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

  • Each week we pray for the faith communities within our MCEC community of congregations. We invite you to pray for Community Mennonite Church, Stouffville, ON.

MCEC Latest News

Annual Church Gathering

Courageous Imagination: Join us for a Journey

“Who are we together? What is the church that we are becoming?” 

  • Friday, April, 23, 2021   7:30 - 9:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 24, 2021   10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
  • Saturday, April 24, 2021   12:30 - 2:00 p.m.

Our gathering has three parts this year. We invite you to register for the complete weekend but you can also register for one or two of the times if you are unable to attend all three. Delegates should attend all three sessions as voting decisions will be in each.

Highlighting

arli Klassen

  • "Great is thy faithfulness" - Arli Klassen, Moderator

    “Great is thy faithfulness” was my grandparents’ favorite hymn, who came to Canada as teenage refugees in the late 1920s. They fled violence in what was then south Russia, and began married life as farmers in the Dirty Thirties.

    We too have lived through a very hard year in 2020, a year unlike anything we have known or experienced before. I see God’s faithfulness in our MCEC family.

    Read more...

  • Financial Statements and Discernment Documents

    The financial statements and discernment documents have been uploaded. These documents will be discussed at the Annual Church Gathering. Please review them prior to our meeting.

  • Questions?

    There is a feedback/question form available on the Annual Church Gathering webpage. Please submit your comments and questions prior to our gathering and they will be forwarded for response to the appropriate staff person. You feedback will also help us to shape our presentations.

Upcoming Events

David and Goliath Podcast

Apr 8th, 2021

A unique opportunity to learn about, discuss, and advocate for peace and justice in Palestine and Israel.

We will be reflecting on "David and Goliath" an episode from MCC's Undercurrents podcast which dives into the history and current situation in Palestine and Israel, including voices on both sides of the wall.

Thursday, April 8, 2021
7pm - 8pm ET (with podcast "live listen" at 6:30pm)
Register Here

Brought to you by the MCEC Palestine Israel Network Working Group.

Church Planter's Workshop: Courageous Self-Care

Apr 10th, 2021

Church Planters are important to us at MCEC, and we desire to equip them with the resources they need to do ministry. As they reach into their communities and build the Church, they also require care

Church Planters are invited to gather for a time of learning and encouragement.
April 10 from 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.

FREE on Zoom

Treaty as Sacred Covenant Storytelling - Landback Lane

Apr 12th, 2021

BONUS EVENT

The MCEC Truth and Reconciliation Working Group presents a year-long online story-telling series centred on covenants made, broken and renewed. This series will include Indigenous and Mennonite Settler voices, shining light on the history of broken covenants and illuminating pathways of hope to a more just future for all nations on this land.

Bonus Event: Skyler Williams and Eric Lankin join us from Landback Lane.

Storytelling session begins at 7:00 p.m. ET

Upcoming Youth Events. Registration is open!

MCEC Youth Pastor and Youth Worker Virtual Retreat
Courageous Imagination:
Journeying with Youth, Exploring New Paths, and God’s Calling in Changing World
Saturday May 8, 2021 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
More Information and to Register

Jr. & Sr. Youth Virtual Retreat
Courageous Imagination
Sunday, May 16, 2021 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
More Information and to Register

  • Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary
    -
    Rooted and Grounded: A Conference on Land and Christian Discipleship
    - Spiritual Direction: Foundations
    - Seminary Education at a Distance
  • Canadian Mennonite University
    - Spring at CMU
    - Webinar: Athletics and Student Life
  • Congregational Event- Preston and Wanner Mennonite Churches
       A Just Recovery For All - April 8
  • Conrad Grebel University College
  • Kindred Credit Union
  • Theatre of the Beat
    -
    new dates for UNMUTE

Partner Events & Announcements

 

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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:

  1. Pray for the MCEC community of congregations. We invite you to pray for Community Mennonite Church, Stouffville, ON.

Announcements:

  1. MCEC Annual Church Gathering is April 23 and 24, 2021. Discover where Arli Klassen, MCEC Moderator, sees God's faithfulness over this past year. Don't forget to download and review the documents and financial statements. Registration is open . (Full link here: at www.mcec.ca/annualchurchgathering)

  2. Pastors and Vaccinations - Pastors and chaplains are eligible for vaccines in some health units. For more information contact your local health unit or public health department. 

  3. The MCEC Palestine Israel Network Working Group invites you to an opportunity to learn about peace and justice in Palestine and Israel: April 8, 2021, 7 - 8 p.m. ET. Reflect together on the "David and Goliath" podcast from MCC. Podcast live listen will begin at 6:30 p.m. Register here. (Full link here: www.mcec.ca/event/12087-2021-04-08-david-and-goliath-podcast.)

    The constituency-based MCEC Palestine Israel Network 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.

  4. The MCEC Truth & Reconciliation Working Group invites to you a BONUS EVENT as part of their Treaty as Sacred Covenant Story-telling Sessions. Join Skyler Williams and Eric Lankin, Land Defenders at 1492 Landback Lane, as we discuss and learn about this current conflict. Hear how they are navigating this conflict even while the potential for violence simmers. April 12, 2021 at 7 p.m. ET. Register at www.mcec.ca/events.

    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.

  5. Youth Events - May 2021 - Registration is open for the MCEC Youth Pastor and Youth Worker Virtual Retreat on May 8, 2021 and for the Jr. & Sr. Youth Virtual Retreat on May 16, 2021. For more information and to register click on the above links. We will gather, encourage and together explore how God is leading us into courageous imagination.

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

Ideas and Pandemic Resources
How might we Extend the Peace of Jesus Christ to those around us?

Mennonite Church Canada Pandemic Resources
   
CommonWord Bookstore and Resource Centre


The Regional Churches (MCEC, Mennonite Church Manitoba, Mennonite Church Saskatchewan, Mennonite Church Alberta and Mennonite Church British Columbia) are working with Mennonite Church Canada and CommonWord Bookstore and Resource Center to offer you the best pandemic resources. The Mennonite Church Canada page will highlight resources and direct you to CommonWord. CommonWord continues to provide amazing resources to our nationwide community of faith.

MCEC New Normal

A place for sharing resources and ideas from MCEC pastors and congregations. Most recent editions: Ontario Stay-At-Home Order

MCEC Youth Ministry Pandemic Ideas

Youth Ministers, Workers and Sponsors throughout MCEC have gathered some helpful information for those focused on youth ministry during this time of physical distancing.
 

Contact Lisa Williams with your ideas and resources.

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