and commitment to these joint ministries that we share. Pray that more congregations will join in this life-giving connection to international churches.  For more info on the Networks, visit: mennonitechurch.ca/witness-support-networks 

 

RJC Spring Showcase - Sunday, May 30, 7:00pm (SK CST). Join us for our annual Spring event, showcasing RJC students in the music & arts program. Watch it on the RJC Youtube channel or visit rjc.sk.ca.

RJC Employment Opportunity: Administrative Assistant - Full Time, Temporary. Anticipated Start Date: July 2021. The Administrative Assistant is responsible for ensuring that the school office functions in an efficient and effective manner. This position requires the performance of administrative assistant tasks and related office functions to provide support for the principal, and in turn school staff and students in school. Visit rjc.sk.ca for the full job description. 

RJC Musical: Disney's Freaky Friday! - June 18. A virtual musical is being planned by the students and staff of RJC High School. Tickets for this event will be made available mid-June. Visit rjc.sk.ca for more information. 

 

CMU is looking for a Donor and Alumni Relations Associate who will champion the capacity of students to change the world by building connections with individuals and groups within and beyond the university's support network. Visit www.cmu.ca/employment for more information. 

Think you can’t afford seminary? Think again! Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary offers generous need-based financial aid, scholarships and matching grants to help you study either on campus or at a distance. Focus on areas such as pastoral ministry, Christian formation, peace studies, Anabaptist theology, environmental sustainability leadership and more. Apply now! ambs.edu/academics
 
Anabaptist Short Course Bundle. Deepen your understanding of Anabaptist history, thought and witness through discussion-based online short courses from the AMBS Church Leadership Center! Participate in four online courses in 2021–22 for only $995 total. No grades, no papers! Each course is six weeks long. CEUs available. ambs.edu/bundle

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Special Orders 

We gladly special order your retail request when we don’t have the title in stock.  Our prices are competitive and you’ll be supporting your own bookstore/resource centre. 


 




Intercultural church 

Resources that foster just diversity, different cultural articulations of faith and an alternative to the politics of assimilation and segregation - www.commonword.ca/go/2214 

  

Partnership with Together in Worship 

Summer is a concentrated time for resource curation!  Watch www.togetherinworship.net and www.commonword.ca for additional free worship resources in the coming months. 


Events 

  • Mennonite Brethren Bible College: A History of Competing Visions by Abe Dueck, book launch, June 17, 7:30 PM (CDT) 

  • Germinating Conversations book launch, June 3, 7 p.m. (CDT) hosted by CMU, MCC Manitoba, A Rocha, Canadian Foodgrains Bank 
     Register 
    Buy or borrow - www.commonword.ca/go/2248 



  • Peaceful at Heart Four-week book club, June 3-24, 7 a.m. (CDT) hosted by MCC  

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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