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MCA Weekly Update December 13, 2017

posted 13 Dec 2017, 13:25 by Mennonite Church Alberta

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MCA Weekly Update
December 13, 2017
In this Issue
Sections
Our Regional. Church
Our Nationwide Church
For Your Grorwth
The Broader Church
On The Calendar
New!
Garden Party
Women's Retreat
Bill C-262 Update
Witness Focus - Rabus - Otto
CommonWord Announcements
Anabaptist Prayer App
MDS Volunteer Needs

Stories, Events, Announcements: Do you have a faith story, church or local event, or announcements to share with the rest of Mennonite Church Alberta? Send information to communications@mennonitechurch.ab.ca.

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Our Regional Church

New! Garden Party - Save The Date: Camp Valaqua will be hosting a Garden Party again this year on Sunday, June 17th, 2018.  All of MCA is welcome to come worship at Camp Valaqua.
 

Camp Valaqua Bathroom Renovation A raffle for five quilts will be held on May 5, 2018. Contact camp office or a committee rep for tickets. Funds raised will help with the bathroom renovations.

Snowcamp is coming!  Jr High Snowcamp for grades 7-9 will be on January 12-14 and Sr High Snowcamp for grades 10-12 will be on February 23-25.  Online registration can be found by clicking the link at www.campvalaqua.com or you can register through your church youth leader or pastor.  Contact the camp office (403-337-2510valaqua@xplornet.com) if you have questions.
More details & downloads here.

New! Save the Date - Women's Retreat

MCA Women's Retreat will be June 8, 9, 10 in Sylvan Lake. We are delighted to announce Rachel Miller Jacobs, DMin, Associate Professor of Congregational Formation at AMBS, has accepted our invitation and will be speaking on Ordinary Forgiveness.

A Year-End Gift : Consider a year-end gift to Mennonite Church Alberta (MCA). The work and mission of MCA has continued strongly throughout the year, but  is in need of your support to meet this year’s budget. You can donate online at www.mennonitechurch.ab.ca

New Way of Giving to MC Canada: Starting January 1, local congregations and individuals will send MC Canada donations through MC Alberta. The delegates at the MC Canada Special Assembly in October approved a new structure for the national church. The new structure included an updated financial model where the five regional churches will fund the national church.

MCA AGM March 16-17

Lethbridge Mennonite Church w/ Palmer Becker, author of Anabaptist Essentials.Both MCA and MC Canada Agenda’s will be discussed.

Begin Anew: Download any of the Begin Anew materials from CommonWord and print them on your own printer.  Videos also available. Study will coincide with MCA’s March AGM.
 

Our Nationwide Church

Mennonites Learning Indigenous Theology
NAIITS is an Indigenous Learning Community that hosts annual theological gatherings intended for young and older, pastors and activists. Mennonite Church Canada’s Indigenous-Settler Relations would like to help sponsor a group of women and men from across our nationwide church to attend this year’s symposium on “White Supremacy and Indigeneity,” June 7-9, 2018 @ Acadia Divinity College (Nova Scotia). If you are interested, please email Steve Heinrichs for details (sheinrichs@mennonitechurch.ca).

New! Update on Bill C-262 

Fantastic news! Bill C-262, the Indigenous Human Rights Bill, was endorsed by the ruling Liberal party at second reading on December 5, 2017. After a 3rd Reading, and final, it can be brought to the Senate for Royal Assent.  MP Romeo Saganash expresses his sincere gratitude to our Mennonite community for all the work we’ve done to get things this far. We’re encouraged to keep sending the free Walk the Talk postcards (www.commonword.ca/go/1283) to all MPs, encouraging them to stand up for justice and reconciliation 

New! Witness Focus
Greg Rabus and Jennifer Otto (Witness workers – Ludwigshafen, Germany) shared recently: “From the Syrian and Iraqi refugees we work with every day, we have learned much about generosity, a supportive attitude, and a focus on human relationships that is not very emphasized in our Western culture. It makes us love and appreciate this work, and think about how to incorporate those attitudes into our own work and service to God. […] We are grateful for the community that has come together in the Friedenshaus. We do feel that in the coming-together of the church, people from the neighbourhood, and immigrants/refugees in Ludwigshafen, that God's Spirit is working through the practical help that is given and the relationships that are forming.”  

Ian Matthias Rabus was born Nov. 9th weighing 10.5 lbs. Big brother Alex is also very happy with Ian’s arrival.  

For Your Growth 

New! Looking for original resources: In preparation for Advent and Christmas, has your congregation written an original script, educational resource, or worship service they’d be willing to share?  CommonWord is always looking for creative and alternative digital items to pass along to other congregations.  For more information, see www.commonword.ca/go/1427

New! Encourage winter reading!  CommonWord can send you 12 different books on loan for a 6-week period – at no cost.  This Cheaper by the Dozen program is a great way to augment your congregational library, inspire a church committee, or profile a worship or educational theme.  For more information, see www.commonword.ca/go/1428

New! Prayer App
A new free Anabaptist Prayer App makes Take Our Moments and Our Days prayers for Ordinary Time and Advent through Pentecost available to Apple and Android users in an easy-to-navigate format, as close at hand as your digital device. 

See related article: Mobile app extends global reach of Anabaptist prayer book

Advent At-Home

Families with children: Next week is the First Sunday of Advent and the beginning of “Yes! Let It Be!” a free, downloadable guide for family worship from December 3 to January 6. Pick and choose the activities that work best for your family. Find it at www.anabaptistfaithformation.org. Also available at www.mennonitechurch.ab.ca.

Begin Anew: Download any of the Begin Anew materials from CommonWord and print them on your own printer.  Videos also available. Study will coincide with MCA’s March AGM.

The Broader Church

New! Urgent Project Crew Opportunities:

Lake County, CA - 2015 Wildfires 
Dec 3-9: up to 8 people • Dec 10-16: up to 3 people
Princeville, NC - Hurricane Matthew
Dec 10-16: up to 15 people (bring a cook with you)

On The Calendar

January 12 - 14     Jr High Snowcamp
February 23-25     Sr High Snowcamp
March 16-17          MCA AGM 
May 5                    Quilt Raffle 
June 7-9                NAITA Symposium 
June 8-10              MCA Women's Retreat
June 17                 Garden Party 
 

Christmas Greeting from MCA

posted 6 Dec 2017, 15:51 by Mennonite Church Alberta

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Snow Camp

posted 6 Dec 2017, 11:05 by Mennonite Church Alberta

Snowcamp is coming!  Jr High Snowcamp for grades 7-9 will be on January 12-14 and Sr High Snowcamp for grades 10-12 will be on February 23-25.  Join us for a fun weekend with games, speakers, music and more.  Online registration can be found by clicking the link at www.campvalaqua.com or you can register through your church youth leader or pastor.  Contact the camp office (403-337-2510 valaqua@xplornet.com) if you have questions.


Mennonites Learning Indigenous Theology

posted 6 Dec 2017, 11:04 by Mennonite Church Alberta

NAIITS is an Indigenous Learning Community that hosts annual theological gatherings intended for young and older, pastors and activists. Mennonite Church Canada’s Indigenous-Settler Relations would like to help sponsor a group of women and men from across our nationwide church to attend this year’s symposium on “White Supremacy and Indigeneity,” June 7-9, 2018 @ Acadia Divinity College (Nova Scotia). If you are interested, please email Steve Heinrichs for details (sheinrichs@mennonitechurch.ca).

Two Faiths, Two Friends

posted 1 Dec 2017, 10:59 by Mennonite Church Alberta

Below are videos from the Two Faiths, Two Friends Dialogue. 

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MDS Update

posted 1 Dec 2017, 09:35 by Mennonite Church Alberta   [ updated 1 Dec 2017, 09:36 ]

November 30, 2017
Prayer Concerns 
 
Please pray for our operations team as they continue planning for new projects in Florida and Texas and their continued evaluation of Puerto Rico.
 
We are grateful for a well-received pastor resource day facilitated by MDS for Mennonite pastors in Puerto Rico in mid-November.
 
Continue to remember those impacted by Hurricane Harvey and the MDS volunteer teams responding in the areas of Victoria County, Baytown and the Coastal Bend area of Texas.

Also keep in prayer the volunteers in as they transition to long-term response after Hurricane Irma.

Remember in prayer all the continuing projects MDS.

Read the newest Behind the Hammer here.
MDS Job Alert 
 
We have one open employment opportunity in Region 2. The position available is Regional Operations Coordinator for Region 2. See the full job description at MDS employment. Resumes may be sent to jobs@mds.mennonite.net or MDS, Attn: Human Resources, 583 Airport Rd, Lititz, PA 17543. Review of resumes begins immediately. 
Plan to attend the MDS All Unit Meeting 2018
 
Please join us for the annual MDS All-Unit Meeting in Winkler, Manitoba from February 9-10, 2018!

The All-Unit meeting is a time of worship, singing, inspiration, storytelling, fellowship, learning about MDS, experiencing the local culture through tours, meeting old friends and making new ones. The meeting will take place in the beautiful Winkler Bergthaler Mennonite Church.
Register Here
Urgent Needs: These are our most urgent needs. Other ongoing needs are listed in the "Current Needs" section below.

Urgent Project Crew Opportunities:
Lake County, CA - 2015 Wildfires
  • Dec 3-9: up to 8 people
  • Dec 10-16: up to 3 people
Princeville, NC - Hurricane Matthew
  • Dec 10-16: up to 15 people (bring a cook with you)
 Urgent Project Leadership Opportunities:

All fall 2017 leadership positions have been filled. We are now accepting inquires and applications for spring 2018.
Current Project Leadership Opportunities
All fall 2017 leadership positions
 
We continue to scheduling leadership for the Winter of 2018 from January 3 – March 31. We are still looking for some Leadership positions, including Project Directors, Construction Supervisors, Office Managers, Head Cooks, Assistant Cooks, and Crew Leaders. We will also need Heavy Equipment Operators for our West Virginia Bridges project. Here is where we are working this winter:Planning continues on the long termresponse in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico. Keep watching the biweekly newsletter and MDS website for more information on volunteer opportunities.

RV Project Opportunities
 
RV participants serve for 4 weeks or more at a time with 4-6 couples or individuals per projects. See our RV Program page for more information. We still have the following spaces available for January through April 26, 2018:
  • San Marcos, TX
    • Two (2) openings January 6-February 1
    • One (1) opening March 1-29
    • Office Manager needed March 1-29
  • Citrus County, FL
    • One (1) opening March 1-29
    • Three (3) openings March 31-April 26
  • Baytown, TX
    • One (1) opening March 1-29
Volunteer Opportunity Contact Persons

Urgent or Current Crew Opportunities:
Call or Email Darin Bontrager: 800-241-8111dbontrager@mds.mennonite.net

Urgent or Current Project Leadership & RV Opportunities:
U.S. residents - Josh Carson at 800-241-8111 or email jcarson@mds.mennonite.net
Canadian residents - Evelyn Peters-Rojas at 866-261-1274 or email epetersrojas@mds.mennonite.net
 
Apply Now
Your Gifts at Work
 
Thank you to those who made a donation to MDS yesterday for #GivingTuesday! We are honored to receive these gifts and put them to work through hardworking volunteers and bring disaster survivors home again.
 
MDS received just over $24,000, which will support volunteers at a recovery project for about 6 weeks. On average, that has the potential to bring 6 families affected by disaster back to a safe and clean home!
 
Donate Now (USD)
Donate Now (CAN)
Director's Blueprint

As the title of this section states ‘Director’s Blueprint’ suggesting that plans are in place for building.  Blueprints often solicit questions of clarity and purpose. So, I take this time and space to solicit questions you would have of me and Mennonite Disaster Service. I welcome your questions. I may not get a chance to answer all of them – but it helps us set a direction and provide clarity. Can I hear from you?
kking@mds.mennonite.net

Kevin King
Executive Director
Click Here to Download a PDF Version of this Update

International Witness: Prayer Opportunity

posted 30 Nov 2017, 11:57 by Mennonite Church Alberta

 

Tom and Christine Poovong, Witness workers in Khonkaen, Thailand give thanks for a new children’s ministry that is opening up to them; 2 more families are participating in the life of Maliwan Mennonite Church and of these new families, 3 adults were recently baptized.

Join with them in asking God to continue to “open doors” to discipleship ministry in Laos. Pray that these new disciples would be strengthened in their faith and encouraged to embrace Christianity from an Anabaptist perspective.


Pray for Jason Martin, new Director of International Witness, as he supports Witness workers and congregational partners through the restructuring process.  Pray for understanding of the implications of these changes, wisdom in strategic planning for the future and a deep sense of God's leading and care.

2nd Reading Bill C-262

posted 30 Nov 2017, 11:43 by Mennonite Church Alberta

Bill C-262 will be debated in Parliament following its second reading on December 5, 2017. Bill C-262 is a private member’s bill that seeks to harmonize Canadian law with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. As a result of grassroots advocacy, the Government of Canada has just announced that they will be supporting Bill C-262. This is incredibly encouraging! But we need to keep applying the pressure. Active ways to be involved: pray, email a word of thanks to local Liberal MP's, and keep sending the free Walk the Talk postcards to all MP’s (www.commonword.ca/go/1283). 

New Way of Giving to MC Canada

posted 30 Nov 2017, 11:40 by Mennonite Church Alberta

The delegates at the MC Canada Special Assembly in October approved a new structure for the national church. The new structure included an updated financial model where the five regional churches will fund the national church. Rather than local congregations and individuals sending donations to MC Canada, giving to national programs should be done through MC Alberta starting January 1.

A Year-End Gift

posted 30 Nov 2017, 11:38 by Mennonite Church Alberta

Consider a year-end gift to Mennonite Church Alberta (MCA). The work and mission of MCA has continued strongly throughout the year, but  is in need of your support to meet this year’s budget. You can donate online at www.mennonitechurch.ab.ca

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