Weekly News


MCEC strongly urges the cancellation of all congregational activities, regardless of the size of your congregation. 

We will continue to reassess this recommendation as new information emerges. Canceling our gatherings for a short time increases the health system’s ability to deal with any outbreaks by slowing down transmission. We believe cancelling congregational activities is a faithful response for this time. 

MCEC Staff


MC Canada logoMennonite Church Canada On-Line Worship Service
MCEC Congregations Featured March 29

Sunday, March 29 @ 9:40 a.m. EDT
Focus: Lazarus, John 11
https://smchurch.ca/live-stream/

Steinmann Mennonite Church and Mannheim Mennonite Church in Ontario will collaborate this week to bring a worship service to our nationwide community of faith and connect us across Mennonite Church Canada. Pastors Myrna Miller Dyck and Gord Alton will focus our attention on the story of Lazarus, from John 11. Join us live at https://smchurch.ca/live-stream/ - the video will be accessible until Monday, March 30 at the Steinmann Mennonite Church website.


MCEC News

MCEC in Prayer

  • Each week MCEC staff pray for the faith communities within our MCEC community of congregations. We invite you to join us in praying for Soul House, Scarborough, ON. We encourage you to share this with your congregation via prayer on Sunday morning, worship bulletins and newsletters.

  • We give praise to God for the safe arrival of Benjamin John Brubacher who arrived early on March 24. Pray for mom and dad, Laura Jane (LJ) and Jonathan Brubacher (pastor, Elmira Mennonite Church) as they welcome their first born son. The first-time parents report that all are well.

  • Please pray for Vic Winter, MCEC pastor and former principal of UMEI Christian Highschool. Vic has been hospitalized, was being treated for double pneumonia and remains in critical condition in ICU in Windsor.

Pastoral Conversations
Tuesday, March 31, 2-3 p.m. EDT

Holy Week and Easter

Join Cathrin van Sintern-Dick, Regional Ministry Associate, as she hosts a conversation on Holy Week and Easter. What impact will physical distancing have on Holy Week and Easter? Join colleagues in this discussion. Come prepared to share your ideas, frustrations, hopes and joys as we support each other. Please contact Ellen Kim for the participation link.


Pastoral Conversations, Tuesdays at 2
Join a zoom conversation with your peers Tuesdays from 2-3 pm. Each week, we will have conversation about a different topic, on an aspect of pastoral ministry for this time. Suggestions for future topics are pastoral care and other topics you suggest.

Last week: Funerals - download the notes here.

Event Highlights

INNOVATE Networking Day

Mar 28th, 2020

CANCELLED
We will be processing refunds in the coming weeks.

TiM Spring Equipping Days

Mar 30th, 2020

MOVED TO ON-LINE

Monday, March 30 1-6 pm and Tuesday March 31, 9-9.

Pastors Retreat

Apr 14th, 2020

CANCELLED
We will be processing refunds in the coming weeks.

MCEC Annual Church Gathering

Apr 25th, 2020

EVENT WILL BE VIDEO CONFERENCED
We will be processing refunds in the coming weeks.


What interesting methods and resources are you using to worship and connect?

What resources would help you and your congregation adapt to being church during the COVID-19 outbreak?

Submit your ideas, resources and questions using the form here. Resources and ideas will be shared with the MCEC community of congregations. Questions and needs will be directed to the appropriate persons.

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

Contact Lisa Williams with your ideas and resources.

Pandemic Preparedness
Mennonite Church Canada Resources

Resources to help equip churches and congregations for pandemic preparedness and response. This page offers a list of updated resources for congregations as well links to other pages and resources from other relevant organizations.

 

Pandemic Preparedness