Announcements

Announcements

Trivia Night to Benefit Valaqua

posted 9 Jan 2018, 20:56 by Mennonite Church Alberta

Camp Valaqua Fundraiser:
 
Foothills Mennonite is hosting Trivia Night on Saturday Feb 10 @ 6:30 pm. Teams of 6-8 will compete for a the prize. All are welcome – invite neighbours, friends and relatives to join. Intergenerational teams are encouraged. Observers also welcome. If you are having trouble forming a team, contact Kevin Stoesz and he will connect you. Admission will be $20 at the door and includes a dessert. Please RVSP your team beforehand with Kevin Stoesz (email: kbstoesz@gmail.com or phone: 403-464-1823).

Save the Date - Women's Retreat - June 8, 9, 10

posted 3 Jan 2018, 19:48 by Mennonite Church Alberta

 
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.

Never been? We are diverse group of women who 
come together once a year to celebrate friendship and faith. We bond through our teaching, our fellowship, and our laughter. More information to come. 

Mennonites Learning Indigenous Theology

posted 2 Jan 2018, 13:42 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).

North Edmonton Ministries Update

posted 22 Dec 2017, 16:09 by Mennonite Church Alberta

        I thank God for the rich experiences through North Edmonton Ministry.  Twenty seventeen started with a trip to Israel/Palestine and I now see life in two layers. The shepherds at Jesus birth remind me of the Bedouin shepherds and their displacement from traditional lands today.   “He will feed his flock like a shepherd... gather the lambs.. and carry them in his bosom.” Isaiah 40:11.  I returned home to find deeper connection to the Palestinian community, now struggling with the Jerusalem decision.  Jerusalem, Jerusalem, how often have I longed to gather your children together... as a hen gathers her brood.   Matt 23:37

            Our main goals as “A Common Word Alberta”(ACWAB) are to create spaces of trust for dialogue and to nourish faith in the younger generation.  But regular attendees are often seniors.  In September, Michelle, a  young Christian woman, joined me as intern to get credit at Regent College.  At the same time a young Muslim woman joined our Scriptural Reasoning Group. This young woman was so excited the first evening, she had to apologize for asking so many questions, questions she had never had  a chance to ask.  A highlight of that group was a discussion about ethics


"Michelle told of the people in Rwanda who God protected with angels when they refused to take arms in the genocide."

and non-violence that ended when Michelle told of the people in Rwanda who God protected with angels when they refused to take arms in the genocide. Their lives are an inspiration in spiritual friendships.

            ACWAB planning committee this year was strengthened by new energy from two evangelical pastors and more Shia Muslims.   At the October “Two Friends, Two Faiths” week of Dialogue, many Shia Muslim and Anglican participants were engaging the “other” for the first time.  Our Shia Muslim and Mennonite speakers challenged us to think in new ways about our relationships:

  • We don’t need to defend, convince or find a common denominator.
  • When differences surface, and  people listen respectfully,  friendship goes to a deeper level.
  • Living faithfully is not talking about our religion, as much as it is living differently than others.
  • We are too possessive of God and instead need to be possessed by God.   As our spiritual lives go deeper, we have more and more strength to engage and accept the “other”  with respect.
  • Mission is saying to the other “I want you to find your way to God” and this we have in common because both of our faiths expect us to share our faith beyond our circles. 
  • In our secular contexts of UK and Canada, instead of competition between our faiths, it is better that we work together inviting people to come and experience a life of faith.  

            In November, as part of my Southern Alberta “tour”, a third "Under-wraps" event was held in Lethbridge.   Old Colony Mennonites and Muslims  shared on the meaning of their head coverings.   The event was simply superb because it  built on relationships that are already strong with the women who shared.   The Muslim speaker begged afterwards that they all find ways to stay more connected.   That day was rich in the power of hospitality, spiritual friendships, and witness.  This is a good example of where Mennonite Church Alberta has already grown into their new structure.  

            We are most grateful for the support of various sorts that we receive during the year.  We see the fruits of that concretely in the events mentioned above and in numerous other ways.  If others would like to participate in sustaining this important peace-building ministry, please contact Donna Entz.  We would be thrilled."

                 Merry Christmas / Blessings in 2018             

                                    Donna Entz

                                                                                                                                                                  

Joint Council - December 17, 2017

posted 19 Dec 2017, 19:08 by Mennonite Church Alberta

Joint Council 12/2017

MC Canada Joint Council: December 17, 2017

Back Row: Jackie Janzen, MC Sask; Vince Friesen, MC Alberta; Betty Loewen, MCBC; Brian Quan, Moderator (MCEC); Alicia Good, MCEC; Allan Hiebert, Secretary/Treasurer (MC Alberta); Gerald Gerbrandt, MC Manitoba; Geraldine Baltzer, Assistant Moderator (MC Sask)

Front Row: Ken Warkentin, MC Sask; Paul Neufeldt, MC Alberta; Lee Dyck, MCBC; Paul Wideman, MCEC; Peter Rempel, MC Manitoba

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

Download attachment for bulletin insert.

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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