Asher Warkentin shares on Springridge

posted by Mennonite Church Alberta

Asher Warkentin of Springridge Mennonite Church in Pincher Creek shared Saturday on behalf of his church. Liam Kachkar from First Mennonite in Edmonton prayed for the community. Below are Asher's comments. 

"Springridge is a church that could well be in decline due to our aging population.  Yet, we have been holding our numbers over the past decade, with new and young families joining us.  The young children that are in our midst, are a source of energy and renewal to our congregation.  We are excited about the many gifts our members possess. We have about 6 musicians that take turns in accompanying our singing. We have artists who enrich our worship with visual beauty. We thank God for the blessing of on-going energy and inspiration.

Yet we also feel some affects of an aging congregation.  We are at times fatigued by the demands of church life. As a result, we have introduced a 'rest' period each summer, when we close our church for one month.  We have also began exploring different forms of Sunday Morning service.  Video and audio sermon presentations have worked well for us on the Sundays when our pastor is away.  We are thankful that as a part of the larger Mennonite Church, we have been able to use sermons presented by some of the pastors of your churches represented here today.

Over the past years and even now, we have greatly benefited from the pastoral leadership from Lethbridge, through Fred Unruh and our current pastor, who is Harold Schilk.  In the coming year, we will again be looking for a new pastor.  We appreciate your prayers - that a good match be found and made.

And lastly, this coming summer, Springridge will be celebrating our 90th anniversary.  We have worshiped in our present church building for the past 83 years and we have done so with an open-door policy - never locking the doors of our little country church. The fact that our church has never been vandalized in all those years, speaks to the respect that our community – both church members and non – has for our presence.  We are grateful for the good relationships and respect that we have with the larger community in and around Pincher Creek.  Please pray that our community’s love and witness will be a light that draws those around us, to Jesus and the abundant life he offers."

A Theology of Hope: Book Review

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North Edmonton Ministry

Donna Entz has begun a two-part series reviewing Christian de Cherge: A Theology of Hope, by Christian Salenson, a book written about the life and writings of a monk who lived in Algeria during the civil war and who wrote inspiringly about inter-religious dialogue. His reflections grew out of the context of living as a monk in a Muslim village. A significant impact on his life was when a Muslim friend protected him, and as a result was killed himself. 

"Inter-religious Dialogue is [more than] affirming certain ethical convergences concerning justice or respect for life. If we reduce inter-religious dialogue to Jewish-Christian dialogue, we would turn our back on a promise made to both Jews and Christians, and, frankly, we would distort the very relationship between Jews and Christians, for we sit together only by virtue of a relationship with other, with “the Nations.”  Jewish-Christian dialogue is validated by its capacity to consider religions and to enter into relationship with them." (p 9)

Listening, Acting, Renewing: Young Adults & the Church

posted by Mennonite Church Alberta

Foothills Mennonite Church in Calgary will host the 2018 Christian Faith Studies on May 14 - 16. Sessions begin at 2pm on Monday the 14th and end Wednesday at 11:30. Peter Epp, Irma Dueck Fast, and Anika Rayner, all from CMU, will be sharing on Young Adults & the Church.  Come for all sessions, one day, or an evening. 

Two evening events are open to the public:
Monday 7pm "A Time to Listen"
Tuesday 7pm "Grown-up: an Evening of Storytelling

 “A Time to Listen”  This session will feature a panel of Mennonite Church Alberta young adults, inviting older participants to practice and learn from the kind of listening that is critical to engaging and understanding young adults. Panelists’ sharing will be followed by Q&A.

“Grown-up: An evening of storytelling” This event will follow a variation of a model for community engagement through storytelling that has drawn intergenerational participants (including large numbers of young adults) to share deeply, joyfully, and profoundly with one another in the UK, Netherlands, Chicago, Nashville, and Winnipeg. Our theme, grown-up, will encourage participants to listen closely to the unique experiences that different generations of Christians, and each individual Christian, can have with becoming or being “grown-up.”     

Mail or email registration to: (form attached below)
or register online. 

Foothills Mennonite Church 
2115 Urbana Rd NW
Calgary, AB T2N 4B9 



New Representation for Alberta

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MCA elects Brenda Tiessen-Wiens 

and Margaret Kruger-Harder for Joint Council

Coaldale, AB, March 17 - Brenda Tiessen-Wiens and Margaret Kruger-Harder will represent Mennonite Church Alberta (MCA) in Joint Council. Since October 2017, the Nationwide Church is governed directly by the Regional Churches through a Joint Council. Each Regional Church holds two seats: the Moderator and a Member-at-Large. Tiessen-Wiens and Kruger-Harder fill those positions, respectively.  MCA’S Annual Delegate Sessions was held in Lethbridge and Coaldale, AB on March 16 and 17, 2018. The sessions, designed around theme “The Church Born Anew,” hosted Palmer Becker speaking from his series on “Begin Anew.” 

“It’s an exciting time to be a part of Mennonite Church Alberta!,” says Tiessen-Wiens, “After several years of anticipating changes to our regional and national church bodies, we are now realizing the opportunities that these changes will bring. I am a member of Foothills Mennonite Church, where I am inspired by and enjoy connecting with women in our women’s theology class. My volunteer time is spent teaching English with people from the Chin church and serving on the Mission & Service Committee, both of which provide a taste of the richness and diversity of our congregations. Over the next two years, I look forward to meeting more people in each of our church homes, as we grow together!”

Margaret is also a member of Foothills Mennonite Church in Calgary. She has lived in Calgary since

1987 when she moved from her teaching job in Mississauga, Ontario, to teach at Menno Simons Christian School. While teaching, she took a two-year sabbatical to attend Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary (AMBS), graduating with a Masters of Theology and Ethics, and a certificate in Conflict Mediation. She also holds an Arts degree from University of Waterloo/Conrad Grebel University College, a Theology degree from Canadian Mennonite University, and an Education degree from Western University in London, Ontario. She has been involved with the Alberta Conference of Mennonites as Education Representative and on the Community Building Committee.  At Foothills, she served on the board as Education Trustee and taught Sunday School for many years. Currently, she is on the Worship Committee, leads worship, and gives sermons. She met her husband, Michael, in Calgary, and they have a teenage son, Richard.  She is excited about being part of the Joint Council as Mennonite Church Alberta's representative and helping set priorities to represent the needs and gifts of the five area conferences. Together, she envisions being a continual presence of God's love in the world.


Mennonite Women Enjoy Art Exhibit

posted 14 Mar 2018, 21:13 by Mennonite Church Alberta   [ updated 14 Mar 2018, 21:15 ]

Mennonite Women Enjoy Art Exhibit
by Kate Janzen

How exciting to have an art exhibit come to town featuring Mennonite women
from Russia who made their way to Canada under impossible circumstances!

The exhibit is at the Ambrose University in Calgary and will be there for another few weeks. There was a reception at the opening of the exhibit in early March and the artist Ray Dirks was present to give background to his reasons for creating the paintings. This reception also included a choir and a story from Hugo Neufeld who had a direct connection to one of the paintings.

Two weeks later a group of 21 women came from various Mennonite churches in the Calgary area to view the exhibit. The event was billed as Gramma Stories. There were presentations from four women.

Jeanette Thiessen told the story of Grandma Baerg who endured many hardships. When they arrived in Quebec after an uncomfortable trip they were surprised by offerings of sandwiches, cake, and the Gospel of John!

Rose Klassen passed on the story of her Grandma Retzlaff who lost many members of her immediate family including two infant daughters, during her escape from the Red Army.

Two Chin ladies Tial Mawi and Hnin Tida, dressed in their cultural outfits told us their modern day trek from the Burma jungles to Calgary. They repeatedly said how their faith and determination got them to the beautiful Canadian country. The Chin congregation joined MCA in 2013.

There were other spontaneous stories that included a beautiful pill box and a hand sized manicure set that served the entire group in Siberia.

Does Camp Valaqua need new bathrooms?

posted 7 Mar 2018, 16:23 by Mennonite Church Alberta

New Bathrooms? See what mathmatician, Rob Vanden Heuvel, has to say. 

Does Camp Valaqua need new bathrooms?

Introducing! Oromo Congregation

posted 28 Feb 2018, 21:53 by Mennonite Church Alberta

Bethel International Church Edmonton Oromo Congregation

MCA’s Annual Delegate Sessions in Lethbridge will feature several new faces as a new church is presented for membership.

Over the last year and a half, MCA leaders, pastors, and members have been in conversation with the Bethel International Church Edmonton Oromo Congregation, exploring a potential relationship. Bethel is a two-year old congregation made up of Oromo-speaking immigrants from Ethiopia.

On a typical Sunday afternoon 30-40 adults and a number of children gather for worship in an Evangelical Lutheran building just off Edmonton’s Whyte Avenue. Their pastor Mezgebu Tucho (pictured)  is a visionary church planter who has helped start churches around the world. 
In conversations about conference membership, Bethel’s leaders have affirmed their desire to be part of the Mennonite church. They have been searching for a spiritual family for connection and spiritual grounding. They see the benefit of relationships beyond their own culture as they navigate what it means to be the church in our North American society. They are eager to engage with MCA in mission, seeking to “expand the kingdom of God with the message of peace and reconciliation.” 
We look forward to hearing more of Bethel’s story in Lethbridge, and pray we might develop ever-deepening connections in the months and years ahead!
Tim Wiebe-Neufeld
Executive Minister

Schedule & Report for Delegate Sessions

posted 28 Feb 2018, 21:11 by Mennonite Church Alberta   [ updated 28 Feb 2018, 21:15 ]

Schedule  & Report for 2018 Delegate Sessions

Friday, March 16, 2018

7:30 p.m. Opening Worship - Speaker – Palmer Becker
“Can your Church be Born Anew?”
(John 3:1-8)

Saturday, March 17, 2018

8:45 a.m. - 9:05 a.m. - Gathering Worship & Opening 

9:05 a.m. - 10:20 a.m. - Business Session 1

10:20 a.m. - 10:40 a.m. Break Sponsored by Mennonite Mutual Insurance

10:40 a.m. - 11:35 a.m. Morning Worship Speaker – Palmer Becker
“What will your Born Anew Church look like?”
(Mark 1:14-15 and Matthew 4:23-25)

11:35 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. - Breakout Session 1

12:30 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. - Lunch

1:15 p.m. - 1:55 p.m. - Afternoon Worship Speaker – Palmer Becker
“What will be the results of being Born Anew?”
(2 Corinthians 5:16-18 and John 14:12)

1:55 p.m. - 2:25 p.m. – Congregational Relationships

2:25 p.m. - 3:20 p.m. - Breakout Session 2

3:20 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. - Business Session 2

Bridging Borders Documentary

posted 28 Feb 2018, 20:32 by Mennonite Church Alberta

Bridging Borders Documentary

For a number of months, MCC Saskatchewan has been working on an exciting documentary project with Wavelength EntertainmentBridging Borders is an inspirational documentary series that goes beyond the international headlines to showcase the incredible stories of everyday Canadians who band together to sponsor Newcomer families fleeing persecution. You can view the first episode at

Register Now for MCA AGM

posted 21 Feb 2018, 22:37 by Mennonite Church Alberta

Lethbridge Mennonite
March 16-17
Friday night:  7:30 pm
“Can your Church be Born Anew?”
John 3:1-8.

Saturday morning:  10:40 am
“What will your Born Anew Church look like?”
Mark 1:14-15; Matthew 4:23-25

Saturday afternoon:  1:15 pm
“What will be the results of being Born Anew?”
2 Corinthians 5:16-18 and John 14:12

Billeting deadline: March 1
Registration deadline: Mar 11

Cost is $50. Due at registration.


  • Your voice is important!
  • Influence MC Canada agenda by attending the MCA AGM. 
  • Meet our multi-ethnic Mennonite Church Alberta community.
  • Important changes to discuss: International Witness funding, Finances,  & CMU ownership.
  • Discover our International Witness Workers & our Indigenous-Settler Relations ministry.

Be a Delegate
For each 15 members, you church can send 1 delegate.  Each delegate is permitted to carry one proxy vote. Contact your church office.

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