Weekly News

Welcome! Here you will find all the news and events that your congregation will need for the week - MCEC in Prayer, Event Highlights, Mennonite Church Canada Updates, Announcements. Check out the hot buttons to ministry opportunities and pastoral transitions. Administrative Assistants: make sure to see the Bulletin Cut and Paste below.  Bookmark this page and check back regularly for updates. New items will begin to appear on Monday and the newsletter will come to your inbox on Wednesday.

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MCEC in Prayer 

  1. Each week we pray for a faith community within the MCEC community of congregations. This week we pray for Markham Chinese Mennonite Church. Paul Mo gives pastoral leadership to this congregation. Please pray for this congregation who are part of an intercultural Christian presence in Markham sharing the same facility with Hagerman Mennonite Church and Markham Christian Worship Centre.

MCEC Latest News

Upcoming Events

Land and Territory Acknowledgements

May 19th, 2022

Many churches are reviewing or creating Land and Territory Acknowledgements.

MCEC's Truth and Reconciliation Working Group is convening an online workshop to think through the place of these statements in our worship services and support congregations developing and using their own Land Acknowledgements.

May 19, 7 p.m. ET online

MCEC Jr. Youth New Hamburg Mennonite Relief Sale Event

May 28th, 2022

This spring MCEC is hosting a Jr. Youth Event at the New Hamburg Mennonite Relief Sale. There will be a time of gathering as youth for worship & prayer, games, and time to explore the relief sale. There is no cost for registration, but youth are to bring money for buying their own lunch and treats at the relief sale.

 

This event is for Jr. Youth (grade 6-8)

Date: Saturday, May 28th 2022 9:00am to 2:00pm

Location: 275 Jacob St, New Hamburg, ON

MCEC Administrators Day

Jun 1st, 2022

Do you ever get overwhelmed by all the e-mails you have to get through? Or maybe you find it difficult to manage the mental and emotional burdens that come with certain tasks? Whatever it is, get ready because MCEC Administrators day is coming up soon. Our theme this year is Bringing Order out Of Chaos. As administrators, we do the work of bringing order and organization to our workplaces and sometimes the starting point can be a little chaotic.

June 1st, 2022.  12:00 PM - 3:30 PM ET

Registration: $20  

Online Zoom Event 

Equip: Youth Leadership Training Event

Jun 3rd, 2022

MCEC and Grebel invite you to build leadership skills that will help you serve your community. Participate in worship and join workshops on numerous topic such as how to deal with conflict, tackling big bible questions, how to plan an event, and how to lead worship in church! Interspersed in-between will be great food, games, and a chance to connect with a broad range of youth. There is something for everyone!

Friday, June 3
6:00pm – 10:30pm

Saturday, June 4
9:30AM – 4:00 PM

Youth Workers Zoom Call

Jun 7th, 2022

Join colleagues on a monthly zoom call to discuss highs and lows, hopes and dreams and current trends in youth ministry. This happens monthly - the first Tuesday of each month. Join the conversation!

Tuesday, June 7, 4 p.m. ET

Pastoral Retreat 2022

Jun 9th, 2022

A day set aside to be re-energized by the Spirit that led us and the community which surrounds. Join us for worship and fellowship! More details to come.

June 9, 2022, 9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Hidden Acres Mennonite Camp, New Hamburg

Mennonite Church Canada

 

Mennonite Church Canada invites nationwide church to Edmonton for Gathering 2022 

Executive Minister Doug Klassen invites members from across our nationwide community of faith to Gathering 2022, in Edmonton and online.
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Summer Gatherings

Gathering 2022 registration open - We Declare: what we have seen and heard, from July 29 to Aug. 1, in Edmonton, AB.

Come and join our nationwide community of faith as we gather together with our Mennonite Church Alberta faith family to examine what it means to share the Good News and bear witness to the Gospel of Peace. Register here: mennonitechurch.ca/gathering2022

 

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Virtual Gathering 2022 registration now open  

Virtual registration for We Declare: what we have seen and heard, July 29 to Aug. 1, is now open at mennonitechurch.ca/gathering2022. Share in live worship and plenary sessions, participate in online workshops and network with other virtual participants from across our nationwide community of faith.  


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Register for Amplify! 

Registration for Youth Gathering 2022 at Camp Valaqua in Edmonton, July 31 to August 4, (ages 12-18), is live at www.mennonitechurch.ca/amplify.


International Witness

Conflict resolution courses taught in South Korean middle school 

For the third time this year, a middle school in South Korea has invited facilitators from the Chuncheon Community Peace Centre to do training in all 18 classes to help children learn peaceful ways to resolve conflict. Witness worker Bock Ki Kim is working to build teams of facilitators in other cities so that local people can provide this kind of training. Pray for the facilitator-training courses planned for this summer.   

Chinese church leaders discouraged 

Pray for church leaders in China who are discouraged with the many restrictions on their activities due to COVID and political interests. Notes of encouragement can be sent to Jeanette Hanson at jhanson@mennonitechurch.ca 

De Jongs teach courses in local churches 

As the semester ends at the Meserete Kristos Seminary in Ethiopia, Witness workers Werner and Joanne De Jong are planning to serve local churches with training courses. Pray for safe travel and good connections as they teach.  

CommonWord Bookstore and Resource Centre

Special orders accepted 

Support your bookstore by ordering your next title at CommonWord (even if it’s not on our website). We’re glad to give you a quote. Contact us.   

Spring CommonRead 

Free online study guide, discounts for bulk orders, author interview. 

Gathering 2022 

Study and worship materials on the Gathering 2022 theme (July 29 to Aug. 1 in Edmonton and online) are now available to help prepare. 

Visio Divina resources 

The CommonWord Visio Divina project is an invitation to “see with your own heart.”  Pastor and photographer, Ruth Boehm, has paired images with NRSV scripture texts.  Use as a devotional practice, an encouragement note for a friend, a visual backdrop for worship. A Guide is included. We also welcome others to submit scripture photos to CommonWord’s growing collection (more information in the Guide)   

Free shipping to member congregations 

All who affiliate with a MC Canada [or each can insert MCA/MCBC/etc.] congregation are automatically members at CommonWord!  Simply link your CommonWord account to your current congregation – and receive free shipping on loan items, both ways.

  • Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary
    - Invite AMBS
    - Seminary scholarships for VSers
  • Anabaptist Worship Network
    - Intergenerational Worship webinar - June 7
  • Canadian Mennonite University
    - Consider CMU: Where learning and career connect
  • Conrad Grebel University College
    - Spirituality and Aging Seminar - June 3
    - Ontario Mennonite Music Camp - August 2022
  • Mennonite Men
    - Peaceful at Heart book and resources
  • Rockway Mennonite Collegiate
    - Employment Opportunities - Custodian; Administrative Assistant - Main Office
    - Golf Classic - June 1
  • Willowgrove/Fraser Lake
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    Volunteers Needed - May
    - Employment Opportunities - Hiring Head Cool and Health Care Centre positions

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Bulletin Cut and Paste

Administrators: Thank you for sharing the MCEC story with your congregations. Please continue offering valuable feedback on how we can tailor announcements to empower you in your ministry.

Prayers:

  • Each week we pray for a faith community within the MCEC community of congregations. This week we pray for Markham Chinese Mennonite Church. Paul Mo gives pastoral leadership to this congregation. Please pray for this congregation who are part of an intercultural Christian presence in Markham sharing the same facility with Hagerman Mennonite Church and Markham Christian Worship Centre.

Announcements:

  1. Mennonite Church Canada Summer Services Online. Summer Services Online - As summer approaches, MC Canada is once again organizing online worship services. Would your congregation be able to pre-record a service for our MC Canada nationwide family of faith? Thanks for considering how we can encourage each other this summer. Please contact Lisa Williams, MCEC director of communications, if you are able to provide a service.

  2. Land and Territory Acknowledgement Workshop. May 19, 7p.m. ET online. Many churches are reviewing or creating Land and Territory Acknowledgements. MCEC's Truth and Reconciliation Working Group is convening an online workshop to think through the place of these statements in our worship services and support congregations developing and using their own Land Acknowledgements. More information and to register. The constituency-based MCEC Truth & Reconciliation Working Group serves the MCEC constituency by promoting awareness and education on specific issues and topics. The information and links are those of the Working Group and do not necessarily represent MCEC as a whole.

  3. MCEC Jr. Youth New Hamburg Mennonite Relief Sale Event. May 28, 2022 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. This will be a time of gathering as youth for worship and prayer, games and time to explore the relief sale. There is no cost for registration but bring money for lunch and other treats. Register at mcec.ca.

  4. MCEC Administrator Day - Bringing Order from Chaos. June 1, 2022 from 12:00 - 3:30 p.m. An online meeting for administrative assistants. Join colleagues and friends as as meet with Bethany Mazereeuw to talk about the myths around time management, energy and emotional management, organizing your workspace and hands on tips for managing the never-ending task list. Discover biblical principles for working well and self-care. Register at mcec.ca.

  5. MCEC and Conrad Grebel Equip: Youth Leadership Training Event. June 3, 2022, 6:00 -10:30 p.m. and June 4, 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Location: Conrad Grebel University College. MCEC and Grebel invite you to build leadership skills that will help you serve your community. Participate in worship and join workshops on numerous topic such as how to deal with conflict, tackling big bible questions, how to plan an event, and how to lead worship in church! Register at mcec.ca.

  6. MCEC Pastoral Retreat 2022. June 9, 2022, 9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Location: Hidden Acres Mennonite Camp. A day set aside to be re-energized by the Spirit that leads us and the community which surrounds. Join us for worship, fellowship and connections with your colleagues. A retreat day for pastors and chaplains. More information and to Register.

  7. MCEC Pastoral Conversations with Carmen Brubacher & Cathrin van Sintern-Dick. June 14, 2022, 2-3 p.m. online event. We will explore the why, how and what of our faith formation journey when it comes to the children and young families in our congregation. Register today.

  8. Shalom For All Creation - A Theology Workshop. June 15, 2022, 9 a.m. to 12 noon, online event. Join Wendy Janzen, MCEC Eco-Minister, for this half-day learning retreat for pastors and ministering persons. Discover tools for reading the Bible with an ecological lens and reading the ‘Book of Creation’ as a revelation of God, with opportunity to put these into practice. Register today.

  9. We Declare what we have seen and heard - Mennonite Church Canada Gathering 2022 in Edmonton, Alberta - Friday, July 29, to Monday, August 1. Join us as we re-examine what it means to tell the Good News and bear witness to the Gospel of peace. Registration is now open for both in-person and online!

  10.  Registration is live for Amplify! Youth Gathering 2022 at Camp Valaqua in Edmonton, July 31 to August 4, (ages 12-18). The youth of Mennonite Church Canada are being invited to gather among the tall trees and stunning scenery at Camp Valaqua. Youth gatherings are a time to connect to the wider church family, recharge our spirits, and spend quality time together in nature. Amplify! Turn up the sound and turn down the noise!

Nationwide Web-Hub - All MCEC congregations are welcome to join

If you are considering a change to your website, definitely consider the new nationwide web hub. It is much more than a web building tool. Contact Lisa Williams , Director of Communications, for more info.

Click below for information about the features, pricing, testimonials and links to launched websites.

Hub Information

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