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The MCA Communiqué
July 27, 2022

In this issue

Our E3 Prayer and Prayer Updates
A Menno Minute -- Steven Giugovaz
Links to Sunday's Gathering Worship Live Stream 
MCA is hiring! Interfaith ministry is growing!
Camp Valaqua -- volunteers needed.

And more from MC Canada and Common Word. 
MCA Calendar
July 29 - August 1  We Declare: Gathering 2022, Edmonton
July 31 - August 4   Amplify: Youth Gathering, Camp Valaqua
October 16, International Witness Sunday

E3 = MCA             Year 3  Christ in the World

Our E3 Prayer
As we prepare to gather as your Mennonite Church Canada family, open our ears, our hearts, and our minds to our siblings in Christ.

For our Prayers
Pray for the staff of Mennonite Church Canada, the staff of Mennonite Church Alberta, and the many volunteers who have been planning and working toward Gathering 2022. Pray for health, energy, and continued enthusiasm as we experience being God's church together again!

Pray for the staff, volunteers and campers at Camp Valaqua as the summer unfolds. Pray for health, safety, and a sense of God's spirit under the tall, tall trees. 

July prayer requests from Werner and Joanne De Jong, MC Canada Witness Workers in Ethiopia.

  • Praise God -- we have business visas for August. Now we just need to pray for work permits!
  • Praise God -- Werner now knows his 3 courses for the fall: Anabaptist History and Thought, Spiritual Formation, and Advanced Homiletics.
  • Pray that God will give Joanne a clearer understanding of her calling.
  • Pray for the students, that they may be refreshed over the summer and come back ready to work and learn.
  • And finally, please continue to pray for peace In Ethiopia. 
A Menno Minute

I Cannot Wait!
Steven Giugovaz, MCA Church Engagement Minister

We have all seen it. The spark of excitement a child experiences as they are told they can do something they really want to do. Recently, I got to witness this glow in my son, as my wife and I gave him permission to go on his first overnight camping trip with some family friends. Hearing this news, he could hardly contain himself. In fact, he didn’t. He quite literally began bouncing off the walls from the day we told him till they day of the trip and telling him to calm down was useless. As we all know, when a child is excited about something, there is very little you can do to still their mind (or body).

I often forget what it is like to be filled with such eager, childlike anticipation for something, but this year I have been reminded of what that feels like because, I too, have been experiencing those feelings in the lead-up to Gathering 2022. Now, I am not bouncing off the walls like my son, I’d like to think I’ve outgrown that or maybe I’ve just gotten more self conscious over the years (the latter being the most likely). However, all those same feelings - the butterflies, the anticipation, and the overall sense of giddiness - are there within me just bubbling under the surface.

This will be my first time attending one of Mennonite Church Canada’s national conferences, but it isn’t the first time I’ve attended an event like this. As a kid, my parents would attend at least once national conference a year, and even then, I loved them. Even as an introverted kid, I always felt safe and at-home amongst these crowds of people. I may not have known most of them, but there was a familial love in the air that spoke to and comforted my soul.

Through those conferences my eyes were opened to the truth that the Church was bigger than the four walls that I worship within every Sunday, and my family was bigger than the people who lived within the four walls of my home. These events are a huge part of what ignited my passion for the Church and fueled my desire to help individuals and congregations experience a deeper sense of connection with each other and the ministries they share.

As the start of Gathering 2022 nears, these feelings of anticipation and excitement keep growing. Sure. I am eager to hear the amazing speakers, sing the beautiful songs of worship and attend the fantastic workshops, but the thing that excites me the most is the opportunity to meet worship alongside my fellow brother and sisters from across Canada. This is a “family reunion” that I don’t want to miss, and it is this opportunity to experience this familial sense of love and connection that fills me up with that same childlike anticipation that I recently witnessed in my son. I CANNOT WAIT!!

Now, as I prepare to attend our “family reunion”, I pray that God, our Father, will bless our time together. May He grant us a spirit of peace, unity, and love so that we may come together as one body, one family, under Him. In Jesus name, amen.
 



Gathering 2022 nationwide worship service live streamed on July 31
Join our nationwide community of faith at Gathering 2022 this Sunday, July 31 at 10 a.m. MDT, in Edmonton. Executive Minister Doug Klassen will offer a sermon entitled, “Losing and Finding.” The service will be livestreamed on the MC Canada YouTube channel at https://youtu.be/kzkP3VSPlIU and also available at www.mennonitechurch.ca/worshipservices.
 
Virtual We Declare registration is now free!
Register now to take part in Gathering 2022, July 29 to Aug. 1! 

Due to a generous donor, registration for Virtual We Declare: what we have seen and heard is now free.
Register now to take part in our livestreamed worship sessions, participate in online workshops and connect online with both in-person and online Gathering 2022 participants: www.mennonitechurch.ca/gathering2022.  

Those who have already paid will be contacted regarding a refund. 

 

Gathering 2022 Report Book is now available 

Whether you’re a delegate or not, the Gathering 2022 Report Book gives an expansive view of who we are as a nationwide community of faith. Don’t miss out on reports from our nationwide ministries, organizational partners and what delegates will be discussing together about where we’re headed. Available now through CommonWord: https://www.commonword.ca/ResourceView/82/25677

Also find the Gathering's Program Book on CommonWord.



Employment Opportunity with Mennonite Church Alberta:
Bridge Building Facilitator


MCA is hiring! 
This half-time position will resource MCA congregations and staff in building interfaith and cross-cultural relationships in their ministry contexts, while representing MCA in other interfaith ventures. 

The Bridge Building Facilitator will collaborate with MCA congregations and MCA Staff to:
  • Explore existing intercultural/interfaith relationships and opportunities;
  • Expand intercultural/interfaith understanding and deepen relationships;
  • Develop intercultural/interfaith intentionality in our worship, invitations, and activities;
  • Capture and share stories to inspire others.
Applications will be accepted up to August 15 or until a suitable candidate is found.

Click for job posting and description. 




Over 10 years ago, MCA initiated North Edmonton Ministries (NEM) to plant a Mennonite presence and witness in North Edmonton, building relationships and sharing the Christian faith from a Mennonite perspective across cultures and faiths.

This seed that was planted and nurtured first by Donna Entz, and more recently by Suzanne Gross, has grown and matured.


Where to now?



MCA is planning to expand the work started through NEM and take it across the province with a program called Bridge Building.

The Bridge Building Facilitator will resource MCA congregations and staff to better build cross-cultural and inter-faith bridges in their own lives and work, while continuing to represent MCA in other interfaith ventures.





 

Summer Camp continues!





Campers are (always) HUNGRY
and the Camp kitchen
nee
ds your help!

Volunteer for a day, or two, or the whole week.
Bring a friend!


As they say, many hands make light work. Add your hands to Rudy's hands!

Contact Jon at (403) 637-2510 or director@campvalaqua.com
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. 

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Summer Reading List 

Recommended titles for the lawn chair, hammock or beach blanket! - https://www.commonword.ca/go/3034  

  







Eco-spiritual resources 

Worship outlines and spiritual practices set outside in/with creation by Wendy Janzen, pastor at Burning Bush Forest Church in Kitchener, Ont., and Eco-Minister at MCEC – https://www.commonword.ca/go/3077


Visio Divina project 

  • Our Visio Divina Project is a collection of “scripture-photos” for personal and congregational use.  Print them, sit with them, distribute them.  Or project these images in your congregation’s worship.   

  • Please also consider contributing “scripture-photos” of your own. We will soon be posting materials from Linda Thiessen-Belch and Len Rempel, in addition to Ruth Boehm who inspired the collection.   

  • Please see the Guide, written by Ruth Boehm, for more information on how to use these materials and how to contribute your own – https://www.commonword.ca/go/2969.  Submissions can be made via this electronic form – https://www.commonword.ca/go/3032.  The Collection can be viewed here – https://www.commonword.ca/go/2970.   

Cheaper by the Dozen 

Bring CommonWord’s loan library to your congregation!  Receive 12 different titles for an extended loan period (6 weeks).  Circulate among congregational members before returning.  A free way to encourage reading and enhance your own library!  For more details see https://www.commonword.ca/go/2253.   


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, 7:00 PM (Central). 

Buy or borrow the book - https://www.commonword.ca/go/2987

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