Announcements

Announcements

AGM March 16-17 in Lethbridge

posted 17 Nov 2017, 09:11 by Mennonite Church Alberta

Coming up March 16 and 17th at Lethbridge Mennonite, is the annual AGM for Mennonite Church Alberta. The first since the structural changes approved in October at the Special Assembly,  the meeting will be important to defining and understanding what this means to Mennonite Church Alberta. The meeting will be addressing MC Canada issues as well as MCA's. Joining us will be Palmer Becker, author of Anabaptist Essentials. All are welcomed and encouraged to attend. 

Advent At-Home

posted 16 Nov 2017, 11:43 by Mennonite Church Alberta

By Elsie Remple

Produced by Anabaptist Faith Formation and distributed by Common Word, this year's Advent At-Home, Yes, Let It Be! is available for download. Yes! Let it Be on Common Word or available for download below in booklet form or 8.5 x 11. Also included are bulletin announcements. 

Lethbridge Mennonite works with community to sponsor Syrian refugees

posted 8 Nov 2017, 11:13 by Mennonite Church Alberta

Joani Neufeldt shares a Lethbridge testimony at Special Assembly 2017. 

YouTube Video


Video: Doug Klassen and Dr. Mohammad Ali Shomali

posted 7 Nov 2017, 08:21 by Mennonite Church Alberta

Wednesday night October 25, 2017, opening night of Christian-Muslim dialogues held in Edmonton, features MCA Pastor Doug Klassen and Dr Mohammad Ali Shomali. 

YouTube Video


Scholarly Article on Sufi Muslim and Anabaptist

posted 7 Nov 2017, 08:16 by Mennonite Church Alberta

This scholarly article was originally posted at AnabaptistWitness.org, titled "A Reconciliation Role of Suffering with Sufi Muslims and Anabaptist Theologies of Nonviolence". Jonathan Bornman's article compliments our recent Christian-Muslim dialogues in Edmonton.

Jonathan Bornman is a consultant for Christian/Muslim Relations at Eastern Mennonite Missions. See emm.org/peacemakers for more information

Rich Blessings Come from "Two Friends, Two Faiths"

posted 2 Nov 2017, 12:53 by Mennonite Church Alberta

God is good! The week of speaking engagements and dialogue between Muslim and Christian friends and neighbours in the Edmonton area was a time of rich blessing! Event planners celebrated that close to 800 people participated the eight events as part of the "Two Friends, Two Faiths" series, taking significant steps in better understanding our multifaith neighbours.

Donna Entz would be pleased to be invited to speak in your churches about the significance of these kinds of interactions, and about her recently published article entitled "Sharing the Light of Jesus in a Multifaith World" (Vision: a Journal for Church and Theology). She can be contacted at 780-250-6456 or lorenanddonna@gmail.com.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the fundraising event for North Edmonton Ministry in Edmonton on October 29! The Advisory Committee thanks God for the blessings of the Muslim and Christian brothers and sisters that shared the evening. Special thanks to those from the Edmonton community who donated over $2500 to this important ministry. Ongoing donations are appreciated and can be made online (mennonitechurch.ab.ca) or by cheque (Mennonite Church Alberta, Box 1839, Pincher Creek, AB T0K 1W0).

Thank you!

Brenda Tiessen-Wiens
on behalf of the MCA Mission & Service Committee

MCA Financial Update

posted 28 Oct 2017, 13:45 by Mennonite Church Alberta   [ updated 28 Oct 2017, 13:46 ]

Financial Update
October 26, 2017

The work and mission of MCA has continued strongly throughout the year. Over 350 young lives were touched by Christ through Camp Valaqua this summer. The North Edmonton Ministry continues to witness to the Muslim community through dialogue and exemplifying Christian love, compassion, and grace. Our area pastor continues to support our local congregations, bless those congregations that choose to leave our fellowship, and conversing with new congregations that are looking to join our fellowship. And we continue to develop future church leaders by supporting our Mennonite schools and students.

 

These ministries are stretching our financial resources. The delegates at the 2017 MCA Annual Assembly approved a deficit budget for the year with a projected shortfall of $37,100. We are at risk of ending the year with an even larger deficit than projected. Some of our member congregations have not yet been able to send funds to MCA, and donations from individuals are below projections. We are thankful for the financial contributions we have received to date. We also prayerfully appeal for continued support for the work and missions of MCA.

Individual donations can be made online at mennonitechurch.ab.ca or mailed to Mennonite Church Alberta, Box 1839, Pincher Creek, AB T0K 1W0.

 Wayne Janz
MCA Finance Chair


Opportunities to Discuss Changes

posted 28 Oct 2017, 13:25 by Mennonite Church Alberta

What does MC Canada’s restructuring mean for MCA and my Congregation?  How might this new way of “being the church together” enhance our Christian witness across the street and around the world?  Join MCA Regional Minister Tim Wiebe-Neufeld and MC Canada Executive Minister Willard Metzger for an opportunity to learn more and ask questions.  

Oct 312pm at Edmonton First Mennonite
Nov 11:30 pm at Lethbridge Mennonite
Nov 17pm at Calgary First Mennonite.

Post Assembly

posted 26 Oct 2017, 10:55 by Mennonite Church Alberta

Post Assembly

Vote passed by 94%.

Need a small group idea? "Begin Anew"

posted 22 Oct 2017, 17:50 by Mennonite Church Alberta

Begin Anew Meditations
Need a small group idea? Suitable to our current transition with MC Canada, Palmer Becker's "Begin Anew", available at commonword.ca,
coincides with MCA 's spring 2018 assembly. Leader's guide, Participant guide, Daily Meditations, and a free online video series are available


Begin Anew:

Christian Discipleship Seminars

  • Believe in God
  • Belong in Community
  • Become Mature
  • Behave like Christ
Begin Anew is a 16-session series of studies that can provide your congregation with rich rewards. As you work through the sessions, you will discover that Christianity is a combination of believing, belonging, becoming, and behaving. This course is designed in a holistic way to bring about a clear faith in God as known in Jesus Christ, a solid sense of belonging in a family of loving people, and a disciplined lifestyle. This new lifestyle leads to becoming joyfully involved in a ministry in the church and in God’s mission in the world. 

These studies are for everyone, no matter their background or what compelled them to come to faith in Jesus. They may be young adults who grew up in the church, dropped out, and are now interested in making a new start. They may be brand-new to the faith and to your congregation. Or perhaps they simply want to better understand the Christian faith from an Anabaptist perspective. 

(16 sessions) 

Also see a video introduction (45:45 min ff) by Palmer Becker on this series.

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