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The MCA Communiqué
News & Notes for our Alberta family
April 7, 2021

In this issue

E3 Prayer 
Highlights from the ADS -- our bulbs are growing!
Prayers for Myanmar
A Menno MInute -- Anna Langendoen
One Good Thing  - Karen Janz
Mission and Service 
Camp Valaqua Rentals 


Plus... updates from MC Canada, ISR, International Witness and CommonWord
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E3 = MCA 
Year 2  Christ in Community

Our E3 Prayer

As we gather with friends and church family virtually,
help us hear your voice in our conversations and see your love in each other's eyes

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.

Highlights from our Annual Delegate Sessions and the all-MCA Worship Service are now available on the MCA website. 




 
They're growing!! The bulbs used in our All-MCA Worship service are GROWING!
These are the bulbs destined for the Calgary churches.
Watch this space for more new growth photos.
 
If you are a designated bulb grower,
email photos to communications@mcab.ca to be included in this space
as well as in the website gallery. 
 

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.

Pray for Myanmar
Continue to pray for Myanmar, where two months after a military coup the crackdown on demonstrators has become increasingly violent. Pray for those seeking a peaceful resolution to conflict while resisting oppression, and for those suffering from the effects of the unrest. Several MC Canada congregations have connections to Myanmar, including the Calgary Chin Christian Church.

Mennonite Central Committee is working with partners in Myanmar to provide humanitarian assistance and peacebuilding training for groups that are affected by conflict and the current political situation. This includes the distribution of food, household items, and livelihood support, and training leaders for peaceful approaches to conflict. The projects are both located in Rakhine State as well as one in Chin State and both work with ethnic and religious minorities. They are currently hoping to build on this work and would further welcome support. 

To help support MCC’s humanitarian and peace-building efforts, donations can be designated for Myanmar https://donate.mcccanada.ca/cause/relief.
Photo caption:  At a Myanmar market, MCC alumni purchase cooking oil to be included in emergency food packages. 

A Menno Minute
Anna Langendoen, Trinity Mennonite

God of the Impossible

The Bible, it makes no sense. Walking around a city seven times for the walls to come down?  Using trumpets and clay pots for weapons?  People walking through water?  Being fed by ravens? Feeding 5000 from a small lunch? A virgin birth?  

Over the years I have been told how these things may not have happened. That the writing is old and biased from one person’s view. That its narrative, poetry, a folklore.  It’s only symbolic. It’s an error in translation. It’s explainable, in another way, in another truth. Over the years, I have heard it all. How this didn’t happen - it would be impossible. 

I accepted Christ a long time ago. Accepting Christ was the easy part. Accepting me, and accepting the life I live, has been a constant struggle. And in that struggle, I need to believe in the God of the Impossible (Luke 1:37).

I am searching for the Christ who loves me, the God of the Impossible. The One who sees past the labels. The One who knows every bright and good part of my heart, and also the dark. The God - my Father, my Saviour - who tells me there is no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:1). The One who calls me a new creation in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17). The One who tells me that the Spirit of Christ that raised him from the dead, lives in me (Romans 8:11) And that the good work He started in me is not completed (Phil 1:6). Because believing all that, feels impossible. 

I find myself in circumstances that are a surprise, maybe shock is a better word. It shouldn’t have happened. Places that are unfamiliar, I shouldn’t be here. Roles that are not wanted. New labels, and some of them awful. All of it looks impossible to survive. It feels impossible to hope and expect to live a full and beautiful life. What does it take to not be defined by my past? To look forward, without looking backwards? To accept it’s not my plan anymore.  And that Jesus is with me in this plan? What does it take to believe that He may even have me exactly where He wants me? What does it take to know that it’s not over? To believe it’s not too late? 

It takes believing in the God of the Impossible

“Mary ... saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance ... ‘They have taken my Lord away, and I don’t know where they put him.’  Jesus turned to her and said, ‘Mary.’”  (John 20) Mary was searching for Jesus, He called her name.  He calls your name.

“Jesus said in a loud voice, ‘Lazarus, come out!’” The grave and tombstones, they are not for you (John 11:43).

“Blessed are those who have not seen, and yet have believed.”  (Jesus, John 20: 

Believe in God ... the One who chose you, loves you, and heals you. The One who calls you. The God of the Impossible.  

One Good Thing. Just One Good Thing. 
Karen Janz, First Mennonite Calgary.

Having a granddaughter is an amazing gift from God that I am so grateful for.  Having a granddaughter that likes to dress herself as an Easter Bunny Princess is just priceless.  ❤

Missions and Service Committee
Donna Entz at North Edmonton Ministry  

Peacemakers Confessing Christ International (PCCI)is a network of Mennonites who engage Muslims somewhere in the world.  NEM is now networking with PCCI.   

Please join us for a stimulating discussion about engaging Muslims.  We will meet weekly for 8 weeks in April and May on zoom for one hour starting April 10, every Saturday morning at 9:30 am.   Please spread the word.  Check out some sample videos.  

to sign up contact Donna Entz at lorenanddonna@gmail.com 
 


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 

Company of 1000 fund
seeks to equip pastors through forgivable loans and tuition grants


Hyejung Jessie Yum is a doctoral candidate in Theological Studies at Emmanuel College at the Toronto School of Theology.

Kevin Koop is pastor of Carrot River Mennonite Church, taking courses from Canadian Mennonite University. They are recipients of a Company of 1000 forgivable loan and tuition grant, respectively. 
 

Mennonite Church Canada is renewing its call for applicants to the Company of 1000 Study Reserve fund and also for people to become regular donors to the fund.

The Company of 1000 fund provides forgivable loans to students planning to join ministry after they graduate from a post-secondary school. It also provides grants that cover 50 percent of tuition for current pastors or ministers taking post-secondary courses while they work.

Read more

Mennonite Church Canada responds to Colombia Mennonite Church’s statement against violence

Mennonite Church Canada has issued a statement in response to La Iglesia Menonita de Colombia’s (IMCOL) own statement against ongoing violence in its country, and has written a letter to the Colombian government in support of IMCOL and its non-violent witness.

Read full news release.

Raise hard truths and turn towards healing: an interview with Elaine Enns and Ched Myers on new book 

https://www.mennonitechurch.ca/article/11341-raise-hard-truths-and-turn-toward-healing 

In their new book Healing Haunted Histories: A Settler Discipleship of Decolonization (Cascade Books, 2021), authors and life partners Elaine Enns and Ched Myers confront hard truths about settler complicity in historic and ongoing injustices perpetrated against Indigenous peoples. They also offer a way toward healing. 

Mennonite Church Canada issues call to prayer 

https://www.mennonitechurch.ca/news/11360-mennonite-church-canada-issues-call-to-prayer-for-bethlehem-bible-college 

In the midst of the worst-yet coronavirus outbreak in Palestine, Bethlehem Bible College (BBC) invites us to pray with them for students, staff, faculty, families and all Palestinians. 

INDIGENOUS-SETTLER RELATIONS

Indigenous climate action webinar  

We are in a climate crisis and Indigenous peoples are on the frontlines defending Mother Earth. How can we support and join in their struggle? Join a panel of amazing land and water protectors for a rich and challenging webinar conversation on April 7 at 6 p.m. CDT — register here. This event is co-sponsored by Indigenous-Settler Relations, Mennonite Central Committee MB, KAIROS and the office of MP Leah Gazan.   

Lectionary resources on Indigenous solidarity available for April 25, 2021 

Mennonite Church Canada and Christian Peacemaker Teams Turtle Island Solidarity Network have partnered to create lectionary resources on Indigenous solidarity for Sunday, April 25. We invite congregations to take part in this Sunday of prayer and action as we strive to stand in solidarity with Indigenous Water Defenders in Minnesota. To participate, please email outreach@cpt.org



NAIITS virtual symposium, June 3-5 - A Mennonite Church Canada ‘virtual delegation’ 

Mennonite Church Canada is sponsoring 20 friends from across our nationwide community to attend this year’s virtual NAIITS symposium — Treaty and Covenant: Creating Space for Hope, June 3 – 5, 2021. It will be a rich time of learning and relationship building. For more information and to register, visit https://www.mennonitechurch.ca/naiits-2021

International Witness
 

Continued prayer for Myanmar 

We continue to pray for people in Myanmar who experience ongoing violence. Pray also for our nationwide siblings in our community of faith, many of whom are still unable to reach their family members in Myanmar. We invite you to reach out with encouragement to:   

Anabaptist resources in Mandarin growing 

The number of Anabaptist resources available online in Mandarin is growing. We are thankful for a small group of Chinese writers that are beginning to add to these.  pray for these writers, their writing will have an impact far beyond their congregations.   

Witness worker teaches restorative justice to school board committees 

Witness worker Bock Ki Kim, together with others in the Chuncheon Community Peace Center, has been invited to visit all 17 school boards in the area to talk about restorative justice/education with committees involved with student violence and conflict. Pray for Bock Ki as he does this training every Thursday and Friday until the end of May.  

Income-generation in Thailand 

Income-generation training and discipleship training go hand in hand in the church communities of northeastern Thailand, served by Witness workers, Tom and Christine Poovong. Pray that the trained leaders will find ways to support their families and become strong anchors in their communities. 


Spring at CMU is online Tuesday, April 13, 7:00 PM CDT.
Join us at www.cmu.ca/springatcmu  to hear stories from students, faculty, and alumni including a spotlight on Science (Can you spot a good scientist?); CMU Singers’ premiere of Breathe by Leonard Enns (commissioned by the CMBC class of 1970); and some campus humour. Following the event, participate in an optional Zoom conversation with President Cheryl Pauls and others at 8:00 PM CDT. RSVP to development@cmu.ca by April 9 to receive the conversation Zoom link.

Virtual Book Launch at CommonWord – Join a Zoom conversation with Lori Guenther Reesor on the launch of her book Growing a Generous Church: A Year in the Life of Peace Blossom Church.  Lori, a veteran of church basement conversations, is inspired by the faithful donors she has met in her research and consulting practice.  This conversation will help congregations talk about money.  Thursday, April 22, 6:30 PM (CDT). Register at www.commonword.ca/go/2328. Borrow or buy the book at www.commonword.ca/go/2327

Consider taking a CMU spring intensive course for credit or audit! Christian Worship: Patterns and Practices is being offered from May 3-7. Explore the challenges and opportunities facing worshiping communities, and engage in conversation on the nature and patterns of Christian worship today in light of Scripture, theology and history. Go to www.cmu.ca/gradcourses for more information and to register.

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RECALL NOTICE: Voices Together Accompaniment Edition (effective until May 1, 2021) 

Due to a manufacturing defect, the Voices Together Accompaniment Edition is being recalled. The end sheets used in binding were not reinforced and therefore the book’s interior is pulling through at the punches. MennoMedia has been in close communication with the printer, and the printer with the bindery, on how to correct this problem. 

  • Replace your current copy – please fill out this form by May 1, 2021 

  • If you wish to keep your copy, you do not need to do anything. 

  • Buy a new copy – www.commonword.ca/go/2318 (Expected to be available to ship by mid-April) 

  • If you have questions about the recall, please contact MennoMedia, 1-800-245-7894 


Virtual Book Launch with Lori Guenther Reesor 


Online Book Club with Steve Heinrichs 


Spring/Summer CommonRead title is Raising Disciples 

  • Our next recommended title for Mennonite Church Canada congregations. 

  • Read individually or as a group.  Great title for a parenting group!   

  • Buy or Borrow book – www.commonword.ca/go/2347.  Bulk discount available when buying 5 or more copies. 

  • Free study guide available. 

  • Join a conversation with the author, Natalie Frisk, on April 9, noon CDT.  Register - https://www.mennomedia.org/register-now/ 

Calendar and resources 

The Church and the Coronavirus Pandemic

See the MCA website for up-to-date Covid-19 information as it impacts our worshiping together.

MCA Calendar
May 1 Camp Valaqua Work Day
June 12 Camp Valaqua Hike-a-thon
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