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The MCA Communiqué
News & Notes for our Alberta family
June 2, 2021

In this issue

Our E3 Prayer 
Lamenting with MCBC
A Menno Minute Donna Entz and Suzanne Gross
Mennonite Voluntary Service Adventure
Camp Valaqua Hike-a-thon
Blooming Bulbs, the finale
 E3 Resources 
Student Bursary Applications 
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
June 27 Farewell for Donna Entz
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

Speak to us, oh God, and open our hearts and mind to find ways to practice deep community, even as we may have to remain physically distant.

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.

Mennonite Church Canada joins MCBC in lament of children's remains discovered at residential school

We join our siblings in Mennonite Church British Columbia as they lament the discovery of the remains of 215 children buried at the site of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School.

Through the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) we as Mennonites have learned about the devastating impacts of residential schools on Indigenous children and their parents that will continue for future generations. This news of the discovery of children who died at the Kamloops school and therefore were never able to come home again or to be buried and grieved by their families is heartbreaking.

As regional and nationwide church communities we grieve together with all the families and all those who have been impacted by the news of these deaths. We pray for all those who have memories and scars from their time in residential schools and for those who have been retraumatized by this discovery.

Given the TRC 94 Calls to Action, we not only want to pray but also act in ways that can move in the direction of healing and reconciliation. We especially think of calls 48, 49, 59 and 61, which call for education, financial commitments and other meaningful ways in which practical help and reconciliation can be engaged.

MCBC has listed actions for its members to consider and invites our nationwide family to join them in action and prayer.

A Menno Minute

This week’s Menno Minute features a video dialogue  between Donna Entz and Suzanne Gross. Suzanne interviews Donna about how she understands the Holy Spirit-led seeds that she has been able to plant through her ten years of work in Edmonton, on behalf of Mennonite Church Alberta, and how our Mennonite tradition and community is so very poised to continue this work. Donna then asks Suzanne what has shaped and inspired her to accept the invitation to be Transition Lead as Donna winds down her work with North Edmonton Ministries.
Although not a typical Menno Minute you are invited to find 18 minutes in your day to engage with the video interview that captures the impact Donna has been able to make in her bridge-building ten-year journey.

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 

Mennonite Church Alberta (MCA) Employment Opportunity

Church Engagement Minister,  .5 FTE

MCA is a caring community of twelve congregations joined by faith in Jesus Christ in a Mennonite perspective.  We are seeking a Church Engagement Minister who embodies that faith with demonstrated gifts and experience in engaging collaboratively with individuals, congregations, and financial supporters from diverse cultural contexts and theological perspectives.  Supported by MCA’s Executive Minister, the Church Engagement Minister engages with congregations and individuals to deepen their understanding and participation in three key ministry areas:

    1. The mission of the church at the local, national, and international levels;

    2. Relationship-building within MCA and between MCA congregations;

    3. Growing financial support for individual congregations, MCA, and MC Canada.

For a full job description, see mcab.ca/careers.  Inquiries and resumes may be directed to moderator@mcab.ca

The blooms of our MCA bulbs give but a glimpse of the immense beauty of the goodness of our Creator! 

This summer, let the image of Christ in you shine bright,
as you show God's love and goodness to your neighbours near and far.

Are you looking for ways that you and your congregation can connect with E3 Year 2?

All E3 Y2 Resources are available HERE. 

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


 
2021-2022 STUDENT BURSARIES

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

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. 

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

Indigenous-Settler Relations launches Be it Resolved Challenge

Nationwide initiative to spur new commitments and resolutions to Indigenous justice


This June Indigenous-Settler Relations is launching the Be it Resolved Challenge, a nationwide initiative encouraging Mennonite Church Canada members and congregations to create and commit to new resolutions for Indigenous justice.

Challenge participants receive a free copy of the anthology Be it Resolved: Anabaptists and Partner Coalitions Advocate for Indigenous Justice, 1966 – 2020 and commit to reading and reflecting on portions the book, along with other suggested readings, from July to August 2021.  

“Last week's devastating news of 215 lost children found at the former Kamloops Indian Residential School reminds us that the need for action is imperative,” says Steve Heinrichs, director of Indigenous-Settler Relations.

“We invite members of our Mennonite Church Canada family to reflect on the profound commitments that our community of faith has made to Indigenous justice over the last 50 years and to respond, in turn, with our very own resolutions.”

Read full release

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 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. 

   CMU Admissions Webinar: Why Fall 2021 is the perfect time to enrol at CMU. COVID-19 has changed many aspects of society, including post-secondary education. When thinking of enrolling in university vs. taking a gap-year, there are some strong reasons to immerse yourself in university studies this fall. Join us to hear the top 4 reasons for why you should consider CMU this fall! Wednesday, June 16, 4:00 PM (CDT). Visit www.cmu.ca/webinar for more information.

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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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