The MCA Communiqué
July 13, 2022

In this issue

Our E3 Prayer and Prayer Updates
A Menno Minute  -- Ruth Bergen Braun, MCA Communications
Greater Things than These -- and MC Canada update
Camp Valaqua Staff Commissioning

And more from MC Canada, International Witness, our schools and Common Word. 
MCA Calendar
July 29 - August 1  We Declare: Gathering 2022, Edmonton
July 31 - August 4   Amplify: Youth Gathering, Camp Valaqua

E3 = MCA             Year 3  Christ in the World

Our E3 Prayer
Grant me the patience to truly listen, to you and to those around me.

For our Prayers

Pray for the staff, volunteers and campers at Camp Valaqua as they begin another season of children's camps. Pray for health, safety,  and a sense of God's spirit under the tall, tall trees. 

International Witness:  Tom and Christine Poovong, Thailand

  • Pray for Thai pastors and leaders, specifically that God will give them time off from their busy lives to be able to participate in an upcoming Bible Camp.
  • Pray for the visiting teacher, Dr. Derek Suderman, who will be with the Poovongs from July 8 to 23 and for travelling mercies for all.
  • And always, pray for God’s protection and blessings for us all.
A Menno Minute

What is a Story?
Ruth Bergen Braun, MCA Communications
In late 2020, MCA’s Community Building and Program committee began gathering a series of congregational reflections, posted on the MCA website as Our Stories. They invited each of our 12 congregations to submit a story, one per month. The result was eight stories with continuing hope for more.
Sometimes the response from the congregational contact was uncertainty. What could be a story from our congregation that would be of interest to others? Our response was “almost anything. We don’t know you.” Or at least “we don’t know you well.” But still, some hesitated.
Some asked what is a story?  For those, I offer this simple definition, from the website The Wrap. “A story is the telling of an event, either true or fictional, in such a way that the listener experiences or learns something just by the fact that he heard the story. A story is a means of transferring information, experience, attitude or point of view. Every story has a teller and a listener.” 
Some stories are pure fiction, the events did not happen in any form. Others, the kinds of stories we are hoping to showcase for our MCA family, are true. The events did happen. All stories, however, are interpretations of events. Some are clouded by memory -- and that can be okay. Most of the time, the actual precise details aren’t what matters. There is truth in metaphor and allegory, after all. What we are hoping for when we ask for congregational stories, is that you, a writer in your congregation, can help us, the readers of the MCA Communiqué and the MCA website, experience a bit of what it’s like to be part of your congregation. We want to get to know you! We are your listeners.
As part of my work as MCA Communications, I have been gathering stories from Camp Valaqua’s past hoping to find a theme so these stories can be woven into an article. I too have had a few similar responses along the lines of “yes, I was involved years ago but I’m not sure I have a story.” I don’t believe that. We all have stories of how places, spaces, and people have impacted our lives.
When we ask for congregational stories, a good starting point is always “How have I seen God at work among us?”  Simply begin by writing out: What happened?  Where and when did this happen? Who was there? And most importantly, how did this event shape the life and mission of our church? Is there a glimpse of a bigger picture? Did we experience the presence of God?
For some of us, storytelling is easy, almost part of our DNA. My late father was a great storyteller. Getting away from him when he was in storytelling mode could be difficult! I fall into the same pattern. If you struggle to write your congregational story – call me, or call Steven, our Church Engagement Minister. Speak it and one of us will write it. But let us join together -- almost as if we’re sitting by a communal fire and telling each other our stories.

Gathering 2022 Report Book now available.

Click to download.

Song commissioned for Gathering 2022
blends virtual voices from across Mennonite Church Canada

Click image or HERE to watch.

“When Doug Klassen started to dream about the in-person gathering of MC Canada, he wondered if I might be able to write something based on the theme. That was so long ago that the key scripture passage has even changed:) But what hasn't changed is the desire Doug felt to hold two seemingly contradictory things at the same time - the need to confess failings as seen through our complicity in things like colonialism and climate change, and the conviction that in spite of failings, our faith in Jesus and our efforts to follow him should be invitational. Even though we make mistakes, come and join us, and see what amazing things God will do through us.” -- Phil Campbell-Enns, songwriter of “Greater things than these” 

MC Canada congregations invited to watch Gathering 2022 sessions online 

MC Canada is offering congregations discounted group and individual registration rates to attend Gathering 2022 sessions online.

Share in live worship and plenary sessions, participate in online workshops and network with other virtual participants from across our nationwide community of faith. Information and to register visit

Mennonite Church Canada shares worship services again this summer 

Mennonite Church Canada will once again share worship services from congregations across our nationwide community of faith this summer. The services and a schedule are available at 

July 17, 2022   Sterling Mennonite Fellowship, Mennonite Church Manitoba
Note: This service will be live-streamed rather than pre-recorded.
To watch live, the link will be at
at 9:00 a.m. MDT. A recording will be available following the service.

Sterling Mennonite Fellowship (Winnipeg, MB) invites our nation-wide community to join us for worship on July 17 at 10 a.m. CDT. Doug Klassen (Executive Minister of MCCanada) will be our guest speaker and will focus on Exodus 3.

Mennonite World Conference, Salatiga, Indonesia
Thank you to Rebecca Janzen, Edmonton First Mennonite, for sharing this photo from Mennonite World Conference. Left to right: Heather Prior, Joanne Moyer, Rebecca Janzen, Eleanore and John Woollard. 

CLICK HERE for more photos and stories. 

Summer Camp has begun!

Executive Minister, Tim Wiebe-Neufeld used the metaphor of a river in his afternoon session with the 2022 Camp Valaqua staff. We are all, like tributaries, feeding into the river that has become and continues to be Camp Valaqua. 

Camp Valaqua Staff 2022! 

Camp is still seeking kitchen volunteers and chaplains, as in previous summers so if you have the skillset and time for volunteering -- please do! CLICK for more information and registration links are available.

Hey! Change is a-coming to MCA’s Interfaith/Intercultural ministries! A seed that was first planted and harvested in North Edmonton is about to be scattered across the province. How will it bloom in your church and community? Do you have a gift or a passion to help tend it? Stay tuned and find out more as the summer unfolds!"


International Witness

Worship Planners: Save the date
International Witness Sunday, October 16, 2022

Korean church group celebrates meeting in person  

Mennonite Seoul, a worshipping community facilitated by MC Canada Witness workers Bock Ki Kim and Sook Kyoung Park, is rejoicing in their ability to have an in-person retreat this July after much time apart. Pray that God will bless and guide this important time of fellowship.   

Derek Suderman sharing resources with Thai believers 

Pray for Derek Suderman, from Conrad Grebel University College, as he travels to Thailand and spends two weeks with Friends of Grace pastors and lay leaders exploring the relevance of the Old Testament for modern Thai believers. To support the sharing of teaching resources with global partners, consider giving at and designate your donation “Short Term Ministry – Grebel.” 

Attending one of our post-secondary schools in fall 2022? Or, know a student who is?

An MCA Student Bursary helps covering tuition costs and shows our young adults that they are valued in our faith community.

Applications close JULY 31. Deadline firm!

Did you attend Bible School or Bible College and appreciate all that you learned there? Consider donating so that a young adult today can benefit from a similar experience!
Click to DONATE.

 Free tuition for a year at CMU! Apply to CMU for a chance to have your undergraduate tuition covered! To be eligible Canadian students must return a completed CMU application for the 2022/23 academic year starting in September. Visit for further eligibility requirements. 

MHC Gallery’s next exhibition is: “Mennonite Village Photography: Views from Manitoba, 1890–1940” by Mennonite Historic Arts Committee. The exhibit runs from June 24 to September 10, 2022. Visit for more details. 

As with E3 Years One and Two, the E3 Reference group has created worship resources for Year Three for our MCA congregations.

NEW! Worship service options, Commitment Cards, and Bucket Lists,  posters and even a sermon are now available for download on our website. 

We celebrate those in our community gifted with the skills to create worship material to be used to bring our E3 vision to life.

All E3 Resources found HERE. 


Summer Reading List 

Recommended titles for the lawn chair, hammock or beach blanket! -  



Illustrated picture books for young children – including biblical stories and themes – 


Community-Developed Resource 

Praying the Psalms:  My Spiritual Practice by Len Rempel.  A way of spending meditative, contemplative time with a psalm, allowing the words to speak to me, and allowing me to speak to God –    

New Video Guide for 

Are you new to our website or curious about how it works?  Take a few minutes to view this video tutorial and open up your world to thousands of Anabaptist and related resources – to buy, borrow or access online!  

New from Mennonite Church Canada 

Walking Together: Intercultural Stories of Love and Acceptance by Edith and Neill von Gunten. Covering almost fifty years of peace and reconciliation work--from the Black-led civil rights struggles of the 1960s to decades-old relationships with Indigenous peoples on both sides of Lake Winnipeg in Manitoba--these stories draw similarities between familiar biblical concepts and Anishinaabe seven “A Way of Life Teachings.”   

  • Includes a study guide 

  • Book launch will be held in person and by livestream on Thursday, September 29, 7 p.m. (CDT). 

New from CMU Press 

Dora Dueck’s new book Return Stroke is available to buy or borrow – Her earlier book This Hidden Thing is again available –   


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